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Renal actions of endothelin: interaction with prostacyclin.

The renal actions of endothelin were examined by infusing it intrarenally in anesthetized dogs at 4 without affecting arterial blood pressure or cardiac output. Endothelin infusion caused a transient and significant increase in renal blood flow (RBF) by 13 +/- 2%, followed by large decreases in RBF and glomerular filtration rate (GFR; by 26 +/- 2 and 23 +/- 7%, respectively) but did not alter urine flow rate or absolute sodium excretion. After endothelin infusion, renal venous and arterial plasma 6-ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha increased from 250 +/- 58 and 117 +/- 31 to 1,044 +/- 249 and 617 +/- 211 pg/ml, respectively, and its renal output increased from 339 +/- 99 to 963 +/- 202 pg.min-1.g-1 (P less than 0.01 for all). The renal prostacyclin synthesis was augmented by endothelin without stimulating the renal renin release or norepinephrine output. Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis with indomethacin partially prevented the early renal vasodilation induced by endothelin, which then caused a more pronounced decline in RBF and GFR (by 65 +/- 7 and 54 +/- 8%, respectively). With suppression of prostacyclin synthesis, inhibition of renin release by endothelin was observed. Thus the vasoconstrictive effects of endothelin on renal hemodynamics are significantly modified by its ability to enhance production of vasodilators, including prostacyclin.[1]


  1. Renal actions of endothelin: interaction with prostacyclin. Chou, S.Y., Dahhan, A., Porush, J.G. Am. J. Physiol. (1990) [Pubmed]
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