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Effects of RO 5-4864 and PK 11195 on guinea pig trachea.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Research communications in molecular pathology and pharmacology
Publication Date
Volume
90
Issue
3
Pages
321–331
Identifiers
PMID: 8746480
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Previous reports have suggested a role played by peripheral benzodiazepine receptors (PBZ) in the regulation of calcium. The aid of this investigation was to evaluate the effects of Ro 5-4864 (PBZ agonist) and PK11195 (PBZ antagonist) in guinea pig trachea and their possible role in the regulation of calcium. Ro 5-4864 and PK 11195 showed spasmolytic effects on the contraction curve induced by acetylcholine. Moreover, Ro 5-4864, PK 11195 and diltiazem (a Ca2+ -antagonistic drug) shifted to the right the contraction curves induced by acetylcholine, potassium chloride (KCl), calcium chloride (CaCl2), or by Bay K 8644. These results demonstrate that the benzodiazepines and their antagonists may exhibit Ca2+ -antagonistic activity. Ro 5-4864 and PK 11195 may exert this effect at a site that is a component of, or is associated with, voltage operated calcium channels (VOC).

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