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  1. Twisting integrin receptors increases endothelin-1 gene expression in endothelial cells

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    Chen, J.; Fabry, B.; Schiffrin, E. L.; Wang, N.; Ingber, D. E. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    A magnetic twisting stimulator was developed based on the previously published technique of magnetic twisting cytometry. Using ligand-coated ferromagnetic microbeads, this device can apply mechanical stresses with varying amplitudes, duration, frequencies, and waveforms to specific cell surface receptors. Biochemical and biological responses of the cells to the mechanical stimulation can be assayed. Twisting integrin receptors with RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp)-containing peptide-coated beads increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) gene expression by >100%. In contrast, twisting scavenger receptors with acetylated low-density lipoprotein-coated beads or twisting HLA antigen with anti-HLA antibody-coated beads did not lead to alterations in ET-1 gene expression. In situ hybridization showed that the increase in ET-1 mRNA was localized in the cells that were stressed with the RGD-coated beads. Blocking stretch-activated ion channels with gadolinium, chelating Ca2+ with EGTA, or inhibiting tyrosine phosphorylation with genistein abolished twist-induced ET-1 mRNA elevation. Abolishing cytoskeletal tension with an inhibitor of the myosin ATPase, with an inhibitor of myosin light chain kinase, or with an actin microfilament disrupter blocked twisted-induced increases in ET-1 expression. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that the molecular structural linkage of integrin-cytoskeleton is an important pathway for stress-induced ET-1 gene expression.

  2. Twisting integrin receptors increases endothelin-1 gene expression in endothelial cells

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    Chen, J.; Fabry, B.; Schiffrin, E. L.; Wang, N.; Ingber, D. E. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    A magnetic twisting stimulator was developed based on the previously published technique of magnetic twisting cytometry. Using ligand-coated ferromagnetic microbeads, this device can apply mechanical stresses with varying amplitudes, duration, frequencies, and waveforms to specific cell surface receptors. Biochemical and biological responses of the cells to the mechanical stimulation can be assayed. Twisting integrin receptors with RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp)-containing peptide-coated beads increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) gene expression by >100%. In contrast, twisting scavenger receptors with acetylated low-density lipoprotein-coated beads or twisting HLA antigen with anti-HLA antibody-coated beads did not lead to alterations in ET-1 gene expression. In situ hybridization showed that the increase in ET-1 mRNA was localized in the cells that were stressed with the RGD-coated beads. Blocking stretch-activated ion channels with gadolinium, chelating Ca2+ with EGTA, or inhibiting tyrosine phosphorylation with genistein abolished twist-induced ET-1 mRNA elevation. Abolishing cytoskeletal tension with an inhibitor of the myosin ATPase, with an inhibitor of myosin light chain kinase, or with an actin microfilament disrupter blocked twisted-induced increases in ET-1 expression. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that the molecular structural linkage of integrin-cytoskeleton is an important pathway for stress-induced ET-1 gene expression.

  3. Endothelin-1 increases melanin synthesis in an established sheep skin melanocyte culture.

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    Pang, Yamiao; Geng, Jianjun; Qin, Yilong; Wang, Haidong; Fan, Ruiwen; Zhang, Ying; Li, Hongquan; Jiang, Shan; Dong, Changsheng

    2016-08-01

    The aims of the study were to establish a culture system for sheep skin melanocytes and uncover the effects of endothelin-1 on melanin synthesis in cultured melanocytes in order to provide an optimal cell system and a theoretical basis for studying the regulatory mechanism of coat color in sheep. In this study, skin punch biopsies were harvested from the dorsal region of 1-3-yr-old sheep, and skin melanocytes were then obtained by the two-step digestion using dispase II and trypsin/ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). The primary cultures of the melanocytes were established and characterized by dopa-staining, immunocytochemical localization of melanocyte markers, and RT-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of coat color genes. To determine the effect of endothelin-1 on proliferation and melanin synthesis of melanocytes, the cultured cells were treated with different doses of endothelin-1 (10(-7), 10(-8), 10(-9), 10(-10), and 0 mol/L), and the growth rate of melanocytes, production of melanin, expression of related genes, and location of related protein in cultured cells were examined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT), ultraviolet spectrophotometry, qRT-PCR, and immunocytochemical localization, respectively. The results showed that the established melanocyte culture functions properly. Endothelin-1 treatment increased markedly the number of melanocytes and melanin content. In responding to this treatment, expressions of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), tyrosinase (TYR), and endothelin receptor B (EDNRB) in the melanocytes were significantly up regulated (P < 0.05). Immunocytochemical localization revealed that TYR was mainly localized in the cytoplasm. Positive staining of TYR in the melanocytes was significant. The findings demonstrated that the culture system of sheep skin melanocytes was established successfully in vitro, and endothelin-1 promotes the

  4. Risk Factors in Normal-Tension Glaucoma and High-Tension Glaucoma in relation to Polymorphisms of Endothelin-1 Gene and Endothelin-1 Receptor Type A Gene

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    Wróbel-Dudzińska, Dominika; Kosior-Jarecka, Ewa; Łukasik, Urszula; Kocki, Janusz; Witczak, Agnieszka; Mosiewicz, Jerzy; Żarnowski, Tomasz

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the research is to analyse the influence of polymorphisms of endothelin-1 gene and endothelin-1 receptor type A gene on the clinical condition of patients with primary open angle glaucoma. Methods. 285 Polish patients took part in the research (160 normal-tension glaucoma and 125 high-tension glaucoma). DNA was isolated by standard methods and genotype distributions of four polymorphisms in genes encoding endothelin-1 (K198N) and endothelin-1 receptor type A polymorphisms (C1222T, C70G, and G231A) were determined. Genotype distributions were compared between NTG and HTG groups. The clinical condition of participants was examined for association with polymorphisms. Results. A similar frequency of occurrence of the polymorphic varieties of the studied genes was observed in patients with NTG and HTG. There is no relation between NTG risk factors and examined polymorphisms. NTG patients with TT genotype of K198N polymorphism presented with the lowest intraocular pressure in comparison to GG + GT genotype (p = 0.03). In NTG patients with CC genotype of C1222T polymorphism (p = 0.028) and GG of C70G polymorphism (p = 0.03) the lowest values of mean blood pressure were observed. Conclusions. The studied polymorphic varieties (K198N, C1222T) do have an influence on intraocular pressure as well as arterial blood pressure in NTG patients. PMID:26697209

  5. Phosphatidic acid increases in response to noradrenaline and endothelin-1 in adult rabbit ventricular myocytes.

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    Ye, H; Wolf, R A; Kurz, T; Corr, P B

    1994-12-01

    The aim was to assess whether noradrenaline and endothelin-1 can stimulate endogenous production of phosphatidic acid in adult ventricular myocytes. After stimulation of rabbit ventricular myocytes with noradrenaline and endothelin-1, total lipids were extracted using the Bligh and Dyer procedure and separated by thin layer chromatography, and phosphatidic acid was quantified using photodensitometric analysis of visualised lipids with CuSO4/H3PO4. Noradrenaline (10(-5) M) elicited a rapid increase in phosphatidic acid at 2 min, followed by a decrease at 5 min. A second delayed and sustained increase in phosphatidic acid occurred at 10 min. The response to noradrenaline (10(-9) to 10(-5) M) was concentration dependent with a half maximum response (EC50) of 3.1 x 10(-8) M and the maximum effect at 10(-6) M. The increase in phosphatidic acid production in response to noradrenaline was abolished by an alpha 1 adrenergic receptor blocking agent (2-[beta-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylaminomethyl]tetralone) but unaffected by the beta adrenergic blocking agent L-propranolol. An increase in phosphatidic acid was also elicited in rabbit ventricular myocytes in response to endothelin-1. The response was time and concentration dependent with the maximal increase at 12 min, EC50 5.3 x 10(-9) M, and maximum effect at 10(-6) M. Both noradrenalin and endothelin-1 stimulated phosphatidylbutanol production in the presence of butanol (100 mM), indicating that both agonists activate phospholipase D. Noradrenaline at physiological concentrations elicits both a rapid and a delayed increase in phosphatidic acid in adult rabbit ventricular myocytes. Endothelial-1, at physiological concentrations, also stimulates an increase in the mass of phosphatidic acid in myocytes, but the increase induced by endothelin-1 is monophasic, in contrast to the biphasic response seen during stimulation with noradrenaline. Activation of phospholipase D contributes to the increase in phosphatidic acid seen during

  6. NMDA- and endothelin-1-induced increases in blood-brain barrier permeability quantitated with Lucifer yellow.

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    Miller, R D; Monsul, N T; Vender, J R; Lehmann, J C

    1996-03-01

    At 48 h following intrastriatal injection of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA; 100 nmol/microliter) or endothelin-1 (ET-1; 143 pmol/microliter), significant increases in brain penetration of the highly polar, fluorescent tracer Lucifer yellow were observed. The competitive NMDA receptor antagonist selfotel (CGS-19755; 30 nmol/microliter, i.c.) significantly reduced the NMDA-induced increases in blood-brain barrier permeability, but not those induced by ET-1. These results suggest that NMDA receptors can mediate increases in blood-brain barrier permeability but do not primarily mediate increases in blood-brain barrier permeability caused by ET-1. This is the first study to our knowledge investigating the relationship between excitotoxicity and disruption of the blood-brain barrier, a major pathophysiological event in stroke and traumatic brain injury.

  7. Plasma endothelin-1 level in athletes after exercise in a hot environment: exercise-induced dehydration contributes to increases in plasma endothelin-1.

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    Maeda, S; Miyauchi, T; Waku, T; Koda, Y; Kono, I; Goto, K; Matsuda, M

    1996-01-01

    We investigated whether dehydration due to exercise contributes to the increase in plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) concentration. We measured the plasma concentration of ET-1 before and after exercise in a hot environment (about 30 degrees C). Five male intercollegiate Kendo (Japanese fencing) players entered the present study. Each athlete participated in 15 min of Kendo fighting, followed by 5 min of rest and another 15 min of Kendo fighting (i.e., total exercise 30 min), with or without oral intake of 700 ml of water. Body weight and left atrial diameter, a parameter that reflects changes in circulating plasma volume, were significantly decreased after exercise under both conditions. However, the decreases in both values were significantly greater after exercise without water intake than after exercise with water intake, indicating that dehydration and decreased circulating plasma volume were more marked after exercise without water intake. The extent of the increase in plasma ET-1 concentration appeared to be closely related to the extent of exercise-induced dehydration; the greater the dehydration, the greater the increase in plasma ET-1 concentration. These findings suggest that exercise-induced dehydration may contribute to increases in plasma ET-1 concentrations.

  8. Hyperphosphatemia induces senescence in human endothelial cells by increasing endothelin-1 production.

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    Olmos, Gemma; Martínez-Miguel, Patricia; Alcalde-Estevez, Elena; Medrano, Diana; Sosa, Patricia; Rodríguez-Mañas, Leocadio; Naves-Diaz, Manuel; Rodríguez-Puyol, Diego; Ruiz-Torres, María Piedad; López-Ongil, Susana

    2017-08-31

    Hyperphosphatemia is related to some pathologies, affecting vascular cell behavior. This work analyzes whether high concentration of extracellular phosphate induces endothelial senescence through up-regulation of endothelin-1 (ET-1), exploring the mechanisms involved. The phosphate donor β-glycerophosphate (BGP) in human endothelial cells increased ET-1 production, endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) protein, and mRNA expression, which depend on the AP-1 activation through ROS production. In parallel, BGP also induced endothelial senescence by increasing p16 expression and the senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-ß-GAL) activity. ET-1 itself was able to induce endothelial senescence, increasing p16 expression and SA-ß-GAL activity. In addition, senescence induced by BGP was blocked when different ET-1 system antagonists were used. BGP increased ROS production at short times, and the presence of antioxidants prevented the effect of BGP on AP1 activation, ECE-1 expression, and endothelial senescence. These findings were confirmed in vivo with two animal models in which phosphate serum levels were increased: seven/eight nephrectomized rats as chronic kidney disease models fed on a high phosphate diet and aged mice. Both models showed hyperphosphatemia, higher levels of ET-1, and up-regulation in aortic ECE-1, suggesting a direct relationship between hyperphosphatemia and ET-1. Present results point to a new and relevant role of hyperphosphatemia on the regulation of ET-1 system and senescence induction at endothelial level, both in endothelial cells and aorta from two animal models. The mechanism involved showed a higher ROS production, which probably activates AP-1 transcription factor and, as a result, ECE-1 expression, increasing ET-1 synthesis, which in consequence induces endothelial senescence. © 2017 The Authors. Aging Cell published by the Anatomical Society and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Increased endothelin-1 vasoconstriction in mesenteric resistance arteries after superior mesenteric ischaemia-reperfusion

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    Martínez-Revelles, S; Caracuel, L; Márquez-Martín, A; Dantas, AP; Oliver, E; D'Ocon, P; Vila, E

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Endothelin-1 (ET-1) plays an important role in the maintenance of vascular tone. We aimed to evaluate the influence of superior mesenteric artery (SMA) ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) on mesenteric resistance artery vasomotor function and the mechanism involved in the changes in vascular responses to ET-1. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH SMA from male Sprague-Dawley rats was occluded (90 min) and following reperfusion (24 h), mesenteric resistance arteries were dissected. Vascular reactivity was studied using wire myography. Protein and mRNA expression, superoxide anion (O2•−) production and ET-1 plasma concentration were evaluated by immunofluorescence, real-time quantitative PCR, ethidium fluorescence and elisa, respectively. KEY RESULTS I/R increased ET-1 plasma concentration, ET-1-mediated vasoconstriction and ETB mRNA expression, and down-regulated ETA mRNA expression. Immunofluorescence confirmed mRNA results and revealed an increase in ETB receptors in the mesenteric resistance artery media layer after I/R. Therefore, the ETB receptor agonist sarafotoxin-6 induced a contraction that was inhibited by the ETB receptor antagonist BQ788 only in vessels, with and without endothelium, from I/R rats. Furthermore, BQ788 potentiated ET-1 vasoconstriction only in sham rats. Endothelium removal in rings from I/R rats unmasked the inhibition of ET-1 vasoconstriction by BQ788. Endothelium removal, Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester and superoxide dismutase abolished the differences in ET-1 vasoconstriction between sham and I/R rats. We also found that I/R down-regulates endothelial NOS mRNA expression and concomitantly enhanced O2•− production by increasing NADPH oxidase 1 (NOX-1) and p47phox mRNA. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS Mesenteric I/R potentiated the ET-1-mediated vasoconstriction by a mechanism that involves up-regulation of muscular ETB receptors and decrease in NO bioavailability. PMID:21806604

  10. Hyperinsulinaemia increases vascular resistance and endothelin-1 expression in the equine digit

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    GAUFF, F.; PATAN-ZUGAJ, B.; LICKA, T. F.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Reasons for performing study Insulin leads to overexpression of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the endothelium of insulin-resistant rodents. If this is also the case in equine laminar tissue, this could explain the predisposition of insulin-resistant horses to laminitis. Objectives To investigate the effect of hyperinsulinaemia on metabolism and vascular resistance of the isolated equine digit in a model of extracorporeal perfusion. Study design Randomised, controlled study with interventional group, with blinded evaluation of histology results. Method After exsanguination, equine digits (n = 11) and autologous blood were collected at an abattoir. One digit served as a hyperinsulinaemic pilot limb, 5 digits were assigned to the hyperinsulinaemic perfusion (IP) group and 5 to the control perfusion (CP) group. Digits were perfused for 10 h at a defined perfusion rate of 12 ml/min/kg. After the first hour of perfusion (equilibration period), insulin was added to the reservoir of the IP digits. Perfusion pressure, glucose consumption, lactate and lactate dehydrogenase were monitored. Vascular resistance was calculated as perfusion pressure (in millimetres of mercury) in relation to the flow rate (in millilitres per minute). After perfusion, histology samples of the dorsal hoof wall (haematoxylin & eosin or periodic acid-Schiff) were evaluated. Immunohistology with a polyclonal rabbit-derived anti-endothelin antibody was used for detection of ET-1. Results In the IP group, the mean insulin concentration in the plasma of the perfusate was 142 ± 81 μiu/ml, while insulin concentration was <3 μiu/ml in the CP group. Mean vascular resistance was significantly higher (P<0.01) in the IP group (2.04 ± 1.13 mmHg/ml/min) than in the CP group (1.31 ± 0.55 mmHg/ml/min). Histology of the IP group samples showed significantly more vessels with an open lumen, increased width of the secondary epidermal lamellae and formation of oedema. In the lamellar vessels (veins and arteries

  11. Transforming growth factor-beta induces endothelin-1 expression through activation of the Smad signaling pathway.

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    Rodríguez-Pascual, Fernando; Reimunde, Francisco Manuel; Redondo-Horcajo, Mariano; Lamas, Santiago

    2004-11-01

    Expression of the endothelin-1 gene is subject to complex regulation by different factors, among which transforming growth factor-beta is one of the most important. We have analyzed the mechanism by which transforming growth factor-beta increases endothelin-1 expression in vascular endothelial cells. Transcriptional activation of the endothelin-1 promoter accounted for the transforming growth factor-beta-induced increase in endothelin-1 mRNA levels. Two DNA elements within the promoter are responsible for this effect: a Smad binding element and a proximal activator protein-1 site. Mutation of both elements abolished transforming growth factor-beta responsiveness. Overexpression of the Smad3 isoform strongly potentiates transforming growth factor-beta- induced endothelin-1 promoter activity in a phosphorylation-dependent manner. These results demonstrate that transforming growth factor-beta induces endothelin-1 expression by a functional cooperation between Smads and activator protein-1 through activation of the Smad signaling pathway.

  12. Disruption of cytoskeletal structures mediates shear stress-induced endothelin-1 gene expression in cultured porcine aortic endothelial cells.

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    Morita, T; Kurihara, H; Maemura, K; Yoshizumi, M; Yazaki, Y

    1993-01-01

    Hemodynamic shear stress alters the architecture and functions of vascular endothelial cells. We have previously shown that the synthesis of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in endothelial cells is increased by exposure to shear stress. Here we examined whether shear stress-induced alterations in cytoskeletal structures are responsible for increases in ET-1 synthesis in cultured porcine aortic endothelial cells. Exposure of endothelial cells to 5 dyn/cm2 of low shear stress rapidly increased monomeric G-actin contents within 5 min without changing total actin contents. The ratio of G- to total actin, 54 +/- 0.8% in quiescent endothelial cells, increased to 87 +/- 4.2% at 6 h and then decreased. Following the disruption of filamentous (F)-actin into G-actin, ET-1 mRNA levels in endothelial cells also increased within 30 min and reached a peak at 6 h. The F-actin stabilizer, phalloidin, abolished shear stress-induced increases in ET-1 mRNA; however, it failed to inhibit increases in ET-1 mRNA secondary to other stimulants. This indicates that shear stress-induced increases in ET-1 mRNA levels may be mediated by the disruption of actin fibers. Furthermore, increases in ET-1 gene expression can be induced by actin-disrupting agents, cytochalasin B and D. Another cytoskeleton-disrupting agent, colchicine, which inhibits dimerization of tubulin, did not affect the basal level of ET-1 mRNA. However, colchicine completely inhibited shear stress- and cytochalasin B-induced increases in ET-1 mRNA levels. These results suggest that shear stress-induced ET-1 gene expression in endothelial cells is mediated by the disruption of actin cytoskeleton and this induction is dependent on the integrity of microtubules. Images PMID:8408624

  13. Pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with impaired lysosomal endothelin-1 degradation.

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    Recla, Sabine; Hahn, Andreas; Apitz, Christian

    2015-04-01

    We report on a boy with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with mucolipidosis, a rare lysosomal storage disorder. During diagnostic catheterisation, we found increased endothelin-1 levels, but normal big endothelin-1-levels (the precursor form of endothelin-1), which suggests impaired degradation of endothelin-1 rather than increased synthesis. As endothelin-1 degradation takes place in the lysosome, it appears likely that lysosomal dysfunction caused by the underlying disease contributes to the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension in this patient.

  14. The paradoxical vascular interactions between endothelin-1 and calcitonin gene-related peptide in the rat gastric mucosal microcirculation.

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    Lopez-Belmonte, J.; Whittle, B. J.

    1993-01-01

    1. The interactions between local intra-arterial infusion of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and rat alpha-calcitonin gene-related peptide (alpha-CGRP) on gastric mucosal damage and blood flow have been investigated in the pentobarbitone-anaesthetized rat. 2. Close-arterial infusion of ET-1 (2-200 pmol kg-1 min-1) induced a significant and dose-dependent increase in gastric mucosal haemorrhagic injury. 3. Close-arterial infusion of the higher doses of ET-1 (100 and 200 pmol kg-1 min-1) resulted in a biphasic effect on mucosal blood flow, as determined by laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF). This consisted of an initial transient increase followed by a pronounced and sustained fall in LDF. 4. Local microvascular constriction may thus contribute to the mechanisms underlying the gastric injury induced by these higher doses of ET-1. 5. However, close-arterial infusion of lower doses of ET-1 (2-50 pmol kg-1 min-1), that also provoked substantial mucosal damage, induced only a sustained and significant mucosal hyperaemia, which may be secondary to microvascular injury. 6. Concurrent dose-arterial administration of rat alpha-CGRP (50 pmol kg-1 min-1) significantly inhibited the extent of gastric mucosal injury induced by ET-1 (5 pmol kg-1 min-1). 7. Furthermore, concurrent close-arterial infusion of this dose of alpha-CGRP, which itself increased mucosal LDF, significantly inhibited the hyperaemic response induced by close-arterial infusion of ET-1 (5 pmol kg-1 min-1).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8220913

  15. Expression of endothelin-1 gene and protein in human granulosa cells

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    Magini, A.; Granchi, S.; Susini, T.

    1996-04-01

    Previous studies in animal models indicated an autocrine/paracrine action of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the ovary. We now report evidence on the presence of ET-1 in human ovary during reproductive life. Immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization studies demonstrated a positive signal into cytoplasm of granulosa cells (GC) of follicles at different growth stages. The concentration of ET-1-like immunoreactivity (ET-1-Li) was also measured by a specific RIA in human follicular fluid (FF). FF samples were obtained from women in an in vitro fertilization program undergoing gonadotropin stimulation (group A; n = 24) or no treatment (group B; n = 7). The mean ({+-}SD) ET-1-LI FF level in group A (4.85 {+-} 2.06 pg/mL) was significantly higher than that in group B (1.29 {+-} 0.43 pg/mL; P < 0.01), whereas the corresponding mean plasma levels were not significantly different and were not correlated to respective FF values. Our results indicate for the first time the presence of ET-1 and its messenger ribonucleic acid in the GC of the human ovary. The higher ET-1-LI levels found in the FF from women undergoing gonadotropin treatment suggest a modulation by gonadotropins and/or ovarian steroids of ET-1 production by GC. 19 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Reoxygenation, but neither hypoxia nor intermittent ischemia, increases ( sup 125 I)endothelin-1 binding to rat cardiac membranes

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    Liu, J.J.; Gu, X.H.; Casley, D.J.; Nayler, W.G. )

    1990-03-01

    Standard binding techniques were used to establish whether either hypoxia, reoxygenation, perfusion under acidotic conditions, or stunning of the myocardium resembles ischemia and postischemic reperfusion in increasing cardiac membrane ({sup 125}I)endothelin-1 (ET-1) binding site density (Bmax). Membranes from aerobically perfused rat hearts bound ({sup 125}I)ET-1 to a single population of sites, with an affinity (KD) of 0.093 +/- 0.004 nM and a Bmax of 98.8 +/- 5.2 fmol/mg of protein. Bmax was increased (p less than 0.01) after 30 min of global ischemia, and further increased upon reperfusion, without changes in KD or selectivity. Neither three 10 min episodes of ischemia separated by 15 min of perfusion, nor perfusion at pH 6.8 instead of 7.4, nor 60 min of hypoxia altered Bmax, KD, or selectivity. Reoxygenation after 60 min of hypoxia increased Bmax (p less than 0.01) and KD (p less than 0.01) without changing selectivity. These results are interpreted to mean that the ischemia-induced increase in Bmax for ({sup 125}I)ET-1 cannot be explained simply in terms of the ischemia-induced acidosis, or the accompanying reduction in tissue adenosine triphosphate and creatine phosphate.

  17. Increased cerebrovascular sensitivity to endothelin-1 in a rat model of obstructive sleep apnea: a role for endothelin receptor B

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    Durgan, David J; Crossland, Randy F; Lloyd, Eric E; Phillips, Sharon C; Bryan, Robert M

    2015-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with cerebrovascular diseases. However, little is known regarding the effects of OSA on the cerebrovascular wall. We tested the hypothesis that OSA augments endothelin-1 (ET-1) constrictions of cerebral arteries. Repeated apneas (30 or 60 per hour) were produced in rats during the sleep cycle (8 hours) by remotely inflating a balloon implanted in the trachea. Four weeks of apneas produced a 23-fold increase in ET-1 sensitivity in isolated and pressurized posterior cerebral arteries (PCAs) compared with PCAs from sham-operated rats (EC50=10−9.2 mol/L versus 10−10.6 mol/L; P<0.001). This increased sensitivity was abolished by the ET-B receptor antagonist, BQ-788. Constrictions to the ET-B receptor agonist, IRL-1620, were greater in PCAs from rats after 2 or 4 weeks of apneas compared with that from sham-operated rats (P=0.013). Increased IRL-1620 constrictions in PCAs from OSA rats were normalized with the transient receptor potential channel (TRPC) blocker, SKF96365, or the Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, Y27632. These data show that OSA increases the sensitivity of PCAs to ET-1 through enhanced ET-B activity, and enhanced activity of TRPCs and ROCK. We conclude that enhanced ET-1 signaling is part of a pathologic mechanism associated with adverse cerebrovascular outcomes of OSA. PMID:25425077

  18. Leptin and endothelin-1 mediated increased extracellular matrix protein production and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in diabetic heart disease.

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    Majumdar, Pijush; Chen, Shali; George, Biju; Sen, Subhrojit; Karmazyn, Morris; Chakrabarti, Subrata

    2009-07-01

    We investigated the role of leptin and its interaction with endothelin 1 (ET-1) in fibronectin (FN) synthesis and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, two characteristic features of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Endothelial cells [human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)] were examined for FN production and neonatal rat cardiomyocytes for hypertrophy, following incubation with glucose, ET-1, leptin and specific blockers. FN, ET-1, leptin and leptin receptors mRNA expression and FN protein were measured. Myocytes were also morphometrically examined. Furthermore, hearts from streptozotocin-diabetic rats were analysed. Glucose caused increased FN mRNA and protein expression in HUVECs and cardiomyocytes hypertrophy along with upregulation of ET-1 mRNA, leptin mRNA and protein. Glucosemimetic effects were seen with leptin and ET-1. Leptin receptor antagonist (leptin quadruple mutant) and dual endothelin A endothelin B (ETA/ETB) receptor blocker bosentan normalized such abnormalities. Hearts from the diabetic animals showed hypertrophy and similar mRNA changes. These data indicate that in diabetes increased FN production and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy may be mediated through leptin with its interaction with ET-1.

  19. Endothelin-1 activation of ETB receptors leads to a reduced cellular proliferative rate and an increased cellular footprint

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    Wilson, Jamie L.; Taylor, Linda; Polgar, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a vasoactive peptide which signals through two G-protein coupled receptors, endothelin receptor A (ETA) and B (ETB). We determined that ET-1 activation of its ETB receptor in stably cDNA transfected CHO cells leads to a 55% reduction in cell number by end-point cell counting and a 35% decrease in cell growth by a real-time cell-substrate impedance-based assay after 24 hours of cell growth. When CHO ETB cells were synchronized in the late G1 cell cycle phase, ET-1 delayed their S phase progression compared to control by 30% as determined by [3H]-thymidine incorporation. On the other hand, no such delay was observed during late G2/M to G1 transit when cells were treated with ET-1 after release from mitotic arrest. Using the cell-substrate impedance-based assay, we observed that ET-1 induces opposing morphological changes in CHO ETA and CHO ETB cells with ETB causing an increase in the cell footprint and ETA a decrease. Likewise, in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells, which express both ETA and ETB receptors, ET-1 induces an ETA-dependent contraction and an ETB dependent dilation. These results are shedding light on a possible beneficial role for ETB in diseases involving ET-1 dysfunction such as pulmonary hypertension. PMID:22504006

  20. A Genetic Variant Associated with Five Vascular Diseases Is a Distal Regulator of Endothelin-1 Gene Expression.

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    Gupta, Rajat M; Hadaya, Joseph; Trehan, Aditi; Zekavat, Seyedeh M; Roselli, Carolina; Klarin, Derek; Emdin, Connor A; Hilvering, Catharina R E; Bianchi, Valerio; Mueller, Christian; Khera, Amit V; Ryan, Russell J H; Engreitz, Jesse M; Issner, Robbyn; Shoresh, Noam; Epstein, Charles B; de Laat, Wouter; Brown, Jonathan D; Schnabel, Renate B; Bernstein, Bradley E; Kathiresan, Sekar

    2017-07-27

    Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) implicate the PHACTR1 locus (6p24) in risk for five vascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, migraine headache, cervical artery dissection, fibromuscular dysplasia, and hypertension. Through genetic fine mapping, we prioritized rs9349379, a common SNP in the third intron of the PHACTR1 gene, as the putative causal variant. Epigenomic data from human tissue revealed an enhancer signature at rs9349379 exclusively in aorta, suggesting a regulatory function for this SNP in the vasculature. CRISPR-edited stem cell-derived endothelial cells demonstrate rs9349379 regulates expression of endothelin 1 (EDN1), a gene located 600 kb upstream of PHACTR1. The known physiologic effects of EDN1 on the vasculature may explain the pattern of risk for the five associated diseases. Overall, these data illustrate the integration of genetic, phenotypic, and epigenetic analysis to identify the biologic mechanism by which a common, non-coding variant can distally regulate a gene and contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple vascular diseases. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Endothelin-1 activation of ETB receptors leads to a reduced cellular proliferative rate and an increased cellular footprint

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    Wilson, Jamie L.; Taylor, Linda; Polgar, Peter

    2012-06-10

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a vasoactive peptide which signals through two G-protein coupled receptors, endothelin receptor A (ETA) and B (ETB). We determined that ET-1 activation of its ETB receptor in stably cDNA transfected CHO cells leads to a 55% reduction in cell number by end-point cell counting and a 35% decrease in cell growth by a real-time cell-substrate impedance-based assay after 24 h of cell growth. When CHO ETB cells were synchronized in the late G1 cell cycle phase, ET-1 delayed their S phase progression compared to control by 30% as determined by [{sup 3}H]-thymidine incorporation. On the other hand, no such delay was observed during late G2/M to G1 transit when cells were treated with ET-1 after release from mitotic arrest. Using the cell-substrate impedance-based assay, we observed that ET-1 induces opposing morphological changes in CHO ETA and CHO ETB cells with ETB causing an increase in the cell footprint and ETA a decrease. Likewise, in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells, which express both ETA and ETB receptors, ET-1 induces an ETA-dependent contraction and an ETB dependent dilation. These results are shedding light on a possible beneficial role for ETB in diseases involving ET-1 dysfunction such as pulmonary hypertension. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ET- hinders cell proliferation in CHO cells transfected with ETB. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ET-1 also decreases the rate of DNA synthesis in CHO ETB cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer JNK and PI3K appear to be involved in this reduction of DNA synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ETB activation in CHO ETB cells and hSMCs leads to dilatory morphological changes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In CHO ETA and hSMCs, ETA activation leads to constrictive morphological changes.

  2. Exhaled and arterial levels of endothelin-1 are increased and correlate with pulmonary systolic pressure in COPD with pulmonary hypertension

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    Carratu, Pierluigi; Scoditti, Cristina; Maniscalco, Mauro; Seccia, Teresa Maria; Di Gioia, Giuseppe; Gadaleta, Felice; Cardone, Rosa Angela; Dragonieri, Silvano; Pierucci, Paola; Spanevello, Antonio; Resta, Onofrio

    2008-01-01

    Background Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and Nitric Oxide (NO) are crucial mediators for establishing pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). We tested the hypothesis that their imbalance might also occur in COPD patients with PAH. Methods The aims of the study were to measure exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and circulating levels of ET-1, as well as exhaled NO (FENO) levels by, respectively, a specific enzyme immunoassay kit, and by chemiluminescence analysis in 3 groups of subjects: COPD with PAH (12), COPD only (36), and healthy individuals (15). In order to evaluate pulmonary-artery systolic pressure (PaPs), all COPD patients underwent Echo-Doppler assessment. Results Significantly increased exhaled and circulating levels of ET-1 were found in COPD with PAH compared to both COPD (p < 0.0001) only, and healthy controls (p < 0.0001). In COPD with PAH, linear regression analysis showed good correlation between ET-1 in EBC and PaPs (r = 0.621; p = 0.031), and between arterial levels of ET-1 and PaPs (r = 0.648; p = 0.022), while arterial levels of ET-1 inversely correlated with FEV1%, (r = -0.59, p = 0.043), and PaPs negatively correlated to PaO2 (r = -0.618; p = 0.032). Significantly reduced levels of FENO were found in COPD associated with PAH, compared to COPD only (22.92 ± 11.38 vs.35.07 ± 17.53 ppb; p = 0.03). Thus, we observed an imbalanced output in the breath between ET-1 and NO, as expression of pulmonary endothelium and epithelium impairment, in COPD with PAH compared to COPD only. Whether this imbalance is an early cause or result of PAH due to COPD is still unknown and deserves further investigations. PMID:18822124

  3. Plasma endothelin-1 and single nucleotide polymorphisms of endothelin-1 and endothelin type A receptor genes as risk factors for normal tension glaucoma

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    Kosior-Jarecka, Ewa; Łukasik, Urszula; Aung, Tin; Khor, Chiea Chuen; Kocki, Janusz; Żarnowski, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine whether four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of endothelin and endothelin receptor type A genes can constitute a risk factor for normal tension glaucoma (NTG) and high tension glaucoma (HTG). Methods The study included 160 patients with NTG, 124 patients with HTG, and 165 healthy controls. To analyze the frequency of polymorphic variants of the endothelin EDN gene (K198N) and the endothelin receptor type A gene EDN RA (C1222T, C70G, G231A), DNA was isolated from peripheral blood, and SNP genotyping was performed using the real-time PCR (RT–PCR) method. Plasma endothelin (ET) concentrations were detected using an enzyme immunoassay. Endothelin levels were compared with genotype and allele distributions, patients’ clinical status, and various risk factors for NTG. Results There was a significant difference between the patients with NTG and HTG and the controls (p = 0.035, p = 0.008) regarding the genotype of the C1222T and C70G polymorphism. Plasma concentrations of ET did not differ between the NTG and HTG groups, and no significant correlation with intraocular pressure (IOP), best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), and the cup to disc ratio (c/d ratio) was seen in patients with NTG. Plasma endothelin levels showed a noticeably positive correlation with age in the NTG group (R = 0.249, p = 0.042). Higher endothelin levels corresponded to more advanced visual field damage. No statistical difference was observed between variant genotypes of K198N and the ET-1 plasma concentration in patients with NTG, whereas a slightly higher ET level was observed in the patients with HTG with the GT genotype in comparison to those with the GG genotype (p = 0.001). The C1222T polymorphism significantly affected the plasma ET level in patients with NTG. The TT genotype carriers had the highest ET level, and the CC genotype carriers the lowest (p = 0.034). The AA variant genotype of the G231A polymorphism exhibited the highest

  4. [Single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes of endothelin-1 and receptor A associated to cardiovascular in essential hypertension].

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    Tamiozzo, S R; Lassen, O C; Herrera, J; Igarzabal, P; Tabares, S; Sembaj, A

    The endothelin system, for its vasoconstrictor action, is related to the development of essential hypertension (HTAe). The polymorphism analysis of their genes represents a new approach to the study of this disease. We propose to analyze the interaction between stages of essential hypertension (HTAe) and risk factors with polymorphisms 138ex1 ins/del A gene endothelin-1 (ET-1) and H323H receptor gene A ET-1 (ETRA). We included 300 patients of both sexes, unrelated, who consecutively attended the clinic hypertension medical service. Each one underwent a complete physical examination, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and Rx thorax. The degree of severity of hypertension was determined in stages. The determination of polymorphisms was performed by amplification followed by cutting by specific restriction enzyme from DNA obtained from peripheral blood. The 46% of patients had HTAe controlled, 17.6% had organ damage or cardiovascular, brain or kidney disease. It was observed that the 4A/4A carriers showed lower frequency of cardiovascular disease, kidney and brain (P<.032; 95% CI: 11.1-21.4). For H323H polymorphism, the evaluation by images showed a higher frequency of the dilations of left auricular (P=.02) and auricular fibrillation (P=.03) between the T/T carrier, a higher frequency of cardiomegaly was detected in C/C patients (P=.04). The genotypes, 4A/4A of the ET-1 gene and the T/T from ETRA gene might be involved in worse outcome of cardiovascular damage. Their identification could help recognize subgroups of the hypertensive patients with different risk. Copyright © 2016 SEH-LELHA. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. HIF-1 and c-Src Mediate Increased Glucose Uptake Induced by Endothelin-1 and Connexin43 in Astrocytes

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    Valle-Casuso, José Carlos; González-Sánchez, Ana; Medina, José M.; Tabernero, Arantxa

    2012-01-01

    In previous work we showed that endothelin-1 (ET-1) increases the rate of glucose uptake in astrocytes, an important aspect of brain function since glucose taken up by astrocytes is used to supply the neurons with metabolic substrates. In the present work we sought to identify the signalling pathway responsible for this process in primary culture of rat astrocytes. Our results show that ET-1 promoted an increase in the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) in astrocytes, as shown in other cell types. Furthermore, HIF-1α-siRNA experiments revealed that HIF-1α participates in the effects of ET-1 on glucose uptake and on the expression of GLUT-1, GLUT-3, type I and type II hexokinase. We previously reported that these effects of ET-1 are mediated by connexin43 (Cx43), the major gap junction protein in astrocytes. Indeed, our results show that silencing Cx43 increased HIF-1α and reduced the effect of ET-1 on HIF-1α, indicating that the effect of ET-1 on HIF-1α is mediated by Cx43. The activity of oncogenes such as c-Src can up-regulate HIF-1α. Since Cx43 interacts with c-Src, we investigated the participation of c-Src in this pathway. Interestingly, both the treatment with ET-1 and with Cx43-siRNA increased c-Src activity. In addition, when c-Src activity was inhibited neither ET-1 nor silencing Cx43 were able to up-regulate HIF-1α. In conclusion, our results suggest that ET-1 by down-regulating Cx43 activates c-Src, which in turn increases HIF-1α leading to the up-regulation of the machinery required to take up glucose in astrocytes. Cx43 expression can be reduced in response not only to ET-1 but also to various physiological and pathological stimuli. This study contributes to the identification of the signalling pathway evoked after Cx43 down-regulation that results in increased glucose uptake in astrocytes. Interestingly, this is the first evidence linking Cx43 to HIF-1, which is a master regulator of glucose metabolism. PMID:22384254

  6. Endothelin-1 mediated induction of extracellular matrix genes in strial marginal cells underlies strial pathology in Alport mice.

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    Meehan, Daniel T; Delimont, Duane; Dufek, Brianna; Zallocchi, Marisa; Phillips, Grady; Gratton, Michael Anne; Cosgrove, Dominic

    2016-11-01

    Alport syndrome, a type IV collagen disorder, manifests as glomerular disease associated with hearing loss with thickening of the glomerular and strial capillary basement membranes (SCBMs). We have identified a role for endothelin-1 (ET-1) activation of endothelin A receptors (ETARs) in glomerular pathogenesis. Here we explore whether ET-1 plays a role in strial pathology. Wild type (WT) and Alport mice were treated with the ETAR antagonist, sitaxentan. The stria vascularis was analyzed for SCBM thickness and for extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Additional WT and Alport mice were exposed to noise or hypoxia and the stria analyzed for hypoxia-related and ECM genes. A strial marginal cell line cultured under hypoxic conditions, or stimulated with ET-1 was analyzed for expression of hypoxia-related and ECM transcripts. Noise exposure resulted in significantly elevated ABR thresholds in Alport mice relative to wild type littermates. Alport stria showed elevated expression of collagen α1(IV), laminin α2, and laminin α5 proteins relative to WT. SCBM thickening and elevated ECM protein expression was ameliorated by ETAR blockade. Stria from normoxic Alport mice and hypoxic WT mice showed upregulation of hypoxia-related, ECM, and ET-1 transcripts. Both ET-1 stimulation and hypoxia up-regulated ECM transcripts in cultured marginal cells. We conclude that ET-1 mediated activation of ETARs on strial marginal cells results in elevated expression of ECM genes and thickening of the SCBMs in Alport mice. SCBM thickening results in hypoxic stress further elevating ECM and ET-1 gene expression, exacerbating strial pathology.

  7. Endothelin-1 expression is strongly repressed by AU-rich elements in the 3'-untranslated region of the gene.

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    Reimunde, Francisco M; Castañares, Cristina; Redondo-Horcajo, Mariano; Lamas, Santiago; Rodríguez-Pascual, Fernando

    2005-05-01

    The regulation of the synthesis of the endothelial-derived vasoconstrictor ET-1 (endothelin-1) is a complex process that occurs mainly at the mRNA level. Transcription of the gene accounts for an important part of the regulation of expression, as already described for different modulators such as the cytokine TGF-beta (transforming growth factor-beta). However, very little is known about mechanisms governing ET-1 expression at the post-transcriptional level. The aim of the present study was to investigate the regulation of the ET-1 expression at this level. Since the 3'-UTR (3'-untranslated region) of mRNAs commonly contains genetic determinants for the post-transcriptional control of gene expression, we focused on the potential role of the 3'-UTR of ET-1 mRNA. Experiments performed with luciferase reporter constructs containing the 3'-UTR showed that this region exerts a potent destabilizing effect. Deletional analyses allowed us to locate this activity within a region at positions 924-1127. Some (but not all) of the AREs (AU-rich elements) present in this region were found to be essential for this mRNA-destabilizing activity. We also present evidence that cytosolic proteins from endothelial cells interact specifically with these RNA elements, and that a close correlation exists between the ability of the AREs to destabilize ET-1 mRNA and the binding of proteins to these elements. Our results are compatible with the existence of a strong repressional control of ET-1 expression mediated by destabilization of the mRNA exerted through the interaction of specific cytosolic proteins with AREs present in the 3'-UTR of the gene.

  8. Transforming growth factor-beta receptor requirements for the induction of the endothelin-1 gene.

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    Castañares, Cristina; Redondo-Horcajo, Mariano; Magan-Marchal, Noemi; Lamas, Santiago; Rodriguez-Pascual, Fernando

    2006-06-01

    Expression of the endothelin (ET)-1 gene is subject to complex regulation by numerous factors, among which the cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is one of the most important. TGF-beta action is based on the activation of the Smad signaling pathway. Smad proteins activate transcription of the gene by cooperation with activator protein-1 (AP-1) at specific sites on the ET-1 promoter. Smad signaling pathway is initiated by binding of the cytokine to a heteromeric complex of type I and type II receptors. Signal is then propagated to the nucleus by specific members of the Smad family. Most cell types contain a type I receptor known as ALK5. However, endothelial cells are unique because they coexpress an additional type I receptor named ALK1. These forms do not constitute redundant receptors with the same function, but they actually activate different Smad-mediated expression programs that lead to specific endothelial phenotypes. TGF-beta/ALK5/Smad3 pathway is associated to a mature endothelium because it leads to inhibition of cell migration/proliferation. Conversely, TGF-beta/ALK1/Smad5 activates both processes and is more related to the angiogenic state. We have analyzed the TGF-beta receptor subtype requirements for the activation of the ET-1 gene. For that purpose, we have overexpressed type I receptor and Smad isoforms in endothelial cells and analyzed the effect on ET-1 expression. Our experiments indicate that TGF-beta induces ET-1 expression preferentially through the activation of the ALK5/Smad3 pathway and, therefore, the expression of the vaso-constrictor may be associated to a quiescent and mature endothelial phenotype.

  9. Endothelin-1 but not Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Polymorphism is Associated with Sickle Cell Disease in Africa

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    Thakur, Tanya J; Guindo, Aldiouma; Cullifer, Londyn R; Li, Yi; Imumorin, Ikhide G; Diallo, Dapa A; Thomas, Bolaji N

    2014-01-01

    Sickle cell disease shows marked variability in severity and pathophysiology among individuals, probably linked to differential expression of various adhesion molecules. In this study, we investigated the differential distribution, genomic diversity and haplotype frequency of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) polymorphisms, recently implicated as important in modification of disease severity. One hundred and forty five sickle cell disease patients (HbSS) and 244 adult and pediatric controls, without sickle cell disease (HbAA), were recruited from Mali. Genotypic analysis of the functionally significant eNOS variants (T786C, G894T and intron 4) and endothelin-1 (G5665T) was carried out with a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay. Our results show that the wild type alleles are the most frequent for all eNOS variants between cases and controls. Allelic and genotypic frequencies of eNOS polymorphic groups are not significantly different between cases and controls (P > 0.05). In addition, there is no association between eNOS variants and sickle cell disease, contrary to published reports. On the other hand, we report that endothelin-1 (G5665T) mutant variant had the lowest allelic frequency, and is significantly associated with sickle cell disease in Africa (P < 0.05). Similarly, haplotype frequencies were the same between cases and controls, except for the haplotype combining all mutant variants (T, C, 4a; P = 0.01). eNOS polymorphic variants are less frequent, with no significance with sickle cell disease in Africa. On the other hand, endothelin-1 is associated with sickle cell disease, and has the capacity to redefine pathophysiology and possibly serve as modulator of disease phenotype. PMID:24932102

  10. Endothelin-1 but not Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Polymorphism is Associated with Sickle Cell Disease in Africa.

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    Thakur, Tanya J; Guindo, Aldiouma; Cullifer, Londyn R; Li, Yi; Imumorin, Ikhide G; Diallo, Dapa A; Thomas, Bolaji N

    2014-01-01

    Sickle cell disease shows marked variability in severity and pathophysiology among individuals, probably linked to differential expression of various adhesion molecules. In this study, we investigated the differential distribution, genomic diversity and haplotype frequency of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) polymorphisms, recently implicated as important in modification of disease severity. One hundred and forty five sickle cell disease patients (HbSS) and 244 adult and pediatric controls, without sickle cell disease (HbAA), were recruited from Mali. Genotypic analysis of the functionally significant eNOS variants (T786C, G894T and intron 4) and endothelin-1 (G5665T) was carried out with a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay. Our results show that the wild type alleles are the most frequent for all eNOS variants between cases and controls. Allelic and genotypic frequencies of eNOS polymorphic groups are not significantly different between cases and controls (P > 0.05). In addition, there is no association between eNOS variants and sickle cell disease, contrary to published reports. On the other hand, we report that endothelin-1 (G5665T) mutant variant had the lowest allelic frequency, and is significantly associated with sickle cell disease in Africa (P < 0.05). Similarly, haplotype frequencies were the same between cases and controls, except for the haplotype combining all mutant variants (T, C, 4a; P = 0.01). eNOS polymorphic variants are less frequent, with no significance with sickle cell disease in Africa. On the other hand, endothelin-1 is associated with sickle cell disease, and has the capacity to redefine pathophysiology and possibly serve as modulator of disease phenotype.

  11. Mitochondrial Fission Inhibitors Suppress Endothelin-1-Induced Artery Constriction.

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    Chen, Chang; Gao, Jin-Lai; Liu, Ming-Yu; Li, Shan-Liang; Xuan, Xiu-Chen; Zhang, Xin-Zi; Zhang, Xi-Yue; Wei, Yuan-Yuan; Zhen, Chang-Lin; Jin, Jing; Shen, Xin; Dong, De-Li

    2017-07-27

    Endothelin-1 is implicated in the pathogenesis of hypertension, but the underlying mechanisms remained elusive. Our previous study found that inhibition of mitochondrial fission of smooth muscle cells suppressed phenylephrine- and high K+-induced artery constriction. Here, we studied the effects of mitochondrial fission inhibitors on endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction. The tension of rat mesenteric arteries and thoracic aorta was measured by using a multi-wire myograph system. Mitochondrial morphology of aortic smooth muscle cells was observed by using transmission electron microscopy. Dynamin-related protein-1 selective inhibitor mdivi-1 relaxed endothelin-1-induced constriction, and mdivi-1 pre-treatment prevented endothelin-1-induced constriction of rat mesenteric arteries with intact and denuded endothelium. Mdivi-1 had a similar inhibitory effect on rat thoracic aorta. Another mitochondrial fission inhibitor dynasore showed similar effects as mdivi-1 in rat mesenteric arteries. Mdivi-1 inhibited endothelin-1-induced increase of mitochondrial fission in smooth muscle cells of rat aorta. Rho-associated protein kinase inhibitor Y-27632 which relaxed endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction inhibited endothelin-1-induced mitochondrial fission in smooth muscle cells of rat aorta. Endothelin-1 increases mitochondrial fission in vascular smooth muscle cells, and mitochondrial fission inhibitors suppress endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction. © 2017 The Author(s). Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

  12. Protective effects of endothelin-1 on acute pancreatitis in rats.

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    Kogire, M; Inoue, K; Higashide, S; Takaori, K; Echigo, Y; Gu, Y J; Sumi, S; Uchida, K; Imamura, M

    1995-06-01

    Endothelin-1, a 21-residue peptide isolated from vascular endothelial cells, has a broad spectrum of actions. To clarify the involvement of endothelin-1 in acute pancreatitis, we examined the effects of endothelin-1 and its receptor antagonist BQ-123 on cerulein-induced pancreatitis in rats. Rats were infused intravenously with heparin-saline (control), endothelin-1 (100 pmol/kg/hr), cerulein (5 micrograms/kg/hr), or cerulein plus endothelin-1 for 3.5 hr. In another experiment, cerulein or cerulein plus BQ-123 (3 mg/kg/hr) was infused. Infusion of cerulein caused hyperamylasemia and pancreatic edema. Endothelin-1, when infused with cerulein, decreased the extent of pancreatic edema with a significant increase in the pancreatic dry- to wet-weight ratio. Histological changes induced by cerulein were markedly attenuated when endothelin-1 was given with cerulein. In contrast, endothelin-receptor blockade with BQ-123 further augmented pancreatic edema caused by cerulein. The extent of inflammatory cell infiltration was greater than BQ-123 was given with cerulein. Endothelin-1 or BQ-123 had no influence on hyperamylasemia. This study suggests that endothelin-1 has protective effects on experimental acute pancreatitis.

  13. Inhibition of endothelin-1 and KCL-induced increase of [CA2+]i by antiglaucoma drugs in cultured A7r5 vascular smooth-muscle cells.

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    Wu, Kwou-Yeung; Wang, Hwei-Zu; Hong, Show-Jen

    2004-06-01

    Over contraction of vascular smooth muscle may result in ischemia to ocular neuronal cells and deteriorate the glaucoma. The purpose of this study was to investigate the inhibitory effects of various commercial antiglaucoma drugs including brimonidine, dipivefrin, betaxolol, timolol, levobunolol, carteolol, brinzolamide, dorzolamide, unoprostone, latanoprost, pilocarpine, and preservative benzalkonium chloride on endothelin-1(ET-1) and KCl-induced increase of intracellular free Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) in cultured rat A7r5 vascular smooth muscle cells. These drugs were diluted from original concentrations to 1/100, 1/1000, and 1/10000. [Ca2+]i mobility was analyzed by spectrofluorometry after loading with fura-2-AM. Betaxolol, timolol, levobunolol, and carteolol were found to inhibit KCl-induced release of [Ca2+]i in a dose-dependent manner. High concentrations of betaxolol, timolol, levobunolol, carteolol, and unoprostone also inhibited ET-1-induced increase of [Ca2+]i in A7r5 cells. However, ET-1- and KCl-induced increase of [Ca2+]i was not diminished by other drugs including brimonidine, dipivefrin, brinzolamide, dorzolamide, latanoprost, pilocarpine, and benzalkonium chloride. These results indicate that high concentrations of unoprostone and beta-adrenergic blocking agents including betaxolol, timolol, levobunolol, and carteolol may inhibit ET-1-induced increase of [Ca2+]i. The mechanism may be mediated by inhibition of extracellular calcium influx via blocking of L-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel in A7r5 cells.

  14. Increased endothelin-1 and diminished nitric oxide levels in blister fluids of patients with intermediate cold type complex regional pain syndrome type 1

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    Groeneweg, J George; Huygen, Frank JPM; Heijmans-Antonissen, Claudia; Niehof, Sjoerd; Zijlstra, Freek J

    2006-01-01

    Background In complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS1) pro-inflammatory mediators and vascular changes play an important role in the sustained development and outcome of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine the involvement of vasoactive substances endothelin-1 (ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) during early chronic CRPS1. Methods Included were 29 patients with CRPS 1 who were diagnosed during the acute stage of their disease and observed during follow-up visits. Disease activity and impairment were determined and artificial suction blisters were made on the CRPS1 and the contralateral extremities for measurements of IL-6, TNF-α, ET-1 and nitrate/nitrite (NOx). Results The levels of IL-6, TNF-α and ET-1 in blister fluid in the CRPS1 extremity versus the contralateral extremity were significantly increased and correlated with each other, whereas NOx levels were decreased. Conclusion The NOx/ET-1 ratio appears to be disturbed in the intermediate stage of CRPS, resulting in vasoconstriction and consequently in a diminished tissue blood distribution. PMID:17137491

  15. Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (-786T>C) and Endothelin-1 (5665G>T) Gene Polymorphisms as Vascular Dysfunction Risk Factors in Sickle Cell Anemia.

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    Vilas-Boas, Wendell; Figueiredo, Camylla V B; Pitanga, Thassila N; Carvalho, Magda O S; Santiago, Rayra P; Santana, Sânzio S; Guarda, Caroline C; Zanette, Angela M D; Cerqueira, Bruno A V; Gonçalves, Marilda S

    2016-01-01

    Sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients have vascular complications, and polymorphisms in endothelin-1 (ET-1) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) genes were associated with ET-1 and nitric oxide disturbance. We investigate the association of ET-1 5665G>T and eNOS -786T>C polymorphisms with soluble adhesion molecules (sVCAM-1 and sICAM-1), biochemical markers, and medical history. We studied 101 SCA patients; carriers of eNOS minor allele (C) had the highest levels of sVCAM-1, and carriers of ET-1 minor allele had more occurrence of acute chest syndrome (ACS). The multivariate analysis suggested the influence of the ET-1 gene on ACS outcome and an association of the eNOS gene with upper respiratory tract infection. We suggest that eNOS and ET-1 gene polymorphisms can influence SCA pathophysiology and that eNOS variant in SCA patients might be important to nitric oxide activity and vascular alteration. We found an association of the ET-1 minor allele in ACS, showing the importance of genetic screening in SCA.

  16. Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (−786T>C) and Endothelin-1 (5665G>T) Gene Polymorphisms as Vascular Dysfunction Risk Factors in Sickle Cell Anemia

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    Vilas-Boas, Wendell; Figueiredo, Camylla V. B.; Pitanga, Thassila N.; Carvalho, Magda O. S.; Santiago, Rayra P.; Santana, Sânzio S.; Guarda, Caroline C.; Zanette, Angela M. D.; Cerqueira, Bruno A. V.; Gonçalves, Marilda S.

    2016-01-01

    Sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients have vascular complications, and polymorphisms in endothelin-1 (ET-1) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) genes were associated with ET-1 and nitric oxide disturbance. We investigate the association of ET-1 5665G>T and eNOS −786T>C polymorphisms with soluble adhesion molecules (sVCAM-1 and sICAM-1), biochemical markers, and medical history. We studied 101 SCA patients; carriers of eNOS minor allele (C) had the highest levels of sVCAM-1, and carriers of ET-1 minor allele had more occurrence of acute chest syndrome (ACS). The multivariate analysis suggested the influence of the ET-1 gene on ACS outcome and an association of the eNOS gene with upper respiratory tract infection. We suggest that eNOS and ET-1 gene polymorphisms can influence SCA pathophysiology and that eNOS variant in SCA patients might be important to nitric oxide activity and vascular alteration. We found an association of the ET-1 minor allele in ACS, showing the importance of genetic screening in SCA. PMID:27486304

  17. Endothelin 1 gene is not a major modifier of chronic kidney disease advancement among the autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patients.

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    Annapareddy, Shiva Nagendra Reddy; Elumalai, Ramprasad; Lakkakula, Bhaskar V K S; Ramanathan, Gnanasambandan; Periyasamy, Soundararajan

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is characterized by the presence of numerous cysts in the kidney and manifest with various renal and extra-renal complications leading to ESRD. Endothelin may contribute to various renal and extra-renal manifestations pointing to genetic and environmental modifying factors that alter the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in ADPKD. In the present study we investigated six genes coding for endothelin 1 ( EDN1 ) tagging-single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) to unravel the EDN1 gene modifier effect for renal disease progression in ADPKD. Materials and Methods: The tag-SNPs were genotyped using FRET-based KASPar method in 108 ADPKD patients and 119 healthy subjects. Cochran-Armitage trend test was used to determine the association between ADPKD and EDN1 tag-SNPs. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the effect of tag-SNPs on CKD progression. The relationship between different CKD stages and hypertension and their interaction Mantel-Haenszel stratified analysis was performed. Results: All loci are polymorphic and followed Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Distribution of EDN1 genotypes and haplotypes in control and ADPKD is not statistically significant. Five SNPs covering 3.4 kb forming single LD block, but the LD was not strong between SNPs. The EDN1 genotypes are not contributing to the CKD advancement among the ADPKD patients. Conclusion: These results suggest that the EDN1 gene is not a major modifier of CKD advancement among ADPKD patients.

  18. Role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and endothelin-1 polymorphism genes with the pathogenesis of intraventricular hemorrhage in preterm infants

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    Szpecht, Dawid; Gadzinowski, Janusz; Seremak-Mrozikiewicz, Agnieszka; Kurzawińska, Grażyna; Szymankiewicz, Marta

    2017-01-01

    In the pathogenesis of neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in preterm infants, an important role is played by changes in venous and arterial cerebral flows. It has been shown that the ability of autoregulation of cerebral flows in response to variations in arterial blood pressure in preterm infants is impaired. This impaired autoregulation causes an increased risk of germinal matrix rupture and IVH occurrence. We examined three polymorphisms of genes, related to regulation of blood flow, for an association with IVH in 100 preterm infants born from singleton pregnancy, before 32 + 0 weeks of gestation, exposed to antenatal steroids therapy, and without congenital abnormalities. These polymorphisms include: eNOS (894G > T and −786T > C) and EDN1 (5665G > T ) gene. We found that infants with genotype GT eNOS 894G > T have 3.4-fold higher risk developing of IVH born before 28 + 6 weeks of gestation. Our investigation did not confirm any significant prevalence for IVH development according to eNOS −786T > C genes polymorphism. Our novel investigations in EDN1 5665G > T polymorphism did not show any link between alleles or genotypes and IVH. Future investigations of polymorphisms in blood-flow associated genes may provide valuable insight into the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying the development of IVH. PMID:28211916

  19. Doxorubicine-congestive heart failure-increased big endothelin-1 plasma concentration: reversal by amlodipine, losartan, and gastric pentadecapeptide BPC157 in rat and mouse.

