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      Endothelium-Derived Hyperpolarizing Factor Mediates Bradykinin-Stimulated Tissue Plasminogen Activator Release in Humans

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          Aims: Bradykinin (BK) stimulates tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) release from human endothelium. Although BK stimulates both nitric oxide and endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF) release, the role of EDHF in t-PA release remains unexplored. This study sought to determine the mechanisms of BK-stimulated t-PA release in the forearm vasculature of healthy human subjects. Methods: In 33 healthy subjects (age 40.3 ± 1.9 years), forearm blood flow (FBF) and t-PA release were measured at rest and after intra-arterial infusions of BK (400 ng/min) and sodium nitroprusside (3.2 mg/min). Measurements were repeated after intra-arterial infusion of tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA; 1 µmol/min), fluconazole (0.4 µmol·min<sup>-1</sup>·l<sup>-1</sup>), and N<sup>G</sup>-monomethyl-<smlcap>L</smlcap>-arginine (<smlcap>L</smlcap>-NMMA, 8 µmol/min) to block nitric oxide, and their combination in separate studies. Results: BK significantly increased net t-PA release across the forearm (p < 0.0001). Fluconazole attenuated both BK-mediated vasodilation (-23.3 ± 2.7% FBF, p < 0.0001) and t-PA release (from 50.9 ± 9.0 to 21.3 ± 8.9 ng/min/100 ml, p = 0.02). TEA attenuated FBF (-14.7 ± 3.2%, p = 0.002) and abolished BK-stimulated t-PA release (from 22.9 ± 5.7 to -0.8 ± 3.6 ng/min/100 ml, p = 0.0002). <smlcap>L</smlcap>-NMMA attenuated FBF (p < 0.0001), but did not inhibit BK-induced t-PA release (nonsignificant). Conclusion: BK-stimulated t-PA release is partly due to cytochrome P<sub>450</sub>-derived epoxides and is inhibited by K<sup>+</sup><sub>Ca</sub> channel blockade. Thus, BK stimulates both EDHF-dependent vasodilation and t-PA release.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                August 2014
                04 June 2014
                : 51
                : 3
                : 200-208
                aDivision of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, bRollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and cDivision of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga., USA
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                *Prof. Arshed A. Quyyumi, Emory University School of Medicine, 1462 Clifton Road NE, Suite F506, Atlanta, GA 30322 (USA), E-Mail aquyyum@emory.edu
                362666 PMC4149839 J Vasc Res 2014;51:200-208
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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