Vascular effects of poly-N-acetylglucosamine in isolated rat aortic rings

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Background. Poly-N-acetylglucosamine (p-GlcNAc) is a secretion of marine diatoms that is known to be useful in controlling bleeding. As a component of promoting hemostasis, p-GlcNAc is thought to exert vasoconstrictor effects in arteries. The present study was undertaken to determine whether p-GlcNAc induced a significant vasoconstrictor effect and, if so, what the mechanism of this effect might be. Materials and methods. We examined vascular effects of p-GlcNAc on isolated aortic rings obtained from Sprague-Dawley rats. The rings were suspended in organ baths and precontracted with U46619, a thromboxane A2 mimetic. Results. p-GlcNAc produced a concentration-dependent vasoconstriction over the range of 14 to 100 μg/ml. At a concentration of 100 μg/ml, p-GlcNAc significantly contracted aortic rings by 133 ± 20 mg of developed force (P < 0.01). Neither a deacetylated derivative of p-GlcNAc nor a structurally related macromolecule, chitin, contracted rat aortic rings, indicating a specificity for p-GlcNAc. The vasoconstriction to p-GlcNAc was totally abolished in deendothelialized rat aortic rings, suggesting that an endothelial component is essential to the vasoconstriction. Pretreatment with the endothelin ETA receptor antagonist, JKC-301 (0.5 and 1 μM), significantly diminished p-GlcNAc-induced vasoconstriction by 57 to 61% (P < 0.01). However, p-GlcNAc did not significantly diminish nitric oxide release from rat aortic endothelium. Conclusion. These results provide evidence that p-GlcNAc significantly contracts isolated rat aortic rings via an endothelium-dependent mechanism, partly via enhancement of endothelin-1 release from endothelial cells. © 2001 Elsevier Science.

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Journal of Surgical Research





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This article was published in Journal of Surgical Research, Volume 102, Issue 2, Pages 215-220.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jsre.2001.6323.

Copyright © 2002 Elsevier.

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