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- Effects of castration on alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes in the rat aorta
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- The expression of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes in several tissues is regulated by gonadal hormones. In this study, we investigated whether castration regulates the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes mediating the contractions of the aorta from male rats to noradrenaline. Noradrenaline induced similar concentration-dependent contractions in the aorta from control and castrated rats. Treatment of the aorta from both control and castrated rats with the alpha(1B)/alpha(1D)-adrenoceptor alkylating agent chloroethylclonidine resulted in approximate to1600-fold rightward shift in the concentration-response curves to noradrenaline. The pA(2) values found for WB 4101, benoxathian (alpha(1A)-selective) and BMY 7378 (alpha(1D)-selective) indicate that alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors are involved in the contractions of the aorta from control and castrated rats to noradrenaline. However, there was a 15-fold difference between the pK(B) estimated through the lowest effective concentrations of the alpha(1A)-adrenoceptor selective antagonist 5-methyl-urapidil in the aorta from control and castrated rats. The pK(B) estimated in aorta from control rats is consistent with the interaction with alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors (7.58 +/- 0.06), while that calculated in organs from control rats is consistent with alpha(1A)-adrenoceptors (8.76 +/- 0.09). These results suggest that castration induces plasticity in the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes involved in the contractions of the aorta to noradrenaline. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Vascular Pharmacology. New York: Elsevier B.V., v. 39, n. 6, p. 335-341, 2002.
- Elsevier B.V.
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