Expression of multiple α1-adrenoceptors on vascular smooth muscle: Correlation with the regulation of contraction

Sandra L. Hrometz, Stephanie E. Edelmann, Dan F. McCune, Jennifer R. Olges, Robert W. Hadley, Dianne M. Perez, Michael T. Piascik

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Previous work has shown that the genes encoding each α1-adrenoceptor subtype are coexpressed throughout the peripheral vascular system. We have evaluated subtype-selective antibodies as tools to determine the extent of protein expression in arteries. The α(1A)-, α(1B)-, and α(1D)- adrenoceptors were detected in the medial layer of the aorta, caudal, femoral, iliac, renal, superior mesenteric, and mesenteric resistance arteries. In Rat1 fibroblasts expressing each subtype, immunoreactivity was noted both on the cell surface and in a perinuclear orientation. Intense α(1B)-adrenoceptor immunostaining was similarly localized in cultured femoral and renal vascular smooth muscle cells. Although the cellular localization appeared to be the same, immunoreactivity obtained with α(1A)- and α(1D)-adrenoceptors was much less intense than that with the α(1B)- adrenoceptor. The α(1A)-adrenoceptor selective agonist A-61603 was 22-fold more potent in activating renal artery contraction when compared with the femoral artery. The expression of each α1-adrenoceptor was significantly decreased by in vivo application of antisense oligonucleotides targeted against each subtype. Inhibition of the expression of only one, the α(1A) in renal and the α(1D) in femoral arteries, reduced the contractile response to naphazoline. The results show: 1) subtype-selective antibodies can be used in tissues and cell culture to localize the α1-adrenoceptor subtypes, 2) in addition to expression on the cell surface, the α1-adrenoceptors are expressed intracellularly, and 3) despite expression of all adrenoceptors, a single subtype mediates the contractile response in the femoral and renal arteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-463
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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