First published August 1, 1976 - More info
The administration of two different doses of indomethacin, 9 and 18 mg/kg, to two different groups of rabbits was followed 6 h later by a significant decrease in plasma renin activity, and these levels were not increased by hemorrhage. The administration of 2 mg/kg of indomethacin did not alter the basal levels of plasma renin activity, but it was effective in diminishing the peripheral increase of renin produced by hemorrhage. Similar effects were obtained in other groups of rabbits treated with 9 mg/kg of meclofenamate or 18 mg or aspirin. The lowering effect of indomethacin on plasma renin activity is not specifically related to hemorrhage because it also prevented the increase in plasma renin activity elicited by 5 mg/kg of furosemide. Further studies showed that indomethacin did not exert any significant effect in vivo on the plasma level of renin substrate or on the generation of angiotensin from normal plasma by exogenous renin. And indomethacin did not interfere with the binding capacity of anti-angiotensin I for angiotensin I in the radioimmunoassay reaction or with the in vitro formation of angiotensin from hog renin-nephrectomized rabbit plasma reaction. The results thus indicate that the lowering effect of indomethacin on plasma renin activity is due to the interference with renal renin release. That this effect may be related to the blockade of prostaglandin synthesis is suggested by the similar effect exhibited by other blockers of prostaglandin synthesis.