Short-term (48 hours) intravenous serelaxin infusion has no effect on myogenic tone or vascular remodeling in rat mesenteric arteries Academic Article uri icon


  • Short-term IV sRLX (recombinant human relaxin-2) infusion enhances endothelium-dependent relaxation in mesenteric arteries. This is initially underpinned by increased NO followed by a transition to prostacyclin. The effects of short-term IV sRLX treatment on pressure-induced myogenic tone and vascular remodeling in these arteries are unknown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of sRLX infusion on pressure-induced myogenic tone and passive mechanical wall properties in mesenteric arteries.Mesenteric artery myogenic tone and passive mechanics were examined after 48-hours and 10-days infusion of sRLX. Potential mechanisms of action were assessed by pressure myography, qPCR, and Western blot analysis.Neither 48-hours nor 10-days sRLX treatment had significant effects on myogenic tone, passive arterial wall stiffness, volume compliance, or axial lengthening. However, in 48-hours sRLX -treated rats, incubation with the NO synthase blocker L-NAME significantly increased myogenic tone (P<.05 vs placebo), demonstrating an increased contribution of NO to the regulation of myogenic tone. eNOS dimerization, but not phosphorylation, was significantly upregulated in the arteries of sRLX -treated rats.In mesenteric arteries, 48-hours sRLX treatment upregulates the role of NO in the regulation of myogenic tone by enhancing eNOS dimerization, without altering overall myogenic tone or vascular remodeling.


publication date

  • 2017