Abnormal renal medullary response to angiotensin II in SHR is corrected by long-term enalapril treatment
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This study tested the hypotheses that renal medullary blood flow (MBF) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) has enhanced responsiveness to angiotensin (ANG) II and that long-term treatment with enalapril can correct this. MBF, measured by laser Doppler flowmetry in anesthetized rats, was not altered significantly by ANG II in Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats, but was reduced dose dependently (25% at 50 ng. kg(-1). min(-1)) in SHR. Infusion of N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) into the renal medulla unmasked ANG II sensitivity in WKY rats while L-arginine given into the renal medulla abolished the responses to ANG II in SHR. In 18- to 19-wk-old SHR treated with enalapril (25 mg. kg(-1). day(-1) when 4 to 14 wk old), ANG II did not alter MBF significantly, but sensitivity to ANG II was unmasked after L-NAME was infused into the renal medulla. Endothelium-dependent vasodilation (assessed with aortic rings) was significantly greater in treated SHR when compared with that in control SHR. These results indicate that MBF in SHR is sensitive to low-dose ANG II and suggest that this effect may be due to an impaired counterregulatory effect of nitric oxide. Long-term treatment with enalapril improves endothelium-dependent vascular relaxation and decreases the sensitivity of MBF to ANG II. These effects may be causally related to the persistent antihypertensive action of enalapril in SHR.
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