Journal article

Inotropic responses to human gene 2 (B29) relaxin in a rat model of myocardial infarction (MI): effect of pertussis toxin

AR Kompa, CS Samuel, RJ Summers

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2002

Abstract

Relaxin produces powerful inotropic and chronotropic responses in isolated atria. The effect of relaxin has been examined in a rat model of cardiac failure, induced by myocardial infarction (MI). Maximum inotropic responses to isoprenaline (sham 5.4+/-0.3 mN; MI 2.6+/-0.3 mN; P<0.001) and relaxin (sham 5.1+/-0.6 mN; MI 2.8+/-0.5 mN; P=0.013) were reduced in left atria following MI. No change in chronotropic responsiveness was observed in right atria. Pertussis toxin (PTX) treatment restored inotropic responses to isoprenaline (sham 5.5+/-1.3 mN; MI 5.8+/-1.0 mN; P=0.850) but not to relaxin. Instead, PTX reduced inotropic responses to relaxin in sham animals to the same level seen in the MI g..

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