OBJECTIVES: The role of the nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP pathway in the autonomic modulation of cardiac pacemaking is controversial and may involve an interplay between the L-type calcium current, I(CaL), and the hyperpolarisation activated current, I(f). We tested the hypothesis that following adrenergic stimulation, the NO-cGMP pathway stimulates phosphodiesterase 2 (PDE2) to reduce cAMP dependent stimulation of I(f) and heart rate (HR). METHODS: In the presence of norepinephrine (NE, 1 microM), ...Expand abstract
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NO-cGMP pathway increases the hyperpolarisation-activated current, I(f), and heart rate during adrenergic stimulation.
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