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Braz J Med Biol Res vol.35 no.9 Ribeirão Preto Sept. 2002
Braz J Med Biol Res, September 2002, Volume 35(9) 1017-1023
Interaction between paraventricular nucleus and septal area in the control of physiological responses induced by angiotensin II
L.A.A. Camargo1, W.A. Saad1,2, S. Simões2, T.A.B. Santos2 and W. Abrão Saad3
1Departamento de Fisiologia, Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP, Brasil
2Departamento de Odontologia, Universidade de Taubaté, Taubaté, SP, Brasil
3Departamento de Cirurgia, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Material and Methods
Correspondence and Footnotes
We determined the effects of losartan (40 nmol) and PD 123319 (40 nmol) (both non-peptides and selective antagonists of the AT1 and AT2 angiotensin receptors, respectively), and [Sar1, Ala8] angiotensin II (ANG II) (40 nmol) (a non-selective peptide antagonist of angiotensin receptors) injected into the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) on the water and salt appetite, diuresis and natriuresis and mean arterial pressure (MAP) induced by administration of 10 nmol of ANG II into the medial septal area (MSA) of male Holtzman rats weighing 250-300 g. The volume of drug solution injected was 0.5 µl over a period of 10-15 s. The responses were measured over a period of 120 min. ANG II alone injected into the MSA induced an increase in all the above parameters (8.1 ± 1.2, 1.8 ± 0.3, and 17.1 ± 1.0 ml, 217 ± 25 µEq/120 min, and 24 ± 4 mmHg, respectively, N = 10-12) compared with vehicle-treated rats (1.4 ± 0.2, 0.6 ± 0.1, and 9.3 ± 0.5 ml, 47 ± 5 µEq/120 min, and 4.1 ± 0.8 mmHg, respectively, N = 10-14). Pretreatment with losartan and [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II completely abolished the water and sodium intake, and the pressor increase (0.5 ± 0.2, 1.1 ± 0.2, 0.5 ± 0.2, and 0.8 ± 0.2 ml, and 1.2 ± 3.9, 31 ± 4.6 mmHg, respectively, N = 9-12), whereas losartan blunted the urinary and sodium excretion induced by ANG II (13.9 ± 1.0 ml and 187 ± 10 µEq/120 min, respectively, N = 9). Pretreatment with PD 123319 and [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II blocked the urinary and sodium excretion (10.7 ± 0.8, 9.8 ± 0.7 ml, and 67 ± 13 and 57 ± 17 µEq/120 min, respectively, N = 9), whereas pretreatment with PD 123319 partially blocked the water and sodium intake, and the MAP induced by ANG II administration (2.3 ± 0.3, 1.1 ± 0.1 ml, and 12 ± 3 mmHg, respectively, N = 9-10). These results suggest the angiotensinergic effect of the MSA on the AT1 and AT2 receptors of the PVN in terms of water and sodium homeostasis and MAP modulation.
Key words: AT1 receptors, AT2 receptors, Water, Sodium, Paraventricular nucleus, Medial septal area
Considerable evidence supports the view that brain angiotensin II (ANG II) plays an important role in the regulation of pressor responses, thirst, sodium appetite, and release of vasopressin (1). The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) is known to be an important center for the integration of the neural signals involved in arterial pressure, drinking, and vasopressin release (2). The septal area and the PVN are areas of the brain closely involved in fluid, electrolytic and cardiovascular regulation (3,4).
Recently, two angiotensin receptor subtypes, AT1 and AT2, have been identified on the basis of selective antagonists. Although most brain nuclei expressing ANG II receptors contain only one subtype, some nuclei express a mixture of AT1 and AT2 receptors (5).
The PVN is known to contain predominantly AT1 subtype receptors (6), but it has been shown that the excitatory action of angiotensin on paraventricular neurons is antagonized by the ANG II receptor AT2 (7). Both AT1 and AT2 sites are also present in the septum (8).
Since the septum has known anatomic connections with the PVN (9) we determined the effect of previous PVN treatment with losartan, PD 123319 (non-peptide angiotensin receptor antagonists) and [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II (non-selective angiotensin receptor antagonist) on water and salt intake, urine and sodium excretion and blood pressure responses induced by administration of ANG II into the medial septal area (MSA).
