The presence of three distinct cholinergic receptors on human lymphocytes was suggested by the effects of carbamoylcholine on lymphocyte proliferation in vitro. The cells responded to both 0.1 nM and 1 microM carbamoylcholine by increased proliferation which was blocked by the muscarinic antagonist atropine. This effect occurred in both mitogen-stimulated cells (maximum effect at 24 hr) and nonstimulated cells (maximum effect at 72 hr). In contrast, 1--10 nM carbamoylcholine produced diminished in vitro proliferation, an effect which was blocked by the nicotinic antagonists alpha-bungarotoxin and d-tubocurarine.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Sep 1979|
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