Isometric contractile force were studied on isolated human myocardial trabeculae that were paced at 1.0 Hz in tissue baths. Alpha calcitonin gene-related peptide (α-CGRP) had a potent positive inotropic effect in most trabeculae from both the right atrium and left ventricle, and this effect was partially antagonized by the CGRP1 receptor antagonist α-CGRP-(8-37) (10-6 M). Amylin and the CGRP2 receptor agonist [Cys(acetylmethoxy)2,7]CGRP had a positive inotropic effect in some trabeculae, whereas adrenomedullin had no inotropic effect. Using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) mRNAs encoding the human calcitonin receptor-like receptor and the receptor associated modifying proteins (RAMPs) RAMP1, RAMP2, and RAMP3 were detected in human myocardial trabeculae from both the right atrium and left ventricle. In conclusion, functional CGRP1 and CGRP2 receptors may mediate a positive inotropic effect at both the atrial and ventricular level of the human heart. mRNAs for calcitonin receptor-like receptor and specific RAMPs further support the presence of CGRP receptors. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Saetrum Opgaard, O, Hasbak, P, de Vries, R.R.P, Saxena, P.R, & Edvinsson, L. (2000). Positive inotropy mediated via CGRP receptors in isolated human myocardial trabeculae. European Journal of Pharmacology (Vol. 397, pp. 373–382). doi:10.1016/S0014-2999(00)00233-8