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Modulation of adrenergic transmission by angiotensins in the perfused rat mesentery. Am J Physiol 1979 Feb;236(2):H211-7 PMID: 217278

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Isolated rat mesenteric arteries perfused with a modified Krebs solution were utilized to study the effects of angiotensin II (AII), angiotensin III (AIII), and [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII on adrenergic transmission. Angiotensin II potentiated vasoconstrictor responses to both sympathetic nerve stimulation and to exogenous norepinephrine, whereas AIII and [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII potentiated vasoconstrictor responses to exogenous norepinephrine only. When the responses to exogenous norepinephrine were compared, the order of agonist potency was AIII greater than AII greater than [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII. The potentiation of sympathetic nerve stimulation by AII was inhibited by simultaneous administration of AIII (25%), [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII (51%), [Sar1-Ile8]AII (83%), and (Ile7)AIII (80%). The potentiation of exogenous norepinephrine by AII, AIII, and [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII was inhibited by [Sar1-Ile8]AII (110%, 113%, and 108%, respectively) and by [Ile7]AIII (50%, 64%, 91%, respectively). We conclude that AII possesses the capacity both to increase norpinephrine release during sympathetic nerve stimulation and to decrease norepinephrine reuptake, whereas AIII and [des-Asp1-Arg2]AII decrease norepinephrine release and reuptake. Also, under conditions of increased N-terminal degradation of AII, blockade of norepinephrine reuptake would be increased while the release of norepinephrine by nerve stimulation would be reduced.

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Campbell WB, Jackson EK


William B. Campbell PhD Chair, Professor in the Pharmacology and Toxicology department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Angiotensin II
Angiotensin III
Mesenteric Arteries
Sympathetic Nervous System
Synaptic Transmission
Vasomotor System
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