Increases in plasma trans-EETs and blood pressure reduction in spontaneously hypertensive rats

Houli Jiang, John Quilley, Anabel B. Doumad, Angela G. Zhu, John R. Falck, Bruce D. Hammock, Charles T. Stier, Mairead A. Carroll

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Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are vasodilator, natriuretic, and antiinflammatory lipid mediators. Both cis- and trans-EETs are stored in phospholipids and in red blood cells (RBCs) in the circulation; the maximal velocity (Vmax) of trans-EET hydrolysis by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is threefold that of cis-EETs. Because RBCs of the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) exhibit increased sEH activity, a deficiency of trans-EETs in the SHR was hypothesized to increase blood pressure (BP). This prediction was fulfilled, since sEH inhibition with cis-4-[4-(3-adamantan-1- ylureido)cyclohexyloxy]benzoic acid (AUCB; 2 mg·kg-1·day-1 for 7 days) in the SHR reduced mean BP from 176 ± 8 to 153 ± 5 mmHg (P < 0.05), whereas BP in the control Wistar-Kyoto rat (WKY) was unaffected. Plasma levels of EETs in the SHR were lower than in the age-matched control WKY (16.4 ± 1.6 vs. 26.1 ± 1.8 ng/ml; P < 0.05). The decrease in BP in the SHR treated with AUCB was associated with an increase in plasma EETs, which was mostly accounted for by increasing trans-EET from 4.1 ± 0.2 to 7.9 ± 1.5 ng/ml (P < 0.05). Consistent with the effect of increased plasma trans-EETs and reduced BP in the SHR, the 14,15-trans-EET was more potent (ED50 10-10 M; maximum dilation 59 ± 15 μm) than the cis-isomer (ED50 10-9 M; maximum dilation 30 ± 11 μm) in relaxing rat preconstricted arcuate arteries. The 11,12-EET cis- and transisomers were equipotent dilators as were the 8,9-EET isomers. In summary, inhibition of sEH resulted in a twofold increase in plasma trans-EETs and reduced mean BP in the SHR. The greater vasodilator potency of trans- vs. cis-EETs may contribute to the antihypertensive effects of sEH inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Cytochrome P-450
  • Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids
  • Hypertension
  • Soluble epoxide hydrolase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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