Physiology of vasopressin secretion: THE antidiuretic hormone (ADH)

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  • Physiology of vasopressin secretion:

    THE antidiuretic hormone (ADH)

  • Secretion of ADH

    The biological action of ADH is to conserve body water and regulate tonicity of body fluids. It is primarily regulated by osmotic and volume stimuli. Water deprivation increases osmolality of plasma which activates hypothalmic osmoreceptors to stimulate ADH release.

  • Dehydration increases plasma osmolality and is a powerful stimulus to trigger vasopressin release

  • Peripheral Vasopressin ReceptorsV1 (vascular smooth muscle) cause vasoconstriction; V2 (kidney collecting tubules) causing antidiuresis

  • Primary action of ADH: antidiuresisIn the kidney, ADH binds to V2 type receptors on the peritubular (serosal) surface of cells of the distal convoluted tubules and medullary collecting ducts.Acting through adenylate cyclase/cAMP, ADH induces production and insertion of AQUAPORIN 2 into the luminal membrane and enhances permeability of cell to water.Increased membrane permeability to water permits back diffusion of solute-free water, resulting in increased urine osmolality (concentrates urine).

  • V2 vasopressin receptorKidney Distal Tubule Cell CytoplasmAquaporin-2ApicalmembraneProtein Kinase A PathwayBasolateralmembraneVasopressinGs proteinAdenylyl cyclaseNephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus:defective receptor causes ADH resistanceFigure 4. ADH biochemical action in the distal renal tubule via activation of PKAPhosphorylates Aquaporin-2 subunits in vesicles bound to microtubular subunits

  • Secretion of ADH osmolality control If plasma osmolality is directly increased by administration of solutes, only those solutes that do not freely or rapidly penetrate cell membranes, such as sodium, cause ADH release. Conversely, substances that enter cells rapidly, such as urea, do not change osmotic equilibrium and thus do not stimulate ADH release. ADH secretion is exquisitely sensitive to changes in osmolality. Changes of 1-2% result in increased ADH secretion.

  • Plasma Osmolality vs. ADHThe set point of the system is defined as the plasma osmolality value at which ADH secretion begins to increase. Above this point slope is steep reflecting sensitivity of system. Set point varies from 280 to 290 mOsm/kg H2O

  • ADH and plasma osmolality

  • Blood volume vs. ADHWhen blood volume or arterial pressure decreases, inhibitory input from baroreceptors is over ridden and ADH secretion is stimulated. Normally, signals from baroreceptors tonically inhibit ADH secretion.

  • Hypothalamus, posterior pituitary and ADH secretion connection with baroreceptors

  • Interaction between osmolar and blood volume/pressure stimuliWith a decrease in blood volume, set point shifts to lower osmolality and slope is steeper. During circulatory collapse kidney continues to conserve water despite reduction in osmolality. With increase in blood volume, set point shifts to higher point and sensitivity is decreased.

  • So what happens if you: -secrete too much ADH?

  • Syndrome of inappropriate ADH secretionFeatures: inappropriately low plasma osmolality vs urine osmolality; low serum sodium, excessive kidney sodium excretion.Causes: (multiple) e.g Carcinomas, CNS injury, postoperativeRx: restrict water intake, correct Na levels

  • So what happens if you: -Cannot make ADH?-Unable to secrete ADH?-Have non-functional receptors?

  • You have a condition known as Diabetes InsipidusPolydipsia Polyuria

  • Lack of vasopressin or VP receptor dysfunction results in a condition known as Diabetes Insipidus (DI) [also known as water diabetes, often mistaken for diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes].

    Causes:Neurogenic (central, hypothalamic, pituitary)Nephrogenic (vasopressin resistant)Gestagenic (gestational, during pregnancy)Dipsogenic (excessive water intake)

  • Physiological and behavioural mechanisms mediate responses to a hydromineral challenge to homeostasis

  • Osmodetectors are located in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the brain. In the brain, the pioneering studies of Verney and colleagues (~1945) identified the area along the base of the third ventricle as critical for sensing and responding (release of ADH) with antidiuresis to a hyperosmotic challenge. Currently, the focus of osmoreception is on neurons located in the hypothalamic supraoptic nucleus (SON) and neurons in the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT) situated at the base of the wall of the anterior third ventricle.

  • Beyond Verney: current vision of the central osmoreceptor complex

  • Osmoreceptors do not act alone!Components of a central neural circuitry likely to be engaged by a hyperosmotic challenge e.g. dehydration

  • Electrophysiology of osmoreceptive neuronsin-vivo and in-vitro models

  • In-vivo electrophysiology: firing patterns + transient inhibition to baroreceptor activation are unique to vasopressin-secreting neurons

  • Magnocellular neurons respond to the challenge: profile of their activity at the cellular levelIn vivo extracellular recordings from putative vasopressin- and oxytocin-secreting neurons reveal increased firing by a hypertonic challenge (ip 1% NaCl) and decreased firing by a hypotonic challenge (ip distilled H2O) (from Hussy et al, 2000)

  • In-vitro electrophysiolgy: intracellular recordings in brain slices /dissociated cells

  • Coronal section of rat hypothalamus:profile of the supraoptic, paraventricular and suprachiasmatic nuclei in the same slice

  • SON neurons are intrinsically osmosensitive:A) in vitro patch clamp recording displays cell firing changes to osmotic stimuli; B) schema to reflect how excitability is regulated by mechanosensitive stretch-inactivated cationoc channels; C) Osmosensitivity of the cationic conductance

  • Glia contribute to osmoresponsivity:Schema portrays how taurine released from astrocytic processes in the vicinity of SON neurons provide a complementary contribution to regulating SON excitability and firing in different osmotic conditions (from Hussy et al., 2000)

  • Osmoreception in magnocellular neurons (SON, OVLT) may involve 4 distinct mechanisms osmolality promotes astrocytes to release taurine which acts via glycine receptors to enhance inhibitory chloride influx. changes in cell volume modulate stretch-inactivated channelsexcitatory sensory inputs may carry information from other osmoreceptors osmotic challenges may result in genomic changes e.g. insertion of non-inactivating sodium channels that may amplify induced voltage changes produced by other mechanisms (Voisin & Bourque, 2002)

  • Prolonged hyperosmotic challenges change sodium channel expression in SON neurons (Tanaka et al., PNAS, 1999)a,b) In-situ hybridization to detect mRNA encoding for II (upper) and Na6 (lower) channels. 7 days of salt loading (2% NaCl) dramatically increases mRNA vs controls, confirmed in optical density measurement.

    c,d) Fast (upper) and slow (lower) tetrodotoxin-sensitive Na+ currents evoked in isolated SON neurons by voltage steps or slow voltage ramps reveal enhanced currents, confirmed in fast and slow current densities measured from several neurons vs controls.