Journal article

Electrophysiological effects of activating the peptidergic primary afferent innervation of rat mesenteric arteries

WR Dunn, TA Hardy, JA Brock

British Journal of Pharmacology | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2003


1. Intracellular recording was used to investigate the electrophysiological effects of activating peptidergic primary afferent axons with capsaicin in the smooth muscle of rat mesenteric arteries in vitro. In addition, continuous amperometry was used to monitor the effects of capsaicin on noradrenaline release from the sympathetic nerves. 2. Capsaicin (1 microm) produced a hyperpolarization (-11+/-2 mV) and a reduction in the time constant of decay of excitatory junction potentials (e.j.p.'s) evoked by electrical stimulation of the perivascular sympathetic nerves. These effects of capsaicin were mimicked by calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP; 1 and 10 nm) but not by substance P (50 nm), w..

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