Oxidative stress plays a permissive role in α2-adrenoceptor-mediated events in immortalized SHR proximal tubular epithelial cells

  • Sónia Simão
  • Sónia Fraga
  • Pedro A. Jose
  • Patrício Soares-da-Silva


The present study evaluated the role of oxidative stress on α2-adrenoceptor-mediated events (Cl/HCO 3 exchanger activity and cAMP accumulation) in immortalized renal proximal tubular epithelial (PTE) cells from the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) and its normotensive control (Wistar Kyoto rat; WKY). The exposure of cells to α2-adrenoceptor agonist UK 14,304 reduced Cl/HCO 3 exchanger activity with EC50 of 2.0 μM in SHR PTE cells, whereas in WKY PTE cells no effects were observed. These effects were abolished by yohimbine, an α2-adrenoceptor antagonist, but insensitive to prazosin. Both forskolin and dibutyryl cAMP stimulated Cl/HCO 3 exchanger activity in WKY and SHR PTE cells, which was prevented by the PKA inhibitor H-89. Forskolin increased cAMP levels in both WKY and SHR PTE cells to a similar extent, but UK 14,304 significantly reduced the forskolin-induced increase in cAMP levels in only SHR PTE cells. Immunoblotting showed that expression of α2B-adrenoceptors was 12-times greater in SHR PTE cells than in WKY PTE cells. SHR PTE cells have increased levels of H2O2 and overexpress type 2 NADPH oxidase (NOX2) and p22phox compared with WKY cells. In SHR PTE cells, the NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin reduced their increased ability to generate H2O2 and abolished the inhibitory effects of UK 14,304 on Cl/HCO 3 exchanger activity and cAMP accumulation. It is concluded that differences between WKY and SHR PTE cells on their sensitivity to α2-adrenoceptor agonists correlate with the expression of α2B-adrenoceptors. The increased generation of H2O2 amplifies the response downstream to α2-adrenoceptor activation in SHR PTE cells.


Cl/HCO3 exchanger Adenylyl cyclase α2-Adrenoceptor H2O2 Hypertension SHR WKY 



This study is supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, POCI, FEDER and Programa Comunitário de Apoio (POCI/SAU-FCF/59207/2004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sónia Simão
    • 1
  • Sónia Fraga
    • 1
  • Pedro A. Jose
    • 2
  • Patrício Soares-da-Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of MedicinePortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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