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Acute Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition with bufalin impairs pressure natriuresis in the rat.

Although it has been reported that Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition with bufalin induces acute and chronic hypertension in the rat, the mechanisms mediating this response are unclear. To examine the role of the kidney in this process, glomerular filtration rate, renal blood flow, and pressure natriuresis were determined in rats treated with bufalin or vehicle during changes in renal perfusion pressure. Mean arterial pressure increased from 123 +/- 4 to 149 +/- 3 mm Hg (P < .05) after 40 minutes of intravenous bufalin and remained at this level. In control rats, glomerular filtration rate was well autoregulated. In bufalin-treated rats, glomerular filtration rate fell with decreasing renal perfusion pressure. Glomerular filtration rate autoregulatory index was greater in bufalin-treated than control rats (P < .05). Renal blood flow showed a similar pattern. Urine flow and sodium excretion were less in bufalin-treated than control rats at equivalent renal perfusion pressures. The slope of the line describing the relation between urine flow and renal perfusion pressure was greater (P < .05) in control than bufalin-treated rats. Similarly, the slope of the line relating sodium excretion to renal perfusion pressure was greater (P < .05) in control than bufalin-treated rats. Thus, acute increases in blood pressure during Na+, K+-ATPase inhibition are associated with impaired renal autoregulation and pressure natriuresis. This effect may be important in chronic hypertension associated with Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition in the rat.[1]

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  1. Acute Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition with bufalin impairs pressure natriuresis in the rat. Patel, A.R., Kurashina, T., Granger, J.P., Kirchner, K.A. Hypertension (1996) [Pubmed]
 
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