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Possible mechanisms of stimulatory action of papaverine on calcium-uptake by rat uterine microsomal fraction.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Japanese journal of pharmacology
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
5
Pages
757–762
Identifiers
PMID: 6118454
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Effects of papaverine and cyclic AMP on Ca-uptake by the microsomal fraction from rat uterus were studied. Papaverine (3 x 10(-5) M) potentiated Ca-uptake by the microsomal fraction in the presence of potassium oxalate. However, cyclic AMP and MIX (3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine; 1 mM), a potent phosphodiesterase inhibitor, did not influence Ca-uptake by the microsomal fraction in the presence of potassium oxalate. Cyclic AMP in concentrations of 10(-8) to 10(-4) M did not influence Ca-uptake by the microsomal fraction in the presence of potassium oxalate. In the absence of potassium oxalate, papaverine and Aspaminol (1,1,-diphenyl-3-piperidinobutanol hydrochloride), a nonspecific smooth muscle relaxant, inhibited Ca-uptake by the microsomal fraction and cyclic AMP had no influence on this uptake. These results suggest that papaverine potentiated Ca-uptake by membranes such as sarcoplasmic reticulum, in the presence of potassium oxalate and inhibited Ca-uptake by the plasma membrane-derived vesicles in the absence of potassium oxalate. These results suggest that relaxation of smooth muscle by papaverine is related to a cyclic AMP-independent mechanism as well as to a mechanism mediated via cyclic AMP.

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