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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1994 Jul 21;1222(3):457-63.

Adrenoreceptor-mediated effect of neuropeptide Y decreases cardiac inotropic responses.

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Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


The effect of neuropeptide Y on the number and affinity of catecholamine receptors in the ventricular myocardium was investigated. Receptor binding studies showed that incubation of cardiac membrane in the presence of neuropeptide Y (NPY, 10(-7) M) decreased the number of alpha/beta-adrenoceptor binding sites (Bmax) without affecting the affinity (KD) of these receptors. Although not able to modulate the contractility by itself, NPY was able to decrease the positive inotropic effects of phenylephrine and isoproterenol in the isolated, perfused myocardium. Ca2+/Mg(2+)-ATPase activity, measured from the sarcolemma, sarcoplasmic reticulum and myofibrils, was unaltered whereas the activity of sarcolemmal Na+/K(+)-ATPase was decreased when NPY was included in the media. On the other hand, NPY was shown to increase the phosphoinositide-phospholipase C associated with the sarcolemma. These findings support the hypothesis that NPY modulates postsynaptic adrenergic receptors in the myocardium and can affect the adrenergic-induced, inotropic response.

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