The role of calcium in the regulation of aldosterone secretion has been recently clarified. Angiotensin II and potassium stimulate aldosterone secretion through a calcium-entry dependent mechanism, while ACTH action is both calcium and cyclic AMP dependent. To establish whether also the so-called aldosterone dopaminergic regulatory system is calcium-dependent we have studied, in vitro and in vivo, the effect of verapamil, a calcium entry blocker agent, on the aldosterone-stimulating properties of the antidopaminergic drug, metoclopramide. In the rat adrenal cells perfusion system, verapamil blocked both angiotensin II and metoclopramide-stimulated aldosterone. This effect on metoclopramide action seems to be present also in vivo in normal subjects: in fact aldosterone response was slightly but significantly reduced after pretreatment with verapamil. In conclusion the results suggest that also the dopaminergic system could regulate aldosterone secretion through calcium-mediated mechanisms.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Hormone and Metabolic Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
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