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Eur J Pharmacol. 1987 Mar 3;135(1):1-10.

Vasopressin receptor mediated contraction and [3H]inositol metabolism in rat tail artery.


Inositol phosphates (IP) production and contraction in isolated but otherwise intact rat tail artery were measured in response to stimulation by vasopressin agonists. We have previously studied similar alpha-adrenoceptor responses. Identical rank orders of vasopressin agonists' potency were found for IP accumulation and contraction. The vasopressin analogue [1-(beta-mercapto-beta,beta-cyclopentamethylene propionic acid)-2-(O-methyl)tyrosine,D-arginine8] vasopressin, was shown to be a specific, reversible antagonist for both IP accumulation and contraction by all vasopressin agonists tested. No antagonism of vasopressin induced increases in IP accumulation or contraction were found using phenoxybenzamine. Therefore, in this tissue vasopressin receptors mediate both contraction and IP accumulation; and vasopressin mediated responses appear to be direct effects not mediated via the activation of alpha-adrenoceptors. Demonstration of two entirely different receptors, mediating the same functional response, and which both promote IP production, is consistent with a general obligatory role for phosphoinositide catabolism in receptor mediated vascular smooth muscle contraction.

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