Characteristics of the internal anal sphincter and the rectum of the vervet monkey

The Journal of Physiology
V Rayner


1. The physiology of the internal anal sphincter of the vervet monkey was investigated. 2. Strips of sphincter in vitro contracted to noradrenaline and adrenaline; adrenoceptors were mainly alpha-excitatory. Strips of rectal circular muscle relaxed to noradrenaline and contained both inhibitory alpha- and beta-adrenoceptors. 3. All strips contracted to acetylcholine. After hyoscine or atropine, high doses of acetylcholine relaxed all strips by stimulating intramural inhibitory neurones as relaxations were blocked by tetrodotoxin and hexamethonium. Nicotine and DMPP gave relaxations with similar characteristics. 4. It was concluded that relaxations to acetylcholine, nicotine and DMPP were not adrenergic as relaxations still occurred in strips from sympathetically denervated or reserpinized animals. The block of these relaxations by propranolol and guanethidine was considered to be unrelated to their actions as adrenergic blocking drugs. 5. All strips relaxed to field electrical stimulation (1--5 Hz) through stimulation of intramural inhibitory neurones as tetrodotoxin blocked these relaxations. Adrenergic blocking drugs, prior reserpinization or prior section of the hypogastric nerves did not block these responses. The relaxatio...Continue Reading


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