The bradykinin BK2 receptor mediates angiotensin II receptor type 2 stimulated rat duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion
© Ewert et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2003
Received: 27 September 2002
Accepted: 22 February 2003
Published: 22 February 2003
This study investigates bradykinin and nitric oxide as potential mediators of AT2-receptor-stimulated duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion. Duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion was measured in methohexital- and α-chloralose-anaesthetised rats by means of in situ pH-stat titration. Immunohistochemistry and Western blot were used to identify the BK2 receptors.
The AT2 receptor agonist CGP42112A (0.1 μg kg-1 min-1) administered intravenously increased the duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion by ~50 %. This increase was sensitive to the selective BK2 receptor blocker HOE140 (100 ng/kg iv), but not to luminal administration of the NOS blocker L-NAME (0.3 mM). Mean arterial pressure did not differ between groups during the procedures. Immunohistochemistry showed a distinct staining of the crypt epithelium and a moderate staining of basal cytoplasm in villus enterocytes.
The results suggest that the AT2-receptor-stimulated alkaline secretion is mediated via BK2 receptors located in the duodenal cryptal mucosal epithelium.
Alkaline secretion by the duodenal mucosa is considered to be of great physiological importance for the mucosal defense against gastric acid. This secretion has been shown to be regulated by hormones, neuronal and paracrine mechanisms  We have previously demonstrated that the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and its key mediator angiotensin II (Ang II) influence rat duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion in vivo. Two principle angiotensin II receptor subtypes have been identified in the rat duodenal mucosa; the angiotensin II subtype 1 receptor (AT1 receptor) that mediates a secretory inhibition in concert with the sympathoadrenergic system , and the angiotensin II subtype 2 receptor (AT2 receptor) that stimulates the duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion . The AT2 receptor is involved in the regulation of fluid and electrolyte transport in the jejunum via a nitric oxide- and cGMP-dependent pathway [4, 5]. A similar arrangement exists in the kidney where involvement of bradykinin has been demonstrated [6, 7]. Interestingly, both bradykinin (via bradykinin receptor type 2 (BK2 receptor)) and mucosal NO formation have been shown to regulate duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion [8, 9]. The present study was undertaken to elucidate the potential involvement of these regulatory factors in AT2-receptor-stimulated duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion. Based on pharmacological interference it is here reported that bradykinin, but not epithelial NO formation, is a mediator of AT2-induced duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion. Therefore, an additional aim was to locate bradykinin receptors in the duodenal wall.
Alkaline secretion and mean arterial pressure
Distribution of BK2 receptors
The present study confirms that intravenous administration of the peptidergic compound CGP42112A stimulates duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion suggesting that this secretion is under the control of the RAS . The CGP42112A-mediated secretory effect was sensitive to the compound HOE140 indicating involvement of the BK2 receptor.
It has been reported from several organ systems, in particular the cardiovascular system and the kidney [13–17], that the AT2 receptor via bradykinin activates the L-arg/NO pathway. In the gut AT2-receptor activation increases fluid and sodium absorption and this process is dependent on NO and subsequent cGMP formation . We have previously shown that duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion elicited by infusion of CGP 42112A at the dose 0.1 μg kg-1 min-1 can be blocked by PD 123319  and is therefore considered to be an AT2 receptor mediated process. We have also demonstrated that mucosal acid exposure is dependent on villus epithelial NO production and can be blocked by intraluminal administration of L-NAME [9, 18, 19]. It should be noted that systemic administration of L-NAME elicits an upward shift of the basal duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion in the rat [18, 20] reflecting other points of action for the compound and making it difficult to interpret additional effects on the secretion by other interferences. Intravenously administered L-NAME is therefore unsuitable, in our model, as a tool to elucidate the current discrete mechanisms influencing epithelial duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion, since the basal secretory levels will nearly overcome the upper limit for measurement of alkaline secretion. In the present study we found that intraluminally administered L-NAME, at a dose that blocks acid-induced alkaline secretion , did not inhibit CGP42112A induced secretion. It may be that the AT2-receptor-stimulated duodenal alkaline secretory response has a different pathway of mediation than the NO-dependent secretion that is induced by luminal acid. It has been suggested that the bicarbonate secreted from the villi and the crypts, respectively, are regulated via separate mechanisms .
Apparently, the AT2 receptor does not act via the villus tip site for NO formation. Supporting this assumption is the fact that the AT2 receptors are located to the basal part of the villus core and not at the villus tip epithelium . However, the possibility that NO formation at other sites within the intestinal wall is activated by AT2-receptor cannot be ruled out.
The present results suggest that the AT2-receptor-stimulated alkaline secretion is mediated via BK2 receptors probably situated in the duodenal cryptal mucosal epithelium.
The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Experiments on Animals, Goteborg University. Animals were housed in thermostatically controlled humidified rooms with a daylight-darkness cycle of 12h and fed standard rat chow and water ad libitum.
Anaesthesia and surgical procedure
Experiments were performed on non-fasted male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 300–350 g. Anaesthesia was induced by methohexital (60 mg/kg i.p.) and maintained by α-chloralose as a bolus injection (50 mg kg-1) followed by a continuous infusion (25 mg kg-1 h-1). Lack of response to interdigital reflex stimuli confirmed an adequate anaesthetic condition. A thermostatically controlled heating pad and a lamp kept the body temperature at 38°C. Free airways were ensured by a catheter inserted into the trachea. The right femoral vein and artery were catheterised for drug infusions and measurement of blood pressure (using a Statham P23Dc pressure transducer and a computer to obtain averages over 5-min periods), respectively. To avoid acidosis and compensate for basal needs and fluid losses due to the surgical trauma an isotonic buffered glucose (2.5%) solution was infused intra-arterially (1 ml h-1) throughout the experiments. A midline laparotomy was performed. The common bile duct was catheterised 5 mm proximal to the papilla of Vateri and secretions of bile and pancreatic juice were collected outside the animal to avoid contamination of the duodenal perfusate. A duodenal segment (length 1.5 cm and proximal end 0.5 cm distal to the pylorus) was isolated between two glass tubes connected to a reservoir enclosed by a water jacket for maintenance of 38°C. Saline solution (150 mMNaCl) was perfused and recirculated through the reservoir and duodenal segment by means of a gas lift (air, 150 ml min-1). Alkaline secretion into the luminal perfusate was titrated to pH 7.40 by automatic infusion of isotonic HCl using a pH-stat equipment .
