THE EFFECTS OF THYROXINE TREATMENT ON SLOW- AND FAST-CONTRACTING SKELETAL MUSCLE CONTRACTIONS OF THE CAT AND THEIR CYCLIC AMP LEVEL
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1. The effects of thyroxine treatment on soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle contractions and their cyclic adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate (cyclic AMP) levels were examined in anaesthetized cats.2. Thyroxine treatment decreased the tension of incomplete tetanic contractions of the soleus as well as the EDL muscles. The effect on tension of these muscles was not associated with an increase in the cyclic AMP level of the muscle as is the case with a β2-adrenoceptor agonist effect.3. The results do not support the involvement of cyclic AMP in the tension depressant effect of thyroxine on contractions of skeletal muscle.4. It is suggested that the muscle weakness and tremor observed in thyrotoxicosis and during administration of β-adrenoceptor agonists are mediated by different mechanisms.
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