Male albino Holtzman rats weighing 250-300 g were used in all experiments. The rats were housed individually in a temperature-controlled room (23 ± 2ºC) on a 12:12-h light-dark cycle. Food pellets (Na+ content - 5 mEq/100 g) and water were available ad libitum unless stated otherwise. All experiments began at 9:00 h.
Animals were anesthetized with tribromoethanol (20 mg/100 g body weight, ip). Stainless steel guide cannulae (0.6 mm outer diameter, 0.33 mm inner diameter) were implanted into the MSA using the following coordinates: 1.20-1.00 mm anterior to the bregma in the midline, and to a depth of 4.2 mm from the duramater. For cannula implantation into the PVN (unilaterally) the following coordinates were used: 0.2-0.6 mm lateral to the sagittal line, 6.0 mm down the duramater and 1.8-2.0 mm posterior to the bregma (10). The cannula was secured to the top of the skull with dental cement and fastened with two screws. The insertion of a close fitting stylet kept the lumen free of debris and clots. A prophylactic dose of penicillin (30,000 IU) was administered three days before and three days after surgery.
Intracerebral injection techniques
After brain surgery, the animals were returned to individual metabolic cages, with free access to granular ration and tap water for one week until the day of the experiment. A dental needle (0.3 mm outer diameter) 2.0 mm longer than the cannula fixed to the skull was used for the injections. The needle was connected by PE tubing to a Hamilton-type syringe (5 µl) kept outside the cage. All drugs were injected in 0.5-µl volumes over 10-15 s.
ANG II and [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II were purchased from Sigma (St. Louis, MO, USA), and losartan and PD 123319 were from DuPont-Merck (Wilmington, DE, USA).
Sodium concentration in urine samples was measured with a NOVA 1 + 1 apparatus.
At the end of the experiments, the rats were anesthetized with ether and perfused through the heart with 10% saline and 10% formalin solution. The brains were removed, fixed in 10% formalin for one week, frozen, cut into 20-30-µm sections and stained with hematoxylin. Only animals in which the injection was placed in the MSA were used in this study (Figure 1). The PVN parameters studied were observed in subjects that had the injection placed in the lateral parvocellular and medial posterior magnocellular subdivisions of the PVN (10) but not in subjects in which the injections were placed in the fornix, zona incerta, reuniens thalamic nucleus, dorsal and medial parvocellular nuclei, or periventricular subdivisions of the PVN (Figure 2).
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Data are reported as means ± SEM. The results were analyzed statistically by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), followed by comparisons between individual means using the Newman-Keuls post hoc test. Differences at the 5% level (P<0.05) were considered to be significant.
Water and sodium intake. To determine the accuracy of MSA or PVN placement, the animal was offered drinking water immediately after ANG II (10 pmol) injection. Water ingestion (4 ml) within 15 min of the injection was presumptive evidence of correct positioning of the cannula in the MSA or PVN. This test was performed at least 72 h prior to the water and sodium intake experiments.
Seven days after brain surgery, water and 3% NaCl intake were measured in different groups after injection of saline (0.15 M NaCl) and ANG II (10 pmol) into the MSA. The effect of pretreatment with the ANG II receptor antagonists on ANG II-induced water or 3% NaCl intake was tested with [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II (40 nmol), losartan (40 nmol) and PD 123319 (40 nmol) injected into the PVN 15 min before ANG II injection into the MSA. Water and 3% NaCl intake were recorded at 30-min intervals for 2 h after the injection of the antagonists.
Urine and sodium excretion. Five days after brain surgery, catheters (PE-50 polyethylene tubing) were inserted under 2,2,2-tribromoethanol anesthesia (20 mg/100 g body weight) into the superior vena cava via the right external jugular vein and externalized between the scapulae. Two days after surgery, animals were submitted to the experimental session. After 12 h of water and 3% NaCl solution deprivation, the catheters were connected to 10-ml syringes driven by a Harvard Apparatus infusion pump. Intravenous infusion of hypotonic saline (0.08 M at 1.5 ml/h) was started to promote urinary flow, and 3 h were allowed for equilibration. Urine excretion was recorded at 30-min intervals for 2 h after injection of the ANG II antagonists. Different groups received isotonic saline vehicle and ANG II (10 nmol) into the MSA, and the ANG II antagonists (40 nmol) into the PVN 15 min before ANG II.
