Effect of colchicine on drug-induced changes in plasma renin concentration in rats.
Cytoplasmic microtubules appear to play a role in the secretion of a variety of protein and protein hormones. Involvement of microtubules in renin secretion has been hypothesized but not established. The present studies were designed to determine: 1) if the antimicrotubule drug, colchicine, would alter plasma renin concentration (PRC); and 2) if changes in PRC could be related to an effect on cytoplasmic microtubules. Dose response experiments in Sprague-Dawley rats showed that 0.4 or 0.8 mg/kg/day i.p. of colchicine for 3 days significantly increased PRC while a dose of 0.2 mg/kg/day was without effect. The increase in PRC at the higher doses was associated with toxicity of the drug. In other experiments, rats pretreated with colchicine (0.2 mg/kg/day) or saline received either furosemide (5 mg/kg) or isoproterenol (25 micrograms/rat) i.p. to stimulate renin secretion. Colchicine at a dose that did not alter basal PRC significantly inhibited an increase in PRC after stimulation with either isoproterenol or furosemide. Lumicolchicine, a structural isomer of colchicine without antimicrotubule activity, did not alter the response to isoproterenol stimulation. These data suggest that microtubules play a role in the increase in renin secretion following stimulation.
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