Laser-induced endothelial damage inhibits endothelium-dependent relaxation in the cerebral microcirculation of the mouse.
This study demonstrates endothelium-dependent relaxation in the surface arterioles of the brain. A helium-neon laser was used to injure endothelium in situ following i.v. injection of Evans blue dye, which sensitizes the bed to the laser. Areas 18 or 36 micron in diameter were injured and no longer relaxed to either 1 ml of acetylcholine chloride or bradykinin triacetate, 80 micrograms/ml delivered for 60 seconds. Dilations to sodium nitroprusside (30 micrograms/ml) were unaffected. Normal responses to nitroprusside, plus electron microscopy, established that vascular smooth muscle was uninjured. Endothelium-dependent relaxation was impaired when only minor ultrastructural damage was present. Dilation was inhibited downstream and upstream as far as 80 micron from the center of the laser beam. This suggests a spread of endothelium injury around the site of laser impact. However, inhibition was somewhat more marked downstream than upstream, implying that a portion of the downstream response was dependent on a substance released from an upstream site. To date, very few studies have reported endothelium-dependent relaxation in vivo, especially in the microcirculation. The present study accomplishes this. Moreover, in contrast to in vitro observations of endothelium-dependent relaxation in large vessels, the in vivo elimination of endothelium-dependent relaxation in the microcirculation required neither removal of endothelium nor injury to large numbers of endothelium cells. Since endothelium-dependent relaxation in the microcirculation has now been demonstrated using three different techniques to injure endothelium, it is reasonable to conclude that the phenomenon is real.
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