Visualization of serotonin effects on renal vessels of rats

Kidney International
K EndlichM Steinhausen


We studied the effects of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) on glomerular blood flow (GBF) and on renal vessel diameters in the hydronephrotic kidney and in vascular casts of normal kidneys of rats. 5-HT (60 min after local application of 10(-8) mol.liter-1) constricted the arcuate arteries (-10 +/- 2% to -14 +/- 2%, mean +/- SEM), dilated the interlobular arteries (+13 +/- 2%) and afferent arterioles (+17 +/- 3%), and decreased GBF (-44 +/- 5%). In contrast to normal autoregulation, reduction of renal perfusion pressure after local application of 5-HT from 118 +/- 3 mm Hg by 10 and 20 mm Hg reduced GBF by 12 +/- 2% and 23 +/- 3%, respectively. The 5-HT2 antagonist, ritanserin (60 min after local application of 10(-6) mol.liter-1), dilated all preglomerular vessels and increased GBF. In the presence of ritanserin, 5-HT lost nearly all vascular effects. During infusion of 5-HT (5 micrograms.min-1 i.v. for 20 min) vascular reactions were similar to those under local application. After cyclooxygenase inhibition with indomethacin, infusion of 5-HT failed to constrict the arcuate arteries whereas vasodilation of the small preglomerular vessels remained unaffected. Analyzing vascular casts of normal kidneys we observed considerab...Continue Reading


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