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Evidence for a postsynaptic action of neostigmine on muscarinic receptors in the anococcygeus muscle of the rat

Warden-Smith, Jeremy and Spriggs, T. L. 1989. Evidence for a postsynaptic action of neostigmine on muscarinic receptors in the anococcygeus muscle of the rat. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 41 (4) , pp. 231-235. 10.1111/j.2042-7158.1989.tb06441.x

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Abstract

In the rat anococcygeus muscle neostigmine induces atropine-sensitive, significant leftward displacements of the log concentration-response curves to both noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine. Responses to high K+ were also potentiated by neostigmine. However, high K+ elicited only small and irregular overflows of tritium from [3H]noradrenaline pre-incubated tissues, in contrast to the large overflow elicited by field stimulation. In addition guanethidine blocked responses to field stimulation but not those to high K+. This is consistent with the dose-related responses to high K+ being elicited postsynaptically. These results indicate that postsynaptic muscarinic receptors are involved in the potentiation by neostigmine of rat anococcygeus muscle responses to field stimulation or exogenous agonists, possibly by an action on receptor operated ion channels. Additional support for a postsynaptic site of action comes from the failure of neostigmine to potentiate tension responses to nerve or field stimulation in the chick expansor secundariorum, a muscle which is devoid of postsynaptic muscarinic receptors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0022-3573
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:12
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/10879

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