Mechanisms of augmented vasoconstriction induced by 5-hydroxytryptamine in aortic rings from spontaneously hypertensive rats

Klaudia Budzyn, Ravina Maru Ravi, Alyson Anne Miller, Christopher Graeme Sobey

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Background and purpose:To test whether development of enhanced vasoconstriction to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT; serotonin) in SHR was temporally related to hypertension, elevated vascular superoxide (O(2)(-)) levels, decreased NO bioavailability, or increased contractile effects of cyclooxygenase or rho-kinase and/or PKC.Experimental approach:We examined systolic blood pressure (SBP), vascular O(2)(-), and 5-HT-induced contractile responses of aortic segments from 4- and 8-week-old WKY and SHR.Key results:SBP was 35 higher in SHR than WKY at 4 weeks and 60 higher at 8 weeks. Contractile responses to 5-HT were similar in WKY and SHR at 4 weeks, but were markedly augmented in SHR at 8 weeks. The NO synthase inhibitor, L-NAME, enhanced contractile responses to 5-HT markedly in both strains at 4 weeks and in WKY at 8 weeks, but only very modestly in SHR at 8 weeks. These functional differences were associated with higher O(2)(-) levels in SHR versus WKY at 8 weeks, but not at 4 weeks. The rho-kinase inhibitor, Y-27632, and the PKC inhibitor, Ro 31-8220, each only modestly attenuated contractions in WKY and SHR in each age group, and their effects in each strain were more pronounced at 8 weeks. The cyclooxygenase inhibitor, indomethacin, had no effect on contractile responses.Conclusions and implications:Development of augmented vascular contractile responses to 5-HT in SHR is preceded by hypertension. It is associated with increased vascular O(2)(-) levels and reduced modulatory effects of NO, and is unlikely to be due to enhanced activity of rho-kinase, PKC or cyclooxygenase.British Journal of Pharmacology advance online publication, 16 June 2008; doi:10.1038/bjp.2008.247.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210 - 216
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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