In arterioles, aldosterone counteracts the rapid dilatation ("recovery") following depolarization-induced contraction. The hypothesis was tested that this effect of aldosterone depends on COX-derived products and/or NOS inhibition. Recovery of the response to high K(+) was observed in mesenteric arteries of wild type and COX-2(-/-) mice but it was significantly diminished in preparations from eNOS(-/-) mice. Aldosterone pretreatment inhibited recovery from wild type and COX-2(-/-) mice. The NO-donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) restored recovery in arteries from eNOS(-/-) mice and this was inhibited by aldosterone. Actinomycin-D abolished the effect of aldosterone indicating a genomic effect. The effect was blocked by indomethacin and by the COX-1 inhibitor valeryl salicylate but not by NS-398 (10(-6) mol/L) or the TP-receptor antagonist S18886 (10(-7) mol/L). The effect of aldosterone on recovery in arteries from wild type mice and the SNP-mediated dilatation in arteries from eNOS(-/-) mice was inhibited by the histamine H2 receptor antagonist cimetidine. RT-PCR showed expression of mast cell markers in mouse mesenteric arteries. The adventitia displayed granular cells positive for toluidine blue vital stain. Confocal microscopy of live mast cells showed loss of quinacrine fluorescence and swelling after aldosterone treatment indicating degranulation. RT-PCR showed expression of mineralocorticoid receptors in mesenteric arteries and in isolated mast cells. These findings suggest that aldosterone inhibits recovery by stimulation of histamine release from mast cells along mesenteric arteries. The resulting activation of H2 receptors decreases the sensitivity to NO of vascular smooth muscle cells. Aldosterone may chronically affect vascular function through paracrine release of histamine.
American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 2013, Vol 304, Issue 8