Role of dynorphin in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension.

Research paper by Juan J Li, Xiaojie X Liang, Yaguang Y Zhou, Shumiao S Zhang, Fan F Yang, Haitao H Guo, Rong R Fan, Na N Feng, Min M Jia, Yueming Y Wang, Mingchao M Liu, Jianming J Pei

Indexed on: 29 Aug '16Published on: 29 Aug '16Published in: European Journal of Pharmacology


Previously study showed κ-opioid receptor stimulation with exogenous κ-opioid receptor agonist elicited a protective effect against hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH). However, the effect of endogenous κ-opioid receptor agonist dynorphin A on HPH remains unclear. This study was to determine the role of dynorphin in HPH. Hypoxia for 2 weeks induced HPH. Compared with the HPH group, the HPH + nor-BNI (a selective κ-opioid receptor antagonist) group showed a significant increase in mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP). Exogenous treatment with dynorphin A 1-13 significantly decreased mPAP in HPH rat. In addition, we evaluated the effect of exogenous κ-opioid receptor agonist U50,488H on mPAP. The anti-HPH effect of dynorphin A was less than that of U50,488H. Meanwhile, level of dynorphin A in serum and lung was increased during hypoxia for 2 weeks, while it decreased after hypoxia for 4 weeks. In addition, both the level of ET-1 and AngII were increased during hypoxia. Dynorphin A 1-13 and U50,488H time-dependently relaxed pulmonary artery from both normal and HPH rats. The relaxation of dynorphin A was less than that of U50,488H. Dynorphin A 1-13 inhibited the proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) during hypoxia, which was blocked by nor-BNI. κ-opioid receptor expression increased in PASMCs in both normoxia exposed to dynorphin A 1-13 and during hypoxia. Hypoxia-induced increase was enhanced by dynorphin A 1-13 and abolished by nor-BNI. In conclusion, endogenous dynorphin A released in the early stage of hypoxia plays a protective effect against HPH via stimulation of κ-opioid receptor.

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