Dissociation of the contractile and hypertrophie effects of vasoconstrictor prostanoids in vascular smooth muscle

G. W. Dorn, M. W. Becker, M. G. Davis

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To more clearly define the physiologic roles of thromboxane (TX)A2 and primary prostaglandins (PG) in vascular tissue we examined vascular contractility, cell signaling, and growth responses. The growth-promoting effects of (15S)-hydroxy-11α,9α-(epoxymethano)prosta-5Z,13E-dienoic acid (U46619; TXA2 agonist), PGF, and PGE2 consisted of protein synthesis and proto-oncogene expression, but not DNA synthesis or cell proliferation. U46619 contracted rat aortas and increased cultured rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cell intracellular free calcium concentration [Ca2+]i, [3H]inositol monophosphate (IP) accumulation, myosin light chain phosphorylation, and protein synthesis ([3H]leucine incorporation) with EC50 values ranging from 10 to 50 nM. Each of these responses was inhibitable with the TXA2 receptor antagonist [1S] 1α,2β(5Z),3β,4α-7-(3-{2-[(phenylamino)carbonyl]hydrazino} methyl)-7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-yl-5-heptenoic acid (SQ29548). In contrast, PGF increased [Ca2+]i, [3H]IP, and protein synthesis with EC50 values of 30-230 nM but contracted rat aortas with an EC50 of 4800 nM. PGE2 increased [Ca2+]i, [3H]IP accumulation, protein synthesis, and contracted rat aortas with EC50 values of 2.5-3.5 μM. TXA2 receptor blockade prevented PGF- and PGE2-induced aortic contraction and cell myosin light chain phosphorylation, but not cell signaling or protein synthesis. Binding studies to vascular smooth muscle TXA2 receptors using 1S-[1α,2β(5Z),3α(1E,3S),4α]-7-{3-[3-hydroxy-4-(p-[ 125I] iodophenoxy)-1-butenyl]7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-y1}-5-heptenoic acid ([125I]BOP) showed U46619, SQ29548, PGF, and PGE2 competition for TXA2 receptor binding at concentrations similar to their EC50 values for aortic contraction, while binding competition with [3H]PGF20 and [3H]PGE2 demonstrated the specificity of [125I]BOP and SQ29548 for TXA2 receptors. The results suggest that 1) PGF- and E2-stimulated vessel contraction is due to cross- agonism at vascular TXA2 receptors; 2) PGF stimulates TXA2 receptor-independent vascular smooth muscle protein synthesis at nanomolar concentrations, consistent with an interaction at its primary receptor; and 3) TXA2 is a potent stimulus for vascular smooth muscle contraction and protein synthesis. We suggest that the main physiologic effect of PGF may be as a stimulus for vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy, not as a contractile agonist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24897-24905
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number34
StatePublished - Dec 5 1992


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