(1/174) Contribution of adenosine to the depression of sympathetically evoked vasoconstriction induced by systemic hypoxia in the rat.

Previous studies have shown that systemic hypoxia evokes vasodilatation in skeletal muscle that is mediated mainly by adenosine acting on A1 receptors, and that the vasoconstrictor effects of sympathetic nerve activity are depressed during hypoxia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of adenosine in this depression. In anaesthetised rats, increases in femoral vascular resistance (FVR) evoked by stimulation of the lumbar sympathetic chain with bursts of impulses at 40 or 20 Hz were greater than those evoked by continuous stimulation at 2 Hz with the same number of impulses (120) over 1 min. All of these responses were substantially reduced by infusion of adenosine or by graded systemic hypoxia (breathing 12, 10 or 8 % O2), increases in FVR evoked by continuous stimulation at 2 Hz being most vulnerable. Blockade of A1 receptors ameliorated the depression caused by adenosine infusion of the increase in FVR evoked by 2 Hz only and did not ameliorate the depression caused by 8 % O2 of increases in FVR evoked by any pattern of sympathetic stimulation. A2A receptor blockade accentuated hypoxia-induced depression of the increase in FVR evoked by burst stimulation at 40 Hz, but had no other effect. Neither A1 nor A2A receptor blockade affected the depression caused by hypoxia (8 % O2) of the FVR increase evoked by noradrenaline infusion. These results indicate that endogenously released adenosine is not responsible for the depression of sympathetically evoked muscle vasoconstriction caused by systemic hypoxia; adenosine may exert a presynaptic facilitatory influence on the vasoconstrictor responses evoked by bursts at high frequency.  (+info)

(2/174) Ischaemic tolerance in aged mouse myocardium: the role of adenosine and effects of A1 adenosine receptor overexpression.

The genesis of the ischaemia intolerant phenotype in aged myocardium is poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that impaired adenosine-mediated protection contributes to ischaemic intolerance, and examined whether this is countered by A1 adenosine receptor (A1AR) overexpression. Responses to 20 min ischaemia and 45 min reperfusion were assessed in perfused hearts from young (2-4 months) and moderately aged (16-18 months) mice. Post-ischaemic contractility was impaired by ageing with elevated ventricular diastolic (32 +/- 2 vs. 18 +/- 2 mmHg in young) and reduced developed (37 +/- 3 vs. 83 +/- 6 mmHg in young) pressures. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) loss was exaggerated (27 +/- 2 vs. 16 +/- 2 IU g-1 in young) whereas the incidence of tachyarrhythmias was similar in young (15 +/- 1 %) and aged hearts (16 +/- 1 %). Functional analysis confirmed equipotent effects of 50 micro M adenosine at A1 and A2 receptors in young and aged hearts. Nonetheless, while 50 micro M adenosine improved diastolic (5 +/- 1 mmHg) and developed pressures (134 +/- 7 mmHg) and LDH loss (6 +/- 2 IU g-1) in young hearts, it did not alter these variables in the aged group. Adenosine did attenuate arrhythmogenesis for both ages (to ~10 %). In contrast to adenosine, 50 micro M diazoxide reduced ischaemic damage and arrhythmogenesis for both ages. Contractile and anti-necrotic effects of adenosine were limited by 100 micro M 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD) and 3 micro M chelerythrine. Anti-arrhythmic effects were limited by 5-HD but not chelerythrine. Non-selective (100 micro M 8-sulfophenyltheophylline) and A1-selective (150 nM 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine) adenosine receptor antagonism impaired ischaemic tolerance in young but not aged hearts. Quantitative real-time PCR and radioligand analysis indicated that impaired protection is unrelated to changes in A1AR mRNA transcription, or receptor density (~8 fmol mg-1 protein in both age groups). However, A1AR overexpression improved tolerance for both ages, restoring adenosine-mediated protection. These data reveal impaired protection via exogenous and endogenous adenosine contributes to ischaemic intolerance with ageing. This is independent of A1AR expression, and involves ineffective activation of a 5-HD-/diazoxide-sensitive process. The effects of A1AR overexpression indicate that the age-related failure in signalling can be overcome.  (+info)

(3/174) Alteration of the purinergic modulation of enteric neurotransmission in the mouse ileum during chronic intestinal inflammation.

