Author(s): Milik E, SzczepanskaSadowska E, CudnochJedrzejewska A, Dobruch J
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Abstract Vasopressin V1a receptors (V1aR) were found in the cerebellum but their functional role has not been determined. As V1aR are engaged in the central regulation of the cardiovascular system and anxiogenic behavior and their role increases in the heart failure and stress, we decided to find out whether expression of V1aR is altered after myocardial infarction and chronic stressing. RT-PCR and Western blot analysis were performed to determine V1aR mRNA and protein expression in the cerebellum of four groups of rats (control sham-operated, infarcted, chronically stressed and infarcted chronically stressed). The myocardial infarct was produced by left coronary artery ligation, and chronic stressing by exposing the rat for four weeks to different types of mild stressors. The rats were sacrificed four weeks after the myocardial surgery or sham operation. Expressions of V1aR mRNA and protein were significantly lower in the infarcted and infarcted chronically stressed rats than in the sham-operated controls and chronically stressed not infarcted rats. No significant differences were found between the sham-operated controls and chronically stressed rats and between the infarcted rats and infarcted rats exposed to chronic stressing. It is concluded that V1aR mRNA and protein expressions are significantly down-regulated in the rats with the post-infarct heart failure but they are not affected by mild chronic stressing. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Neurosci Lett
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology