Neuropeptide Y potentiates noradrenaline-induced contraction through the neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor

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To elucidate which neuropeptide Y receptor subtype is responsible for the neuropeptide Y-induced potentiation of the noradrenaline-evoked contraction in human omental arteries we used antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (Antisense), the new selective neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor antagonist, BIBP3226 {(R)-N2-(diphenylacetyl)-N-[(4-hydroxyphenyl) methyl]-D-arginine-amide} and the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Neuropeptide Y significantly potentiated the noradrenaline-induced contraction in non-incubated vessels (pEC50 6.4 +/- 0.2 vs. 5.9 +/- 0.2) and in vessels incubated with 1 microM Sense oligodeoxynucleotide (Sense) (pEC50 6.0 +/- 0.1 vs. 5.6 +/- 0.2). In vessels incubated with 1 microM Antisense the potentiating effect of neuropeptide Y was completely abolished. BIBP3226 (1 microM) inhibited the neuropeptide Y-induced potentiation in human omental arteries (pEC50 5.8 +/- 0.3 vs. 6.4 +/- 0.2). Finally, messenger RNA for the neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor was detected using RT-PCR. On the basis of our results we conclude that the neuropeptide Y-induced potentiation of the noradrenaline-induced contraction is mediated by the neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


  • Artery, human, Noradrenaline, Neuropeptide Y, Antisense oligodeoxynucleotide, BIBP3226, Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-64
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Publication categoryResearch