This study was aimed to investigate the vascular activity of caffeic acid phenethylester (CAPE), one of the major components of honeybee propolis. Experiments were performed on rat thoracic aortic rings, mounted in an isolated organ bath and connected to an isometric force transducer. The effect of CAPE (0.1-300 μM) was evaluated on tissue pre-contracted with phenylephrine (PE, 1 μM) or with KCl (100 mM). In another set of experiments, tissue was incubated with CAPE (1-100 μM) and responses to PE (0.01-3 μM) or KCl (60 mM) were evaluated. The effect of CAPE on cytosolic Ca2+ concentration in aortic smooth muscle cells stimulated with PE or KCl was also evaluated. CAPE (0.1-300 μM) caused a concentration-dependent relaxation (pEC50 4.99 ± 0.19; Emax 100.75 ± 1.65%; n = 4) of tissue pre-contracted with PE that was reduced by endothelium removal or by incubation with Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, 100 μM). CAPE also relaxed KCl-precontracted tissue (pEC50 4.40 ± 0.08; n = 4). CAPE inhibited contractile responses to PE or to KCl, and also inhibited the contractile response to PE obtained in a Ca2+-free medium. In addition, CAPE inhibited the increase in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration triggered by stimulation of aortic smooth muscle cells with PE or KCl. Our results demonstrate a vascular activity for CAPE, that is only partially dependent on nitric oxide. Indeed, at high concentrations, CAPE vasorelaxant effect occurs also in absence of endothelium and it is likely due to an inhibitory effect on calcium movements through cell membranes.

Vascular effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on isolated rat thoracic aorta / Cicala, Carla; S., Morello; C., Iorio; Capasso, Raffaele; Borrelli, Francesca; Mascolo, NICOLA DOMENICO C. FERDINANDO. - In: LIFE SCIENCES. - ISSN 0024-3205. - STAMPA. - 73(1):(2003), pp. 73-80. [10.1016/S0024-3205(03)00235-2]

Vascular effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on isolated rat thoracic aorta

CICALA, CARLA;CAPASSO, RAFFAELE;BORRELLI, FRANCESCA;MASCOLO, NICOLA DOMENICO C. FERDINANDO
2003

Abstract

This study was aimed to investigate the vascular activity of caffeic acid phenethylester (CAPE), one of the major components of honeybee propolis. Experiments were performed on rat thoracic aortic rings, mounted in an isolated organ bath and connected to an isometric force transducer. The effect of CAPE (0.1-300 μM) was evaluated on tissue pre-contracted with phenylephrine (PE, 1 μM) or with KCl (100 mM). In another set of experiments, tissue was incubated with CAPE (1-100 μM) and responses to PE (0.01-3 μM) or KCl (60 mM) were evaluated. The effect of CAPE on cytosolic Ca2+ concentration in aortic smooth muscle cells stimulated with PE or KCl was also evaluated. CAPE (0.1-300 μM) caused a concentration-dependent relaxation (pEC50 4.99 ± 0.19; Emax 100.75 ± 1.65%; n = 4) of tissue pre-contracted with PE that was reduced by endothelium removal or by incubation with Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, 100 μM). CAPE also relaxed KCl-precontracted tissue (pEC50 4.40 ± 0.08; n = 4). CAPE inhibited contractile responses to PE or to KCl, and also inhibited the contractile response to PE obtained in a Ca2+-free medium. In addition, CAPE inhibited the increase in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration triggered by stimulation of aortic smooth muscle cells with PE or KCl. Our results demonstrate a vascular activity for CAPE, that is only partially dependent on nitric oxide. Indeed, at high concentrations, CAPE vasorelaxant effect occurs also in absence of endothelium and it is likely due to an inhibitory effect on calcium movements through cell membranes.
2003
Vascular effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on isolated rat thoracic aorta / Cicala, Carla; S., Morello; C., Iorio; Capasso, Raffaele; Borrelli, Francesca; Mascolo, NICOLA DOMENICO C. FERDINANDO. - In: LIFE SCIENCES. - ISSN 0024-3205. - STAMPA. - 73(1):(2003), pp. 73-80. [10.1016/S0024-3205(03)00235-2]
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