Mesenteric arteries from male Sprague-Dawley rats were mounted in a pressurized myograph system. Ang-(1-7) concentration-dependent responses were determined in arteries preconstricted with endothelin-1 (10-7M). The receptor(s) mediating the Ang-(1-7) evoked dilation were investigated by pretreating the mesenteric arteries with specific antagonists of Ang-(1-7), AT1 or AT2 receptors. The effects of Ang-(3-8) and Ang-(3-7) were also determined. Ang-(1-7) caused a concentration-dependent dilation (EC50: 0.95nM) that was blocked by the selective Ang-(1-7) receptor antagonist D-[Ala7]-Ang-(1-7). Administration of a specific antagonist to the AT2 receptor (PD123319) had no effect. On the other hand, losartan and CV-11974 attenuated the Ang-(1-7) effect. These results demonstrate that Ang-(1-7) elicits potent dilation of mesenteric resistance vessels mediated by a D-[Ala7]-Ang-(1-7) sensitive site that is also sensitive to losartan and CV-11974.
- Angiotensin receptors
- Renin-angiotensin system
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience