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Biphasic effects of sodium danshensu on vessel function in isolated rat aorta

Authors: Ning Zhang, Hao Zou, Lei Jin, Jian Wang, Mei-fang Zhong, Peng Huang, Bing-qing Gu, Shi-Long Mao, Chuan Zhang, Hong Chen
DOI: 10.1038/aps.2010.24


Aim: To investigate the effects of sodium danshensu on vessel function in isolated rat aortic ring.
Methods: Thoracic aortae from normal rats were isolated and equilibrated in organ bath with Krebs-Henseleit buffer and ring tension was recorded. Effects of sodium danshensu on basal tonus of the vessel and its effects on vessel contraction and relaxation with or without endothelium were observed.
Results: In thoracic arteries under basal tonus, sodium danshensu (0.3–3 g/L) produced a dose-dependent transient contraction. In phenylephrine-precontracted thoracic arteries with or without endothelium, low concentration (0.1–0.3 g/L) of sodium danshensu produced a weak contraction, while high concentrations (1–3 g/L) produced a pronounced vasodilator after a transient vasocontraction. Pre-incubation with sodium danshensu could inhibit vessel contraction induced by phenylephrine and potassium chloride in a concentration-dependent way. Sodium danshensu inhibited phenylephrine- and CaCl2-induced vasoconstriction in Ca2+-free medium. Pre-incubation with tetraethylammonium, a non-selective K+ channel blocker, and apamin, a small-conductance calcium-activated K+ channel blocker partially antagonized the relaxation response induced by sodium danshensu. However, iberiotoxin (big-conductance calcium-sensitive K+ channel blocker), barium chloride (inward rectifier K+ channel blocker), and glibencalmide (ATP-sensitive K+ channel blocker) had no influence on the vasodialtion effect of sodium danshensu.
Conclusion: Sodium danshensu showed a biphasic effects on vessel tension. While low dosage of sodium danshensu produced small contraction possibly through transient enhancement of Ca2+ influx, high dosage produced significant vasodilation mainly through promoting the opening of non-selective K+ channels and small-conductance calcium-sensitive K+ channels in the vascular smooth muscle cells.

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