Effects of pertussis toxin on vasodilation and cyclic GMP in bovine mesenteric arteries and demonstration of a 40 kD soluble protein ribosylation substrate for pertussis toxin

M. Ekstam Ljusegren, K. L. Axelsson, J. Ahlner, J. O.G. Karlsson, R. G.G. Andersson, B. R. Magnusson, R. L. Friedman

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The inhibitory nucleotide-regulatory protein (Gl) has been shown to lose its adenylate cyclase inhibitory effect upon treatment with pertussis toxin. To find out whether a pertussis sensitive mechanism is involved in the regulation of the cGMP-system, bovine mesenteric arteries were incubated in buffer containing pertussis toxin, and the relaxation and intracellular cGMP accumulation induced by different groups of vasodilating agents were studied. The present results show a pertussis toxin induced decrease in relaxation as well as a decrease in the cGMP-elevation induced by the endothelium dependent vasodilators acetylcholine and calcium ionophore A 23187. Arteries treated with artrial natriuretic peptide showed no alterations in relaxation of cGMP content after incubation with pertussis toxin. A 40 kD soluble ribosylation substrate for pertussis toxin was identified in bovine mesenteric artery. These results suggest that a pertussis toxin sensitive mechanism is involved in the vasodilating mechanism of acetylcholine and calcium ionophore A 23187, while no evidence for such a mechanism could be found regarding the vasodilatory action of atrial natriuretic peptide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-552
Number of pages10
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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