Journal article

Prostacyclin produced by the pericardium and its influence on coronary vascular tone.

GJ Dusting, RD Nolan, OL Woodman, TJ Martin

Am J Cardiol | Published : 1983


To determine the influence of pericardial fluid prostacyclin on coronary blood flow, the latter was measured in the circumflex artery of anesthetized dogs. Intraaortic infusions of angiotensin II (25 ng . kg-1 . min-1) reduced blood flow and released prostacyclin into pericardial fluid. Epicardial and pericardial superfusion with indomethacin (1 micrograms/ml) abolished prostacyclin release and significantly increased the coronary vasoconstrictor effect of angiotensin II; this treatment did not appear to affect vascular synthesis of prostacyclin. Pericardial prostacyclin may modulate the coronary vasoconstrictor effect of angiotensin, but its general role as a regulator of coronary vascular ..

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