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No involvement of the AT2-receptor in angiotensin II-enhanced sympathetic transmission in vitro.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1105 AZ, The Netherlands.


Angiotensin II (Ang II) enhances sympathetic neurotransmission via AT(1)-receptors located on sympathetic nerve terminals. We recently demonstrated that inhibition of Ang II-mediated facilitation in the pithed rat by irbesartan resulted in a U-shaped dose response curve, which was not observed when PD 123319, at a concentration that selectively blocks the AT(2)-receptor, was co-administered. Hence, the irbesartan-mediated upstroke might be explained by the involvement of the AT(2)-receptor after AT(1) blockade with high-dose irbesartan. In the present study, we further investigated the possible role of the AT(2)-receptor in Ang II-mediated facilitation in vitro. We studied the effect of the AT(2)-receptor antagonist PD 123319 (10 nM) on Ang II-enhanced sympathetic outflow evoked by electrical field stimulation (EFS) in the rat isolated inferior vena cava. Additionally, we investigated the effect of the AT(1)-receptor blocker irbesartan (0.1 nM 1 M) on the sequelae of Ang II-enhanced, EFS-evoked sympathetic nerve traffic in the presence or absence of PD 123319 (10 nM). PD 123319 did not influence Ang II-enhanced sympathetic outflow. Irbesartan dose-dependently attenuate Ang II-augmented transmitter release (pIC50 7.99+0.03), whereas no U-shaped concentration-response relationship for irbesartan was observed. Co-administration of PD 123319 with irbesartan proved unable to influence Ang II-mediated facilitation differently compared with irbesartan alone. The experimental observations indicate that the AT(2)-receptor is not involved in Ang II-mediated enhancement of sympathetic nerve traffic in the present in vitro study.

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