[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Age-related vascular diseases are induced by vascular dysfunction, which involves changes in the vasomotor response. The voltage-dependent L-type calcium channel (VDCC) protein is involved in the regulation of vessel function (contraction/relaxation action). In the present study, we evaluated age-related vasomotor function and expression of the signal-related target proteins, including VDCC, using thoracic aorta from both 8- and 40-week old Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). In contraction experiments using aortic rings, vasomotor responses of both phenylephrine-induced contraction and acetylcholine-induced relaxation were significantly attenuated with age in SHR, whereas WKY did not lose activity with age. Contraction induced by angiotensin II was impaired only for the 40-week old SHR among all the rat groups tested, although enhanced AT1R/reduced AT2R expression with age was observed for both WKY and SHR. In contrast, a vasomotor responsiveness to Bay K 8644 (a VDCC agonist) at the initial contraction phase was significantly attenuated in both 40-week WKY and SHR with significant reduction of VDCC protein expression. The reduced VDCC expression in 40-week old rats significantly lowered the relaxation activity of VDCC blockers, such as verapamil and Trp-His, but did not affect that of nifedipine. Taken together, we provided the first evidence that aging caused a reduction of VDCC expression in rat aorta, irrespective of the rat strain, along with diminishment of the therapeutic potential of VDCC blockers.
PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e88975. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Adenine had a concentration-dependent relaxation action on the phenylephrine-contracted aorta ring, with an EC(50) value of 0.40±0.12 mM. This effect was also observed in the endothelium-denuded aorta. Among the adenine analogues, N-methyladenine and benzimidazole still evoked an apparent relaxation effect, while 1-, 3- or 7-methyladenine and imidazole were no longer vasodilators. These findings demonstrate that the imino group from the uncharged imidazolium moiety in adenine played a key role in the relaxation of the contracted aorta.
Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 04/2012; 76(4):828-30. · 1.27 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Trp-His is the only vasoactive di-peptide known to regulate intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) and prevent the onset of atherosclerosis in mice. In this study, we showed that Trp-His reduced the [Ca(2+)]i elevation in phospholipase C-activated vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), while a mixture of the corresponding constituent amino acids did not show significant reduction. Furthermore, Trp-His suppressed calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMK II) activity in angiotensin II-stimulated VSMCs, resulting in the inhibition of phosphorylation of voltage-dependent L-type Ca(2+) channels (VDCC). Therefore, Trp-His potentially regulates the VDCC phosphorylation cascade through Ca(2+)-CaM/CaMK II.