After the completed protocol, the midportion of the duodenal segment under study was removed and fixed in 4% formaldehyde in phosphate buffered saline (pH 7.4) over night. The specimens were subsequently dehydrated in ethanol, cleared in xylene and embedded in paraffin. Sections (4 μm) were cut and mounted on glass slides. The sections were deparaffinized in xylene, rehydrated in decreasing concentrations of ethanol and then boiled for 15 min in citrate buffer (pH 6.0) for antigen retrieval. The Immunocruz™ Staining System (Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc, CA, USA) was used for the immunohistochemistry protocol. Endogenous peroxidase was quenched by 5 min incubation in peroxidase blocking solution. Endogenous biotin in the tissue was blocked using Biotin Blocking System (Dakopatts AB, Alvsjo, Sweden). Non-specific binding was blocked by incubation in 5% non-fat dry milk in PBS pH 7.5 and incubation in normal goat serum. Sections were incubated over night at 4°C with mouse monoclonal primary antibody specific for the BK2 receptor (Transduction Laboratories, Lexington, USA) at a concentration of 5 μg/ml prior to incubation with secondary antibody (anti-mouse IgG of goat origin) for 30 min at room temperature. Sections serving as negative controls were instead incubated with normal mouse IgG. Immunoreactivity was detected by means of horseradish-peroxidase-streptavidin complex using diaminobenzidine as a marker. Subsequently, the sections were dehydrated in ethanol and xylene and finally mounted and covered by glass slips.
Western blot analysis
In a separate series of experiments duodenal specimens of full wall thickness were collected, immediately frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at -70°C. The specimens were homogenized on ice (Polytron, Kinematica AG, Switzerland) in buffer A (10% glycerol, 20 mmol/L Tris-HCl pH 7,3, 100 mmol/L sodium chloride, 2 mmol/L phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride, 2 mmol/L EDTA, 2 mmol/L EGTA, 10 mmol/L sodium orthovanadate, 10 μg/mL leupeptin, and 10 μg/mL aprotinin) .
Centrifugation was performed at 30,000 g for 30 min at 4°C. The pellet was resuspended in buffer B (1 % NP-40 (Sigma Chem Inc, St Louis, MO, USA) in buffer A) and subsequently stirred at 4°C for one hour before centrifugation at 30,000 g for 30 min at 4°C. The supernatant was analysed for protein content by the method of Bradford  and stored at -70°C for further analysis. Samples were diluted in SDS buffer and heated at 70°C for 10 min before they were loaded on a NuPage 10% Bis-Tris gel and then electrophoresed in a MOPS buffer (Invitrogen AB, Lidingo, Sweden). One lane of each gel was loaded with SeeBlue™ prestained molecular weight standards (Invitrogen AB) and one lane was loaded with rat pituitary cell lysate (Transduction Laboratories) serving as a positive control. After the electrophoresis the proteins were transferred to a polyvinyldifluoride membrane (Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK) which was incubated with a specific antibody of mouse origin directed against the BK2 receptor (Transduction Laboratories). An alkaline phosphatase conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG2b (Santa Cruz) and CDP-Star (Tropix, Bedford, MA, USA) as a substrate were used to identify immunoreactive proteins by chemiluminescense. Images were captured by a LAS-100 cooled CCD-camera (Fujifilm, Tokyo, Japan).
After surgery the animals were left undisturbed for 30 min. Subsequently, duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion and mean arterial pressure were recorded during a 30 min baseline period. Intravenous infusion of the AT2-receptor agonist CGP42112A (0.1 μg kg-1 min-1) was initiated immediately after the baseline period and maintained throughout the protocol. In animals treated with L-NAME, the drug was present (0.3 mM) in the doudenal perfusate during baseline recordings. Animals treated with HOE140 received this drug as an iv bolus injection (100 ng/kg) 5 min prior to onset of CGP42112A infusion (0.1 μg kg-1 min-1). Controls received only the saline vehicle. Animals were monitored for 60 min after the onset of the drug infusions and then the experiment was terminated.
Methohexital (Brietal™, Lilly Inc., IN, USA) was dissolved in saline solution (150 mM NaCl). α-chloralose (Kebo Lab, Spanga, Sweden) was dissolved in tetraborate decahydrate (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) and titrated to pH 7.40. CGP42112A (peptidergic AT2-receptor agonist)(Neosystem, Strasbourg, France), NG-nitro-L-Arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) (Sigma) and HOE140 (Hoechst AG, Frankfurt, Germany) were each freshly dissolved in saline solution.
Differences in duodenal mucosal alkaline secretion and in mean arterial pressure between groups were analysed by ANOVA and Bonferroni post-hoc test. Net change was defined as the difference between an average of the last 15-min period of drug administration and basal conditions. All data presented are means(SEM). A p-value < 0.05 was considered significant.
We thank Christina Ek for excellent laboratory assistance. This study was supported financially by the Swedish Medical Research Council (grant no. 8663), the Gothenburg Medical Society and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation.
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