Journal article

ENHANCED EXCITATORY JUNCTION POTENTIALS IN MESENTERIC-ARTERIES FROM SPONTANEOUSLY HYPERTENSIVE RATS

JA BROCK, DF VANHELDEN

PFLUGERS ARCHIV-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

Excitatory junction potentials (EJPs) were examined using intracellular recording techniques in mesenteric arteries isolated from 12- to 15-week-old spontaneously hypertensive (SHR), Wistar Kyoto (WKY) and Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. The amplitudes of EJPs evoked by single supramaximal stimuli were larger in arteries from SHRs (12.9 +/- 0.7 mV, n = 16) than in arteries from either WKYs (5.2 +/- 0.5 mV, n = 24) or SDs (8.6 +/- 0.8 mV, n = 15). The time constant of decay of EJPs did not differ significantly, suggesting that the passive electrical properties of the vascular smooth muscle are similar in the three rat strains. Spontaneous EJPs recorded in tissues from SHRs and WKYs had similar ampl..

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