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    Lovric-Bencic, Martina; Sikiric, Predrag; Hanzevacki, Jadranka S; Seiwerth, Sven; Rogic, Dunja; Kusec, Vesna; Aralica, Gorana; Konjevoda, Pasko; Batelja, Lovorka; Blagaic, Alenka B

    2004-05-01

    Overall, doxorubicine-congestive heart failure (CHF) (male Wistar rats and NMRI mice; 6 challenges with doxorubicine (2.5 mg/kg, i.p.) throughout 15 days and then a 4-week-rest period) is consistently deteriorating throughout next 14 days, if not reversed or ameliorated by therapy (/kg per day): a stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC157 (GEPPPGKPADDAGLV, MW 1419, promisingly studied for inflammatory bowel disease (Pliva; PL 10, PLD-116, PL 14736)) (10 microg, 10 ng), losartan (0.7 mg), amlodipine (0.07 mg), given intragastrically (i.g.) (once daily, rats) or in drinking water (mice). Assessed were big endothelin-1 (BET-1) and plasma enzyme levels (CK, MBCK, LDH, AST, ALT) before and after 14 days of therapy and clinical status (hypotension, increased heart rate and respiratory rate, and ascites) every 2 days. Controls (distilled water (5 ml/kg, i.g., once daily) or drinking water (2 ml/mouse per day) given throughout 14 days) exhibited additionally increased BET-1 and aggravated clinical status, while enzyme values maintained their initial increase. BPC157 (10 microg/kg) and amlodipine treatment reversed the increased BET-1 (rats, mice), AST, ALT, CK (rats, mice), and LDH (mice) values. BPC157 (10 ng/kg) and losartan opposed further increase of BET-1 (rats, mice). Losartan reduces AST, ALT, CK, and LDH serum values. BPC157 (10 ng/kg) reduces AST and ALT serum values. Clinical status of CHF-rats and -mice is accordingly improved by the BPC157 regimens and amlodipine.

  20. Repeat low-level blast exposure increases transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in the trigeminal ganglion

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    Burke, Teresa A.; Doyle Brackley, Allison; Jeske, Nathaniel A.; Cleland, Jeffery M.; Lund, Brian J.

    2017-01-01

    Blast-associated sensory and cognitive trauma sustained by military service members is an area of extensively studied research. Recent studies in our laboratory have revealed that low-level blast exposure increased expression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and endothelin-1 (ET-1), proteins well characterized for their role in mediating pain transmission, in the cornea. Determining the functional consequences of these alterations in protein expression is critical to understanding blast-related sensory trauma. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine TRPV1 and ET-1 expression in ocular associated sensory tissues following primary and tertiary blast. A rodent model of blast injury was used in which anesthetized animals, unrestrained or restrained, received a single or repeat blast (73.8 ± 5.5 kPa) from a compressed air shock tube once or daily for five consecutive days, respectively. Behavioral and functional analyses were conducted to assess blast effects on nocifensive behavior and TRPV1 activity. Immunohistochemistry and Western Blot were also performed with trigeminal ganglia (TG) to determine TRPV1, ET-1 and glial fibrillary associated protein (GFAP) expression following blast. Increased TRPV1, ET-1 and GFAP were detected in the TG of animals exposed to repeat blast. Increased nocifensive responses were also observed in animals exposed to repeat, tertiary blast as compared to single blast and control. Moreover, decreased TRPV1 desensitization was observed in TG neurons exposed to repeat blast. Repeat, tertiary blast resulted in increased TRPV1, ET-1 and GFAP expression in the TG, enhanced nociception and decreased TRPV1 desensitization. PMID:28797041

  1. Repeat low-level blast exposure increases transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in the trigeminal ganglion.

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    Por, Elaine D; Sandoval, Melody L; Thomas-Benson, Chiquita; Burke, Teresa A; Doyle Brackley, Allison; Jeske, Nathaniel A; Cleland, Jeffery M; Lund, Brian J

    2017-01-01

    Blast-associated sensory and cognitive trauma sustained by military service members is an area of extensively studied research. Recent studies in our laboratory have revealed that low-level blast exposure increased expression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and endothelin-1 (ET-1), proteins well characterized for their role in mediating pain transmission, in the cornea. Determining the functional consequences of these alterations in protein expression is critical to understanding blast-related sensory trauma. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine TRPV1 and ET-1 expression in ocular associated sensory tissues following primary and tertiary blast. A rodent model of blast injury was used in which anesthetized animals, unrestrained or restrained, received a single or repeat blast (73.8 ± 5.5 kPa) from a compressed air shock tube once or daily for five consecutive days, respectively. Behavioral and functional analyses were conducted to assess blast effects on nocifensive behavior and TRPV1 activity. Immunohistochemistry and Western Blot were also performed with trigeminal ganglia (TG) to determine TRPV1, ET-1 and glial fibrillary associated protein (GFAP) expression following blast. Increased TRPV1, ET-1 and GFAP were detected in the TG of animals exposed to repeat blast. Increased nocifensive responses were also observed in animals exposed to repeat, tertiary blast as compared to single blast and control. Moreover, decreased TRPV1 desensitization was observed in TG neurons exposed to repeat blast. Repeat, tertiary blast resulted in increased TRPV1, ET-1 and GFAP expression in the TG, enhanced nociception and decreased TRPV1 desensitization.

  2. Antenatal betamethasone increases vascular reactivity to endothelin-1 by upregulation of CD38/cADPR signaling

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    Lee, J.-H.; Zhang, J.; Massmann, G. A.; Figueroa, J. P.

    2014-01-01

    Antenatal steroid administration is associated with hypertension in adult life; however, the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are unclear. The aim of this study was to further characterize the effects of antenatal glucocorticoid exposure on the endothelin (ET-1) system, specifically to ascertain the role of the cyclic adenosine diphosphate ribose (cADPR)/ryanodine receptor pathway in the increased sensitivity to ET-1 observed in the offspring exposed to antenatal glucocorticoids. Pregnant sheep were randomly treated with betamethasone (Beta; 0.17 mg/kg) or vehicle at 80 and 81 days of gestation. In adults, we studied endothelium-denuded arterial segments of the brachial arteries. ET-1-induced vasoconstriction was significantly higher in the arteries from Beta sheep (F = 3.5, P < 0.05). Inhibition of ADP-ribosyl cyclase with 2-2′-dihydroxy-azobenzene significantly decreased the ET-1-induced contraction in Beta but not in vehicle-treated sheep. Nicotinamide attenuated ET-1 contraction in both, but it was significantly more pronounced in the Beta-treated sheep. No significant differences were observed following KCl-induced (6.25–75 mM) contraction. Nicotinamide (10 mM) significantly attenuated the KCl-induced vasoconstriction in both groups. In KCl (62.5 mM)-constricted arteries, the effect of nicotinamide (NIC) was significantly greater in the vehicle-treated sheep (50% relaxation v. 40% relaxation; t = 2.2, P < 0.05). In contrast, the sodium nitroprusside (SNP) relaxation was not statistically different. An additive effect was observed when NIC and SNP were used in combination and it was also more pronounced in vehicle-treated sheep. We conclude that the increased response to ET-1 is mediated by activation of the CD38/cADPR signaling pathway. Further studies are required to identify the effectors downstream from cADPR affected by exposure to antenatal steroids. PMID:24847691

  3. Changes in endothelin-1 gene expression in the gastric mucosa of rats under cold-restraint-stress.

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    Duan, Yi Min; Li, Zhao Shen; Zhan, Xian Bao; Xu, Guo Ming; Tu, Zhen Xing; Gong, Yan Fang

    2004-01-01

    To investigate in rats the role of endothelin (ET)-1 gene expression in the development and progression of acute gastric mucosal lesions (AGML) induced by stress, and the effect of BQ-123 (a special ETA receptor antagonist) on the AGML. A rat model of gastric ulcer induced by cold-restraint-stress (CRS) was used. ET-1 concentrations in the plasma and gastric mucosa were determined by radioimmunoassay (RIA), gastric mucosa blood flow (GMBF) was measured with a laser Doppler flow meter, the ulcer index (UI) was used to estimate the degree of gastric mucosa damage and the expression levels of ET-1 mRNA in the gastric mucosa were measured using dot blot and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Different doses of BQ-123 were administered via the left femoral vein prior to the stress in order to observe the effects of BQ-123 on the ET-1 concentrations in the plasma and gastric mucosa, the GMBF and the UI. Compared with the normal controls, the ET-1 concentrations in the plasma and gastric mucosa of the stressed rats were increased significantly (P < 0.05), the GMBF was decreased markedly (P < 0.01), and the UI increased dramatically (P < 0.01). There was a significant positive correlation between the gastric mucosal EF-1 concentration and the UI (r = 0.98, P < 0.01), and a significant negative correlation between the gastric mucosal ET-1 concentration and GMBF (r = -0.89, P < 0.01) and also between the UI and GMBF (r = -0.98, P < 0.01). The expression level of ET-1 mRNA in the gastric mucosa of the stressed rats increased significantly compared with that of the normal controls (P < 0.01), and there was a positive correlation between the expression of ET-1 mRNA and the ET-1 concentration in the gastric mucosa (r = 0.93, P < 0.01). Compared with the untreated animals, the GMBF was increased (P < 0.01) and the UI decreased significantly (P < 0.01) in the BQ-123-treated rats, and the dose of BQ-123 correlated with the degree of change in the GMBF and UI

  4. Endothelin-1 expression is strongly repressed by AU-rich elements in the 3′-untranslated region of the gene

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    2004-01-01

    The regulation of the synthesis of the endothelial-derived vasoconstrictor ET-1 (endothelin-1) is a complex process that occurs mainly at the mRNA level. Transcription of the gene accounts for an important part of the regulation of expression, as already described for different modulators such as the cytokine TGF-β (transforming growth factor-β). However, very little is known about mechanisms governing ET-1 expression at the post-transcriptional level. The aim of the present study was to investigate the regulation of the ET-1 expression at this level. Since the 3′-UTR (3′-untranslated region) of mRNAs commonly contains genetic determinants for the post-transcriptional control of gene expression, we focused on the potential role of the 3′-UTR of ET-1 mRNA. Experiments performed with luciferase reporter constructs containing the 3′-UTR showed that this region exerts a potent destabilizing effect. Deletional analyses allowed us to locate this activity within a region at positions 924–1127. Some (but not all) of the AREs (AU-rich elements) present in this region were found to be essential for this mRNA-destabilizing activity. We also present evidence that cytosolic proteins from endothelial cells interact specifically with these RNA elements, and that a close correlation exists between the ability of the AREs to destabilize ET-1 mRNA and the binding of proteins to these elements. Our results are compatible with the existence of a strong repressional control of ET-1 expression mediated by destabilization of the mRNA exerted through the interaction of specific cytosolic proteins with AREs present in the 3′-UTR of the gene. PMID:15595926

  5. The heart as an extravascular target of endothelin-1 in particulate matter-induced cardiac dysfunction.

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    Chan, Elizabeth A W; Buckley, Barbara; Farraj, Aimen K; Thompson, Leslie C

    2016-09-01

    Exposure to particulate matter air pollution has been causally linked to cardiovascular disease in humans. Several broad and overlapping hypotheses describing the biological mechanisms by which particulate matter exposure leads to cardiovascular disease have been explored, although linkage with specific factors or genes remains limited. These hypotheses may or may not also lead to particulate matter-induced cardiac dysfunction. Evidence pointing to autocrine/paracrine signaling systems as modulators of cardiac dysfunction has increased interest in the emerging role of endothelins as mediators of cardiac function following particulate matter exposure. Endothelin-1, a well-described small peptide expressed in the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, is best known for its ability to constrict blood vessels, although it can also induce extravascular effects. Research on the role of endothelins in the context of air pollution has largely focused on vascular effects, with limited investigation of responses resulting from the direct effects of endothelins on cardiac tissue. This represents a significant knowledge gap in air pollution health effects research, given the abundance of endothelin receptors found on cardiac tissue and the ability of endothelin-1 to modulate cardiac contractility, heart rate, and rhythm. The plausibility of endothelin-1 as a mediator of particulate matter-induced cardiac dysfunction is further supported by the therapeutic utility of certain endothelin receptor antagonists. The present review examines the possibility that endothelin-1 release caused by exposure to PM directly modulates extravascular effects on the heart, deleteriously altering cardiac function. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Interactions between endothelin-1 and atrial natriuretic peptide influence cultured chick cardiac myocyte contractility.

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    Bézie, Y; Mesnard, L; Longrois, D; Samson, F; Perret, C; Mercadier, J J; Laurent, S

    1996-09-12

    We have previously shown that rat atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) reduces the contractility of cultured, spontaneously beating chick embryo ventricular cells, an effect opposite to that of endothelin-1. Endothelin-1 has been described as a secretagogue for natriuretic peptides in vitro and in vivo. Natriuretic peptides can inhibit endothelin-1 secretion from cultured endothelial cells, suggesting a negative feedback mechanism between endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes. The aim of this study was to determine whether ANP attenuated the endothelin-1-induced increase in myocyte contractility. Using a video-microscopy system we studied the contractility of isolated cultured chick ventricular myocytes in response to endothelin-1, chicken natriuretic peptide (ChNP), and both. We also used Northern blot analysis to study the time course of ChNP expression in response to endothelin-1. Endothelin-1 (10(-8) M) increased chick cardiomyocyte contractility by 20-25% between 5 and 15 min (P < 0.05). Although ChNP (3 x 10(-7) M) did not significantly change the amplitude of contraction in basal conditions, it prevented the endothelin-1-induced increase in contractility (P < 0.05) when perfused prior to endothelin-1, and reversed it when perfused 5 min after endothelin-1 exposure (P < 0.05). Endothelin-1 significantly increased the accumulation of ChNP mRNA in chick ventricular myocytes as early as the 30 min after exposure (P < 0.05), with a maximal effect after 2 h of stimulation (P < 0.01); no effect was observed after 4 h. These data support an interaction between endothelin-1 and natriuretic peptides as autocrine/paracrine factors regulating the contractile function of chick cardiac myocytes, as well as their antagonistic effects on cardiac cell contractility. The early and transient expression of ChNP mRNA in response to endothelin-1 may be involved in this interaction.

  7. Endothelin-1 contributes to the Frank-Starling response in hypertrophic rat hearts.

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    Piuhola, Jarkko; Szokodi, István; Kinnunen, Pietari; Ilves, Mika; deChâtel, Rudolf; Vuolteenaho, Olli; Ruskoaho, Heikki

    2003-01-01

    Endothelin-1 is involved in mechanical load-induced cardiac growth processes; it also has effects on contractility. The interaction of endothelin-1 and the Frank-Starling response is unknown. The present study aimed to characterize the role of endothelin-1 in the regulation of the Frank-Starling response, one of the major mechanisms regulating cardiac contractile force, in both normal and hypertrophied hearts. Nontransgenic rat hearts and hypertrophic hearts of hypertensive double transgenic rats harboring human angiotensinogen and renin genes were studied in a Langendorff isolated heart setup with a liquid-filled balloon inside the left ventricle used to measure contractile parameters. The rats were studied at compensated phase, before showing any signs of heart failure. Compensated hypertrophy in double transgenic rat hearts resulted in improved contractility at a given level of preload when compared with nontransgenic rat hearts. Hearts of both rat lines showed preserved Frank-Starling responses, that is, increased contractile function in response to increased end-diastolic pressure. The mixed endothelin A/B receptor antagonist bosentan attenuated the Frank-Starling response by 53% (P<0.01) in the double transgenic hearts but not in nontransgenic hearts. The diastolic parameters remained unaffected. The left ventricles of the double transgenic rat hearts showed an 82% higher level of endothelin type A receptor mRNA and a 25% higher level of immunoreactive endothelin-1 compared with nontransgenic rat hearts. The type 1 angiotensin II receptor antagonist CV-11974 had no significant effect on contractile function in response to load in either strain. These results show that endogenous endothelin-1 contributes to the Frank-Starling response in hypertrophied rat hearts by affecting systolic performance.

  8. Gene silencing of endothelial von Willebrand Factor attenuates angiotensin II-induced endothelin-1 expression in porcine aortic endothelial cells

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    Dushpanova, Anar; Agostini, Silvia; Ciofini, Enrica; Cabiati, Manuela; Casieri, Valentina; Matteucci, Marco; Del Ry, Silvia; Clerico, Aldo; Berti, Sergio; Lionetti, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    Expression of endothelin (ET)-1 is increased in endothelial cells exposed to angiotensin II (Ang II), leading to endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disorders. Since von Willebrand Factor (vWF) blockade improves endothelial function in coronary patients, we hypothesized that targeting endothelial vWF with short interference RNA (siRNA) prevents Ang II-induced ET-1 upregulation. Nearly 65 ± 2% silencing of vWF in porcine aortic endothelial cells (PAOECs) was achieved with vWF-specific siRNA without affecting cell viability and growth. While showing ET-1 similar to wild type cells at rest, vWF-silenced cells did not present ET-1 upregulation during exposure to Ang II (100 nM/24 h), preserving levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity similar to wild type. vWF silencing prevented AngII-induced increase in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase (NOX) activity and superoxide anion (O2−) levels, known triggers of ET-1 expression. Moreover, no increase in O2− or ET-1 levels was found in silenced cells treated with AngII or NOX-agonist phorbol ester (PMA 5 nM/48 h). Finally, vWF was required for overexpression of NOX4 and NOX2 in response to AngII and PMA. In conclusion, endothelial vWF knockdown prevented Ang II-induced ET-1 upregulation through attenuation of NOX-mediated O2− production. Our findings reveal a new role of vWF in preventing of Ang II-induced endothelial dysfunction. PMID:27443965

  9. Effects of age and caloric restriction on the cardiac and coronary response to endothelin-1 in rats.

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    Granado, Miriam; Rubio, Carmen; Amor, Sara; Monge, Luis; Fernández, Nuria; Carreño-Tarragona, Gonzalo; Carrascosa, José M; García-Villalón, Ángel Luis

    2014-12-01

    Aging is associated with alterations in the cardiovascular system such as increased vasoconstriction and decreased vasodilatation. Some of these changes are partially reversed by caloric restriction. Endothelin-1 is a potent vasoconstrictor which levels increased with age. The aim of this study is to analyze the role of endothelin-1 in the cardiac and coronary changes induced by age and whether these changes may be attenuated by a three-month caloric restriction. Hearts from young (3 months old), aged (24 months old) and aged rats after 3 months of caloric restriction were perfused according to the Langendorff technique. Coronary vasoconstriction to endothelin-1 was reduced in old rats, and endothelin-1 increased myocardial contractility (dP/dt) and heart rate in old but not in young rats. These changes observed in old rats were partly reversed by caloric restriction. Also, in the myocardial tissue of old rats the gene expression of endothelin-1, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) was increased, and the gene expression of endothelin ETB receptors and endothelial nitric oxide syntase (eNOS) was reduced, compared with young rats. Aging induced changes in the expression of ETB receptors and eNOS were reversed by caloric restriction. These results suggest that aging produces alterations in myocardial and coronary responses to endothelin-1, that may be related to changes in expression of nitric oxide synthases and/or endothelin receptor subtypes, with some of these changes being prevented by caloric restriction. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. [Endothelin-1 in pathogenesis of Raynaud's syndrome].

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    Knapik-Kordecka, M; Adamiec, R; Ciosek, W

    2001-06-01

    Endothelin is an endogenous vasoconstrictor and plays an important role in pathogenesis of Raynaud's phenomenon. Plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) and von Willebrand factor (vWF) concentrations following cold exposure in 52 patients with Raynaud's phenomenon were measured. Statistically significant increase of ET-1 and vWF was found in the study group in compare to healthy volunteers. There was positive correlation between ET-1 and vWF in those cases. The dates suggest that ET-changes indicates a vasospastic effect on vascular injury. Treatment with endothelin-receptor antagonist may prevent structural changes in vessel well.

  11. Endothelin-1 critically influences cardiac function via superoxide-MMP9 cascade

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    Hathaway, Catherine K.; Grant, Ruriko; Hagaman, John R.; Hiller, Sylvia; Li, Feng; Xu, Longquan; Chang, Albert S.; Madden, Victoria J.; Bagnell, C. Robert; Rojas, Mauricio; Kim, Hyung-Suk; Wu, Bingruo; Zhou, Bin; Smithies, Oliver; Kakoki, Masao

    2015-01-01

    We have generated low-expressing and high-expressing endothelin-1 genes (L and H) and have bred mice with four levels of expression: L/L, ∼20%; L/+, ∼65%; +/+ (wild type), 100%; and H/+, ∼350%. The hypomorphic L allele can be spatiotemporally switched to the hypermorphic H allele by Cre-loxP recombination. Young adult L/L and L/+ mice have dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and increased plasma volumes, together with increased ventricular superoxide levels, increased matrix metalloproteinase 9 (Mmp9) expression, and reduced ventricular stiffness. H/+ mice have decreased plasma volumes and significantly heavy stiff hearts. Global or cardiomyocyte-specific switching expression from L to H normalized the abnormalities already present in young adult L/L mice. An epithelial sodium channel antagonist normalized plasma volume and blood pressure, but only partially corrected the cardiomyopathy. A superoxide dismutase mimetic made superoxide levels subnormal, reduced Mmp9 overexpression, and substantially improved cardiac function. Genetic absence of Mmp9 also improved cardiac function, but increased superoxide remained. We conclude that endothelin-1 is critical for maintaining normal contractile function, for controlling superoxide and Mmp9 levels, and for ensuring that the myocardium has sufficient collagen to prevent overstretching. Even a modest (∼35%) decrease in endothelin-1 gene (Edn1) expression is sufficient to cause cardiac dysfunction. PMID:25848038

  12. Endothelin-1 critically influences cardiac function via superoxide-MMP9 cascade.

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    Hathaway, Catherine K; Grant, Ruriko; Hagaman, John R; Hiller, Sylvia; Li, Feng; Xu, Longquan; Chang, Albert S; Madden, Victoria J; Bagnell, C Robert; Rojas, Mauricio; Kim, Hyung-Suk; Wu, Bingruo; Zhou, Bin; Smithies, Oliver; Kakoki, Masao

    2015-04-21

    We have generated low-expressing and high-expressing endothelin-1 genes (L and H) and have bred mice with four levels of expression: L/L, ∼20%; L/+, ∼65%; +/+ (wild type), 100%; and H/+, ∼350%. The hypomorphic L allele can be spatiotemporally switched to the hypermorphic H allele by Cre-loxP recombination. Young adult L/L and L/+ mice have dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and increased plasma volumes, together with increased ventricular superoxide levels, increased matrix metalloproteinase 9 (Mmp9) expression, and reduced ventricular stiffness. H/+ mice have decreased plasma volumes and significantly heavy stiff hearts. Global or cardiomyocyte-specific switching expression from L to H normalized the abnormalities already present in young adult L/L mice. An epithelial sodium channel antagonist normalized plasma volume and blood pressure, but only partially corrected the cardiomyopathy. A superoxide dismutase mimetic made superoxide levels subnormal, reduced Mmp9 overexpression, and substantially improved cardiac function. Genetic absence of Mmp9 also improved cardiac function, but increased superoxide remained. We conclude that endothelin-1 is critical for maintaining normal contractile function, for controlling superoxide and Mmp9 levels, and for ensuring that the myocardium has sufficient collagen to prevent overstretching. Even a modest (∼35%) decrease in endothelin-1 gene (Edn1) expression is sufficient to cause cardiac dysfunction.

  13. Pulmonary vasoreactivity in spontaneously hypertensive rats--effects of endothelin-1 and leptin.

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    Gomart, Samantha; Damoiseaux, Cécile; Jespers, Pascale; Makanga, Martine; Labranche, Nathalie; Pochet, Stéphanie; Michaux, Charles; Berkenboom, Guy; Naeije, Robert; McEntee, Kathleen; Dewachter, Laurence

    2014-02-05

    Systemic hypertension may be associated with an increased pulmonary vascular resistance, which we hypothesized could be, at least in part, mediated by increased leptin. Vascular reactivity to phenylephrine (1 μmol/L), endothelin-1 (10 nmol/L) and leptin (0.001-100 nmol/L) was evaluated in endothelium-intact and -denuded isolated thoracic aorta and pulmonary arteries from spontaneously hypertensive versus control Wistar rats. Arteries were sampled for pathobiological evaluation and lung tissue for morphometric evaluation. In control rats, endothelin-1 induced a higher level of contraction in the pulmonary artery than in the aorta. After phenylephrine or endothelin-1 precontraction, leptin relaxed intact pulmonary artery and aortic rings, while no response was observed in denuded arteries. Spontaneously hypertensive rats presented with increased reactivity to phenylephrine and endothelin-1 in endothelium-intact pulmonary arteries. After endothelin-1 precontraction, endothelium-dependent relaxation to leptin was impaired in pulmonary arteries from hypertensive rats. In both strains of rats, aortic segments were more responsive to leptin than pulmonary artery. In hypertensive rats, pulmonary arteries exhibited increased pulmonary artery medial thickness, associated with increased expressions of preproendothelin-1, endothelin-1 receptors type A and B, inducible nitric oxide synthase and decreased endothelial nitric oxide synthase, together with decreased leptin receptor and increased suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 expressions. Altered pulmonary vascular reactivity in hypertension may be related to a loss of endothelial buffering of vasoconstriction and decreased leptin-induced vasodilation in conditions of increased endothelin-1.

  14. Differential regulation of Krüppel-like factor family transcription factor expression in neonatal rat cardiac myocytes: Effects of endothelin-1, oxidative stress and cytokines

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    Cullingford, Timothy E.; Butler, Matthew J.; Marshall, Andrew K.; Tham, El Li; Sugden, Peter H.; Clerk, Angela

    2008-01-01

    Krüppel-like transcription factors (Klfs) modulate fundamental cell processes. Cardiac myocytes are terminally-differentiated, but hypertrophy in response to stimuli such as endothelin-1. H2O2 or cytokines promote myocyte apoptosis. Microarray studies of neonatal rat myocytes identified several Klfs as endothelin-1-responsive genes. We used quantitative PCR for further analysis of Klf expression in neonatal rat myocytes. In response to endothelin-1, Klf2 mRNA expression was rapidly increased (∼ 9-fold; 15–30 min) with later increases in expression of Klf4 and Klf6 (∼ 5-fold; 30–60 min). All were regulated as immediate early genes (cycloheximide did not inhibit the increases in expression). Klf5 expression was increased at 1–2 h (∼ 13-fold) as a second phase response (cycloheximide inhibited the increase). These increases were transient and attenuated by U0126. H2O2 increased expression of Klf2, Klf4 and Klf6, but interleukin-1β or tumor necrosis factor α downregulated Klf2 expression with no effect on Klf4 or Klf6. Of the Klfs which repress transcription, endothelin-1 rapidly downregulated expression of Klf3, Klf11 and Klf15. The dynamic regulation of expression of multiple Klf family members in cardiac myocytes suggests that, as a family, they are actively involved in regulating phenotypic responses (hypertrophy and apoptosis) to extracellular stimuli. PMID:18406357

  15. Roles of prostaglandins and nitric oxide in the effect of endothelin-1 on renal hemodynamics.

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    Lin, H; Smith, M J; Young, D B

    1996-09-01

    It is known that endothelin-1 stimulates the release of nitric oxide and prostaglandins in various vascular beds. We designed the present study to analyze the roles of prostaglandins and nitric oxide in the effect of endothelin-1 on the regulation of renal hemodynamics and renin release. We used N omega-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) and meclofenamic acid to inhibit the production of nitric oxide and prostaglandins, respectively. With a nonfiltering kidney model, renal blood flow was reduced 21% in dogs treated with L-NAME and 18% in dogs treated with meclofenamic acid. Inhibition of nitric oxide and prostaglandins, however, produced opposite effects on estimated glomerular hydraulic pressure: L-NAME increased glomerular hydraulic pressure from 63.1 +/- 0.9 to 64.6 +/- 1.3 mm Hg (P < .01), and meclofenamic acid reduced glomerular hydraulic pressure from 63.3 +/- 1.4 to 59.8 +/- 1.6 mm Hg (P < .01). Endothelin-1 infusion produced a dose-dependent reduction in renal blood flow after blockade of nitric oxide and prostaglandins. The responses of glomerular hydraulic pressure were different in the two groups during endothelin-1 infusion. Endothelin-1 progressively reduced glomerular hydraulic pressure in a dose-dependent fashion in the meclofenamic acid group. However, endothelin-1 slightly increased glomerular hydraulic pressure until the infusion rate reached 5.0 ng/kg per minute. At that rate, endothelin-1 reduced glomerular hydraulic pressure from 63.3 +/- 1.4 to 47.0 +/- 1.4 mm Hg in the meclofenamic acid group (P < .01), a more than 25% reduction, whereas at the same dose, endothelin-1 reduced glomerular hydraulic pressure only less than 2% in the L-NAME group. In addition, blockade of nitric oxide and prostaglandins did not alter the inhibitory effect of endothelin-1 on renin release in the non-filtering kidney. Therefore, the present study demonstrates that the release of nitric oxide and prostaglandins might modulate the effects of endothelin-1 on the

  16. Endothelin-1 protects human melanocytes from UV-induced DNA damage by activating JNK and p38 signalling pathways.

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    von Koschembahr, Anne M; Swope, Viki B; Starner, Renny J; Abdel-Malek, Zalfa A

    2015-04-01

    Endothelin-1 is a paracrine factor with mitogenic, melanogenic and survival effects on cultured human melanocytes. We report that endothelin-1 signalling reduced the generation and enhanced the repair of ultraviolet radiation (UV)-induced DNA photoproducts, and inhibited apoptosis of human melanocytes, without increasing cAMP levels, melanin content or proliferation. Treatment with endothelin-1 activated the MAP kinases JNK and p38, as evidenced by phosphorylation of their target, activating transcription factor-2 (ATF-2). Endothelin-1 also enhanced the phosphorylation of JNK, p38 and ATF-2 by UV. The effects of endothelin-1 were dependent on increasing intracellular calcium mobilization by endothelin B receptor signalling. Activation of both JNK and p38 was required for reducing DNA photoproducts, but only JNK partially contributed to the survival effect of endothelin-1. ATF-2 activation depended mainly on JNK, yet was not sufficient for the effect of endothelin-1 on UV-induced DNA damage, suggesting the requirement for other JNK and p38 targets for this effect. Our results underscore the significance of endothelin-1 and endothelin B receptor signalling in reducing the genotoxic effects of UV via activating JNK and p38, hence restoring genomic stability of melanocytes.

  17. Hypertension in an Animal Model of HELLP Syndrome is Associated With Activation of Endothelin 1.

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    Morris, Rachael; Spencer, Shauna-Kay; Kyle, Patrick B; Williams, Jan Michael; Harris, Al'shondra; Owens, Michelle Y; Wallace, Kedra

    2016-01-01

    Women with hypertensive forms of pregnancy such as hemolysis-elevated liver enzymes-low platelet syndrome have increased circulating endothelin 1; however, the relationship between hypertension and endothelin 1 has not been studied. Using an animal model, we sought to determine whether there was an increased activation/dysfunction of endothelin 1, the effect of endothelin 1 receptor-A blockade on hypertension and other manifestations of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets syndrome. On gestational day 12, timed-pregnant rats were infused with soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin (sEndoglin; 4.7 and 7 µg/kg) via mini-osmotic pumps for 8 days. A subset of rats were treated with receptor-A antagonist (ABT-627, 5mg/kg) for 8 days. Rats with hemolysis-elevated liver enzymes-low platelet syndrome had significantly increased hypertension (P = .0001), circulating endothelin 1 (P = .03), and a significant 3.3- and 7.2-fold increase in preproendothelin messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in the placenta and liver (P = .01 and .04). Urinary protein:creatinine ratio was significantly increased in these animals (P = .0007), and circulating factors from these rats stimulated a significant increase in endothelial cell secretion of endothelin 1 (P = .001) in an in vitro assay. Blockade of the endothelin 1 receptor A significantly decreased hypertension (P = .001), circulating endothelin 1, and interleukin 17 (P = .004 and .003), placental preproendothelin mRNA expression (P = .016), and urinary protein:creatinine ratio (P = .007) in rats with hemolysis-elevated liver enzymes-low platelet syndrome. Blockade of the endothelin 1 receptor A significantly decreased hemolysis (P = .009), liver enzymes (P = .011), and significantly increased platelet levels (P = .03) and decreased circulating CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes (P = .0004 and .0001) in rats infused with sFlt-1 and sEndoglin. These data support the hypothesis that endothelin 1 activation

  18. The exercise-induced increase in plasma levels of endothelin-1 is enhanced in patients with atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Modulation by pentaerithrityltetranitrat (PETN).

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    Predel, H G; Knigge, H; Prinz, U; Stalleicken, D; Kramer, H J; Rost, R E

    1995-01-01

    Previous studies have suggested that endothelin (ET)-1 with its marked vasoconstrictive potency may play a role in the induction of coronary artery spasms. Furthermore, it was demonstrated using in-vitro vessel preparations that the secretion of ET-1 by the vascular endothelium is enhanced in the presence of atherosclerotic alterations. The objective of the present study was to investigate a) the effects of ergometric exercise on ET-1 plasma concentrations in 10 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) as compared to an age and sex matched control group and b) the modulatory role of the orally administered organic nitrate, pentaerithrityltetranitrat (PETN), in patients with CAD. 10 male patients with CAD confirmed by coronarography and 10 male healthy controls underwent a bicycle ergometry according to the WHO-standards upt to 125 watts. Venous blood samples for determination of ANP and ET-1 plasma concentrations were drawn in supine position directly before and 5 min after ergometric exercise. Subsequently, patients were randomized and treated for 3 days in a crossover design either with placebo or PETN (150 mg b.i.d.). Basal plasma levels of ET-1 were 6.1 +/- 0.7 pg/ml (patients) and 5.5 +/- 0.6 pg/ml (controls), resp. (n.s.). After ergometric exercise ET-1 plasma concentrations rose significantly (7.3 +/- 0.9 pg/ml; p < 0.05) in the placebo-treated patient group, whereas they remained constant (5.5 +/- 0.7 pg/ml) in the PETN-treated patient group. Blood pressure and heart rate were not modified by the PETN-treatment. ET-1 plasma levels remained unaffected by ergometric exercise in controls. In contrast to healthy controls ergometric exercise induced an increase in ET-1 plasma concentrations in patients with CAD that may be potentially harmful by promoting coronary vasospasms. The almost complete blunting of the ET-1-increase in the presence of PETN-therapy may result from local-hemodynamic effects of the organic nitrate; it may be hypothesized that the

  19. Genetic analysis of 103 candidate genes for coronary artery disease and associated phenotypes in a founder population reveals a new association between endothelin-1 and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

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    Pare, Guillaume; Serre, David; Brisson, Diane; Anand, Sonia S; Montpetit, Alexandre; Tremblay, Gerald; Engert, James C; Hudson, Thomas J; Gaudet, Daniel

    2007-04-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major health concern in both developed and developing countries. With a heritability estimated at ~50%, there is a strong rationale to better define the genetic contribution to CAD. This project involves the analysis of 884 individuals from 142 families (with average sibships of 5.7) as well as 558 case and control subjects from the Saguenay Lac St-Jean region of northeastern Quebec, with the use of 1,536 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 103 candidate genes for CAD. By use of clusters of SNPs to generate multiallelic haplotypes at candidate loci for segregation studies within families, suggestive linkage for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is observed on chromosome 1p36.22. Furthermore, several associations that remain significant after Bonferroni correction are observed with lipoprotein-related traits as well as plasma concentrations of adiponectin. Of note, HDL cholesterol levels are associated with an amino acid substitution (lysine/asparagine) at codon 198 (rs5370) of endothelin-1 (EDN1) in a sex-specific manner, as well as with a SNP (rs2292318) located 7.7 kb upstream of lecithin cholesterol acyl-transferase (LCAT). Whereas the other observed associations are described in the current literature, these two are new. Using an independent validation sample of 806 individuals, we confirm the EDN1 association (P<.005), whereas the LCAT association was nonsignificant (P=.12).

  20. Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion enhances transcriptional expression of endothelin-1 and vasoconstrictor ETB receptors via the protein kinase MEK-ERK1/2 signaling pathway in rat

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    Kruse, Lars Schack; Berchtold, Lukas Adrian; Grell, Anne-Sofie; Warfvinge, Karin; Edvinsson, Lars

    2017-01-01

    Background Coronary artery remodelling and vasospasm is a complication of acute myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms are complex, but the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 is suggested to have an important role. This study aimed to determine whether the expression of endothelin-1 and its receptors are regulated in the myocardium and in coronary arteries after experimental ischemia-reperfusion. Furthermore, we evaluated whether treatment with a specific MEK1/2 inhibitor, U0126, modified the expression and function of these proteins. Methods and findings Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: sham-operated, ischemia-reperfusion with vehicle treatment and ischemia-reperfusion with U0126 treatment. Ischemia was induced by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery for 30 minutes followed by reperfusion. U0126 was administered before ischemia and repeated 6 hours after start of reperfusion. The contractile properties of isolated coronary arteries to endothelin-1 and sarafotoxin 6c were evaluated using wire-myography. The gene expression of endothelin-1 and endothelin receptors were measured using qPCR. Distribution and localization of proteins (pERK1/2, prepro-endothelin-1, endothelin-1, and endothelin ETA and ETB receptors) were analysed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. We found that pERK1/2 was significantly augmented in the ischemic area 3 hours after ischemia-reperfusion; this correlated with increased ETB receptor and ET-1 gene expressions in ischemic myocardium and in coronary arteries. ETB receptor-mediated vasoconstriction was observed to be increased in coronary arteries 24 hours after ischemia-reperfusion. Treatment with U0126 reduced pERK1/2, expression of ET-1 and ETB receptor, and ETB receptor-mediated vasoconstriction. Conclusions These findings suggest that the MEK-ERK1/2 signaling pathway is important for regulating endothelin-1 and ETB receptors in myocardium and coronary arteries

  1. Pulmonary vasoreactivity in spontaneously hypertensive rats - Effects of endothelin-1 and leptin

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    2014-01-01

    Background Systemic hypertension may be associated with an increased pulmonary vascular resistance, which we hypothesized could be, at least in part, mediated by increased leptin. Methods Vascular reactivity to phenylephrine (1 μmol/L), endothelin-1 (10 nmol/L) and leptin (0.001–100 nmol/L) was evaluated in endothelium-intact and -denuded isolated thoracic aorta and pulmonary arteries from spontaneously hypertensive versus control Wistar rats. Arteries were sampled for pathobiological evaluation and lung tissue for morphometric evaluation. Results In control rats, endothelin-1 induced a higher level of contraction in the pulmonary artery than in the aorta. After phenylephrine or endothelin-1 precontraction, leptin relaxed intact pulmonary artery and aortic rings, while no response was observed in denuded arteries. Spontaneously hypertensive rats presented with increased reactivity to phenylephrine and endothelin-1 in endothelium-intact pulmonary arteries. After endothelin-1 precontraction, endothelium-dependent relaxation to leptin was impaired in pulmonary arteries from hypertensive rats. In both strains of rats, aortic segments were more responsive to leptin than pulmonary artery. In hypertensive rats, pulmonary arteries exhibited increased pulmonary artery medial thickness, associated with increased expressions of preproendothelin-1, endothelin-1 receptors type A and B, inducible nitric oxide synthase and decreased endothelial nitric oxide synthase, together with decreased leptin receptor and increased suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 expressions. Conclusions Altered pulmonary vascular reactivity in hypertension may be related to a loss of endothelial buffering of vasoconstriction and decreased leptin-induced vasodilation in conditions of increased endothelin-1. PMID:24499246

  2. Coronary effects of endothelin-1 and vasopressin during acute hypotension in anesthetized goats.

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    Fernández, Nuria; Martínez, Ma Angeles; García-Villalón, Angel Luis; Monge, Luis; Diéguez, Godofredo

    2005-06-10

    Coronary effects of endothelin-1 and vasopressin during acute hypotension, and the role of NO and prostanoids in these effects were examined in anesthetized goats. Left circumflex coronary artery flow was measured electromagnetically, and hypotension was induced by constriction of the caudal vena cava in animals non-treated (7 goats) or treated with the inhibitor of NO synthesis N(w)-nitro-L-arginine methyl esther (L-NAME, 5 goats), the cyclooxygenase inhibitor meclofenamate (5 goats) or both drugs (5 goats). Under normotension (22 goats), mean arterial pressure averaged 93 +/- 3 mm Hg and coronary vascular conductance (CVC) 0.37 +/- 0.025 ml/min/mm Hg. Endothelin-1 (0.01-0.3 nmol) and vasopressin (0.03-1 nmol), intracoronarily injected, dose-dependently decreased CVC by up to 56% for endothelin-1 and 40% for vasopressin. During hypotension in every condition tested, mean arterial pressure decreased to approximately 60 mm Hg, and CVC only decreased during hypotension pretreated with L-NAME (23%) or L-NAME + meclofenamate (34%). Under non-treated hypotension, the decreases in CVC by endothelin-1 were augmented approximately 1.5 fold, and those by vasopressin were not modified. This increase in CVR by endothelin-1 was not affected by L-NAME and was reversed by meclofenamate or L-NAME + meclofenamate. The coronary effects of vasopressin were not modified by any of these treatments. Therefore, acute hypotension increases the coronary vasoconstriction in response to endothelin-1 but not to vasopressin. This increased response to endothelin-1 may be related to both inhibition of NO release and release of vasoconstrictor prostanoids.

  3. Elevated Plasma Endothelin-1 and Pulmonary Arterial Pressure in Children Exposed to Air Pollution

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    Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian; Vincent, Renaud; Mora-Tiscareño, Antonieta; Franco-Lira, Maricela; Henríquez-Roldán, Carlos; Barragán-Mejía, Gerardo; Garrido-García, Luis; Camacho-Reyes, Laura; Valencia-Salazar, Gildardo; Paredes, Rogelio; Romero, Lina; Osnaya, Hector; Villarreal-Calderón, Rafael; Torres-Jardón, Ricardo; Hazucha, Milan J.; Reed, William

    2007-01-01

    Background Controlled exposures of animals and humans to particulate matter (PM) or ozone air pollution cause an increase in plasma levels of endothelin-1, a potent vasoconstrictor that regulates pulmonary arterial pressure. Objectives The primary objective of this field study was to determine whether Mexico City children, who are chronically exposed to levels of PM and O3 that exceed the United States air quality standards, have elevated plasma endothelin-1 levels and pulmonary arterial pressures. Methods We conducted a study of 81 children, 7.9 ± 1.3 years of age, lifelong residents of either northeast (n = 19) or southwest (n = 40) Mexico City or Polotitlán (n = 22), a control city with PM and O3 levels below the U.S. air quality standards. Clinical histories, physical examinations, and complete blood counts were done. Plasma endothelin-1 concentrations were determined by immunoassay, and pulmonary arterial pressures were measured by Doppler echocardiography. Results Mexico City children had higher plasma endothelin-1 concentrations compared with controls (p < 0.001). Mean pulmonary arterial pressure was elevated in children from both northeast (p < 0.001) and southwest (p < 0.05) Mexico City compared with controls. Endothelin-1 levels in Mexico City children were positively correlated with daily outdoor hours (p = 0.012), and 7-day cumulative levels of PM air pollution < 2.5 μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM2.5) before endothelin-1 measurement (p = 0.03). Conclusions Chronic exposure of children to PM2.5 is associated with increased levels of circulating endothelin-1 and elevated mean pulmonary arterial pressure. PMID:17687455

  4. Endothelin-1 Plasma Levels in Patients with both Retinitis Pigmentosa and Flammer Syndrome.

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    Todorova, M G; Josifova, T; Konieczka, K

    2015-04-01

    Endothelin-1 is a strong endogenous vasoconstrictor and is also an agent reducing the ocular blood flow. Patients with retinitis pigmentosa are known to have reduced ocular blood flow. This can be secondary to retinal atrophy, but may also partially result from an additional condition, such as a Flammer syndrome. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the endothelin-1 plasma levels in retinitis pigmentosa patients with and without Flammer syndrome are different. In the study we included patients with clinical signs and symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa, confirmed by electrophysiological findings. Blood samples were obtained from 6 retinitis pigmentosa patients with and 4 without Flammer syndrome. The results were related to 30 age- and sex-matched control subjects. Endothelin-1 plasma levels were determined by specific radioimmunoassay. The endothelin-1 plasma levels in retinitis pigmentosa patients with Flammer syndrome were significantly higher than those without Flammer syndrome. The mean (±SD) endothelin-1 levels (pg/mL) in retinitis pigmentosa patients with Flammer syndrome were 4.95 (±1.74), range: (2.37-6.76), whereas in patients without Flammer syndrome they were 1.10 (±0.08), range: 1.00-1.20. Our own normal values are: 1.56 (±0.30), range: (0.90-2.13). All retinitis pigmentosa patients with increased endothelin-1 plasma levels had signs and symptoms related to a Flammer syndrome, such as cold extremities, low blood pressure, reduced feeling of thirst, increased sensitivity in general, e.g., increased sensitivity to certain drugs, increased pain sensitivity and increased sense of smell. Endothelin-1 plasma levels were increased in retinitis pigmentosa patients with but not in patients without Flammer syndrome. Many questions remain open: Why so many retinitis pigmentosa patients suffer from Flammer syndrome, why is the endothelin-1 level in such patients higher than in healthy subjects with Flammer syndrome, how much of the ocular blood flow

  5. The heart as an extravascular target of endothelin-1 in ...

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    Exposure to particulate matter air pollution has been causally linked to cardiovascular disease in humans. Several broad and overlapping hypotheses describing the biological mechanisms by which particulate matter exposure leads to cardiovascular disease and cardiac dysfunction have been explored, though linkage with specific factors or genes remains limited. Given evidence pointing to autocrine/paracrine signaling systems as modulators of cardiac dysfunction, the present review highlights the emerging role of endothelins as mediators of cardiac dysfunction following particulate matter exposure. Endothelin-1 is a small multifunctional protein expressed in the pulmonary and cardiovascular system, known for its ability to constrict blood vessels. Although endothelin-1 can also directly and indirectly (via secondary signaling events) modulate cardiac contractility, heart rate, and rhythm, research on the role of endothelins in the context of air pollution has tended to focus on the vascular effects. The plausibility of endothelin as a mechanism underlying particulate matter-induced cardiac dysfunction is further supported by the therapeutic utility of certain endothelin receptor antagonists. Extravascular effects of endothelin on the heart could better explain one mechanism by which particulate matter exposure may lead to cardiac dysfunction. We propose and support the novel hypothesis that autocrine/paracrine signaling systems, such as endothelins, mediate cardiac

  6. The heart as an extravascular target of endothelin-1 in ...

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    Exposure to particulate matter air pollution has been causally linked to cardiovascular disease in humans. Several broad and overlapping hypotheses describing the biological mechanisms by which particulate matter exposure leads to cardiovascular disease and cardiac dysfunction have been explored, though linkage with specific factors or genes remains limited. Given evidence pointing to autocrine/paracrine signaling systems as modulators of cardiac dysfunction, the present review highlights the emerging role of endothelins as mediators of cardiac dysfunction following particulate matter exposure. Endothelin-1 is a small multifunctional protein expressed in the pulmonary and cardiovascular system, known for its ability to constrict blood vessels. Although endothelin-1 can also directly and indirectly (via secondary signaling events) modulate cardiac contractility, heart rate, and rhythm, research on the role of endothelins in the context of air pollution has tended to focus on the vascular effects. The plausibility of endothelin as a mechanism underlying particulate matter-induced cardiac dysfunction is further supported by the therapeutic utility of certain endothelin receptor antagonists. Extravascular effects of endothelin on the heart could better explain one mechanism by which particulate matter exposure may lead to cardiac dysfunction. We propose and support the novel hypothesis that autocrine/paracrine signaling systems, such as endothelins, mediate cardiac

  7. Nitric oxide protects against ischemic acute renal failure through the suppression of renal endothelin-1 overproduction.

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    Kurata, Hayato; Takaoka, Masanori; Kubo, Yasuhiro; Katayama, Tomoaki; Tsutsui, Hidenobu; Takayama, Junji; Matsumura, Yasuo

    2004-11-01

    To elucidate the role of nitric oxide in the pathogenesis of ischemic acute renal failure, we investigated the effects of FK409, a spontaneous nitric oxide donor, and N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, a non-selective nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, on ischemia/reperfusion-induced renal injury and endothelin-1 overproduction in post-ischemic kidneys. Ischemic acute renal failure was induced by occlusion of the left renal artery and vein for 45 minutes followed by reperfusion, 2 weeks after contralateral nephrectomy. At 24 hours after reperfusion, renal function in untreated acute renal failure rats markedly decreased and histological examination revealed severe renal damage of the kidney. Increases in renal endothelin-1 contents were evident in the acute renal failure rats at 2 and 24 hours after reperfusion, respectively. Pretreatment with FK409 (1 or 3 mg/kg, intravenously) dose-dependently ameliorated renal injuries and suppressed the elevation of endothelin-1 content induced by ischemia/reperfusion. In contrast, N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (1 or 10 mg/kg, intravenously) pretreatment dose-dependently aggravated renal injuries of acute renal failure rats, and the effect is accompanied by further increase in the renal endothelin-1 contents. These results suggest that both exogenous and endogenous nitric oxide have protective effects against ischemia/reperfusion-induced renal dysfunction and tissue damage, probably through the suppression of endothelin-1 overproduction in post-ischemic kidneys.

  8. Endothelin-1, but not angiotensin II, induces afferent arteriolar myosin diphosphorylation as a potential contributor to prolonged vasoconstriction.

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    Takeya, Kosuke; Wang, Xuemei; Kathol, Iris; Loutzenhiser, Kathy; Loutzenhiser, Rodger; Walsh, Michael P

    2015-02-01

    Bolus administration of endothelin-1 elicits long-lasting renal afferent arteriolar vasoconstriction, in contrast to transient constriction induced by angiotensin II. Vasoconstriction is generally evoked by myosin regulatory light chain (LC20) phosphorylation at Ser19 by myosin light chain kinase (MLCK), which is enhanced by Rho-associated kinase (ROCK)-mediated inhibition of myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP). LC20 can be diphosphorylated at Ser19 and Thr18, resulting in reduced rates of dephosphorylation and relaxation. Here we tested whether LC20 diphosphorylation contributes to sustained endothelin-1 but not transient angiotensin II-induced vasoconstriction. Endothelin-1 treatment of isolated arterioles elicited a concentration- and time-dependent increase in LC20 diphosphorylation at Thr18 and Ser19. Inhibition of MLCK or ROCK reduced endothelin-1-evoked LC20 mono- and diphosphorylation. Pretreatment with an ETB but not an ETA receptor antagonist abolished LC20 diphosphorylation, and an ETB receptor agonist induced LC20 diphosphorylation. In contrast, angiotensin II caused phosphorylation exclusively at Ser19. Thus, endothelin-1 and angiotensin II induce afferent arteriolar constriction via LC20 phosphorylation at Ser19 due to calcium activation of MLCK and ROCK-mediated inhibition of MLCP. Endothelin-1, but not angiotensin II, induces phosphorylation of LC20 at Thr18. This could contribute to the prolonged vasoconstrictor response to endothelin-1.

  9. An investigation into the direct and indirect venoconstrictor effects of endothelin-1 and big endothelin-1 in man.

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    Haynes, W G; Moffat, S; Webb, D J

    1995-01-01

    1. Endothelin-1 is a potent endothelium-derived vasoconstrictor peptide that is generated through cleavage of its precursor big endothelin-1 by 'endothelin converting enzyme' (ECE) in resistance vessels, including those of the forearm vascular bed. In some animal tissues, but not in resistance vessels of healthy human subjects, endothelin-1 appears to potentiate the actions of the sympathetic nervous system. We examined whether ECE activity is present in human hand veins and whether endothelin-1 or big endothelin-1 potentiate sympathetically mediated venoconstriction. 2. Six healthy subjects received dorsal hand vein infusion of local, non-systemic doses of endothelin-1 (5 pmol min-1), big endothelin-1 (50 pmol min-1) and, as a control, sodium chloride (0.9%; w/v) for 90 min. Vein diameter was measured using the Aellig displacement technique. Sympathetically mediated venoconstriction was elicited using the single deep breath reflex. 3. Endothelin-1 caused a progressive decrease in hand vein diameter, by 49% at 90 min (95% confidence intervals [CI]: -68 to -30%; P = 0.0001). Vein diameter did not change significantly after 90 min infusion of big endothelin-1 (+3%; CI: -11 to +17%; P = 0.0007 vs endothelin-1; P = 0.40 vs baseline) or sodium chloride (+2%; CI: -12 to +16%; P = 0.0002 vs endothelin-1; P = 0.60 vs baseline). Venoconstriction to deep breath was not potentiated by endothelin-1. 4. These results suggest that, in contrast to the situation in forearm resistance vessels, there is little or no local ECE activity in human hand veins and that endothelin does not potentiate sympathetic responses in these cutaneous capacitance vessels. PMID:8554931

  10. Nitrogen Oxide, Endothelin-1, and Serotonin in the Blood of Immature Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.

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    Chibireva, M D; Aflyatumova, G N; Matveeva, V L; Bilalova, D F; Kuz'mina, O I; Sadykova, D I; Nigmatullina, R R

    2017-01-01

    Endothelial function is an early and sensitive marker of subclinical increase of BP in children and adolescents. It is associated with an imbalance of the key vasoactive factors (NO, endothelin-1, and serotonin). Immature spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR line) are characterized by increased plasma concentrations of NO and endothelin-1 (by 14.7% and 2.9 times, respectively) and increased serotonin content in the plasma and platelets (by 2.7 and 2.3 times, respectively) in comparison with Wistar-Kyoto rats. Platelet count in the blood of SHR rats is by 50% higher than in Wistar-Kyoto rats.

  11. Endothelin-1 receptor antagonists in fetal development and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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    de Raaf, Michiel Alexander; Beekhuijzen, Manon; Guignabert, Christophe; Vonk Noordegraaf, Anton; Bogaard, Harm Jan

    2015-08-15

    The Pregnancy Prevention Program (PPP) is in place to prevent drug-induced developmental malformations. Remarkably, among the ten PPP-enlisted drugs are three endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptor antagonists (ERA's: ambrisentan, bosentan and macitentan), which are approved for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). This review describes the effects of ERA's in PAH pathobiology and cardiopulmonary fetal development. While ERA's hamper pathological remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and as such exert beneficial effects in PAH, they disturb fetal development of cardiopulmonary tissues. By blocking ET-1-mediated positive inotropic effects and myocardial fetal gene induction, ERA's may affect right ventricular adaptation to the increased pulmonary vascular resistance in both the fetus and the adult PAH patient.

  12. Effects of a new dihydropyridine derivative, S12968 (pranedipine), and its stereoisomer, S12967, on renal effects of endothelin-1.

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    Montañés, I; Flores, O; Eleno, N; López-Novoa, J M

    1994-11-01

    The purpose of the present study was to assess in rats the prevention by two enantiomers of a new dihydropyridine derivative (pranedipine) (called S12967 for the dextrogyre (+) and S12968 for the levogyre (-) molecules) of the renal and cardiovascular effects induced by endothelin-1. The injection of endothelin-1 (1 nmol/kg body weight) induced a sharp and transient decrease in urine flow, sodium and potassium excretion, glomerular filtration rate, renal plasma flow, and renal blood flow, a significant increase in renal vascular resistance, and a small but significant increase in arterial pressure. Treatment with S12968 alone (0.3 mg/kg) induced a 2.5-fold increase in urine flow and potassium excretion and a 4.5-fold increase in sodium excretion. Pretreatment with S12968 completely blocked the endothelin-1 induced increase in arterial pressure, did not affect the acute effect of endothelin-1 on urine flow, sodium and potassium excretion, filtration rate, and renal blood flow, but blunted the effect on renal vascular resistance. Administration of S12967 alone (1 mg/kg) did not induce changes in either renal function or arterial pressure. In S12967-treated animals, endothelin-1 also induced a transient increase in arterial pressure nad renal vascular resistance but failed to change renal function in a significant manner. In summary, the above reported experiments show that at the higher, nonhypotensive doses, the levogyre enantiomer (S12968) of a new dihydropyridine derivative (pranedipine) completely prevented the hypertensive effect of endothelin 1, and partially prevented the effect of endothelin-1 on renal vascular resistance. The dextrogyre enantiomer (S12967) had almost no effect on either mean arterial pressure or renal vascular resistance but completely blocked the endothelin-1-induced decrease in urine flow and urinary sodium excretion.

  13. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α-mediated transcription of miR-301a and miR-454 and their host gene SKA2 regulates endothelin-1 and PAI-1 expression in sickle cell disease.

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    Gonsalves, Caryn S; Li, Chen; Malik, Punam; Tahara, Stanley M; Kalra, Vijay K

    2015-10-12

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) play important roles in pulmonary hypertension (PH) in sickle cell disease (SCD). Our previous studies show higher levels of placenta growth factor (PlGF) in SCD correlate with increased plasma levels of ET-1, PAI-1, and other physiological markers of PH. PlGF-mediated ET-1 and PAI-1 expression occurs via activation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α). However, relatively little is understood regarding post-transcriptional regulation of PlGF-mediated expression of ET-1 and PAI-1. Herein, we show PlGF treatment of endothelial cells reduced levels of miR-301a and miR-454 from basal levels. In addition, both miRNAs targeted the 3'-UTRs of ET-1 and PAI-1 mRNAs. These results were corroborated in the mouse model of SCD [Berkeley sickle mice (BK-SS)] and in SCD subjects. Plasma levels of miR-454 in SCD subjects were significantly lower compared with unaffected controls, which correlated with higher plasma levels of both ET-1 and PAI-1. Moreover, lung tissues from BK-SS mice showed significantly reduced levels of pre-miR-301a and concomitantly higher levels of ET-1 and PAI-1. Furthermore, we show that miR-301a/miR-454 located in the spindle and kinetochore-associated protein-2 (SKA2) transcription unit was co-transcriptionally regulated by both HIF-1α and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) as demonstrated by SKA2 promoter mutational analysis and ChIP. Finally we show that fenofibrate, a PPAR-α agonist, increased the expression of miR-301a/miR-454 and SKA2 in human microvascular endothelial cell line (HMEC) cells; the former were responsible for reduced expression of ET-1 and PAI-1. Our studies provide a potential therapeutic approach whereby fenofibrate-induced miR-301a/miR-454 expression can ameliorate PH and lung fibrosis by reduction in ET-1 and PAI-1 levels in SCD. © 2015 Authors.

