Acta biologica et medica Germanica. vol:38 issue:7 pages:987-98
A single sucrose gap techniques has been used to study action potentials and phase plane trajectories of them in atrial trabeculae of the rabbit. Using polynomial representations of current-voltage relationships a model of membrane action potential of atrial myocardial fibres is described and allows an interpretation of recording data from the phase plane trajectories. Our findings show: 1. Increasing extracellular calcium concentration increases a potassium conductivity of the atrial membrane. 2. An anomalous rectification concerning repolarizing currents in atrial fibres decreases with increasing extracellular calcium. 3. Acetylcholine (3.10(-4) g.cm-3) abolishes the anomalous rectification. These results are discussed in relation to previous electrophysiological studies of negative electrotropic effects of acetylcholine in cardiac muscle.