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Differential effects of uridine adenosine tetraphosphate on purinoceptors in the rat isolated perfused kidney.

Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Medical. Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Nephrologie, Hindenburgdamm 30, 12203 Berlin, Germany.
British Journal of Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 5.07). 10/2010; 161(3):530-40. DOI: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.00914.x
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ABSTRACT Purinergic signalling plays an important role in vascular tone regulation in humans. We have identified uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up(4)A) as a novel and highly potent endothelial-derived contracting factor. Up(4)A induces strong vasoconstrictive effects in the renal vascular system mainly by P2X(1) receptor activation. However, other purinoceptors are also involved and were analysed here.
The rat isolated perfused kidney was used to characterize vasoactive actions of Up(4)A.
After desensitization of the P2X(1) receptor by α,β-methylene ATP (α,β-meATP), Up(4)A showed dose-dependent P2Y(2)-mediated vasoconstriction. Continuous perfusion with Up(4)A evoked a biphasic vasoconstrictor effect: there was a strong and rapidly desensitizing vasoconstriction, inhibited by P2X(1) receptor desensitization. In addition, there is a long-lasting P2Y(2)-mediated vasoconstriction. This vasoconstriction could be blocked by suramin, but not by PPADS or reactive blue 2. In preparations of the rat isolated perfused kidney model with an elevated vascular tone, bolus application of Up(4)A showed a dose-dependent vasoconstriction that was followed by a dose-dependent vasodilation. The vasoconstriction was in part sensitive to P2X(1) receptor desensitization by α,β-meATP, and the remaining P2Y(2)-mediated vasoconstriction was only inhibited by suramin. The Up(4)A-induced vasodilation depended on activation of nitric oxide synthases, and was mediated by P2Y(1) and P2Y(2) receptor activation.
Up(4)A activated P2X(1) and P2Y(2) receptors to act as a vasoconstrictor, whereas endothelium-dependent vasodilation was induced by P2Y(1/2) receptor activation. Up(4)A might be of relevance in the physiology and pathophysiology of vascular tone regulation.

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