Prolactin has been involved in different types of hypertension both in man and in rats. In an attempt to substantiate this hypothesis, we have analysed the correlation between plasma concentrations of prolactin and systolic blood pressure (SBP) in female and male rats from spontaneously hypertensive (SH) and normotensive Wistar–Kyoto strains (30, 60 and 90 days old), as well as in adult female Wistar rats rendered hyperprolactinaemic by the administration of 100 μg testosterone propionate on day 1 of life, or adult males with low plasma concentrations of prolactin after administration of bromocriptine (4 mg/kg per day) over 15 days. Our results indicate a lack of correlation between plasma concentrations of prolactin and SBP since plasma concentrations of prolactin were normal in male and female SH rats and hyper- and hypoprolactinaemia did not affect SBP.
In spite of these normal plasma concentrations of prolactin, SH rats showed subtle changes in the secretion of this hormone in vitro and in vivo in response to exogenous serotonin administration and to immobilization.
Journal of Endocrinology (1990) 125, 359–364