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July - September 2010, Volume 6, Issue 3
General Endocrinology

Vata L, DumitriuI, Gurzu M, Slatineanu S, Vata A, Gurzu B

Ghrelin effects on local renin angiotensin from pulmonary vessels

Acta Endo (Buc) 2010, 6 (3): 295-304
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2010.295

Background: Published data sustain the participation of vascular renin angiotensin system (RAS) on alteration of pulmonary vessels reactivity during the allergic airway inflammation. Ghrelin is a growth hormone-releasing peptide involved in modulation of immune function.\r\nObjective: This study aims to investigate the interaction between ghrelin and local RAS from rat pulmonary vessels during ovalbumin ? induced allergic airway disease. Methods: The angiotensinogen (AGT) ? induced contractions were assessed on isolated pulmonary artery and veins from ovalbumin sensitized rats receiving either saline (OSR) or ghrelin (OSG) by endotracheal instillation. Experiments were performed in the absence or the presence of losartan, D-ALA7, chymostatin and Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME).\r\nResults: The AGT contractile effects mediated by AT1 receptors were lower with at least 25% on vessels from OSG than from OSR. The D-ALA7 and L-NAME significantly increases the AGT ? induced contraction on OSG. The amount of nitric oxide released after stimulation with AGT is higher on OSG and it is blocked by D-ALA7.\r\nConclusion: Our results suggested that pulmonary delivery of ghrelin could modulate the local RAS from pulmonary vessels by promoted the angiotensin 1-7 mediated effects. These data sustained the existence of another possible way for ghrelin?s beneficial effects on the lung.

Keywords: ghrelin, angiotensinogen /angiotensin 1-7, rat pulmonary artery, rat pulmonary vein, nitric oxide, losartan, chymostatin

Correspondence: L. Vata MD, ?Gr. T. Popa? University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Functional Sciences, Str Universitatii Nb. 16, Iasi 700115, Romania, Tel: 0232301691\r\nEmail: