A regulatory effect of arginine vasopressin (AVP) on sweat water conservation has been hypothesized but not definitively evaluated. AVP-mediated insertion of sweat and salivary gland aquaporin-5 (AQP5) water channels through activation of the vasopressin type 2 receptor (V2R) remains an attractive, yet unexplored, mechanism that could result in a more concentrated sweat with resultant decreased water loss. Ten runners participated in a double-blind randomized control treadmill trial under three separate pharmacological conditions: a placebo, V2R agonist (0.2 mg desmopressin), or V2R antagonist (30 mg tolvaptan). After a familiarization trial, runners ran for 60 min at 60% of peak speed followed by a performance trial to volitional exhaustion. Outcome variables were collected at three exercise time points: baseline, after the steady-state run, and after the performance run. Body weight losses were <2% across all three trials. Significant pharmacological condition effects were noted for urine osmolality [F = 84.98; P < 0.0001] and urine sodium concentration ([Na(+)]) [F = 38.9; P < 0.0001], which verified both pharmacological activation and inhibition of the V2R at the kidney collecting duct. Plasma osmolality and [Na(+)] demonstrated significant exercise (F = 26.0 and F = 11.1; P < 0.0001) and condition (F = 5.1 and F = 3.8; P < 0.05) effects (osmolality and [Na(+)], respectively). No significant exercise or condition effects were noted for either sweat or salivary [Na(+)]. Significant exercise effects were noted for plasma [AVP] (F = 22.3; P < 0.0001), peak core temperature (F = 103.3; P < 0.0001), percent body weight change (F = 6.3; P = 0.02), plasma volume change (F = 21.8; P < 0.0001), and thirst rating (F = 78.2; P < 0.0001). Performance time was not altered between conditions (P = 0.80). In summary, AVP acting at V2R does not appear to regulate water losses from body fluids other than renal excretion during exercise.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02084797.
Keywords: V2 antagonist; arginine vasopressin; running; sweat sodium.
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