Comparative responses to α,β-methylene-ATP in cat pulmonary, mesenteric, and hindquarter vascular beds

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, Hunter C. Champion, Mrugeshkumar K. Shah, Bracken J. De Witt, Edward W. Inscho, Philip J. Kadowitz

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Responses to the P2X-purinoceptor agonist α,β-methylene-ATP (α,β-MeATP) were investigated in the pulmonary, hindquarter, and mesenteric vascular beds in the cat. Under constant-flow conditions, injections of α,β-MeATP caused dose-related increases in perfusion pressure in the pulmonary and hindquarter beds and a biphasic response in the mesenteric circulation. In the pulmonary vascular bed, the order of potency was α,β-MeATP > U-46619 > angiotensin II, whereas, in the hind-quarters, the order of potency was angiotensin II > U-46619 > α,β-MeATP. The order of potency was similar in the hindquarter and mesenteric beds when the pressor component of the response to α,β-MeATP was compared with responses to angiotensin II and U-46619. The P2X-receptor antagonist pyridoxal-phosphate-6-azophenyl-2′,4′-disulfonic acid attenuated the pressor response to α,β-MeATP in the hindquarter circulation and the pressor component in the mesenteric vascular bed. Pressor responses to α,β-MeATP were not altered by cyclooxygenase, α-adrenergic, or angiotensin AT1 antagonists. These data show that α,β-MeATP has potent pressor activity in the pulmonary circulation, where it was 100-fold more potent than angiotensin II. In contrast, α,β-MeATP had modest pressor activity in the systemic bed, where it was 1,000-fold less potent than angiotensin II. These data suggest that responses to α,β-MeATP are dependent on the vascular bed studied and may be dependent on the density of P2X receptors in the vascular bed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1295
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Pulmonary and peripheral vascular bed
  • Pyridoxal-phosphate-6-azophenyl-2′,4′-disulfonic acid
  • Vasoconstrictor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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