  14. Intradermal administration of endothelin-1 attenuates endothelium-dependent and -independent cutaneous vasodilation via Rho kinase in young adults.

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    Fujii, Naoto; Amano, Tatsuro; Halili, Lyra; Louie, Jeffrey C; Zhang, Sarah Y; McNeely, Brendan D; Kenny, Glen P

    2017-01-01

    We recently showed that intradermal administration of endothelin-1 diminished endothelium-dependent and -independent cutaneous vasodilation. We evaluated the hypothesis that Rho kinase may be a mediator of this response. We also sought to evaluate if endothelin-1 increases sweating. In 12 adults (25 ± 6 yr), we measured cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) and sweating during 1) endothelium-dependent vasodilation induced via administration of incremental doses of methacholine (0.25, 5, 100, and 2,000 mM each for 25 min) and 2) endothelium-independent vasodilation induced via administration of 50 mM sodium nitroprusside (20-25 min). Responses were evaluated at four skin sites treated with either 1) lactated Ringer solution (Control), 2) 400 nM endothelin-1, 3) 3 mM HA-1077 (Rho kinase inhibitor), or 4) endothelin-1+HA-1077. Pharmacological agents were intradermally administered via microdialysis. Relative to the Control site, endothelin-1 attenuated endothelium-dependent vasodilation (CVC at 2,000 mM methacholine, 80 ± 10 vs. 56 ± 15%max, P < 0.01); however, this response was not detected when the Rho kinase inhibitor was simultaneously administered (CVC at 2,000 mM methacholine for Rho kinase inhibitor vs. endothelin-1 + Rho kinase inhibitor sites: 73 ± 9 vs. 72 ± 11%max, P > 0.05). Endothelium-independent vasodilation was attenuated by endothelin-1 compared with the Control site (CVC, 92 ± 13 vs. 70 ± 14%max, P < 0.01). However, in the presence of Rho kinase inhibition, endothelin-1 did not affect endothelium-independent vasodilation (CVC at Rho kinase inhibitor vs. endothelin-1+Rho kinase inhibitor sites: 81 ± 9 vs. 86 ± 10%max, P > 0.05). There was no between-site difference in sweating throughout (P > 0.05). We show that in young adults, Rho kinase is an important mediator of the endothelin-1-mediated attenuation of endothelium-dependent and -independent cutaneous vasodilation, and that endothelin-1 does not increase sweating. Copyright © 2017 the

  15. The interdependence of Endothelin-1 and Calcium: A Review

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    Tykocki, Nathan R.; Watts, Stephanie W.

    2014-01-01

    The 21 amino acid peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) regulates a diverse array of physiological processes, including vasoconstriction, angiogenesis, nociception, and cell proliferation. Most of the effects of ET-1 are associated with an increase in intracellular calcium concentration. The calcium influx and mobilization pathways activated by ET-1, however, vary immensely. This review will begin with the basics of calcium signaling, and investigate the different ways intracellular calcium concentration can increase in response to a stimulus. The focus will then shift to ET-1, and discuss how ET receptors mobilize calcium. We will also examine how disease alters calcium-dependent responses to ET-1 by discussing changes to ET-1-mediated calcium signaling in hypertension, since there is significant interest in the role of ET-1 in this important disease. A list of unanswered questions regarding ET-mediated calcium signals are also presented, as well as perspectives for future research of calcium mobilization by ET-1. PMID:20662769

  16. Elevated Plasma Endothelin-1 Levels in Normal Tension Glaucoma and Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: A Meta-Analysis

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    Li, Shengjie; Zhang, Aiping

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. The aim of this meta-analysis was to clarify the association between the plasma endothelin-1 level and the risks of normal tension glaucoma (NTG) and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods. Relevant publications were collected from three databases including PubMed, EMBASE, and the Web of Science through December 31, 2015. In this study, the terms “(endothelin OR ET) AND glaucoma” were searched. Review Manager 5.2 was used to process the data. Results. Seven studies (212 cases, 164 controls) were included for the NTG analysis. The mean plasma endothelin-1 level in the NTG subjects was 0.60 pg/mL (p = 0.02, 95% CI: 0.17–1.04) higher than that of the healthy controls. Six studies (160 cases, 174 controls) were included for the POAG analysis, and the endothelin-1 level was 0.63 pg/mL (p = 0.007, 95% CI: 0.12–1.15) higher in the POAG subjects than in the healthy controls. Additionally, two studies influenced the meta-analysis results regarding the association of plasma endothelin-1 with POAG by sensitivity analysis, and the probability of publication bias was low. Conclusions. The observation that NTG and POAG subjects showed significantly elevated endothelin-1 plasma concentrations suggests that a higher plasma level of endothelin-1 might increase the risk of NTG and POAG development. PMID:27965889

  17. Mechanical Stimulation Enhances Endothelin-1 Hyperalgesia

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    Joseph, Elizabeth K.; Gear, Robert W.; Levine, Jon D.

    2011-01-01

    When comparing a cumulative dose-response curve for endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced mechanical hyperalgesia to the effect of individual doses (1 ng, 10 ng, 100 ng and 1 µg) administered in separate groups of rats, a marked difference was observed in the peak magnitude of hyperalgesia. Hyperalgesia was measured as decrease in the threshold for mechanically-induced withdrawal of the hind paw. The cumulative dosing protocol produced markedly greater maximum hyperalgesia. To determine whether this was due to the cumulative dosing protocol or to the repeated exposure to the mechanical test stimulus, we evaluated the impact of repeated testing on ET-1-induced mechanical hyperalgesia. While ET-1-induced mechanical hyperalgesia was dose- and time-dependent, repeated testing of nociceptive threshold, at 5 minute intervals, following a single dose of ET-1, produced further decrease in nociceptive threshold. This mechanical stimulation-induced enhancement of ET-1 hyperalgesia lasted only 3–4 hrs, while the hyperalgesia lasted in excess of 5 days. The stimulation-enhanced hyperalgesia also occurred after a second injection of ET-1, administered 24 hours after the initial dose. That this phenomenon is unique to ET-1 is suggested by the observation that while five additional, direct-acting hyperalgesic agents — PGE2, NGF, GDNF, IL-6 and TNFα — induced robust mechanical hyperalgesia, none produced mechanical stimulation-enhanced hyperalgesia. PMID:21277948

  18. Astaxanthin and withaferin A block paracrine cytokine interactions between UVB-exposed human keratinocytes and human melanocytes via the attenuation of endothelin-1 secretion and its downstream intracellular signaling.

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    Niwano, Takao; Terazawa, Shuko; Nakajima, Hiroaki; Wakabayashi, Yuki; Imokawa, Genji

    2015-06-01

    Paracrine interactions between keratinocytes and melanocytes via cytokines play an essential role in regulating pigmentation in epidermal hyperpigmentary disorders. There is an urgent need for a human epidermal model in which melanogenic paracrine interactions between UVB-exposed keratinocytes and melanocytes can be precisely evaluated because human epidermal equivalents consisting of multilayered keratinocytes and melanocytes have significant limitations in this respect. To resolve this challenge, we established a co-culture system with cell inserts using human keratinocytes and human melanocytes that serves as an appropriate new model for UVB-induced hyperpigmentation. Using that new model, we examined the blocking effects of two natural chemicals, astaxanthin and withaferin A, on paracrine cytokine interactions between UVB-exposed keratinocytes and melanocytes and characterized their mechanisms of action. RT-PCR analysis showed that co-culture of human keratinocytes that had been exposed to UVB significantly stimulated human melanocytes to increase their expression of genes encoding microphthalmia-associated transcription factor, tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein 1. The catalytic activity of tyrosinase was also increased. ELISA assays revealed that UVB significantly increased the secretion of interleukin-1α, interleukin-6/8, granulocyte macrophage stimulatory factor and endothelin-1 but not α-melanocyte stimulating hormone. The addition of an endothelin-1 neutralizing antibody significantly abrogated the increase of tyrosinase activity. Post-irradiation treatment with astaxanthin or withaferin A significantly abolished the up-regulation of tyrosinase activity induced by UVB. Treatment with astaxanthin or withaferin A significantly reduced the increased levels of interleukin-1α, interleukin-6/8, granulocyte macrophage stimulatory factor and endothelin-1. Withaferin A but not astaxanthin also significantly abrogated the endothelin-1-stimulated activity

  19. Murine study of portal hypertension associated endothelin-1 hypo-response

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    Theodorakis, Nicholas; Maluccio, Mary; Skill, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate endothelin-1 hypo-responsive associated with portal hypertension in order to improve patient treatment outcomes. METHODS: Wild type, eNOS-/- and iNOS-/- mice received partial portal vein ligation surgery to induce portal hypertension or sham surgery. Development of portal hypertension was determined by measuring the splenic pulp pressure, abdominal aortic flow and portal systemic shunting. To measure splenic pulp pressure, a microtip pressure transducer was inserted into the spleen pulp. Abdominal aortic flow was measured by placing an ultrasonic Doppler flow probe around the abdominal aorta between the diaphragm and celiac artery. Portal systemic shunting was calculated by injection of fluorescent microspheres in to the splenic vein and determining the percentage accumulation of spheres in liver and pulmonary beds. Endothelin-1 hypo-response was evaluated by measuring the change in abdominal aortic flow in response to endothelin-1 intravenous administration. In addition, thoracic aorta endothelin-1 contraction was measured in 5 mm isolated thoracic aorta rings ex-vivo using an ADI small vessel myograph. RESULTS: In wild type and iNOS-/- mice splenic pulp pressure increased from 7.5 ± 1.1 mmHg and 7.2 ± 1 mmHg to 25.4 ± 3.1 mmHg and 22 ± 4 mmHg respectively. In eNOS-/- mice splenic pulp pressure was increased after 1 d (P = NS), after which it decreased and by 7 d was not significantly elevated when compared to 7 d sham operated controls (6.9 ± 0.6 mmHg and 7.3 ± 0.8 mmHg respectively, P = 0.3). Abdominal aortic flow was increased by 80% and 73% in 7 d portal vein ligated wild type and iNOS when compared to shams, whereas there was no significant difference in 7 d portal vein ligated eNOS-/- mice when compared to shams. Endothelin-1 induced a rapid reduction in abdominal aortic blood flow in wild type, eNOS-/- and iNOS-/- sham mice (50% ± 8%, 73% ± 9% and 47% ± 9% respectively). Following portal vein ligation endothelin-1 reduction in

  20. Autoradiographic localization of endothelin-1 binding sites in porcine skin

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    Zhao, Y.D.; Springall, D.R.; Wharton, J.; Polak, J.M. )

    1991-01-01

    Autoradiographic techniques and {sup 125}I-labeled endothelin-1 were used to study the distribution of endothelin-1 binding sites in porcine skin. Specific endothelin-1 binding sites were localized to blood vessels (capillaries, deep cutaneous vascular plexus, arteries, and arterioles), the deep dermal and connective tissue sheath of hair follicles, sebaceous and sweat glands, and arrector pili muscle. Specific binding was inhibited by endothelin-2 and endothelin-3 as well as endothelin-1. Non-specific binding was found in the epidermis and the medulla of hair follicles. No binding was found in connective tissue or fat. These vascular binding sites may represent endothelin receptors, in keeping with the known cutaneous vasoconstrictor actions of the peptide. If all binding sites are receptors, the results suggest that endothelin could also regulate the function of sweat glands and may have trophic effects in the skin.

  1. Identification of the endothelin-1 receptor in the chick heart

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    Miyazaki, H.; Kondoh, M.; Watanabe, H.; Hayashi, T.; Murakami, K.; Takahashi, M.; Yanagisawa, M.; Kimura, S.; Goto, K.; Masaki, T.

    1989-01-01

    This study suggests that binding sites for endothelin-1 (ET-1) are distinct from those for dihydropyridine (DHP)-sensitive, voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels and that ET-1 has its own specific receptors in chick cardiac membranes.

  2. TIMAP-protein phosphatase 1-complex controls endothelin-1 production via ECE-1 dephosphorylation.

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    Boratkó, Anita; Veréb, Zoltán; Petrovski, Goran; Csortos, Csilla

    2016-04-01

    Endothelin induced signaling pathways can affect blood pressure and vascular tone, but the influence of endothelins on tumor cells is also significant. We have detected elevated endothelin-1 secretion from TIMAP (TGF-β inhibited membrane associated protein) depleted vascular endothelial cells. The autocrine signaling activated by the elevated endothelin-1 level through the ETB receptors evoked an angiogenic-like phenotype, the cells assumed an elongated morphology, and enhanced tube formation and wound healing abilities. The depleted protein, TIMAP, is a highly specific and abundant protein in the endothelial cells, and it is a regulatory/targeting subunit for the catalytic subunit of protein phosphatase 1 (PP1c). Protein-protein interaction between the TIMAP-PP1c complex and the endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) was detected, the latter of which is a transmembrane protein that produces the biologically active 21-amino acid form of endothelin-1 from proendothelin. The results indicate that silencing of TIMAP induces a reduction in TIMAP-PP1c activity connected to ECE-1. This leads to an increase in the amount of ECE-1 protein in the plasma membrane and a consequent increase in endothelin-1 secretion. Similarly, activation of PKC, the kinase responsible for ECE-1 phosphorylation increased ECE-1 protein level in the membrane fraction of the endothelial cells. The elevated ECE-1 level was mitigated in time in normal cells, but was clearly preserved in TIMAP-depleted cells. Overall, our results indicate that PKC-phosphorylated ECE-1 is a TIMAP-PP1c substrate and this phosphatase complex has an important role in endothelin-1 production of EC through the regulation of ECE-1 activity.

  3. The role of nitric oxide in the regional vasodilator effects of endothelin-1 in the rat.

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    Fozard, J. R.; Part, M. L.

    1992-01-01

    1. The role of nitic oxide (NO) derived from L-arginine in the regional vasodilator effects of endothelin-1 has been investigated in anaesthetized, spontaneously hypertensive (SH) rats in which autonomic reflexes were abolished by ganglion blockade. The experimental design incorporated animals infused with phenylephrine to mimic the peripheral vasconstrictor effects of the NO biosynthesis inhibitors and a single dose per animal paradigm to obviate problems of tachyphylaxis to the vasodilator effects of endothelin-1. 2. Infusion of the inhibitor of NO synthase, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) at a dose (5 mg kg-1 min-1) which maximally raised blood pressure did not influence either the fall in blood pressure or the vasodilator responses induced in the hindquarters and carotid vascular beds by endothelin-1 (1 nmol kg-1, i.v.) The duration (but not the initial magnitude) of the vasodepressor response to endothelin-1 was however significantly attenuated (by 49%) during infusion of the more potent inhibitor of NO synthase, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), 2 mg kg-1 min-1. 3. Increasing the dose of L-NAME to 10 and 25 mg kg-1min-1 significantly attenuated, but did not abolish, the falls in blood pressure and hindquarters vasodilator responses to acetylcholine, 1 microgram kg-1, and endothelin-1, 1 nmol kg-1 min-1. The effects were selective in that vasodepressor responses to the endothelium-independent vasodilator, sodium nitroprusside, 1-10 micrograms kg-1 min-1, were unaltered.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1628160

  4. The Association of Endothelin-1 Signaling with Bone Alkaline Phosphatase Expression and Protumorigenic Activities in Canine Osteosarcoma.

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    Neumann, Z L; Pondenis, H C; Masyr, A; Byrum, M L; Wycislo, K L; Fan, T M

    2015-01-01

    Canine osteosarcoma (OS) is an aggressive sarcoma characterized by pathologic skeletal resorption and pulmonary metastases. A number of negative prognostic factors, including bone alkaline phosphatase, have been identified in dogs with OS, but the underlying biologic factors responsible for such observations have not been thoroughly investigated. Endothelin-1-mediated signaling is active during bone repair, and is responsible for osteoblast migration, survival, proliferation, and bone alkaline phosphatase expression. The endothelin-1 signaling axis is active in canine OS cells, and this pathway is utilized by malignant osteoblasts for promoting cellular migration, survival, proliferation, and bone alkaline phosphatase activities. 45 dogs with appendicular OS. The expressions of endothelin-1 and endothelin A receptor were studied in OS cell lines and in samples from spontaneously occurring tumors. Activities mediated by endothelin-1 signaling were investigated by characterizing responses in 3 OS cell lines. In 45 dogs with OS, bone alkaline phosphatase concentrations were correlated with primary tumor osteoproductivity. Canine OS cells express endothelin-1 and endothelin A receptor, and this signaling axis mediates OS migration, survival, proliferation, and bone alkaline phosphatase activities. In OS-bearing dogs, circulating bone alkaline phosphatase activities were positively correlated with primary tumor relative bone mineral densities. Canine OS cells express endothelin-1 and functional endothelin A receptors, with the potential for a protumorigenic signaling loop. Increases in bone alkaline phosphatase activity are associated with osteoblastic OS lesions, and might be an epiphenomenon of active endothelin-1 signaling or excessive osteoproduction within the localized bone microenvironment. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  5. Inhibition by atrial and brain natriuretic peptides of endothelin-1 secretion after stimulation with angiotensin II and thrombin of cultured human endothelial cells.

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    Kohno, M; Yasunari, K; Yokokawa, K; Murakawa, K; Horio, T; Takeda, T

    1991-01-01

    We examined the inhibition by atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) of endothelin-1 secretion stimulated by angiotensin II (ANGII) and thrombin using cultured human umbilical-vein endothelial cells. ANGII and thrombin dose-dependently stimulated immunoreactive (ir) endothelin-1 secretion. Human ANP(1-28) and human BNP-32 both inhibited such secretion in a dose-dependent way. Inhibition of this secretion by ANP and BNP was paralleled by an increase in the level of cyclic guanosine 5'-monophosphate (GMP). The addition of a cyclic GMP analogue, 8-bromo cyclic GMP, reduced this stimulated secretion. Rat ANP(5-25) was weaker than human ANP(1-28) at inhibiting ir-endothelin-1 secretion and increasing cyclic GMP in the cells. ir-Endothelin-1 in the medium consisted of two components separated by high pressure liquid chromatography; the major one corresponded to endothelin-1(1-21) and the minor one corresponded to big endothelin-1(1-38). Treatment with ANP and BNP did not affect this profile. These findings suggest that human ANP and BNP inhibit endothelin-1 secretion stimulated by ANGII and thrombin in these cells through a cyclic GMP-dependent process. Taken together with endothelin stimulation of ANP and BNP secretion from the heart, our results suggest the existence of a cardiac-endothelium feedback. PMID:1645748

  6. Endothelin 1 and transforming growth factor-β1 correlate with liver function and portal pressure in cirrhotic patients.

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    Wereszczynka-Siemiatkowska, Urszula; Swidnicka-Siergiejko, Agnieszka; Siemiatkowski, Andrzej; Bondyra, Zofia; Wasielica-Berger, Justyna; Mroczko, Barbara; Janica, Jacek; Dabrowski, Andrzej

    2015-12-01

    The invasive measurement of hepatic venous pressure gradient is the recommended method for the assessment of portal hypertension. We assessed if the mediators that regulate portal hypertension may be used as noninvasive markers of portal hypertension and liver insufficiency. We explored in prospective, observational study the concentration of endothelin-1, nitric oxide, and transforming growth factor-β1/2 in peripheral and hepatic venous blood; their relationship with the values of portal hypertension and liver insufficiency; and their level changes 4-6 months after non-selective beta-blocker therapy in cirrhotic patients with non-bleeding esophageal varices. (1) Cirrhotics have significantly increased peripheral endothelin 1 and decreased transforming growth factor-β1 levels; (2) peripheral levels of all factors correlated significantly with their hepatic levels; (3) after therapy, peripheral endothelin-1 levels significantly increased, but transforming growth factor-β2 levels decreased and were lower in patients with pressure gradient value normalization; (4) before and after therapy, peripheral and hepatic endothelin-1, transforming growth factor-β1/2 levels correlated significantly with liver failure indicators (laboratory parameters, Child-Pough and MELD scores) and pressure gradient values. Peripheral endothelin-1 and transforming growth factor-β1 levels, which strongly correlate with their hepatic levels, reflect the stage of portal hypertension and liver insufficiency in cirrhosis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Associations between endothelin-1 and adiponectin in chronic heart failure.

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    Yin, Wei-Hsian; Chen, Yung-Hsiang; Wei, Jeng; Jen, Hsu-Lung; Huang, Wen-Ping; Young, Mason Shing; Chen, Der-Cherng; Liu, Po-Len

    2011-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) induces cardiac hypertrophy, whereas adiponectin may elicit protective effects in the vasculature and myocardium. We therefore evaluated the relationship between plasma ET-1 and adiponectin levels in heart failure (HF) patients, and the association between adiponectin expression and ET-1-induced hypertrophy of human cardiomyocytes (HCM) in vitro. One hundred seventeen patients with chronic HF were enrolled into this study. A group of 7 patients with end-stage HF undergoing heart transplantation was included in the histopathological study. Baseline clinical evaluations and laboratory measurements were performed. HCM cultures were studied to investigate the effect of ET-1 on cell size and adiponectin expression. Plasma ET-1, adiponectin, and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) increased with the severity of HF. Higher New York Heart Association functional class, plasma ET-1, adiponectin, and NT-proBNP levels were significant predictors of adverse outcomes in these patients. The myocardial expression of adiponectin was significantly higher in the recipient hearts of patients undergoing emergency or urgent heart transplantation. In cell culture, ET-1 significantly increased cell size and adiponectin expression in HCM. Adiponectin was significantly elevated in HF and was significantly associated with ET-1. The study provides a basis for further investigation of ET-1 and adiponectin modulation as a therapeutic strategy for ventricular remodeling in HF. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  8. Human cultured endothelial cells do secrete endothelin-1

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    Clozel, M.; Fischli, W. )

    1989-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been identified in the conditioned medium of porcine endothelial cells. Human endothelin (ET-1) cloned from a placenta cDNA library is similar to porcine, but it is not known whether endothelin itself is secreted by human endothelial cells. To answer this question, a conditioned medium taken every 48 h from confluent cultures of umbilical vein endothelial cells was analyzed by HPLC and all fractions were tested for their ability to inhibit ({sup 125}I)ET-1 binding on human placenta membranes. Only one fraction did inhibit ({sup 125}I)ET-1 binding. When the conditioned medium was spiked with ET-1, the same single fraction inhibited ({sup 125}I)ET-1 binding showing that ET-1, itself, is present in the conditioned medium of human endothelial cells. ET-1 accumulates with time, reaching a plateau at 48 h. ET-1 secretion is not increased by a 24-h incubation of endothelial cells with phorbol myristate acetate, interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor, thrombin or neuropeptide Y.

  9. Endothelin-1 enhances the melanogenesis via MITF-GPNMB pathway

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    Zhang, Ping; Liu, Wei; Yuan, Xiaoying; Li, Dongguang; Gu, Weijie; Gao, Tianwen

    2013-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) plays an indispensable role in epidermal pigmentation in hyperpigmentary disorders due to a central role in melanogenesis. Nevertheless, precise mechanism involved in ET-1-induced hyperpigmentation is still undefined. Glycoprotein (transmembrane) non-metastatic melanoma protein b (GPNMB) is a key element in melanosome formation. Therefore, we speculated that GPNMB was correlated with ET-1-induced pigmentation. After culturing with ET-1, melanin synthesis was significantly up-regulated, accompanying with increased expression of GPNMB and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF). Total number of melanosomes and melanin synthesis were sharply reduced via GPNMB-siRNA transfection, indicating ET-1-induced pigmentation by GPNMB-dependent manner. Furthermore, MITFsiRNA transfection strikingly inhibited GPNMB expression and the melanogenesis, and this suppression failed to be alleviated by ET-1 stimulation. All of these results demonstrated that ET-1 can trigger melanogenesis via the MITF-regulated GPNMB pathway. Taken together, these findings will provide a new explanation of how ET-1 induces hyperpigmentation, and possibly supply a new strategy for cosmetic studies. [BMB Reports 2013; 46(7): 364-369] PMID:23884103

  10. Nobiletin, a polymethoxy flavonoid, reduced endothelin-1 plus SCF-induced pigmentation in human melanocytes.

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    Kim, Hyo Jung; Yonezawa, Takayuki; Teruya, Toshiaki; Woo, Je-Tae; Cha, Byung-Yoon

    2015-01-01

    Nobiletin is a unique flavonoid having polymethoxy groups and has exhibited anti-inflammatory and antiobesity effects. Here, we examined the inhibition of nobiletin on melanogenesis induced by endothelin-1 (ET) and stem cell factor (SCF) in normal human melanocytes. Nobiletin dose dependently reduced ET plus SCF-stimulated tyrosinase activity without causing cytotoxicity. Nobiletin reduced cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) phosphorylation and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) expression, which is a key transcription factor for tyrosinase expression in pigmentation induced by ET plus SCF stimulation. Nobiletin treatment effectively decreased ET plus SCF-induced Raf-1, MEK and ERK1/2 phosphorylation and also downregulated the forskolin-induced phosphorylation of CREB. Furthermore, nobiletin inhibited ET plus SCF-triggered production of melanin and expression of MITF/tyrosinase in a three-dimensional human epidermal model. In accordance with protein expression, the expression of genes related to the pigmentation was also increased in the cells stimulated with ET plus SCF and the cotreatment with nobiletin decreased obviously the ET plus SCF-triggered gene expressions of tyrosinase, PMEL, TRP1 and MITF. Nobiletin contributes to hypopigmentation by downregulating MITF and tyrosinase expression through reduced Raf-1 phosphorylation. Our findings implicate nobiletin as a potential new whitening agent.

  11. Endothelin-1 decreases [Ca2+]i via Na+/Ca2+ exchanger in CHO cells stably expressing endothelin ETA receptor.

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    Horinouchi, Takahiro; Nishimoto, Arata; Nishiya, Tadashi; Lu, Lingyun; Kajita, Emi; Miwa, Soichi

    2007-07-02

    Endothelin ET(A) receptor couples to Gq/11 protein that transduces a variety of receptor signals to modulate diverse cellular responses including Ca2+ mobilization. Stimulation of endothelin ETA receptor with endothelin-1 is generally believed to induce an increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) via Gq/11 protein. Here we provide the first convincing evidence that endothelin-1 elicited Gq/11 protein-dependent and -independent 'decrease' in [Ca2+]i via Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably expressing human endothelin ETA receptor. In the cells treated with 1 microM thapsigargin, an inhibitor of endoplasmic Ca2+ pump, that induces an increase in [Ca2+]i via capacitative Ca2+ entry, endothelin-1 induced a decrease in [Ca2+]i which was partially inhibited by YM-254890, a specific inhibitor of Gq/11, indicating that Gq/11-dependent and independent pathways are involved in the decrease. The endothelin-1-induced decrease in [Ca2+]i was markedly suppressed by 3',4'-dichlorobenzamil hydrochloride, a potent NCX inhibitor, and also by a replacement of extracellular Na+ with Li+, which was not transported by NCX, indicating a major role of NCX operating in the forward mode in the endothelin-1-induced decrease in [Ca2+]i. Molecular approach with RT-PCR demonstrated the expression of mRNA for NCX1, NCX2 and NCX3. These results suggest that stimulation of endothelin ETA receptor with endothelin-1 activates the forward mode NCX through Gq/11-dependent and -independent mechanisms: the NCX exports Ca2+ out of the cell depending on Na+ gradient across the cell membrane, resulting in the decrease in [Ca2+]i.

  12. Endothelin-1 Induces Proteinuria by Heparanase-Mediated Disruption of the Glomerular Glycocalyx.

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    Garsen, Marjolein; Lenoir, Olivia; Rops, Angelique L W M M; Dijkman, Henry B; Willemsen, Brigith; van Kuppevelt, Toin H; Rabelink, Ton J; Berden, Jo H M; Tharaux, Pierre-Louis; van der Vlag, Johan

    2016-12-01

    Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of CKD in the Western world. Endothelin receptor antagonists have emerged as a novel treatment for DN, but the mechanisms underlying the protective effect remain unknown. We previously showed that both heparanase and endothelin-1 are essential for the development of DN. Here, we further investigated the role of these proteins in DN, and demonstrated that endothelin-1 activates podocytes to release heparanase. Furthermore, conditioned podocyte culture medium increased glomerular transendothelial albumin passage in a heparanase-dependent manner. In mice, podocyte-specific knockout of the endothelin receptor prevented the diabetes-induced increase in glomerular heparanase expression, consequent reduction in heparan sulfate expression and endothelial glycocalyx thickness, and development of proteinuria observed in wild-type counterparts. Our data suggest that in diabetes, endothelin-1 signaling, as occurs in endothelial activation, induces heparanase expression in the podocyte, damage to the glycocalyx, proteinuria, and renal failure. Thus, prevention of these effects may constitute the mechanism of action of endothelin receptor blockers in DN. Copyright © 2016 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  13. Ghrelin restores the endothelin 1/nitric oxide balance in patients with obesity-related metabolic syndrome.

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    Tesauro, Manfredi; Schinzari, Francesca; Rovella, Valentina; Di Daniele, Nicola; Lauro, Davide; Mores, Nadia; Veneziani, Augusto; Cardillo, Carmine

    2009-11-01

    Obesity is associated with endothelial dysfunction related to decreased NO bioavailability, increased endothelin 1 vasoconstrictor activity, and decreased circulating ghrelin. Therefore, we tested whether exogenous ghrelin may have benefits to improve the balance between endothelin 1 and NO in patients with obesity-related metabolic syndrome. Vasoactive actions of endothelin 1 and NO were assessed in 8 patients with metabolic syndrome and 8 matched controls by evaluating forearm blood flow responses (strain-gauge plethysmography) to intra-arterial infusion of BQ-123 (endothelin A receptor antagonist; 10 nmol/min), followed by NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (NO synthase inhibitor; 4 micromol/min), before and after infusion of ghrelin (200 ng/min). In the absence of ghrelin, the vasodilator response to BQ-123 was greater in patients than in controls (P<0.001), whereas infusion of NG-monomethyl-L-arginine induced smaller vasoconstriction in patients than in controls (P=0.006). Importantly, exogenous ghrelin decreased the vasodilator response to BQ-123 (P=0.007 versus saline) and enhanced the magnitude of changes in forearm blood flow induced by NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (P=0.003) in patients but not in controls (both P>0.05). The favorable effect of ghrelin on endothelin A-dependent vasoconstriction was likely related to the stimulation of NO production, because no change in the vascular effect of BQ-123 was observed after ghrelin (P=0.44) in 5 patients with metabolic syndrome during continuous infusion of the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (0.2 microg/min). In patients with metabolic syndrome, ghrelin has benefits to normalize the balance between vasoconstrictor (endothelin 1) and vasodilating (NO) mediators, thus suggesting that this peptide has important peripheral actions to preserve vascular homeostasis in humans.

  14. Flow regulation of collecting duct endothelin-1 production.

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    Lyon-Roberts, Brianna; Strait, Kevin A; van Peursem, Evan; Kittikulsuth, Wararat; Pollock, Jennifer S; Pollock, David M; Kohan, Donald E

    2011-03-01

    Collecting duct (CD) endothelin-1 (ET-1) is an important autocrine inhibitor of CD Na(+) reabsorption. Salt loading is thought to increase CD ET-1 production; however, definitive evidence of this, as well as understanding of the mechanisms transducing this effect, is lacking. Tubule fluid flow increases in response to Na(+) loading; hence, we studied flow modulation of CD ET-1 production. Three days of a high-salt diet increased mouse and rat inner medullary CD (IMCD) ET-1 mRNA expression. Acute furosemide infusion increased urinary ET-1 excretion in anesthetized rats. Primary cultures of mouse or rat IMCD detached in response to flow using a closed perfusion chamber, consequently a CD cell line (mpkCCDcl4) was examined. Flow increased ET-1 mRNA at shear stress rates exceeding 1 dyne/cm(2), with the maximal effect seen between 2 and 10 dyne/cm(2). Induction of ET-1 mRNA was first evident after 1 h, and most apparent after 2 h, of flow. Inhibition of calmodulin or dihydropyridine-sensitive Ca(2+) channels did not alter the flow response; however, chelation of intracellular Ca(2+) or removal of extracellular Ca(2+) largely prevented flow-stimulated ET-1 mRNA accumulation. Downregulation of protein kinase C (PKC) using phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate, or PKC inhibition with calphostin C, markedly reduced flow-stimulated ET-1 mRNA levels. Flow-stimulated ET-1 mRNA accumulation was abolished by inhibition of phospholipase C (PLC). Taken together, these data indicate that flow increases CD ET-1 production and this is dependent on extracellular and intracellular Ca(2+), PKC, and PLC. These studies suggest a novel pathway for coupling alterations in extracellular fluid volume to CD ET-1 production and ultimately control of CD Na(+) reabsorption.

  15. Endothelin-1-induced down-regulation of NaV1.7 expression in adrenal chromaffin cells: attenuation of catecholamine secretion and tau dephosphorylation.

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    Nemoto, Takayuki; Yanagita, Toshihiko; Maruta, Toyoaki; Sugita, Chihiro; Satoh, Shinya; Kanai, Tasuku; Wada, Akihiko; Murakami, Manabu

    2013-04-02

    Endothelin-1 and voltage-dependent sodium channels are involved in control and suppression of neuropathological factors, which contribute to sculpting the neuronal network. We previously demonstrated that veratridine-induced NaV1.7 sodium channel activation caused intracellular calcium elevation, catecholamine secretion and tau dephosphorylation in adrenal chromaffin cells. The aim of this study was to examine whether endothelin-1 could modulate NaV1.7. Our results indicated that endothelin-1 decreased the protein level of NaV1.7 and the veratridine-induced increase in intracellular calcium. In addition, it also abolished the veratridine-induced dephosphorylation of tau and the phosphorylation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β and extracellular signal-regulated kinase. These findings suggest that the endothelin-1-induced down-regulation of NaV1.7 diminishes NaV1.7-related catecholamine secretion and dephosphorylation of tau.

  16. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: endothelin-1, pulmonary hypertension, and disease severity.

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    Keller, Roberta L; Tacy, Theresa A; Hendricks-Munoz, Karen; Xu, Jie; Moon-Grady, Anita J; Neuhaus, John; Moore, Phillip; Nobuhara, Kerilyn K; Hawgood, Sam; Fineman, Jeffrey R

    2010-08-15

    Endothelin-1 (ET1) is dysregulated in pulmonary hypertension (PH). It may be important in the pathobiology of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). We hypothesized that ET1 levels in the first month would be higher in infants with CDH who subsequently expired or were discharged on oxygen (poor outcome). We further hypothesized that ET1 levels would be associated with concurrent severity of PH. We sampled plasma at 24 to 48 hours, and 1, 2, and 4 weeks of age in 40 prospectively enrolled newborns with CDH. We performed echocardiograms to estimate pulmonary artery pressure at less than 48 hours of age and weekly to 4 weeks. PH was classified in relationship to systemic blood pressure (SBP): less than 2/3 SBP, 2/3 SBP-systemic is related to pressure, or systemic-to-suprasystemic pressure. ET1 levels at 1 and 2 weeks were higher in infants with poor outcome compared with infants discharged on room air (median and interquartile range: 27.2 [22.6, 33.7] vs. 19.1 [16.1, 29.5] pg/ml, P = 0.03; and 24.9 [17.6, 39.5] vs. 17.4 [13.7, 21.8] pg/ml, P = 0.01 at 1 and 2 weeks, respectively). Severity of PH was significantly associated with increasing ET1 levels at 2 weeks (16.1 [13.7, 21.8], 21.0 [17.4, 31.1], and 23.6 [21.9, 39.5] pg/ml for increasing PH class, P = 0.03). Increasing severity of PH was also associated with poor outcome at that time (P = 0.001). Infants with CDH and poor outcome have higher plasma ET1 levels and severity of PH than infants discharged on room air. Severity of PH is associated with ET1 levels.

  17. Brain Remodelling following Endothelin-1 Induced Stroke in Conscious Rats

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    Abeysinghe, Hima C. S.; Bokhari, Laita; Dusting, Gregory J.; Roulston, Carli L.

    2014-01-01

    The extent of stroke damage in patients affects the range of subsequent pathophysiological responses that influence recovery. Here we investigate the effect of lesion size on development of new blood vessels as well as inflammation and scar formation and cellular responses within the subventricular zone (SVZ) following transient focal ischemia in rats (n = 34). Endothelin-1-induced stroke resulted in neurological deficits detected between 1 and 7 days (P<0.001), but significant recovery was observed beyond this time. MCID image analysis revealed varying degrees of damage in the ipsilateral cortex and striatum with infarct volumes ranging from 0.76–77 mm3 after 14 days, where larger infarct volumes correlated with greater functional deficits up to 7 days (r = 0.53, P<0.05). Point counting of blood vessels within consistent sample regions revealed that increased vessel numbers correlated significantly with larger infarct volumes 14 days post-stroke in the core cortical infarct (r = 0.81, P<0.0001), core striatal infarct (r = 0.91, P<0.005) and surrounding border zones (r = 0.66, P<0.005; and r = 0.73, P<0.05). Cell proliferation within the SVZ also increased with infarct size (P<0.01) with a greater number of Nestin/GFAP positive cells observed extending towards the border zone in rats with larger infarcts. Lesion size correlated with both increased microglia and astrocyte activation, with severely diffuse astrocyte transition, the formation of the glial scar being more pronounced in rats with larger infarcts. Thus stroke severity affects cell proliferation within the SVZ in response to injury, which may ultimately make a further contribution to glial scar formation, an important factor to consider when developing treatment strategies that promote neurogenesis. PMID:24809543

  18. Brain remodelling following endothelin-1 induced stroke in conscious rats.

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    Abeysinghe, Hima C S; Bokhari, Laita; Dusting, Gregory J; Roulston, Carli L

    2014-01-01

    The extent of stroke damage in patients affects the range of subsequent pathophysiological responses that influence recovery. Here we investigate the effect of lesion size on development of new blood vessels as well as inflammation and scar formation and cellular responses within the subventricular zone (SVZ) following transient focal ischemia in rats (n = 34). Endothelin-1-induced stroke resulted in neurological deficits detected between 1 and 7 days (P<0.001), but significant recovery was observed beyond this time. MCID image analysis revealed varying degrees of damage in the ipsilateral cortex and striatum with infarct volumes ranging from 0.76-77 mm3 after 14 days, where larger infarct volumes correlated with greater functional deficits up to 7 days (r = 0.53, P<0.05). Point counting of blood vessels within consistent sample regions revealed that increased vessel numbers correlated significantly with larger infarct volumes 14 days post-stroke in the core cortical infarct (r = 0.81, P<0.0001), core striatal infarct (r = 0.91, P<0.005) and surrounding border zones (r = 0.66, P<0.005; and r = 0.73, P<0.05). Cell proliferation within the SVZ also increased with infarct size (P<0.01) with a greater number of Nestin/GFAP positive cells observed extending towards the border zone in rats with larger infarcts. Lesion size correlated with both increased microglia and astrocyte activation, with severely diffuse astrocyte transition, the formation of the glial scar being more pronounced in rats with larger infarcts. Thus stroke severity affects cell proliferation within the SVZ in response to injury, which may ultimately make a further contribution to glial scar formation, an important factor to consider when developing treatment strategies that promote neurogenesis.

  19. Correlation between plasma endothelin-1 levels and severity of septic liver failure quantified by maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test). A prospective study

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    Kaffarnik, Magnus F.; Ahmadi, Navid; Lock, Johan F.; Wuensch, Tilo; Pratschke, Johann; Stockmann, Martin; Malinowski, Maciej

    2017-01-01

    Aim To investigate the relationship between the degree of liver dysfunction, quantified by maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test) and endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 in septic surgical patients. Methods 28 septic patients (8 female, 20 male, age range 35–80y) were prospectively investigated on a surgical intensive care unit. Liver function, defined by LiMAx test, and measurements of plasma levels of endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 were carried out within the first 24 hours after onset of septic symptoms, followed by day 2, 5 and 10. Patients were divided into 2 groups (group A: LiMAx ≥100 μg/kg/h, moderate liver dysfunction; group B: LiMAx <100 μg/kg/h, severe liver dysfunction) for analysis and investigated regarding the correlation between endothelin-1 and the severity of liver failure, quantified by LiMAx test. Results Group B showed significant higher results for endothelin-1 than patients in group A (P = 0.01, d5; 0.02, d10). For TNF-α, group B revealed higher results than group A, with a significant difference on day 10 (P = 0.005). IL-6 showed a non-significant trend to higher results in group B. The Spearman's rank correlation coefficient revealed a significant correlation between LiMAx and endothelin-1 (-0.434; P <0.001), TNF-α (-0.515; P <0.001) and IL-6 (-0.590; P <0.001). Conclusions Sepsis-related hepatic dysfunction is associated with elevated plasma levels of endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6. Low LiMAx results combined with increased endothelin-1 and TNF-α and a favourable correlation between LiMAx and cytokine values support the findings of a crucial role of Endothelin-1 and TNF-α in development of septic liver failure. PMID:28542386

  20. Correlation between plasma endothelin-1 levels and severity of septic liver failure quantified by maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test). A prospective study.

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    Kaffarnik, Magnus F; Ahmadi, Navid; Lock, Johan F; Wuensch, Tilo; Pratschke, Johann; Stockmann, Martin; Malinowski, Maciej

    2017-01-01

    To investigate the relationship between the degree of liver dysfunction, quantified by maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test) and endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 in septic surgical patients. 28 septic patients (8 female, 20 male, age range 35-80y) were prospectively investigated on a surgical intensive care unit. Liver function, defined by LiMAx test, and measurements of plasma levels of endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 were carried out within the first 24 hours after onset of septic symptoms, followed by day 2, 5 and 10. Patients were divided into 2 groups (group A: LiMAx ≥100 μg/kg/h, moderate liver dysfunction; group B: LiMAx <100 μg/kg/h, severe liver dysfunction) for analysis and investigated regarding the correlation between endothelin-1 and the severity of liver failure, quantified by LiMAx test. Group B showed significant higher results for endothelin-1 than patients in group A (P = 0.01, d5; 0.02, d10). For TNF-α, group B revealed higher results than group A, with a significant difference on day 10 (P = 0.005). IL-6 showed a non-significant trend to higher results in group B. The Spearman's rank correlation coefficient revealed a significant correlation between LiMAx and endothelin-1 (-0.434; P <0.001), TNF-α (-0.515; P <0.001) and IL-6 (-0.590; P <0.001). Sepsis-related hepatic dysfunction is associated with elevated plasma levels of endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6. Low LiMAx results combined with increased endothelin-1 and TNF-α and a favourable correlation between LiMAx and cytokine values support the findings of a crucial role of Endothelin-1 and TNF-α in development of septic liver failure.

  1. Elevated endothelin-1 expression in dogs with heartworm disease.

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    Uchide, Tsuyoshi; Saida, Kaname

    2005-11-01

    We explored the involvement of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the pathophysiology of dog dirofilariasis (heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis) by analyzing mRNA levels of preproendothelin-1 (PPET-1), the precursor form of ET-1, in cardiopulmonary organs as well as ET-1 peptide levels in plasma. To determine the cDNA sequence and primary protein structure of dog PPET-1, we performed molecular cloning of the full-length cDNA. Based on the determined sequence information, comparative expression analysis of PPET-1 mRNA was carried out by real-time polymerase chain reaction on cardiopulmonary organs from healthy (n=5) and filarial (n=5) dogs. Filarial dogs showed a significantly (p<0.05) higher mRNA expression level in the heart (about one hundred times) and lung (about ten times) than healthy dogs. Analysis of plasma ET-1 levels in healthy (n=10) and filarial (n=10) dogs showed that filarial dogs (6.9+/-2.7 pg/ml) have significantly (p<0.01) increased plasma ET-1 levels compared with healthy dogs (1.4+/-0.3 pg/ml). To assess the pathophysiological significance of ET-1 in dirofilariasis relative to other cardiopulmonary disorders, plasma ET-1 levels determined in dogs diagnosed with mitral regurgitation (n=10), tricuspid regurgitation (n=5), ventricular septal defect (n=5), and patent ductus arteriosus (n=5) were compared to plasma ET-1 levels in filarial dogs. Filarial dogs, which commonly develop serious pulmonary hypertension, exhibited by far the highest ET-1 levels of the disease states examined. Based on the fact that ET-1 is a potent bioactive mediator that induces vasoconstriction and promotes vascular remodeling, these findings suggest that ET-1 plays an important role in the pathophysiology of dog dirofilariasis as an aggravating factor by inducing pulmonary hypertension.

  2. Adrenomedullin in rat follicles and corpora lutea: expression, functions and interaction with endothelin-1

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    2011-01-01

    Background Adrenomedullin (ADM), a novel vasorelaxant peptide, was found in human/rat ovaries. The present study investigated the interaction of ADM and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in follicles and newly formed corpora lutea (CL) and the actions of ADM on progesterone production in CL during pregnancy. Methods The peptide and gene expression level of adrenomedullin in small antral follicles, large antral follicles and CL was studied by real-time RT-PCR and EIA. The effect of ADM treatment on oestradiol production in 5-day follicular culture and on progesterone production from CL of different pregnant stages was measured by EIA. The interaction of ADM and ET-1 in follicles and CL at their gene expression level was studied by real-time RT-PCR. Results In the rat ovary, the gene expression of Adm increased during development from small antral follicles to large antral follicles and CL. In vitro treatment of preantral follicular culture for 5 days with ADM increased oestradiol production but did not affect follicular growth or ovulation rate. The regulation of progesterone production by ADM in CL in culture was pregnancy-stage dependent, inhibitory at early and late pregnancy but stimulatory at mid-pregnancy, which might contribute to the high progesterone production rate of the CL at mid-pregnancy. Moreover, the interaction between ADM and ET-1 at both the production and functional levels indicates that these two vasoactive peptides may form an important local, fine-tuning regulatory system together with LH and prolactin for progesterone production in rat CL. Conclusions As the CL is the major source of progesterone production even after the formation of placenta in rats, ADM may be an important regulator in progesterone production to meet the requirement of pregnancy. PMID:21824440

  3. The effects of endothelin-1 on the cardiorespiratory physiology of the freshwater trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the marine dogfish (Squalus acanthias).

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    Perry, S F; Montpetit, C J; McKendry, J; Desforges, P R; Gilmour, K M; Wood, C M; Olson, K R

    2001-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of endothelin-l-elicited cardiovascular events on respiratory gas transfer in the freshwater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the marine dogfish (Squalus acanthias). In both species, endothelin-1 (666 pmol kg(-1)) caused a rapid (within 4 min) reduction (ca. 30-50 mmHg) in arterial blood partial pressure of O2. The effects of endothelin-1 on arterial blood partial pressure of CO2 were not synchronised with the changes in O2 partial pressure and the responses were markedly different in trout and dogfish. In trout, arterial CO2 partial pressure was increased transiently by approximately 1.0 mmHg but the onset of the response was delayed and occurred 12 min after endothelin-1 injection. In contrast, CO2 partial pressure remained more-or-less constant in dogfish after injection of endothelin-1 and was increased only slightly (approximately 0.1 mmHg) after 60 min. Pre-treatment of trout with bovine carbonic anhydrase (5 mg ml(-1)) eliminated the increase in CO2 partial pressure that was normally observed after endothelin-1 injection. In both species, endothelin-1 injection caused a decrease in arterial blood pH that mirrored the changes in CO2 partial pressure. Endothelin-1 injection was associated with transient (trout) or persistent (dogfish) hyperventilation as indicated by pronounced increases in breathing frequency and amplitude. In trout, arterial blood pressure remained constant or was decreased slightly and was accompanied by a transient increase in systemic resistance, and a temporary reduction in cardiac output. The decrease in cardiac output was caused solely by a reduction in cardiac frequency; cardiac stroke volume was unaffected. In dogfish, arterial blood pressure was lowered by approximately 10 mmHg at 6-10 min after endothelin-1 injection but then was rapidly restored to pre-injection levels. The decrease in arterial blood pressure reflected an increase in branchial vascular resistance (as

  4. An emerging role for microRNA in the regulation of endothelin-1

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    Jacobs, Mollie E.; Wingo, Charles S.; Cain, Brian D.

    2013-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a peptide signaling molecule serving diverse functions in many different tissues such as the vasculature and the kidney. The primary mechanism thought to control ET-1 bioavailability is the rate of transcription from the ET-1 gene (EDN1), but recent research suggests that EDN1 expression is attenuated by microRNA (miRNA)—mediated regulation. The action of specific miRNAs on EDN1 mRNA appears to vary greatly in a tissue specific manner. This review provides a summary of our current understanding of miRNA-EDN1 interaction. PMID:23424003

  5. Endothelin-1 stimulates catalase activity through the PKCδ mediated phosphorylation of Serine 167

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    Rafikov, Ruslan; Kumar, Sanjiv; Aggarwal, Saurabh; Hou, Yali; Kangath, Archana; Pardo, Daniel; Fineman, Jeffrey R.; Black, Stephen M.

    2013-01-01

    Our previous studies have shown that endothelin-1 (ET-1) stimulates catalase activity in endothelial cells and lambs with acute increases in pulmonary blood flow (PBF), without altering gene expression. The purpose of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanism by which this occurs. Exposing pulmonary arterial endothelial cells (PAEC) to ET-1 increased catalase activity and decreased cellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels. These changes correlated with an increase in serine phosphorylated catalase. Using the inhibitory peptide δV1.1, this phosphorylation was shown to be PKCδ dependent. Mass spectrometry identified serine167 as the phosphorylation site. Site-directed mutagenesis was used to generate a phospho-mimic (S167D) catalase. Activity assays using recombinant protein purified from E.coli or transiently transfected COS-7 cells, demonstrated that S167D-catalase had an increased ability to degrade H2O2 compared to the wildtype enzyme. Using a phospho-specific antibody, we were able to verify that pS167 catalase levels are modulated in lambs with acute increases in PBF in the presence and absence of the ET receptor antagonist, tezosentan. S167 is being located on the dimeric interface suggesting it could be involved in regulating the formation of catalase tetramers. To evaluate this possibility we utilized analytical gel-filtration to examine the multimeric structure of recombinant wildtype- and S167D-catalase. We found that recombinant wildtype catalase was present as a mixture of monomers and dimers while S167D catalase was primarily tetrameric. Further, the incubation of wildtype catalase with PKCδ was sufficient to convert wildtype catalase into a tetrameric structure. In conclusion, this is the first report indicating that the phosphorylation of catalase regulates its multimeric structure and activity. PMID:24211614

  6. Endothelin-1 stimulates catalase activity through the PKCδ-mediated phosphorylation of serine 167.

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    Rafikov, Ruslan; Kumar, Sanjiv; Aggarwal, Saurabh; Hou, Yali; Kangath, Archana; Pardo, Daniel; Fineman, Jeffrey R; Black, Stephen M

    2014-02-01

    Our previous studies have shown that endothelin-1 (ET-1) stimulates catalase activity in endothelial cells and in lambs with acute increases in pulmonary blood flow (PBF), without altering gene expression. The purpose of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanism by which this occurs. Exposing pulmonary arterial endothelial cells to ET-1 increased catalase activity and decreased cellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels. These changes correlated with an increase in serine-phosphorylated catalase. Using the inhibitory peptide δV1.1, this phosphorylation was shown to be protein kinase Cδ (PKCδ) dependent. Mass spectrometry identified serine 167 as the phosphorylation site. Site-directed mutagenesis was used to generate a phospho-mimic (S167D) catalase. Activity assays using recombinant protein purified from Escherichia coli or transiently transfected COS-7 cells demonstrated that S167D catalase had an increased ability to degrade H2O2 compared to the wild-type enzyme. Using a phospho-specific antibody, we were able to verify that pS167 catalase levels are modulated in lambs with acute increases in PBF in the presence and absence of the ET receptor antagonist tezosentan. S167 is located on the dimeric interface, suggesting it could be involved in regulating the formation of catalase tetramers. To evaluate this possibility we utilized analytical gel filtration to examine the multimeric structure of recombinant wild-type and S167D catalase. We found that recombinant wild-type catalase was present as a mixture of monomers and dimers, whereas S167D catalase was primarily tetrameric. Further, the incubation of wild-type catalase with PKCδ was sufficient to convert wild-type catalase into a tetrameric structure. In conclusion, this is the first report indicating that the phosphorylation of catalase regulates its multimeric structure and activity.

  7. β-Arrestin-1 Drives Endothelin-1–Mediated Podocyte Activation and Sustains Renal Injury

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    Buelli, Simona; Rosanò, Laura; Gagliardini, Elena; Corna, Daniela; Longaretti, Lorena; Pezzotta, Anna; Perico, Luca; Conti, Sara; Rizzo, Paola; Novelli, Rubina; Morigi, Marina; Zoja, Carlamaria; Remuzzi, Giuseppe; Bagnato, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Activation of endothelin-A receptor (ETAR) by endothelin-1 (ET-1) drives epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in ovarian tumor cells through β-arrestin signaling. Here, we investigated whether this pathogenetic pathway could affect podocyte phenotype in proliferative glomerular disorders. In cultured mouse podocytes, ET-1 caused loss of the podocyte differentiation marker synaptopodin and acquisition of the mesenchymal marker α-smooth muscle actin. ET-1 promoted podocyte migration via ETAR activation and increased β-arrestin-1 expression. Activated ETAR recruited β-arrestin-1 to form a trimeric complex with Src leading to epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) transactivation and β-catenin phosphorylation, which promoted gene transcription of Snail. Increased Snail expression fostered ET-1–induced migration as confirmed by Snail knockdown experiments. Silencing of β-arrestin-1 prevented podocyte phenotypic changes and motility and inhibited ETAR-driven signaling. In vitro findings were confirmed in doxorubicin (Adriamycin)-induced nephropathy. Mice receiving Adriamycin developed renal injury with loss of podocytes and hyperplastic lesion formation; β-arrestin-1 expression increased in visceral podocytes and in podocytes entrapped in pseudo-crescents. Administration of the selective ETAR antagonist sitaxsentan prevented podocyte loss, formation of the hyperplastic lesions, and normalized expression of glomerular β-arrestin-1 and Snail. Increased β-arrestin-1 levels in podocytes retrieved from crescents of patients with proliferative glomerulopathies confirmed the translational relevance of these findings and suggest the therapeutic potential of ETAR antagonism for a group of diseases still needing a specific treatment. PMID:24371298

  8. Coronary action of endothelin-1 and vasopressin during acute hypertension in anesthetized goats. Role of nitric oxide and prostanoids.

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    Fernández, Nuria; Martínez, María Angeles; García-Villalón, Angel Luis; Monge, Luis; Diéguez, Godofredo

    2004-01-01

    Coronary reactivity to endothelin-1 and vasopressin during acute, moderate hypertension, and the role of nitric oxide (NO) and prostanoids in this reactivity was examined in anesthetized goats. Left circumflex coronary flow was electromagnetically measured, and hypertension was induced by constriction of the thoracic aorta in animals nontreated (7 goats) or treated with the inhibitor of NO synthesis Nw-nitro-L-arginine methyl esther (L-NAME, 6 goats) or the cyclooxygenase inhibitor meclofenamate (6 goats). Under normotension (19 animals), basal mean values for mean arterial pressure and coronary vascular conductance (CVC) were 89+/-3 mm Hg and 0.36+/-0.038 ml/min/mm Hg, respectively. Endothelin-1 (0.01-0.3 nmol) and vasopressin (0.03-1 microg) dose-dependently decreased CVC, which, for endothelin-1 ranged from 5+/-1% (0.01 nmol; P<0.01) to 66+/-4% (0.3 nmol; P<0.001) and for vasopressin ranged from 9+/-1% (0.03 microg P<0.01) to 41+/-3% (1 microg; P<0.001). During nontreated and treated hypertension, mean arterial pressure increased to approximately 130 mmHg (P<0.01), and CVC decreased (17%) only during L-NAME-treated hypertension. The effects of endothelin-1 and vasopressin on CVC were decreased by approximately 50% during nontreated hypertension, and this was abolished by L-NAME and was not affected by meclofenamate. Therefore, during acute, moderate hypertension, the coronary vasoconstriction to endothelin-1 and vasopressin is attenuated, which may be related with increased NO release but not with prostanoids.

  9. Vascular peptide endothelin-1 links fat accumulation with alterations of visceral adipocyte lipolysis.

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    van Harmelen, Vanessa; Eriksson, Anna; Aström, Gaby; Wåhlén, Kerstin; Näslund, Erik; Karpe, Fredrik; Frayn, Keith; Olsson, Tommy; Andersson, Jonas; Rydén, Mikel; Arner, Peter

    2008-02-01

    Visceral obesity increases risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. This may partly be due to a region-specific resistance to insulin's antilipolytic effect in visceral adipocytes. We investigated whether adipose tissue releases the vascular peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) and whether ET-1 could account for regional differences in lipolysis. One group consisted of eleven obese and eleven nonobese subjects in whom ET-1 levels were compared between abdominal subcutaneous and arterialized blood samples. A second group included subjects undergoing anti-obesity surgery. Abdominal subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissues were obtained to study the effect of ET-1 on differentiated adipocytes regarding lipolysis and gene and protein expression. Adipose tissue had a marked net release of ET-1 in vivo, which was 2.5-fold increased in obesity. In adipocytes treated with ET-1, the antilipolytic effect of insulin was attenuated in visceral but not in subcutaneous adipocytes, which could not be explained by effects of ET-1 on adipocyte differentiation. ET-1 decreased the expression of insulin receptor, insulin receptor substrate-1 and phosphodiesterase-3B and increased the expression of endothelin receptor-B (ET(B)R) in visceral but not in subcutaneous adipocytes. These effects were mediated via ET(B)R with signals through protein kinase C and calmodulin pathways. The effect of ET-1 could be mimicked by knockdown of IRS-1. ET-1 is released from human adipose tissue and links fat accumulation to insulin resistance. It selectively counteracts insulin inhibition of visceral adipocyte lipolysis via ET(B)R signaling pathways, which affect multiple steps in insulin signaling.

