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Steroid-producing cells regulate arterial tone of adrenal cortical arteries. Endocrinology 2007 Aug;148(8):3569-76



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2-s2.0-34547098836   12 Citations


Adrenal blood flow is coupled to adrenal hormone secretion. ACTH increases adrenal blood flow and stimulates the secretion of aldosterone and cortisol in vivo. However, ACTH does not alter vascular tone of isolated adrenal cortical arteries. Mechanisms underlying this discrepancy remain unsolved. The present study examined the effect of zona glomerulosa (ZG) cells on cortical arterial tone. ZG cells (10(5) to 10(7) cells) and ZG cell-conditioned medium relaxed preconstricted adrenal arteries (maximal relaxations = 79 +/- 4 and 66 +/- 4%, respectively). In adrenal arteries coincubated with a small number of ZG cells (0.5-1 x 10(6)), ACTH (10(-12) to 10(-8) m) induced concentration-dependent relaxations (maximal relaxation = 67 +/- 4%). Similarly, ACTH (10(-8) m) dilated (55 +/- 10%) perfused arteries embedded in adrenal cortical slices. ZG cell-dependent relaxations to ACTH were endothelium-independent and inhibited by high extracellular K(+) (60 mm); the K(+) channel blocker, iberiotoxin (100 nm); the cytochrome P450 inhibitors SKF 525A (10 microm) and miconazole (10 microm); and the epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (EET) antagonist 14,15-EEZE (2 microm). Four EET regioisomers were identified in ZG cell-conditioned media. EET production was stimulated by ACTH. We conclude that ZG cells release EETs and this release is stimulated by ACTH. Interaction of endocrine and vascular cells represents a mechanism for regulating adrenal blood flow and couples steroidogenesis to increased blood flow.

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Zhang DX, Gauthier KM, Falck JR, Siddam A, Campbell WB


William B. Campbell PhD Chair, Professor in the Pharmacology and Toxicology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
David X. Zhang MD, PhD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Arachidonic Acid
Culture Media, Conditioned
Endothelium-Dependent Relaxing Factors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Feedback, Physiological
Organ Culture Techniques
Regional Blood Flow
Zona Glomerulosa
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