Vasorelaxation responses to insulin in laminar vessel rings from healthy, lean horses. Academic Article uri icon


  • Hyperinsulinemia causes laminitis experimentally and is a risk factor for naturally occurring laminitis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of insulin on laminar vascular relaxation and to induce insulin-associated vascular dysfunction in vitro. Relaxation responses of isolated laminar arterial and venous rings to acetylcholine and insulin were evaluated. To alter vascular function in response to insulin, all vessel rings were incubated with insulin or vehicle, submaximally contracted, administered insulin again and relaxation responses recorded. Laminar arteries were also incubated with the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor, PD-98059. Relaxation in response to acetylcholine was not different between arteries and veins, but veins relaxed less in response to insulin than arteries. In arteries incubated with insulin, the subsequent relaxation response to insulin was blunted. Veins had minimal relaxation to insulin regardless of incubation. Arteries incubated with PD-98059 relaxed more in response to insulin than arteries not exposed to PD-98059, indicating that MAPK plays a role in maintenance of basal tone in laminar arteries. A differing response of laminar veins and arteries to insulin-induced relaxation may be important in understanding the link between hyperinsulinemia and laminitis. In vitro induction of vascular dysfunction in response to insulin in laminar arteries may be useful for testing therapeutic interventions and for understanding the pathophysiology of laminitis.

published proceedings

  • Vet J

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Wooldridge, A. A., Waguespack, R. W., Schwartz, D. D., Venugopal, C. S., Eades, S. C., & Beadle, R. E.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Wooldridge, AA||Waguespack, RW||Schwartz, DD||Venugopal, CS||Eades, SC||Beadle, RE

publication date

  • January 2014