1. The effect of chronic intestinal inflammation on the purinergic modulation of cholinergic neurotransmission was studied in the mouse ileum. Chronic intestinal inflammation was induced by infection of mice with the parasite Schistosoma mansoni during 16 weeks. 2. S. mansoni infection induced a chronic inflammatory response in the small intestine, which was characterised by intestinal granuloma formation, increased intestinal wall thickness, blunted mucosal villi and an enhanced activity of myeloperoxidase. 3. In control ileum and in chronically inflamed ileum, electrical field stimulation (EFS) of longitudinal muscle strips induced frequency-dependent contractions that were abolished by tetrodotoxin (TTX) and atropine. Carbachol induced dose-dependent contractions that were not affected by TTX but abolished by atropine. 4. In control ileum, adenosine and ATP dose-dependently inhibited the contractions to EFS. Theophylline and 8-phenyltheophylline, P(1) and A(1) receptor antagonists respectively, prevented this inhibitory effect of adenosine and ATP. PPADS, DMPX and MRS 1220, antagonists of P(2), A(2) and A(3) receptors, respectively, did not prevent this inhibitory effect of adenosine and ATP. Adenosine and ATP did not affect the contractions to carbachol. 5. The inhibitory effect of adenosine and ATP on contractions to EFS in control ileum was mimicked by the stable adenosine analogue methyladenosine and by the A(1)-receptor agonist N(6)-cyclohexyladenosine, but not by the A3 receptor agonist 2-Cl IB-MECA or by the ATP analogues alphabeta-methylene-ATP and ADPbetaS. The inhibitory effect of adenosine on contractions to EFS was lost after prolonged (90 min) treatment of control ileum with methyladenosine (100 micro M). 6. In chronically inflamed ileum, adenosine, methyladenosine, N(6)-cyclohexyladenosine and ATP all failed to inhibit the cholinergic nerve-mediated contractions to EFS. Also theophylline, 8-phenyltheophylline, PPADS, DMPX and MRS 1220 had no effect on the contractions to EFS and carbachol. The loss of effect of adenosine and ATP was still evident after 52 weeks of infection. 7. These results indicate that in physiological conditions neuronal adenosine A(1) receptors modulate cholinergic nerve activity in the mouse ileum. However, during chronic intestinal inflammation, this purinergic modulation of cholinergic nerve activity is impaired. This suggests that chronic intestinal inflammation leads to a dysfunction of specific neuronal regulatory mechanisms in the enteric nervous system.  (+info)

(4/174) Diadenosine-5-phosphate exerts A1-receptor-mediated proarrhythmic effects in rabbit atrial myocardium.

(1) Diadenosine polyphosphates have been described to be present in the myocardium and exert purinergic- and nonreceptor-mediated effects. Since the electrophysiological properties of atrial myocardium are effectively regulated by A(1) receptors, we investigated the effect of diadenosine pentaphosphate (Ap(5)A) in rabbit myocardium. (2) Parameters of supraventricular electrophysiology and atrial vulnerability were measured in Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts. Muscarinic potassium current (I(K(ACh/Ado))) and ATP-sensitive potassium current (I(K(ATP))) were measured by using the whole-cell voltage clamp method. (3) Ap(5)A prolonged the cycle length of spontaneously beating Langendorff perfused hearts from 225+/-14 (control) to 1823+/-400 ms (Ap(5)A 50 micro M; n=6; P<0.05). This effect was paralleled by higher degree of atrio-ventricular block. Atrial effective refractory period (AERP) in control hearts was 84+/-14 ms (n=6). Ap(5)A>/=1 micro M reduced AERP (100 micro M, 58+/-11 ms; n=6). (4) Extrastimuli delivered to hearts perfused with Ap(5)A- or adenosine (>/= micro M)-induced atrial fibrillation, the incidence of which correlated to the concentration added to the perfusate. The selective A(1)-receptor antagonist CPX (20 micro M) inhibited the Ap(5)A- and adenosine-induced decrease of AERP. Atrial fibrillation was no longer observed in the presence of CPX. (5) The described Ap(5)A-induced effects in the multicellular preparation were enhanced by dipyridamole (10 micro M), which is a cellular adenosine uptake inhibitor. Dipyridamole-induced enhancement was inhibited by CPX. (6) Ap(5)A (+info)

(5/174) Comparison of effects of MgCl2 and Gpp(NH)p on antagonist and agonist radioligand binding to adenosine A1 receptors.

