Sulfonylurea receptor-dependent and -independent pathways mediate vasodilation induced by ATP-sensitive K+ channel openers

Adebowale Adebiyi, Elizabeth M. McNally, Jonathan H. Jaggar

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ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channel openers are vasodilators that activate both plasma membrane and mitochondrial K ATP channels. Here, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which diazoxide and pinacidil induce vasodilation by studying diameter regulation of wild-type [SUR2(+/+)] and sulfonylurea receptor (SUR) 2-deficient [SUR2(-/-)] mouse myogenic mesenteric arteries. Ryanodine (10 μM), a ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ release (RyR) channel blocker; iberiotoxin (100 nM), a large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (KCa) channel blocker; 4-aminopyridine (4-AP; 1 mM), a voltage-gated K+ (KV) channel blocker; manganese(III) tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphyrin (MnTMPyP; 100 μM), an antioxidant; and a combination of ryanodine and 4-AP reduced diazoxide (100 μM)-induced dilation in pressurized (60 mm Hg) SUR2(+/+) arteries by 45 to 77%. In contrast, these inhibitors did not alter pinacidil (5 μM)-induced dilation in SUR2(+/+) arteries. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction indicated that SUR2B was the only SUR isoform expressed in SUR2(+/+) mesenteric artery smooth muscle cells, whereas SURs were absent in SUR2(-/-) cells. In SUR2(-/-) arteries, pinacidil-induced vasodilation was ∼10% of that in SUR2(+/+) arteries, whereas diazoxide-induced vasodilation was similar in SUR2(+/+) and SUR2(-/-) arteries. Atpenin (1 μM), a selective electron transport chain (ETC) complex II inhibitor, dilated arteries similarly to diazoxide, and this effect was attenuated by MnTMPyP and ryanodine + 4-AP. Atpenin also attenuated diazoxide-, but not pinacidil-induced vasodilation. In summary, data indicate that pinacidil-induced vasodilation requires SUR2B, whereas diazoxide-induced vasodilation does not require SURs. Rather, diazoxide-induced vasodilation involves ETCII inhibition; a smooth muscle cell-reactive oxygen species elevation; and RyR, KCa, and KV channel activation. These data indicate that KATP channel openers regulate arterial diameter via SUR-dependent and -independent pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-743
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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