Augmented adrenergic vasoconstriction in hypertensive diabetic obese Zucker rats.
ABSTRACT This study examined skeletal muscle microvessel reactivity to constrictor stimuli in obese (OZR) versus lean Zucker rats (LZR). Gracilis arteries from both rat groups were isolated, cannulated with glass micropipettes, and viewed via television microscopy. Changes in vessel diameter were measured with a video micrometer. Arterial constriction to norepinephrine was elevated in OZR versus LZR, although vasoconstrictor reactivity to endothelin and angiotensin II was unaltered. Differences in reactivity between vessels of LZR and OZR were not explained by the loss of either endothelial nitric oxide synthase or beta-adrenergic receptor function. Reactivity of in situ cremasteric arterioles of OZR to norepinephrine was elevated versus LZR. Treatment with prazosin increased the diameter of in vivo gracilis arteries of OZR to levels determined in LZR and also normalized blood pressure in OZR. These results suggest that the constrictor reactivity of skeletal muscle microvessels in OZR is heightened in response to alpha-adrenergic stimuli and that development of diabetes in OZR may be associated with impaired skeletal muscle perfusion and hypertension due to microvessel hyperreactivity in response to sympathetic stimulation.
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ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To use the obese Zucker rat (OZR) model of the metabolic syndrome to determine the impact of dilator stimuli on myogenic activation (MA) of gracilis arterioles (GA) and middle cerebral arteries (MCA). We tested the hypothesis that increased oxidant stress and thromboxane A2 (TxA2 ) exacerbate MA, and prevent its blunting with dilator stimuli, in OZR METHODS: GA/MCA from OZR and lean Zucker rats (LZR) were pressurized ex vivo. MA was determined under control conditions and following challenge with acetylcholine, hypoxia and adenosine. Responses were also evaluated after pre-treatment with TEMPOL (antioxidant) and SQ-29548 (PGH2 /TxA2 receptor antagonist) RESULTS: MA was increased (and dilator responses decreased) in GA/MCA from OZR, dependent on the endothelium and ROS. In GA, the impact of ROS on MA and dilator effects was largely via TxA2 , while in MCA, this appeared was more dependent on NO bioavailability. Intrinsic responses of GA/MCA to carbacyclin, U46619, and NO donors were similar between strains. CONCLUSIONS: A developing ROS-based endothelial dysfunction in MCA and GA of OZR contributes to an enhanced MA of these vessels. While treatment of GA/MCA with TEMPOL attenuates MA in OZR, the mechanistic contributors to altered MA, distal to ROS, differ between the two resistance vessels. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.Microcirculation (New York, N.Y.: 1994) 03/2013; · 2.37 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Young healthy adults exhibit an inverse linear relationship between muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and α-adrenergic responsiveness. This balance may be reversed in metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) given animal models exhibit increased sympathetic activity and α-mediated vasoconstriction. We hypothesized humans with MetSyn would demonstrate increased α-adrenergic vasoconstriction and the inverse relationship between MSNA and adrenergic responsiveness would be lost. We measured MSNA (microneurography of the peroneal nerve) and forearm blood flow (FBF, Doppler ultrasound) in 16 healthy control subjects (31±3 years) and 14 adults with MetSyn (35±3 years; p>0.05) during local administration of α-adrenergic agonists (phenylephrine, PE α1; clonidine, CL α2). MSNA was greater in MetSyn subjects when compared with healthy controls (p<0.05). A group difference in vasoconstriction to PE was not detected (p=0.08). The level of α1-mediated vasoconstriction was inversely related to MSNA in control subjects (r=0.5, p=0.04); this balance between MSNA and α1-responsiveness was lost in adults with MetSyn. MetSyn subjects exhibited greater vasoconstriction to CL infusion when compared with healthy controls (p<0.01). A relationship between MSNA and α2-mediated vasoconstriction was not detected in either group. In summary, altered neurovascular control in human MetSyn is receptor-specific. The observed uncoupling between MSNA and α1-adrenergic responsiveness and increased α2 -vasoconstriction may lead to reduced FBF, altered flow distribution, and/or severe hypertension with the progression toward diabetes and cardiovascular disease.The Journal of Physiology 10/2012; · 4.38 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Cirrhotic portal hypertension is characterized by increased hepatic oxidative stress, AA (arachidonic acid)-derived TXA(2) (thromboxane A(2)) release and exaggerated hepatic response to the α-adrenergic agonist MTX (methoxamine). Besides promoting hepatic fibrosis, the role of hyperleptinaemia in the modulation of vascular response in NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) rat livers remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to explore the possible links between hyperleptinaemia and the disarrangement in the hepatic microcirculation. NASH-cirrhosis with hyperleptinaemia was induced in lean rats by feeding with an HF/MCD (high-fat/methionine-choline-deficient) diet. Portal haemodynamics, various substances, protein and mRNA expression and PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) composition were measured. Finally, the effects of leptin pre-infusion on TXA(2) release and concentration-PPP (portal perfusion pressure) curves in response to MTX were evaluated by simultaneously pre-treatment with the Kupffer cell inactivators GdCl(3) (gadolinium chloride) or EC (encapsulated clodronate), the TXS (TXA(2) synthase) inhibitor furegrelate, the TP receptor (TXA(2) receptor) antagonist SQ29548 and the dual TXS/TP receptor antagonist BM567. In HF/MCD+leptin-lean rats, cirrhosis-induced PPP and MTX hyper-responsiveness were associated with increased hepatic TXA(2) production, TBARS (thiobarbituric acid-reacting substances) levels and the AA (arachidonic acid)/n-3 PUFA ratio, and up-regulation of hepatic leptin, FAS (fatty acid synthase), NADPH oxidase subunits, TXS, TP receptor, TGFβ(1) (transforming growth factor β(1)) proteins and mRNAs. Pre-infusion of leptin significantly enhanced MTX-stimulated PPP elevation and TXA(2) release, which were attenuated by GdCl(3) and EC pre-treatment. Concomitantly pre-incubation with BM567, but not furegrelate or SQ29548, significantly abolished the leptin-enhanced MTX-stimulated increase in PPP in NASH-cirrhotic rats. Hyperleptinaemia plays an important role in hyper-responsiveness to MTX in NASH-cirrhotic rat livers with portal hypertension. The leptin-enhanced MTX-stimulated increase in PPP is mediated by increased oxidative stress and Kupffer-cell-activated AA-derived TXA(2) release in NASH-cirrhotic rats.Clinical Science 06/2012; 123(12):669-80. · 4.86 Impact Factor