  10. Targeted activation of endothelin-1 exacerbates hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension

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    Satwiko, Muhammad Gahan; Ikeda, Koji; Nakayama, Kazuhiko; Yagi, Keiko; Hocher, Berthold; Hirata, Ken-ichi; Emoto, Noriaki

    2015-09-25

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease that eventually results in right heart failure and death. Current pharmacologic therapies for PAH are limited, and there are no drugs that could completely cure PAH. Enhanced activity of endothelin system has been implicated in PAH severity and endothelin receptor antagonists have been used clinically to treat PAH. However, there is limited experimental evidence on the direct role of enhanced endothelin system activity in PAH. Here, we investigated the correlation between endothelin-1 (ET-1) and PAH using ET-1 transgenic (ETTG) mice. Exposure to chronic hypoxia increased right ventricular pressure and pulmonary arterial wall thickness in ETTG mice compared to those in wild type mice. Of note, ETTG mice exhibited modest but significant increase in right ventricular pressure and vessel wall thickness relative to wild type mice even under normoxic conditions. To induce severe PAH, we administered SU5416, a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor inhibitor, combined with exposure to chronic hypoxia. Treatment with SU5416 modestly aggravated hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular hypertrophy, and pulmonary arterial vessel wall thickening in ETTG mice in association with increased interleukin-6 expression in blood vessels. However, there was no sign of obliterative endothelial cell proliferation and plexiform lesion formation in the lungs. These results demonstrated that enhanced endothelin system activity could be a causative factor in the development of PAH and provided rationale for the inhibition of endothelin system to treat PAH. - Highlights: • Role of endothelin-1 in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was investigated. • The endothelin-1 transgenic (ETTG) and wild type (WT) mice were analyzed. • ETTG mice spontaneously developed PAH under normoxia conditions. • SU5416 further aggravated PAH in ETTG mice. • Enhanced endothelin system activity could be a causative factor in

  11. Regulation of human retinal blood flow by endothelin-1.

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    Polak, Kaija; Luksch, Alexandra; Frank, Barbara; Jandrasits, Kerstin; Polska, Elzbieta; Schmetterer, Leopold

    2003-05-01

    There is evidence from in vitro and animal studies that endothelin is a major regulator of retinal blood flow. We set out to characterize the role of the endothelin-system in the blood flow control of the human retina. Two studies in healthy subjects were performed. The study design was randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked, balanced, two-way crossover in protocol A and three way-way crossover in protocol B. In protocol A 18 healthy male subjects received intravenous endothelin-1 (ET-1) in a dose of 2.5 ng kg (-1)min(-1) for 30 min or placebo on two different study days and retinal vessel diameters were measured. In protocol B 12 healthy male subjects received ET-1 in stepwise increasing doses of 0, 1.25, 2.5 and 5 ng kg (-1)min(-1) (each infusion step over 20 min) in co-infusion with the specific ET(A)-receptor antagonist BQ123 (60 microg min (-1)) or placebo or BQ123 alone investigating retinal vessel diameters, retinal blood velocity and retinal blood flow. Measurements of retinal vessel size were done with the Zeiss retinal vessel analyzer. Measurements of blood velocities were done with bi-directional laser Doppler velocimetry. From these measurements retinal blood flow was calculated. In protocol A exogenous ET-1 tended to decrease retinal arterial diameter, but this effect was not significant versus placebo. No effect on retinal venous diameter was seen. In protocol B retinal venous blood velocity and retinal blood flow was significantly reduced after administration of exogenous ET-1. These effects were significantly blunted when BQ-123 was co-administered. By contrast, BQ-123 alone had no effect on retinal hemodynamic parameters. Concluding, BQ123 antagonizes the effects of exogenously administered ET-1 on retinal blood flow in healthy subjects. In addition, the results of the present study are compatible with the hypothesis that ET-1 exerts its vasoconstrictor effects in the retina mainly on the microvessels.

  12. Endothelin-1 mediates intermittent hypoxia-induced inflammatory vascular remodeling through HIF-1 activation.

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    Gras, Emmanuelle; Belaidi, Elise; Briançon-Marjollet, Anne; Pépin, Jean-Louis; Arnaud, Claire; Godin-Ribuot, Diane

    2016-02-15

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular mortality, and apnea-induced intermittent hypoxia (IH) is known to promote various cardiovascular alterations such as vascular remodeling. However, the mechanisms that underlie IH remain incompletely investigated. We previously demonstrated that the hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) are involved in arterial hypertension and myocardial susceptibility to infarction induced by IH. Thus the objective of the present study was to investigate whether both ET-1 and HIF-1 were also involved in the vascular inflammatory remodeling induced by IH. Mice partially deficient for the Hif1α gene (HIF-1α(+/-)) and their wild-type equivalents, as well as C57BL/6J mice, treated or not with bosentan, a dual endothelin receptor antagonist, were exposed to IH or normoxia for 2 wk, 8 h/day. Splenocyte proliferative and secretory capacities, aortic nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and HIF-1 activities, and expression of cytokines and intima-media thickness (IMT) were measured. IH induced a systemic and aortic inflammation characterized by an increase in splenocyte proliferative and secretory capacities, aortic NF-κB activity, and cytokine expression in the aortic wall. This was accompanied by an increase in IMT. These modifications were prevented in HIF-1α(+/-) and bosentan-treated mice. The results of this study suggest that ET-1 is a major contributor to the vascular inflammatory remodeling induced by OSA-related IH, probably through HIF-1-dependent activation of NF-κB.

  13. Effects of marathon running on cardiac markers and endothelin-1 in EIH athletes.

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    Kim, Y J; Shin, Y O; Lee, Y H; Jee, H M; Shin, K A; Goh, C W; Kim, C H; Min, Y K; Yang, H M; Lee, J B

    2013-09-01

    The aim of the present study was to determine the changes in cardiac makers and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in marathoners with exercise induced hypertension compared to normotensive controls before and after running a marathon. Among a total of 70 volunteers, 10 marathoners with systolic blood pressure (SBP) greater than 210 mmHg during a treadmill exercise stress test were selected as an exercise-induced hypertension group (EIH) and 10 marathoners with normal SBP were selected as a control group (CON). Blood was collected from all volunteers 2 h before and immediately after a marathon: creatinine kinase (CK), CK-MB, cardiac tropoin-I (cTnI), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and endothelin-1(ET-1). Cardiac markers, CK, CK-MB, and CK-MB/CK ratio significantly increased in both EIH and CON; significance was not observed between the groups. Significant increases were not observed in high sensitive-C reactive protein (hs-CRP) after the race nor between the groups. Significant increases in cTnI and NT-proBNP were observed after the race in both groups. In addition, EIH showed greater increase than CON after the race. In conclusion, increased vascular tone in EIH during a marathon increased blood pressure and myocardial burden which in turn increased myocardial cell membrane permeability to further increase myocardial tension to the point of cTnI release. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  14. High yield expression and purification of human endothelin-1.

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    Fassina, G; Merli, S; Germani, S; Ciliberto, G; Cassani, G

    1994-12-01

    A DNA construct encoding human big endothelin (Big ET) preceded by the factor Xa protease recognition site (Ile-Glu-Gly-Arg), fused in frame to the maltose binding protein sequence, has been introduced in DH5-alpha cells. The fusion product (MBP-Big ET) was expressed at a concentration close to 100 micrograms/ml of culture broth and constituted approximately 50% of the total protein content. Crude cell extracts containing the fusion product have been directly treated with trypsin under mild denaturing conditions in order to release big endothelin (1-37) from the adduct. Cleavage yield of the MBP-Big ET adduct was close to 70%. Big ET(1-37) was separated from unrelated peptides derived from the tryptic digest of the bacterial extract by affinity chromatography. The affinity column was prepared by immobilizing a protease resistant peptide ligand able to recognize Big ET with sufficient affinity, selectivity, and specificity. From the affinity step (recovery, 90%), recombinant Big ET(1-37) was obtained with a purity close to 80%. The affinity-purified recombinant product was then digested with alpha-chymotrypsin in order to release endothelin (1-21), which was then purified by RP-HPLC. With this two-step purification protocol, 3 micrograms of endothelin was recovered from 1 ml of bacterial broth, with a purity close to 95%.

  15. Alternatively Activated (M2) Macrophage Phenotype Is Inducible by Endothelin-1 in Cultured Human Macrophages

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    Soldano, Stefano; Pizzorni, Carmen; Paolino, Sabrina; Trombetta, Amelia Chiara; Montagna, Paola; Brizzolara, Renata; Ruaro, Barbara; Sulli, Alberto; Cutolo, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    Background Alternatively activated (M2) macrophages are phenotypically characterized by the expression of specific markers, mainly macrophage scavenger receptors (CD204 and CD163) and mannose receptor-1 (CD206), and participate in the fibrotic process by over-producing pro-fibrotic molecules, such as transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGFbeta1) and metalloproteinase (MMP)-9. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is implicated in the fibrotic process, exerting its pro-fibrotic effects through the interaction with its receptors (ETA and ETB). The study investigated the possible role of ET-1 in inducing the transition from cultured human macrophages into M2 cells. Methods Cultured human monocytes (THP-1 cell line) were activated into macrophages (M0 macrophages) with phorbol myristate acetate and subsequently maintained in growth medium (M0-controls) or treated with either ET-1 (100nM) or interleukin-4 (IL-4, 10ng/mL, M2 inducer) for 72 hours. Similarly, primary cultures of human peripheral blood monocyte (PBM)-derived macrophages obtained from healthy subjects, were maintained in growth medium (untreated cells) or treated with ET-1 or IL-4 for 6 days. Both M0 and PBM-derived macrophages were pre-treated with ET receptor antagonist (ETA/BRA, bosentan 10-5M) for 1 hour before ET-1 stimulation. Protein and gene expression of CD204, CD206, CD163, TGFbeta1 were analysed by immunocytochemistry, Western blotting and quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Gene expression of interleukin(IL)-10 and macrophage derived chemokine (CCL-22) was evaluated by qRT-PCR. MMP-9 production was investigated by gel zymography. Results ET-1 significantly increased the expression of M2 phenotype markers CD204, CD206, CD163, IL-10 and CCL-22, and the production of MMP-9 in both cultures of M0 and PBM-derived macrophages compared to M0-controls and untreated cells. In cultured PBM-derived macrophages, ET-1 increased TGFbeta1 protein and gene expression compared to untreated cells. The ET-1

  16. AAV Delivery of Endothelin-1 shRNA Attenuates Cold-Induced Hypertension.

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    Chen, Peter Gin-Fu; Sun, Zhongjie

    2017-02-01

    Cold temperatures are associated with increased prevalence of hypertension. Cold exposure increases endothelin-1 (ET1) production. The purpose of this study is to determine whether upregulation of ET1 contributes to cold-induced hypertension (CIH). In vivo RNAi silencing of the ET1 gene was achieved by adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) delivery of ET1 short-hairpin small interfering RNA (ET1-shRNA). Four groups of male rats were used. Three groups were given AAV.ET1-shRNA, AAV.SC-shRNA (scrambled shRNA), and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), respectively, before exposure to a moderately cold environment (6.7 ± 2°C), while the last group was given PBS and kept at room temperature (warm, 24 ± 2°C) and served as a control. We found that systolic blood pressure of the PBS-treated and SC-shRNA-treated groups increased significantly within 2 weeks of exposure to cold, reached a peak level (145 ± 4.8 mmHg) by 6 weeks, and remained elevated thereafter. By contrast, blood pressure of the ET1-shRNA-treated group did not increase, suggesting that silencing of ET1 prevented the development of CIH. Animals were euthanized after 10 weeks of exposure to cold. Cold exposure significantly increased the left ventricle (LV) surface area and LV weight in cold-exposed rats, suggesting LV hypertrophy. Superoxide production in the heart was increased by cold exposure. Interestingly, ET1-shRNA prevented cold-induced superoxide production and cardiac hypertrophy. ELISA assay indicated that ET1-shRNA abolished the cold-induced upregulation of ET1 levels, indicating effective silencing of ET1. In conclusion, upregulation of ET1 plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of CIH and cardiac hypertrophy. AAV delivery of ET1-shRNA is an effective therapeutic strategy for cold-related cardiovascular disease.

  17. INHIBITION OF ENaC BY ENDOTHELIN-1

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    Sorokin, Andrey; Staruschenko, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    The amiloride-sensitive epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) is a key player in the regulation of Na+ homeostasis. Its functional activity is under continuous control by a variety of signaling molecules including bioactive peptides of endothelin family. Since ENaC dysfunction is causative for disturbances in total body Na+ levels associated with abnormal regulation of blood volume, blood pressure, and lung fluid balance, the uncovering the molecular mechanisms of inhibitory modulation or inappropriate activation of ENaC is crucial for the successful treatment of a variety of human diseases including hypertension. The precise regulation of ENaC is particularly important for normal Na+ and fluid homeostasis in organs where endothelins are known to act: kidneys, lung and colon. Inhibition of ENaC by endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been established in renal cells and several molecular mechanisms of inhibition of ENaC by ET-1 are proposed and will be reviewed in this chapter. PMID:25817869

  18. The role of endothelin-1 in pulmonary arterial hypertension

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    Chester, Adrian H.; Yacoub, Magdi H.

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare but debilitating disease, which if left untreated rapidly progresses to right ventricular failure and eventually death. In the quest to understand the pathogenesis of this disease differences in the profile, expression and action of vasoactive substances released by the endothelium have been identified in patients with PAH. Of these, endothelin-1 (ET-1) is of particular interest since it is known to be an extremely powerful vasoconstrictor and also involved in vascular remodelling. Identification of ET-1 as a target for pharmacological intervention has lead to the discovery of a number of compounds that can block the receptors via which ET-1 mediates its effects. This review sets out the evidence in support of a role for ET-1 in the onset and progression of the disease and reviews the data from the various clinical trials of ET-1 receptor antagonists for the treatment of PAH. PMID:25405182

  19. Endothelin-1 as a master regulator of whole-body Na+ homeostasis

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    Speed, Joshua S.; Heimlich, J. Brett; Hyndman, Kelly A.; Fox, Brandon M.; Patel, Vivek; Yanagisawa, Masashi; Pollock, Jennifer S.; Titze, Jens M.; Pollock, David M.

    2015-01-01

    The current study was designed to determine whether vascular endothelial-derived endothelin-1 (ET-1) is important for skin Na+ buffering. In control mice (C57BL/6J), plasma Na+ and osmolarity were significantly elevated in animals on high- vs. low-salt (HS and LS, respectively) intake. The increased plasma Na+ and osmolarity were associated with increased ET-1 mRNA in vascular tissue. There was no detectable difference in skin Na+:H2O in HS fed mice (0.119 ± 0.005 mM vs. 0.127 ± 0.007 mM; LS vs. HS); however, skin Na+:H2O was significantly increased by blockade of the endothelin type A receptor with ABT-627 (0.116 ± 0.006 mM vs. 0.137 ± 0.007 mM; LS vs. HS; half-maximal inhibitory concentration, 0.055 nM). ET-1 peptide content in skin tissue was increased in floxed control animals on HS (85.9 ± 0.9 pg/mg vs. 106.4 ± 6.8 pg/mg; P < 0.05), but not in vascular endothelial cell endothelin-1 knockout (VEET KO) mice (76.4 ± 5.7 pg/mg vs. 65.7 ± 7.9 pg/mg; LS vs. HS). VEET KO mice also had a significantly elevated skin Na+:H2O (0.113 ± 0.007 mM vs. 0.137 ± 0.005 mM; LS vs. HS; P < 0.05). Finally, ET-1 production was elevated in response to increasing extracellular osmolarity in cultured human endothelial cells. These data support the hypothesis that increased extrarenal vascular ET-1 production in response to HS intake is mediated by increased extracellular osmolarity and plays a critical role in regulating skin storage of Na+.—Speed, J. S., Heimlich, J. B., Hyndman, K. A., Fox, B. M., Patel, V., Yanagisawa, M., Pollock, J. S., Titze, J. M., Pollock, D. M. Endothelin-1 as a master regulator of whole-body Na+ homeostasis. PMID:26268928

  20. UVB radiation generates sunburn pain and affects skin by activating epidermal TRPV4 ion channels and triggering endothelin-1 signaling.

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    Moore, Carlene; Cevikbas, Ferda; Pasolli, H Amalia; Chen, Yong; Kong, Wei; Kempkes, Cordula; Parekh, Puja; Lee, Suk Hee; Kontchou, Nelly-Ange; Yeh, Iwei; Ye, Iwei; Jokerst, Nan Marie; Fuchs, Elaine; Steinhoff, Martin; Liedtke, Wolfgang B

    2013-08-20

    At our body surface, the epidermis absorbs UV radiation. UV overexposure leads to sunburn with tissue injury and pain. To understand how, we focus on TRPV4, a nonselective cation channel highly expressed in epithelial skin cells and known to function in sensory transduction, a property shared with other transient receptor potential channels. We show that following UVB exposure mice with induced Trpv4 deletions, specifically in keratinocytes, are less sensitive to noxious thermal and mechanical stimuli than control animals. Exploring the mechanism, we find that epidermal TRPV4 orchestrates UVB-evoked skin tissue damage and increased expression of the proalgesic/algogenic mediator endothelin-1. In culture, UVB causes a direct, TRPV4-dependent Ca(2+) response in keratinocytes. In mice, topical treatment with a TRPV4-selective inhibitor decreases UVB-evoked pain behavior, epidermal tissue damage, and endothelin-1 expression. In humans, sunburn enhances epidermal expression of TRPV4 and endothelin-1, underscoring the potential of keratinocyte-derived TRPV4 as a therapeutic target for UVB-induced sunburn, in particular pain.

  1. UVB radiation generates sunburn pain and affects skin by activating epidermal TRPV4 ion channels and triggering endothelin-1 signaling

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    Moore, Carlene; Cevikbas, Ferda; Pasolli, H. Amalia; Chen, Yong; Kong, Wei; Kempkes, Cordula; Parekh, Puja; Lee, Suk Hee; Kontchou, Nelly-Ange; Yeh, Iwei; Jokerst, Nan Marie; Fuchs, Elaine; Steinhoff, Martin; Liedtke, Wolfgang B.

    2013-01-01

    At our body surface, the epidermis absorbs UV radiation. UV overexposure leads to sunburn with tissue injury and pain. To understand how, we focus on TRPV4, a nonselective cation channel highly expressed in epithelial skin cells and known to function in sensory transduction, a property shared with other transient receptor potential channels. We show that following UVB exposure mice with induced Trpv4 deletions, specifically in keratinocytes, are less sensitive to noxious thermal and mechanical stimuli than control animals. Exploring the mechanism, we find that epidermal TRPV4 orchestrates UVB-evoked skin tissue damage and increased expression of the proalgesic/algogenic mediator endothelin-1. In culture, UVB causes a direct, TRPV4-dependent Ca2+ response in keratinocytes. In mice, topical treatment with a TRPV4-selective inhibitor decreases UVB-evoked pain behavior, epidermal tissue damage, and endothelin-1 expression. In humans, sunburn enhances epidermal expression of TRPV4 and endothelin-1, underscoring the potential of keratinocyte-derived TRPV4 as a therapeutic target for UVB-induced sunburn, in particular pain. PMID:23929777

  2. Endothelin-1 as a master regulator of whole-body Na+ homeostasis.

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    Speed, Joshua S; Heimlich, J Brett; Hyndman, Kelly A; Fox, Brandon M; Patel, Vivek; Yanagisawa, Masashi; Pollock, Jennifer S; Titze, Jens M; Pollock, David M

    2015-12-01

    The current study was designed to determine whether vascular endothelial-derived endothelin-1 (ET-1) is important for skin Na(+) buffering. In control mice (C57BL/6J), plasma Na(+) and osmolarity were significantly elevated in animals on high- vs. low-salt (HS and LS, respectively) intake. The increased plasma Na(+) and osmolarity were associated with increased ET-1 mRNA in vascular tissue. There was no detectable difference in skin Na(+):H2O in HS fed mice (0.119 ± 0.005 mM vs. 0.127 ± 0.007 mM; LS vs. HS); however, skin Na(+):H2O was significantly increased by blockade of the endothelin type A receptor with ABT-627 (0.116 ± 0.006 mM vs. 0.137 ± 0.007 mM; LS vs. HS; half-maximal inhibitory concentration, 0.055 nM). ET-1 peptide content in skin tissue was increased in floxed control animals on HS (85.9 ± 0.9 pg/mg vs. 106.4 ± 6.8 pg/mg; P < 0.05), but not in vascular endothelial cell endothelin-1 knockout (VEET KO) mice (76.4 ± 5.7 pg/mg vs. 65.7 ± 7.9 pg/mg; LS vs. HS). VEET KO mice also had a significantly elevated skin Na(+):H2O (0.113 ± 0.007 mM vs. 0.137 ± 0.005 mM; LS vs. HS; P < 0.05). Finally, ET-1 production was elevated in response to increasing extracellular osmolarity in cultured human endothelial cells. These data support the hypothesis that increased extrarenal vascular ET-1 production in response to HS intake is mediated by increased extracellular osmolarity and plays a critical role in regulating skin storage of Na(+).

  3. Circulating concentrations of endothelin-1 predict coronary heart disease in women but not in men: a longitudinal observational study in the Vara-Skövde Cohort.

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    Daka, Bledar; Olausson, Josefin; Larsson, Charlotte A; Hellgren, Margareta I; Råstam, Lennart; Jansson, Per-Anders; Lindblad, Ulf

    2015-11-14

    The vasoconstricting peptide endothelin-1 has been proposed to be a marker of cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to investigate whether circulating endothelin-1 levels predict coronary heart disease (CHD) in Sweden. In 2002-2005, 2816 adult participants (30-74 years) were randomly selected from two municipalities in south-western Sweden. Cardiovascular risk factors and endothelin-1 levels were assessed at baseline, and incident CHD was followed-up in all participants through 2011. After exclusion of 50 participants due to known CHD at baseline and 21 participants because of unsuccessful analysis of endothelin-1, 2745 participants were included in the study. In total, 72 CHD events (52 in men and 20 in women) were registered during the follow-up time. We showed that baseline circulating endothelin-1 levels were higher in women with incident CHD than in women without CHD (3.2 pg/ml, SE: 0.36 vs 2.4 pg/ml, SE: 0.03, p = 0.003) whereas this difference was not observed in men (2.3 pg/ml, SE: 0.16 vs 2.3 pg/ml, SE: 0.04, p = 0.828). An age-adjusted Cox proportional regression analysis showed an enhanced risk of CHD with increasing baseline endothelin-1 levels in women (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.51, 95 % CI = 1.1-2.1, p = 0.015) but not in men (HR = 0.98, 95 % CI = 0.8-1.2, p = 0.854). Furthermore, the predictive value of endothelin-1 for incident CHD in women was still significant after adjustments for age, HOMA-IR, apolipoprotein (apo)B/apoA1 and smoking (HR = 1.53, CI = 1.1-1.2, p = 0.024). Circulating endothelin-1 levels may predict CHD in women.

  4. Sex differences in endothelin-1-mediated vasoconstrictor tone in middle-aged and older adults.

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    Stauffer, Brian L; Westby, Christian M; Greiner, Jared J; Van Guilder, Gary P; Desouza, Christopher A

    2010-02-01

    The prevalence of cardiovascular disease is lower in middle-aged and older women than men. Increased endothelin-1-mediated vasoconstriction has been linked to the etiology of a number of cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, heart failure, and hypertension. It is unknown whether a sex difference in endothelin-1-mediated vasoconstrictor tone exists in middle-aged and older adults. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that middle-aged and older men would demonstrate greater ET-1-mediated vasoconstrictor tone than age-matched women. Forearm blood flow in response to intra-arterial infusions of endothelin (ET)-1, BQ-123 (a selective ET(A) receptor antagonist), and BQ-788 (a selective ET(B) receptor antagonist) was assessed by venous occlusion plethysmography in 21 women (age: 58 + or - 1 yr; body mass index: 26.0 + or - 1.0 kg/m(2)) and 25 men (age: 57 + or - 2 yr; body mass index: 26.8 + or - 0.7 kg/m(2)). In response to BQ-123, the increase in forearm blood flow from baseline was significantly higher in the men than the women (24 + or - 5% vs. 9 + or - 5%; P < 0.05). In contrast, the increase in forearm blood flow in response to BQ-123 coinfused with BQ-788 was greater in the women than the men, such that the maximum vasodilation to dual endothelin receptor blockade was similar between men and women (approximately 25%). There was no difference in the vasoconstrictor response to ET-1 between the sexes. These results indicate that middle-aged and older men are under greater ET(A) receptor-mediated vasoconstrictor tone than age-matched women. Since the ET(A) receptor is the predominant receptor subtype in the coronary vasculature, this sex difference in vasoconstrictor tone may be a mechanism contributing to the sex difference in the prevalence of coronary heart disease in middle-aged and older adults.

  5. Plasma level of big endothelin-1 predicts the prognosis in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Wang, Yilu; Tang, Yida; Zou, Yubao; Wang, Dong; Zhu, Ling; Tian, Tao; Wang, Jizheng; Bao, Jingru; Hui, Rutai; Kang, Lianming; Song, Lei; Wang, Ji

    2017-09-15

    Cardiac remodeling is one of major pathological process in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Endothelin-1 has been linked to cardiac remodeling. Big endothelin-1 is the precursor of endothelin-1. A total of 245 patients with HCM were enrolled from 1999 to 2011 and partitioned to low, middle and high level groups according to their plasma big endothelin-1 levels. At baseline, significant associations were found between high level of big endothelin-1 and left atrium size, heart function and atrial fibrillation. Big endothelin-1 was positively correlated with N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (r=0.291, p<0.001) and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on magnetic resonance imaging (r=0.222, p=0.016). During a follow-up of 3 (range, 2-5) years, big endothelin-1 level was positively associated with the risks of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular death and progression to NYHA class 3 or 4 (p=0.020, 0.044 and 0.032, respectively). The rate of above events in the highest tertile were 18.1%, 15.7%, 24.2%, respectively. After adjusting for multiple factors related to survival and cardiac function, the significance remained in the association of big endothelin-1 with the risk of all-cause mortality (hazard ratio (HR)=4.94, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.07-22.88; p=0.041) and progression to NYHA class 3 or 4 (HR=4.10, 95%CI 1.32-12.75, p=0.015). Our study showed that high level of plasma big endothelin-1 predicted prognosis for patients with HCM and it can be added to the marker panel in stratifying HCM patients for giving treatment priority to those at high risk. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  6. Endothelin-1 signalling controls early embryonic heart rate in vitro and in vivo.

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    Karppinen, S; Rapila, R; Mäkikallio, K; Hänninen, S L; Rysä, J; Vuolteenaho, O; Tavi, P

    2014-02-01

    Spontaneous activity of embryonic cardiomyocytes originates from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release during early cardiogenesis. However, the regulation of heart rate during embryonic development is still not clear. The aim of this study was to determine how endothelin-1 (ET-1) affects the heart rate of embryonic mice, as well as the pathway through which it exerts its effects. The effects of ET-1 and ET-1 receptor inhibition on cardiac contraction were studied using confocal Ca(2+) imaging of isolated mouse embryonic ventricular cardiomyocytes and ultrasonographic examination of embryonic cardiac contractions in utero. In addition, the amount of ET-1 peptide and ET receptor a (ETa) and b (ETb) mRNA levels were measured during different stages of development of the cardiac muscle. High ET-1 concentration and expression of both ETa and ETb receptors was observed in early cardiac tissue. ET-1 was found to increase the frequency of spontaneous Ca(2+) oscillations in E10.5 embryonic cardiomyocytes in vitro. Non-specific inhibition of ET receptors with tezosentan caused arrhythmia and bradycardia in isolated embryonic cardiomyocytes and in whole embryonic hearts both in vitro (E10.5) and in utero (E12.5). ET-1-mediated stimulation of early heart rate was found to occur via ETb receptors and subsequent inositol trisphosphate receptor activation and increased SR Ca(2+) leak. Endothelin-1 is required to maintain a sufficient heart rate, as well as to prevent arrhythmia during early development of the mouse heart. This is achieved through ETb receptor, which stimulates Ca(2+) leak through IP3 receptors. © 2013 Scandinavian Physiological Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Formation of native disulfide bonds in endothelin-1. Structural evidence for the involvement of a highly specific salt bridge between the prosequence and the endothelin-1 sequence.

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    Aumelas, A; Kubo, S; Chino, N; Chiche, L; Forest, E; Roumestand, C; Kobayashi, Y

    1998-04-14

    The [Lys-Arg]-endothelin-1 analogue (KR-ET-1) yields almost selectively the native disulfide pattern (96%), in contrast to endothelin-1 (ET-1) that gives at least 25% of the non-native disulfide pattern. We have previously shown that the carboxylate-state structure of KR-ET-1 is more constrained and stabilized by a salt bridge between Arg(-1) and the Asp8 or Glu10 side chain [Aumelas et al. (1995) Biochemistry 34, 4546-4561]. To identify this salt bridge and its potential involvement in the disulfide bond formation, [E10Q], [D18N], and [D8N] carboxamide analogues were studied, which led to the unambiguous identification of the Arg(-1)-Asp8 salt bridge. Furthermore, while [E10Q] and [D18N] analogues gave a high yield of the native isomer (>/=90%), the [D8N] analogue afforded a ratio of the two isomers close to that observed for ET-1 (68%) [Kubo et al. (1997) Lett. Pept. Sci. 4, 185-192]. Assuming that the formation of disulfide bonds occurs in a thermodynamically controlled step, we have hypothesized that the Arg(-1)-Asp8 salt bridge and concomitant interactions could be responsible for the increase in yield of the native isomer of KR-ET-1. In the present work, we describe the structural studies of the carboxamide analogues and of the minor non-native KR-ET-1 isomer. On the basis of 1H NMR and CD spectra as a function of pH, [E10Q] and [D18N] analogues display a conformational change similar to that of the parent peptide, whereas the structure of the [D8N] analogue is unchanged. For the non-native isomer, we measured a lower helical content than for the native isomer and observed a marked difference in the orientation of the KRCSC backbone. In addition, no salt bridge was experimentally observed. Altogether, these results allow us to hypothesize that the salt bridge between two highly conserved residues, one belonging to the prosequence [Arg(-1)] and the other to the mature sequence [Asp8], is involved in the formation of the native disulfide isomer of ET-1. The

  8. Plasma levels of endothelin-1 and thrombomodulin in burn patients.

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    Nakae, H; Endo, S; Inada, K; Yamada, Y; Takakuwa, T; Yoshida, M

    1996-12-01

    Plasma concentrations of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and thrombomodulin (TM) were determined in patients with burns to examine their relation to the severity of illness. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) was also measured, and its relationship to ET-1 and TM determined. Twenty-three burn patients were evaluated, who had a total burn surface area (TBSA) of at least 20 per cent. ET-1 was measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA). TM and TNF-alpha were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Both the ET-1 and TM concentrations were significantly higher in the patients who developed sepsis than in those who did not and in the patients who eventually died than in those who survived. Maximum plasma concentrations of ET-1 and TM were significantly correlated with the acute physiological and chronic health evaluation II score. There was also a significant correlation between the plasma levels of TNF-alpha and both ET-1 and TM. ET-1 and TM closely reflect the severity of illness in patients with burns in the infectious stage; TNF-alpha may be involved in the production of ET-1 and TM.

  9. Endothelin-1 inhibits pre-stimulated tracheal submucosal gland secretion and epithelial albumin transport.

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    Yurdakos, E.; Webber, S. E.

    1991-01-01

    1. Endothelin-1 potently contracts smooth muscle, including that in the airways. However, its effect on airway mucosal function has not so far been studied. 2. We have used the ferret whole trachea in vitro to examine the effect of endothelin-1 on tracheal smooth muscle tone, transepithelial potential difference (p.d.), submucosal gland secretion (including lysozyme secretion from serous cells) and active epithelial albumin transport. In addition we have examined the effects of endothelin on submucosal gland secretion and albumin transport pre-stimulated with the muscarinic agonist methacholine and the alpha-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine. The effects of the Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine on the responses to endothelin have also been assessed. 3. Endothelin (0.1-100 nM) produced concentration-dependent increases in intraluminal tracheal pressure indicating smooth muscle contraction, and in the negativity of the transepithelial p.d. These effects were partially inhibited by nifedipine (10 microM). 4. Endothelin (0.01-100 nM) had no significant effect on baseline rates of mucus, lysozyme or albumin outputs, but produced concentration-dependent reductions in maintained methacholine- and phenylephrine-induced mucus, lysozyme and albumin outputs. In general endothelin was more potent against methacholine-induced effects. All of the concentration-response curves for endothelin were shallow and some appeared to be biphasic, suggesting the possibility of more than one mechanism of action of endothelin. 5. The effects of endothelin (at concentrations greater than 1 nM) on phenylephrine-induced mucus volume, lysozyme and albumin outputs were significantly inhibited by nifedipine. Similarly the effect of endothelin (greater than 1 nM) on methacholine-induced mucus volume and albumin outputs (but not lysozyme output) was attenuated by nifedipine.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1810592

  10. Endothelin-1 decreases ethanolamine plasmalogen levels and evokes PAF production in brain microvessels.

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    Collado, M Pilar; Latorre, Eduardo; Fernández, Inmaculada; Aragonés, M Dolores; Catalán, R Edgardo

    2003-11-01

    Treatment of brain microvessels with Endothelin-1 evoked a decrease in ethanolamine plasmalogen levels by calcium-independent phospholipase A(2). In contrast, the diacyl molecular forms of ethanolamine phospholipids were unaffected. Evidence also shows that Endothelin type A receptors are involved. Concomitantly, PAF production mediated by CoA-independent transacylase was observed. This is the first evidence of involvement of these pathways on the Endothelin-1 mechanism of action on the blood-brain barrier.

  11. Endothelin-1 downregulates Mas receptor expression in human cardiomyocytes.

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    Chen, Zhiheng; Tang, Yamei; Yang, Zuocheng; Liu, Shaojun; Liu, Yong; Li, Yan; He, Wei

    2013-09-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) are involved in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction. The Mas receptor is a functional binding site for angiotensin (Ang)‑(1-7), which is now considered a critical component of the RAS and exerts cardioprotective effects. To the best of our knowledge, the present study aimed to examine, for the first time, the effects of ET-1 on Mas expression in cultured human cardiomyocytes. Human cardiomyocytes were treated with ET-1 at different concentrations (1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 nM) for varied time periods (0.5, 1.5, 3, 4.5 or 6 h) with or without the transcription inhibitor actinomycin D, endothelin A (ETA) receptor blocker BQ123 and ETB receptor blocker BQ788, or different kinase inhibitors. ET-1 decreased the Mas mRNA level in a statistically significant dose- and time-dependent manner within 4.5 h, which was reflected in the dose-dependent downregulation of Mas promoter activity, Mas protein levels and Ang-(1-7) binding on the cell membrane. Actinomycin D (1 mg/ml), BQ123 (1 µM), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) siRNA and inhibitor PD169316 (25 µM), completely eliminated the inhibitory effects of ET-1 on Mas expression in human cardiomyocytes. In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that ET-1 downregulates Mas expression at the transcription level in human cardiomyocytes via the ETA receptor by a p38 MAPK‑dependent mechanism. This study provides novel insights into the function of ET-1 and the Ang‑(1-7)/Mas axis in cardiac pathophysiology.

  12. Association of Big Endothelin-1 with Coronary Artery Calcification.

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    Qing, Ping; Li, Xiao-Lin; Zhang, Yan; Li, Yi-Lin; Xu, Rui-Xia; Guo, Yuan-Lin; Li, Sha; Wu, Na-Qiong; Li, Jian-Jun

    2015-01-01

    The coronary artery calcification (CAC) is clinically considered as one of the important predictors of atherosclerosis. Several studies have confirmed that endothelin-1(ET-1) plays an important role in the process of atherosclerosis formation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether big ET-1 is associated with CAC. A total of 510 consecutively admitted patients from February 2011 to May 2012 in Fu Wai Hospital were analyzed. All patients had received coronary computed tomography angiography and then divided into two groups based on the results of coronary artery calcium score (CACS). The clinical characteristics including traditional and calcification-related risk factors were collected and plasma big ET-1 level was measured by ELISA. Patients with CAC had significantly elevated big ET-1 level compared with those without CAC (0.5 ± 0.4 vs. 0.2 ± 0.2, P<0.001). In the multivariate analysis, big ET-1 (Tertile 2, HR = 3.09, 95% CI 1.66-5.74, P <0.001, Tertile3 HR = 10.42, 95% CI 3.62-29.99, P<0.001) appeared as an independent predictive factor of the presence of CAC. There was a positive correlation of the big ET-1 level with CACS (r = 0.567, p<0.001). The 10-year Framingham risk (%) was higher in the group with CACS>0 and the highest tertile of big ET-1 (P<0.01). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the big ET-1 level in predicting CAC was 0.83 (95% CI 0.79-0.87, p<0.001), with a sensitivity of 70.6% and specificity of 87.7%. The data firstly demonstrated that the plasma big ET-1 level was a valuable independent predictor for CAC in our study.

  13. Modulation of vascular tone by endothelin-1: role of preload, endothelial integrity and concentration of endothelin-1.

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    Mehta, J. L.; Lawson, D. L.; Yang, B. C.; Mehta, P.; Nichols, W. W.

    1992-01-01

    1. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been shown to exert both arterial relaxant and constrictor effects. To examine the mechanisms of these divergent effects, rat aortic rings were suspended in an organ bath (baseline preload, 5 g) and exposed to ET-1 (10(-11) to 10(-7) M). ET-1 contracted these rings in a concentration-dependent fashion. 2. When aortic rings were contracted with noradrenaline (NA) to 1 g of tension, ET-1 caused further contraction of these rings. In rings precontracted to 2 to 4 g of tension, low concentrations of ET-1 (10(-11) to 10(-9) M) caused a significant relaxation, but high concentrations (greater than or equal to 5 x 10(-9) M) caused a marked contraction, indicating both relaxant and contractile effects of ET-1 depending on the preload and ET-1 concentration. 3. To determine the mechanism of ET-1-induced relaxation, aortic rings were pretreated with the cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor indomethacin, NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) an inhibitor of synthesis of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF), or oxyhaemoglobin (Hb) which decreases the activity of EDRF, prior to their exposure to ET-1. Both indomethacin and L-NMMA markedly (P less than 0.01) attenuated ET-1-induced relaxation, whereas Hb totally abolished it. Removal of the endothelium from aortic rings also abolished ET-1-mediated relaxation. 4. The relaxant effect of ET-1 in NA-precontracted rings was associated with marked accumulation of guanosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate (cyclic GMP), whereas ET-1-induced contraction of quiescent rings was not. 5.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1324065

  14. Endothelin-1 receptor antagonist: effects on endothelin- and cyclosporine-treated mesangial cells.

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    Takeda, M; Breyer, M D; Noland, T D; Homma, T; Hoover, R L; Inagami, T; Kon, V

    1992-06-01

    Endothelin-1 (Et) has profound effects on glomerular microcirculation and mesangial cell contraction. A parameter of mesangial cell contraction was examined by measuring myosin light chain phosphorylation (MLCP) in glomerular mesangial cells in the presence and absence of a newly developed endothelin-1 receptor antagonist (EtA). Addition of Et alone (10 nM) caused a marked increase in MLCP, which, on average, rose by 53 +/- 6% above the level in cells exposed to vehicle (P less than 0.0005). This effect was shown to continue for at least one hour; MLCP at 60 minutes was 64 +/- 12% higher than controls, (P less than 0.025), constituting a unique observation of an in vitro parameter which parallels the characteristic in vivo effect of Et. Treatment of cells with EtA virtually abolished this Et-induced increase in MLCP, which rose by only 2 +/- 3% and -1 +/- 4% for doses of EtA of 44 nM and 66 nM, respectively. Examination of the intracellular calcium concentration, [Ca2+]i, revealed that EtA almost completely abolished the transient increase in [Ca2+]i evoked by Et and also suppressed the early portions of the sustained increase in [Ca2+]i. EtA was ineffective in abolishing [Ca2+]i increase in response to arginine vasopressin. Finally, to evaluate EtA's efficacy in a pathophysiologic setting, we also studied mesangial cells exposed to cyclosporine (Cs). Exposure of mesangial cells to Cs (10(-5) M) for 60 minutes caused a significant increase in MLCP, on average, by 38 +/- 6% above control (P less than 0.0005), while cells exposed to Cs in the presence of EtA increased MLCP significantly less, by only 15 +/- 9%. These data provide further evidence for Et's long-lasting cellular actions, and demonstrate inhibitory effects of an Et receptor antagonist after direct cellular exposure to Et and also after Cs exposure, a pathophysiologic setting which likely involves Et.

  15. Endothelin-1 stimulates human adipocyte lipolysis through the ET A receptor.

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    Eriksson, A K S; van Harmelen, V; Stenson, B M; Aström, G; Wåhlén, K; Laurencikiene, J; Rydén, M

    2009-01-01

    Levels of the vascular peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) are significantly elevated in obesity. Adipose tissue-derived ET-1 attenuates insulin-mediated antilipolysis in human visceral adipocytes through the activation of the ET receptor B (ET(B)R), thereby linking ET-1 to insulin resistance. Whether ET-1 has direct effects on lipolysis in human adipocytes is not known. Endothelin-1 receptor (ETR) mRNA expression was determined by quantitative PCR in 130 non-obese and obese subjects. ET-1 mRNA in different adipose tissue regions was also assessed. ETR protein expression was analyzed by western blotting in 37 subjects. The effect of ET-1 on lipolysis was assessed in freshly isolated adipocytes and in vitro differentiated adipocytes from human donors. Freshly isolated human adipocytes incubated with different concentrations of ET-1 showed no acute effect on lipolysis. In contrast, a 24 h incubation in primary cultures of human adipocytes resulted in a significant 50% increase in lipolysis. This effect was concentration dependent and could be mimicked by an agonist of the ET(A) receptor but not with a selective ET(B)R agonist. Adipocyte differentiation was not affected by any of the agonists. In subcutaneous (s.c.) adipose tissue from 19 non-obese and 18 obese subjects, the protein expression of ET(A)R was significantly higher in obese subjects whereas there was no difference in ET(B)R expression. Interestingly, the differences in protein expression were not observed at the mRNA level as ET(A)R expression was similar between lean and obese subjects. Long-term but not acute incubation of human adipocytes with ET-1 results in a significant increase in lipolysis. This appears to be mediated through the activation of ET(A)R, demonstrating a yet another receptor-specific effect of ET-1. In addition, the protein expression of ET(A)R is increased in s.c. adipose tissue in obesity, possibly through post-transcriptional mechanisms. An increased effect of ET-1 could be a mechanism

  16. Effect of endothelin-1 on glomerular hydraulic pressure and renin release in dogs.

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    Lin, H; Sangmal, M; Smith, M J; Young, D B

    1993-06-01

    The present study was designed to analyze quantitatively the effects of a wide range of endothelin-1 levels on renal hemodynamics and renin release in the canine nonfiltering kidney, including their effects on glomerular hydraulic pressure. Intrarenal infusion of endothelin-1 produced dose-dependent reductions in renal blood flow, but it did not affect glomerular hydraulic pressure until the infused dose reached high rates. At the rate of 1.0 ng/kg per minute, endothelin-1 reduced renal blood flow by 23% (p < 0.01), whereas glomerular hydraulic pressure was not significantly changed from 68.1 +/- 1.3 to 67.4 +/- 1.2 mm Hg. However, with a higher rate of endothelin-1 infusion (5.0 and 10.0 ng/kg per minute), glomerular hydraulic pressure fell to 59.5 +/- 1.3 and 51.5 +/- 1.8 mm Hg (p < 0.01), whereas renal blood flow was reduced from 154.5 +/- 15 to 83.0 +/- 9.5 and 53.5 +/- 9.9 mL/min, respectively. Endothelin-1 infusion also produced an inhibitory effect on renin release. With infusion at 1.0 ng/kg per minute, renin release fell from the control level of 47.9 +/- 5.6 to 26.6 +/- 4.9 units/min per gram kidney weight (p < 0.01), and it fell further to 16.1 +/- 4.3 units/min per gram kidney weight with infusion at 10.0 ng/kg per minute. In summary, endothelin-1 infusion did not affect glomerular hydraulic pressure despite a fall in renal blood flow at low doses, but at high doses it reduced both, suggesting that endothelin-1 exerts separate, dose-dependent effects on preglomerular and postglomerular resistances.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Association of left atrial endothelin-1 with atrial rhythm, size, and fibrosis in patients with structural heart disease.

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    Mayyas, Fadia; Niebauer, Mark; Zurick, Andrew; Barnard, John; Gillinov, A Marc; Chung, Mina K; Van Wagoner, David R

    2010-08-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) promotes atrial remodeling and can develop secondary to heart failure or mitral valve disease. Cardiac endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression responds to wall stress and can promote myocyte hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis. We tested the hypothesis that atrial ET-1 is elevated in AF and is associated with AF persistence. Left atrial appendage tissue was studied from coronary artery bypass graft, valve repair, and/or Maze procedure in patients in sinus rhythm with no history of AF (SR, n=21), with history of AF but in SR at surgery (AF/SR, n=23), and in AF at surgery (AF/AF, n=32). The correlation of LA size with atrial protein and mRNA expression of ET-1 and ET-1 receptors (ETAR and ETBR) was evaluated. LA appendage ET-1 content was higher in AF/AF than in SR, but receptor levels were similar. Immunostaining revealed that ET-1 and its receptors were present both in atrial myocytes and in fibroblasts. ET-1 content was positively correlated with LA size, heart failure, AF persistence, and severity of mitral regurgitation. Multivariate analysis confirmed associations of ET-1 with AF, hypertension, and LA size. LA size was associated with ET-1 and MR severity. ET-1 mRNA levels were correlated with genes involved in cardiac dilatation, hypertrophy, and fibrosis. Elevated atrial ET-1 content is associated with increased LA size, AF rhythm, hypertension, and heart failure. ET-1 is associated with atrial dilatation, fibrosis, and hypertrophy and probably contributes to AF persistence. Interventions that reduce atrial ET-1 expression and/or block its receptors may slow AF progression.

  18. Endothelin-1 suppresses insulin-stimulated Akt phosphorylation and glucose uptake via GPCR kinase 2 in skeletal muscle cells.

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    Horinouchi, Takahiro; Hoshi, Akimasa; Harada, Takuya; Higa, Tsunaki; Karki, Sarita; Terada, Koji; Higashi, Tsunehito; Mai, Yosuke; Nepal, Prabha; Mazaki, Yuichi; Miwa, Soichi

    2016-03-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) reduces insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in skeletal muscle, inducing insulin resistance. Here, we have determined the molecular mechanisms underlying negative regulation by ET-1 of insulin signalling. We used the rat L6 skeletal muscle cells fully differentiated into myotubes. Changes in the phosphorylation of Akt was assessed by Western blotting. Effects of ET-1 on insulin-stimulated glucose uptake was assessed with [(3) H]-2-deoxy-d-glucose ([(3) H]2-DG). The C-terminus region of GPCR kinase 2 (GRK2-ct), a dominant negative GRK2, was overexpressed in L6 cells using adenovirus-mediated gene transfer. GRK2 expression was suppressed by transfection of the corresponding short-interfering RNA (siRNA). In L6 myotubes, insulin elicited sustained Akt phosphorylation at Thr(308) and Ser(473) , which was suppressed by ET-1. The inhibitory effects of ET-1 were prevented by treatment with a selective ETA receptor antagonist and a Gq protein inhibitor, overexpression of GRK2-ct and knockdown of GRK2. Insulin increased [(3) H]2-DG uptake rate in a concentration-dependent manner. ET-1 noncompetitively antagonized insulin-stimulated [(3) H]2-DG uptake. Blockade of ETA receptors, overexpression of GRK2-ct and knockdown of GRK2 prevented the ET-1-induced suppression of insulin-stimulated [(3) H]2-DG uptake. In L6 myotubes overexpressing FLAG-tagged GRK2, ET-1 facilitated the interaction of endogenous Akt with FLAG-GRK2. Activation of ETA receptors with ET-1 suppressed insulin-induced Akt phosphorylation at Thr(308) and Ser(473) and [(3) H]2-DG uptake in a GRK2-dependent manner in skeletal muscle cells. These findings suggest that ETA receptors and GRK2 are potential targets for overcoming insulin resistance. © 2015 The British Pharmacological Society.

  19. Effects of adrenomedullin on tumour necrosis factor alpha, interleukins, endothelin-1, leptin, and adiponectin in the epididymal fat and soleus muscle of the rat.

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    Liao, S B; Wong, P F; Cheung, B M Y; Tang, F

    2013-01-01

    Adrenomedullin (ADM) is a peptide hormone, which participates in the development of metabolic syndrome. In this study, we have investigated the interaction of ADM and cytokines, endothelin-1 (EDN-1) and adipokines in the epididymal fat and the soleus muscle. Epididymal fat and soleus muscles from adult male Sprague-Dawley rat were incubated with ADM at concentration of 100 nM for the study of the gene expression and secretion of tumour necrosis factor (TNF-α), EDN-1, leptin, adiponectin, interleukin 1β (IL-1β), and IL-6. The effects of TNF-α and EDN-1 on ADM gene expression and secretion were also investigated. The results showed that ADM decreased the gene expression and protein secretion of TNF-α in both the epididymal fat and the soleus muscle and decreased IL-1β gene expression and secretion in the soleus muscle. It also decreased endothelin gene expression and adiponectin gene expression and release and increased IL-6 and leptin gene expression and secretion in the epididymal fat. These effects were effectively blocked by the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist, hCGRP8-37, but not by the ADM receptor antagonist, hADM22-52. The reduction of inflammatory cytokines and EDN-1 may help to decrease insulin resistance and increase glucose uptake. As TNF-α also increases ADM levels in the epididymal fat and the soleus muscle and EDN-1 also increases ADM levels in the epididymal fat, they may form a feedback loop with ADM in these tissues. The increase in leptin and the decrease in adiponectin by ADM in the epididymal fat may have opposite effects on metabolism. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. Sphincters of canine hepatic sublobular veins respond to endothelin-1 and 3.

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    Aharinejad, S; Nourani, F; Egerbacher, M; Larson, E K; Miksovsky, A; Böck, P; Firbas, W; McCuskey, R S; Marks, S C

    1997-10-01

    The dog has been used repeatedly as a model in liver transplantation research. The microcirculation and its regulatory mechanisms play a crucial role during ischemia and reperfusion. Little is known about the role of venous sphincters in regulating blood flow in the dog liver. Hence, we performed this study to elucidate their potential role in regulating local blood flow. In 14 dogs mean systemic (MSP) and mean portal venous pressure (MPP) were measured. Light and electron microscopy (scanning and transmission) of tissue sections and vascular corrosion casts were used to elucidate the microvascular morphology. Immunocytochemistry was applied to identify smooth muscle cells and the innervation of venous sphincters. Endothelins 1 and 3 were injected to find whether the hepatic venous sphincters are sensitive to these vasoactive agents. Tufts of smooth muscle cells were found in the sublobular veins (SLV; 100 to 250 microm in diameter), that reduced the luminal diameters of veins by 34%. Nerve endings were not observed close to these venous sphincters. The MSP and MPP were 75.3+/-2.4 mmHg and 8.9+/-0.95 mmHg, respectively. Treatment with 1.0 microg/kg of endothelin-1 (ET-1) significantly increased the MSP, the MPP and the percentage of focal venous sphincter contraction by 39% (105+/-4.7 mmHg), 43% (12.8+/-1.7 mmHg) and 57% (53.5+/-4.7), respectively (P <0.01). Treatment with ET-3 caused a significant (P <0.01) decrease in the MSP, the MPP and the percentage of sphincter contraction by 19% (61.0+/-2.2 mmHg), 39% (5.8+/-2.9 mmHg) and 38% (20.9%+/-3.15). Sinusoids did not contain sphincters. Hepatic arterioles and central veins were not affected by ET-treatment. The contraction of SLV sphincters correlated with increases in MPP (r=0.81, P <0.01) and was related to the MSP (r=0.67, P <0.01). These data show that the smooth muscle sphincters in SLV of the dog liver are involved in the local regulation of blood flow and that these sphincters are stimulated by non

  1. Combined exposure to big endothelin-1 and mechanical loading in bovine sternal cores promotes osteogenesis.

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    Meyer, Luisa A; Johnson, Michael G; Cullen, Diane M; Vivanco, Juan F; Blank, Robert D; Ploeg, Heidi-Lynn; Smith, Everett L

    2016-04-01

    Increased bone formation resulting from mechanical loading is well documented; however, the interactions of the mechanotransduction pathways are less well understood. Endothelin-1, a ubiquitous autocrine/paracrine signaling molecule promotes osteogenesis in metastatic disease. In the present study, it was hypothesized that exposure to big endothelin-1 (big ET1) and/or mechanical loading would promote osteogenesis in ex vivo trabecular bone cores. In a 2×2 factorial trial of daily mechanical loading (-2000με, 120cycles daily, "jump" waveform) and big ET1 (25ng/mL), 48 bovine sternal trabecular bone cores were maintained in bioreactor chambers for 23days. The bone cores' response to the treatment stimuli was assessed with percent change in core apparent elastic modulus (ΔEapp), static and dynamic histomorphometry, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) secretion. Two-way ANOVA with a post hoc Fisher's LSD test found no significant treatment effects on ΔEapp (p=0.25 and 0.51 for load and big ET1, respectively). The ΔEapp in the "no load + big ET1" (CE, 13±12.2%, p=0.56), "load + no big ET1" (LC, 17±3.9%, p=0.14) and "load + big ET1" (LE, 19±4.2%, p=0.13) treatment groups were not statistically different than the control group (CC, 3.3%±8.6%). Mineralizing surface (MS/BS), mineral apposition (MAR) and bone formation rates (BFR/BS) were significantly greater in LE than CC (p=0.037, 0.0040 and 0.019, respectively). While the histological bone formation markers in LC trended to be greater than CC (p=0.055, 0.11 and 0.074, respectively) there was no difference between CE and CC (p=0.61, 0.50 and 0.72, respectively). Cores in LE and LC had more than 50% greater MS/BS (p=0.037, p=0.055 respectively) and MAR (p=0.0040, p=0.11 respectively) than CC. The BFR/BS was more than two times greater in LE (p=0.019) and LC (p=0.074) than CC. The PGE2 levels were elevated at 8days post-osteotomy in all groups and the treatment groups remained elevated compared to the CC group on days 15

  2. Contribution of endothelin-1 to the enhanced carotid body chemosensory responses induced by chronic intermittent hypoxia.

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    Rey, Sergio; Del Rio, Rodrigo; Iturriaga, Rodrigo

    2006-05-01

    Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) enhances carotid body (CB) chemosensory responses to acute hypoxia. We tested the hypothesis that endothelin-1 (ET-1), an excitatory modulator of CB chemoreception may contribute to the enhanced CB chemosensory responses in cats exposed to cyclic hypoxic episodes repeated during 8 h for 4 days. Accordingly, we measured the ET-1 immunoreactivity (ET-ir) in the CB and plasma. Using a perfused CB preparation, we studied the effects of exogenous ET-1 and bosentan, a non-selective endothelin receptor type A and B antagonist, on the frequency of chemosensory discharges (f(x)) during normoxia, mild and severe hypoxia. We found that CIH increased ET-ir in the CB by approximately 10-fold leaving ET-1 plasma levels unchanged. Application of ET-1 to control and CIH-treated CBs produced long-lasting dose-dependent increases in f(x), although the dose-response curve showed a rightward-shift in the CIH-treated CBs. CIH increased baseline f(x) and hypoxic chemosensory responses, which were reduced by 50 microM bosentan in CBs from CIH-treated cats. Present results suggest that a local increase of ET-1 in the CB may contribute to the enhanced chemosensory responses induced by CIH predominantly through a vasomotor mechanism.

  3. Assessment of serum endothelin-1 levels in rat appendicitis model and the effects of bosentan.

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    Sarsu, S B; Sahin, K; Kilincaslan, H; Mirapoglu, S L; Buyukpınarbasili, N; Duz, M E; Aydogdu, I

    2017-04-01

    In this study, the diagnostic value of serum endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels and the therapeutic effects of bosentan have been investigated in an experimental appendicitis rat model. Twenty-one male Sprague-Dawley rats were chosen for the study. The rats were allocated into three groups as follows: Group 1 (control, n = 7), Group 2 (appendicitis, n = 7), and Group 3 (bosentan treatment, n = 7). At the 6th hour of the experiment, Groups 1 and 2 received 2 ml saline, and group 3 received 30 mg/kg bosentan intraperitoneally. At the 24th postoperative hour, all rats were sacrificed and evaluated histopathologically to score the severity of appendicitis. The plasma malondialdehyde, reduced and total glutathione levels, serum, and appendiceal tissue ET-1 levels were evaluated. In this study, we found that the ET-1 levels were significantly increased with appendicitis (p = 0.018). The administration of bosentan can statistically significantly both decrease the histopathologic injury in the inflamed appendix and increase the serum total glutathione levels (p = 0.002). The increase in plasma ET-1 levels may have a diagnostic value of acute appendicitis. We believe that manifestations that occur during the acute phase of appendicitis may be reduced with the administration of bosentan, which may also help prevent complications.

  4. Air Pollution-Induced Vascular Dysfunction: Potential Role of Endothelin-1 (ET-1) System.

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    Finch, Jordan; Conklin, Daniel J

    2016-07-01

    Exposure to air pollution negatively impacts cardiovascular health. Studies show that increased exposure to a number of airborne pollutants increases the risk for cardiovascular disease progression, myocardial events, and cardiovascular mortality. A hypothesized mechanism linking air pollution and cardiovascular disease is the development of systemic inflammation and endothelium dysfunction, the latter of which can result from an imbalance of vasoactive factors within the vasculature. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent peptide vasoconstrictor that plays a significant role in regulating vascular homeostasis. It has been reported that the production and function of ET-1 and its receptors are upregulated in a number of disease states associated with endothelium dysfunction including hypertension and atherosclerosis. This mini-review surveys epidemiological and experimental air pollution studies focused on ET-1 dysregulation as a plausible mechanism underlying the development of cardiovascular disease. Although alterations in ET-1 system components are observed in some studies, there remains a need for future research to clarify whether these specific changes are compensatory or causally related to vascular injury and dysfunction. Moreover, further research may test the efficacy of selective ET-1 pharmacological interventions (e.g., ETA receptor inhibitors) to determine whether these treatments could impede the deleterious impact of air pollution exposure on cardiovascular health.

