, Volume 49, Issue 10, pp 865–869 | Cite as

Blockade by zinc ions of K+-induced contraction and calcium in guinea pigTaenia coli

Research Articles


Preincubation with 0.3 mM Zn2+ markedly inhibited both the tonic response and Ca2+ binding at low affinity sites induced by K+ (60 mM), with smaller effects on the phasic response and the high affinity Ca2+ sites, inTaenia coli. However, when the muscle was kept in Zn2+-containing medium following the first stimulation with the K+, the phasic response and the high affinity Ca2+ sites were more severely inhibited during the second stimulation with K+. This probably indicates that Zn2+ reduced the tonic tension response to K+ mainly by inhibiting Ca2+ influx at the cell membranes ofTaenia coli. However, when Zn2+ is continuously present, Ca2+ is not supplied at the storage sites and is not available for the phasic response to a second stimulation with K+.

Key words

Zinc ions calcium ileal muscle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Nasu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Faculty of AgricultureYamaguchi UniversityYamaguchi(Japan)

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