The production of prostacyclin (PGI2) by cultured porcine aortic endothelial cells, in response to serum and the calcium ionophore A23187, was inhibited by TMB-8, an antagonist of intracellular calcium mobilization. The calcium-channel blocker methoxyverapamil (D600) inhibited serum-induced PGI2 production in but had little effect on A23187-induced PGI2 production. Calmodulin activity was detected in endothelial-cell Jysates and was inhibited by the calmodulin antagonist W7, which also inhibited PGI2 production in response to both agonists. Calcium and calmodulin appear to play an important role in mediating PGI2 production by the vascular endothelium.

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