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The present study examined the role of G-protein inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channels in the depressor responses elicited by intracisternal injections of imidazoline-like drugs in anesthetized rabbits. Intracisternal injections of the I1-imidazoline receptor (I1R) selective ligands LNP509 (30 microg/kg) and LNP640 (2 microg/kg) (subthreshold doses), and of the GIRK channel opener flupirtine (30 microg/kg) did not affect mean arterial blood pressure (MAP). LNP509 and LNP640, however, elicited substantial depressor responses in rabbits pretreated with flupirtine (-17 +/- 2 and -18 +/- 1 mmHg, respectively, P < 0.05). Injection of higher doses of LNP509 (200 microg/kg) or LNP640 (10 microg/kg) elicited substantial reductions in MAP (-45 +/- 3 and -39 +/- 2 mmHg, respectively, P < 0.05) in naive rabbits. The depressor responses elicited by the higher doses of LNP509 or LNP640 were markedly diminished by pretreatment with the GIRK channel blocker tertiapin-Q (10 microg/kg) (-23 +/- 3 and -26 +/- 2 mmHg, respectively, P < 0.05 compared with nonpretreated rabbits), whereas tertiapin-Q (10 microg/kg) did not affect MAP by itself. Maximal-specific binding (Bmax) of the I1R ligand [I]LNP911 to PC12 cell membranes (296 +/- 59 fmol/mg protein) was enhanced by flupirtine pretreatment whereas it was reduced by tertiapin-Q pretreatment (687 +/- 122 and 68 +/- 21 fmol/mg protein, respectively, P < 0.05 vs. control binding). These findings demonstrate that the modulation of GIRK channels affects I1R's function and raise the possibility that GIRK channels, and I1Rs are parts of a single proteic complex.

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Guata Yoro Sy, Dragan Urosevic, Lyne Fellmann, Hugues Greney, Pascal Bousquet, Josiane Feldman. G-protein inwardly rectifying potassium channels are involved in the hypotensive effect of I1-imidazoline receptor selective ligands. Journal of hypertension. 2008 May;26(5):1025-32

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PMID: 18398346

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