Effect of exercise training on nitric oxide and superoxide/H2O2 signaling pathways in collateral-dependent porcine coronary arterioles

Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA.
Journal of Applied Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.06). 02/2012; 112(9):1546-55. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01248.2011
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Endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (NOS) has been shown to contribute to enhanced vascular function after exercise training. Recent studies have revealed that relatively low concentrations of reactive oxygen species can contribute to endothelium-dependent vasodilation under physiological conditions. We tested the hypothesis that exercise training enhances endothelial function via endothelium-derived vasodilators, NO and superoxide/H(2)O(2), in the underlying setting of chronic coronary artery occlusion. An ameroid constrictor was placed around the proximal left circumflex coronary artery to induce gradual occlusion in Yucatan miniature swine. At 8 wk postoperatively, pigs were randomly assigned to sedentary (pen-confined) or exercise-training (treadmill-run: 5 days/wk for 14 wk) regimens. Exercise training significantly enhanced concentration-dependent, bradykinin-mediated dilation in cannulated collateral-dependent arterioles (∼130 μm diameter) compared with sedentary pigs. NOS inhibition reversed training-enhanced dilation at low bradykinin concentrations in collateral-dependent arterioles, although increased dilation persisted at higher bradykinin concentrations. Total and phosphorylated (Ser(1179)) endothelial NOS protein levels were significantly increased in arterioles from collateral-dependent compared with the nonoccluded region, independent of exercise. The H(2)O(2) scavenger polyethylene glycol-catalase abolished the training-enhanced bradykinin-mediated dilation in collateral-dependent arterioles; similar results were observed with the SOD inhibitor diethyldithiocarbamate. Fluorescence measures of bradykinin-stimulated H(2)O(2) levels were significantly increased by exercise training, independent of occlusion. The NADPH inhibitor apocynin significantly attenuated bradykinin-mediated dilation in arterioles of exercise-trained, but not sedentary, pigs and was associated with significantly increased protein levels of the NADPH subunit p67phox. These data provide evidence that, in addition to NO, the superoxide/H(2)O(2) signaling pathway significantly contributes to exercise training-enhanced endothelium-mediated dilation in collateral-dependent coronary arterioles.

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