What is the relationship between mN and mg as the units involved to measure the changes in contraction? A tool most widely used is an instrument called myograph. In these exoeriments, either units of mg or mN is used without any mention of why. Note that the first two examples use an experimental tool called a myograph - used to measure the force produced by a muscle (in this case muscular blood vessels) when under contraction. Both examples mention tension. Wether these myograph experiments are completely different i'm unsure.
- This example shows force as 'mN' from this paper Fig 1A a. Those who are interested the caption is as follows "Effects of Li+-PSS and NMDG-PSS in PGF2α-preconstricted pulmonary arteries. Intrapulmonary arteries (IPA) were first exposed to 80 mM K+, and endothelial function was assessed by relaxation of PGF2α contractions (10 μM) to acetylcholine (10 μM). Following a period of recovery, IPA were preconstricted to 10–15% 80K using PGF2α, and then physiological saline solution (PSS) was replaced by Li+-PSS in the continuing presence of the same concentration of PGF2α in endothelium-intact IPA"
- This example shows units as 'g'. note that some examples from other papers also use units of mg essentiall x1000 similar to other unit conversions from this paper Fig 1a. The caption is pretty much the same as 1. Particularly thromboxane A2 (TXA2) is a pharmacological agent affecting a set of ion channels: "Requirement of thromboxane A2 (TXA2) for hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) in rat pulmonary arteries (PAs). A: hypoxia alone (3% PO2) did not induce contraction of PA (left). In the presence of 10 nM U46619, hypoxia induced a strong contraction equivalent with the response to high K+ (80K, right)"
- For a third example click here. It does interestingly state "The PA rings were stretched to a predetermined optimal passive tension of 750 mg". As such mg (or g) is an alternative representation of a unit of force as presumed. Figure 1 in this link again demonstrates mg as an y-axis unit of measurement under myograph experiment