Guanosine 3',5'-Monophosphate in Sympathetic Ganglia: Increase Associated with Synaptic Transmission

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Science  06 Dec 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4167, pp. 942-944
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4167.942


Brief stimulation of cholinergic preganglionic nerve fibers resulted in an increase in guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cyclic GMP) in the bullfrog sympathetic ganglion. When the release of synaptic transmitter was prevented by a high-magnesium, low-calcium Ringer solution, stimulation of preganglionic nerve fibers did not increase cyclic GMP in the ganglion. The increase in cyclic GMP caused by preganglionic stimulation was also blocked by the muscarinic antagonist, atropine. The data indicate that the increase in cyclic GMP is associated with synaptic transmission and support the possibility that cyclic GMP may mediate the postsynaptic action of acetylcholine at muscarinic cholinergic synapses.