Nitric oxide suppresses cerebral vasomotion by sGC-independent effects on ryanodine receptors and voltage-gated calcium channels

K H Yuill, A J McNeish, Y Kansui, C J Garland, K A Dora

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Abstract

Background/Aims: In cerebral arteries, nitric oxide (NO) release plays a key role in suppressing vasomotion. Our aim was to establish the pathways affected by NO in rat middle cerebral arteries. Methods: In isolated segments of artery, isometric tension and simultaneous measurements of either smooth muscle membrane potential or intracellular [Ca2+] ([Ca2+](SMC)) changes were recorded. Results: In the absence of L -NAME, asynchronous propagating Ca2+ waves were recorded that were sensitive to block with ryanodine, but not nifedipine. L -NAME stimulated pronounced vasomotion and synchronous Ca2+ oscillations with close temporal coupling between membrane potential, tone and [Ca2+](SMC). If nifedipine was applied together with L -NAME, [Ca2+] C-SM decreased and synchronous Ca2+ oscillations were lost, but asynchronous propagating Ca2+ waves persisted. Vasomotion was similarly evoked by either iberiotoxin, or by ryanodine, and to a lesser extent by ODQ. Exogenous application of NONOate stimulated endothelium-independent hyperpolarization and relaxation of either L -NAME-induced or spontaneous arterial tone. NO-evoked hyperpolarization involved activation of BKCa channels via ryanodine receptors (RYRs), with little involvement of sGC. Further, in whole cell mode, NO inhibited current through L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCC), which was independent of both voltage and sGC. Conclusion: NO exerts sGC-independent actions at RYRs and at VGCC, both of which normally suppress cerebral artery myogenic tone. Copyright (C) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vascular Research
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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