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Endothelin-1 and its receptors A and B in human aldosterone-producing adenomas.

Endothelin-1 stimulates aldosterone secretion by interacting with specific receptors. Accordingly, we wished to investigate endothelin-1, endothelin-A (ETA) receptor, and endothelin-B (ETB) receptor gene expression, localization, and properties in aldosterone-producing adenomas and in the normal human adrenal cortex. We carried out 125I-endothelin-1 displacement studies with cold endothelin-1, endothelin-3, the specific ETA antagonist BQ-123, and the specific ETB weak agonist sarafotoxin 6 C and coanalyzed data with the nonlinear iterative curve-fitting program LIGAND. We also studied gene expression with reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction with specific primers for endothelin-1, ETA, and ETB complementary DNA. Normal adrenal cortices from consenting kidney cancer patients (n = 2) and aldosterone-producing adenomas (n = 4) were studied; for the latter, surrounding normal cortex and kidney biopsy tissue served as controls. To further localize the receptor subtypes, tissue sections were studied by autoradiography in the presence and absence of 500 nmol/L BQ-123, 100 nmol/L sarafotoxin 6 C, and 1 mumol/L cold endothelin-1. In all tissues examined, endothelin-1, ETA, and ETB messenger RNAs were easily detected. However, in aldosterone-producing adenomas, both receptors' genes were expressed at a higher level than in the kidney.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


  1. Endothelin-1 and its receptors A and B in human aldosterone-producing adenomas. Rossi, G., Belloni, A.S., Albertin, G., Zanin, L., Biasolo, M.A., Nussdorfer, G.G., Palù, G., Pessina, A.C. Hypertension (1995) [Pubmed]
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