Mean arterial pressure
Mean arterial pressure (MAP) was recorded in unanesthetized and unrestrained rats through polyethylene tubing (PE-10 connected to a PE-50) inserted into the abdominal aorta through the femoral artery under 2,2,2-tribromoethanol anesthesia (20 mg/100 g body weight) on the day before the recording. The polyethylene tube was tunneled subcutaneously to the back of the rat and was connected to a Statham (P23Db) pressure transducer (Statham-Gould) coupled to a multichannel recorder (Physiograph, Narco Bio-Systems, Houston, TX, USA). The drugs were injected using the same doses as described above.
Effects of [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II, losartan, or PD 123319 injected into the PVN on water and saline ingestion induced by ANG II injected into the MSA
The water ingestion observed for 2 h in the control experiment (0.15 M NaCl) and with the injection of the angiotensin antagonists is presented in Figure 3. Analysis of variance for the 2-h cumulative water intake showed that the different treatments significantly affected water intake (F(4.50) = 33.06, P<0.05). ANG II administration significantly increased water intake when compared with saline controls. Cumulative water intake induced by ANG II was totally inhibited in animals previously treated with [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II and losartan, and partially inhibited by previous treatment with PD 123319.
Analysis of variance was performed for the cumulative 2-h saline intake (F(4.51) = 11.67, P<0.05). The t-test showed that animals treated with ANG II significantly increased saline ingestion when compared with control (Figure 4). Previous injection of animals with [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II and losartan inhibited the saline ingestion induced by ANG II, whereas pretreatment with PD 123319 showed a partial inhibition of the saline intake induced by ANG II.
Injection of only [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II, losartan or PD 123319 into the PVN produced no alterations in water or salt intake.
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Effects of [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II, losartan, or PD 123319 injected into the PVN on diuresis and natriuresis induced by ANG II injected into the MSA
The urinary response of rats treated with ANG II and of rats pretreated with the antagonists is summarized in Figure 5. Analysis of variance applied to the 2-h cumulative urine excretion indicated a significant difference between groups (F(4,44) = 14.13, P<0.05). Cumulative urine excretion induced by ANG II was inhibited in animals previously treated with [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II and PD 123319, showing no significant differences when compared with saline controls, whereas previous injection of losartan impaired the urine excretion induced by ANG II.
Analysis of variance for the 2-h cumulative sodium excretion data showed a significant difference between groups (F(4,44) = 24.73, P<0.05). As can be seen in Figure 6, sodium excretion induced by ANG II increased significantly compared with control rats. Previous administration of [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II blocked the sodium excretion induced by ANG II. Pretreatment with PD 123319 was more effective in decreasing the sodium excretion induced by ANG II when compared with the effects induced by previous administration of losartan.
Injection of only [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II, losartan, or PD 123319 into the PVN produced no alterations in urine or sodium excretion.
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Effects of [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II, losartan, or PD 123319 injected into the PVN on the increase of arterial pressure induced by ANG II injected into the MSA
The injection of ANG II (10 nmol/0.5 µl) into the MSA of conscious normotensive rats (MAP = 114 ± 4 to 123 ± 6 mmHg in different groups) produced an immediate large increase in MAP (DMAP = 24 ± 4 mmHg) compared to the increase in MAP (6 ± 2 mmHg) observed when only 0.15 M NaCl was injected into the MSA (Figure 7). The largest pressor response after ANG II injection into the MSA was reached within 3 min, with 10-30 min needed for the values to return to baseline.
Previous injection of [Sar1, Ala8] ANG II (40 nmol) and losartan (40 nmol) into the PVN fully abolished, whereas PD 123319 (40 nmol) partially blocked, the pressor response induced by ANG II injection.
