We evaluated VER effect on RNA synthesis of quiescent and angiotensin II (AII)- stimulated cultured rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). In a dose-dependent manner, VER decreased [3H]uridine uptake by quiescent VSMCs (ED50 7×10-6M), an effect that was shared by other calcium antagonists, but to a variable degree. VER caused a significant effect within 3 hours and attained a maximal effect at 7 hours. In addition VER caused a 22±2% decrease in [3H]uridine uptake by VSMCs stimulated with 10% fetal bovine serum, while it completely abolished [3H]uridine uptake by VSMCs induced by AII. We conclude that VER decreases basal and inhibits AII-induced increase in mRNA synthesis of VSMCs. These data may explain in part how VER causes a decrease in vascular resistance and alters the vasoconstrictor effect of AII.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Mar 16 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology