Michel Félétou

Institut de France, Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France

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    ABSTRACT: Angiotensin-II and oxidative stress are involved in the genesis of aortic aneurysms, a phenomenon exacerbated by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) deletion or uncoupling. The purpose of this work was to study the endothelial function in wild-type C57BL/6 (BL) and transgenic mice expressing the h-angiotensinogen and h-renin genes (AR) subjected to either a control, or a high-salt diet plus a treatment with a NO-synthase inhibitor, N-ω-nitro-L-arginine-methyl-ester (L-NAME; BLSL and ARSL). BLSL showed a moderate increase in blood pressure, while ARSL became severely hypertensive. Seventy-five percent of ARSL developed aortic aneurysms, characterized by major histo-morphological changes and associated with an increase in NADP(H) oxidase-2 (NOX2) expression. Contractile responses (KCl, norepinephrine, U-46619) were similar in the four groups of mice, and relaxations were not affected in BLSL and AR. However, in ARSL, endothelium-dependent relaxations (acetylcholine, UK-14304) were significantly reduced, and this dysfunction was similar in aortae without or with aneurysms. The endothelial impairment was unaffected by catalase, superoxide-dismutase mimetic, radical scavengers, cyclooxygenase inhibition, or TP-receptor blockade and could not be attributed to sGC oxidation. Thus, ARSL is a severe hypertension model developing aortic aneurysm. A vascular dysfunction, involving both endothelial (reduced role of NO) and smooth muscle cells, precedes aneurysms formation and, paradoxically, does not appear to involve oxidative stress.
    Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology 11/2014; · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess, in the murine kidney, the mechanisms underlying the endothelium-dependent control of vascular tone and whether or not, in a severe model of hypertension and renal failure, KCa channels contribute to its regulation. Wild-type (BL) and double-transgenic female mice expressing human angiotensinogen and renin (AR) genes received either control or a high-salt diet associated to a nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor treatment (BLSL and ARSL). Changes in renal perfusion pressure (RPP) were measured in isolated perfused kidneys. BLSL and AR were moderately hypertensive without kidney disease while ARSL developed severe hypertension and renal failure. In the four groups, methacholine induced biphasic endothelium-dependent responses, a transient decrease in RPP followed by a cyclooxygenase-dependent increase in RPP. In the presence or not of indomethacin, the vasodilatations were poorly sensitive to NO synthase inhibition. However, in the presence of cyclooxygenase and NO synthase inhibitors, apamin, and/or TRAM-34, blockers of KCa2.3 and KCa3.1, respectively, abolished the decrease in RPP in response to either methacholine or the two activators of KCa2.3/KCa3.1, NS309, and SKA-31. Thus, KCa2/3 channels play a major role in the regulation of murine kidney perfusion and this mechanism is maintained in hypertension, even when severe and associated with kidney damage.
    Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology 06/2014; · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lipocalin-2 is a proinflammatory adipokine upregulated in obese humans and animals. A pathogenic role of lipocalin-2 in hypertension has been suggested. Mice lacking lipocalin-2 are protected from dietary obesity-induced cardiovascular dysfunctions. Administration of lipocalin-2 causes abnormal vasodilator responses in mice on a high-fat diet (HFD). Wild-type and lipocalin-2 knockout mice were fed with standard chow or HFD. Immunoassays were performed for evaluating the circulating and tissue contents of lipocalin-2. The relaxation and contraction of arteries were studied using a wire myograph. Blood pressure was monitored with implantable radio telemetry. Dietary obesity promoted the accumulation of lipocalin-2 protein in blood and arteries. Deficiency of this adipokine protected mice from dietary obesity-induced elevation of blood pressure. Mass spectrometry analysis revealed that human and murine lipocalin-2 were modified by polyamination. Polyaminated lipocalin-2 was rapidly cleared from the circulation. Adipose tissue was a major site for lipocalin-2 deamidation. The circulating levels and the arterial accumulation of deamidated lipocalin-2 were significantly enhanced by treatment with linoleic acid (18:2n-6), which bound to lipocalin-2 with high affinity and prevented its interactions with matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9). Combined administration of linoleic acid with lipocalin-2 caused vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction and raised the blood pressure of mice receiving standard chow. A human lipocalin-2 mutant with cysteine 87 replaced by alanine (C87A) contained less polyamines and exhibited a reduced capacity to form heterodimeric complexes with MMP9. After treatment, C87A remained in the circulation for a prolonged period of time and evoked endothelial dysfunction in the absence of linoleic acid. Polyamination facilitates the clearance of lipocalin-2, whereas the accumulation of deamidated lipocalin-2 in arteries causes vascular inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and hypertension.
