Mechanism of contraction to endothelin in isolated porcine coronary artery

Y. Kasuya, T. Ishikawa, Masashi Yanagisawa, S. Kimura, K. Goto, T. Masaki

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To elucidate the mechanisms of action of endothelin (ET) on vascular smooth muscles, the contractile responses of the isolated porcine coronary artery to ET were precisely investigated. ET produced concentration-dependent vasoconstrictions that were not mediated by biogenic amines, arachidonate metabolites, or endothelium-derived contractile factors. The maximum response to ET was identical to the response to K+ depolarization. The vasoconstrictor activity of ET was at least one or two orders of magnitude more potent than other vasoconstrictors (BAY K 8644, histamine, acetylcholine, and prostaglandin F(2α)) examined. The action of ET was antagonized by a dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonist, nicardipine, in a competitive fashion. ET-induced vasoconstriction was not mediated by membrane depolarization. A small amount of ET (2 x 10-10 M) caused a leftward shift of the concentration-response relationship for K+. ET (5 x 10-10, 5 x 10-8 M) accelerated 45Ca2+ uptake to the smooth muscle cells, which were inhibited by nicardipine. However, ET did not affect the specific binding of [125I]iodipine to the smooth muscle cell membrane. These results suggest that ET produces vasoconstriction via ultimately accelerating Ca2+ influx through voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels but that the binding site is distinct from that of dihydropyridines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26/6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989


  • calcium antagonists
  • calcium uptake
  • endothelin receptor binding
  • membrane potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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