Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology

, Volume 463, Issue 2, pp 257–268 | Cite as

Heterogeneity in relaxation of different sized porcine coronary arteries to nitrovasodilators: role of PKG and MYPT1

  • Lei Ying
  • Xiaojian Xu
  • Juan Liu
  • Dou Dou
  • Xiaoxing Yu
  • Liping Ye
  • Qiong He
  • Yuansheng GaoEmail author
Cardiovascular Physiology


The present study was to determine the role of the type I isoform of cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG I) and its downstream effector myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (MYPT1) in the responses of different sized coronary arteries to nitrovasodilators. Relaxations of isolated porcine coronary arteries were determined by isometric tension recording technique. Protein levels of PKG I and its effectors were analyzed by Western blotting. The activities of PKG I and MYPT1 were studied by analyzing phosphorylation of vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) and MYPT1, respectively. Nitroglycerin, DETA NONOate, and 8-Br-cGMP caused greater relaxations in large than in small coronary arteries. Relaxations were attenuated to a greater extent by Rp-8-Br-PET-cGMPS (a PKG inhibitor) in large vs. small arteries. The expressions of PKG I and MYPT1 in large arteries were more abundant than in small arteries. DETA NONOate stimulated phosphorylation of VASP at Ser239 and inhibited phosphorylation of MYPT1 at Thr853 to a greater extent in large than in small arteries. A suppressed phosphorylation of MYPT1 at Thr853 was caused by 8-Br-cGMP in large but not small arteries, which was inhibited by Rp-8-Br-PET-cGMPS. These results suggest that the greater responsiveness of large coronary arteries to nitrovasodilators result in part from greater activities of PKG I and MYPT1. Dysfunction in nitric oxide signaling is implicated in the vulnerability of large coronary arteries to certain disorders such as atherosclerosis and spasm. Augmentation of PKG I–MYPT1 signaling may be of therapeutic benefit for combating these events.


Coronary artery Nitric oxide Cyclic guanosine monophosphate Protein kinase G Vasodilatation 



This study was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant #30870938, #30900511, and #81001433.

Conflict of interest

The authors state no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lei Ying
    • 1
  • Xiaojian Xu
    • 1
  • Juan Liu
    • 1
  • Dou Dou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaoxing Yu
    • 1
  • Liping Ye
    • 1
  • Qiong He
    • 1
  • Yuansheng Gao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and PathophysiologyPeking University Health Science CenterBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular ScienceMinistry of EducationBeijingChina

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