    Journal of the American Heart Association. 03/2014; 3(2):e000837.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present work was to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent components of the vascular relaxation induced by a water-soluble and ruthenium-based carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing agent, tricarbonylchloro(glycinato)ruthenium(II) (CORM-3). Changes in isometric tension and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) production were measured in isolated aortic rings from normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats. Nitric oxide (NO) generation was assessed in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) by electron spin resonance. In rat aortic rings, CORM-3, but not the inactivated compound, iCORM, induced relaxations. In rings with but not in those without endothelium relaxations were partially inhibited by L-nitro-arginine (L-NA), 1H-(1,2,4)-oxadiazolo(4,2-a)quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ), or hydroxocobalamin, inhibitors of NO-synthase, soluble guanylyl cyclase, and scavenger of NO, respectively. In rings with and without endothelium, deoxyhemoglobin abolished the relaxations. A combination of potassium channel blockers (barium, glibenclamide, and iberiotoxin) blunted the relaxation in rings without endothelium. CORM-3 produced an endothelium-dependent generation of cGMP that was inhibited by L-NA. CORM-3, but not iCORM, inhibited the endothelium-dependent relaxation to acetylcholine without affecting the response to sodium nitroprusside. In HUVEC, CORM-3 produced a concentration-dependent release of NO. Therefore, CORM-3-induced relaxations involve the soluble guanylyl cyclase-independent activation of smooth muscle potassium channels. Additionally, CO can produce concomitantly activation and inhibition of NO synthase, the former being responsible for the endothelium- and cGMP-dependent effect of CORM-3, the latter for the inhibition of acetylcholine-induced endothelium-dependent relaxations.
    Archiv für Experimentelle Pathologie und Pharmakologie 01/2013; · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Michel Félétou, Paul M Vanhoutte
    Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology 12/2012; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to investigate renal endothelium-dependent vasodilatation in a model of severe hypertension associated with kidney injury. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Changes in perfusion pressure were measured in isolated, perfused kidneys taken from 18-week-old Wistar-Kyoto rat (WKY), spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and SHR treated for 2 weeks with N(ω) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester in the drinking water (L-NAME-treated SHR, 6 mg·kg(-1) ·day(-1) ). KEY RESULTS Acetylcholine caused similar dose-dependent renal dilatation in the three groups. In vitro administration of indomethacin did not alter the vasodilatation, while the addition of N(w) -nitro-L-arginine (L-NA) produced a differential inhibition of the vasodilatation, (inhibition in WKY > SHR > L-NAME-treated SHR). Further addition of ODQ, an inhibitor of soluble guanylyl cyclase, abolished the responses to sodium nitroprusside but did not affect the vasodilatation to acetylcholine. However, the addition of TRAM-34 (or charybdotoxin) inhibitors of Ca(2+) -activated K(+) channels of intermediate conductance (K(Ca) 3.1), blocked the vasodilatation to acetylcholine, while apamin, an inhibitor of Ca(2+) -activated K(+) channels of small conductance (K(Ca) 2.3), was ineffective. Dilatation induced by an opener of K(Ca) 3.1/K(Ca) 2.3 channels, NS-309, was also blocked by TRAM-34, but not by apamin. The magnitude and duration of NS-309-induced vasodilatation and the renal expression of mRNA for K(Ca) 3.1, but not K(Ca) 2.3, channels followed the same ranking order (WKY < SHR < L-NAME-treated SHR). CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS In SHR kidneys, an EDHF-mediated response, involving activation of K(Ca) 3.1 channels, contributed to the mechanism of endothelium-dependent vasodilatation. In kidneys from L-NAME-treated SHR, up-regulation of this pathway fully compensated for the decrease in NO availability.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 05/2012; 167(4):854-67. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    Gillian Edwards, Michel Félétou, Arthur H Weston
    Circulation Research 01/2012; 110(1):e13-4; author reply e15-6. · 11.09 Impact Factor
  • Michel Félétou, Ralf Köhler, Paul M Vanhoutte
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The present review first summarizes the complex chain of events, in endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells, that leads to endothelium-dependent relaxations (vasodilatations) due to the generation of nitric oxide (NO) by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and how therapeutic interventions may improve the bioavailability of NO and thus prevent/cure endothelial dysfunction. Then, the role of other endothelium-derived mediators (endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing (EDHF) and contracting (EDCF) factors, endothelin-1) and signals (myoendothelial coupling) is summarized also, with special emphasis on their interaction(s) with the NO pathway, which make the latter not only a major mediator but also a key regulator of endothelium-dependent responses.
