Journal article

Pericardial release of prostacyclin induced by bradykinin and angiotensin II: effects on coronary blood flow in the dog.

OL Woodman, GJ Dusting, RD Nolan

J Cardiovasc Pharmacol | Published : 1983


Angiotensin II and bradykinin are potent releasers of prostanoids, and it has been suggested that these prostanoids may modulate vascular tone in a number of organs. We previously showed that the pericardium is an important site of prostacyclin biosynthesis, and in this study we have investigated whether or not prostacyclin released into the pericardial fluid influences coronary blood flow. Angiotensin II and bradykinin were infused intra-aortically into anaesthetized dogs, and coronary blood flow in the circumflex artery was measured with electromagnetic probes. Krebs solution irrigating the pericardial surfaces was monitored for prostanoid release using a cascade of bioassay tissues as pre..

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