Modulatory effect of neuropeptide Y on acetylcholine-induced oedema and vasoconstriction in isolated perfused lungs of rabbit

Br J Pharmacol. 1994 Nov;113(3):973-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.1994.tb17088.x.


1. The modulatory role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine and capsaicin was investigated. The effects of NPY on the haemodynamic response to acetylcholine, phenylephrine and substance P were also investigated. 2. Isolated, ventilated, exsanguinated lungs of the rabbit were perfused with a constant flow of recirculating blood-free perfusate. The double/arterial/venous occlusion method was used to partition the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) into four components: the arterial gradient (delta Pa), the pre- and post-capillary gradients (respectively delta Pa' and delta Pv') and the venous pressure gradient (delta Pv). Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). 3. Acetylcholine (10(-8) M to 10(-4) M) and substance P (SP, 10(-10) M to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. NPY (10(-8) M) completely inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of substance P and 5-HT. 4. Acetylcholine induced concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. The effect was inhibited by NPY and aspirin, an inhibitor of cyclo-oxygenase, while ketanserin, a 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, and SR140333, a new NK1 antagonist, had no protective effect. Phenylephrine increased delta Pa at high concentration, an effect also inhibited by NPY and aspirin. Substance P had no significant haemodynamic effect. When injected together with NPY, substance P (10(-6) M) induced a significant increase in the total pressure gradient. 5. It was concluded that NPY can protect the lung against acetylcholine- and capsaicin-induced oedemavia a prejunctional modulatory effect on the C-fibres. NPY also inhibits acetylcholine-evoked precapillary and phenylephrine-induced arterial vasoconstriction, probably by interfering with cyclo-oxygenase products synthesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcholine / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Capsaicin / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics / drug effects
  • Male
  • Neuropeptide Y / pharmacology*
  • Perfusion
  • Permeability
  • Pulmonary Edema / prevention & control*
  • Rabbits
  • Serotonin / pharmacology
  • Substance P / pharmacology
  • Vasoconstriction / drug effects*


  • Neuropeptide Y
  • Serotonin
  • Substance P
  • Acetylcholine
  • Capsaicin