Jan 1, 1986

Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in the heart of rats before and after birth

Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology
J NedomaStanislav Tucek


Atropine-displaceable binding of (3H)quinuclidinyl benzilate (QNB) to homogenates was used to identify the muscarinic binding sites in rat heart atria and ventricles and to investigate developmental changes in their concentration and binding properties between the 15th day of prenatal life and 3 months after birth. On the 15th day of prenatal life, muscarinic binding sites were already present in the heart. Their concentration increased steeply between the 15th and 19th days of prenatal development; in the atria, it remained high until the 1st day after birth and thereafter it diminished throughout the postnatal life, while in the ventricles the decrease started before the first postnatal day. The concentration of the binding sites was 1.8-3.0 times higher in the atria than in the ventricles at all time points investigated. Their affinity for QNB (the antagonist) was the same in the atria and ventricles and did not change during postnatal development (KD of 17.8 pmol/l at an infinitely low concentration of the binding sites). The binding of carbamoylcholine (the agonist) to muscarinic binding sites was analysed in experiments with the displacement of (3H)QNB binding, assuming the presence of high- and low-affinity binding sites...Continue Reading

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Quinuclidinyl Benzilate
Prenatal Development
August Rats
Antagonist Muscle Action
Atropinum, atropine
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Prenatal brand of multivitamin

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