Objective: This study was designed to investigate the ability of a chronic blockade of angiotensin Il type 1 receptors with losartan to reverse the endothelial dysfunction present in Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME)-treated hypertensive rats and the possible dependence of this effect on bradykinin B2-receptor activation. Methods: Rats treated with L-NAME alone (60 mg/kg per day for 8 weeks) or with L-NAME + losartan, L-NAME + icatibant (a bradykinin B2-receptor antagonist) and L-NAME + losartan + icatibant were studied. Losartan, icatibant or losartan + icatibant were co-administered with L-NAME during the last 4 weeks of the experiment. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene expression in aortic tissues, plasma nitrite/nitrate concentrations, the relaxant effect of acetylcholine on norepinephrine-precontracted aortic rings and 6-keto-PGF1α release from aortic rings were used as markers of the endothelial function. Results: Rats treated with L-NAME alone and L-NAME + icatibant showed, as compared with untreated animals, a clear-cut increase in systolic blood pressure and a decrease of all the markers of endothelial function evaluated. In L-NAME-rats, administration of losartan reduced the systolic blood pressure and restored endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene expression, plasma nitrite/nitrate levels, the relaxant activity of acetylcholine on aortic rings and the generation of 6-keto-PGF1α from the aortic tissues. Co-administration of icatibant with losartan blunted the stimulatory effect of losartan on the markers of endothelial function evaluated. Conclusion: These results demonstrated that losartan is capable of reversing the endothelial vasodilator dysfunction in L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats, and that the beneficial effect of losartan is mediated by bradykinin B2-receptor activation.
Angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonism improves endothelial vasodilator function in L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats by a kinin-dependent mechanism / V. De Gennaro Colonna, S. Fioretti, A. Rigamonti, S. Bonomo, B. Manfredi, E. Müller, F. Berti, G. Rossoni. - In: JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION. - ISSN 0263-6352. - 24:1(2006 Jan), pp. 95-102.
|Titolo:||Angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonism improves endothelial vasodilator function in L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats by a kinin-dependent mechanism|
ROSSONI, GIUSEPPE BATTISTA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Angiotensin II type 1-receptor antagonists; Bradykinin; Endothelial dysfunction; Hypertension; Nitric oxide|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||gen-2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.hjh.0000194116.89356.66|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|