AIM: To investigate modulation of antagonist and agonist binding to adenosine A1 receptors by MgCl2 and 5 -guanylimidodiphosphate (Gpp(NH)p) using rat brain membranes and the A1 antagonist [3H]-8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine ([3H]DPCPX) and the A1 agonist [3H]-2-chloro-N6-cyclopentyladenosine ([3H]CCPA). METHODS: Parallel saturation and inhibition studies were performed using well-characterised radioligand binding assays and a Brandel Cell Harvester. RESULTS: MgCl2 produced a concentration-dependent decrease (44%), whereas Gpp(NH)p increased [3H]DPCPX binding (19%). In [3H]DPCPX competition studies, agonist affinity was 1.5-14.6-fold higher and 4.6-10-fold lower in the presence of 10 mmol/L MgCl2 and 10 micromol/L Gpp(NH)p respectively; antagonist affinity was unaffected. The decrease in agonist affinity with increasing Gpp(NH)p concentrations was due to a reduction in the proportion of binding to the high affinity receptor state. In contrast to [3H]DPCPX, MgCl2 produced a concentration-dependent increase (72%) and Gpp(NH)p a decrease (85%) in [3H]CCPA binding. Using [3H]CCPA, agonist affinities were 5-17-fold higher than those for [3H]DPCPX, consistent with binding only to the high affinity receptor state. Agonist affinity was 1.3-10.5-fold higher and 2.4-4.7-fold lower on adding MgCl2 or Gpp(NH)p respectively; antagonist affinities were as for [3H]DPCPX. CONCLUSION: The inconsistencies surrounding the effects of MgCl2 and guanine nucleotides on radioligand binding to adenosine A1 receptors were systematically examined. The effects of MgCl2 and Gpp(NH)p on agonist binding to A1 receptors are consistent with their roles in stimulating GTP-hydrolysis at the G-protein alpha-subunit and in blocking formation of the high affinity agonist-receptor-G protein complex.  (+info)

(6/174) An orally active adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, FK838, increases renal excretion and maintains glomerular filtration rate in furosemide-resistant rats.

1. Loop and thiazide diuretics are common therapeutic agents for the treatment of sodium retention and oedema. However, resistance to diuretics and decreases in renal function can develop during diuretic therapy. Adenosine causes renal vasoconstriction, sodium reabsorption, and participates in the tubuloglomerular feedback mechanism for the regulation of glomerular filtration rate. 2. We tested the hypothesis that the selective adenosine A(1) receptor antagonist FK838 is orally active and causes diuresis and natriuresis, but maintains glomerular filtration rate in normal rats or in rats with furosemide resistance. 3. In normal male Sprague - Dawley rats, FK838 dose-dependently increased urine flow and sodium and chloride excretion while sparing potassium. In combination with furosemide, FK838 enhanced the diuretic and natriuretic actions of furosemide to the same extent as hydrochlorothiazide and did not increase the potassium loss in normal rats. In furosemide-resistant rats, FK838 increased urine flow and electrolyte excretion to a greater extent than hydrochlorothiazide. In addition, hydrochlorothiazide significantly decreased glomerular filtration rate, whereas FK838 maintained glomerular filtration rate in furosemide-resistant rats. 4. This study shows that the adenosine A(1) receptor antagonist FK838 is orally active and causes potent diuresis and natriuresis and maintains glomerular filtration rate in normal or furosemide-resistant rats. Adenosine A(1) receptor antagonists may be novel therapeutics for the treatment of oedema in normal or otherwise diuretic-resistant patients.  (+info)

(7/174) Brief, repeated, oxygen-glucose deprivation episodes protect neurotransmission from a longer ischemic episode in the in vitro hippocampus: role of adenosine receptors.

