Use of ryanodine for functional removal of the calcium store in smooth muscle cells of the guinea-pig

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1988 Apr 15;152(1):417-22. doi: 10.1016/s0006-291x(88)80730-7.


Calcium store of the skinned fibers of the guinea-pig portal vein, pulmonary artery and taenia caeci consisted of two classes: one with both Ca-induced Ca release (CICR) and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-induced Ca release (IICR) mechanisms (S alpha) and the other only with IICR mechanisms (S beta). Ryanodine, applied during the CICR was activated, locked the CICR channels open, but the drug had practically no effect on the IICR mechanism. Thus, after the ryanodine treatment the Ca store with the CICR (S alpha) lost its capacity to hold Ca. Changes in the agonist-evoked contraction of intact muscle due to the ryanodine treatment suggest that agonists release Ca from S alpha which produces the initial phase of contractures.

MeSH terms

  • Alkaloids / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Arteries / metabolism
  • Benzofurans
  • Caffeine / pharmacology
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Carbachol / pharmacology
  • Colon / metabolism
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • Fura-2
  • Guinea Pigs
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Muscle Contraction / drug effects
  • Muscle, Smooth / metabolism*
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / metabolism
  • Norepinephrine / pharmacology
  • Portal Vein / metabolism
  • Ryanodine / pharmacology*


  • Alkaloids
  • Benzofurans
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • Ryanodine
  • Caffeine
  • Carbachol
  • Calcium
  • Fura-2
  • Norepinephrine