Pernille B. L. Hansen

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AIM in the anaesthetized rat, uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up(4) A) is a circulating, endothelium-derived vasoconstrictor presumably operating as such in un-anaesthetized animals. The present study investigated the in vivo effects of Up(4) A in conscious mice and rats, and its direct vascular effects in the mouse aorta in vitro. METHODS in vivo,(More)
Adenosine coordinates organ metabolism and blood supply, and it modulates immune responses. In the kidney it mediates the vascular response elicited by changes in NaCl concentration in the macula densa region of the nephron, thereby serving as an important regulator of GFR. To determine whether adenosine formation depends on extracellular nucleotide(More)
In the present study, we tested whether the alpha(1A) subunit, which encodes a neuronal isoform of voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCs) (P-/Q-type), was present and functional in vascular smooth muscle and renal resistance vessels. By reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Southern blotting analysis, mRNA encoding the alpha(1A) subunit was(More)
The molecular type and localization of calcium channels along the nephron are not well understood. In the present study, we assessed the distribution of the recently identified alpha(1G)-subunit encoding a voltage-dependent calcium channel with T-type characteristics. Using a RNase protection assay, alpha(1G)-mRNA levels in kidney regions were determined as(More)
A major rate-limiting step in the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system is the release of active renin from endocrine cells (juxtaglomerular (JG) cells) in the media layer of the afferent glomerular arterioles. The number and distribution of JG cells vary with age and the physiological level of stimulation; fetal life and chronic stimulation by extracellular(More)
We tested the hypothesis that cGMP stimulates renin release through inhibition of the cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) in isolated rat juxtaglomerular (JG) cells. In addition, we assessed the involvement of PDE4 in JG-cell function. JG cells expressed PDE3A and PDE3B, and the PDE3 inhibitor trequinsin increased cellular cAMP content, enhanced(More)
Voltage-gated calcium channels are important for the regulation of renal blood flow and the glomerular filtration rate. Excitation-contraction coupling in afferent arterioles is known to require activation of these channels and we studied their role in the regulation of cortical efferent arteriolar tone. We used microdissected perfused mouse efferent(More)
Calcium channel blockers are widely used to treat hypertension because they inhibit voltage-gated calcium channels that mediate transmembrane calcium influx in, for example, vascular smooth muscle and cardiomyocytes. The calcium channel family consists of several subfamilies, of which the L-type is usually associated with vascular contractility. However,(More)
In this retrospective multi-centre study, we report our experience with anagrelide in the treatment of thrombocytosis in patients with chronic myeloproliferative diseases. Our study included 52 patients (age 20-78 years). The initial anagrelide dose was, in general, 0.5 mg once daily and mean maintenance dosage was 1.7 mg/day. The overall response rate was(More)
The distribution of voltage-dependent calcium channels in kidney pre- and postglomerular resistance vessels was determined at the molecular and functional levels. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis of microdissected rat preglomerular vessels and cultured smooth muscle cells showed coexpression of mRNAs for T-type subunits (Ca(V)3.1,(More)