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Investigation of the functional expression of purine and pyrimidine receptors in porcine isolated pancreatic arteries

Alsaqati, M.; Chan, S.L.F.; Ralevic, Vera

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M. Alsaqati

S.L.F. Chan

Associate Professor & Reader in Cardiovascular Sciences


Receptors for purines and pyrimidines are expressed throughout the cardiovascular system. This study investigated their functional expression in porcine isolated pancreatic arteries. Pancreatic arteries (endothelium intact or denuded) were prepared for isometric tension recording and preconstricted with U46619, a thromboxane A2 mimetic; adenosine-5?-diphosphate (ADP), uridine-5?-triphosphate (UTP) and MRS2768, a selective P2Y2 agonist, were applied cumulatively, while adenosine-5?-triphosphate (ATP) and ??-methylene-ATP (??-meATP) response curves were generated from single concentrations per tissue segment. Antagonists/enzyme inhibitors were applied prior to U46619 addition. ATP, ??-meATP, UTP and MRS2768 induced vasoconstriction, with a potency order of ??-meATP > MRS2768 > ATP ? UTP. Contractions to ATP and ??-meATP were blocked by NF449, a selective P2X1 receptor antagonist. The contraction induced by ATP, but not UTP, was followed by vasorelaxation. Endothelium removal and DUP 697, a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, had no significant effect on contraction to ATP but attenuated that to UTP, indicating actions at distinct receptors. MRS2578, a selective P2Y6 receptor antagonist, had no effect on contractions to UTP. ADP induced endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation which was inhibited by MRS2179, a selective P2Y1 receptor antagonist, or SCH58261, a selective adenosine A2A receptor antagonist. The contractions to ATP and ??-meATP were attributed to actions at P2X1 receptors on the vascular smooth muscle, whereas it was shown for the first time that UTP induced an endothelium-dependent vasoconstriction which may involve P2Y2 and/or P2Y4 receptors. The relaxation induced by ADP is mediated by P2Y1 and A2A adenosine receptors. Porcine pancreatic arteries appear to lack vasorelaxant P2Y2 and P2Y4 receptors.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2013
Online Publication Date Dec 6, 2013
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 11, 2016
Journal Purinergic Signalling
Print ISSN 1573-9538
Electronic ISSN 1573-9546
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Keywords ??-meATP, ATP, UTP, ADP, MRS2578, P2Y1, P2Y2, P2X1, A2A adenosine receptors, Vasoconstriction, Vasorelaxation, Endothelium
Public URL
Publisher URL doi:10.1007/s11302-013-9403-2


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