Cyclic Adenosine and Guanosine Monophosphates and Glucagon: Effect on Liver Membrane Potentials

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Science  29 Jan 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3969, pp. 400-402
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3969.400


Cyclic adenosine monophosphate, cyclic guanosine monophosphate, glucagon, and isoproterenol each hyperpolarized perfused rat liver cells. The hyperpolarization followed a time course similar to the stimulated increase in potassium efflux and was preceded by the increase in calcium efflux. The hyperpolarization induced by cyclic adenosine monophosphate was blocked by tetracaine. The similarity of the action of the cyclic nucleotides to that of glucagon supports the hypothesis that cyclic adenosine monophosphate is the secondary messenger mediating the action of glucagon.

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