Reduced contractile sensitivity and vasopressin receptor affinity in DOCA- salt hypertension

C. S. Bockman, W. B. Jeffries, W. A. Pettinger, P. W. Abel

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The affinity of vascular vasopressin receptors was studied to determine its role in altered vascular contractile sensitivity in deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt hypertension. Ring segments of rat mesenteric arteries were used to study vascular vasopressin receptors. Male Wistar rats were given subcutaneous injections of DOCA and 1% NaCl in the drinking water. Mesenteric arteries from hypertensive rats had a reduced contractile sensitivity to arginine vasopressin (AVP) and lysine vasopressin (LVP). The order of potency of vasopressin receptor agonists (AVP > LVP > oxytocin) was the same in arteries from hypertensive compared with normotensive animals. The affinity of the vasopressin receptor antagonist [deamino-Pen1,O-Me- Tyr2,Arg8] vasopressin, and the affinities of the vasopressin receptor agonists AVP and LVP were not altered during developing DOCA-salt hypertension. There was no change in contractile sensitivity to norepinephrine and KCl in arteries from hypertensive rats. The reduced vasopressin contractile sensitivity is not due to a change in vasopressin receptor affinity but may be a compensatory response to elevated blood pressure. These data suggest that increased vascular sensitivity does not contribute to elevated blood pressure during the developing stage of DOCA- salt hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H1752-H1758
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number6 31-6
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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