1. Ischemic preconditioning in the brain consists of reducing the sensitivity of neuronal tissue to further, more severe, ischemic insults. We recorded field epsps (fepsps) extracellularly from hippocampal slices to develop a model of in vitro ischemic preconditioning and to evaluate the role of A1, A2A and A3 adenosine receptors in this phenomenon. 2. The application of an ischemic insult, obtained by glucose and oxygen deprivation for 7 min, produced an irreversible depression of synaptic transmission. Ischemic preconditioning was induced by four ischemic insults (2 min each) separated by 13 min of normoxic conditions. After 30 min, an ischemic insult of 7 min was applied. This protocol substantially protected the tissue from the irreversible depression of synaptic activity. 3. The selective adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine (DPCPX, 100 nm), completely prevented the protective effect of preconditioning. The selective adenosine A2A receptor antagonist 4-(2-[7-amino-2-(2-furyl)[1,2,4]triazolo[2,3-a][1,3,5]triazin-5-ylamino]ethyl)phe nol (ZM 241385, 100 nm) did not modify the magnitude of fepsp recovery compared to control slices. The selective A3 adenosine receptor antagonists, 3-propyl-6-ethyl-5[ethyl(thio)carbonyl]-2-phenyl-4-propyl-3-pyridinecarboxylate (MRS 1523, 100 nm) significantly improved the recovery of fepsps after 7 min of ischemia. 4. Our results show that in vitro ischemic preconditioning allows CA1 hippocampal neurons to become resistant to prolonged exposure to ischemia. Adenosine, by stimulating A1 receptors, plays a crucial role in eliciting the cell mechanisms underlying preconditioning; A2A receptors are not involved in this phenomenon, whereas A3 receptor activation is harmful to ischemic preconditioning.  (+info)

(8/174) Involvement of adenosine A1 and A2A receptors in the adenosinergic modulation of the discriminative-stimulus effects of cocaine and methamphetamine in rats.

Adenosine, by acting on adenosine A1 and A2A receptors, is known to antagonistically modulate dopaminergic neurotransmission. We have recently reported that nonselective adenosine receptor antagonists (caffeine and 3,7-dimethyl-1-propargylxanthine) can partially substitute for the discriminative-stimulus effects of methamphetamine. In the present study, by using more selective compounds, we investigated the involvement of A1 and A2A receptors in the adenosinergic modulation of the discriminative-stimulus effects of both cocaine and methamphetamine. The effects of the A1 receptor agonist N6-cyclopentyladenosine (CPA; 0.01-0.1 mg/kg) and antagonist 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dimethylxanthine (CPT; 1.3-23.7 mg/kg) and the A2A receptor agonist 2-p-(2-carboxyethyl)phenethylamino-5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine hydrochloride (CGS 21680; 0.03-0.18 mg/kg) and antagonist 3-(3-hydroxypropyl)-8-(3-methoxystyryl)-7-methyl-1-propargylxanthin phosphate disodium salt (MSX-3; 1-56 mg/kg) were evaluated in rats trained to discriminate either 1 mg/kg methamphetamine or 10 mg/kg cocaine from saline under a fixed-ratio 10 schedule of food presentation. The A1 and A2A receptor antagonists (CPT and MSX-3) both produced high levels of drug-lever selection when substituted for either methamphetamine or cocaine and significantly shifted dose-response curves of both psychostimulants to the left. Unexpectedly, the A2A receptor agonist CGS 21680 also produced drug-appropriate responding (although at lower levels) when substituted for the cocaine-training stimulus, and both CGS 21680 and the A1 receptor agonist CPA significantly shifted the cocaine dose-response curve to the left. In contrast, both agonists did not produce significant levels of drug-lever selection when substituted for the methamphetamine-training stimulus and failed to shift the methamphetamine dose-response curve. Therefore, adenosine A1 and A2A receptors appear to play important but differential roles in the modulation of the discriminative-stimulus effects of methamphetamine and cocaine.  (+info)