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. 1994 Jul 11;259(3):315-19.
doi: 10.1016/0014-2999(94)90660-2.

EP3 Receptor-Mediated Inhibition of the Neurogenic Vasopressor Response in Pithed Rats

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EP3 Receptor-Mediated Inhibition of the Neurogenic Vasopressor Response in Pithed Rats

B Malinowska et al. Eur J Pharmacol. .

Abstract

In pithed rats, we studied the effects of prostaglandin E2 and of subtype-selective prostaglandin E receptor (EP receptor) ligands on the rise in blood pressure induced by electrical stimulation of the preganglionic sympathetic nerves. Prostaglandin E2, the EP1/EP3 receptor agonist sulprostone and the EP2/EP3 receptor agonist misoprostol inhibited the electrically induced increase in diastolic blood pressure (rank order of potencies sulprostone > or = misoprostol > or = prostaglandin E2); the rise in blood pressure induced by exogenously added noradrenaline was not affected by these compounds. The inhibitory effect of sulprostone on the electrically induced vasopressor response was not significantly changed by indomethacin. Iloprost (an agonist at EP1 and prostacyclin receptors (IP receptors)) failed to affect the electrically evoked increase in blood pressure. The present study suggests that prostaglandin E2 inhibits the release of catecholamines in pithed rats via prostanoid receptors of the EP3 subtype, probably located presynaptically on the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibres.

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