Abstract Title:

Gastrodin causes vasodilation by activating Kchannels in vascular smooth muscles via PKA-dependent signaling pathway.

Abstract Source:

J Recept Signal Transduct Res. 2017 Dec ;37(6):543-549. Epub 2017 Aug 25. PMID: 28840751

Abstract Author(s):

Shuo Chen, Xuewei Hao, Lei Yu, Ping Zhang, Weiwei Cao, Hongyang Chen, Daling Zhu

Article Affiliation:

Shuo Chen


Gastrodin, one of the major components extracted from the Chinese herb Gastrodia elata Bl., has been widely used as an anticonvulsant, sedative, analgesic and hypotensive. In our study, we aimed to investigate the effects and possible mechanisms of gastrodin on vascular Kchannels. Tension experiments were used on rat mesenteric artery rings without an endothelium. Patch clamp experiments were executed to investigate the influences of gastrodin on the membrane current in mesenteric artery smooth muscle cells. Gastrodin induced vasorelaxation in a concentration dependent manner when rat mesenteric artery rings were pre-contracted with Phenylephrine. The vasorelaxation effect was partially diminished by pre-treating with a Kchannel inhibitor, or a PKA inhibitor. With whole-cell patch-clamp recording techniques, we found that gastrodin is a activator of Kin rat mesenteric artery smooth muscle cells, and this effect was eliminate by pre-treating with H89or PKI, PKA inhibitor. In addition, when rat vascular smooth muscle cells were treated with 100 μM gastrodin for 24 h, maximum Kcurrent density increased by 28.1%. The results indicate that gastrodin exerts vasorelaxation effect through activation of PKA and subsequent opening of smooth muscle Kchannels.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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