  5. Glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide stimulates thymidine incorporation in endothelial cells: role of endothelin-1

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    Ding, Ke-Hong; Zhong, Qing; Isales, Carlos M.; Iscules, C. M. (Principal Investigator)

    2003-01-01

    We have previously characterized the receptor for glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIPR) in vascular endothelial cells (EC). Different EC types were found to contain distinct GIPR splice variants. To determine whether activation of the GIPR splice variants resulted in different cellular responses, we examined GIP effects on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), which contain two GIPR splice variants, and compared them with a spontaneously transformed human umbilical vein EC line, ECV 304, which contains four GIPR splice variants. GIP dose-dependently stimulated HUVEC and ECV 304 proliferation as measured by [3H]thymidine incorporation. GIP increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) secretion from HUVEC but not from ECV 304. Use of the endothelin B receptor blocker BQ-788 resulted in an inhibition of [3H]thymidine incorporation in HUVEC but not in ECV 304. These findings suggest that, although GIP increases [3H]thymidine incorporation in both HUVEC and ECV 304, this proliferative response is mediated by ET-1 only in HUVEC. These differences in cellular response to GIP may be related to differences in activation of GIPR splice variants.

  6. Air Pollution-Induced Vascular Dysfunction: Potential Role of Endothelin-1 (ET-1) System

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    Finch, Jordan; Conklin, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    Exposure to air pollution negatively impacts cardiovascular health. Studies show that increased exposure to a number of airborne pollutants increases the risk for cardiovascular disease progression, myocardial events, and cardiovascular mortality. A hypothesized mechanism linking air pollution and cardiovascular disease is the development of systemic inflammation and endothelium dysfunction, the latter of which can result from an imbalance of vasoactive factors within the vasculature. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent peptide vasoconstrictor that plays a significant role in regulating vascular homeostasis. It has been reported that the production and function of ET-1 and its receptors are upregulated in a number of disease states associated with endothelium dysfunction including hypertension and atherosclerosis. This mini-review surveys epidemiological and experimental air pollution studies focused on ET-1 dysregulation as a plausible mechanism underlying the development of cardiovascular disease. Although alterations in ET-1 system components are observed in some studies, there remains a need for future research to clarify whether these specific changes are compensatory or causally related to vascular injury and dysfunction. Moreover, further research may test the efficacy of selective ET-1 pharmacological interventions (e.g., ETA receptor inhibitors) to determine whether these treatments could impede the deleterious impact of air pollution exposure on cardiovascular health. PMID:26148452

  7. Osmolar regulation of endothelin-1 production by rat inner medullary collecting duct.

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    Kohan, D E; Padilla, E

    1993-01-01

    Recent evidence has implicated endothelin-1 (ET-1) as an autocrine inhibitor of inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) sodium and water transport. The regulators of IMCD ET-1 production are, however, largely unknown. Because of the unique hypertonic environment of the IMCD, the effect of varying extracellular tonicity on IMCD ET-1 production was evaluated. Increasing media osmolality from 300 to 450 mosmol with NaCl or mannitol but not urea caused a marked dose- and time-dependent reduction in ET-1 release by and ET-1 mRNA in cultured rat IMCD cells. In contrast, increasing osmolality had no effect on ET-1 production by rat endothelial or mesangial cells. To see if ET-1 varies in a similar manner in vivo, ET-1 production was assessed in volume expanded (lower medullary tonicity) or volume depleted (high medullary tonicity) rats. Urinary ET-1 excretion and inner medulla ET-1 mRNA were significantly reduced in volume depleted as compared to volume expanded animals. These results indicate that extracellular sodium concentration inhibits ET-1 production specifically in IMCD cells. We speculate that extracellular sodium concentration, via regulation of ET-1 production, provides a link between volume status and IMCD sodium and water reabsorption. PMID:8450052

  8. Glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide stimulates thymidine incorporation in endothelial cells: role of endothelin-1

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    Ding, Ke-Hong; Zhong, Qing; Isales, Carlos M.; Iscules, C. M. (Principal Investigator)

    2003-01-01

    We have previously characterized the receptor for glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIPR) in vascular endothelial cells (EC). Different EC types were found to contain distinct GIPR splice variants. To determine whether activation of the GIPR splice variants resulted in different cellular responses, we examined GIP effects on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), which contain two GIPR splice variants, and compared them with a spontaneously transformed human umbilical vein EC line, ECV 304, which contains four GIPR splice variants. GIP dose-dependently stimulated HUVEC and ECV 304 proliferation as measured by [3H]thymidine incorporation. GIP increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) secretion from HUVEC but not from ECV 304. Use of the endothelin B receptor blocker BQ-788 resulted in an inhibition of [3H]thymidine incorporation in HUVEC but not in ECV 304. These findings suggest that, although GIP increases [3H]thymidine incorporation in both HUVEC and ECV 304, this proliferative response is mediated by ET-1 only in HUVEC. These differences in cellular response to GIP may be related to differences in activation of GIPR splice variants.

  9. Endothelin-1 is elevated in Alzheimer's disease brain microvessels and is neuroprotective.

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    Luo, Jinhua; Grammas, Paula

    2010-01-01

    The vasoactive protein endothelin-1 (ET-1) is produced by vascular endothelial cells and participates in the regulation of vascular inflammation. We have previously documented that the cerebral microvasculature is a source of inflammatory proteins and a likely contributor to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, we (a) compare expression of ET-1 in brain microvessels isolated from AD and control brains; (b) determine thrombin regulation of ET-1 synthesis and release in brain endothelial cells; and (c) assess the effects of ET-1 on neuronal viability in vitro. Western blot analysis indicates a significantly higher level of ET-1 in AD vessels compared to vessels from age-matched controls. ET-1 expression and secretion are both induced by the inflammatory and neurotoxic protein thrombin. Pretreatment of neuronal cultures with ET-1 significantly increases neuronal survival when cells are challenged with oxidative stress (H2O2) or thrombin. The protective effect of ET-1 is blocked by incubation with an inhibitor of the c-Jun kinase (JNK) cascade. These data demonstrate that in the brain microvasculature dysfunctional or stressed endothelial cells express ET-1 and that this protein promotes the survival of brain neurons exposed to injury.

  10. Cytokine modulation by endothelin-1 and possible therapeutic implications in systemic sclerosis.

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    Giordano, N; Papakostas, P; Pecetti, G; Nuti, R

    2011-01-01

    Systemic sclerosis (SSc), also known as scleroderma, is an autoimmune disorder characterized by a progressive fibrosis which involves skin and internal organs, caused by microvascular damage. The earliest clinical sign of the disease is Raynauds Phenomenon, a vasospastic response to cold or stress stimuli, followed by the skin and organ involvement over time. This kind of vascular manifestation originates from the microvascular structural alteration, characterized by an abnormal myocyte cell proliferation, intima cell proliferation and adventitia fibrosis. The microvascular damage seems to be the consequence of the autoimmune attack to the endothelium, followed by inflammatory cascade and massive deposition of collagen. From the beginning of the disorder, serum Endothelin-1 (ET- 1) is found in very high concentration: this protein, today, is considered one of the most important mediators of scleroderma vascular alterations. Furthermore, many recent studies have shown that ET-1 is involved in the inflammatory and fibrotic processes, increasing the concentration of pro-fibrotic and pro-inflammatory cytokines. The aim of this review is to clarify the ET-1 role in SSc, in particular the relationship between ET-1 and cytokine expression, adding another element to the understanding of scleroderma disease.

  11. Role of endothelin-1 in the skin fibrosis of systemic sclerosis.

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    Jing, J; Dou, T T; Yang, J Q; Chen, X B; Cao, H L; Min, M; Cai, S Q; Zheng, M; Man, X Y

    2015-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) acts as a key regulator of vasoconstriction and fibrosis. Many previous studies have focused on the role of ET-1 in scleroderma (systemic sclerosis, SSc). We investigated the effects of ET-1 on the production of extracellular matrix in SSc and normal skin fibroblasts. Primary cultured dermal fibroblasts from SSc patients and healthy controls were treated with ET-1 (25 ng/mL) for 0 min, 15 min, 1 h, 24 h, 48 h and 72 h, respectively. Our results showed that, in SSc fibroblasts, ET-1 upregulated collagen type I, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), type I plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) and pAkt in a time-dependent manner within 72 h; in normal fibroblasts, 25 ng/mL ET-1 stimulation correlated with high levels of CTGF, PAI-1 and pAkt. The secretion of fibronectin (FN), collagen type I, and PAI-1 is markedly increased in the supernatant of both SSc fibroblasts and normal fibroblasts. Furthermore, ET-1 phosphorylates Smad2 and Smad3 in normal fibroblasts, but not in SSc fibroblasts. In conclusion, our results demonstrated that ET-1 may induce fibrosis in dermal fibroblasts through Akt signals.

  12. Angiotensin II enhances endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction through upregulating endothelin type A receptor.

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    Lin, Yan-Jie; Kwok, Ching-Fai; Juan, Chi-Chang; Hsu, Yung-Pei; Shih, Kuang-Chung; Chen, Chin-Chang; Ho, Low-Tone

    2014-08-22

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is the most potent vasoconstrictor by binding to endothelin receptors (ETAR) in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The complex of angiotensin II (Ang II) and Ang II type one receptor (AT1R) acts as a transient constrictor of VSMCs. The synergistic effect of ET-1 and Ang II on blood pressure has been observed in rats; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We hypothesize that Ang II leads to enhancing ET-1-mediated vasoconstriction through the activation of endothelin receptor in VSMCs. The ET-1-induced vasoconstriction, ET-1 binding, and endothelin receptor expression were explored in the isolated endothelium-denuded aortae and A-10 VSMCs. Ang II pretreatment enhanced ET-1-induced vasoconstriction and ET-1 binding to the aorta. Ang II enhanced ETAR expression, but not ETBR, in aorta and increased ET-1 binding, mainly to ETAR in A-10 VSMCs. Moreover, Ang II-enhanced ETAR expression was blunted and ET-1 binding was reduced by AT1R antagonism or by inhibitors of PKC or ERK individually. In conclusion, Ang II enhances ET-1-induced vasoconstriction by upregulating ETAR expression and ET-1/ETAR binding, which may be because of the AngII/Ang II receptor pathways and the activation of PKC or ERK. These findings suggest the synergistic effect of Ang II and ET-1 on the pathogenic development of hypertension. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Stimulation of peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR alpha) attenuates cardiac fibrosis and endothelin-1 production in pressure-overloaded rat hearts.

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    Ogata, Takehiro; Miyauchi, Takashi; Sakai, Satoshi; Irukayama-Tomobe, Yoko; Goto, Katsutoshi; Yamaguchi, Iwao

    2002-08-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) production is increased in hypertrophied hearts accompanied with fibrosis. ET-1 is a potent mitogen of fibroblasts and ET receptor antagonists are reported to inhibit the proliferation of fibroblasts and cardiac fibrosis. Peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR alpha), one of the nuclear hormone receptors, suppresses activator protein-1 (AP-1), one of the nuclear transcription factors. Activation of PPAR alpha is reported to inhibit thrombin-induced ET-1 production by repressing the AP-1 signalling pathway in vascular endothelial cells. We investigated effects of the PPAR alpha activator fenofibrate (80 mg/kg per day, per os) on mRNA levels of ET-1, collagen type I and type III and histological features of myocardial fibrosis in hypertrophied rat hearts due to pressure-overload by abdominal aortic banding (AB). The treatment with fenofibrate or vehicle was started 7 days before the AB operation. Four days after the AB operation, fenofibrate treatment significantly reduced ET-1 mRNA expression compared with vehicle treatment in AB rat hearts. Collagen type I and type III mRNA expression, and interstitial and perivascular fibrosis were attenuated in the fenofibrate-treated AB rat group. Since the ET-1 gene has AP-1 response elements in the 5'-flanking region, it is suggested that myocardial fibrosis is effectively inhibited by fenofibrate through suppression of AP-1-mediated ET-1 gene augmentation in the pressure-overloaded heart caused by aortic banding in rats.

  14. Changes of endothelin-1 and big endothelin-1 levels and action potential duration during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion in dogs with and without ventricular fibrillation.

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    Vágó, Hajnalka; Soós, Pál; Zima, Endre; Gellér, László; Keltai, Katalin; Róka, Attila; Kékesi, Violetta; Juhász-Nagy, Alexander; Merkely, Béla

    2004-11-01

    Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion is associated with increased production of endothelin-1 (ET-1). Moreover, exogenous ET-1 has arrhythmogenic properties. Our aim was to investigate the correlation between endogenous ET-1, big ET-1 levels and epicardial monophasic action potential duration during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion in anesthetized dogs. Thirty-minute myocardial ischemia was followed by a 90-minute reperfusion period in 18 mongrel dogs. The total incidence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) during ischemia and reperfusion was 11.1% and 33.3%, respectively. During ischemia, the monophasic action potential duration at 90% repolarization (MAPD90) decreased significantly (control versus ischemia, 30 minutes, 224.7 +/- 7.1 ms versus 173.8 +/- 7.6 ms; P < 0.05), while during reperfusion a significant prolongation of MAPD90 was observed (ischemia, 30 minutes versus reperfusion, 30 minutes, 173.8 +/- 7.6 ms versus 249.7 +/- 9.9 ms, P < 0.05). During reperfusion ET-1 and big ET-1 levels increased significantly in the coronary sinus and femoral artery (control versus reperfusion, 90 minutes: coronary sinus ET-1, 15.1 +/- 1.4 fmol/mL versus 22.3 +/- 1.1 fmol/mL; big ET-1, 14.7 +/- 1.9 fmol/mL versus 27.4 +/- 2.3 fmol/mL; P < 0.05). The ET-1 concentration increased to a higher level during ischemia in dogs with VF compared with dogs surviving ischemia-reperfusion (non-VF versus VF: control, 15.1 +/- 1.3 versus 15.2 +/- 1.3; ischemia, 30 minutes, 17.6 +/- 1.2 fmol/mL versus 22 +/- 1.6 fmol/mL; P < 0.05), demonstrating a trend of correlation between endothelin levels and development of VF (P = 0.07). ET-1 and big ET-1 levels increased during reperfusion and in the VF group during ischemia; however, there was no correlation between endothelin levels and MAPD90.

  15. Peripheral venous congestion causes time- and dose-dependent release of endothelin-1 in humans.

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    Lin, Jeffrey; Chudasama, Neelesh; Hayashi, Yacki; Hawk, Christopher; Ramnauth, Sahadeo D; Wong, Ka Yuk; Harxhi, Ante; Onat, Duygu; Wakabayashi, Michiyori; Uriel, Nir; Jorde, Ulrich P; LeJemtel, Thierry H; Sabbah, Hani N; Demmer, Ryan T; Colombo, Paolo C

    2017-03-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a pivotal mediator of vasoconstriction and inflammation in congestive states such as heart failure (HF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Whether peripheral venous congestion (VC) increases plasma ET-1 at pressures commonly seen in HF and CKD patients is unknown. We seek to characterize whether peripheral VC promotes time- and dose-dependent increases in plasma ET-1 and whether these changes are sustained after decongestion. We used a randomized, cross-over design in 20 healthy subjects (age 30 ± 7 years). To experimentally model VC, venous pressure was increased to either 15 or 30 mmHg (randomized at first visit) above baseline by inflating a cuff around the subject's dominant arm; the nondominant arm served as a noncongested control. We measured plasma ET-1 at baseline, after 20, 60 and 120 min of VC, and finally at 180 min (60 min after cuff release and decongestion). Plasma ET-1 progressively and significantly increased over 120 min in the congested arm relative to the control arm and to baseline values. This effect was dose-dependent: ET-1 increased by 45% and 100% at VC doses of 15 and 30 mmHg, respectively (P < 0.05), and declined after 60 min of decongestion though remaining significantly elevated compared to baseline. In summary, peripheral VC causes time- and dose-dependent increases in plasma ET-1. Of note, the lower dose of 15 mmHg (more clinically relevant to HF and CKD patients) was sufficient to raise ET-1. These findings support the potentially contributory, not merely consequential, role of VC in the pathophysiology of HF and CKD.

  16. [The influence of vitamin C and E use on concentration of endothelin-1 and lipid peroxides in the serum of pregnant women with arterial hypertension].

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    Pasiński, Jacek; Swierczewski, Arkadiusz; Estemberg, Dorota; Kowalska-Koprek, Urszula; Karowicz-Bilińska, Agata

    2013-01-01

    Hypertension occurs in 6 to 10 percent of pregnancies. It remains one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and the leading causes of maternal and fetal morbidity The changes in blood vessel endothelium have impact on the pathogenesis of hypertension and preeclampsia. The aim of this study was to establish endothelin- 1 and lipids peroxides content in blood during hypertension and the influence of vitamin C and E supplementation on the concentration of both parameters. Two study groups (pregnancy complicated with hypertension, pregnancy complicated with hypertension treated with vitamins C and E) and a control group with uncomplicated pregnancies were distinguished. Blood samples from maternal peripheral venous circulation were collected and ET-1 and lipids peroxides levels were determined from the blood samples. Concentration of endothelin-1 in the group with hypertension and with vitamin supplementation was INCREASED (66.18 +/- 26.66 pg/ml) in comparison with normal pregnant (36.50 +/- 13.25) and hypertension group (41.02 +/- 15.98). The difference was significant. Lipid peroxides concentrations were significantly higher in the group with hypertension (1.18 +/- 0.69) in comparison with both groups - controls (0.73 +/- 0.35) and the group with hypertension and vitamin supplementation (0.77 +/- 0.42). No significant differences in the endothelin- 1 level between healthy pregnant and pregnant women with hypertension were found. Vitamin supplementation decreases the concentrations of lipid peroxides.

  17. Influence of radiographic contrast media (Iodixanol and Iomeprol) on the endothelin-1 release from human arterial and venous endothelial cells cultured on an extracellular matrix.

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    Franke, R P; Fuhrmann, R; Hiebl, B; Jung, F

    2012-01-01

    Various radiographic contrast media (RCM) are available for visualization of blood vessels in interventional cardiology which can vary widely in their physicochemical properties thereby influencing different functions of blood cells. In the in vitro study described here the influence of two RCMs on arterial as well as on venous endothelial cells was compared to control cultures and examined under statical culture conditions, thus eliminating the influence of RCM viscosity almost completely. The supplementation of the culture medium with RCM (30% v/v) resulted in clearly different reactions of the endothelial cells exposed. Exposition to Iodixanol supplemented culture medium was followed by endothelin-1 release from venous endothelial cells which was equivalent to the endothelin-1 release from venous control cultures. Compared to control cultures, venous endothelial cells exposed to culture medium supplemented with Iomeprol displayed a completely different reaction, the increase in endothelin-1 secretion was missing completely after a 12 hours exposure. Following a 12 hours exposure to both RCMs there were no longer endothelial cells adherent, neither in venous nor in arterial endothelial cell cultures. The study showed that not the wall shear stress was responsible for the differing effects visible after 1.5 min, 5 min, and 12 hours exposure to culture media supplemented with RCM but differences in chemotoxicity of the RCM applied.

  18. Enhanced endothelin-1/Rho-kinase signalling and coronary microvascular dysfunction in hypertensive myocardial hypertrophy.

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    Tsai, Shu-Huai; Lu, Guangrong; Xu, Xin; Ren, Yi; Hein, Travis W; Kuo, Lih

    2017-09-01

    Hypertensive cardiac hypertrophy is associated with reduced coronary flow reserve, but its impact on coronary flow regulation and vasomotor function remains incompletely understood and requires further investigation. Left ventricular hypertrophy was induced in mice by transverse aortic coarctation (TAC) for 4 weeks. The left coronary artery blood velocity (LCABV) and myocardium lactate level were measured following the metabolic activation by isoproterenol. Septal coronary arterioles were isolated and pressurized for functional studies. In TAC mice, the heart-to-body weight ratio was increased by 45%, and cardiac fractional shortening and LCABV were decreased by 51 and 14%, respectively. The resting myocardial lactate level was 43% higher in TAC mice. Isoproterenol (5 µg/g, i.p.) increased heart rate by 20% in both groups of animals, but the corresponding increase in LCABV was not observed in TAC mice. The ventricular hypertrophy was associated with elevation of myocardial endothelin-1 (ET-1), increased vascular expression of rho-kinases (ROCKs), and increased superoxide production in the myocardium and vasculature. In coronary arterioles from TAC mice, the endothelial nitric oxide (NO)-mediated dilation to acetylcholine (ACh) was reversed to vasoconstriction and the vasoconstriction to ET-1 was augmented. Inhibition of ROCK by H-1152 alleviated oxidative stress and abolished enhanced vasoconstriction to ET-1. Both H-1152 and superoxide scavenger Tempol abolished coronary arteriolar constriction to ACh in a manner sensitive to NO synthase blocker NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester. Myocardial hypertrophy induced by pressure overload leads to cardiac and coronary microvascular dysfunction and ischaemia possibly due to oxidative stress, enhanced vasoconstriction to ET-1 and compromised endothelial NO function via elevated ROCK signalling.

  19. β-arrestin1 at the cross-road of endothelin-1 signaling in cancer.

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    Rosanò, Laura; Bagnato, Anna

    2016-07-29

    The advent of targeted therapeutics in human cancer has begun to find novel druggable targets and, in this context, the endothelin-1 receptor (ET-1R), namely ETA receptor (ETAR) and ETB receptor, among the GPCR family represents a class of highly druggable molecules in cancer. ET-1R are aberrantly expressed in human malignancies, potentially representing prognostic factors. Their activation by ligand stimulation initiate signaling cascades activating different downstream effectors, allowing precise control over multiple signaling pathways. ET-1R regulates cell proliferation, survival, motility, cytoskeletal changes, angiogenesis, metastasis as well as drug resistance. The molecular events underlying these responses are the activation of transcriptional factors and coactivators, and downstream genes, acting as key players in tumor growth and progression. ET-1R represent crucial cancer targets that have been exploited for ET-1R therapeutics. Importantly, efforts to explore new information of ETAR in cancer have uncovered that their functions are crucially regulated by multifunctional scaffold protein β-arrestins (β-arrs) which orchestrate the multidimensionality of ETAR signaling into highly regulated and distinct signaling complexes, a property that is highly advantageous for tumor signaling. Moreover, the role of β-arr1 in ET-1 signaling in cancer highlights why the pleiotropic effects of ET-1 and its dynamic signaling are more complex than previously recognized. In order to improve therapeutic strategies that interfere with the widespread effects of ET-1R, it is important to consider antagonists able to turn the receptors "off" selectively controlling β-arr1-dependent signaling, highlighting the possibility that targeting ETAR/β-arr1 may display a large therapeutic window in cancer.

  20. FOXO1 Mediates the Autocrine Effect of Endothelin-1 on Endothelial Cell Survival

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    Cifarelli, Vincenza; Lee, Sojin; Kim, Dae Hyun; Zhang, Ting; Kamagate, Adama; Slusher, Sandra; Bertera, Suzanne; Luppi, Patrizia; Trucco, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    Chronic hyperglycemia exerts a deleterious effect on endothelium, contributing to endothelial dysfunction and microvascular complications in poorly controlled diabetes. To understand the underlying mechanism, we studied the effect of endothelin-1 (ET-1) on endothelial production of Forkhead box O1 (FOXO1), a forkhead transcription factor that plays an important role in cell survival. ET-1 is a 21-amino acid peptide that is secreted primarily from endothelium. Using adenovirus-mediated gene transfer approach, we delivered FOXO1 cDNA into cultured human aorta endothelial cells. FOXO1 was shown to stimulate B cell leukemia/lymphoma 2-associated death promoter (BAD) production and promote cellular apoptosis. This effect was counteracted by ET-1. In response to ET-1, FOXO1 was phosphorylated and translocated from the nucleus to cytoplasm, resulting in inhibition of BAD production and mitigation of FOXO1-mediated apoptosis. Hyperglycemia stimulated FOXO1 O-glycosylation and promoted its nuclear localization in human aorta endothelial cells. This effect accounted for unbridled FOXO1 activity in the nucleus, contributing to augmented BAD production and endothelial apoptosis under hyperglycemic conditions. FOXO1 expression became deregulated in the aorta of both streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice and diabetic db/db mice. This hyperglycemia-elicited FOXO1 deregulation and its ensuing effect on endothelial cell survival was corrected by ET-1. Likewise, FoxO1 deregulation in the aorta of diabetic mice was reversible after the reduction of hyperglycemia by insulin therapy. These data reveal a mechanism by which FOXO1 mediated the autocrine effect of ET-1 on endothelial cell survival. FOXO1 deregulation, resulting from an impaired ability of ET-1 to control FOXO1 activity in endothelium, may contribute to hyperglycemia-induced endothelial lesion in diabetes. PMID:22570335

  1. Potentiation by endothelin-1 of 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced contraction in coronary artery of the pig.

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    Nakayama, K.; Ishigai, Y.; Uchida, H.; Tanaka, Y.

    1991-01-01

    1. In order to elucidate the physiological and potential pathological roles of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in coronary artery contraction and relaxation, we undertook the present study to examine the action of ET-1 itself, and the combined effects of ET-1 with vasoconstrictor agonists such as acetylcholine (ACh), histamine, and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), all of which have been implicated in the genesis of coronary spasm. 2. Isometric tension and cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in a ring segment of porcine coronary artery loaded with fura-2 were measured simultaneously. 3. ET-1 contracted the artery in a concentration-dependent manner; and nisoldipine, a Ca2+ channel blocking drug of the 1,4-dihydropyridine type, antagonized the ET-1 action non-competitively. A radio-receptor binding assay also indicated the mutually exclusive binding of ET-1 and (+)-[3H]-PN200-110, a Ca2+ channel ligand, to the membrane fraction of porcine coronary artery. 4. ET-1 (10-100 pM) increased tension and [Ca2+]i in a parallel manner, while at higher concentrations (1-10 nM) it produced further contraction with a small increase in [Ca2+]i. 5. ET-1 (30-100 pM) selectively potentiated the 5-HT-induced contraction 1.5 to 2 times over the control without causing a significant increase in [Ca2+]i, which seems to be qualitatively similar to a tumour promoting phorbol ester, 12-deoxyphorbol 13-isobutylate (DPB). Bay K 8644 (10 nM), on the other hand, potentiated the contraction in response to practically all agonists used and affected a concomitant increase in [Ca2+]i.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1810605

  2. Endothelin-1 decreases endothelial PPARγ signaling and impairs angiogenesis after chronic intrauterine pulmonary hypertension

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    Wolf, David; Tseng, Nancy; Seedorf, Gregory; Roe, Gates; Abman, Steven H.

    2013-01-01

    Increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) disrupts angiogenesis in persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), but pathogenic mechanisms are unclear. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is decreased in adult pulmonary hypertension, but whether ET-1-PPARγ interactions impair endothelial cell function and angiogenesis in PPHN remains unknown. We hypothesized that increased PPHN pulmonary artery endothelial cell (PAEC) ET-1 production decreases PPARγ signaling and impairs tube formation in vitro. Proximal PAECs were harvested from fetal sheep after partial ligation of the ductus arteriosus in utero (PPHN) and controls. PPARγ and phospho-PPARγ protein were compared between normal and PPHN PAECs ± ET-1 and bosentan (ETA/ETB receptor blocker). Tube formation was assessed in response to PPARγ agonists ± ET-1, N-nitro-l-arginine (LNA) (NOS inhibitor), and PPARγ siRNA. Endothelial NO synthase (eNOS), phospho-eNOS, and NO production were measured after exposure to PPARγ agonists and PPARγ siRNA. At baseline, PPHN PAECs demonstrate decreased tube formation and PPARγ protein expression and activity. PPARγ agonists restored PPHN tube formation to normal. ET-1 decreased normal and PPHN PAEC tube formation, which was rescued by PPARγ agonists. ET-1 decreased PPARγ protein and activity, which was prevented by bosentan. PPARγ agonists increased eNOS protein and activity and NO production in normal and PPHN PAECs. LNA inhibited the effect of PPARγ agonists on tube formation. PPARγ siRNA decreased eNOS protein and tube formation in normal PAECs. We conclude that ET-1 decreases PPARγ signaling and contributes to PAEC dysfunction and impaired angiogenesis in PPHN. We speculate that therapies aimed at decreasing ET-1 production will restore PPARγ signaling, preserve endothelial function, and improve angiogenesis in PPHN. PMID:24337925

  3. Endothelin-1-Induced Cell Hypertrophy in Cardiomyocytes is Improved by Fenofibrate: Possible Roles of Adiponectin

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    Jen, Hsu-Lung; Chen, Jaw-Wen; Lin, Shing-Jong

    2017-01-01

    Aim: Previous studies demonstrated that endothelin-1 (ET-1) can significantly increase the cell size and stimulate adiponectin expression in cultured human cardiomyocytes (HCM). The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of fenofibrate, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPARα) activator, on cell hypertrophy and adiponectin expression in vitro and in a rat model of daunorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy. Methods: The cultured human cardiomyocytes (HCM) were stimulated with or without ET-1. The cell size and the protein expressions of PPARα and adiponectin were tested by confocal Immunofluorescence study and Western blot, respectively. To study the effects of PPARα activation on ET-1-induced cell hypertrophy and adiponectin protein synthesis, HCM were pretreated with fenofibrate or small interfering RNA (siRNA) of PPARα. Echocardiographic parameters were measured and immunohistochemistry study of myocardial adiponectin expression was conducted in the in vivo study. Results: ET-1 significantly increased the cell size, dose-dependently suppressed the expression of PPARα, and enhanced the expression of adiponectin; whereas, such an increase of cell size and enhancement of adiponectin expression were inhibited by the pre-treatment with fenofibrate. Addition of siRNA of PPARα abolished the effects of fenofibrate. Moreover, we found that fenofibrate treatment can significantly improve the left ventricular function and reverse the myocardial expression of adiponectin. Conclusions: Our study shows that fenofibrate may protect against ET-1-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and enhanced adiponectin expression through modulation of PPARα expression in vitro and limitation of daunorubicin cardiotoxicity in vivo, suggesting a novel mechanistic insight into the role of PPARα and adiponectin in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. PMID:27629528

  4. Modulatory effect of endothelin-1 and -3 on neuronal norepinephrine release in the rat posterior hypothalamus.

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    Di Nunzio, Andrea S; Legaz, Guillermina; Rodano, Valeria; Bianciotti, Liliana G; Vatta, Marcelo S

    2004-04-15

    Based upon the existence of high density of ET-receptors on catecholaminergic neurons of the hypothalamus, we studied the effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and endothelin-3 (ET-3) on neuronal norepinephrine (NE) release in the rat posterior hypothalamus. The intracellular pathways and receptors involved were also investigated. Neuronal NE release was enhanced by ET-1 and ET-3 (10 etaM). The selective antagonists of subtype A and B ET receptors (ETA, ETB) (100 etaM BQ-610 and 100 etaM BQ-788, respectively) abolished the increase induced by ET-1 but not by ET-3. The PLC inhibitor, U73122 (10 microM), abolished ET-1 and ET-3 response. GF-109203X (100 etaM) (PKC inhibitor) blocked the increase in NE release produced by ET-3 and partially blocked ET-1 response. The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-induced calcium release inhibitor, 42 microM 2-APB, inhibited the stimulatory effect induced by ET-3 but not by ET-1. The PKA inhibitor, 500 etaM H-89, blocked the increase in neuronal NE release evoked by ET-1 but not by ET-3. Our results showed that ET-1 as well as ET-3 displayed an excitatory neuromodulatory effect on neuronal NE release in the rat posterior hypothalamus. ET-1 through an atypical ETA or ETB receptor activated the PLC/PKC signalling pathway as well as the cAMP pathway, whereas ET-3 through a non-ETA/non-ETB receptor activated the phosphoinositide pathway. Both ETs would enhance the sympathoexcitatory response elicited by the posterior hypothalamus and thus participate in cardiovascular regulation.

  5. Effect of mineralocorticoid treatment in mice with collecting duct-specific knockout of endothelin-1.

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    Lynch, I Jeanette; Welch, Amanda K; Gumz, Michelle L; Kohan, Donald E; Cain, Brian D; Wingo, Charles S

    2015-12-15

    Aldosterone increases blood pressure (BP) by stimulating sodium (Na) reabsorption within the distal nephron and collecting duct (CD). Aldosterone also stimulates endothelin-1 (ET-1) production that acts within the CD to inhibit Na reabsorption via a negative feedback mechanism. We tested the hypothesis that this renal aldosterone-endothelin feedback system regulates electrolyte balance and BP by comparing the effect of a high-salt (NaCl) diet and mineralocorticoid stimulation in control and CD-specific ET-1 knockout (CD ET-1 KO) mice. Metabolic balance and radiotelemetric BP were measured before and after treatment with desoxycorticosterone pivalate (DOCP) in mice fed a high-salt diet with saline to drink. CD ET-1 KO mice consumed more high-salt diet and saline and had greater urine output than controls. CD ET-1 KO mice exhibited increased BP and greater fluid retention and body weight than controls on a high-salt diet. DOCP with high-salt feeding further increased BP in CD ET-1 KO mice, and by the end of the study the CD ET-1 KO mice were substantially hypernatremic. Unlike controls, CD ET-1 KO mice failed to respond acutely or escape from DOCP treatment. We conclude that local ET-1 production in the CD is required for the appropriate renal response to Na loading and that lack of local ET-1 results in abnormal fluid and electrolyte handling when challenged with a high-salt diet and with DOCP treatment. Additionally, local ET-1 production is necessary, under these experimental conditions, for renal compensation to and escape from the chronic effects of mineralocorticoids.

  6. Characterization of flow-regulated cortical collecting duct endothelin-1 production.

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    Ramkumar, Nirupama; Gao, Yang; Kohan, Donald E

    2017-02-01

    Collecting duct (CD) endothelin-1 (ET-1) is an autocrine inhibitor of Na(+) and water reabsorption. Salt or water loading increases CD ET-1 production; this is likely due, at least in part, to increased tubule fluid flow. The mechanisms by which flow stimulates CD ET-1 production are incompletely understood. In particular, flow induction of cortical CD (CCD) and inner medullary CD (IMCD) ET-1 synthesis may occur via different mechanisms. Since flow-mediated ET-1 production in IMCD has been more extensively characterized than in the CCD, this study was undertaken to further examine putative signaling pathways involved in flow-stimulated CCD ET-1 production. The CD cell line, mpkCCDcl4, was exposed to static or flow (2 dyne/cm(2) for 2 h) conditions and ET-1/GAPDH mRNA levels were assessed. Intracellular Ca(2+), Ca(2+)-stimulated Ca(2+) release, calcineurin, and protein kinase c α/β isoforms were all involved in the ET-1 flow response. TRPC6, but not other CD-expressed TRP channels (TRPC3, 4, and 5, or TRPV4) played a role in the ET-1 flow response. Purinergic signaling pathways and cilia were not involved in the ET-1 flow response. Based on these and previously published findings, we present a comparison of flow-stimulated CD ET-1 production between CCD and IMCD We suggest that flow-stimulated CCD ET-1 production may be more involved in responding to Na(+) delivery, while IMCD ET-1 production may be more responsive to water and solute delivery; the responsible pathways for mediating these effects in the two regions of the CD appear to be substantially distinct from one another.

  7. Role of endothelin-1 in mediating changes in cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in heart failure.

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    Abukar, Yonis; May, Clive N; Ramchandra, Rohit

    2016-01-01

    Heart failure (HF) is associated with increased sympathetic nerve activity to the heart (CSNA), which is directly linked to mortality in HF patients. Previous studies indicate that HF is associated with high levels of plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1), which correlates with the severity of the disease. We hypothesized that blockade of endothelin receptors would decrease CSNA. The effects of intravenous tezosentan (a nonselective ETA and ETB receptor antagonist) (8 mg·kg(-1)·h(-1)) on resting levels of CSNA, arterial pressure, and heart rate were determined in conscious normal sheep (n = 6) and sheep with pacing-induced HF (n = 7). HF was associated with a significant decrease in ejection fraction (from 74 ± 2% to 38 ± 1%, P < 0.001) and a significant increase in resting levels of CSNA burst incidence (from 56 ± 11 to 87 ± 2 bursts/100 heartbeats, P < 0.01). Infusion of tezosentan for 60 min significantly decreased resting mean aterial pressure (MAP) in both normal and HF sheep (-8 ± 4 mmHg and -4 ± 3 mmHg, respectively; P < 0.05). This was associated with a significant decrease in CSNA (by 25 ± 26% of control) in normal sheep, but there was no change in CSNA in HF sheep. Calculation of spontaneous baroreflex gain indicated significant impairment of the baroreflex control of HR after intravenous tezosentan infusion in normal animals but no change in HF animals. These data suggest that endogenous levels of ET-1 contribute to the baseline levels of CSNA in normal animals, but this effect is absent in HF.

  8. Novel Vasoregulatory Aspects of Hereditary Angioedema: the Role of Arginine Vasopressin, Adrenomedullin and Endothelin-1.

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    Kajdácsi, Erika; Jani, Péter K; Csuka, Dorottya; Varga, Lilian; Prohászka, Zoltán; Farkas, Henriette; Cervenak, László

    2016-02-01

    The elevation of bradykinin (BK) level during attacks of hereditary angioedema due to C1-Inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE) is well known. We previously demonstrated that endothelin-1 (ET-1) level also increases during C1-INH-HAE attacks. Although BK and ET-1 are both potent vasoactive peptides, the vasoregulatory aspect of the pathomechanism of C1-INH-HAE has not yet been investigated. Hence we studied the levels of vasoactive peptides in controls and in C1-INH-HAE patients, as well as evaluated their changes during C1-INH-HAE attacks. The levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP), adrenomedullin (ADM) and ET-1 were measured in the plasma of 100 C1-INH-HAE patients in inter-attack periods and of 111 control subjects, using BRAHMS Kryptor technologies. In 18 of the 100 C1-INH-HAE patients, the levels of vasoactive peptides were compared in blood samples obtained during attacks, or in inter-attack periods. AVP, ADM and ET-1 levels were similar in inter-attack samples from C1-INH-HAE patients and in the samples of controls, although cardiovascular risk has an effect on the levels of vasoactive peptides in both groups. The levels of all three vasoactive peptides increased during C1-INH-HAE attacks. Moreover, the levels of ET-1 and ADM as well as their changes during attacks were significantly correlated. This study demonstrated that vascular regulation by vasoactive peptides is affected during C1-INH-HAE attacks. Our results suggest that the cooperation of several vasoactive peptides may be necessary to counterbalance the actions of excess BK, and to terminate the attacks. This may reveal a novel pathophysiological aspect of C1-INH-HAE.

  9. Elevated endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels may contribute to hypoadiponectinemia in childhood obesity.

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    Nacci, Carmela; Leo, Valentina; De Benedictis, Leonarda; Carratù, Maria Rosaria; Bartolomeo, Nicola; Altomare, Maria; Giordano, Paola; Faienza, Maria Felicia; Montagnani, Monica

    2013-04-01

    Pediatric obesity is associated with endothelial dysfunction and hypoadiponectinemia, but the relationship between these two conditions remains to be fully clarified. Whether enhanced release of endothelin-1 (ET-1) may directly impair adiponectin (Ad) production in obese children is not known. The aim of the study was to explore whether and how high circulating levels of ET-1 may contribute to impair Ad production, release, and vascular activity. Sixty children were included into obese (Ob; n = 30), overweight (OW; n = 11), and lean (n = 19) groups. Total and high-molecular-weight Ad, ET-1, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, and von Willebrand factor levels were measured in serum samples. Adipocytes were stimulated with exogenous ET-1 or with sera from lean, OW, and Ob, and Ad production and release measured in the absence or in the presence of ETA (BQ-123) and ETB (BQ-788) receptor blockers, p42/44 MAPK inhibitor PD-98059, or c-Jun NH2-terminal protein kinase inhibitor SP-600125. Vasodilation to Ad was evaluated in rat isolated arteries in the absence or in the presence of BQ-123/788. Total and high-molecular-weight Ad was significantly decreased and ET-1 levels significantly increased in OW (P < .01) and Ob (P < .001) children. A statistically significant linear regression (P < .01) was found between Ad and ET-1. Exposure of adipocytes to exogenous ET-1 or serum from OW and Ob significantly decreased Ad mRNA and protein levels (P < 0.001). The inhibitory effect of ET-1 on Ad was reverted by BQ-123/788 or PD-98059 but not SP-600125. Ad-mediated vasodilation was further increased in arteries pretreated with BQ-123/788. ET-1-mediated inhibition of Ad synthesis via p42/44 MAPK signaling may provide a possible explanation for hypoadiponectinemia in pediatric obesity and contribute to the development of cardiovascular complications.

  10. Renoprotective effect of contemporary blocking of angiotensin II and endothelin-1 in rats with membranous nephropathy.

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    Benigni, A; Corna, D; Maffi, R; Benedetti, G; Zoja, C; Remuzzi, G

    1998-08-01

    We previously showed that chronic administration of an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor to rats with passive Heymann nephritis (PHN), a model of membranous nephropathy with proteinuria and increased renal synthesis of endothelin-1 (ET-1), reduces urinary proteins and partially limits the exaggerated ET-1 renal synthesis. Here we compared the effect of an ETA receptor antagonist and an ACE-inhibitor given as single therapies with a combination of the two drugs in uninephrectomized PHN rats. PHN was induced with a single i.v. injection of rabbit anti-Fx1A antibody in 40 male Sprague Dawley rats. To accelerate the onset of renal damage rats underwent uninephrectomy seven days later and were subsequently treated until eight months with the ETA receptor antagonist LU-135252 (50 mg/kg b.i.d. p.o.) or the ACE-inhibitor trandolapril (1 mg/kg in the drinking water) or the combination of the two drugs. Either LU-135252 or trandolapril given alone prevented the increase in systolic blood pressure (SBP). Combined therapy was even more effective than single drugs. While LU-135252 and trandolapril reduced proteinuria by 23 to 25%, the drug combination resulted in 45% lowering of urinary proteins. Serum creatinine was significantly decreased by the combination, but not by the single drugs. Glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial damage were more reduced by combined therapy than by LU-135252 or trandolapril alone. These data suggest that contemporary blocking angiotensin II (Ang II) and ET-1 in an accelerated model of PHN had an additive renoprotective effect than single blocking Ang II or ET-1 and would represent a therapeutic advantage for renal disease patients who do not completely respond to ACE inhibitors.

  11. Regorafenib Induces Rapid and Reversible Changes in Plasma Nitric Oxide and Endothelin-1

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    Humphreys, Benjamin D.

    2012-01-01

    Background Hypertension is a toxicity of antiangiogenic therapies and a possible biomarker that identifies patients with superior cancer outcomes. Understanding its mechanism will aid in treatment and could lead to the development of other biomarkers for predicting toxicity and anticancer efficacy. Recent evidence implicates nitric oxide (NO) suppression and endothelin-1 (ET-1) stimulation as potential mechanisms leading to antiangiogenic therapy-induced hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of regorafenib, a novel broad-spectrum kinase inhibitor with activity against multiple targets, including vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 inhibition, on NO and ET-1 levels. Methods Regorafenib was administered to 32 subjects with gastrointestinal stromal tumor on a 3-week-on, 1-week-off basis. Plasma levels of NO and ET-1 were measured at baseline, 2, 4, and 6 weeks of therapy. Data analysis was by Wilcoxon rank-sum and paired t-tests. Results Twenty subjects (63%) developed regorafenib-induced hypertension. Two weeks after starting regorafenib therapy, plasma ET-1 levels increased (25% increase, P < 0.05) and NO was suppressed (20% decrease, P < 0.05). These normalized after 1-week washout but ET-1 rose again by 30% (P < 0.05) and NO fell by 50% (P < 0.05) after restarting regorafenib. Conclusions These findings indicate that regorafenib induces a coordinated and reversible suppression of NO and stimulation of ET-1. Whether NO and ET-1 might predict therapeutic efficacy in these patients requires further study. American Journal of Hypertension, advance online publication 12 July 2012. doi:10.1038/ajh.2012.97 PMID:22785409

  12. Endogenous endothelin-1and femoral artery shear rate: impact of age and implications for atherosclerosis

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    Trinity, Joel D.; Barrett-O’Keefe, Zachary; Ives, Stephen J.; Morgan, Garrett; Rossman, Matthew J.; Donato, Anthony J.; Runnels, Sean; Morgan, David E.; Gmelch, Benjamin S.; Bledsoe, Amber D.; Richardson, Russell S.; Wray, D. Walter

    2017-01-01

    Background Both altered shear rate and endothelin-1 (ET-1) are associated with the age-related development of atherosclerosis. However, the role of ET-1, a potent endogenous vasoconstrictor, in altering shear rate in humans, especially in the atherosclerotic-prone vasculature of the leg, is unknown. Therefore, this study examined the contribution of ET-1 to the age-related alterations in common femoral artery (CFA) shear rate. Method BQ-123, a specific endothelin type A (ETA) receptor antagonist, was infused into the CFA, and diameter and blood velocity were measured by Doppler ultrasound in young (n = 8, 24 ± 2 years) and old (n = 9, 70 ± 2 years) study participants. Results and conclusion The old had greater intima–media thickening in the CFA, indicative of a preatherogenic phenotype. Prior to infusion, the old study participants exhibited reduced mean shear rate (27 ± 3/s) compared with the young study participants (62 ± 9/s). This difference was likely driven by attenuated antegrade shear rate in the old as retrograde shear rate was similar in the young and old. Inhibition of ETA receptors, by BQ-123, increased leg blood flow in the old, but not in the young, abolishing age-related differences. Older study participants had a larger CFA (young: 0.82 ± 0.03 cm, old: 0.99 ± 0.03 cm) in which BQ-123 induced significant vasodilation (5.1 ± 1.0%), but had no such effect in the young (−0.8 ± 0.8%). Interestingly, despite the age-specific, BQ-123-induced increase in leg blood flow and CFA diameter, shear rate patterns remained largely unchanged. Therefore, ET-1, acting through the ETA receptors, exerts a powerful age-specific vasoconstriction. However, removal of this vasoconstrictor stimulus does not augment mean shear rate in the old. PMID:26599223

  13. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation and endothelin-1 production in human endothelial cells exposed to vibration

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    White, Charles R; Haidekker, Mark A; Stevens, Hazel Y; Frangos, John A

    2004-01-01

    Hand–arm vibration syndrome is a vascular disease of occupational origin and a form of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon. Chronic exposure to hand-held vibrating tools may cause endothelial injury. This study investigates the biomechanical forces involved in the transduction of fluid vibration in the endothelium. Human endothelial cells were exposed to direct vibration and rapid low-volume fluid oscillation. Rapid low-volume fluid oscillation was used to simulate the effects of vibration by generating defined temporal gradients in fluid shear stress across an endothelial monolayer. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) phosphorylation and endothelin-1 (ET-1) release were monitored as specific biochemical markers for temporal gradients and endothelial response, respectively. Both vibrational methods were found to phosphorylate ERK1/2 in a similar pattern. At a fixed frequency of fluid oscillation where the duration of each pulse cycle remained constant, ERK1/2 phosphorylation increased with the increasing magnitude of the applied temporal gradient. However, when the frequency of flow oscillation was increased (thus decreasing the duration of each pulse cycle), ERK1/2 phosphorylation was attenuated across all temporal gradient flow profiles. Fluid oscillation significantly stimulated ET-1 release compared to steady flow, and endothelin-1 was also attenuated with the increase in oscillation frequency. Taken together, these results show that both the absolute magnitude of the temporal gradient and the frequency/duration of each pulse cycle play a role in the biomechanical transduction of fluid vibrational forces in endothelial cells. Furthermore, this study reports for the first time a link between the ERK1/2 signal transduction pathway and transmission of vibrational forces in the endothelium. PMID:14724194

  14. Comparison of Serum Levels of Endothelin-1 in Chronic Periodontitis Patients Before and After Treatment

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    Varghese, Sheeja S; Sankari, M.; Jayakumar, ND.

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictive peptide with multi functional activity in various systemic diseases. Previous studies indicate the detection of ET-1 in gingival tissues and gingival crevicular fluid. Aim The aim of this study was to estimate the serum ET-1 levels in clinically healthy subjects and subjects with chronic periodontitis, before and after treatment, and correlate it with the clinical parameters. Materials and Methods A total of 44 patients were included in the study. Group I comprised of 20 subjects with clinically healthy periodontium. Group II comprised of 24 subjects with chronic periodontitis. Group III comprised of same Group II subjects following periodontal management. Serum samples were collected from the subjects and an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) was done to estimate the ET-1 levels. The ET-1 levels were then correlated among the three groups with the clinical parameters namely, Plaque Index (PI), Sulcus Bleeding Index (SBI), probing pocket depth, clinical attachment loss and Periodontally Inflamed Surface Area (PISA). The independent t-test and paired t-test were used for comparison of clinical parameters and Pearson’s correlation coefficient test was used for correlating the ET-1 levels. Results ET-1 levels in chronic periodontitis subjects were significantly higher compared to healthy subjects (p<0.001). However, the clinical parameters did not statistically correlate with the ET-1 levels. There was a significant decrease in ET-1 levels following treatment (p<0.001). Conclusion Serum ET-1 is increased in chronic periodontitis and reduces after periodontal therapy. Further studies are required to establish ET-1 as a biomarker for periodontal disease. PMID:28571268

  15. Applying cardiothermography and electrophysiology to differentiate between the ischemic and arrhythmogenic actions of endothelin-1

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    Geller, Laslu; Szabo, Tamas; Selmeci, Laszlo; Merkely, Bela; Juhasz-Nagy, Alexander; Solti, Francis

    1999-07-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is the strongest vasoconstrictor peptide isolated so far, which has a known arrhythmogenic property, as well. Intracoronary ET-1 infusion may cause ventricular premature beats (VES), ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). The aim of our study was to compare the thermographic and electrophysiologic changes during left anterior describing coronary artery (LAD) occlusion and ic. ET-1 administration. The measurements were performed on 16 sodium-pentobarbital anesthetized, open- chest dogs. The dogs were divided into 2 groups. In group A LAD occlusion was carried out for 30 minutes, followed by a 60 min reperfusion period. In group B ET-1 was administered into LAD at 60 pmol/min dose. Arterial blood pressure, coronary blood flow (CBF), heart rate (HR) and standard ECG were monitored. IR thermography was applied to follow epimyocardial heat emission changes. To determine the electrophysiological changes an endocardial monophasic action potential (MAP) electrode was inserted into the right ventricle and an MAP electrode was placed onto the left ventricle and an MAP electrode was placed onto the left ventricular epicardium. In group A CBF returned to baseline 20 minutes after releasing the occlusion. Ic. ET-1 infusion significantly reduced CBF in group B. Epimyocardial temperature decreased in both groups. In group A ventricular extrasystoles were noticed. In group B ventricular techycardias occurred with satisfactory CBF in 4 cases. In 5 dogs VF was observed. MAP duration 90 (MAPD90) decreased significantly in group A whereas significant increase was observed in group B. The left ventricular epicardial upstroke velocities correlated excellently with the epimyocardial temperature changes. Our result suggests that the decrease of epimyocardial heat emission and upstroke velocity correlates well in both groups, indicating ischemia, whereas the lack of the other ischemic MAP signs and the change of MAPD90 in the opposite direction

  16. Inhibitory mechanism of an extract of Althaea officinalis L. on endothelin-1-induced melanocyte activation.

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    Kobayashi, Akemi; Hachiya, Akira; Ohuchi, Atsushi; Kitahara, Takashi; Takema, Yoshinori

    2002-02-01

    It is known that expression of endothelin-1 (ET-1) increases in the epidermis after UVB irradiation, and that this plays an important role during the induction of pigmentation both as a mitogen and as a melanogen for normal human melanocytes (NHMC). When ET-1 acts on NHMC via the endothelin B receptor (ET(B)R) on their cell surface, mobilization of intracellular calcium is induced, which is followed by activation of Raf-1 located upstream of mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK). We have continued the search for new agent which inhibit this calcium mobilization and we have found that an extract of Althaea officinalis L. has such an action. In this study, we investigated the precise inhibitory mechanism of this botanical extract on the ET-1-induced activation of melanocytes. Treatment of NHMC with this extract abrogated the stimulatory effect of ET-1 on proliferation and also on activation of MAPK in the intracellular signal transduction pathway, but did not affect the binding of ET-1 to the ET(B)R or the production of Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate (IP3). Further, when this extract was used to treat normal human keratinocytes (NHKC), secretion of ET-1 by those cells was reduced. Taken together, these findings indicate that an extract of A. officinalis inhibits both the secretion of ET-1 from NHKC and the action of ET-1 on NHMC mainly by suppressing the ET-1-induced calcium mobilization without the modification of IP3 production, which in turn suggests that this extract is a useful ingredient for a whitening agent.

  17. Comparison of Serum Levels of Endothelin-1 in Chronic Periodontitis Patients Before and After Treatment.

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    Khalid, Waleed; Varghese, Sheeja S; Sankari, M; Jayakumar, N D

    2017-04-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictive peptide with multi functional activity in various systemic diseases. Previous studies indicate the detection of ET-1 in gingival tissues and gingival crevicular fluid. The aim of this study was to estimate the serum ET-1 levels in clinically healthy subjects and subjects with chronic periodontitis, before and after treatment, and correlate it with the clinical parameters. A total of 44 patients were included in the study. Group I comprised of 20 subjects with clinically healthy periodontium. Group II comprised of 24 subjects with chronic periodontitis. Group III comprised of same Group II subjects following periodontal management. Serum samples were collected from the subjects and an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) was done to estimate the ET-1 levels. The ET-1 levels were then correlated among the three groups with the clinical parameters namely, Plaque Index (PI), Sulcus Bleeding Index (SBI), probing pocket depth, clinical attachment loss and Periodontally Inflamed Surface Area (PISA). The independent t-test and paired t-test were used for comparison of clinical parameters and Pearson's correlation coefficient test was used for correlating the ET-1 levels. ET-1 levels in chronic periodontitis subjects were significantly higher compared to healthy subjects (p<0.001). However, the clinical parameters did not statistically correlate with the ET-1 levels. There was a significant decrease in ET-1 levels following treatment (p<0.001). Serum ET-1 is increased in chronic periodontitis and reduces after periodontal therapy. Further studies are required to establish ET-1 as a biomarker for periodontal disease.

  18. Role of endothelin-1 antagonist; bosentan, against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in male and female rats

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    Jokar, Zahra; Nematbakhsh, Mehdi; Moeini, Maryam; Talebi, Ardeshir

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cisplatin (CP) is a chemotherapy drug, with the major side effect of nephrotoxicity. The level of endothelin-1 (ET-1) increases during nephrotoxicity, which is accompanied with vasoconstrictive properties. Bosentan (BOS) is a nonselective ET-1 receptor antagonist, having vasodilatory and anti-hypertension effects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the renoprotective effect of BOS against CP-induced nephrotoxicity in male and female rats. Materials and Methods: Male and female rats were divided into six groups; groups 1–3 and 4–6 were male and female rats, respectively. Animals in groups 1 and 4 were considered as negative control and groups 2 and 5 considered as positive control groups received BOS (30 mg/kg/day) alone and CP (2.5 mg/kg/day) alone, respectively, for 1-week. The animals in groups 3 and 6 were treated with both CP and BOS. Finally, serum parameters were measured, and the kidney tissue was subjected to staining to evaluate tissue damage. Results: The serum levels of blood urea nitrogen and creatinine, kidney tissue damage score and kidney weight elevated, and body weight significantly decreased in both CP alone and in CP plus BOS-treated groups when compared with the control groups (P < 0.05), while BOS did not ameliorate these parameters neither in males nor in females. No significant differences were observed in serum levels of nitrite and malondialdehyde between the groups, but kidney tissue level of nitrite decreased significantly in CP alone and CP plus BOS-treated groups (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Renoprotective effect of BOS, as ET-1 blocker, was not observed against CP-induced nephrotoxicity neither in male nor in female rats. This is while BOS promoted the severity of injuries in females. PMID:26015909

  19. Attenuation of endothelin-1-induced calcium response by tyrosine kinase inhibitors in vascular smooth muscle cells.

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    Liu, C Y; Sturek, M

    1996-06-01

    Although tyrosine kinases play an important role in cell growth and have been implicated in regulation of smooth muscle contraction, their role in agonist-induced myoplasmic Ca2+ responses is unclear. We examined effects of the tyrosine kinase inhibitors genistein and methyl 2,5-dihydroxycinnamate (MDHC) on the endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced Ca2+ response and determined underlying mechanisms for the effects. Freshly isolated smooth muscle cells from porcine coronary arteries were loaded with fura 2 ester, and myoplasmic free Ca2+ (Ca2+ (m)) concentration was estimated with fura 2 microfluorometry. Both genistein and MDHC inhibited the initial transient Cam2+ response to ET by 54 and 81%, respectively (P < 0.05), in the presence of extracellular Ca2+. Genistein also significantly delayed the Cam2+ response, with the latent period from ET-1 application to the beginning of the Cam2+ response being increased from 1.08 +/- 0.17 to 2.65 +/- 0.52 min (P < 0.05). In the absence of extracellular Ca2+, genistein inhibited the ET-1-induced Cam2+ response by 93% (P < 0.05). The Cam2+ responses to caffeine (5 mM) or inositol trisphosphate (IP3) applied intracellularly via a patch-clamp pipette were not affected by genistein. Both genistein and MDHC also abolished the sustained Cam2+ response to ET-1. However, the Cam2+ response to depolarization by 80 mM K+ was not inhibited by MDHC and only inhibited 22% by genistein (P < 0.05). These results indicate that 1) activation of tyrosine kinases is an important regulatory mechanism for the ET-1-induced Cam2+ response in vascular smooth muscle and 2) tyrosine kinases mediate ET-1-induced Ca2+ release with no direct effect on IP3-mediated Ca2+ release. Thus ET-1-mediated signaling upstream of IP3 interaction with the Ca2+ stores is regulated by tyrosine kinases.

  20. Endothelin-1 is elevated in Alzheimer's disease and upregulated by amyloid-β.

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    Palmer, Jennifer C; Barker, Rachel; Kehoe, Patrick G; Love, Seth

    2012-01-01

    Vascular dysfunction and lowered cerebral blood flow are thought to contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor, the production of which is mainly catalyzed by endothelin-converting enzymes (ECEs). We previously showed that ECE-2 is upregulated by amyloid-β (Aβ), and its expression elevated in AD postmortem brain tissue. We have now investigated whether there is a concomitant increase in ET-1. We studied temporal cortex from 20 cases of sporadic AD and 20 matched controls. The cellular distribution of ET-1 was assessed immunohistochemically in paraffin sections. PreproET-1 (EDN1) mRNA and ET-1 protein were measured in homogenates of superior temporal cortex by real-time PCR and sandwich ELISA respectively. Cultured SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells were incubated with 10 μM oligomeric Aβ42 for 24 h, and ET-1 protein level was measured in cell culture supernatants by sandwich ELISA. Antibody to ET-1 labeled neurons throughout the temporal cortex, and the walls of some cerebral blood vessels. ET-1 mRNA measured in the temporal neocortex was significantly elevated in AD when normalized for expression of GAPDH (p = 0.0256) or the neuronal marker neuron-specific enolase (NSE, p = 0.0001). ET-1 protein was also significantly higher in AD than in control tissue, when adjusted for neuronal content by measurement of NSE (p = 0.0275). ET-1 protein in SH-SY5Y cell supernatant rose 1.7-fold after exposure to 10 μM oligomeric Aβ (p = 0.024). These findings provide evidence of overactivity of the endothelin system in AD, further supporting the suggestion that endothelin receptor antagonists may be of value for the treatment of this disease.