    Annals of Medicine 09/2011; · 4.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this review is to critically assess the evidence that neuropeptide Y (NPY) plays both an important role in the control of food intake and in the peripheral metabolic processes linked to the obese state. When given into the brain, NPY stimulates food intake and a variety of metabolic processes that promote fat deposition. The stimulation of food intake and body weight observed with chronic administration of the peptide is persistent and leads to obesity. Both the acute and chronic stimulation of food intake and body weight produced by NPY can be reproduced with selective NPY Y1 and Y5agonists. Therefore, there is no doubt that exogenously administered NPY is a potent regulator of appetite and could be involved in the development and maintenance of obesity. However, questions remain as to whether the increase in food intake produced by exogenous NPY represents a true hunger state or is mediated by unrelated behavioral changes. Although brain NPY levels and food intake are temporally related, attempts to demonstrate a change in food intake after blockade of endogenous NPY have been mixed. Furthermore, although some studies have shown a change in food intake after blockade of NPY the conclusion that this peptide plays an important role in the control of food intake is difficult to fully accept because of the nonselective nature of the inhibitors used. Based on the available evidence our conclusion is that NPY probably plays a role in the day-to- day control of food intake. However, NPY is not a critical regulator of food intake. In its absence appetite can be controlled by a variety of other hormones and neurotransmitters. However, a definitive answer to the role played by NPY in the control of food intake and peripheral metabolism awaits the development of clean and selective inhibitors. KeywordsNeuropeptide Y–Food intake–Obesity–NPY receptor knockout–NPY receptor antagonists–NPY antisense oligodeoxynucleotides–NPY antibodies
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    Michel Félétou, Yu Huang, Paul M Vanhoutte
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    ABSTRACT: Endothelium-dependent contractions contribute to endothelial dysfunction in various animal models of aging, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In the spontaneously hypertensive rat, the archetypal model for endothelium-dependent contractions, the production of the endothelium-derived contractile factors (EDCF) involves an increase in endothelial intracellular calcium concentration, the production of reactive oxygen species, the predominant activation of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and to a lesser extent that of COX-2, the diffusion of EDCF towards the smooth muscle cells and the subsequent stimulation of their thromboxane A2-endoperoxide TP receptors. Endothelium-dependent contractions are also observed in various models of hypertension, aging and diabetes. They generally also involve the generation of COX-1- and/or COX-2-derived products and the activation of smooth muscle TP receptors. Depending on the model, thromboxane A(2), PGH(2), PGF(2α), PGE(2) and paradoxically PGI(2) can all act as EDCFs. In human, the production of COX-derived EDCF is a characteristic of the aging and diseased blood vessels, with essential hypertension causing an earlier onset and an acceleration of this endothelial dysfunction. As it has been observed in animal models, COX-1, COX-2 or both isoforms can contribute to these endothelial dysfunctions. Since in most cases, the activation of TP receptors is the common downstream effector, selective antagonists of this receptor should curtail endothelial dysfunction and be of therapeutic interest in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 02/2011; 164(3):894-912. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to determine whether a stimulator of soluble guanylyl cyclase, BAY 41-2272, inhibits platelet aggregation and to clarify its interaction with nitric oxide (NO). Blood was collected from anaesthetized Wistar Kyoto rats. The aggregation of washed platelets was measured and the production of cAMP and cGMP was determined. In adenosine 5'-diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet aggregation, the anti-aggregating effects of BAY 41-2272, nitroglycerin, sodium nitroprusside and DEA-NONOate were associated with increased levels of cGMP while that of beraprost, a prostacyclin analogue, was correlated with an increase in cAMP. 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ) prevented the effects of BAY 41-2272 and that of nitroglycerin and sodium nitroprusside, but only inhibited the increase in cGMP produced by of DEA-NONOate. Hydroxocobalamin, an NO scavenger, inhibited the effects of the three NO donors and BAY 41-2272 but did not affect those of beraprost. ADP-induced aggregation and the effects of BAY 41-2272 were not affected by L-nitroarginine. A positive interaction was observed between BAY 41-2272 and the three NO donors. BAY 41-2272 potentiated also the anti-aggregating effects of beraprost, and again this potentiation was inhibited by hydroxocobalamin. Inhibition of platelet aggregation by BAY 41-2272 requires the reduced form of soluble guanylyl cyclase and the presence of NO. The positive interaction observed between BAY 41-2272 and various NO donors is qualitatively similar whatever the mechanism involved in NO release. Furthermore, a potent synergism is observed between BAY 41-2272 and a prostacyclin analogue, but only in the presence of NO.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 11/2010; 161(5):1044-58. