The action of the ionophore ionomycin in guinea-pig intestinal smooth muscle

G. T. Bolger, C. R. Triggle, D. J. Triggle

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The ionophore ionomycin produced concentration-dependent (5 x 10-9 to 5 x 10-6 M) contractions in guinea-pig ileal longitudinal smooth muscle. Responses were dependent on extracellular Ca2+, consistent with the known role of this Ca2+ source in supporting excitation-contraction coupling to a variety of stimulants in this tissue. Responses were insensitive to atropine (10-6 M) but were dependent upon extracellular Na+ and were completely blocked by low concentrations of the Ca2+-channel antagonists nicardipine, YC-93 (5 x 10-7 M), and D-600 (5 x 10-6 M). The behaviour of ionomycin is very similar to that shown by A 23187 in this tissue. Ionomycin, like A 23187, can apparently activate D-600 sensitive Ca2+ channels in the guinea-pig intestinal smooth muscle rather than simply translocating Ca2+ EXT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (medical)

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