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Title: The angiotensin-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis is expressed in sinoatrial node cells of rats.
Authors: Ferreira, Anderson José
Moraes, Patrícia Lanza de
Foureaux, Giselle
Andrade, Alexandre Barbosa
Santos, Robson Augusto Souza dos
Almeida, Alvair Pinto de
Keywords: Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2
Angiotensin II
Cardiac arrhythmias
Connexin 43
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: FERREIRA, A. J. et al. The angiotensin-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis is expressed in sinoatrial node cells of rats. The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, v. 59, p. 761-768, 2011. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 29 de fev. de 2017.
metadata.dc.description.abstracten: The authors’ previous studies have indicated that angiotensin(Ang)-(1-7) protects the heart against reperfusion arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to determine whether a functional angiotensin-converting enzyme2 (ACE2)/Ang-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis is present in the sinoatrial node (SAN) of Wistar rats. SAN cells were identified by Masson’s trichrome staining, HCN4 expression, and lack of connexin43 expression. Immunohistochemistry technique was used to detect the expression of ACE2, Ang-(1-7), and Mas in the SAN. To evaluate the role of this axis in the SAN function, atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATs) were induced in isolated rat atria perfused with Krebs-Ringer solution (KRS) alone (control) or KRS containing Ang-(1-7). The specific Mas antagonist, A-779, was used to evaluate the role of Mas in the Ang-(1-7) effects. The findings showed that all components of the ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas branch are present in the SAN of rats. Importantly, it was found that this axis is functional because perfusion of atria with Ang-(1-7) significantly reduced the duration of ATs. Additionally, this anti-arrhythmogenic effect was attenuated by A-779. No significant changes were observed in heart rate, contractile tension, or ±dT/dt. These observations demonstrate that the ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis is expressed in SAN cells of rats. They provide the morphological support to the anti-arrhythmogenic effect of Ang-(1-7). (J Histochem Cytochem 59:761–768, 2011).
ISSN: 0022-1554
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