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Br J Pharmacol. 1999 May;127(1):109-14.

Effects of GABA on noradrenaline release and vasoconstriction induced by renal nerve stimulation in isolated perfused rat kidney.

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Department of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Institute, Tohoku University, Aobayama, Sendai, Japan.

Abstract

We examined effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) on vasoconstriction and noradrenaline (NA) release induced by electrical renal nerve stimulation (RNS) in the isolated pump-perfused rat kidney. RNS (1 and 2 Hz for 2.5 min each, 0.5-ms duration, supramaximal voltage) increased renal perfusion pressure (PP) and renal NA efflux. GABA (3, 10 and 100 microM) attenuated the RNS-induced increases in PP by 10-40% (P<0.01) and NA efflux by 10-30% (P<0.01). GABA did not affect exogenous NA (40 and 60 nM)-induced increases in PP. The selective GABA(B) agonist baclofen (3, 10 and 100 microM) also attenuated the RNS-induced increases in PP and NA efflux, whereas the RNS-induced responses were relatively resistant to the selective GABA(A) agonist muscimol (3, 10 and 100 microM). The selective GABA(B) antagonist 2-hydroxysaclofen (50 microM), but not the selective GABA(A) antagonist bicuculline (50 microM), abolished the inhibitory effects of GABA (10 microM) on the RNS-induced responses. The selective alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine (10 nM) enhanced the RNS-induced responses. GABA (3, 10 and 100 microM) potently attenuated the RNS-induced increases in PP by 40-60% (P<0.01) and NA efflux by 20-50% (P<0.01) in the presence of rauwolscine. Prazosin (10 and 30 nM) suppressed the RNS-induced increases in PP by about 70-80%. Neither rauwolscine (10 nM) nor GABA (10 microM) suppressed the residual prazosin-resistant PP response. These results suggest that GABA suppresses sympathetic neurotransmitter release via presynaptic GABA(B) receptors, and thereby attenuates adrenergically induced vasoconstriction in the rat kidney.

PMID:
10369462
PMCID:
PMC1565999
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bjp.0702524
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