Journal article

The effects of varying Mg2 ion concentrations on contractions to the cotransmitters ATP and noradrenaline in the rat vas deferens

Amna C Mazeh, James A Angus, Christine E Wright

Autonomic Neuroscience | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019


The vas deferens responds to a single electrical pulse with a biphasic contraction caused by cotransmitters ATP and noradrenaline. Removing Mg2+ (normally 1.2 mM) from the physiological salt solution (PSS) enhances the contraction. This study aimed to determine the effect of Mg2+ concentration on nerve cotransmitter-mediated contractions. Rat vasa deferentia were sequentially bathed in increasing (0, 1.2, 3 mM) or decreasing (3, 1.2, 0 mM) Mg2+ concentrations. At each concentration a single field pulse was applied, and the biphasic contraction recorded. Contractions to exogenous noradrenaline 10 μM and ATP 100 μM were also determined. The biphasic nerve-mediated contraction was elicited by A..

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