Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology

Influence of hyperpolarization caused by high salt diet on β-adrenoceptor-mediated responses in rat pulmonary artery.

PMID 22441303


The effect of high salt diet on β-adrenoceptor-mediated response was assessed in rat-isolated pulmonary arteries. Isoprenaline-induced relaxations were not different in tissues from rats on either, high salt or regular diets. However, acidic buffer (pH 6.4) alone and in combination with Ba2+ or Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) significantly attenuated isoprenaline-induced relaxations in tissues from rats on high salt compared with those on a regular diet. Also, Ba2+ and ouabain together produced a significantly greater inhibition of isoprenaline-induced relaxation in tissues from rats on high salt when compared with those on the regular diet. The resting membrane potential of smooth muscle cells of pulmonary arteries of rats on high salt diet compared with regular diet was more negative (ie, hyperpolarized) than that on the regular diet. This hyperpolarization was reversed on exposure of blood vessels to acidic buffer and/or Ba2+ and ouabain combined but not L-NAME. Treatment with isoprenaline did not cause further hyperpolarization of smooth muscle cells of arteries from rats on the high salt diet. Taken together, the electrical changes due to the high salt diet can be attributed to the opening of K+ channels (2 pore acid-sensitive K+ channels and K(ir2.1)) and the activation of Na+/K+-ATPase. Furthermore, hyperpolarization observed after consumption of high salt diet seems to preserve β-adrenoceptor-mediated vasorelaxation.