The Relationship of Human Saphenous Vein Smooth Muscle Contractile Responses to Donor Age and Gender

Kelvin G.M. Brockbank, Mark G. Davies, Shirley M. Fields, Per Otto Hagen

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Abstract

The smooth muscle contractile properties of 100 human saphenous veins derived from healthy tissue and organ donors were investigated. No significant changes in the contractile responses of saphenous veins to potassium chloride, serotonin, and norepinephrine were associated with age. In contrast, comparison of contractile responses between males and females demonstrated significantly less response to potassium chloride in female veins (P<0.05). Female contractile responses to serotonin (P=0.74) and norepinephrine (P= 0.29) did not differ significantly when compared with male responses. These observations support the conclusion that gender may be an important variable in saphenous vein biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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