Curare and Pancuronium Compared: Effects on Previously Undepressed Mammalian Myoneural Junctions

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Science  17 Nov 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4062, pp. 753-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4062.753


Curare and pancuronium have multiple effects on previously undepressed rat diaphragm; these include depression of transmitter output and prolongation of the refractory period of prejunctional structures. The effect of curare on motor nerve terminals is greater than that of pancuronium. Both drugs depress postjunctional receptors; but curare, in addition, raises the threshold for the generation of muscle action potentials. In addition, these results raise questions about the validity of statistical methods used to calculate transmitter output.