Differential effect of chronic inhibition of calcium channel and angiotensin II type 1-receptor on aldosterone synthesis in spontaneously hypertensive rats

Fumio Otsuka, Toshio Ogura, Hideo Kataoka, Masayuki Kishida, Masami Takahashi, Yukari Mimura, Takayoshi Yamauchi, Hirofumi Makino

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We have investigated the in vivo effect of chronic blockade of Ca2+-channels and angiotensin II type 1 (AT1)-receptors on aldosterone (Aldo)-synthesis in the adrenal glands of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Male SHR were administered Ca2+-antagonist, amlodipine (10 mg/kg per day) or AT1-receptor-antagonist, TCV-116 (1 mg/kg per day) from 7 until 11 weeks of age. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) and heart rate (HR) were significantly higher in SHR than Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. Both treatments resulted in equivalent and significant reduction in SBP in SHR. Aldo-secretion in SHR, which was significantly higher than in WKY rats, was profoundly suppressed by TCV-116 compared with amlodipine. Both treatments resulted in thickening of the zona glomerulosa, which immunohistochemically contains Aldo, at the end of therapy. Competitive reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) showed that CYP11A (P450scc) mRNA regulating the first step of Aldo-synthesis was significantly reduced from week 9 of age by amlodipine, and that CYP11B2 (P450aldo) mRNA regulating the last step of Aldo-synthesis was potently suppressed from 9 weeks of age by TCV-116. Our results indicate that chronic treatment with different antihypertensive agents directly modulates adrenocortical aldosterone synthesis in SHR in vivo via different mechanisms. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2000



  • Adrenal cortex
  • CYP11A and CYP11B2
  • Cytochrome P450scc and P450aldo
  • Zona glomerulosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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