  1. Role of endothelin-1/endothelin receptor signaling in fibrosis and calcification in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

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    Motegi, Sei-Ichiro; Okada, Etsuko; Uchiyama, Akihiko; Yamada, Kazuya; Ogino, Sachiko; Yokoyama, Yoko; Takeuchi, Yuko; Monma, Fumiko; Suzuki, Tamio; Ishikawa, Osamu

    2014-09-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is characterized by systemic fibrosis and abnormal calcification in patients with severe renal dysfunction. It is considered that gadolinium (Gd)-containing contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging trigger the development of NSF. However, the causative role of Gd and the mechanism of Gd-induced fibrosis and calcification in NSF are unknown. Recently, it has been known that endothelin-1 (ET-1)/ET receptor (ETR) signalling regulates fibrosis and calcification. The objective was to elucidate the role of ET-1/ETR signalling in Gd-induced fibrosis and calcification in NSF. First, we demonstrated that Gd enhanced proliferation and calcification of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) in vitro. Next, we examined the expression of ET-1 and ETR-A in hMSC using proliferation or calcification assay. ET-1 and ETR-A expression in hMSC treated with Gd were elevated. ET-1/ETR signalling inhibitor, bosentan, inhibited Gd-induced proliferation and calcification of hMSC. In addition, bosentan inhibited Gd-induced phosphorylation of ERK and Akt in hMSC. Plasma ET-1 levels of the patients were significantly higher than these of normal individuals and systemic sclerosis patients. In immunofluorescence staining, the expression of ETR-A in fibroblasts in dermal fibrosis lesion of NSF was increased. We conclude that Gd induces proliferation and calcification of hMSC via enhancement of ET-1/ETR signalling. Our results contribute to understand the pathogenesis of NSF. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Endothelin-1 in osteoarthritic chondrocytes triggers nitric oxide production and upregulates collagenase production

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    Manacu, Christina Alexandra; Martel-Pelletier, Johanne; Roy-Beaudry, Marjolaine; Pelletier, Jean-Pierre; Fernandes, Julio C; Shipkolye, Fazool S; Mitrovic, Dragoslav R; Moldovan, Florina

    2005-01-01

    The mechanism of endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced nitric oxide (NO) production, MMP-1 production and MMP-13 production was investigated in human osteoarthritis chondrocytes. The cells were isolated from human articular cartilage obtained at surgery and were cultured in the absence or presence of ET-1 with or without inhibitors of protein kinase or LY83583 (an inhibitor of soluble guanylate cyclase and of cGMP). MMP-1, MMP-13 and NO levels were then measured by ELISA and Griess reaction, respectively. Additionally, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and phosphorylated forms of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, p44/42, stress-activated protein kinase/Jun-N-terminal kinase and serine-threonine Akt kinase were determined by western blot. Results show that ET-1 greatly increased MMP-1 and MMP-13 production, iNOS expression and NO release. LY83583 decreased the production of both metalloproteases below basal levels, whereas the inhibitor of p38 kinase, SB202190, suppressed ET-1-stimulated production only. Similarly, the ET-1-induced NO production was partially suppressed by the p38 kinase inhibitor and was completely suppressed by the protein kinase A kinase inhibitor KT5720 and by LY83583, suggesting the involvement of these enzymes in relevant ET-1 signalling pathways. In human osteoarthritis chondrocytes, ET-1 controls the production of MMP-1 and MMP-13. ET-1 also induces NO release via iNOS induction. ET-1 and NO should thus become important target molecules for future therapies aimed at stopping cartilage destruction. PMID:15743480

  3. Effect of varying doses of tamoxifen on ovarian histopathology, serum VEGF, and endothelin 1 levels in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome: an experimental study.

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    Pala, Şehmus; Atilgan, Remzi; Ozkan, Zehra Sema; Kavak, Salih Burçin; Ilhan, Nevin; Akpolat, Nusret; Sapmaz, Ekrem

    2015-01-01

    To examine the effects of low-to-high doses of tamoxifen on ovarian histopathology, serum VEGF, and endothelin 1 levels in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in an experimental setting. A total of 20 female Wistar albino rats, 22 days of age, were randomly divided into four groups. Follicle-stimulating hormone 10 IU was administered subcutaneously in 15 rats on 4 consecutive days, with OHSS induction on day 5 by 30 IU of human chorionic gonadotropin. Group 1 (n=5) comprised 35-day-old control rats, group 2 (n=5) 35-day-old OHSS rats, group 3 (n=5) 27-day-old OHSS rats receiving 1 mg/kg of oral tamoxifen for 7 days, group 4 (n=5) 27-day-old OHSS rats receiving 3 mg/kg of oral tamoxifen for 7 days. All rats were decapitated on day 35. Serum VEGF, endothelin 1, and ovarian follicular reserve were assessed in all rats. Kruskal-Wallis variance analysis and the Mann-Whitney U-test were used for statistical comparisons. A Bonferroni correction was performed to control the inflation of significance, with a significance level set at a P-value of less than 0.025. Despite higher serum VEGF, endothelin 1, follicular reserve, and angiogenesis and fibrosis of the corpus luteum in the OHSS group compared to controls, these differences were not significant (P>0.025, Mann-Whitney U-test). There was a significant reduction in the ovarian follicular reserve in tamoxifen groups compared to controls (P<0.025, Mann-Whitney U-test), while angiogenesis of the corpus luteum, number of atretic follicles, fibrosis, and serum VEGF were significantly higher in rats receiving tamoxifen (P<0.025, Mann-Whitney U-test). Also, significantly lower follicular reserve and fibrosis were observed among rats in the low-dose tamoxifen group in comparison with rats in the high-dose tamoxifen group (P<0.025, Mann-Whitney U-test). No groups had a significant change in endothelin 1 levels (P>0.025, Mann-Whitney U-test). Tamoxifen 1 g and 3 g resulted in a dose-dependent increase in VEGF and endothelin 1

  4. Cyclic stretch induces upregulation of endothelin-1 with keratinocytes in vitro: Possible role in mechanical stress-induced hyperpigmentation

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    Kurita, Masakazu; Okazaki, Mutsumi; Fujino, Takashi; Takushima, Akihiko; Harii, Kiyonori

    2011-05-27

    Highlights: {yields} Influence of cyclic stretch on melanogenetic paracrine cytokines was investigated. {yields} Keratinocyte-derived endothelin-1 was upregulated with cyclic stretch. {yields} Degree of upregulation increases dose-dependently. {yields} This upregulation possibly plays a role in the pathogenesis of pigmented disorders. -- Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the possible pathological relation between mechanical stress and hyperpigmentation. We did this by investigating the influence of cyclic stretch on the expression of keratinocyte- and fibroblast-derived melanogenetic paracrine cytokines in vitro. Using primary human keratinocytes and fibroblasts, alterations of mRNA expression of melanogenetic paracrine cytokines due to cyclic stretch were investigated using a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The cytokines included basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), stem cell factor (SCF), granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor, interleukin-1{alpha}, and endothelin-1 (ET-1) for keratinocytes and bFGF, SCF, and hepatocyte growth factor for fibroblasts. The dose dependence of keratinocyte-derived ET-1 upregulation was further investigated using real-time PCR and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We also investigated the effects of cyclic stretch on the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes. Among the melanogenetic paracrine cytokines investigated, keratinocyte-derived ET-1 was consistently upregulated in all four cell lines. The degree of upregulation increased with the degree of the length and frequency of the stretch; in contrast, cell number and differentiation markers showed no obvious alterations with cyclic stretch. Keratinocyte-derived ET-1 upregulation possibly plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of pigmented disorders, such as friction melanosis, caused by mechanical stress.

  5. Arsenic Activates Endothelin-1 Gi Protein–Coupled Receptor Signaling to Inhibit Stem Cell Differentiation in Adipogenesis

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    Barchowsky, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    Dysfunctional lipid and glucose metabolism contribute to metabolic syndrome—a major public health concern that enhances cardiovascular disease risk. Arsenic (As(III)) exposure may increase metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk by impairing adipose tissue differentiation, function, and insulin sensitivity through pathogenic mechanisms that remain unclear. We hypothesized that As(III) signals through the Pertussis toxin (Ptx) sensitive, Gi protein–coupled receptor (GPCR) to impair adipogenesis, as previously demonstrated for its stimulation of vascular oxidant generation, angiogenesis, and remodeling. Because both As(III) and GPCR ligands inhibit progenitor cell differentiation into adipocytes, we investigated the hypothesis in a model of low-passage human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC). As(III) (0.1–1.0µM) suppressed dexamethasone/insulin-induced hMSC adipogenesis, as indicated by decreased transcriptional promoters of differentiation, decreased fat droplet formation, and decreased expression of differentiated adipocyte markers, such as adiponectin and perilipin. Preincubating hMSC with Ptx prevented 90% of the suppressive effect of As(III). Selective competitive antagonists of Gi-coupled endothelin-1 type A and B receptors were ~60% effective in blocking As(III) inhibition and combination of antagonists to both receptors were 85% effective. In contrast, antagonists to the sphingosine-1-phosphate type 1 receptor (previously shown to mediate As(III) vascular effects) or the angiotensin II type 1 receptor were ineffective in blocking As(III) effects. These studies suggest a majority of arsenic-inhibited adipocyte differentiation, and metabolism requires endothelin-1 GPCRs and that As(III) effects on GPCR signaling are tissue and context specific. This may represent a significant mechanism for the contribution of arsenic exposure to increased metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. PMID:23152186

  6. Functional cooperation between Smad proteins and activator protein-1 regulates transforming growth factor-beta-mediated induction of endothelin-1 expression.

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    Rodríguez-Pascual, Fernando; Redondo-Horcajo, Mariano; Lamas, Santiago

    2003-06-27

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21-amino-acid potent vasoconstrictor peptide that is mainly produced by vascular endothelial cells. Expression of the ET-1 gene is subject to complex regulation by numerous factors, among which transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is one of the most important. It has been widely documented that TGF-beta increases ET-1 mRNA and peptide levels. We have explored the mechanism by which TGF-beta upregulates ET-1 expression in endothelial cells. Transcriptional activation of the ET-1 promoter accounted for the TGF-beta-induced increase in ET-1 mRNA levels. We have identified within the ET-1 promoter two DNA elements indispensable for TGF-beta-mediated induction of ET-1: an activator protein-1 (AP-1) site at -108/-102, known to be important for constitutive and induced expression, and a novel regulatory sequence located at -193/-171, which constitutes a specific binding site for Smad transcription factors. Mutation of both elements abolished TGF-beta responsiveness. Binding of Smad3/Smad4 and c-Jun to their corresponding DNA elements was evidenced by electrophoretic mobility shift assays. Furthermore, the coactivator CREB-binding protein (CBP)/p300 was found to play an essential role in the induction of the gene. The simultaneous requirement for two distinct and independent DNA elements suggests that Smads and activator protein-1 functionally cooperate through CBP/p300 to mediate TGF-beta-induced transcriptional activation of the ET-1 gene.

  7. Over, and underexpression of endothelin 1 and TGF-beta family ligands and receptors in lung tissue of broilers with pulmonary hypertension.

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    Dominguez-Avila, Norma; Ruiz-Castañeda, Gabriel; González-Ramírez, Javier; Fernandez-Jaramillo, Nora; Escoto, Jorge; Sánchez-Muñoz, Fausto; Marquez-Velasco, Ricardo; Bojalil, Rafael; Espinosa-Cervantes, Román; Sánchez, Fausto

    2013-01-01

    Transforming growth factor beta (TGF β ) is a family of genes that play a key role in mediating tissue remodeling in various forms of acute and chronic lung disease. In order to assess their role on pulmonary hypertension in broilers, we determined mRNA expression of genes of the TGF β family and endothelin 1 in lung samples from 4-week-old chickens raised either under normal or cold temperature conditions. Both in control and cold-treated groups of broilers, endothelin 1 mRNA expression levels in lungs from ascitic chickens were higher than levels from healthy birds (P < 0.05), whereas levels in animals with cardiac failure were intermediate. Conversely, TGF β 2 and TGF β 3 gene expression in lungs were higher in healthy animals than in ascitic animals in both groups (P < 0.05). TGF β 1, T β RI, and T β RII mRNA gene expression among healthy, ascitic, and chickens with cardiac failure showed no differences (P > 0.05). BAMBI mRNA gene expression was lowest in birds with ascites only in the control group as compared with the values from healthy birds (P < 0.05).

  8. Over, and Underexpression of Endothelin 1 and TGF-Beta Family Ligands and Receptors in Lung Tissue of Broilers with Pulmonary Hypertension

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    Dominguez-Avila, Norma; Ruiz-Castañeda, Gabriel; González-Ramírez, Javier; Fernandez-Jaramillo, Nora; Escoto, Jorge; Sánchez-Muñoz, Fausto; Marquez-Velasco, Ricardo; Bojalil, Rafael; Espinosa-Cervantes, Román; Sánchez, Fausto

    2013-01-01

    Transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) is a family of genes that play a key role in mediating tissue remodeling in various forms of acute and chronic lung disease. In order to assess their role on pulmonary hypertension in broilers, we determined mRNA expression of genes of the TGFβ family and endothelin 1 in lung samples from 4-week-old chickens raised either under normal or cold temperature conditions. Both in control and cold-treated groups of broilers, endothelin 1 mRNA expression levels in lungs from ascitic chickens were higher than levels from healthy birds (P < 0.05), whereas levels in animals with cardiac failure were intermediate. Conversely, TGFβ2 and TGFβ3 gene expression in lungs were higher in healthy animals than in ascitic animals in both groups (P < 0.05). TGFβ1, TβRI, and TβRII mRNA gene expression among healthy, ascitic, and chickens with cardiac failure showed no differences (P > 0.05). BAMBI mRNA gene expression was lowest in birds with ascites only in the control group as compared with the values from healthy birds (P < 0.05). PMID:24286074

  9. Endothelin-1 Pathway Polymorphisms and Outcomes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Gomberg-Maitland, Mardi; Demarco, Teresa; Frost, Adaani E.; Torbicki, Adam; Langleben, David; Pulido, Tomas; Correa-Jaque, Priscilla; Passineau, Michael J.; Wiener, Howard W.; Tamari, Mayumi; Hirota, Tomomitsu; Kubo, Michiaki; Tiwari, Hemant K.

    2015-01-01

    Rationale: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive fatal disease. Variable response and tolerability to PAH therapeutics suggests that genetic differences may influence outcomes. The endothelin pathway is central to pulmonary vascular function, and several polymorphisms and/or mutations in the genes coding for endothelin (ET)-1 and its receptors correlate with the clinical manifestations of other diseases. Objectives: To examine the interaction of ET-1 pathway polymorphisms and treatment responses of patients with PAH treated with ET receptor antagonists (ERAs). Methods: A total of 1,198 patients with PAH were prospectively enrolled from 45 U.S. and Canadian pulmonary hypertension centers or retrospectively from global sites participating in the STRIDE (Sitaxsentan To Relieve Impaired Exercise) trials. Comprehensive objective measures including a 6-minute-walk test, Borg dyspnea score, functional class, and laboratory studies were completed at baseline, before the initiation of ERAs, and repeated serially. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms from ET-1 pathway candidate genes were selected from a completed genome-wide association study performed on the study cohort. Measurements and Main Results: Patient efficacy outcomes were analyzed for a relationship between ET-1 pathway polymorphisms and clinical efficacy using predefined, composite positive and negative outcome measures in 715 European descent samples. A single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs11157866) in the G-protein alpha and gamma subunits gene was significantly associated, accounting for multiple testing, with a combined improvement in functional class and 6-minute-walk distance at 12 and 18 months and marginally significant at 24 months. Conclusions: ET-1 pathway associated polymorphisms may influence the clinical efficacy of ERA therapy for PAH. Further prospective studies are needed. PMID:26252367

  10. Sequence and neuronal expression of mouse endothelin-1 cDNA.

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    Kurama, M; Ishida, N; Matsui, M; Saida, K; Mitsui, Y

    1996-07-17

    We have isolated and sequenced a cDNA that encodes mouse endothelin-1 (ET-1). The putative protein contains 202 amino acids corresponds to the prepro-form of ET-1. Twenty-one amino acids sequence of the putative mature ET-1 was identical with that of rat, porcine, bovine, and human. In situ hybridization histochemistry indicate that ET-1 mRNA was expressed in several hypothalamic nuclei including the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in rodent brain.

  11. Decreased Endothelin-1 Plasma Levels in Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Possible Factor of Vascular Dysregulation?

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    Jankowska-Lech, Irmina; Terelak-Borys, Barbara; Grabska-Liberek, Iwona; Palasik, Witold; Bik, Wojciech; Wolińska-Witort, Ewa

    2015-01-01

    Background Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating autoimmune disease of the central nervous system with possible involvement of vascular dysregulation secondary to endothelial dysfunction caused by destruction of the vessel wall. Vascular dysregulation leads to excessive vasoconstriction or insufficient vasodilatation, resulting in vasospasm mediated by endothelin-1 (ET-1), the most potent and long-lasting mediator. Vascular dysregulation can play an important role in the pathogenesis of some eye disorders and it has been hypothesized that it is a vascular risk factor for glaucomatous optic neuropathy. The aim of this study was to estimate endothelin-1 (ET-1) plasma levels in patients with MS. Material/Methods The MS group consisted of 39 patients (9 males, 30 females), mean age: 38.8±10.02 years, range: 22–62. The control group consisted of 27 healthy volunteers (3 males and 24 females), mean age: 37.4±10.88 years, range: 20–62; clinically, in a non-active stage of the disease. ET-1 plasma levels were measured using the Endothelin-1 ELISA Kit (Immuno-Biological Laboratories Co., Japan). Statistical analysis was performed with the nonparametric Mann-Whitney U test for independent groups. Results Endothelin-1 (ET-1) plasma levels were significantly lower in MS patients compared to healthy controls: mean value 0.55±0.44 pg/ml (146.05±118.27 fmol/ml) vs. 0.95±0.48 pg/ml (252.83±127.16 fmol/ml); P=0.012. Conclusions Significantly decreased ET-1 plasma levels in the MS patients could reflect the non-active disease at the time of ET-1 measurements or the effects of immunomodulatory treatment, but it cannot be excluded that decreased ET-1 plasma levels in these patients might result from vascular dysregulation. PMID:25864450

  12. Effects of endothelin-1 on prevention of microvascular endothelium injuries in hemorrhagic shock in rats.

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    Korzonek-Szlacheta, Ilona; Gwóźdź, Bolesław

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the effects of posthemorrhagic hypovolemia and hypotension upon the microvascular endothelial cells and on activity of antioxidant enzymes in blood, and to investigate the influence of intravenously injected endothelin-1 in rats. The experiment was conducted on 48 rats anesthetized with ethylurethane, subjected to controlled hypotension (under 35-40 mmHg) for 60 min. Endothelin-1 was administered intravenously once at a dose of 50 pmol/kg in the 5th min of hemorrhagic shock. The control group had blood volume restored after 5 min of hypovolemia with hypotension. The arterial blood pressure, systolic and diastolic, and heart rate were monitored. After 60 min, morphological changes in the capillary endothelium of the small intestine were assessed, using electron microscope, and the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) in blood were measured. Animals with hypovolemia and hypotension, had edematous endothelial cells with injured cell-membrane and mitochondria, alongside of the enhancement in SOD activity (p < 0.05) and drop in the activity of CAT and GSH-PX. No signs of vascular endothelium injuries and no reduced enzymatic activities, except for GSH-PX, were observed after restoring the normal blood pressure by means of endothelin-1 in animals with hypovolemia. Hemorrhagic shock caused injuries in intestinal microcascular endothelium. Intravenously administered endothelin-1 quickly restored normal blood pressure, maintained it over a long time, and prevented the consequences of ischemia in microcirculation, thereby prolonging the survival for animals in hemorrhagic shock.

  13. Thapsigargin and EGTA inhibit endothelin-1-induced glucose transport.

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    Kao, Ying-Shun; Fong, Jim C

    2004-01-01

    We have previously demonstrated that ET-1 may enhance glucose transport in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, secondarily to its stimulatory effect on GLUT1 gene expression by a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-dependent pathway. In the present study, we further tested the involvement of Ca(2+) in glucose uptake in response to ET-1. Among a variety of Ca(2+)-related agents tested, EGTA and thapsigargin were found to suppress both the glucose uptake and intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization induced by ET-1, as determined by Fura-2 analysis. However, a phospholipase C inhibitor, U73122, also eliminated the intracellular calcium mobilization induced by ET-1, but had no effect on ET-1-stimulated glucose uptake. The finding that neither EGTA nor thapsigargin had any influence on ET-1-induced MAPK activation implies that some mechanism downstream of MAPK activation is involved. Further investigation showed that both agents exerted global inhibitory effects on protein and RNA syntheses. Since both thapsigargin and EGTA may deplete endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores, our results suggest that (1) ET-1-induced glucose transport is independent of ET-1's effect on Ca(2+) mobilization and (2) depletion of ER Ca(2+) stores per se may interfere with ET-1's effect on GLUT1 expression. Copyright 2004 National Science Council, ROC and S. Karger AG, Basel

  14. Myocardial expression of transforming growth factor beta family and endothelin-1 in the progression from heart failure to ascites in broilers with cold-induced pulmonary hypertension.

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    Ruiz-Castañeda, Gabriel; Dominguez-Avila, Norma; González-Ramírez, Javier; Fernandez-Jaramillo, Nora; Escoto-Herrera, Jorge; Sánchez-Muñoz, Fausto; Amezcua-Guerra, Luis Manuel; Marquez-Velasco, Ricardo; Bojalil, Rafael; Espinosa-Cervantes, Roman; Sánchez, Fausto

    2015-11-13

    We determined mRNA expression of genes of endothelin-1 (ET-1), and of the transforming growth factor beta ligands (TGFβ1, TGFβ2 and TGFβ3), their receptors (TβRI and TβRII) and their pseudoreceptor BAMBI in the heart of broilers raised under cold temperature conditions and affected by pulmonary hypertension. Gene expression was determined by RT-qPCR in right myocardial ventricle samples from 4-week-old chickens (n = 48) raised either under normal (control) or cold temperature conditions (22 °C versus 14 °C). We do not find differences among healthy birds, birds with cardiac failure and ascitic birds in the mRNA levels of TGFβ2, TGFβ3 and BAMBI. In the control group, ET-1 mRNA level was increased in the ascitic birds as compared with healthy birds and birds with cardiac failure (p < 0.05) whereas in the cold treated group, no increase was observed (p > 0.05); yet, ascitic birds in the cold group showed lower mean than ascitic birds in the control group (p < 0.05). TβRII mRNA expression was higher in ascitic than in healthy birds (p < 0.05) in both control and cold treated groups; however, in the ascitic birds of the cold treated group TβRII expression was lower than in ascitic birds from the control group (p < 0.05). Thus, the higher ET-1 and TβRII levels observed in ascitic birds seem to be attenuated by cold.

  15. Hydrogen sulfide differentially affects the hepatic vasculature in response to phenylephrine and endothelin 1 during endotoxemia.

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    Norris, Eric J; Larion, Sebastian; Culberson, Catherine R; Clemens, Mark G

    2013-02-01

    Despite being protective in many disease states, hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) contributes to organ injury in sepsis. Like the other gasotransmitters, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide, H(2)S is a modulator of the microcirculation. Because microcirculatory dysfunction is a main cause of organ injury during sepsis, the present study was designed to test the effect of H(2)S on microvascular dysfunction in isolated perfused livers. In most microcirculatory beds, endotoxin activates the endothelium, resulting in hyporesponsiveness to catecholamines and a derangement in blood flow distribution. We demonstrate that H(2)S treatment attenuates the increase in portal pressure during infusion of the α1 adrenergic agonist, phenylephrine (PE) (P < 0.01). Hydrogen sulfide almost completely negated the increase in portal pressure in livers isolated from endotoxemic rats. Treatment with an inhibitor of endogenous H(2)S, DL-propargylglycine (PAG), reversed lipopolysaccharide-induced hyporesponsiveness to PE. Because hepatic microcirculatory dysfunction is associated with excessive sinusoidal vasoconstriction and not dilation, we investigated whether H(2)S affects endothelin 1 (ET-1)-induced vasoconstriction in isolated livers. Contrary to PE treatment, H(2)S did not affect the increase in portal pressure during infusion of ET-1, nor did it attenuate the hypersensitization of the liver to ET-1 during endotoxemia. Hepatic resistance in control rats was increased by PAG treatment during ET-1 infusion, but this increase was not exacerbated during endotoxemia. We monitored hepatic O(2) consumption to assess the effect of vascular changes on oxygen consumption following ET-1 treatment. Low-dose ET-1 infusion caused an increase in hepatic O(2)consumption, whereas low-dose ET-1 infusion decreased O(2) consumption in endotoxemic livers. Interestingly, whereas we observed no effect of PAG on the vascular response to ET-1 infusion during endotoxemia, PAG treatment did maintain O(2), suggesting a

  16. Endothelin-1 exacerbates development of hypertension and atherosclerosis in modest insulin resistant syndrome.

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    Lin, Yan-Jie; Juan, Chi-Chang; Kwok, Ching-Fai; Hsu, Yung-Pei; Shih, Kuang-Chung; Chen, Chin-Chang; Ho, Low-Tone

    2015-05-08

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is known as potent vasoconstrictor, by virtue of its mitogenic effects, and may deteriorate the process of hypertension and atherosclerosis by aggravating hyperplasia and migration in VSMCs. Our previous study demonstrated that insulin infusion caused sequential induction of hyperinsulinemia, hyperendothelinemia, insulin resistance, and then hypertension in rats. However, the underlying mechanism of ET-1 interfere insulin signaling in VSMCs remains unclear. To characterize insulin signaling during modest insulin resistant syndrome, we established and monitored rats by feeding high fructose-diet (HFD) until high blood pressure and modest insulin resistance occurred. To explore the role of ET-1/ETAR during insulin resistance, ETAR expression, ET-1 binding, and insulin signaling were investigated in the HFD-fed rats and cultured A-10 VSMCs. Results showed that high blood pressure, tunica medial wall thickening, plasma ET-1 and insulin, and accompanied with modest insulin resistance without overweight and hyperglycemia occurred in early-stage HFD-fed rats. In the endothelium-denuded aorta from HFD-fed rats, ETAR expression, but not ETBR, and ET-1 binding in aorta were increased. Moreover, decreasing of insulin-induced Akt phosphorylation and increasing of insulin-induced ERK phosphorylation were observed in aorta during modest insulin resistance. Interestingly, in ET-1 pretreated VSMCs, the increment of insulin-induced Akt phosphorylation was decreased whereas the increment of insulin-induced ERK phosphorylation was increased. In addition, insulin potentiated ET-1-induced VSMCs migration and proliferation due to increasing ET-1 binding. ETAR antagonist reversed effects of ET-1 on insulin-induced signaling and VSMCs migration and proliferation. In summary, modest insulin resistance syndrome accompanied with hyperinsulinemia leading to the potentiation on ET-1-induced actions in aortic VSMCs. ET-1 via ETAR pathway suppressed insulin-induced AKT

  17. Prevention of RhoA activation and cofilin-mediated actin polymerization mediates the antihypertrophic effect of adenosine receptor agonists in angiotensin II- and endothelin-1-treated cardiomyocytes.

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    Zeidan, Asad; Gan, Xiaohong Tracey; Thomas, Ashley; Karmazyn, Morris

    2014-01-01

    Adenosine receptor activation has been shown to be associated with diminution of cardiac hypertrophy and it has been suggested that endogenously produced adenosine may serve to blunt pro-hypertrophic processes. In the present study, we determined the effects of two pro-hypertrophic stimuli, angiotensin II (Ang II, 100 nM) and endothelin-1 (ET-1, 10 nM) on Ras homolog gene family, member A (RhoA)/Rho-associated, coiled-coil containing protein kinase (ROCK) activation in cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes and whether the latter serves as a target for the anti-hypertrophic effect of adenosine receptor activation. Both hypertrophic stimuli potently increased RhoA activity with peak activation occurring 15-30 min following agonist addition. These effects were associated with significantly increased phosphorylation (inactivation) of cofilin, a downstream mediator of RhoA, an increase in actin polymerization, and increased activation and nuclear import of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase. The ability of both Ang II and ET-1 to activate the RhoA pathway was completely prevented by the adenosine A1 receptor agonist N (6)-cyclopentyladenosine, the A2a receptor agonist 2-p-(2-carboxyethyl)-phenethylamino-5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine, the A3 receptor agonist N (6)-(3-iodobenzyl)adenosine-5'-methyluronamide as well as the nonspecific adenosine analog 2-chloro adenosine. All effects of specific receptor agonists were prevented by their respective receptor antagonists. Moreover, all adenosine agonists prevented either Ang II- or ET-1-induced hypertrophy, a property shared by the RhoA inhibitor Clostridium botulinum C3 exoenzyme, the ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 or the actin depolymerizing agent latrunculin B. Our study therefore demonstrates that both Ang II and ET-1 can activate the RhoA pathway and that prevention of the hypertrophic response to both agonists by adenosine receptor activation is mediated by prevention of RhoA stimulation and actin polymerization.

  18. Different effects of endothelin-1 on calcium and potassium currents in canine ventricular cells.

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    Bányász, T; Magyar, J; Körtvély, A; Szigeti, G; Szigligeti, P; Papp, Z; Mohácsi, A; Kovács, L; Nánási, P P

    2001-04-01

    Effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) on the L-type calcium current (ICa) and delayed rectifier potassium current (IK) were studied in isolated canine ventricular cardiomyocytes using the whole-cell configuration of the patch-clamp technique. ET-1 (8 nM) was applied in three experimental arrangements: untreated cells, in the presence of 50 nM isoproterenol, and in the presence of 250 microM 8-bromo-cAMP. In untreated cells, ET-1 significantly decreased the peak amplitude of ICa by 32.3+/-4.8% at +5 mV (P<0.05) without changing activation or inactivation characteristics of ICa. ET-1 had no effect on the amplitude of IK, Ito (transient outward current) or IK1 (inward rectifier K current) in untreated cells; however, the time course of recovery from inactivation of Ito was significantly increased by ET-1 (from 26.5+/-4.6 ms to 59.5+/- 1.8 ms, P < 0.05). Amplitude and time course of intracellular calcium transients, recorded in voltage-clamped cells previously loaded with the fluorescent calcium indicator dye Fura-2, were not affected by ET-1. ET-1 had no effect on force of contraction in canine ventricular trabeculae. Isoproterenol increased the amplitude of ICa to 263+/-29% of control. ET-1 reduced ICa also in isoproterenol-treated cells by 17.8+/-2% (P<0.05); this inhibition was significantly less than obtained in untreated cells. IK was increased by isoproterenol to 213+/-18% of control. This effect of isoproterenol on IK was reduced by 31.8+/-4.8% if the cells were pretreated with ET-1. Similarly, in isoproterenol-treated cells ET-1 decreased IK by 16.2+/-1.5% (P<0.05). Maximal activation of protein kinase A (PKA) was achieved by application of 8-bromo-cAMP in the pipette solution. In the presence of 8-bromo-cAMP ET-1 failed to alter ICa or IK It was concluded that differences in effects of ET-1 on ICa and IK may be related to differences in cAMP sensitivity of the currents.

  19. Influence of nitrovasodilators and endothelin-1 on rheology of human blood in vitro.

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    Walter, R; Mark, M; Gaudenz, R; Harris, L G; Reinhart, W H

    1999-10-01

    1. The shear stress of flowing blood profoundly influences the release of endothelium-dependent vasodilative and constrictive factors. Conversely, the influence of these mediators such as nitric oxide (NO) or endothelin-1 (ET-1) on blood rheology remains elusive. In the present study the influence of nitrovasodilators and ET-1 on red blood cell (RBC) shape and whole blood viscosity were investigated. 2. Incubation of whole blood with sodium-nitroprusside (SNP, 10-5 - 10-2 M), glyceryl trinitrate (GTN, 0.0001 - 0.1 mg mL-1), S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP, 10-6 - 10-3 M), and the active metabolite of molsidomine (SIN-1, 10-6 - 10-3 M), but not molsidomine (10-6 - 10-3 M), resulted in significantly increased amounts of methaemoglobin, indicating a relevant interaction with RBCs. Treatment with SNP at 10-2 M induced a marked echinocytosis (morphological index: 2.23+/-0.98 vs -0.17+/-0.10; P<0.001) and increased blood viscosity (haematocrit 45%) at a high shear rate of 94.5 s-1 (6.46+/-0.60 vs 5.07+/-0.35 mPa.s; P<0.01) and a low shear rate of 0.1 s-1 (88.6+/-36.8 vs 42.1+/-11.7 mPa.s; P<0.01). Echinocytosis was probably due to cyanide accumulation. SIN-1 at 10-3 M slightly decreased high shear viscosity (4.88+/-0.28 vs 4. 95+/-0.30 mPa.s; P<0.05). SNAP at 10-3 M slightly increased both high (5.14+/-0.23 vs 5.05+/-0.24 mPa.s; P<0.01) and low shear (53.9+/-7.2 vs 51.2+/-5.9 mPa.s; P<0.05) viscosity. Molsidomine and GTN failed to influence whole blood viscosity. ET-1 (10-9 - 10-6 M) had no effect on RBC shape and viscosity. 3. We conclude that the most important modulators of vascular tone, NO and ET-1, do not affect RBC shape and blood viscosity, which is important from both a physiological and a pharmacological point of view.

  20. Plasma big endothelin-1 level and the severity of new-onset stable coronary artery disease.

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    Chen, Juan; Chen, Man-Hua; Guo, Yuan-Lin; Zhu, Cheng-Gang; Xu, Rui-Xia; Dong, Qian; Li, Jian-Jun

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the usefulness of the plasma big endothelin-1 (big ET-1) level in predicting the severity of new-onset stable angiography-proven coronary artery disease (CAD). A total of 963 consecutive stable CAD patients with more than 50% stenosis in at least one main vessel were enrolled. The patients were classified into the three groups according to the tertile of the Gensini score (GS, low GS <20, n=300; intermediate GS 20-40, n=356 and high GS >40, n=307), and the relationship between the big ET-1 level and GS was evaluated. The plasma levels of big ET-1 increased significantly in association with increases in the GS tertile (p=0.007). A multivariate analysis suggested that the plasma big ET-1 level was an independent predictor for a high GS (OR=2.26, 95%CI: 1.23-4.15, p=0.009), and there was a positive correlation between the big ET-1 level and the GS (r=0.20, p=0.000). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) for the big ET-1 level in predicting a high GS was 0.64 (95% CI 0.60-0.68, p=0.000), and the optimal cutoff value for the plasma big ET-1 level for predicting a high GS was 0.34 fmol/mL, with a sensitivity of 62.6% and specificity of 60.3%. In the high-big ET-1 level group (≥0.34 fmol/mL), there were significantly increased rates of three-vessel disease (43.6% vs. 35.4%, p=0.017) and a high GS [31 (17-54) vs. 24 (16-44), p=0.001] compared with that observed in the low-big ET-1 level group. The present findings indicate that the plasma big ET-1 level is a useful predictor of the severity of new-onset stable CAD associated with significant stenosis.

  1. Modulation of endothelin-1 production by a pulmonary epithelial cell line. I. Regulation by glucocorticoids.

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    Calderón, E; Gómez-Sánchez, C E; Cozza, E N; Zhou, M; Coffey, R G; Lockey, R F; Prockop, L D; Szentivanyi, A

    1994-11-29

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is one of the most potent bronchoconstrictor agents yet described. Bronchial epithelial cells of asthmatic patients in vivo express preproET-1 and in vitro release high amounts of ET-1. Healthy and chronic bronchitic controls do not express preproET-1 or release ET-1. Interleukin-2 (IL-2) and other cytokines up-regulate the in vitro ET-1 release in guinea pig airway epithelial cells. We explored whether two glucocorticoids, dexamethasone (Dex) and triamcinolone acetonide (TA), inhibit the synthesis and release of ET-1 by A549 cells, a transformed human pulmonary epithelial cell line, since ET-1 may have a basic role in the pathogenesis of asthma. Cells were grown to confluence in RPMI 1640 plus 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). Cells were then cultured for 3 days without serum to obtain ET-1 basal levels. The effects of 10% FBS, IL-2 (10 U/mL), Dex, TA or mifepristone, a steroid antagonist (1, 10 or 100 nM), were evaluated on ET-1 as measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA). ET-1 production increased from 57.6 +/- 5 pg/mg cell protein at 6 hr to 170 +/- 9 pg/mg cell protein at 72 hr in control cultures. Ten percent FBS increased ET-1 production from 58.7 +/- 9.6 to 399 +/- 14.5 pg/mg cell protein. IL-2 significantly increased ET-1 from 100.7 +/- 6.1 to 144 +/- 6.7 at 24 hr and from 170 +/- 9 to 207.7 +/- 24 at 72 hr. Dex and TA (10 and 100 nM) at 24-72 hr decreased ET-1 under basal conditions. Both drugs (only at 100 nM) decreased ET-1 production in 10% FBS- and IL-2-stimulated cells. Mifepristone (10 and 100 nM) reversed the decreased production of ET-1 induced by Dex (100 nM) at 24-72 hr. Northern blot analysis showed that Dex (100 nM) decreased the expression of ET-1 mRNA at 6 and 24 hr, but that mifepristone (100 nM) reversed this effect in cells cultured with Dex. In conclusion, Dex and TA down-regulate the synthesis and production of ET-1 by this human pulmonary epithelial cell line under basal or stimulated conditions, and these effects are

  2. Influence of celecoxib on the vasodilating properties of human mesenteric arteries constricted with endothelin-1

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    GRZEŚK, GRZEGORZ; SZADUJKIS-SZADURSKA, KATARZYNA; MATUSIAK, GRZEGORZ; MALINOWSKI, BARTOSZ; GAJDUS, MARTA; WICIŃSKI, MICHAŁ; SZADUJKIS-SZADURSKI, LESZEK

    2014-01-01

    The mitogenic and vasoconstrictive properties of the vascular system are attributed to endothelin-1 (ET-1). ET-1 serum concentration increases in a number of pathological conditions, particularly in those associated with blood vessel constriction. ET-1 is also associated with the underlying pathomechanisms of primary pulmonary hypertension, arterial hypertension and eclampsia. The aim of this study was to compare the vasodilating properties of selected phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors and celecoxib in human mesenteric arteries constricted with ET-1, and investigate the role of the endothelium in relaxation. Perfused human mesenteric arteries were collected and stored under the same conditions as organs for transplantation. The mesenteric arteries (with and without the endothelium) were constricted by the addition of ET-1 and treated with one of the following: sildenafil (PDE5 inhibitor), zaprinast (PDE5 and 6 inhibitor), rolipram (PDE4 inhibitor) and celecoxib [cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor]. Based on the observed changes of the perfusion pressure, concentration response curves (CRCs) were prepared for the respective inhibitors and the EC50 (concentration causing an effect equal to half of the maximum effect), pD2 (negative common logarithm of EC50) and relative potency (RP) were calculated. The results suggested that all the inhibitors triggered a concentration-dependent decrease in the perfusion pressure in isolated human superior mesenteric arteries with endothelium constricted by the addition of ET-1. In the arteries without endothelium, CRCs for celecoxib and rolipram were shifted to the right without a significant decrease in the maximum dilating effect. Moreover, CRCs for sildenafil and zaprinast were shifted to the right with a simultaneous significant decrease in the maximum dilating effect and with an increased inclination angle in reference to the concentration axis. In the presence of the endothelium, all of the evaluated PDE inhibitors, as well

  3. Grainyhead-like 3 regulation of endothelin-1 in the pharyngeal endoderm is critical for growth and development of the craniofacial skeleton.

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    Dworkin, Sebastian; Simkin, Johanna; Darido, Charbel; Partridge, Darren D; Georgy, Smitha R; Caddy, Jacinta; Wilanowski, Tomasz; Lieschke, Graham J; Doggett, Karen; Heath, Joan K; Jane, Stephen M

    2014-08-01

    Craniofacial development is a highly conserved process that requires complex interactions between neural crest cells (NCCs) and pharyngeal tissues derived from all three germ layers. Signals emanating from the pharyngeal endoderm drive differentiation of NCCs into craniofacial cartilage, and disruption of this process underpins several human craniofacial defects (CFD). Here, we demonstrate that morpholino (MO)-mediated knockdown in zebrafish of the highly conserved transcription factor grainyhead-like 3 (grhl3), which is selectively expressed in the pharyngeal endoderm, leads to severe hypoplasia of the lower jaw cartilages. Phylogenetic analysis of conserved grhl-binding sites in gene regulatory regions identified endothelin-1 (edn1) as a putative direct grhl3 target gene, and this was confirmed by chromatin precipitation (ChIP) assays in zebrafish embryos. Injection of sub-phenotypic concentrations of MOs targeting both grhl3 and edn1 induced jaw abnormalities, and injection of edn1 mRNA into grhl3-morphants rescued both pharyngeal expression of the downstream effectors of edn1, and jaw cartilage formation. This study sheds new light on the role of endodermal endothelin-1 in vertebrate jaw development, and highlights potential new genetic defects that could underpin human CFD.

  4. Black Currant Anthocyanins Normalized Abnormal Levels of Serum Concentrations of Endothelin-1 in Patients with Glaucoma

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    Yoshida, Kaori; Ohguro, Ikuyo

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Purpose Our recent study, which involved a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked 24-month trial (Ophthalmologica 2012;228:26–35), revealed that oral administration of black currant anthocyanins (BCACs) slowed down the visual field deterioration and elevation of ocular blood flow of open-angle glaucoma (OAG). To elucidate the underlying mechanisms of these BCAC-induced effects, as possible factors affecting glaucomatous optic neuropathy, changes of serum endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitric oxide (NO), and antioxidative activities were examined in the present study. Methods From among patients with OAG who participated in the randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked trial, serum specimens were obtained from BCAC-treated (n=19) or placebo-treated (n=19) patients at baseline and every 6 months. Healthy volunteers (n=20) with age and gender matching the patients were used as a control. Serum ET-1 concentration, [NO2−] and [NO2− + NO3−] levels, advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), and antioxidant activities were measured by using commercially available kits. Results At the trial baseline, serum ET-1 concentrations were significantly lower in patients with OAG (BCACs, 3.18±1.06 pg/mL; placebo, 3.44±0.84 pg/mL) than those in healthy volunteers (4.38±1.03 pg/mL) (one-way analysis of variance and a Tukey's multiple comparison post hoc test, P<0.05). Upon administration of BCACs, serum ET-1 concentrations increased to the levels of those in healthy volunteers during the 24-month period. In contrast, those of placebo-treated patients remained at lower levels (3.82±1.14 pg/mL). While [NO2−] and [NO2−+NO3−] levels, AOPP, and antioxidative activities of patients from both the BCACs and placebo groups showed comparable levels to those of healthy subjects at baseline, no significant changes were observed during the observational period in either the BCAC or placebo groups. Conclusions Among the possible beneficial effects of BCACs

  5. Subclinical sleep apnoea and plasma levels of endothelin-1 among young and healthy adults

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    Schoen, Tobias; Aeschbacher, Stefanie; Leuppi, Joerg D; Miedinger, David; Werthmüller, Ursina; Estis, Joel; Todd, John; Risch, Martin; Risch, Lorenz; Conen, David

    2017-01-01

    Objective Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a risk factor for vascular disease and other adverse outcomes. These associations may be at least partly due to early endothelin-1 (ET-1)-mediated endothelial dysfunction (ED). Therefore, we assessed the relationships between subclinical sleep apnoea and plasma levels of ET-1. Methods We performed a population-based study among 1255 young and healthy adults aged 25–41 years. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes or a body mass index >35 kg/m2 were exclusion criteria. Plasma levels of ET-1 were measured using a high-sensitivity, single-molecule counting technology. The relationships between subclinical sleep apnoea (OSA indices: respiratory event index (REI), oxygen desaturation index (ODI), mean night-time blood oxygen saturation (SpO2)) and ET-1 levels were assessed by multivariable linear regression analysis. Results Median age of the cohort was 35 years. Median ET-1 levels were 2.9 (IQR 2.4–3.6) and 2.5 pg/mL (IQR 2.1–3.0) among patients with (n=105; 8%) and without subclinical sleep apnoea (REI 5–14), respectively. After multivariable adjustment, subclinical sleep apnoea remained significantly associated with plasma levels of ET-1 (β=0.13 (95% CI 0.06 to 0.20) p=0.0002 for a REI 5–14; β=0.10 (95% CI 0.03 to 0.16) p=0.003 for an ODI≥5). Every 1% decrease in mean night-time SpO2 increased ET-1 levels by 0.1 pg/mL, an association that remained significant after multivariable adjustment (β=0.02 (95% CI 0.003 to 0.033) p=0.02). Conclusions In this study of young and healthy adults, we found that participants with subclinical sleep apnoea had elevated plasma ET-1 levels, an association that was due to night-time hypoxaemia. Our results suggest that ED may already be an important consequence of subclinical sleep apnoea. PMID:28409007

  6. Clinical and prognostic value of endothelin-1 and big endothelin-1 expression in children with pulmonary hypertension.

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    Latus, Heiner; Karanatsios, Georg; Basan, Ulrike; Salser, Kirstin; Müller, Simon; Khalil, Markus; Kreuder, Joachim; Schranz, Dietmar; Apitz, Christian

    2016-07-01

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension is known to be associated with increased expression of endothelin (ET)-1 and its precursor big ET-1. Therefore, we hypothesised that in children with pulmonary hypertension (PH) altered levels of ET-1 and big ET-1 may have clinical and prognostic impact. Sixty-six children with different forms of PH (mean age 10.4±9.7 years) were included. Blood samples were taken from the pulmonary artery and a systemic artery. Levels of ET-1/big ET-1 were measured via ELISA method and compared with clinical and haemodynamic data. To assess prognostic relevance, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis was conducted with definition of end point as the composite of mortality, lung transplantation, use of intravenous prostanoids and Potts shunt creation. ET-1 levels ranged between 0.09 and 11.64 (mean 1.48±2.34) fmol/mL, and big ET-1 levels between 0.05 and 2.92 (mean 0.84±0.58) fmol/mL. No significant relationships were found between ET-1/big ET-1 levels and functional class as well as haemodynamic indices of PH severity. Mean follow-up after catheterisation was 63.2±44.1 months. While 31 of the 66 (47%) patients with PH reached a predefined end point, there was no significant relation between levels of ET-1/big ET-1 and patient outcome. Although children with PH had alterations in ET-1/big ET-1 expression, which may reflect changes in net release or lung clearance, levels of ET-1/big ET-1 showed no correlation with clinical and haemodynamic parameters, and were not able to predict outcome. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  7. The effects of endothelin-1 and NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester on regional haemodynamics in conscious rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus.

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    Kiff, R. J.; Gardiner, S. M.; Compton, A. M.; Bennett, T.

    1991-01-01

    1. Resting haemodynamic status and responses to endothelin-1 (0.0004, 0.04, 0.4 nmol kg-1) and NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, 10 mg kg-1) were assessed in conscious, Wistar rats treated with streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes mellitus, and in control animals treated with saline. 2. In the resting state, STZ-treated rats had a bradycardia relative to control animals (291 +/- 13 and 337 +/- 10 beats min-1, respectively), but mean arterial blood pressures were the same in the two groups (STZ-treated 109 +/- 3; control 114 +/- 4 mmHg). However, the STZ-treated rats had raised renal (105 +/- 9 units) and mesenteric (114 +/- 16 units) vascular conductances and reduced hindquarters vascular conductance (26 +/- 4 units) relative to control rats (renal, 80 +/- 6; mesenteric, 75 +/- 7; hindquarters, 37 +/- 3 units). 3. Increasing doses of endothelin-1 caused similar, early falls and subsequent rises in mean arterial blood pressures in both groups of rats. Although there were initial hindquarters vasodilatations with endothelin-1 that were not different in STZ-treated and control rats, there were subsequent renal and mesenteric vasoconstrictions that were greater in the former. Hence, the similar rises in mean arterial blood pressures must have been accompanied by a greater reduction in cardiac output in the STZ-treated rats. 4. L-NAME caused similar renal and mesenteric vasoconstrictions in control and STZ-treated rats, but there was a smaller pressor effect and an attenuated hindquarters vasoconstrictor response to L-NAME in STZ-treated rats.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1884094

  8. Endothelin-1 induces VCAM-1 expression-mediated inflammation via receptor tyrosine kinases and Elk/p300 in human tracheal smooth muscle cells.

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    Lin, Chih-Chung; Lin, Wei-Ning; Hou, Wei-Chen; Hsiao, Li-Der; Yang, Chuen-Mao

    2015-08-01

    The elevated level of endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been detected in the bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with severe asthma, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and sepsis. ET-1 may affect vessel tone together with lung physiology and pathology. Vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) is one kind of adhesion molecules participating in the process of polymorphonuclear leukocyte transmigration and regulating the occurrence and amplification of tissue inflammation. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ET-1-mediated expression of VCAM-1 on human tracheal smooth muscle cells (HTSMCs) were largely unknown. Here we reported that ET-1 stimulated expression of VCAM-1 gene on HTSMCs, which was blocked by pretreatment with the inhibitors of ET receptors, Src, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), AKT, MEK1/2, and p300, suggesting the participation of these signaling components in ET-1-regulated HTSMC responses. Furthermore, transfection with small-interfering RNA (siRNA) of Src, AKT, p42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), or p300 downregulated the respective proteins and significantly attenuated ET-1-induced VCAM-1 expression. ET-1 also stimulated phosphorylation of Src, EGFR, PDGFR, AKT, p42/p44 MAPK, and Elk-1 and acetylation of histone H4 on HTSMCs. Immunoprecipitation assay showed the association between Elk-1 and p300 in the nucleus. Adhesion assay revealed that the adhesion of THP-1 to HTSMCs challenged with ET-1 was increased, which was attenuated by the inhibitors of ET receptors, Src, MMPs, EGFR, PDGFR, PI3K, AKT, p42/p44 MAPK, and p300. Taken together, these data suggested that ET-1 promotes occurrence and amplification of pathology-related airway inflammation via enhancing VCAM-1 expression in an ET receptor/Src/MMP/EGFR, PDGFR/PI3K/AKT/p42/p44 MAPK/Elk-1/p300 pathway in HTSMCs.

  9. Nur77 attenuates endothelin-1 expression via downregulation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK in A549 cells and in an ARDS rat model.

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    Jiang, Yujie; Zeng, Yi; Huang, Xia; Qin, Yueqiu; Luo, Weigui; Xiang, Shulin; Sooranna, Suren R; Pinhu, Liao

    2016-12-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by inflammatory injury to the alveolar and capillary barriers that results in impaired gas exchange and severe acute respiratory failure. Nuclear orphan receptor Nur77 has emerged as a regulator of gene expression in inflammation, and its role in the pathogenesis of ARDS is not clear. The objective of this study is to investigate the potential role of Nur77 and its underlying mechanism in the regulation of endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced A549 cells and an ARDS rat model. We demonstrate that LPS induced Nur77 expression and nuclear export in A549 cells. Overexpression of Nur77 markedly decreased basal and LPS-induced ET-1 expression in A549 cells, whereas knockdown of Nur77 increased the ET-1 expression. LPS-induced phosphorylation and nuclear translocation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK were blocked by Nur77 overexpression and augmented by Nur77 knockdown in A549 cells. In vivo, LPS induced Nur77 expression in lung in ARDS rats. Pharmacological activation of Nur77 by cytosporone B (CsnB) inhibited ET-1 expression in ARDS rats, decreased LPS-induced phosphorylation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK, and relieved lung, liver, and kidney injury. Pharmacological deactivation of Nur77 by 1,1-bis-(3'-indolyl)-1-(p-hydroxyphenyl)methane (DIM-C-pPhOH, C-DIM8) had no effect on ET-1 expression and lung injury. These results indicated that Nur77 decreases ET-1 expression by suppressing NF-κB and p38 MAPK in LPS-stimulated A549 cells in vitro, and, in an LPS-induced ARDS rat model, CsnB reduced ET-1 expression and lung injury in ARDS rats.

  10. Nur77 attenuates endothelin-1 expression via downregulation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK in A549 cells and in an ARDS rat model

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    Jiang, Yujie; Zeng, Yi; Huang, Xia; Qin, Yueqiu; Luo, Weigui; Xiang, Shulin; Sooranna, Suren R.

    2016-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by inflammatory injury to the alveolar and capillary barriers that results in impaired gas exchange and severe acute respiratory failure. Nuclear orphan receptor Nur77 has emerged as a regulator of gene expression in inflammation, and its role in the pathogenesis of ARDS is not clear. The objective of this study is to investigate the potential role of Nur77 and its underlying mechanism in the regulation of endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced A549 cells and an ARDS rat model. We demonstrate that LPS induced Nur77 expression and nuclear export in A549 cells. Overexpression of Nur77 markedly decreased basal and LPS-induced ET-1 expression in A549 cells, whereas knockdown of Nur77 increased the ET-1 expression. LPS-induced phosphorylation and nuclear translocation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK were blocked by Nur77 overexpression and augmented by Nur77 knockdown in A549 cells. In vivo, LPS induced Nur77 expression in lung in ARDS rats. Pharmacological activation of Nur77 by cytosporone B (CsnB) inhibited ET-1 expression in ARDS rats, decreased LPS-induced phosphorylation of NF-κB and p38 MAPK, and relieved lung, liver, and kidney injury. Pharmacological deactivation of Nur77 by 1,1-bis-(3′-indolyl)-1-(p-hydroxyphenyl)methane (DIM-C-pPhOH, C-DIM8) had no effect on ET-1 expression and lung injury. These results indicated that Nur77 decreases ET-1 expression by suppressing NF-κB and p38 MAPK in LPS-stimulated A549 cells in vitro, and, in an LPS-induced ARDS rat model, CsnB reduced ET-1 expression and lung injury in ARDS rats. PMID:27765761

  11. Eggshell membrane ameliorates hepatic fibrogenesis in human C3A cells and rats through changes in PPARγ-Endothelin 1 signaling

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    Jia, Huijuan; Aw, Wanping; Saito, Kenji; Hanate, Manaka; Hasebe, Yukio; Kato, Hisanori

    2014-01-01

    Our previous nutrigenomic findings indicate that eggshell membrane (ESM) may prevent liver fibrosis. Here we investigated the effects and mechanisms underlying ESM intervention against liver injury by using DNA microarray analysis and comparative proteomics. In vitro hydrolyzed ESM attenuated the TGFβ1-induced procollagen production of human hepatocyte C3A cells and inhibited the expression of Endothelin 1 (EDN1) and its two receptors, and extracellular matrix components. In vivo male Wistar rats were allocated into a normal control group, a CCl4 group (hypodermic injection of 50% CCl4 2×/wk) and an ESM group (20 g ESM/kg diet with CCl4 injection) for 7 wks. Dietary ESM ameliorated the elevated activity of ALT/AST, oxidative stress and collagen accumulation in liver, accompanied by the down-regulated expression of Edn1 signaling and notable profibrogenic genes and growth factors as well as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ). Concomitantly, the decreased expressions of Galectin-1 and Desmin protein in the ESM group indicated the deactivation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Through a multifaceted integrated omics approach, we have demonstrated that ESM can exert an antifibrotic effect by suppressing oxidative stress and promoting collagen degradation by inhibiting HSCs' transformation, potentially via a novel modulation of the PPARγ-Endothelin 1 interaction signaling pathway. PMID:25503635

  12. Elevated levels of plasma Big endothelin-1 and its relation to hypertension and skin lesions in individuals exposed to arsenic

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    Hossain, Ekhtear; Islam, Khairul; Yeasmin, Fouzia; Karim, Md. Rezaul; Rahman, Mashiur; Agarwal, Smita; Hossain, Shakhawoat; Aziz, Abdul; Al Mamun, Abdullah; Sheikh, Afzal; Haque, Abedul; Hossain, M. Tofazzal; Hossain, Mostaque; Haris, Parvez I.; Ikemura, Noriaki; Inoue, Kiyoshi; Miyataka, Hideki; Himeno, Seiichiro; Hossain, Khaled

    2012-03-01

    Chronic arsenic (As) exposure affects the endothelial system causing several diseases. Big endothelin-1 (Big ET-1), the biological precursor of endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a more accurate indicator of the degree of activation of the endothelial system. Effect of As exposure on the plasma Big ET-1 levels and its physiological implications have not yet been documented. We evaluated plasma Big ET-1 levels and their relation to hypertension and skin lesions in As exposed individuals in Bangladesh. A total of 304 study subjects from the As-endemic and non-endemic areas in Bangladesh were recruited for this study. As concentrations in water, hair and nails were measured by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). The plasma Big ET-1 levels were measured using a one-step sandwich enzyme immunoassay kit. Significant increase in Big ET-1 levels were observed with the increasing concentrations of As in drinking water, hair and nails. Further, before and after adjusting with different covariates, plasma Big ET-1 levels were found to be significantly associated with the water, hair and nail As concentrations of the study subjects. Big ET-1 levels were also higher in the higher exposure groups compared to the lowest (reference) group. Interestingly, we observed that Big ET-1 levels were significantly higher in the hypertensive and skin lesion groups compared to the normotensive and without skin lesion counterpart, respectively of the study subjects in As-endemic areas. Thus, this study demonstrated a novel dose–response relationship between As exposure and plasma Big ET-1 levels indicating the possible involvement of plasma Big ET-1 levels in As-induced hypertension and skin lesions. -- Highlights: ► Plasma Big ET-1 is an indicator of endothelial damage. ► Plasma Big ET-1 level increases dose-dependently in arsenic exposed individuals. ► Study subjects in arsenic-endemic areas with hypertension have elevated Big ET-1 levels. ► Study subjects with arsenic

  13. Gremlin 2 regulates distinct roles of BMP and Endothelin 1 signaling in dorsoventral patterning of the facial skeleton

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    Zuniga, Elizabeth; Rippen, Marie; Alexander, Courtney; Schilling, Thomas F.; Crump, J. Gage

    2011-01-01

    Patterning of the upper versus lower face involves generating distinct pre-skeletal identities along the dorsoventral (DV) axes of the pharyngeal arches. Whereas previous studies have shown roles for BMPs, Endothelin 1 (Edn1) and Jagged1b-Notch2 in DV patterning of the facial skeleton, how these pathways are integrated to generate different skeletal fates has remained unclear. Here, we show that BMP and Edn1 signaling have distinct roles in development of the ventral and intermediate skeletons, respectively, of the zebrafish face. Using transgenic gain-of-function approaches and cell-autonomy experiments, we find that BMPs strongly promote hand2 and msxe expression in ventral skeletal precursors, while Edn1 promotes the expression of nkx3.2 and three Dlx genes (dlx3b, dlx5a and dlx6a) in intermediate precursors. Furthermore, Edn1 and Jagged1b pattern the intermediate and dorsal facial skeletons in part by inducing the BMP antagonist Gremlin 2 (Grem2), which restricts BMP activity to the ventral-most face. We therefore propose a model in which later cross-inhibitory interactions between BMP and Edn1 signaling, in part mediated by Grem2, separate an initially homogenous ventral region into distinct ventral and intermediate skeletal precursor domains. PMID:22031546

  14. Gremlin 2 regulates distinct roles of BMP and Endothelin 1 signaling in dorsoventral patterning of the facial skeleton.

