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The mechanisms of endothelin action in vascular smooth muscle cells.

Authors
  • Takuwa, Y
  • Masaki, T
  • yamashita, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Contributions to Nephrology
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
90
Pages
99–104
Identifiers
PMID: 1659969
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The mechanisms of actions were investigated in cultured rat aortic vascular smooth muscle A-10 cells. The A-10 cells have a single class of high affinity binding sites for ET with an apparent Mr of 65,000-75,000 on SDS-PAGE. Stimulation of cells with ET induces mobilization of Ca2+ from both intra- and extracellular pools to produce a biphasic increase in cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration. A dihydropyridine Ca2+ channel antagonist does not inhibit the second plateau phase of the [Ca2+]i increase which is dependent on extracellular Ca2+. ET stimulates phospholipase C to produce inositol trisphosphate and 1,2-diacylglycerol vai a pertussis toxin-insensitive G protein. These results indicate that the receptor activation by ET is coupled to phospholipase C activation and Ca2+ channel gating in vascular smooth muscle cells.

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