Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate: Potassium-Dependent Action on Vascular Smooth Muscle Membrane Potential

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Science  31 Jul 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3944, pp. 490-491
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3944.490


Dibutyryl cyclic adenosine monophosphate and theophylline hyperpolarize smooth muscle of rabbit main pulmonary artery in low concentrations of potassium (1 millimole per liter) but do not have a significant effect on the membrane potential in the presence of high concentrations of potassium (10 millimoles per liter). The dependence of the hyperpolarizing effect on a low external concentration of potassium is similar to that observed with isoproterenol. Prior treatment with theophylline potentiated the hyperpolarizing action of isoproterenol. These findings are compatible with the assumption that potassium-dependent, beta-adrenergic hyperpolarization is mediated by cyclic adenosine monophosphate.

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