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to determine whether an activator of soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC), BAY 58-2667, inhibits platelet aggregation and to clarify its mechanism of action. Blood was collected from anesthetized WKY rats. The aggregation of washed platelet was measured and the production of cAMP and cGMP was determined. BAY 58-2667 produced a partial inhibition of the ADP- and collagen-induced platelet aggregation, but did not significantly affect thrombin-induced aggregation. In ADP-induced platelet aggregation, the inhibitory effects of BAY 58-2667 were associated with an increased level of both cGMP and cAMP while that of the prostacyclin analogue, beraprost, was correlated only with an increase in cAMP. The inhibitor of sGC, ODQ, enhanced the effects of BAY 58-2667. The presence of L-nitroarginine, an inhibitor of NO-synthase, hydroxocobalamin, a scavenger of NO, or that of three different NO-donors did not affect the anti-aggregating effect of BAY 58-2667. However, the anti-aggregating effects of beraprost were potentiated by BAY 58-2667. Therefore, the platelet inhibitory effects of BAY 58-2667 are associated with the generation of cGMP and a secondary increase in cAMP, both being totally NO-independent. When the sGC is oxidized, BAY 58-2667 becomes a relevant anti-aggregating agent, which synergizes with the cAMP-dependent pathway.
    Vascular Pharmacology 10/2010; 53(5-6):281-7. · 4.62 Impact Factor
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    Michel Félétou, Ralf Köhler, Paul M Vanhoutte
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    ABSTRACT: Endothelial cells regulate vascular tone by releasing various contracting and relaxing factors including nitric oxide (NO), arachidonic acid metabolites (derived from cyclooxygenases, lipoxygenases, and cytochrome P450 monooxygenases), reactive oxygen species, and vasoactive peptides. Additionally, another pathway associated with the hyperpolarization of the underlying smooth muscle cells plays a predominant role in resistance arteries. Endothelial dysfunction is a multifaceted disorder, which has been associated with hypertension of diverse etiologies, involving not only alterations of the L-arginine NO-synthase-soluble guanylyl cyclase pathway but also reduced endothelium-dependent hyperpolarizations and enhanced production of contracting factors, particularly vasoconstrictor prostanoids. This brief review highlights these different endothelial pathways as potential drug targets for novel treatments in hypertension and the associated endothelial dysfunction and end-organ damage.
    Current Hypertension Reports 08/2010; 12(4):267-75. · 3.90 Impact Factor
  • Michel Félétou, Paul M Vanhoutte, Tony J Verbeuren
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    ABSTRACT: The stimulation of thromboxane/endoperoxide receptors (TP) elicits diverse physiological/pathophysiological reactions, including platelet aggregation and contraction of vascular smooth muscle. Furthermore, the activation of endothelial TP promotes the expression of adhesion molecules and favors adhesion and infiltration of monocytes/macrophages. In various cardiovascular diseases, endothelial dysfunction is predominantly the result of the release of endothelium-derived contracting factors that counteract the vasodilator effect of nitric oxide produced by the endothelial nitric oxide synthase. Endothelium-dependent contractions involve the activation of cyclooxygenases, the production of reactive oxygen species along with that of endothelium-derived contracting factors, which diffuse toward the vascular smooth muscle cells and activate their TP. TP antagonists curtail the endothelial dysfunction in diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, are potent antithrombotic agents, and reduce vascular inflammation. Therefore, TP antagonists, because of this triple activity, may have a unique potential for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
    Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology 04/2010; 55(4):317-32. · 2.83 Impact Factor
  • Gillian Edwards, Michel Félétou, Arthur H Weston
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    ABSTRACT: The term endothelium-derived hyperpolarising factor (EDHF) was introduced in 1987 to describe the hypothetical factor responsible for myocyte hyperpolarisations not associated with nitric oxide (EDRF) or prostacyclin. Two broad categories of EDHF response exist. The classical EDHF pathway is blocked by apamin plus TRAM-34 but not by apamin plus iberiotoxin and is associated with endothelial cell hyperpolarisation. This follows an increase in intracellular [Ca(2+)] and the opening of endothelial SK(Ca) and IK(Ca) channels preferentially located in caveolae and in endothelial cell projections through the internal elastic lamina, respectively. In some vessels, endothelial hyperpolarisations are transmitted to myocytes through myoendothelial gap junctions without involving any EDHF. In others, the K(+) that effluxes through SK(Ca) activates myocytic and endothelial Ba(2+)-sensitive K(IR) channels leading to myocyte hyperpolarisation. K(+) effluxing through IK(Ca) activates ouabain-sensitive Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases generating further myocyte hyperpolarisation. For the classical pathway, the hyperpolarising "factor" involved is the K(+) that effluxes through endothelial K(Ca) channels. During vessel contraction, K(+) efflux through activated myocyte BK(Ca) channels generates intravascular K(+) clouds. These compromise activation of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases and K(IR) channels by endothelium-derived K(+) and increase the importance of gap junctional electrical coupling in myocyte hyperpolarisations. The second category of EDHF pathway does not require endothelial hyperpolarisation. It involves the endothelial release of factors that include NO, HNO, H(2)O(2) and vasoactive peptides as well as prostacyclin and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids. These hyperpolarise myocytes by opening various populations of myocyte potassium channels, but predominantly BK(Ca) and/or K(ATP), which are sensitive to blockade by iberiotoxin or glibenclamide, respectively.
    Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology 04/2010; 459(6):863-79. · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammation plays a major role in pathological conditions leading to cardiovascular events. Administration of lipopolysaccharide to animals decreases arterial blood flow, in contrast to the dilatations that occur in microvessels. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether or not lipopolysaccharide, in vivo, evokes arterial constriction and if so the underlying mechanisms. Rabbits were anaesthetized, blood pressure monitored and femoral artery diameter continuously recorded with an echotracking device. Lipopolysaccharide induced leucopenia, thrombocytopenia, acidosis and a progressive hypotension with a decrease in femoral artery diameter (-30.7+/-2.4% after 3 h) and an increase in arterial rigidity. Three hours after lipopolysaccharide administration, the arterial dilatations to acetylcholine, arachidonic acid and iloprost were inhibited while that to sodium nitroprusside was not altered; the constrictions to norepinephrine, angiotensin II, U46619 (thromboxane analog) and serotonin were not modified. Under control conditions endothelin-1 produced an endothelin ET(B) dependent dilatation, reversed after lipopolysaccharide to an endothelin ETA dependent constriction. The thromboxane TP receptor antagonist S 18886 partially blocked the constriction; the angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonist candesartan prevented it. S 18886 normalized the impaired dilatations to acetylcholine, antagonists of 5-HT-receptors partially restored them while candesartan was ineffective. Antagonists of the endothelin or the histamine receptors had no effect. The present data show that lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation causes 1) a strong constriction of the femoral artery in which activation of both thromboxane and angiotensin AT1 receptors is involved 2) a reduction of the endothelium-dependent dilatation to acetylcholine attributed to the activation of thromboxane TP receptors.
    European journal of pharmacology 03/2010; 634(1-3):113-20. · 2.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present experiments investigated whether endothelium-derived mediators modulate the effect of natriuretic peptides in porcine coronary arteries. Rings with and without endothelium were suspended in organ chambers for isometric tension recording. Concentration-relaxation curves to C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) were obtained during contractions to endothelin-1. Removal of the endothelium potentiated relaxations to both CNP and ANP. N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester potentiated relaxations to natriuretic peptides only in arteries with endothelium. Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) inhibited the response to the natriuretic peptides only in the absence of the endothelium. In rings with endothelium, 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo [4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ) and 4H-8-bromo-1,2,4-oxadiazolo[3,4-d]benz[b][1,4]oxazin-1-one (NS2028) potentiated CNP-mediated relaxations. Iberiotoxin (IBTX) reduced the response only in rings without endothelium. Glybenclamide inhibited the relaxations in both the presence and absence of endothelium. CNP-induced relaxations were reduced by 8-bromoguanosine 3',5'-cGMP (8-bromo-cGMP) to the same extent in rings with and without endothelium. There was no significant difference between the increased cGMP content caused by CNP in porcine coronary arteries with or without endothelium. In patch-clamp studies in porcine coronary arterial smooth muscle cells, the natriuretic peptide-mediated enhancement of the IBTX-sensitive big conductance calcium-activated potassium channel (BK(Ca)) amplitude was reversed by SNP and 8-bromo-cGMP. These findings demonstrate that, in the porcine coronary artery, the opening of BK(Ca) and ATP-dependent potassium channels of the vascular smooth muscle contributes to CNP-mediated relaxations. Endothelium-derived and exogenous NO inhibit the direct relaxing effect of natriuretic peptides by desensitizing the response of the BK(Ca)s of the vascular smooth muscle to the generation of cGMP.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 03/2010; 334(1):223-31. · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    Michel Félétou, Yu Huang, Paul M Vanhoutte
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    ABSTRACT: In cardiovascular diseases and during aging, endothelial dysfunction is due in part to the release of endothelium-derived contracting factors that counteract the vasodilator effect of the nitric oxide. Endothelium-dependent contractions involve the activation of endothelial cyclooxygenases and the release of various prostanoids, which activate thromboxane prostanoid (TP) receptors of the underlying vascular smooth muscle. The stimulation of TP receptors elicits not only the contraction and the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells but also diverse physiological/pathophysiological reactions, including platelet aggregation and activation of endothelial inflammatory responses. TP receptor antagonists curtail endothelial dysfunction in diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, are potent antithrombotic agents, and prevent vascular inflammation.
    Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology 03/2010; 459(6):941-50. · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thromboxane A(2) and the activation of TP receptors that it causes play an important role in platelet aggregation and therefore in thrombosis. However, TP receptors are also involved in the pathologies of the vascular wall including impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation, increased oxidant generation, and increased expression of adhesion molecules. The beneficial effects of TP antagonists on the vascular wall attenuate these features of vascular disease. They are not shared by aspirin. In fact, TP antagonists are active in patients treated with aspirin, indicating that their potential beneficial effects are mediated by mechanisms different from the antithrombotic actions of aspirin. Our studies have demonstrated the vascular benefits of TP antagonists in experimental animals, particularly in models of diabetes mellitus, in which elevated levels of eicosanoids play a role not only in vascular pathologies but also in those of the kidney and other tissues. They suggest that TP blockade protects against fundamental and widespread tissular dysfunction associated with metabolic disease including hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. TP receptor antagonists represent a promising avenue for the prevention of vascular disease in part because of these pleiotropic actions that extend beyond their antithrombotic properties.
    Advances in pharmacology (San Diego, Calif.) 01/2010; 60:85-106.
  • Michel Félétou, Paul M Vanhoutte
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    ABSTRACT: The endothelium controls vascular tone not only by releasing NO and prostacyclin, but also by other pathways causing hyperpolarization of the underlying smooth muscle cells. This characteristic was at the origin of the term 'endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor' (EDHF). However, this acronym includes different mechanisms. Arachidonic acid metabolites derived from the cyclo-oxygenases, lipoxygenases and cytochrome P450 pathways, H(2)O(2), CO, H(2)S and various peptides can be released by endothelial cells. These factors activate different families of K(+) channels and hyperpolarization of the vascular smooth muscle cells contribute to the mechanisms leading to their relaxation. Additionally, another pathway associated with the hyperpolarization of both endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells contributes also to endothelium-dependent relaxations (EDHF-mediated responses). These responses involve an increase in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration of the endothelial cells, followed by the opening of SK(Ca) and IK(Ca) channels (small and intermediate conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels respectively). These channels have a distinct subcellular distribution: SK(Ca) are widely distributed over the plasma membrane, whereas IK(Ca) are preferentially expressed in the endothelial projections toward the smooth muscle cells. Following SK(Ca) activation, smooth muscle hyperpolarization is preferentially evoked by electrical coupling through myoendothelial gap junctions, whereas, following IK(Ca) activation, K(+) efflux can activate smooth muscle Kir2.1 and/or Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase. EDHF-mediated responses are altered by aging and various pathologies. Therapeutic interventions can restore these responses, suggesting that the improvement in the EDHF pathway contributes to their beneficial effect. A better characterization of EDHF-mediated responses should allow the determination of whether or not new drugable targets can be identified for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
    Clinical Science 09/2009; 117(4):139-55. · 5.63 Impact Factor

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  • 1993–2013
    • Institut de France
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2006–2012
    • The University of Hong Kong
      • Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2004
    • Nanjing Medical University
      Nan-ching, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • 1999–2000
    • The University of Manchester
      • Faculty of Life Sciences
      Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • 1987–1989
    • Mayo Clinic - Rochester
      • Department of Surgery
      Rochester, Minnesota, United States