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The potential of primary cultures of rabbit renal artery vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) was assessed as a means to investigate the signalling pathways linked to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) 5-HT(1B)/5-HT(1D) receptors in native arteries. In renal artery segments denuded of endothelium, incubated with ketanserin and prazosin (each 1 microM), and prestimulated with 20 mM K(+) Krebs buffer, 5-HT and CP 93,129, a 5-HT(1B) receptor agonist, evoked concentration-dependent contractions. GR 127935, a 5-HT(1B)/5-HT(1D) receptor antagonist, significantly antagonised 5-HT-evoked contractions at nanomolar concentrations. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) of mRNA from smooth muscle cells from the isolated renal artery and from primary cultures of VSMCs from the same artery expressed mRNA transcripts for the 5-HT(1B) receptor and the 5-HT(1D) receptor in both preparations. The sequence of the PCR fragments corresponded to the known sequence for these receptors. Application of 5-HT evoked a concentration-dependent, pertussis toxin (PTx)-sensitive reduction in cyclic AMP in both cultured cells and intact artery (cyclic AMP concentration reduced by 65.53 +/- 3.33 and 52.65 +/- 5.34% from basal with 10 microM 5-HT, respectively). The effect of 10 microM 5-HT on cAMP was increased in the presence of 20 mM K(+) (reduced by 82.50 +/- 2.50 and 87.54 +/- 3.97%, respectively). In intact arteries, contraction through 5-HT(1B)/5-HT(1D) receptors was significantly attenuated by inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (wortmannin) and activated mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), MEK (U0126). In the cultured VSMCs, activated MAPK was identified by immunocytochemistry and immunoblotting after stimulation with 5-HT, but only if 20 mM K(+) was present at the onset of stimulation. These data provide the first direct evidence that 5-HT(1B)/5-HT(1B) receptors are linked to the activation of MAPK and indicate that primary cultures of renal VSMCs could provide a model system to study further the signalling pathways linked to these receptors.

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Journal article


J Vasc Res

Publication Date





457 - 468


Androstadienes, Animals, Butadienes, Cells, Cultured, Cyclic AMP, Dose-Response Relationship, Drug, Enzyme Inhibitors, Female, Ketanserin, MAP Kinase Signaling System, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases, Muscle, Smooth, Vascular, Nitriles, Oxadiazoles, Pertussis Toxin, Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases, Piperazines, Prazosin, Rabbits, Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1B, Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1D, Receptors, Serotonin, Renal Artery, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction, Serotonin, Serotonin Antagonists, Serotonin Receptor Agonists, Signal Transduction, Vasoconstriction, Virulence Factors, Bordetella, Wortmannin