AbstractIn perfused male rat hearts concentrations of prostaglandins (PGs) E2 and F2alpha in the range 1 pg/ml to 10 ng/ml (2.8 X 10(-12) to 2.8 X 10(-8)M) consistently caused rhythm irregularities. Higher concentrations had no effect themselves and stabilized rhythm in hearts made unstable by lower concentrations. Copper ions (as the sulphate) at 2 X 10(-6)M stabilized hearts made unstable by PGs and when present prior to the PGs prevented PG induced disturbances. Chloroquine also reversed PG-induced rhythm changes.
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