Korean J Physiol Pharmacol.  1997 Dec;1(6):783-796.

Action mechanisms of NANC neurotransmitters in smooth muscle of guinea pig ileum

  • 1Department of Physiology, Yonsei University, College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, South Korea.
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, South Korea.


The relaxation induced by stimulation of the inhibitory non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic (iNANC) nerve is mediated by the release of iNANC neurotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The mechanisms of NO, VIP or ATP-induced relaxation have been partly determined in previous studies, but the detailed mechanism remains unknown. We tried to identify the nature of iNANC neurotransmitters in the smooth muscle of guinea pig ileum and to determine the mechanism of the inhibitory effect of nitric oxide. We measured the effect of NO-donors, VIP and ATP on the intracellular Ca2+ concentration((Ca2+)i), by means of a fluorescence dye (fura 2) and tension simultaneously in the isolated guinea pig ileal smooth muscle. Following are the results obtained. 1. Sodium nitropnisside (SNP: 10(-5) M) or S-nitro-N-acetyl-penicillamine (SNAP: 10(-5) M) decreased resting (Ca2+)i and tension of muscle. SNP or SNAP also inhibited rhythmic oscillation of (Ca2+)i and tension. In 40mM K+ solution or carbachol (CCh:10(-6) M)-induced precontracted muscle, SNP decreased muscle tension. VIP did not change (Ca2+)i and tension in the resting or precontracted muscle, but ATP increased resting (Ca2+)i and tension in the resting muscle. 2. 1H-(1,2,4)oxadiazol(4,3-a)quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ:1 muM), a specific inhibitor of soluble guanylate cyclase, limited the inhibitory effect of SNP. 3. Glibenclamide (10 muM), a blocker of KATP channel, and 4-aminopyridine (4-AP:5 mM), a blocker of delayed rectifier K channel, apamin (0.1 muM), a blocker of small conductance KCa. channel had no effect on the inhibitory effect of SNP. Iberiotoxin (0.1 muM), a blocker of large conductance KCa channel, significantly increased the resting (Ca2+)i, and tension, and limited the inhibitory effect of SNP. 4. Nifedipine (1 muM) or elimination of external Ca2+ decreased not only resting (Ca2+)i and tension but also oscillation of (Ca2+)i and tension. Ryanodine (5 muM) and cyclopiazonic acid (10 muM) decreased oscillation of (Ca2+)i and tension. 5. SNP decreased Ca2+ sensitivity of contractile protein. In conclusion, these results suggest that 1) NO is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the guinea pig ileum, 2) the inhibitory effect of SNP on the (Ca2+)i and tension of the muscle is due to a decrease in (Ca2+)i by activation of the large conductance KCa channel and a decrease in the sensitivity of contractile elements to Ca2+ through activation of G-kinase.


NANC; Nitric oxide; K+ channel blocker; VIP; ATP; Guinea pig ileum
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