Journal article

ATP is the predominant sympathetic neurotransmitter in rat mesenteric arteries at high pressure

Nicole M Rummery, James A Brock, Poungrat Pakdeechote, Vera Ralevic, William R Dunn

The Journal of Physiology | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007


Most studies of neurovascular transmission in isolated small mesenteric arteries have used either isometric recording techniques or measured vasoconstriction in vessels with no distending pressure. Here we have used pressure myography to assess the contribution of noradrenaline and ATP to sympathetic neurotransmission in rat second-order mesenteric arteries. In arteries pressurized to 30 or 90 mmHg, activation of sympathetic axons with trains of electrical stimuli (50 pulses, 0.5-10 Hz) evoked frequency-dependent vasoconstrictions that increased in amplitude at higher pressure. In the presence of the P2-receptor antagonist suramin (0.1 mM), the amplitude of vasoconstrictions to trains at 2 a..

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