Journal article

Hyperpolarization and slowing of the rate of contraction in human uterus in pregnancy by prostaglandins E-2 and F-2 alpha: involvement of the Na pump

HC Parkington, MA Tonta, NK Davies, SP Brennecke, HA Coleman

The Journal of Physiology | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1999

Abstract

1. The effects of prostaglandins E2 (PGE) and F2alpha (PGF) on membrane potential and isometric tension and cytoplasmic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and tension were studied in strips of uterine smooth muscle obtained from women undergoing Caesarean delivery at term and during established labour. 2. Prostaglandins (PGs) evoked a biphasic response. The excitatory component consisted of depolarization of the membrane, which initiated spike action potentials, an increase in [Ca2+]i and tension development. The membrane remained depolarized at -19 +/- 1 mV for about 2 min, then repolarized abruptly, [Ca2+]i promptly returned to basal levels, and tension development ceased. 3. This compon..

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