NPY regulates human endocardial endothelial cell function

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Abstract

Growing evidence suggests that endocardial endothelial cells (EECs) may play an important role in the regulation of cardiac function by releasing several cardioactive factors such as endothelin-1 (ET-1), Angiotensin II (Ang II) and nitric oxide (NO). In our laboratory, we demonstrated that similar to ET-1, EECs do possess different types of NPY receptors, specifically Y1 and Y2 receptors. Furthermore, activation of these receptors was found to increase the steady-state level of intracellular free Ca2+ in EECs and the frequency of beating of cardiomyocytes. In addition, NPY was also found to be present in EECs, and an increase of steady-state intracellular free Ca2+ induced the release of this peptide from these cells. Thus, similar to ET-1, NPY seems to be released from EECs and this peptide seems to regulate excitation–secretion of these cells as well as excitation–contraction coupling of ventricular cardiomyocytes.

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