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The results of the present study confirm reports that the dipsogenic and sodium intake action of centrally administered ANG II can be abolished by AT1 receptor antagonists (11). More importantly, the data showed that the AT2 receptor antagonist, PD 123319, also caused a marked reduction of the effects of ANG II on water and sodium intake. After injection of losartan into the PVN the effects of ANG II injection into the MSA on water and sodium ingestion were abolished, indicating that the actions of ANG II were exerted through AT1 receptors. However, PD 123319 injected into the PVN also inhibited the effects of ANG II, although these effects were not as strong as those observed for losartan.
The present data also demonstrated that the AT1 receptor antagonist caused a reduction of the effects of ANG II on water and sodium excretion. After injection of PD 123319 into the PVN the effects of ANG II injection into the MSA on urine and sodium excretion were totally abolished, indicating that the actions of ANG II were exerted principally through AT2 receptors.
The present data also showed that the hypertensive effect of ANG II administered into the MSA was abolished by losartan and reduced but not abolished by PD 123319 administration into the PVN.
Data about centrally administered AT2 antagonists are controversial. Intracerebroventricular (icv) administration of the AT2 antagonists PD 123319, PD 123177 and CGP 42112 has shown inhibition, no change or increase in water and sodium intake and pressor response to icv ANG II (5). Several studies have shown inhibitory responses to icv administration of PD 123319 on water and salt intake, vasopressin release and pressor responses to central ANG II in rats (12), while central administration of PD 123177 or CGP 42112 did not interfere with these responses (13). PVN administration of CGP 42112A abolished the diuretic, natriuretic and kaliuretic effects of ANG II injected into the same area (14). There is functional evidence that ANG II exerts excitatory effects on neurons of the PVN and that these effects are antagonized by CGP 42112A (15).
Under the conditions of the present study, if losartan and PD 123319 injected into the PVN were only exerting AT1 and AT2 receptor-selective antagonistic effects, respectively, then the MSA actions of ANG II on water and sodium intake, urinary and sodium excretion and increase in arterial blood pressure are dependent on coactivation of both receptor subtypes. Icv administration of PD 123319 and EXP-3174 (an active metabolite of losartan) has been shown to abolish the cardiovascular response to ANG II, although the profiles of activity of the compounds were different (13). The cardiovascular and behavioral effects of PD 123319 were remarkably similar to those of substance P, suggesting that PD 123319 may act by releasing endogenous substance P. It has been suggested that the inhibitory effects of relatively high doses of PD 123319 injected icv may be due either to an action on central AT1 receptors or to conversion of PD 123319 to an AT1 antagonist (16). Some data indicate that AT1 and AT2 receptors mediate ANG II-induced water and NaCl intakes (12) and the cardiovascular responses to ANG II when this peptide is injected either icv (13) or into the hypothalamus (17).
The present data show that losartan injected into the PVN abolished the water and sodium intake and the blood pressure response, and attenuated the diuretic and natriuretic actions of ANG II injected into the MSA. On the other hand, pretreatment with PD 123319 into the same area blocked the urine and sodium excretion, and impaired the water and sodium intake and the pressor response induced by injection of ANG II into the MSA. These data suggest that MSA efferents may release ANG II which acts as a neurotransmitter within the PVN, resulting in postsynaptic effects which in turn influence fluid-electrolyte and blood pressure control.
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The authors appreciate the technical assistance of Reginaldo C. Queiróz, Silas P. Barbosa, Silvia Fóglia, Alexandre A. Vieira, and Silvana A.D. Malavolta. They also thank Ana V. Oliveira for animal care.
Address for correspondence: L.A.A. Camargo, Departamento de Fisiologia, Faculdade de Odontologia, UNESP, Rua Humaitá, 1680, 14801-903 Araraquara, SP, Brasil. Fax: +55-16-201-6488. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented at the IV International Symposium on Vasoactive Peptides, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, October 19-21, 2001. Research supported by CNPq (No. 520408/96-9) and FAPESP (No. 99/06582-2). Received August 13, 2001. Accepted September 20, 2001.