Journal article

Prostacyclin (PGI2) induces coronary vasodilatation in anaesthetised dogs.

GJ Dusting, DJ Chapple, R Hughes, S Moncada, JR Vane

Cardiovascular Research | Published : 1978

Abstract

Prostacyclin (PGI2), the predominant metabolite of arachidonic acid in isolated hearts, relaxes strips of bovine coronary artery and is a potent vasodilator in isolated perfused hearts. We have examined the actions of prostacyclin on coronary blood flow in open chest dogs anaesthetised with chloralose. An electromagnetic flow probe was fitted to the left circumflex artery and phasic coronary flow, mean coronary flow (a measure of coronary volume flow over 4 s intervals), and coronary vascular resistance were recorded together with aortic pressure and heart rate. Intravenous infusion of prostacyclin (0.05 to 1.0 microgram.kg.1.min.1), reduced coronary vascular resistance and aortic pressure a..

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