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Mitochondria are important modulators of Ca(2+) homeostasis. However, it is not clear if they modulate and participate in smooth muscle signaling and contraction. The aim of the present work was to investigate the role of mitochondria in Ca(2+) transients and contraction induced by metabotropic muscarinic receptor activation in rat gastric smooth muscle.
Department of Pharmacology, Paulista School of Medicine, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM), Brazil.
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