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Regul Pept. 2005 Jul 15;129(1-3):1-7.

Amino acids modulate the hypotensive effect of angiotensin-(1-7) at the caudal ventrolateral medulla in rats.

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Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University (The former Shanghai Medical University), Shanghai 200032, China.


The present experiment was designed to investigate the possible involvement of glutamate and taurine in the depressor response produced by angiotensin (Ang)-(1-7) at the caudal ventrolateral medulla (CVLM) in rats anesthetized with urethane and alpha-chloralose. Microinjection of Ang-(1-7) into the CVLM elicited a depressor response which was partially blocked by nonselective glutamate receptors antagonist kynurenic acid, whereas selective Ang-(1-7) antagonist Ang779 produced a pressor response which was significantly attenuated by taurine receptors antagonist 6-aminomethyl-3-methyl-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine-1,1-dioxide. Release of glutamate and taurine in the CVLM was evaluated with microdialysis, and the contents of these amino acids were measured with high performance liquid chromatography-fluorescent detection. The depressor response to Ang-(1-7) was accompanied by an increased release of glutamate and a decrease of taurine at the CVLM, whereas the pressor response to Ang779 was associated with a decreased release of glutamate and an increase of taurine. These results suggest that Ang-(1-7) and its antagonist Ang779 modulate the release of glutamate and taurine at the CVLM, which in turn contributes at least in part to the blood pressure response to Ang-(1-7) and Ang779.

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