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EFFECT OF THE CHOLINE-ACETYLTRANSFERASE INHIBITOR (2-BENZOYLETHYL)TRIMETHYLAMMONIUM IODIDE (BETA) ON HUMAN PLACENTAL PROSTAGLANDIN RELEASE AND PHOSPHOLIPASE A(2) ACTIVITY

YS CHEN, RG KING, TJ ROOK, SP BRENNECKE

PLACENTA | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 1993

Abstract

We investigated the effect of an inhibitor of acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis, (2-benzoylethyl)trimethylammonium iodide (BETA), on prostaglandin (PG)E2 and PGF2 alpha release from incubated placental explants in the presence or absence of ACh or arachidonic acid (AA). BETA alone (100 microM) significantly reduced both PGE2 and PGF2 alpha release. However, this inhibitory effect of BETA was not reversed in the presence of ACh (10 microM to 1 mM). The addition of AA (10 to 100 microM) increased both PGE2 and PGF2 alpha release, and simultaneously overcame the inhibition of PGE2 but not PGF2 alpha release by BETA. These results are compatible with the hypothesis that BETA may be inhibiting the ph..

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