Endothelin-1 (ET-1, 1 nM) increased the release of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in endothelium-denuded smooth muscle strips of porcine coronary arteries. Indomethacin enhanced the amplitude of contraction induced by ET-1 and inhibited the stimulated release of PGE2. PGE2 (0.1-100 nM) attenuated the amplitude of contraction induced by 1 nM ET-1. These results suggest that in the smooth muscle of porcine coronary arteries, ET-1 increased the synthesis of PGE2, which functionally antagonizes the direct vasoconstrictor actions of ET-1.
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