Involvement of B1 and B2 receptors in bradykinin-induced rat paw oedema

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  • Maria M. Campos,

    1. Department of Pharmacology, Centre of Biological Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88015-420-Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
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  • João B. Calixto

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    1. Department of Pharmacology, Centre of Biological Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88015-420-Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
      Department of Pharmacology, Centre of Biological Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88015-420-Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
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Department of Pharmacology, Centre of Biological Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88015-420-Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

Abstract

  • 1The mechanisms involved in bradykinin (BK)-induced oedema in the rat paw as well as the interactions between BK and several inflammatory mediators, have been investigated.
  • 2Intraplantar injection of BK (1 nmol/paw) in rats pretreated with captopril (5 mg kg−1, s.c.) caused a small amount of oedema formation (0.17 ± 0.05 ml). Des-Arg9-BK (DABK, a selective B1 receptor agonist) up to 300 nmol/paw caused minimal oedema (0.03 ± 0.01 ml).
  • 3Co-administration of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), prostaglandin I2 (PGI2), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), substance P (SP) or platelet activating factor (PAF) (1 pmol–1 nmol/paw) with BK (1 nmol/paw) dose-dependently potentiated BK-induced paw oedema. The rank order of potency (mean ED50, pmol/paw) for this effect was: SP (8.1) > PAF (13.7) > PGI2 (20.5) > 5-HT (23.8) > CGRP (25.7) > PGE2 (52.0). Co-administration of BK with the various inflammatory mediators resulted in maximal paw oedemas (ml) of: PGE2 (0.71 ± 0.02); PGI2 (0.66 ± 0.02); 5-HT (0.65 ± 0.01); SP (0.63 ± 0.05); CGRP (0.60 ± 0.05) and PAF (0.47 ± 0.02) ml. Histamine (up to 1 nmol/paw) was ineffective in potentiating the response to BK.
  • 4Hoe 140 or NPC 17731 (two selective B2 receptor antagonists, 0.1–3 nmol/paw) produced dose-dependent inhibition of paw oedema potentiation induced by co-injection of BK with other mediators with the following mean ID50s (nmol/paw): Hoe 140–1.4; 1.3; 1.5 and 1.1 and NPC 17731–1.0; 1.0; 0.9 and 0.7; in the presence of PGE2, PGI2, CGRP and SP, respectively. The selective B1 receptor antagonist des-Arg9 [Leu8]-BK (DALBK, up to 300 nmol/paw) had no effect.
  • 5Daily intraplantar injections of BK (10 nmol/paw) once a day for 7 consecutive days caused a progressive and complete desensitization of the paw oedema, which was specific for BK, since paw oedema induced by PAF, PGE2, SP or histamine was not affected. In addition, the oedema caused by BK in the paw desensitized to the peptide was almost completely reversed if BK was co-injected with PGE2, PGI2 or SP (1 nmol/paw). Injection of PGE2 or SP (10 nmol/paw) together with the first BK injection (10 nmol/paw), partially prevented BK-induced desensitization.
  • 6When animals were completely desensitized to BK, DABK (100 nmol/paw) caused paw oedema (0.25 ± 0.03 ml) which was consistently blocked by the B1 receptor antagonist, DALBK (100 nmol/paw).
  • 7Treatment of animals with dexamethasone (0.5 mg kg−1, s.c., 24 h previously) antagonized paw oedema induced by DABK (100 nmol/paw) in desensitized paws, but not that induced by BK (3 nmol/ paw) in naive paws. The steroid also prevented the recovery of oedema seen after co-injection of BK with PGE2 or PGI2 (1 nmol/paw) in desensitized paws.
  • 8These results suggest that both B1 and B2 receptors are involved in BK-induced rat paw oedema. The B2 receptors are constitutive, but induction of expression of B1 receptors seems to occur only after complete desensitization of the paw to BK. In addition, very low doses of inflammatory mediators markedly potentiate BK-induced paw oedema and can attenuate BK-induced paw oedema desensitization. Such mechanisms may be relevant for the manifestation of acute and chronic inflammatory processes.

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