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    Zuniga, Elizabeth; Rippen, Marie; Alexander, Courtney; Schilling, Thomas F; Crump, J Gage

    2011-12-01

    Patterning of the upper versus lower face involves generating distinct pre-skeletal identities along the dorsoventral (DV) axes of the pharyngeal arches. Whereas previous studies have shown roles for BMPs, Endothelin 1 (Edn1) and Jagged1b-Notch2 in DV patterning of the facial skeleton, how these pathways are integrated to generate different skeletal fates has remained unclear. Here, we show that BMP and Edn1 signaling have distinct roles in development of the ventral and intermediate skeletons, respectively, of the zebrafish face. Using transgenic gain-of-function approaches and cell-autonomy experiments, we find that BMPs strongly promote hand2 and msxe expression in ventral skeletal precursors, while Edn1 promotes the expression of nkx3.2 and three Dlx genes (dlx3b, dlx5a and dlx6a) in intermediate precursors. Furthermore, Edn1 and Jagged1b pattern the intermediate and dorsal facial skeletons in part by inducing the BMP antagonist Gremlin 2 (Grem2), which restricts BMP activity to the ventral-most face. We therefore propose a model in which later cross-inhibitory interactions between BMP and Edn1 signaling, in part mediated by Grem2, separate an initially homogenous ventral region into distinct ventral and intermediate skeletal precursor domains.

  15. Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate In Vivo Treatment Improves Oxidative Stress and Vascular Dysfunction by Suppression of Endothelin-1 Signaling in Monocrotaline-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension

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    Steven, Sebastian; Oelze, Matthias; Brandt, Moritz; Ullmann, Elisabeth; Kröller-Schön, Swenja; Heeren, Tjebo; Tran, Lan P.; Daub, Steffen; Dib, Mobin; Stalleicken, Dirk; Wenzel, Philip; Münzel, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Objective. Oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction contribute to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The role of the nitrovasodilator pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) on endothelial function and oxidative stress in PAH has not yet been defined. Methods and Results. PAH was induced by monocrotaline (MCT, i.v.) in Wistar rats. Low (30 mg/kg; MCT30), middle (40 mg/kg; MCT40), or high (60 mg/kg; MCT60) dose of MCT for 14, 28, and 42 d was used. MCT induced endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary vascular wall thickening, and fibrosis, as well as protein tyrosine nitration. Pulmonary arterial pressure and heart/body and lung/body weight ratio were increased in MCT40 rats (28 d) and reduced by oral PETN (10 mg/kg, 24 d) therapy. Oxidative stress in the vascular wall, in the heart, and in whole blood as well as vascular endothelin-1 signaling was increased in MCT40-treated rats and normalized by PETN therapy, likely by upregulation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). PETN therapy improved endothelium-dependent relaxation in pulmonary arteries and inhibited endothelin-1-induced oxidative burst in whole blood and the expression of adhesion molecule (ICAM-1) in endothelial cells. Conclusion. MCT-induced PAH impairs endothelial function (aorta and pulmonary arteries) and increases oxidative stress whereas PETN markedly attenuates these adverse effects. Thus, PETN therapy improves pulmonary hypertension beyond its known cardiac preload reducing ability. PMID:28337251

  16. Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate In Vivo Treatment Improves Oxidative Stress and Vascular Dysfunction by Suppression of Endothelin-1 Signaling in Monocrotaline-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension.

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    Steven, Sebastian; Oelze, Matthias; Brandt, Moritz; Ullmann, Elisabeth; Kröller-Schön, Swenja; Heeren, Tjebo; Tran, Lan P; Daub, Steffen; Dib, Mobin; Stalleicken, Dirk; Wenzel, Philip; Münzel, Thomas; Daiber, Andreas

    2017-01-01

    Objective. Oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction contribute to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The role of the nitrovasodilator pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) on endothelial function and oxidative stress in PAH has not yet been defined. Methods and Results. PAH was induced by monocrotaline (MCT, i.v.) in Wistar rats. Low (30 mg/kg; MCT30), middle (40 mg/kg; MCT40), or high (60 mg/kg; MCT60) dose of MCT for 14, 28, and 42 d was used. MCT induced endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary vascular wall thickening, and fibrosis, as well as protein tyrosine nitration. Pulmonary arterial pressure and heart/body and lung/body weight ratio were increased in MCT40 rats (28 d) and reduced by oral PETN (10 mg/kg, 24 d) therapy. Oxidative stress in the vascular wall, in the heart, and in whole blood as well as vascular endothelin-1 signaling was increased in MCT40-treated rats and normalized by PETN therapy, likely by upregulation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). PETN therapy improved endothelium-dependent relaxation in pulmonary arteries and inhibited endothelin-1-induced oxidative burst in whole blood and the expression of adhesion molecule (ICAM-1) in endothelial cells. Conclusion. MCT-induced PAH impairs endothelial function (aorta and pulmonary arteries) and increases oxidative stress whereas PETN markedly attenuates these adverse effects. Thus, PETN therapy improves pulmonary hypertension beyond its known cardiac preload reducing ability.

  17. Cooperation of endothelin-1 signaling with melanosomes plays a role in developing and/or maintaining human skin hyperpigmentation

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    Murase, Daiki; Hachiya, Akira; Kikuchi-Onoe, Mamiko; Fullenkamp, Rachel; Ohuchi, Atsushi; Kitahara, Takashi; Moriwaki, Shigeru; Hase, Tadashi; Takema, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Skin hyperpigmentation is characterized by increased melanin synthesis and deposition that can cause significant psychosocial and psychological distress. Although several cytokine-receptor signaling cascades contribute to the formation of ultraviolet B-induced cutaneous hyperpigmentation, their possible involvement in other types of skin hyperpigmentation has never been clearly addressed. Since our continuous studies using skin specimens from more than 30 subjects with ethnic skin diversity emphasized a consistent augmentation in the expression of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and its receptor (Endothelin B receptor, ET-B) in hyperpigmented lesions, including senile lentigos (SLs), the precise function of ET-1 signaling was investigated in the present study. In line with previous studies, ET-1 significantly induced melanogenesis followed by increases in melanosome transport in melanocytes and in its transfer to keratinocytes while inhibition of ET-B function substantially depressed melanogenic ability in tissue-cultured SLs. Additionally, in agreement with a previous report that the formation of autophagosomes rather than melanosomes is stimulated according to starvation or defective melanosome production, ET-1 was found to remarkably augment the expression of components necessary for early melanosome formation, indicating its counteraction against autophagy-targeting melanosome degradation in melanocytes. Despite the lack of substantial impact of ET-1 on keratinocyte melanogenic functions, the expression of ET-1 was enhanced following melanosome uptake by keratinocytes. Taken together, our data suggest that ET-1 plays a substantial role in the development and/or maintenance of skin hyperpigmentation in reciprocal cooperation with increased melanosome incorporation. PMID:26340945

  18. Endothelin-1 exacerbates development of hypertension and atherosclerosis in modest insulin resistant syndrome

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    Lin, Yan-Jie; Juan, Chi-Chang; Kwok, Ching-Fai; Hsu, Yung-Pei; Shih, Kuang-Chung; Chen, Chin-Chang; Ho, Low-Tone

    2015-05-08

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is known as potent vasoconstrictor, by virtue of its mitogenic effects, and may deteriorate the process of hypertension and atherosclerosis by aggravating hyperplasia and migration in VSMCs. Our previous study demonstrated that insulin infusion caused sequential induction of hyperinsulinemia, hyperendothelinemia, insulin resistance, and then hypertension in rats. However, the underlying mechanism of ET-1 interfere insulin signaling in VSMCs remains unclear. To characterize insulin signaling during modest insulin resistant syndrome, we established and monitored rats by feeding high fructose-diet (HFD) until high blood pressure and modest insulin resistance occurred. To explore the role of ET-1/ET{sub A}R during insulin resistance, ET{sub A}R expression, ET-1 binding, and insulin signaling were investigated in the HFD-fed rats and cultured A-10 VSMCs. Results showed that high blood pressure, tunica medial wall thickening, plasma ET-1 and insulin, and accompanied with modest insulin resistance without overweight and hyperglycemia occurred in early-stage HFD-fed rats. In the endothelium-denuded aorta from HFD-fed rats, ET{sub A}R expression, but not ET{sub B}R, and ET-1 binding in aorta were increased. Moreover, decreasing of insulin-induced Akt phosphorylation and increasing of insulin-induced ERK phosphorylation were observed in aorta during modest insulin resistance. Interestingly, in ET-1 pretreated VSMCs, the increment of insulin-induced Akt phosphorylation was decreased whereas the increment of insulin-induced ERK phosphorylation was increased. In addition, insulin potentiated ET-1-induced VSMCs migration and proliferation due to increasing ET-1 binding. ETAR antagonist reversed effects of ET-1 on insulin-induced signaling and VSMCs migration and proliferation. In summary, modest insulin resistance syndrome accompanied with hyperinsulinemia leading to the potentiation on ET-1-induced actions in aortic VSMCs. ET-1 via ET{sub A}R pathway

  19. Effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and thrombin antagonism on cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunctions during endotoxic shock in pig.

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    Albertini, M; Borromeo, V; Mazzola, S; Ciminaghi, B; Clement, M G

    2002-12-01

    We evaluated the endothelin-1 (ET-1) and thrombin involvement in cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction during endotoxic shock in 18 anaesthetized, mechanically ventilated pigs, divided into three groups. Group 1 was pre-treated only with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), group 2 was treated with lepirudin, a thrombin inhibitor, group 3 was pre-treated with bosentan, a dual inhibitor of ET-1 receptors. Results show that LPS caused systemic hypotension, pulmonary biphasic hypertension, increase in lung resistances (R(L)) and decrease in compliance (C(L)). Lepirudin partially reduced the LPS-dependent pulmonary hypertension, without affecting the changes in C(L) and R(L). On the contrary, bosentan completely abolished the pulmonary hypertension and the changes inC(L) and R(L), and worsened the LPS-dependent systemic hypotension. Our results show that ET-1 is largely responsible for pulmonary derangement due to endotoxic shock; at bronchial level, the ET-1 release seems due only to LPS, while, at pulmonary vascular level, it results also from LPS-dependent thrombin activation.

  20. High density lipoproteins stimulate the production and secretion of endothelin-1 from cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells.

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    Hu, R M; Chuang, M Y; Prins, B; Kashyap, M L; Frank, H J; Pedram, A; Levin, E R

    1994-03-01

    The concentration of HDL in the blood inversely correlates with the incidence of cardiovascular disease, probably related to the ability of these lipoproteins to efflux cholesterol from vascular cells. it is also possible that HDL affect the production or action of vasoactive peptides implicated in the development of vascular diseases. Therefore, we determined the effects of human HDL on the production and secretion of endothelin-1 (ET-1) from cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells. HDL produced a highly significant stimulation of endothelin secretion (maximum 240% of control), even at very low levels of lipoproteins (1 microgram/ml). HDL also stimulated the translation of ET-1 by twofold in the bovine aortic endothelial cells. In contrast, HDL had no significant effect on steady state mRNA levels, transcript degradation, or transcription. Stimulation of ET-1 secretion by HDL was dependent on protein kinase C activation. Purified apo A-I, the major apoprotein of HDL, increased ET-1 secretion and translation approximately 85% as potently as HDL. Our results indicate that low concentrations of human HDL strongly stimulate the production of ET-1, a powerful vasoconstrictor and mitogen for the vascular smooth muscle cell. We propose that HDL may participate in the regulation of vasomotor tone through this potentially important effect in the vasculature.

  1. Endothelin-1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition in human chondrosarcoma cells by repressing miR-300.

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    Wu, Min-Huan; Huang, Pei-Han; Hsieh, Mingli; Tsai, Chun-Hao; Chen, Hsien-Te; Tang, Chih-Hsin

    2016-10-25

    Chondrosarcoma is a malignant tumor of mesenchymal origin predominantly composed of cartilage-producing cells. This type of bone cancer is extremely resistant to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Surgical resection is the primary treatment, but is often difficult and not always practical for metastatic disease, so more effective treatments are needed. In particular, it would be helpful to identify molecular markers as targets for therapeutic intervention. Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictor, has been shown to enhance chondrosarcoma angiogenesis and metastasis. We report that ET-1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human chondrosarcoma cells. EMT is a key pathological event in cancer progression, during which epithelial cells lose their junctions and apical-basal polarity and adopt an invasive phenotype. Our study verifies that ET-1 induces the EMT phenotype in chondrosarcoma cells via the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway. In addition, we show that ET-1 increases EMT by repressing miR-300, which plays an important role in EMT-enhanced tumor metastasis. We also show that miR-300 directly targets Twist, which in turn results in a negative regulation of EMT. We found a highly positive correlation between ET-1 and Twist expression levels as well as tumor stage in chondrosarcoma patient specimens. Therefore, ET-1 may represent a potential novel molecular therapeutic target in chondrosarcoma metastasis.

  2. Stimulation of the p38 Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase Pathway in Neonatal Rat Ventricular Myocytes by the G Protein–coupled Receptor Agonists, Endothelin-1 and Phenylephrine: A Role in Cardiac Myocyte Hypertrophy?

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    Clerk, Angela; Michael, Ashour; Sugden, Peter H.

    1998-01-01

    We examined the activation of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38-MAPK) pathway by the G protein–coupled receptor agonists, endothelin-1 and phenylephrine in primary cultures of cardiac myocytes from neonatal rat hearts. Both agonists increased the phosphorylation (activation) of p38-MAPK by ∼12-fold. A p38-MAPK substrate, MAPK-activated protein kinase 2 (MAPKAPK2), was activated approximately fourfold and 10 μM SB203580, a p38-MAPK inhibitor, abolished this activation. Phosphorylation of the MAPKAPK2 substrate, heat shock protein 25/27, was also increased. Using selective inhibitors, activation of the p38-MAPK pathway by endothelin-1 was shown to involve protein kinase C but not Gi/Go nor the extracellularly responsive kinase (ERK) pathway. SB203580 failed to inhibit the morphological changes associated with cardiac myocyte hypertrophy induced by endothelin-1 or phenylephrine between 4 and 24 h. However, it decreased the myofibrillar organization and cell profile at 48 h. In contrast, inhibition of the ERK cascade with PD98059 prevented the increase in myofibrillar organization but not cell profile. These data are not consistent with a role for the p38-MAPK pathway in the immediate induction of the morphological changes of hypertrophy but suggest that it may be necessary over a longer period to maintain the response. PMID:9679149

  3. Competition between Jagged-Notch and Endothelin1 Signaling Selectively Restricts Cartilage Formation in the Zebrafish Upper Face.

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    Barske, Lindsey; Askary, Amjad; Zuniga, Elizabeth; Balczerski, Bartosz; Bump, Paul; Nichols, James T; Crump, J Gage

    2016-04-01

    The intricate shaping of the facial skeleton is essential for function of the vertebrate jaw and middle ear. While much has been learned about the signaling pathways and transcription factors that control facial patterning, the downstream cellular mechanisms dictating skeletal shapes have remained unclear. Here we present genetic evidence in zebrafish that three major signaling pathways - Jagged-Notch, Endothelin1 (Edn1), and Bmp - regulate the pattern of facial cartilage and bone formation by controlling the timing of cartilage differentiation along the dorsoventral axis of the pharyngeal arches. A genomic analysis of purified facial skeletal precursors in mutant and overexpression embryos revealed a core set of differentiation genes that were commonly repressed by Jagged-Notch and induced by Edn1. Further analysis of the pre-cartilage condensation gene barx1, as well as in vivo imaging of cartilage differentiation, revealed that cartilage forms first in regions of high Edn1 and low Jagged-Notch activity. Consistent with a role of Jagged-Notch signaling in restricting cartilage differentiation, loss of Notch pathway components resulted in expanded barx1 expression in the dorsal arches, with mutation of barx1 rescuing some aspects of dorsal skeletal patterning in jag1b mutants. We also identified prrx1a and prrx1b as negative Edn1 and positive Bmp targets that function in parallel to Jagged-Notch signaling to restrict the formation of dorsal barx1+ pre-cartilage condensations. Simultaneous loss of jag1b and prrx1a/b better rescued lower facial defects of edn1 mutants than loss of either pathway alone, showing that combined overactivation of Jagged-Notch and Bmp/Prrx1 pathways contribute to the absence of cartilage differentiation in the edn1 mutant lower face. These findings support a model in which Notch-mediated restriction of cartilage differentiation, particularly in the second pharyngeal arch, helps to establish a distinct skeletal pattern in the upper face.

  4. Competition between Jagged-Notch and Endothelin1 Signaling Selectively Restricts Cartilage Formation in the Zebrafish Upper Face

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    Barske, Lindsey; Askary, Amjad; Zuniga, Elizabeth; Balczerski, Bartosz; Bump, Paul; Nichols, James T.; Crump, J. Gage

    2016-01-01

    The intricate shaping of the facial skeleton is essential for function of the vertebrate jaw and middle ear. While much has been learned about the signaling pathways and transcription factors that control facial patterning, the downstream cellular mechanisms dictating skeletal shapes have remained unclear. Here we present genetic evidence in zebrafish that three major signaling pathways − Jagged-Notch, Endothelin1 (Edn1), and Bmp − regulate the pattern of facial cartilage and bone formation by controlling the timing of cartilage differentiation along the dorsoventral axis of the pharyngeal arches. A genomic analysis of purified facial skeletal precursors in mutant and overexpression embryos revealed a core set of differentiation genes that were commonly repressed by Jagged-Notch and induced by Edn1. Further analysis of the pre-cartilage condensation gene barx1, as well as in vivo imaging of cartilage differentiation, revealed that cartilage forms first in regions of high Edn1 and low Jagged-Notch activity. Consistent with a role of Jagged-Notch signaling in restricting cartilage differentiation, loss of Notch pathway components resulted in expanded barx1 expression in the dorsal arches, with mutation of barx1 rescuing some aspects of dorsal skeletal patterning in jag1b mutants. We also identified prrx1a and prrx1b as negative Edn1 and positive Bmp targets that function in parallel to Jagged-Notch signaling to restrict the formation of dorsal barx1+ pre-cartilage condensations. Simultaneous loss of jag1b and prrx1a/b better rescued lower facial defects of edn1 mutants than loss of either pathway alone, showing that combined overactivation of Jagged-Notch and Bmp/Prrx1 pathways contribute to the absence of cartilage differentiation in the edn1 mutant lower face. These findings support a model in which Notch-mediated restriction of cartilage differentiation, particularly in the second pharyngeal arch, helps to establish a distinct skeletal pattern in the upper

  5. Human breast cancer cells contain a phosphoramidon-sensitive metalloproteinase which can process exogenous big endothelin-1 to endothelin-1: a proposed mitogen for human breast fibroblasts.

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    Patel, K. V.; Schrey, M. P.

    1995-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels are elevated in human breast tumours compared with normal and benign tissues, and in the presence of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I) ET-1 is a potent mitogen for human breast fibroblasts. In this study we have examined the ability of intact human breast cancer cell lines to process exogenously added big ET-1 (1-38) to the active mature ET-1 peptide by using a specific radioimmunometric assay. In both hormome-dependent (MCF-7, T47-D) and hormone-independent (MDA-MB-231) breast cancer cell lines the putative endothelin-converting enzyme (ECE) exhibited apparent Michaelis-Menten kinetics when converting added big ET-1 to ET-1. Both basal ET-1 production and exogenously added big ET-1 to ET-1 conversion were greatly reduced in all three cell lines in response to the metalloproteinase inhibitor phosphoramidon but were insensitive to other classes of protease inhibitors. Inhibition was also observed when cells were incubated in the presence of the divalent cation chelators 1,10-phenanthroline and EDTA. In MCF-7 cells the optimal pH for the ECE activity using a saponin cell permeabilisation procedure was found to residue within a narrow range of 6.2-7.26. Our results indicate that human breast cancer cells contain a neutral phosphoramidon-sensitive metalloproteinase which can process big ET-1 to ET-1. In the breast this conversion could contribute substantially to the local extracellular levels of this proposed paracrine breast fibroblast mitogen. PMID:7880721

  6. Autoradiographic localization of endothelin-1 binding sites in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems

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    Power, R.F.; Wharton, J.; Zhao, Y.; Bloom, S.R.; Polak, J.M.

    1989-01-01

    Specific high-affinity binding sites for endothelin-1 (ET-1) have been demonstrated in peripheral tissues using the technique of in vitro receptor autoradiography. Binding was time dependent and saturable and inhibited by coincubation with an excess of unlabeled ET-1 but resistant to dissociation. Binding sites were localized to blood vessels of all sizes including coronary arteries, intrapulmonary vessels, and intrarenal and intrasplenic arteries. In addition, high-affinity binding sites were identified on airway smooth muscle, over alveolar septa, and on nerve trunks. Scatchard analysis of the data revealed a Bmax of 250 amol/mm2 and a Kd of 0.1 nM for the binding of rat tracheal smooth muscle, with similar values for porcine coronary artery. The localization of binding sites is consistent with the known effects of ET-1 and suggests a direct action on specific receptors.

  7. Endothelin-1 and endothelin receptor mRNA expression in normal and atherosclerotic human arteries.

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    Winkles, J A; Alberts, G F; Brogi, E; Libby, P

    1993-03-31

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor peptide implicated in a number of human diseases including atherosclerosis. ET-1 binds to two distinct G protein-coupled receptors, known as the ETA and ETB receptor subtypes. In this study, we have examined ET-1, ETA and ETB mRNA expression levels in human vascular cells cultured in vitro and in normal and atherosclerotic human arteries. The results indicate that (a) ET-1 mRNA is constitutively expressed by endothelial cells but not by smooth muscle cells, (b) endothelial cells express only ETB mRNA but smooth muscle cells co-express ETA and ETB mRNA, and (c) in comparison to normal aorta, ET-1 mRNA expression is elevated and endothelin receptor mRNA expression is repressed in atherosclerotic lesions.

  8. Autoradiographic localization of endothelin-1 binding sites in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

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    Power, R F; Wharton, J; Zhao, Y; Bloom, S R; Polak, J M

    1989-01-01

    Specific high-affinity binding sites for endothelin-1 (ET-1) have been demonstrated in peripheral tissues using the technique of in vitro receptor autoradiography. Binding was time dependent and saturable and inhibited by coincubation with an excess of unlabeled ET-1 but resistant to dissociation. Binding sites were localized to blood vessels of all sizes including coronary arteries, intrapulmonary vessels, and intrarenal and intrasplenic arteries. In addition, high-affinity binding sites were identified on airway smooth muscle, over alveolar septa, and on nerve trunks. Scatchard analysis of the data revealed a Bmax of 250 amol/mm2 and a Kd of 0.1 nM for the binding of rat tracheal smooth muscle, with similar values for porcine coronary artery. The localization of binding sites is consistent with the known effects of ET-1 and suggests a direct action on specific receptors.

  9. Flavonol-rich dark cocoa significantly decreases plasma endothelin-1 and improves cognition in urban children

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    Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian; Mora-Tiscareño, Antonieta; Franco-Lira, Maricela; Cross, Janet V.; Engle, Randall; Aragón-Flores, Mariana; Gómez-Garza, Gilberto; Jewells, Valerie; Weili, Lin; Medina-Cortina, Humberto; Solorio, Edelmira; Chao, Chih-kai; Zhu, Hongtu; Mukherjee, Partha S.; Ferreira-Azevedo, Lara; Torres-Jardón, Ricardo; D'Angiulli, Amedeo

    2013-01-01

    Air pollution exposures are linked to systemic inflammation, cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality, neuroinflammation and neuropathology in young urbanites. In particular, most Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) children exhibit subtle cognitive deficits, and neuropathology studies show 40% of them exhibiting frontal tau hyperphosphorylation and 51% amyloid-β diffuse plaques (compared to 0% in low pollution control children). We assessed whether a short cocoa intervention can be effective in decreasing plasma endothelin 1 (ET-1) and/or inflammatory mediators in MCMA children. Thirty gram of dark cocoa with 680 mg of total flavonols were given daily for 10.11 ± 3.4 days (range 9–24 days) to 18 children (10.55 years, SD = 1.45; 11F/7M). Key metabolite ratios in frontal white matter and in hippocampus pre and during cocoa intervention were quantified by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. ET-1 significantly decreased after cocoa treatment (p = 0.0002). Fifteen children (83%) showed a marginally significant individual improvement in one or both of the applied simple short memory tasks. Endothelial dysfunction is a key feature of exposure to particulate matter (PM) and decreased endothelin-1 bioavailability is likely useful for brain function in the context of air pollution. Our findings suggest that cocoa interventions may be critical for early implementation of neuroprotection of highly exposed urban children. Multi-domain nutraceutical interventions could limit the risk for endothelial dysfunction, cerebral hypoperfusion, neuroinflammation, cognitive deficits, structural volumetric detrimental brain effects, and the early development of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. PMID:23986703

  10. Flavonol-rich dark cocoa significantly decreases plasma endothelin-1 and improves cognition in urban children.

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    Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian; Mora-Tiscareño, Antonieta; Franco-Lira, Maricela; Cross, Janet V; Engle, Randall; Aragón-Flores, Mariana; Gómez-Garza, Gilberto; Jewells, Valerie; Medina-Cortina, Humberto; Solorio, Edelmira; Chao, Chih-Kai; Zhu, Hongtu; Mukherjee, Partha S; Ferreira-Azevedo, Lara; Torres-Jardón, Ricardo; D'Angiulli, Amedeo

    2013-01-01

    Air pollution exposures are linked to systemic inflammation, cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality, neuroinflammation and neuropathology in young urbanites. In particular, most Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) children exhibit subtle cognitive deficits, and neuropathology studies show 40% of them exhibiting frontal tau hyperphosphorylation and 51% amyloid-β diffuse plaques (compared to 0% in low pollution control children). We assessed whether a short cocoa intervention can be effective in decreasing plasma endothelin 1 (ET-1) and/or inflammatory mediators in MCMA children. Thirty gram of dark cocoa with 680 mg of total flavonols were given daily for 10.11 ± 3.4 days (range 9-24 days) to 18 children (10.55 years, SD = 1.45; 11F/7M). Key metabolite ratios in frontal white matter and in hippocampus pre and during cocoa intervention were quantified by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. ET-1 significantly decreased after cocoa treatment (p = 0.0002). Fifteen children (83%) showed a marginally significant individual improvement in one or both of the applied simple short memory tasks. Endothelial dysfunction is a key feature of exposure to particulate matter (PM) and decreased endothelin-1 bioavailability is likely useful for brain function in the context of air pollution. Our findings suggest that cocoa interventions may be critical for early implementation of neuroprotection of highly exposed urban children. Multi-domain nutraceutical interventions could limit the risk for endothelial dysfunction, cerebral hypoperfusion, neuroinflammation, cognitive deficits, structural volumetric detrimental brain effects, and the early development of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

  11. Thromboxane prostanoid receptors enhance contractions, endothelin-1, and oxidative stress in microvessels from mice with chronic kidney disease.

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    Wang, Cheng; Luo, Zaiming; Kohan, Donald; Wellstein, Anton; Jose, Pedro A; Welch, William J; Wilcox, Christopher S; Wang, Dan

    2015-05-01

    Cardiovascular disease is frequent in chronic kidney disease and has been related to angiotensin II, endothelin-1 (ET-1), thromboxane A2, and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Because activation of thromboxane prostanoid receptors (TP-Rs) can generate ROS, which can generate ET-1, we tested the hypothesis that chronic kidney disease induces cyclooxygenase-2 whose products activate TP-Rs to enhance ET-1 and ROS generation and contractions. Mesenteric resistance arterioles were isolated from C57/BL6 or TP-R+/+ and TP-R-/- mice 3 months after SHAM-operation (SHAM) or surgical reduced renal mass (RRM, n=6/group). Microvascular contractions were studied on a wire myograph. Cellular (ethidium: dihydroethidium) and mitochondrial (mitoSOX) ROS were measured by fluorescence microscopy. Mice with RRM had increased excretion of markers of oxidative stress, thromboxane, and microalbumin; increased plasma ET-1; and increased microvascular expression of p22(phox), cyclooxygenase-2, TP-Rs, preproendothelin and endothelin-A receptors, and increased arteriolar remodeling. They had increased contractions to U-46,619 (118 ± 3 versus 87 ± 6, P<0.05) and ET-1 (108 ± 5 versus 89 ± 4, P<0.05), which were dependent on cellular and mitochondrial ROS, cyclooxygenase-2, and TP-Rs. RRM doubled the ET-1-induced cellular and mitochondrial ROS generation (P<0.05). TP-R-/- mice with RRM lacked these abnormal structural and functional microvascular responses and lacked the increased systemic and the increased microvascular oxidative stress and circulating ET-1. In conclusion, RRM leads to microvascular remodeling and enhanced ET-1-induced cellular and mitochondrial ROS and contractions that are mediated by cyclooxygenase-2 products activating TP-Rs. Thus, TP-Rs can be upstream from enhanced ROS, ET-1, microvascular remodeling, and contractility and may thereby coordinate vascular dysfunction in chronic kidney disease.

  12. Effects of endothelin-1 on the membrane potential and slow waves in circular smooth muscle of rat gastric antrum.

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    Imaeda, Kenro; Kato, Takashi; Okayama, Naotsuka; Imai, Seiji; Sasaki, Makoto; Kataoka, Hiromi; Nakazawa, Takahiro; Ohara, Hirotaka; Kito, Yoshihiko; Itoh, Makoto

    2004-10-01

    Electrophysiological effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) on circular smooth muscle of rat gastric antrum were investigated by using intracellular membrane potential recording techniques. ET-1 (10 nM) caused an initial hyperpolarization of the membrane which was followed by a sustained depolarization. ET-1 also increased the frequency but not the amplitude of slow waves. In the presence of the endothelin type A (ETA) receptor antagonist, BQ123 (1 microM), ET-1 (10 nM) depolarized the membrane and increased the frequency of slow waves, but without the initial hyperpolarization. The selective endothelin type B (ETB) receptor agonist, sarafotoxin S6c (10 nM), also depolarized the membrane and increased the frequency of slow waves. In the presence of the ETB receptor antagonist, BQ788 (1 microM), ET-1 (10 nM) hyperpolarized the membrane. However, in the presence of BQ788, ET-1 caused neither the depolarization nor the increase in the frequency of the slow waves. The ET-1-induced hyperpolarization was completely abolished by apamin (0.1 microM). In the presence of apamin, ET-1 depolarized the membrane and increased the frequency of slow waves. The ET-1-induced depolarization was significantly attenuated by 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulphonic acid (DIDS, 0.3 mM). The increase of the frequency by ET-1 was observed both in the presence and absence of DIDS. These results suggest that, ET-1 hyperpolarizes the membrane by the activation of Ca2+-activated K+ channels via ETA receptors, and depolarizes the membrane by the activation of Ca2+-activated Cl- channels via ETB receptors. ET-1 also appears to increase the frequency of slow waves via ETB receptors, however this mechanism would seem to be independent of membrane depolarization.

  13. Utilizing a cranial window to visualize the middle cerebral artery during endothelin-1 induced middle cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Regenhardt, Robert W; Ansari, Saeed; Azari, Hassan; Caldwell, Kenneth J; Mecca, Adam P

    2013-02-22

    Creation of a cranial window is a method that allows direct visualization of structures on the cortical surface of the brain(1-3). This technique can be performed in many locations overlying the rat cerebrum, but is most easily carried out by creating a craniectomy over the readily accessible frontal or parietal bones. Most frequently, we have used this technique in combination with the endothelin-1 middle cerebral artery occlusion model of ischemic stroke to quantify the changes in middle cerebral artery vessel diameter that occur with injection of endothelin-1 into the brain parenchyma adjacent to the proximal MCA(4, 5). In order to visualize the proximal portion of the MCA during endothelin -1 induced MCAO, we use a technique to create a cranial window through the temporal bone on the lateral aspect of the rat skull (Figure 1). Cerebral arteries can be visualized either with the dura intact or with the dura incised and retracted. Most commonly, we leave the dura intact during visualization since endothelin-1 induced MCAO involves delivery of the vasoconstricting peptide into the brain parenchyma. This bypasses the need to incise the dura directly over the visualized vessels for drug delivery. This protocol will describe how to create a cranial window to visualize cerebral arteries in a step-wise fashion, as well as how to avoid many of the potential pitfalls pertaining to this method.

  14. Protein deficiency alters CX3CL1 and endothelin-1 in experimental Trypanosoma cruzi-induced cardiomyopathy.

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    Martins, Régia F; Martinelli, Patrícia M; Guedes, Paulo M M; da Cruz Pádua, Bruno; Dos Santos, Fabiana M; Silva, Marcelo Eustáquio; Bahia, Maria T; Talvani, Andre

    2013-04-01

    Chagas heart disease is developed as a result of the infection with Trypanosoma cruzi. Protein malnutrition contributes to secondary immunodeficiency. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of a low protein diet on the production of endothelin-1 and CX3CL1 in blood and cardiac tissue samples in an experimental model with T. cruzi infection. Fisher rats were submitted to low protein (6%) and normal protein (15%) diets and then infected with the Y strain of T. cruzi. At days 15 and 120, parasites and immune cells were evaluated. The low protein diet reduced body weight and circulating serum proteins, but promoted elevation of CX3CL1 and endothelin-1 levels in infected animals, which were unable to control blood parasitemia replication. In heart tissue, the low protein diet reduced cardiac CX3CL1, endothelin-1 and leucocyte infiltration in the acute phase, in particular CD68 and CD163 macrophage phenotypes. Together, these results highlight the participation of endothelin-1 and CX3CL1 in the inflammatory process of Chagas diesease, both being mediators partially controlled by the host nutritional status. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  15. Effects of age and caloric restriction in the vascular response of renal arteries to endothelin-1 in rats.

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    Amor, Sara; García-Villalón, Angel Luis; Rubio, Carmen; Carrascosa, Jose Ma; Monge, Luis; Fernández, Nuria; Martín-Carro, Beatriz; Granado, Miriam

    2017-02-01

    Cardiovascular alterations are the most prevalent cause of impaired physiological function in aged individuals with kidney being one the most affected organs. Aging-induced alterations in renal circulation are associated with a decrease in endothelium-derived relaxing factors such as nitric oxide (NO) and with an increase in contracting factors such as endothelin-1(ET-1). As caloric restriction (CR) exerts beneficial effects preventing some of the aging-induced alterations in cardiovascular system, the aim of this study was to analyze the effects of age and caloric restriction in the vascular response of renal arteries to ET-1 in aged rats. Vascular function was studied in renal arteries from 3-month-old Wistar rats fed ad libitum (3m) and in renal arteries from 8-and 24-month-old Wistar rats fed ad libitum (8m and 24m), or subjected to 20% caloric restriction during their three last months of life (8m-CR and 24m-CR). The contractile response to ET-1 was increased in renal arteries from 8m and 24m compared to 3m rats. ET-1-induced contraction was mediated by ET-A receptors in all experimental groups and also by ET-B receptors in 24m rats. Caloric restriction attenuated the increased contraction to ET-1 in renal arteries from 8m but not from 24m rats possibly through NO release proceeding from ET-B endothelial receptors. In 24m rats, CR did not attenuate the aging-increased response of renal arteries to ET-1, but it prevented the aging-induced increase in iNOS mRNA levels and the aging-induced decrease in eNOS mRNA levels in arterial tissue. In conclusion, aging is associated with an increased response to ET-1 in renal arteries that is prevented by CR in 8m but not in 24m rats.

  16. Cre recombinase-regulated Endothelin1 transgenic mouse lines: novel tools for analysis of embryonic and adult disorders

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    Tavares, Andre L.P.; Clouthier, David E.

    2015-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (EDN1) influences both craniofacial and cardiovascular development and a number of adult physiological conditions by binding to one or both of the known endothelin receptors, thus initiating multiple signaling cascades. Animal models containing both conventional and conditional loss of the Edn1 gene have been used to dissect EDN1 function in both embryos and adults. However, while transgenic Edn1 over-expression or targeted genomic insertion of Edn1 has been performed to understand how elevated levels of Edn1 result in or exacerbate disease states, an animal model in which Edn1 over-expression can be achieved in a spatiotemporal-specific manner has not been reported. Here we describe the creation of Edn1 conditional over-expression transgenic mouse lines in which the chicken β-actin promoter and an Edn1 cDNA are separated by a strong stop sequence flanked by loxP sites. In the presence of Cre, the stop cassette is removed, leading to Edn1 expression. Using the Wnt1-Cre strain, in which Cre expression is targeted to the Wnt1-expressing domain of the central nervous system (CNS) from which neural crest cells (NCCs) arise, we show that stable CBA-Edn1 transgenic lines with varying EDN1 protein levels develop defects in NCC-derived tissues of the face, though the severity differs between lines. We also show that Edn1 expression can be achieved in other embryonic tissues utilizing other Cre strains, with this expression also resulting in developmental defects. CBA-Edn1 transgenic mice will be useful in investigating diverse aspects of EDN1-mediated-development and disease, including understanding how NCCs achieve and maintain a positional and functional identity and how aberrant EDN1 levels can lead to multiple physiological changes and diseases. PMID:25725491

  17. Calcium dobesilate reduces endothelin-1 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein serum levels in patients with diabetic retinopathy

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    Javadzadeh, Alireza; Ghorbanihaghjo, Amir; Adl, Farzad Hami; Andalib, Dima; Khojasteh-Jafari, Hassan

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To determine the benefits of calcium dobesilate (CaD) administration on endothelial function and inflammatory status in patients with diabetic retinopathy through measurement of serum levels of endothelin-1 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). Methods In a double-blind, randomized clinical trial, 90 patients with either severe nonproliferative or proliferative diabetic retinopathy and with blood glucose level of 120–200 mg/dl were randomly allocated to treatment with either CaD tablets (500 mg daily) or placebo for 3 months. Visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and macular status were performed before the study. The serum levels of endothelin-1 and hsCRP were evaluated in both groups before and at the third month of the trial. Results The median serum level of hsCRP significantly differed between the groups 3 months following the CaD or placebo administration (2.2 mg/l in the CaD group versus 3.7 mg/l in the placebo group, p=0.01). The mean endothelin-1 serum level was 0.69±0.32 pg/ml in the CaD group and 0.86±0.30 pg/ml in the placebo group (p=0.01). Furthermore, in the CaD group, the serum levels of both endothelin-1 and hsCRP were significantly decreased 3 months after administration of CaD (p<0.001). Conclusions Administration of the CaD in the patients with diabetic retinopathy may reduce the serum levels of endothelin-1 and hsCRP. This might imply amelioration of the endothelial function and inflammatory status following CaD therapy in these patients. PMID:23335852

  18. Metabolic and vascular actions of endothelin-1 are inhibited by insulin-mediated vasodilation in perfused rat hindlimb muscle.

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    Kolka, Cathryn M; Rattigan, Stephen; Richards, Stephen; Clark, Michael G

    2005-08-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent endothelium-derived vasoactive peptide and may be involved in the microvascular actions of insulin for the normal delivery of nutrients to muscle, although higher levels may be antagonistic. Our aim was to observe the interaction between ET-1 and insulin. Initially, we attempted to distinguish the vascular from the metabolic effects of ET-1 in the constant-flow pump-perfused rat hindlimb by using various doses of ET-1 and measuring changes in perfusion pressure (PP), oxygen consumption (VO(2)), glucose uptake (GU) and lactate release (LR). Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) was used to block vasoconstriction and to thus assess the relationship between vascular and metabolic effects. Insulin was included in later experiments to determine the interaction between insulin and ET-1 on the above parameters. ET-1 caused a dose-dependent increase in PP. Effects on VO(2) were biphasic, with low doses increasing VO(2), and higher doses leading to a net inhibition. GU and LR were increased at lower doses (ET-1 < or =1 nM), but this effect was lost at higher doses (> or =10 nM ET-1). SNP (50 microM) fully blocked the increase in pressure and metabolism due to low-dose ET-1 and partly blocked both pressure and metabolic responses by the high dose. ET-1 vasodilatory activity was minimal at high or low dose. Insulin (15 nM) alone caused GU, which was not affected by ET-1. Of the other parameters measured, insulin behaved essentially the same as SNP, inhibiting the pressure and oxygen effects. Overall, these results show that ET-1 has a biphasic dose-dependent vasoconstrictor effect on hindlimb blood vessels, able to modulate flow to cause both the stimulation and inhibition of metabolism, although these effects are blocked by insulin, which is able to vasodilate against both low and high doses of ET-1.

  19. Endothelin-converting enzyme-1 activity, endothelin-1 production, and free radical-dependent vasoconstriction in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Palmer, Jennifer C; Tayler, Hannah M; Love, Seth

    2013-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients have reduced cerebral blood flow. This precedes dementia and may contribute to its progression. In mice that overexpress amyloid-β protein precursor, cerebral blood flow declines before the development of plaques or cognitive abnormalities. In the brain, endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a locally acting vasoconstrictor, produced in neurons by endothelin-converting enzyme (ECE)-2 and in endothelial cells by ECE-1. Both ECEs are also capable of cleaving amyloid-β (Aβ). We previously showed ECE-2 and ET-1 to be elevated in postmortem temporal cortex from AD patients, and ECE-2 expression and ET-1 release to be upregulated by Aβ42 in vitro. We have now studied isolated leptomeningeal blood vessels from postmortem brains and found that although ECE-1 level is reduced, ECE-1 activity and ET-1 level are significantly elevated in AD vessels. This is specific to AD as there is no specific change in vascular dementia vessels. In primary cultures of human brain endothelial cells, both Aβ40 and Aβ42 caused a significant increase in ET-1 release, the increase being particularly pronounced with Aβ40. In view of previous studies implicating free radicals in the endothelial dysfunction caused by Aβ40, we examined whether Aβ-mediated ET-1 release could be prevented by the antioxidant superoxide dismutase. Addition of superoxide dismutase to cells exposed to Aβ40 prevented the increase in the concentration of ET-1. Our findings indicate that cerebral vasoconstriction induced by Aβ results in part from a free radical-mediated increase in ECE-1 activity and ET-1 production.

  20. Effects of the mammalian vasoconstrictor peptide, endothelin-1, on Tetrahymena pyriformis GL, and the immunocytological detection of endogenous endothelin-like activity.

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    Köhidai, L; Csaba, G

    1995-06-01

    The vasoconstrictor endothelin-1 (ET-1) is shown to have significant physiological effects on a unicellular organism, Tetrahymena pyriformis. These responses include: (1) A significant increase in intracellular [Ca2+] induced by 10(-10) M ET-1; (2) Increased chemotaxis, maximal at 10(-10) M; and (3) A small inhibition of proliferation at the 10(-13)-10(-12) M concentration range. Immunocytochemical detection of endogenous ET-1 using rabbit antibodies directed against human or porcine ET-1 indicates that this is a further example of the widening group of vertebrate hormones now known to be synthesized by Tetrahymena. These observations suggest that hormones are of considerable antiquity in their phylogenetic appearance and have been highly conserved throughout evolution.

  1. Red wine polyphenols prevent endothelial dysfunction induced by endothelin-1 in rat aorta: role of NADPH oxidase.

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    López-Sepúlveda, Rocío; Gómez-Guzmán, Manuel; Zarzuelo, Maria José; Romero, Miguel; Sánchez, Manuel; Quintela, Ana María; Galindo, Pilar; O'Valle, Francisco; Tamargo, Juan; Pérez-Vizcaíno, Francisco; Duarte, Juan; Jiménez, Rosario

    2011-04-01

    RWPs (red wine polyphenols) exert antihypertensive effects and improve endothelial function by reducing the plasma levels of ET-1 (endothelin-1) and the subsequent vascular production of O(2)(•-) (superoxide anion). Our present study was designed to evaluate whether RWPs act directly in the vascular wall improving endothelial dysfunction and O(2)(•-) production induced by ET-1 and to analyse the compounds responsible for these protective effects. We incubated rat isolated aortic rings in the presence or absence of ET-1 (10 nM) and RWPs (10(-4) to 10(-2) g/l) or catechin (0.2 μM), epicatechin (10 μM) and resveratrol (0.1 μM). ET-1 reduced the relaxant responses to acetylcholine, increased intracellular O(2)(•-) production, NADPH oxidase activity and protein expression of NADPH oxidase subunit p47phox. All these changes were prevented by RWPs. The preventive effects of RWPs were unaffected by co-incubation with either ICI-182780, an ER (oestrogen receptor) antagonist, or GW9662, a PPARγ (peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor γ) antagonist. RWPs inhibited the phosphorylation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase, ERK1/2 (extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2), a key regulator of p47phox expression in response to ET-1. When the isolated polyphenols were tested, at the concentrations found in 10(-2) g/l RWPs, only epicatechin prevented endothelial dysfunction and all biochemical changes induced by ET-1 in the vascular wall. Taken together, these results indicate that RWPs prevent ET-1-induced vascular O(2)(•-) production by reducing overexpression of p47phox and the subsequent increased NADPH oxidase activity, leading to improvement in endothelial function. The effects of RWPs appear to be independent of ER and PPARγ activation and are related to ERK1/2 inhibition.

  2. Endothelin-1 and endothelin converting enzyme-1 in human atherosclerosis--novel targets for pharmacotherapy in atherosclerosis.

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    Ihling, C; Bohrmann, B; Schaefer, H E; Technau-Ihling, K; Loeffler, B M

    2004-07-01

    The role of chronic inflammation in the pathogenesis of the acute coronary syndromes has received increasing attention since active plaques rich in macrophages (Mphi's) are more prone to rupture whereas plaques rich in myofibroblasts are considered to be stable. Functionally, active plaques show a locally enhanced vasoreactivity. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) a potent vasoconstrictor acts in a paracrine fashion to regulate vascular tone. ET-1 is also produced by inflammatory cells suggesting a role for ET-1 in inflammation. Additionally, ET-1 is a mitogen. Endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) activates ET-1 and may thus contribute to the regulation of vascular tone and cell growth during atherosclerosis. We evaluated the presence of ECE-1 and big ET-1/ET-1 and the activity of ECE-1 in different plaque types. Together with ET-1, ECE-1 is present in endothelial cells (ECs), vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and Mphi's. ECE-1 activity and ET-1-immunoreactivity (IR) both are upregulated during the progression of atherosclerosis from a non-inflammatory to an inflammatory stage. Thus, enhanced production of active ET-1 may contribute to cell growth and regulation of vascular tone in advanced plaques and also in very early stages of atherosclerosis. Furthermore, we examined the presence of ET-1 in coronary plaque tissue obtained by directional coronary atherectomy. ET-1 IR localized to plaque components indicative of chronic inflammation. Semiquantitative analysis of ET-1 IR revealed significantly higher staining grades in active coronary lesions compared with nonactive lesions. The increased ET-1 content in active coronary lesions may be beneficial to the stabilization of the vessel wall after plaque rupture and disadvantageous because it may lead to vasospasm and to the progression of atherosclerosis.

  3. Functional measures, inflammatory markers and endothelin-1 as predictors of 360-day survival in centenarians.

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    Szewieczek, Jan; Francuz, Tomasz; Dulawa, Jan; Legierska, Katarzyna; Hornik, Beata; Włodarczyk, Iwona; Janusz-Jenczeń, Magdalena; Batko-Szwaczka, Agnieszka

    2015-10-01

    Centenarians represent a rapidly growing population. To better characterize this specific age group, we have performed a cross-sectional study to observe associations between functional measures and a range of biochemical markers, including inflammatory markers and their significance as predictors of 360-day survival. Medical history and physical and functional assessment (Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Katz Index (activities of daily living, ADL) and Barthel Index (Barthel Index) of Activities of Daily Living, and Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (Lawton IADL)) were conducted on 86 101.9 ± 1.2-year-old (mean ± SD) subjects (70 women, 16 men). Blood tests were performed on 84 subjects of whom 43 also had extended biomarker assessment. As a reference group 30 51.8 ± 5.0-year old healthy subjects (20 women, 10 men) were recruited. The centenarians received follow-up phone calls. Fifty-two centenarians (60 %) survived ≥360 days. Longer survival was associated with higher MMSE (hazard ratio, HR = 0.934, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.896-0.975, P = .002), ADL (HR = 0.840, 95 % CI 0.716-0.985, P = .032), Barthel Index (HR = 0.988, 95 % CI 0.977-0.999, P = .026), and albumin level (HR .926, 95 % CI 0.870-0.986, P .016) and with lower white blood cell (WBC) (HR = 1.161, 95 % CI 1.059-1.273, P = .001), C-reactive protein (CRP) (HR = 1.032, 95 % CI 1.014-1.050, P < .001), IL-6 (HR = 1.182, 95 % CI 1.047-1.335, P = .007), and endothelin-1 (ET-1) level (HR = 3.711, 95 % CI 1.233-11.169, P = .020). Centenarians had higher 360-day survival probability with MMSE ≥13 (P < .001), ADL ≥1 (P < .001), Barthel Index ≥15 (P < .001), Lawton IADL ≥10 points (P = .009), WBC <8.3 G/L (P = .039), CRP <10 mg/L (P < .001), IL-6 <6 pg/mL (P .002), and ET-1 <1.1 pg/mL (P .007). Our results indicate that functional measures, inflammatory markers, and endothelin-1 are predictors of 360-day survival in centenarians.

  4. Prostanoids counterbalance the synergism between endothelin-1 and angiotensin II in mesenteric veins of trained rats.

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    Chies, Agnaldo Bruno; de Oliveira, Priscilla Bianca; Rossignoli, Patrícia de Souza; Baptista, Rafaela de Fátima Ferreira; de Lábio, Roger William; Payão, Spencer Luiz Marques

    2017-02-01

    Exercise-induced adaptations of the modulating mechanisms that influence the angiotensin (Ang II) responses assume different features depending on the venous bed. In femoral veins, exercise mobilizes vasodilator prostanoids to cooperate with NO in order to maintain reduced Ang II responses. On the other hand, exercise's influence on the Ang II responses in veins that drain blood from the mesenteric region has been poorly described. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify the effects of a single bout of exercise, as well as exercise training, on the Ang II responses in mesenteric veins. The present study also aimed to investigate the involvement of prostanoids, NO and ET-1 in eventual exercise-induced modifications in these veins. To this end, mesenteric veins taken from resting-sedentary, exercised-sedentary, resting-trained and exercised-trained animals were studied in organ baths. In addition, the mRNA expression of prepro-endothelin-1 (ppET-1), as well as that of the ETA and ETB receptors, were quantified by real-time PCR in these veins. The results show that, either in absence or in presence of L-NAME, the Ang II responses were not different between groups. In the presence of indomethacin, higher Ang II responses were observed in the resting-trained animals than in the resting-sedentary animals. This difference, however, disappeared when L-NAME, BQ-123 or BQ-788 were added during incubation. In addition, no differences in ppET-1, ETA or ETB mRNA expression were observed between groups. Furthermore, in the presence of PD123,319, the Ang II responses in the exercised-sedentary animals were higher than those in the resting-sedentary animals. In conclusion, exercise training mobilizes endothelin-1 (ET-1) to reinforce the Ang II-induced responses mainly through ETA activation. On the other hand, vasodilator prostanoids are mobilized to act in parallel with NO in order to counterbalance the Ang II responses that have been potentiated by ET-1 in these trained

  5. Plasma endothelin-1 level as a predictor for poor collaterals in patients with ≥95% coronary chronic occlusion.

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    Fan, Ying; Li, Sha; Li, Xiao-Lin; Lin, Xian-Liang; Zhu, Cheng-Gang; Xu, Rui-Xia; Qing, Ping; Wu, Na-Qiong; Jiang, Li-Xin; Xu, Bo; Gao, Run-Lin; Li, Jian-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Coronary collateral circulation (CCC) plays an important role in protecting myocardium from ischemic damage. The studies on factors which impact on CCC might be of great clinical interest. The aim of the present study was to evaluate endothelin-1 (ET-1) as a potential predictor for poor or good CCC in patients with angiography-proven ≥95% coronary occlusion. We screened 1038 consecutive patients with ≥95% occlusion in at least one major epicardial coronary artery detected by coronary angiography. Of these, 663 patients were classified into the poor CCC group with Rentrop 0-2 grade collateral circulation and 375 patients into the good CCC group with Rentrop 3 grade. The association of plasma ET-1 levels with collateral status was assessed. We found that patients in the poor CCC group had a higher ET-1 level than those in the good CCC group (0.59±0.48 vs. 0.39±0.32pmol/L, p<0.001), and the ET-1 values increased with the descent of the Rentrop grades (p for trend<0.001). Moreover, multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed an independent association between ET-1 and collateral status (odds ratio [95% CI] for poor CCC 2.27 [1.60-3.22], p<0.001). Additionally, the association presented significance in both men (odds ratio [95% CI] for poor CCC 3.18 [2.20-4.74], p<0.001) and women (odds ratio [95% CI] for poor CCC 3.10 [1.36-7.85], p=0.011) when the sex-specific analysis was performed. Plasma ET-1 level may be a useful, easily available marker for predicting the degree of CCC in patients with ≥95% coronary chronic occlusion. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Correlation of endothelin-1 concentration in aqueous humor with intraocular pressure in primary open angle and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma.

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    Choritz, Lars; Machert, Maren; Thieme, Hagen

    2012-10-23

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been found in elevated concentrations in the aqueous humor of glaucoma patients. Indirect evidence from animal studies suggests that ET-1 might directly influence intraocular pressure (IOP). The aim of this study was to determine whether ET-1 concentrations in aqueous humor of cataract and glaucoma patients correlate with IOP. Aqueous humor and blood samples from patients with either cataract (control, n = 38), primary open angle glaucoma (POAG, n = 35), or pseudoexfoliation glaucoma (PEXG, n = 21), without other ocular or systemic disease, were collected during routine cataract surgery or trabeculectomy. ET-1 concentration was determined by an ET-1 ELISA kit. IOP was measured preoperatively by standard Goldmann applanation tonometry. All statistical analysis was performed using commercial predictive analytics software. Both IOP and ET-1 concentration in aqueous humor were significantly increased in POAG (23.4 ± 6.8 mm Hg, 5.9 ± 2.9 pg/mL) and PEXG (24.3 ± 8.8 mm Hg, 7.7 ± 2.1 pg/mL) compared with control (15.0 ± 2.9 mm Hg, 4.3 ± 2.4 pg/mL). No difference was detected for plasma ET-1 concentrations. IOP and ET-1 in the aqueous humor were significantly correlated (R = 0.394, R² = 0.155, P < 0.001), although no correlation was found between IOP and ET-1 in blood plasma or between ET-1 in aqueous humor and ET-1 in plasma. In this study, a small but highly significant correlation between IOP and the ET-1 concentration in the aqueous humor was found. Although no causative relationship can be deduced from this, ocular ET-1 effects on IOP control may merit further investigation.

  7. Vasoconstrictor effect of endothelin-1 on hypertensive pulmonary arterial smooth muscle involves Rho-kinase and protein kinase C.

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    Barman, Scott A

    2007-08-01

    Although one of the common characteristics of pulmonary hypertension is abnormal sustained vasoconstriction, the signaling pathways that mediate this heightened pulmonary vascular response are still not well defined. Protein kinase C (PKC) and Rho-kinase are regulators of smooth muscle contraction induced by G protein-coupled receptor agonists including endothelin-1 (ET-1), which has been implicated as a signaling pathway in pulmonary hypertension. Toward this end, it was hypothesized that both Rho-kinase and PKC mediate the pulmonary vascular response to ET-1 in hypertensive pulmonary arterial smooth muscle, and therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the role of PKC and Rho-kinase signaling in ET-1-induced vasoconstriction in both normotensive (Sprague-Dawley) and hypertensive (Fawn-Hooded) rat pulmonary arterial smooth muscle. Results indicate that ET-1 caused greater vasoconstriction in hypertensive pulmonary arteries compared with the normal vessels, and treatment with the PKC antagonists chelerythrine, rottlerin, and Gö 6983 inhibited the vasoconstrictor response to ET-1 in the hypertensive vessels. In addition, the specific Rho-kinase inhibitor Y-27632 significantly attenuated the effect of ET-1 in both normotensive and hypertensive phenotypes, with greater inhibition occurring in the hypertensive arteries. Furthermore, Western blot analysis revealed that ET-1 increased RhoA expression in both normotensive and hypertensive pulmonary arteries, with expression being greater in the hypertensive state. These results suggest that both PKC and Rho/Rho-kinase mediate the heightened pulmonary vascular response to ET-1 in hypertensive pulmonary arterial smooth muscle.

  8. Endothelin-1 and ET receptors impair left ventricular function by mediated coronary arteries dysfunction in chronic intermittent hypoxia rats.

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    Wang, Jin-Wei; Li, Ai-Ying; Guo, Qiu-Hong; Guo, Ya-Jing; Weiss, James W; Ji, En-Sheng

    2017-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results in cardiac dysfunction and vascular endothelium injury. Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), the main characteristic of OSAS, is considered to be mainly responsible for cardiovascular system impairment. This study is aimed to evaluate the role of endothelin-1(ET-1) system in coronary injury and cardiac dysfunction in CIH rats. In our study, Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to CIH (FiO2 9% for 1.5 min, repeated every 3 min for 8 h/d, 7 days/week for 3 weeks). After 3 weeks, the left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and coronary resistance (CR) were measured with the langendorff mode in isolated hearts. Meanwhile, expressions of ET-1 and ET receptors were detected by immunohistochemical and western blot, histological changes were also observed to determine effects of CIH on coronary endothelial cells. Results suggested that decreased LVDP level combined with augmented coronary resistance was exist in CIH rats. CIH could induce endothelial injury and endothelium-dependent vasodilatation dysfunction in the coronary arteries. Furthermore, ET-1 and ETA receptor expressions in coronary vessels were increased after CIH exposure, whereas ETB receptors expression was decreased. Coronary contractile response to ET-1 in both normoxia and CIH rats was inhibited by ETA receptor antagonist BQ123. However, ETB receptor antagonist BQ788 enhanced ET-1-induced contractile in normoxia group, but had no significant effects on CIH group. These results indicate that CIH-induced cardiac dysfunction may be associated with coronary injury. ET-1 plays an important role in coronary pathogenesis of CIH through ETA receptor by mediating a potent vasoconstrictor response. Moreover, decreased ETB receptor expression that leads to endothelium-dependent vasodilatation decline, might be also participated in coronary and cardiac dysfunction.

  9. Stretch induced endothelin-1 secretion by adult rat astrocytes involves calcium influx via stretch-activated ion channels (SACs)

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    Ostrow, Lyle W.; Suchyna, Thomas M.; Sachs, Frederick

    2011-06-24

    Highlights: {yields} Endothelin-1 expression by adult rat astrocytes correlates with cell proliferation. {yields} Stretch-induced ET-1 is inhibited by GsMtx-4, a specific inhibitor of Ca{sup 2+} permeant SACs. {yields} The less specific SAC inhibitor streptomycin also inhibits ET-1 secretion. {yields} Stretch-induced ET-1 production depends on a calcium influx. {yields} SAC pharmacology may provide a new class of therapeutic agents for CNS pathology. -- Abstract: The expression of endothelins (ETs) and ET-receptors is often upregulated in brain pathology. ET-1, a potent vasoconstrictor, also inhibits the expression of astrocyte glutamate transporters and is mitogenic for astrocytes, glioma cells, neurons, and brain capillary endothelia. We have previously shown that mechanical stress stimulates ET-1 production by adult rat astrocytes. We now show in adult astrocytes that ET-1 production is driven by calcium influx through stretch-activated ion channels (SACs) and the ET-1 production correlates with cell proliferation. Mechanical stimulation using biaxial stretch (<20%) of a rubber substrate increased ET-1 secretion, and 4 {mu}M GsMTx-4 (a specific inhibitor of SACs) inhibited secretion by 30%. GsMTx-4 did not alter basal ET-1 levels in the absence of stretch. Decreasing the calcium influx by lowering extracellular calcium also inhibited stretch-induced ET-1 secretion without effecting ET-1 secretion in unstretched controls. Furthermore, inhibiting SACs with the less specific inhibitor streptomycin also inhibited stretch-induced ET-1 secretion. The data can be explained with a simple model in which ET-1 secretion depends on an internal Ca{sup 2+} threshold. This coupling of mechanical stress to the astrocyte endothelin system through SACs has treatment implications, since all pathology deforms the surrounding parenchyma.

  10. Relation of improvement in endothelium-dependent flow-mediated vasodilation after rosiglitazone to changes in asymmetric dimethylarginine, endothelin-1, and C-reactive protein in nondiabetic patients with the metabolic syndrome.

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    Wang, Tzung-Dau; Chen, Wen-Jone; Cheng, Wern-Cherng; Lin, Jong-Wei; Chen, Ming-Fong; Lee, Yuan-Teh

    2006-10-15

    The mechanisms by which thiazolidinediones exert beneficial effects on the endothelium are still not clear. We examined the effects of rosiglitazone on the plasma markers of metabolic control (glucose, insulin, adiponectin, resistin, and lipid profiles), markers of inflammation (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [CRP], interleukin-6, soluble CD40 ligand, intercellular adhesion molecule-1, and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1), and markers of vasoreactivity (asymmetric dimethylarginine [ADMA] and endothelin-1) and analyzed the relations between changes in endothelium-dependent flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery and changes in these markers to elucidate their roles in mediating the vascular protective effects of rosiglitazone. Of 70 nondiabetic patients who met a modified National Cholesterol Education Program definition of the metabolic syndrome, 35 were randomized to receive rosiglitazone (4 mg/day) and 35 to receive placebo for 8 weeks. At study end, treatment with rosiglitazone had significantly reduced plasma insulin (-25%, p = 0.004) and resistin (-16%, p <0.001), increased adiponectin (164%, p <0.001), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (16%, p = 0.005), and apolipoprotein-B (14%, p = 0.003), and decreased CRP (-30%, p = 0.005), soluble CD40 ligand (-20%, p = 0.014), ADMA (-16%, p <0.001), and endothelin-1 (-11%, p <0.001) concentrations and systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Rosiglitazone treatment significantly improved flow-mediated dilation (p <0.001) and nitroglycerin-induced vasodilation (p = 0.001) of the right brachial artery. On multivariate analysis, changes in ADMA, endothelin-1, and CRP were independent predictors of improved endothelial reactivity with rosiglitazone. In conclusion, we have, for the first time, demonstrated the independent associations between the improvement in flow-mediated dilation and reductions in ADMA, endothelin-1, and CRP after 8 weeks of treatment with rosiglitazone in nondiabetic patients with the

  11. A pilot study on transient ischemic stroke induced with endothelin-1 in the rhesus monkeys

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    Dai, PeiMin; Huang, Hui; Zhang, Lin; He, Jing; Zhao, XuDong; Yang, FuHan; Zhao, Ning; Yang, JianZhen; Ge, LongJiao; Lin, Yu; Yu, HuaLin; Wang, JianHong

    2017-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a vasoconstrictor, has recently been used to induce focal ischemia in rodents and marmoset monkeys. The rhesus monkey, however, has numerous advantages to the rodent and marmoset that make it a superior and irreplaceable animal model for studying stroke in the brain. In the present study, after mapping the preferred hand representation in two healthy male monkeys with intracortical micro-stimulation, ET-1 was microinjected into the contralateral motor cortex (M1) to its preferred hand. The monkeys had been trained in three manual dexterity tasks before the microinjection and were tested for these tasks following the ET-1 injection. Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans were performed 1, 7, 14 and 28 days post ischemia. It was found that ET-1 impaired the manual dexterity of the monkeys in the vertical slot and rotating Brinkman board tasks 3–8 days after the injection. Brain imaging found that severe edema was present 7 days after the focal ischemia. This data suggest that ET-1 can induce transient ischemic stroke in rhesus monkey and that ET-1 induced focal ischemia in non-human primates is a potential model to study the mechanism of stroke and brain repair after stroke. PMID:28358140

  12. Heparin suppresses cyclosporine-induced endothelin-1 synthesis in rat endothelial cells.

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    Yokokawa, K; Kohno, M; Minami, M; Yasunari, K; Mandal, A K; Yoshikawa, J

    1998-01-01

    Cyclosporine stimulates vasoconstrictor endothelin-1 (ET-1) synthesis. This study examined the effect of heparin on cyclosporine-induced ET-1 synthesis in Wistar rat aortic endothelial cells in culture. Cyclosporine (0.01-5 mumol/L) stimulated ET-1 mRNA expression in a dose-dependent manner. A nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor, NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) (10(-5) mol/L), did not affect cyclosporine-induced ET-1 mRNA expression. Heparin (1-20 U/ml) suppressed cyclosporine-induced ET-1 mRNA expression in a dose-dependent manner. The inhibitory effect of heparin was blunted in the presence of either L-NMMA (10(-5) mol/L) or calmodulin inhibitors such as N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (W-7) (5 x 10(-5) mol/L) or calmidazolium (5 x 10(-5) mol/L) in the presence of the phosphodiesterase inhibitor 3-isobutyl 1-methylxanthine (0.1 mmol/L). These results suggest that heparin suppresses cyclosporine-induced ET-1 mRNA expression via both NO- and calmodulin-dependent pathways.

  13. Endothelin-1 inhibits endothelin-converting enzyme-1 expression in cultured rat pulmonary endothelial cells.

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    Naomi, S; Iwaoka, T; Disashi, T; Inoue, J; Kanesaka, Y; Tokunaga, H; Tomita, K

    1998-01-27

    The lung expresses large amounts of endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1), which catalyzes a step in the biosynthesis of potent vasoactive endothelin-1 (ET-1) from the inactive intermediate big ET-1. Because there has been no report concerning a possible relationship between ET-1 and ECE-1, we investigated the effects of ET-1 on ECE-1 expression in cultured rat pulmonary endothelial cells. ECE-1 messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein expression in cultured endothelial cells were assayed by Northern and Western blotting, respectively. Incubation with ET-1 for 6 hours caused a significant decrease in ECE-1 mRNA expression. The action of ET-1 on ECE-1 mRNA expression was antagonized by pretreatment with BQ788, a specific ETB receptor antagonist, but not by pretreatment with BQ123, a specific ETA receptor antagonist. The expression of ECE-1 protein was also inhibited at 6 hours after incubation with ET-1. The effects of ET-1 on ECE-1 mRNA and protein expression were shown to be mimicked by ionomycin, a calcium ionophore, but not by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate, a protein kinase C activator. The present results demonstrate that ET-1 suppressed ECE-1 protein levels by inhibiting ECE-1 mRNA expression through the ETB receptor, suggesting the existence of a feedback action of ET-1 on ECE-1 in pulmonary endothelial cells.

  14. ADP-ribosylation factor 6 regulates endothelin-1-induced lipolysis in adipocytes.

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    Davies, Jonathon C B; Bain, Stephen C; Kanamarlapudi, Venkateswarlu

    2014-08-15

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) induces lipolysis in adipocytes, where ET-1 chronic exposure results in insulin resistance (IR) through suppression of glucose transporter (GLUT)4 translocation to the plasma membrane and consequently glucose uptake. ARF6 small GTPase, which plays a vital role in cell surface receptors trafficking, has previously been shown to regulate GLUT4 recycling and thereby insulin signalling. ARF6 also plays a role in ET-1 promoted endothelial cell migration. However, ARF6 involvement in ET-1-induced lipolysis in adipocytes is unknown. Therefore, we investigated the role of ARF6 in ET-1-induced lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. This was achieved by studying the effect of inhibitors for the activation of ARF6 and other signalling proteins on ET-1 induced lipolysis and ARF6 activation in the adipocytes. Our results indicate that ET-1 induces, through endothelin type A receptor (ETAR), lipolysis, the ARF6 activation and extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation in adipocytes, further ET-1 stimulated lipolysis is inhibited by the inhibitors of ARF6 activation, ERK phosphorylation and dynamin, which is essential for endocytosis. Our studies also revealed that ARF6 acts upstream of ERK in ET-1-indcued lipolysis. In summary, we determined that ET-1 activation of ETAR signalled through ARF6, which is crucial for lipolysis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Endothelin-1 supports clonal derivation and expansion of cardiovascular progenitors derived from human embryonic stem cells.

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    Soh, Boon-Seng; Ng, Shi-Yan; Wu, Hao; Buac, Kristina; Park, Joo-Hye C; Lian, Xiaojun; Xu, Jiejia; Foo, Kylie S; Felldin, Ulrika; He, Xiaobing; Nichane, Massimo; Yang, Henry; Bu, Lei; Li, Ronald A; Lim, Bing; Chien, Kenneth R

    2016-03-08

    Coronary arteriogenesis is a central step in cardiogenesis, requiring coordinated generation and integration of endothelial cell and vascular smooth muscle cells. At present, it is unclear whether the cell fate programme of cardiac progenitors to generate complex muscular or vascular structures is entirely cell autonomous. Here we demonstrate the intrinsic ability of vascular progenitors to develop and self-organize into cardiac tissues by clonally isolating and expanding second heart field cardiovascular progenitors using WNT3A and endothelin-1 (EDN1) human recombinant proteins. Progenitor clones undergo long-term expansion and differentiate primarily into endothelial and smooth muscle cell lineages in vitro, and contribute extensively to coronary-like vessels in vivo, forming a functional human-mouse chimeric circulatory system. Our study identifies EDN1 as a key factor towards the generation and clonal derivation of ISL1(+) vascular intermediates, and demonstrates the intrinsic cell-autonomous nature of these progenitors to differentiate and self-organize into functional vasculatures in vivo.

  16. Constitutive endothelin-1 overexpression promotes smooth muscle cell proliferation via an external autocrine loop.

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    Alberts, G F; Peifley, K A; Johns, A; Kleha, J F; Winkles, J A

    1994-04-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor peptide originally purified from endothelial cell-conditioned medium. It has multiple biological activities and has been implicated in a number of human diseases, including hypertension and atherosclerosis. Contradictory reports have been published regarding whether ET-1 is a mitogen for vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC); thus, this issue is presently unresolved. In this study, we demonstrate that rat aortic SMC express functional endothelin cell surface receptors but do not proliferate when ET-1 is added to serum-free culture medium on every other day for a period of 1 week. To determine whether ET-1 could function in an autocrine manner to promote SMC growth, we transfected this same cell line with an ET-1 expression plasmid. Several independent lines expressing variable levels of ET-1 mRNA and biologically active ET-1 were obtained. Cell proliferation assays indicated that the transfected SMC line secreting the highest level of ET-1 had an enhanced growth rate when compared with untransfected or vector-alone transfected cells. The growth rate of this SMC line, but not of untransfected cells, was significantly reduced when the ETA receptor subtype-selective antagonist BQ-123 was included in the culture medium. These results indicate that constitutive ET-1 overexpression can promote SMC proliferation. Therefore, it is possible that under certain conditions ET-1 could be an important factor controlling SMC replication in vivo.

  17. Endothelin-1 receptors in rat tissues: characterization by bosentan, ambrisentan and CI-1020.

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    Yokoyama, Yoshinari; Osano, Ayaka; Hayashi, Hideki; Itoh, Kunihiko; Okura, Takashi; Deguchi, Yoshiharu; Ito, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Shizuo

    2014-01-01

    The present study aimed to characterize comparatively endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptors in rat tissues by radioligand binding assay using [(125)I]ET-1 and to examine receptor binding after oral administration of bosentan. Significant amount of specific [(125)I]ET-1 binding was detected in the lung, heart, kidney, bladder and cerebral cortex of rats. ET-1, bosentan, ambrisentan, and CI-1020 inhibited specific [(125)I]ET-1 binding in these tissues in a concentration-dependent manner. The Hill coefficients of each agent in the rat lung and cerebral cortex and those of bosentan and ET-1 in the heart, kidney and bladder were close to unity, while the Hill coefficients of ambrisentan and CI-1020 in the heart, kidney and bladder were less than one. The nonlinear least squares regression analysis revealed the presence of high- and low-affinity ET-1 receptor sites in these tissues for ambrisentan and CI-1020. Oral administration of bosentan caused a dose-dependent decrease in specific [(125)I]ET-1 binding in the rat lung, kidney and bladder, suggesting significant binding of the tissue ET-1 receptors in vivo. In conclusion, it has been shown that a significant amount of pharmacologically relevant ET-1 receptors may exist in rat tissues and that ET-1 receptor antagonists such as bosentan at pharmacological doses may exert some pharmacological effects by binding these ET-1 receptors.

  18. Quantitative electroencephalographic changes due to middle cerebral artery occlusion by endothelin 1 in conscious rats.

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    Moyanova, S; Kortenska, L; Kirov, R; Iliev, I

    1998-12-01

    The powerful vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 (ET1) has been shown to reduce local cerebral blood flow in brain areas supplied by the middle cerebral artery (MCA) to a pathologically low level upon intracerebral injection adjacent to the MCA. This reduction manifests itself as an ischemic infarct, that is fully developed within 3 days after ET1 injection. The aim of the present study is to examine the effect of ET1 on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity. ET1 was microinjected unilaterally at a dose of 60 pmol in 3 microl of saline to the MCA in conscious rats. EEG signals were recorded from the frontoparietal cortical area, supplied by MCA, from the first up to the fourteenth day after ET1 injection. EEG activity was analyzed by the fast Fourier transformation. A significant shift to a lower EEG frequency, i.e., augmentation of slow waves and a reduction of alpha-like and faster EEG waves was found post-ET1. This effect was maximal after 3-7 days when the most severe destruction of neurons in this cortical area occurs, as has been previously demonstrated. The results suggest that the quantitative EEG analysis may provide useful additional information about the functional disturbances associated with focal cerebral ischemia.

  19. A pilot study on transient ischemic stroke induced with endothelin-1 in the rhesus monkeys.

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    Dai, PeiMin; Huang, Hui; Zhang, Lin; He, Jing; Zhao, XuDong; Yang, FuHan; Zhao, Ning; Yang, JianZhen; Ge, LongJiao; Lin, Yu; Yu, HuaLin; Wang, JianHong

    2017-03-30

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a vasoconstrictor, has recently been used to induce focal ischemia in rodents and marmoset monkeys. The rhesus monkey, however, has numerous advantages to the rodent and marmoset that make it a superior and irreplaceable animal model for studying stroke in the brain. In the present study, after mapping the preferred hand representation in two healthy male monkeys with intracortical micro-stimulation, ET-1 was microinjected into the contralateral motor cortex (M1) to its preferred hand. The monkeys had been trained in three manual dexterity tasks before the microinjection and were tested for these tasks following the ET-1 injection. Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans were performed 1, 7, 14 and 28 days post ischemia. It was found that ET-1 impaired the manual dexterity of the monkeys in the vertical slot and rotating Brinkman board tasks 3-8 days after the injection. Brain imaging found that severe edema was present 7 days after the focal ischemia. This data suggest that ET-1 can induce transient ischemic stroke in rhesus monkey and that ET-1 induced focal ischemia in non-human primates is a potential model to study the mechanism of stroke and brain repair after stroke.

  20. Effect of endothelin-1 on calcium channel gating by agonists in vascular smooth muscle

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    Godfraind, T.; Mennig, D.; Morel, N.; Wibo, M.

    1989-01-01

    Rat isolated aorta was more sensitive to the contractile effect of endothelin-1 (ET-1) when the endothelium was removed. ET-1 was more potent on mesenteric resistance arteries than on aorta. A threshold concentration of ET-1 (100 pM) enhanced the contractile responses of aortic rings to Bay K 8644 and clonidine, especially in the absence of endothelium. Potentiation of clonidine-evoked contraction was accompanied by an enhancement of /sup 45/Ca influx and was abolished by nifedipine. These actions of ET-1 (100 pM) could not be attributed to a decrease in membrane potential or in cAMP levels. ET-1 (100 pM) decreased cGMP in intact aortic rings, which could contribute to its actions in the presence of endothelium. Removal of endothelium reduced cGMP levels and these were not further decreased by ET-1. Since ET-1 exerted a pronounced potentiating effect in the absence of endothelium, it is likely that ET-1 modulates calcium channels by an additional mechanism, unrelated to cyclic nucleotides.

  1. Endothelin-1 and endothelin receptors in the basilar artery of the capybara.

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    Loesch, Andrzej; Gajkowska, Barbara; Dashwood, Michael R; Fioretto, Emerson T; Gagliardo, Karina M; Lima, Ana R De; Ribeiro, Antonio A C M

    2005-02-01

    Little is known about cerebral vasculature of capybara, which seems may serve as a natural model of studying changes in cerebral circulation due to internal carotid artery atrophy at animal sexual maturation. This is the first study of the light- and electron-immunocytochemical localisation of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and ETA and ETB endothelin receptors in the basilar artery of capybaras (6 to 12-month-old females and males) using an ExtrAvidin detection method. All animals examined showed similar patterns of immunoreactivity. Immunoreactivity for ET-1 was detected in the endothelium and adventitial fibroblasts, whilst immunoreactivity for ETA and ETB receptors was present in the endothelium, vascular smooth muscle, perivascular nerves and fibroblasts. In endothelial cells immunoreactivity to ET-1 was pronounced in the cytoplasm or on the granular endoplasmic reticulum. Similar patterns of immunolabelling were observed for ETA and ETB receptors, though cytoplasmic location of clusters of immunoprecipitate seems dominant. These results suggest that the endothelin system is present throughout the wall of the basilar artery of capybara.

  2. Endothelin-1 Impairs Glucose Transporter Trafficking via a Membrane-Based Mechanism

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    Strawbridge, Andrew B.; Elmendorf, Jeffrey S.

    2008-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) disrupts insulin-regulated glucose transporter GLUT4 trafficking. Since the negative consequence of chronic ET-1 exposure appears to be independent of signal disturbance along the insulin receptor substrate-1/phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt-2 pathway of insulin action, we tested if ET-1 altered GLUT4 regulation engaged by osmotic shock, a PI3K-independent stimulus that mimics insulin action. Regulation of GLUT4 by hyperosmotic stress was impaired by ET-1. Because of the mutual disruption of both insulin- and hyperosmolarity-stimulated GLUT4 translocation, we tested whether shared signaling and/or key phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2)-regulated cytoskeletal events of GLUT4 trafficking were targets of ET-1. Both insulin and hyperosmotic stress signaling to Cbl were impaired by ET-1. Also, plasma membrane PIP2 and cortical actin levels were reduced in cells exposed to ET-1. Exogenous PIP2, but not PI 3,4,5-bisphosphate, restored actin structure, Cbl activation, and GLUT4 translocation. These data show that ET-1-induced PIP2/actin disruption impairs GLUT4 trafficking elicited by insulin and hyperosmolarity. In addition to showing for the first time the important role of PIP2-regulated cytoskeletal events in GLUT4 regulation by stimuli other than insulin, these studies reveal a novel function of PIP2/actin structure in signal transduction. PMID:16240321

  3. Endothelin-1 impairs glucose transporter trafficking via a membrane-based mechanism.

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    Strawbridge, Andrew B; Elmendorf, Jeffrey S

    2006-03-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) disrupts insulin-regulated glucose transporter GLUT4 trafficking. Since the negative consequence of chronic ET-1 exposure appears to be independent of signal disturbance along the insulin receptor substrate-1/phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt-2 pathway of insulin action, we tested if ET-1 altered GLUT4 regulation engaged by osmotic shock, a PI3K-independent stimulus that mimics insulin action. Regulation of GLUT4 by hyperosmotic stress was impaired by ET-1. Because of the mutual disruption of both insulin- and hyperosmolarity-stimulated GLUT4 translocation, we tested whether shared signaling and/or key phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2)-regulated cytoskeletal events of GLUT4 trafficking were targets of ET-1. Both insulin and hyperosmotic stress signaling to Cbl were impaired by ET-1. Also, plasma membrane PIP2 and cortical actin levels were reduced in cells exposed to ET-1. Exogenous PIP2, but not PI 3,4,5-bisphosphate, restored actin structure, Cbl activation, and GLUT4 translocation. These data show that ET-1-induced PIP2/actin disruption impairs GLUT4 trafficking elicited by insulin and hyperosmolarity. In addition to showing for the first time the important role of PIP2-regulated cytoskeletal events in GLUT4 regulation by stimuli other than insulin, these studies reveal a novel function of PIP2/actin structure in signal transduction. 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  4. Endothelin-1, interleukin-4 and nitric oxide synthase modulators of gastric mucosal injury by indomethacin: effect of antiulcer agents.

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    Slomiany, B L; Piotrowski, J; Slomiany, A

    1999-06-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitric oxide, and cytokines are recognized mediators of the inflammatory processes associated with gastric mucosal injury. In this study, we investigated mucosal expression of ET-1, interleukin-4 (IL-4), and the activity of constitutive nitric oxide synthase (cNOS) during indomethacin-induced gastric mucosal injury, and evaluated the effect of antiulcer agents on this process. The experiments were conducted with groups of rats pretreated intragastrically with ranitidine (100 mg/kg), ebrotidine (100 mg/kg), sulglycotide (200 mg/kg) or vehicle, followed 30 min later by an intragastric dose of indomethacin (60 mg/kg). The animals were killed 2 h later and their mucosal tissue subjected to macroscopic damage assessment and the measurements of epithelial cell apoptosis, ET-1, IL-4, and cNOS. In the absence of antiulcer agents, indomethacin caused multiple hemorrhagic lesions and extensive epithelial cell apoptosis, accompanied by a 20.7% reduction in IL-4, a 3.1-fold increase in mucosal expression of ET-1 and a 4.2-fold decline in cNOS. Pretreatment with H2-receptor antagonist, ranitidine produced a 15.7% reduction in the mucosal damage caused by indomethacin, 29.5% decrease in epithelial cell apoptosis and a 19.6% reduction in ET-1, while the expression of IL-4 increased by 10.8% and that of cNOS showed a 2-fold increase. The H2-blocker, ebrotidine, also known for its gastroprotective effects, reduced the indomethacin-induced lesions by 90.2%, epithelial cell apoptosis decreased by 61% and ET-1 showed a 58.2% decline, while IL-4 increased by 30.6% and that of cNOS showed a 3.1-fold increase. Pretreatment with gastroprotective agent, sulglycotide, led to a 51.2% reduction in the extent of mucosal damage caused by indomethacin, a 43.9% decrease in apoptosis, and a 63.5% decrease in ET-1, while the expression of cNOS increased by 3.4-fold and the level of IL-4 showed a 32.2% increase. The results suggest that an increase in vasoconstrictive ET-1 level

  5. Endothelin-1 Mediates Brain Microvascular Dysfunction Leading to Long-Term Cognitive Impairment in a Model of Experimental Cerebral Malaria

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    Freeman, Brandi D.; Martins, Yuri C.; Akide-Ndunge, Oscar B.; Bruno, Fernando P.; Wang, Hua; Tanowitz, Herbert B.; Spray, David C.; Desruisseaux, Mahalia S.

    2016-01-01

    Plasmodium falciparum infection causes a wide spectrum of diseases, including cerebral malaria, a potentially life-threatening encephalopathy. Vasculopathy is thought to contribute to cerebral malaria pathogenesis. The vasoactive compound endothelin-1, a key participant in many inflammatory processes, likely mediates vascular and cognitive dysfunctions in cerebral malaria. We previously demonstrated that C57BL6 mice infected with P. berghei ANKA, our fatal experimental cerebral malaria model, sustained memory loss. Herein, we demonstrate that an endothelin type A receptor (ETA) antagonist prevented experimental cerebral malaria-induced neurocognitive impairments and improved survival. ETA antagonism prevented blood-brain barrier disruption and cerebral vasoconstriction during experimental cerebral malaria, and reduced brain endothelial activation, diminishing brain microvascular congestion. Furthermore, exogenous endothelin-1 administration to P. berghei NK65-infected mice, a model generally regarded as a non-cerebral malaria negative control for P. berghei ANKA infection, led to experimental cerebral malaria-like memory deficits. Our data indicate that endothelin-1 is critical in the development of cerebrovascular and cognitive impairments with experimental cerebral malaria. This vasoactive peptide may thus serve as a potential target for adjunctive therapy in the management of cerebral malaria. PMID:27031954

  6. Endothelin-1 Mediates Brain Microvascular Dysfunction Leading to Long-Term Cognitive Impairment in a Model of Experimental Cerebral Malaria.

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    Freeman, Brandi D; Martins, Yuri C; Akide-Ndunge, Oscar B; Bruno, Fernando P; Wang, Hua; Tanowitz, Herbert B; Spray, David C; Desruisseaux, Mahalia S

    2016-03-01

    Plasmodium falciparum infection causes a wide spectrum of diseases, including cerebral malaria, a potentially life-threatening encephalopathy. Vasculopathy is thought to contribute to cerebral malaria pathogenesis. The vasoactive compound endothelin-1, a key participant in many inflammatory processes, likely mediates vascular and cognitive dysfunctions in cerebral malaria. We previously demonstrated that C57BL6 mice infected with P. berghei ANKA, our fatal experimental cerebral malaria model, sustained memory loss. Herein, we demonstrate that an endothelin type A receptor (ETA) antagonist prevented experimental cerebral malaria-induced neurocognitive impairments and improved survival. ETA antagonism prevented blood-brain barrier disruption and cerebral vasoconstriction during experimental cerebral malaria, and reduced brain endothelial activation, diminishing brain microvascular congestion. Furthermore, exogenous endothelin-1 administration to P. berghei NK65-infected mice, a model generally regarded as a non-cerebral malaria negative control for P. berghei ANKA infection, led to experimental cerebral malaria-like memory deficits. Our data indicate that endothelin-1 is critical in the development of cerebrovascular and cognitive impairments with experimental cerebral malaria. This vasoactive peptide may thus serve as a potential target for adjunctive therapy in the management of cerebral malaria.

  7. [The effect and mechanism of endothelin-1-induced intracellular free calcium in human lung adenocarcinoma cells SPC-A1.].

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    Zhou, Juan; Zhang, Weimin; Ye, Qianjun; Jia, Gang

    2008-08-20

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent mitogen involved in cell growth in human lung adenocarcinoma cells SPC-A1. The increase in intracellular free calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) plays a great role in this process. The aim of this study is to investigate the ET-1-induced [Ca(2+)]i responses in SPC-A1 cells and to explore its cellular mechanism. [Ca(2+)]i was measured by Fura-2/AM fluorescent assay. Endothelin receptors antagonists, calcium channel blockers and intracellular signal transduction blockers were used to study the underlying mechanism of ET-1-induced [Ca(2+)]i responses in SPC-A1 cells. At the concentration of 1*10(-15) mol/L-1*10(-8) mol/L, ET-1 caused a dose-dependent increase of [Ca(2+)]i in SPC-A1 cells (P <0.05) in vitro . The ET-1-induced (1*10(-10) mol/L) increase of [Ca(2+)]i was blocked by BQ123 at 1*10(-7) mol/L (P <0.05), a highly selective endothelin receptor A (ETAR) antagonist, not by BQ788 at 10(-7) mol/L (P >0.05), a highly selective endothelin receptor B (ETBR) antagonist. Depletion of extracellular Ca(2+) with free Ca(2+) solution and 0.1mmol/L ethyleneglycol bis (2-aminoethyl ether) tetraacetic acid (EGTA) or blockade of voltage dependent calcium channel with nifedipine at 1*10(-6) mol/L significantly reduced the ET-1-induced increase of [Ca(2+)]i. The ET-1-induced (1*10(-10) mol/L) increase of [Ca(2+)]i was also significantly attenuated by U73122 at 1*10(-5) mol/L (P <0.05), a phospholipase C inhibitor, and by Ryanodine at 50*10(-6) mol/L. However, Staurosporine (2*10(-9) mol/L), a protein kinas C inhibitor, exerted no significant effect on the ET-1-induced (1*10(-10) mol/L) increase of [Ca(2+)]i. ET-1 elevates [Ca(2+)]i via activation of ETA receptor. Both phospholipase C/Ca(2+) pathway and Ca(2+) influx through voltage dependent Ca(2+) channel activate by ETAR contribute to this process.

  8. Alteration of Endothelin 1, MCP-1 and Chromogranin A in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Lackermair, K; Clauss, S; Voigt, T; Klier, I; Summo, C; Hildebrand, B; Nickel, T; Estner, H L; Kääb, S; Wakili, R; Wilbert-Lampen, U

    2017-01-01

    The relation between arrhythmias and stress is known. The aim of our current study was to elucidate whether plasma levels of previously described stress parameters are altered in highly symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) per se and in patients undergoing ablation therapy by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). 96 patients with AF undergoing PVI were recruited. Plasma levels of Endothelin-1 (ET-1), MCP-1 and Chromogranin-A (CGA) were measured before and three months after ablation completed with clinical follow-up with respect to AF recurrence. Additionally, we examined 40 healthy age- and sex-matched volunteers as a reference. Symptomatic AF patients showed increased levels of ET-1 compared to healthy controls (2.62pg/ml vs. 1.57pg/ml; p<0.01). Baseline levels of ET-1 were higher in patients presenting with AF after PVI (2.96pg/ml vs. 2.57pg/ml;p = 0.02). The temporal comparison revealed decreased ET-1 levels in patients without (2.57pg/ml vs. 2.33pg/ml; p<0.01) and unchanged ET-1 levels in patients with AF after PVI. Baseline MCP-1 was increased in AF patients vs. controls (268pg/ml vs. 227 pg/ml; p = 0.03). Both groups, with and without AF after PVI, showed an increase of MCP-1 compared to baseline (268pg/ml vs. 349pg/ml;p<0.01; 281pg/ml vs. 355pg/ml;p = 0.03). CGA was lower in AF patients compared to healthy controls (13.8ng/ml vs. 25.6ng/ml;p<0.01). Over time patients without AF after PVI showed an increase of CGA (14.2ng/ml vs. 20.7ng/ml;p<0.01). No change was observed in patients with AF after PVI. Our study demonstrated dysregulated levels of ET-1, MCP-1 and CGA in symptomatic AF patients. We could demonstrate an association between ET-1 to presence or absence of AF. Furthermore, we could show that a decrease of ET-1 as well as an increase of CGA after PVI, representing a trend towards control cohort levels, were both associated with restoration of sinus rhythm. These results provide new insights into the role of stress-related biomarkers in AF

  9. Chronic administration of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor suppresses renal production of endothelin-1 in dogs with congestive heart failure.

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    Yamamoto, Takashi; Wada, Atsuyuki; Ohnishi, Masato; Tsutamoto, Takayoshi; Fujii, Masanori; Matsumoto, Takehiro; Takayama, Tomoyuki; Wang, Xinwen; Kurokawa, Kiyoshi; Kinoshita, Masahiko

    2002-08-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) play important roles in the regulation of body fluid balance in congestive heart failure (CHF). Renal production of ET-1 increases in CHF and it is a significant independent predictor of sodium excretion. ANP inhibits the ET system through cGMP, a second messenger of ANP. However, in severe CHF, plasma cGMP levels reached a plateau despite the activation of ANP secretion. Thus, ANP does not seem to sufficiently oppose exaggerated ET-1 actions in severe CHF, partially due to the accelerated degradation of cGMP, through phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). We examined the chronic effects of a PDE5 inhibitor, T-1032 (1 mg/kg per day, n=5), on renal function and renal production of ET-1 in dogs with CHF induced by rapid ventricular pacing (270 beats/min). Vehicle dogs were given a placebo (n=5) and normal dogs (n=5) served as normal controls without pacing. In this experimentally produced CHF, plasma levels of ET-1, ANP and cGMP were elevated and renal production of cGMP was increased compared with the normal group, associated with increases in renal expression of preproET-1 mRNA and the number of ET-1-positive cells in glomeruli. In the T-1032 group, systemic and renal production of cGMP were further increased compared with the vehicle group despite no significant difference in plasma ANP levels between the two groups. Subsequently, the agent significantly improved urine flow rate, sodium excretion rate and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) associated with reductions in renal expression of preproET-1 mRNA and the number of ET-1-positive cells compared with the vehicle group. Moreover, there was a significant negative correlation between the number of ET-1-positive cells and GFR (r=-0.802 and P<0.001 respectively). Our results indicate that chronic PDE5 inhibition ameliorates the antagonistic relationship between renal ANP and ET-1 through the cGMP pathway, subsequently preventing renal dysfunction during the

  10. Mechanisms involved in facial heat hyperalgesia induced by endothelin-1 in female rats.

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    Souza, Rafael Fernandes de; Oliveira, Luana Lechenakoski de; Nones, Carina Fernanda Mattedi; Dos Reis, Renata Cristiane; Araya, Erika Ivanna; Kopruszinski, Caroline Machado; Rae, Giles Alexander; Chichorro, Juliana Geremias

    2017-11-01

    Pronociceptive responses to endothelins in the trigeminal system seem to be mediated by ETA and ETB receptors, which have been shown to be expressed in neurons of the trigeminal ganglion of humans and rats. The present study aimed to evaluate the ability of endothelin-1 (ET-1) to induce facial heat hyperalgesia in female rats, the contribution of ETA and ETB receptors to this response, as well as the mechanisms underlying heat hyperalgesia induced by ET-1. ET-1 (100pmol/50μL) was injected into the upper lip and heat hyperalgesia was evaluated for up to 6h. Facial heat hyperalgesia induced by ET-1 was assessed in rats pre-treated locally with BQ-123 or BQ-788 (selective ETA and ETB receptor antagonists, respectively, 30nmol/50μL); BCTC (TRPV1 receptor antagonist; 300μg/50μL); anti-NGF (3μg/50μL); K252a (TrkA inhibitor, 1μg/50μL); or in rats that received intraganglionar resiniferatoxin injection (RTX, 200ng/10μL) to promote C-fibers ablation. ET-1 induced facial heat hyperalgesia that persisted up to 6h and was prevented by BQ-123, BQ-788 or by intraganglionar RTX injection. Likewise, local pre-treatment with BCTC abolished ET-1 induced facial heat hyperalgesia up to 3h. Local pre-treatment with anti-NGF or K252a was effective to prevent ET-1 induced heat hyperalgesia. In conclusion, ET-1 is able to induce heat hyperagelsia in trigeminal primary afferents of female rats, which is mediated by ETA and ETB receptors. Activation of TRPV1 receptors and NGF-signaling pathways may contribute to heat hyperalgesia induced by ET-1. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. [Effect of endothelin-1 on the proliferation of human lung adenocarcinoma cell SPC-A1].

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    Ye, Qianjun; Zhou, Juan; Zhang, Weimin

    2007-02-20

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent mitogen involved in tumor cell growth and angiogenesis. The aim of this study is to explore the effect of ET-1 on the proliferation of human lung adenocarcinoma cells SPC-A1. Cell number was measured by MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide] assay. Cell cycle was detected by flow cytometry. ET-1 (1×10⁻¹⁵ -1×10⁻⁸ mol/L) enhanced SPC-A1 cell growth in a dose-dependent manner in vitro, with the greatest effect beginning at 1×10⁻¹¹ mol/L. Effect of ET-1 (1×10⁻¹⁰ mol/L) on the proliferation of SPC-A1 cells was completely blocked by BQ123 (1×10⁻⁷ mol/L), a highly selective endothelin receptor A (ETA) antagonist (P < 0.05), not by BQ788 (1×10⁻⁷ mol/L), a highly selective endothelin receptor B (ETB) antagonist. BQ123 could significantly reduce the basal growth of SPC-A1 cells (P < 0.05), but BQ788 had no such effect. Proliferation induced by ET-1 (1×10⁻¹⁰ mol/L) could also be blocked by the addition of either ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA, 0.4mmol/L) or nifedipine (1μmol/L). ET-1 had no significant effect on SPC-A1 cell cycle. ET-1 enhances SPC-A1 cell proliferation by the activation of ETA receptor. Ca(2+) influx from voltage dependent calcium-channel contributes to this process.

  12. Homocysteine, endothelin-1 and nitric oxide in patients with hypertensive disorders complicating pregnancy.

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    Zeng, Yachang; Li, Mujun; Chen, Yue; Wang, Sumei

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the change of level of serum homocysteine (Hcy), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) and clinical significance in patients with HDCP. Two hundred and thirty nine patients with HDCP (137 patients with mild preeclampsia, 102 patients with severe preeclampsia) who were hospitalized between June 2012 and June 2015 and 200 normal pregnancy women in outpatient department were enrolled in our study were divided into HDCP group and control group. Serum Hcy concentration was measured by enzymatic cycling assay. ET-1 concentration was measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. And no concentration was measured by nitrate reductase assay. Serum Hcy and ET-1 in HDCP group were significantly higher as compared to control group (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in HDCP group was significantly lower than in the control group (P<0.05). Level of serum Hcy and ET-1 in mild and severe preeclampsia group were significantly higher as compared to control group, respectively (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in mild and severe preeclampsia group were significantly lower than in the control group' respectively (P<0.05). Level of serum Hcy and ET-1 in severe preeclampsia group were significantly higher as compared to mild preclampsia group (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in severe preeclampsia group were significantly lower than in mild preeclampsia group (P<0.05). Spearman rank correlation analysis showed that level of serum Hcy and ET-1 was positively correlated with severity of diseases (r=0.689, 0.718, P<0.05). Level of serum NO was negatively correlated with severity of diseases (r=-0.702, P<0.05). Serum Hcy, ET-1 and NO were associated with pathogenesis of HDCP. Comprehensively measurement of them could effectively evaluate the incidence and progress of HDCP.

  13. Homocysteine, endothelin-1 and nitric oxide in patients with hypertensive disorders complicating pregnancy

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    Zeng, Yachang; Li, Mujun; Chen, Yue; Wang, Sumei

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the change of level of serum homocysteine (Hcy), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) and clinical significance in patients with HDCP. Methods: Two hundred and thirty nine patients with HDCP (137 patients with mild preeclampsia, 102 patients with severe preeclampsia) who were hospitalized between June 2012 and June 2015 and 200 normal pregnancy women in outpatient department were enrolled in our study were divided into HDCP group and control group. Serum Hcy concentration was measured by enzymatic cycling assay. ET-1 concentration was measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. And no concentration was measured by nitrate reductase assay. Results: Serum Hcy and ET-1 in HDCP group were significantly higher as compared to control group (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in HDCP group was significantly lower than in the control group (P<0.05). Level of serum Hcy and ET-1 in mild and severe preeclampsia group were significantly higher as compared to control group, respectively (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in mild and severe preeclampsia group were significantly lower than in the control group’ respectively (P<0.05). Level of serum Hcy and ET-1 in severe preeclampsia group were significantly higher as compared to mild preclampsia group (P<0.05). Level of serum NO in severe preeclampsia group were significantly lower than in mild preeclampsia group (P<0.05). Spearman rank correlation analysis showed that level of serum Hcy and ET-1 was positively correlated with severity of diseases (r=0.689, 0.718, P<0.05). Level of serum NO was negatively correlated with severity of diseases (r=-0.702, P<0.05). Conclusion: Serum Hcy, ET-1 and NO were associated with pathogenesis of HDCP. Comprehensively measurement of them could effectively evaluate the incidence and progress of HDCP. PMID:26823880

  14. Endothelin-1 downregulates sperm phagocytosis by neutrophils in vitro: A physiological implication in bovine oviduct immunity

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    MAREY, Mohamed Ali; YOUSEF, Mohamed Samy; LIU, Jinghui; MORITA, Kazuhiro; SASAKI, Motoki; HAYAKAWA, Hiroyuki; SHIMIZU, Takashi; ELSHAHAWY, Ibrahim I.; MIYAMOTO, Akio

    2016-01-01

    The oviduct is an active contractile tube that provides the proper environment for sperm transport, capacitation and survival. Oviductal contractions are regulated by autocrine/paracrine secretion of several factors, such as prostaglandins (PGs) and endothelin-1 (EDN-1). We have previously shown that during the preovulatory stage, sperm are exposed to polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in the bovine oviduct, and the bovine oviduct epithelial cells (BOECs) secrete molecules including PGE2 that suppress sperm phagocytosis by PMNs in vitro. In this study, we investigated the possible effects of EDN-1 on the phagocytic activity of PMNs toward sperm. The local concentrations of EDN-1 in oviduct fluid and BOEC culture medium ranged from 10–10 to 10–11 M as determined by EIA. Phagocytosis and superoxide production were assayed by co-incubation of sperm pretreated to induce capacitation with PMNs exposed to EDN-1 (0, 10–11, 10–10, 10–9, and 10–8 M) for 2 h. EDN-1 suppressed dose dependently (10–11 to 10–8 M) the phagocytic activity for sperm and superoxide production of PMNs in response to capacitated sperm. Moreover, this suppression was eliminated by an ETB receptor antagonist (BQ-788). EDN-1 suppressed mRNA expression of EDN-1 and ETB but not ETA receptors in PMNs, suggesting the ETB receptor-mediated pathway. Scanning electron microscopic observation revealed that incubation of PMNs with EDN-1 (10–9 M) completely suppressed the formation of DNA-based neutrophil extracellular traps for sperm entanglement. The results provide evidence indicating that EDN-1 may be involved in the protection of sperm from phagocytosis by PMNs in the bovine oviduct, supporting sperm survival until fertilization. PMID:26781611

  15. Mast cell degranulation – a mechanism for the anti-arrhythmic effect of endothelin-1?

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    Walsh, SK; Kane, KA; Wainwright, CL

    2009-01-01

    Background and purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the previously reported anti-arrhythmic effect of endothelin-1 (ET-1) is mediated by degranulation of cardiac mast cells prior to myocardial ischaemia. Experimental approach: Male Sprague-Dawley rats received either ET-1 (1.6 nmol·kg−1) in the presence or absence of disodium cromoglycate (DSCG; 20 mg·kg−1·h−1) prior to coronary artery occlusion (CAO). In separate experiments rats were given compound 48/80 (50 µg·kg−1) to compare the effects of ET-1 with those of a known mast cell degranulator. Ischaemia-induced ventricular arrhythmias were detected through continuous monitoring of a lead I electrocardiogram. After 30 min of CAO, the hearts were removed and mast cell degranulation determined by histological analysis. A parallel series of sham groups were performed to determine the direct effects of ET-1 and compound 48/80 on mast cell degranulation in the absence of ischaemia. Key results: ET-1 and compound 48/80 both exerted profound anti-arrhythmic effects, significantly reducing the total number of ventricular ectopic beats (P < 0.001) and the incidence of ventricular fibrillation (P < 0.05). These anti-arrhythmic effects were abolished by concomitant DSCG infusion prior to CAO. In sham animals ET-1 and compound 48/80 both induced mast cell degranulation (P < 0.001), an effect which was abolished by DSCG, confirming their ability to induce degranulation of mast cells. Conclusions and implications: These results demonstrate for the first time that when given prior to ischaemia ET-1 mediates its anti-arrhythmic effects, at least in part, via cardiac mast cell degranulation. PMID:19422371

  16. Mast cell degranulation--a mechanism for the anti-arrhythmic effect of endothelin-1?

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    Walsh, S K; Kane, K A; Wainwright, C L

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the previously reported anti-arrhythmic effect of endothelin-1 (ET-1) is mediated by degranulation of cardiac mast cells prior to myocardial ischaemia. Male Sprague-Dawley rats received either ET-1 (1.6 nmolxkg(-1)) in the presence or absence of disodium cromoglycate (DSCG; 20 mgxkg(-1)xh(-1)) prior to coronary artery occlusion (CAO). In separate experiments rats were given compound 48/80 (50 microgxkg(-1)) to compare the effects of ET-1 with those of a known mast cell degranulator. Ischaemia-induced ventricular arrhythmias were detected through continuous monitoring of a lead I electrocardiogram. After 30 min of CAO, the hearts were removed and mast cell degranulation determined by histological analysis. A parallel series of sham groups were performed to determine the direct effects of ET-1 and compound 48/80 on mast cell degranulation in the absence of ischaemia. ET-1 and compound 48/80 both exerted profound anti-arrhythmic effects, significantly reducing the total number of ventricular ectopic beats (P < 0.001) and the incidence of ventricular fibrillation (P < 0.05). These anti-arrhythmic effects were abolished by concomitant DSCG infusion prior to CAO. In sham animals ET-1 and compound 48/80 both induced mast cell degranulation (P < 0.001), an effect which was abolished by DSCG, confirming their ability to induce degranulation of mast cells. These results demonstrate for the first time that when given prior to ischaemia ET-1 mediates its anti-arrhythmic effects, at least in part, via cardiac mast cell degranulation.

  17. A pathogenetic role for endothelin-1 in peritoneal dialysis-associated fibrosis.

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    Busnadiego, Oscar; Loureiro-Álvarez, Jesús; Sandoval, Pilar; Lagares, David; Dotor, Javier; Pérez-Lozano, María Luisa; López-Armada, María J; Lamas, Santiago; López-Cabrera, Manuel; Rodríguez-Pascual, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    In patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD), chronic exposure to nonphysiologic PD fluids elicits low-grade peritoneal inflammation, leading to fibrosis and angiogenesis. Phenotype conversion of mesothelial cells into myofibroblasts, the so-called mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (MMT), significantly contributes to the peritoneal dysfunction related to PD. A number of factors have been described to induce MMT in vitro and in vivo, of which TGF-β1 is probably the most important. The vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a transcriptional target of TGF-β1 and mediates excessive scarring and fibrosis in several tissues. This work studied the contribution of ET-1 to the development of peritoneal damage and failure in a mouse model of PD. ET-1 and its receptors were expressed in the peritoneal membrane and upregulated on PD fluid exposure. Administration of an ET receptor antagonist, either bosentan or macitentan, markedly attenuated PD-induced MMT, fibrosis, angiogenesis, and peritoneal functional decline. Adenovirus-mediated overexpression of ET-1 induced MMT in human mesothelial cells in vitro and promoted the early cellular events associated with peritoneal dysfunction in vivo. Notably, TGF-β1-blocking peptides prevented these actions of ET-1. Furthermore, a positive reciprocal relationship was observed between ET-1 expression and TGF-β1 expression in human mesothelial cells. These results strongly support a role for an ET-1/TGF-β1 axis as an inducer of MMT and subsequent peritoneal damage and fibrosis, and they highlight ET-1 as a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of PD-associated dysfunction. Copyright © 2015 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  18. Intradermal endothelin-1 excites bombesin-responsive superficial dorsal horn neurons in the mouse.

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    Akiyama, T; Nagamine, M; Davoodi, A; Iodi Carstens, M; Cevikbas, F; Steinhoff, M; Carstens, E

    2015-10-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in nonhistaminergic itch. Here we used electrophysiological methods to investigate whether mouse superficial dorsal horn neurons respond to intradermal (id) injection of ET-1 and whether ET-1-sensitive neurons additionally respond to other pruritic and algesic stimuli or spinal superfusion of bombesin, a homolog of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) that excites spinal itch-signaling neurons. Single-unit recordings were made from lumbar dorsal horn neurons in pentobarbital-anesthetized C57BL/6 mice. We searched for units that exhibited elevated firing after id injection of ET-1 (1 μg/μl). Responsive units were further tested with mechanical stimuli, bombesin (spinal superfusion, 200 μg·ml(-1)·min(-1)), heating, cooling, and additional chemicals [histamine, chloroquine, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), capsaicin]. Of 40 ET-1-responsive units, 48% responded to brush and pinch [wide dynamic range (WDR)] and 52% to pinch only [high threshold (HT)]. Ninety-three percent responded to noxious heat, 50% to cooling, and >70% to histamine, chloroquine, AITC, and capsaicin. Fifty-seven percent responded to bombesin, suggesting that they participate in spinal itch transmission. That most ET-1-sensitive spinal neurons also responded to pruritic and algesic stimuli is consistent with previous studies of pruritogen-responsive dorsal horn neurons. We previously hypothesized that pruritogen-sensitive neurons signal itch. The observation that ET-1 activates nociceptive neurons suggests that both itch and pain signals may be generated by ET-1 to result in simultaneous sensations of itch and pain, consistent with observations that ET-1 elicits both itch- and pain-related behaviors in animals and burning itch sensations in humans.

  19. Intradermal endothelin-1 excites bombesin-responsive superficial dorsal horn neurons in the mouse

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    Akiyama, T.; Nagamine, M.; Davoodi, A.; Iodi Carstens, M.; Cevikbas, F.; Steinhoff, M.

    2015-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in nonhistaminergic itch. Here we used electrophysiological methods to investigate whether mouse superficial dorsal horn neurons respond to intradermal (id) injection of ET-1 and whether ET-1-sensitive neurons additionally respond to other pruritic and algesic stimuli or spinal superfusion of bombesin, a homolog of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) that excites spinal itch-signaling neurons. Single-unit recordings were made from lumbar dorsal horn neurons in pentobarbital-anesthetized C57BL/6 mice. We searched for units that exhibited elevated firing after id injection of ET-1 (1 μg/μl). Responsive units were further tested with mechanical stimuli, bombesin (spinal superfusion, 200 μg·ml−1·min−1), heating, cooling, and additional chemicals [histamine, chloroquine, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), capsaicin]. Of 40 ET-1-responsive units, 48% responded to brush and pinch [wide dynamic range (WDR)] and 52% to pinch only [high threshold (HT)]. Ninety-three percent responded to noxious heat, 50% to cooling, and >70% to histamine, chloroquine, AITC, and capsaicin. Fifty-seven percent responded to bombesin, suggesting that they participate in spinal itch transmission. That most ET-1-sensitive spinal neurons also responded to pruritic and algesic stimuli is consistent with previous studies of pruritogen-responsive dorsal horn neurons. We previously hypothesized that pruritogen-sensitive neurons signal itch. The observation that ET-1 activates nociceptive neurons suggests that both itch and pain signals may be generated by ET-1 to result in simultaneous sensations of itch and pain, consistent with observations that ET-1 elicits both itch- and pain-related behaviors in animals and burning itch sensations in humans. PMID:26311187

  20. Circulating levels of endothelin-1 in a homogenous Gulf Arab population with untreated essential hypertension.

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    Obineche, Enyioma; Abdulle, Abdishakur M; Bokhari, Awais M; Yasin, Javed Y; Gillett, Michael P T

    2006-01-01

    Racial variations are reported in the natural history of hypertension. For example, hypertension is significantly more prevalent in blacks than whites. Endothelial cells are important regulators of vascular tone and homeostasis, in part through secretions of vasoactive substances including endothelin-1 (ET-1), a small peptide with potent vasopressor actions. In black hypertensives, ET-1 levels are higher than in normotensive blacks and in both hypertensive and normotensive whites. Since ET-1 might play a significant role in the development and severity of hypertension in the indigenous Arab population of the United Arab Emirates, we investigated the circulating levels of ET-1 in this homogenous population. ET-1 levels were measured in plasma samples from 60 untreated hypertensive Arabs and compared with 60 age- and sex-matched normotensive controls. ET-1 levels were significantly higher in hypertensives (mean 10.1 +/- 1 pmol/L) than normotensives (mean 2.2 +/- 0.5 pmol/L). Body mass index (BMI) was slightly higher among the hypertensives. For all subjects these levels significantly (P < 0.001) correlated with systolic blood pressure and less significantly (P < 0.05) with diastolic blood pressure and body weight. The correlation between ET-1 and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure was persistently significant after adjusting for BMI. Plasma concentrations of ET-1 are significantly higher in hypertensive Gulf Arabs as compared with reported levels in white hypertensives and ET-1 could be a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases in this population. The endothelial system might be particularly important with respect to hypertension in this racial group and merits further study.

  1. A Pathogenetic Role for Endothelin-1 in Peritoneal Dialysis-Associated Fibrosis

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    Busnadiego, Oscar; Loureiro-Álvarez, Jesús; Sandoval, Pilar; Lagares, David; Dotor, Javier; Pérez-Lozano, María Luisa; López-Armada, María J.; Lamas, Santiago; López-Cabrera, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    In patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD), chronic exposure to nonphysiologic PD fluids elicits low-grade peritoneal inflammation, leading to fibrosis and angiogenesis. Phenotype conversion of mesothelial cells into myofibroblasts, the so-called mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (MMT), significantly contributes to the peritoneal dysfunction related to PD. A number of factors have been described to induce MMT in vitro and in vivo, of which TGF-β1 is probably the most important. The vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a transcriptional target of TGF-β1 and mediates excessive scarring and fibrosis in several tissues. This work studied the contribution of ET-1 to the development of peritoneal damage and failure in a mouse model of PD. ET-1 and its receptors were expressed in the peritoneal membrane and upregulated on PD fluid exposure. Administration of an ET receptor antagonist, either bosentan or macitentan, markedly attenuated PD-induced MMT, fibrosis, angiogenesis, and peritoneal functional decline. Adenovirus-mediated overexpression of ET-1 induced MMT in human mesothelial cells in vitro and promoted the early cellular events associated with peritoneal dysfunction in vivo. Notably, TGF-β1–blocking peptides prevented these actions of ET-1. Furthermore, a positive reciprocal relationship was observed between ET-1 expression and TGF-β1 expression in human mesothelial cells. These results strongly support a role for an ET-1/TGF-β1 axis as an inducer of MMT and subsequent peritoneal damage and fibrosis, and they highlight ET-1 as a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of PD-associated dysfunction. PMID:25012164

  2. Endothelin-1 impairs retrograde axonal transport and leads to axonal injury in rat optic nerve.

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    Taniguchi, Takazumi; Shimazawa, Masamitsu; Sasaoka, Masaaki; Shimazaki, Atsushi; Hara, Hideaki

    2006-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) on retrograde axonal transport in the rat optic nerve. Vehicle or ET-1 (0.2, 1, or 5 pmol/eye) were injected into the vitreous body in Sprague-Dawley rats. Retinal vessels were observed, using a fundus camera, before, and at 10 min, 3 days and 7 days after a single intravitreous injection. Two days after the injection, a neuronal tracer, fluoro gold, was administered via the superior colliculi to retrogradely label active retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Five days after the tracer administration, retrogradely labeled RGCs were evaluated in the flat-mounted retina, and cross sections from each optic nerve were graded for injury by four independent, masked observers. ET-1 at 5 pmol/eye caused a significant constriction of retinal vessels (versus the vehicle-treated group) at 10 min after the injection. Intravitreous injection of ET-1 caused a dose-related decrease in the number of retrogradely labeled RGCs. Injection of 5 pmol/eye ET-1 led to a statistically significant decrease in the number of retrogradely labeled RGCs (versus the vehicle-treated group). ET-1 at 1 and 5 pmol/eye caused histological optic nerve damage (evaluated using a graded scale). The histological optic nerve damage correlated with the number of retrogradely labeled RGCs. In conclusion, a single intravitreous injection of ET-1 impaired retrograde axonal transport in the rat optic nerve and this impairment correlated with the histological optic nerve damage.

  3. Improvement of plasma endothelin-1 and nitric oxide in patients with systemic sclerosis by bosentan therapy.

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    Kawashiri, Shin-ya; Ueki, Yukitaka; Terada, Kaoru; Yamasaki, Satoshi; Aoyagi, Kiyoshi; Kawakami, Atsushi

    2014-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bosentan on plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) as pulmonary hypertension (PH)-associated biochemical markers in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Twenty-four SSc patients receiving bosentan for 24 weeks were registered in this prospective observational study. Ten patients were complicated with clinically suspected PH. Plasma levels of ET-1 and NO were assessed at baseline and after 24 weeks of treatment in SSc patients and in 15 healthy controls. Plasma levels of ET-1 and NO at baseline were significantly higher in SSc patients than in healthy controls (p < 0.000), and they were also significantly higher in SSc patients with PH than in those without PH (p < 0.01). Plasma ET-1 levels were significantly decreased after 24 weeks of bosentan therapy (p < 0.0001), and ET-1 levels of SSc patients with PH decreased to a level comparable to that in patients without PH. In the 10 SSc patients with PH, changes in plasma ET-1 levels during the 24 weeks of the study were significantly larger in the 5 patients whose functional class (FC) improved than in the 5 patients whose FC was unchanged (p < 0.05). Plasma NO levels were also slightly decreased in SSc patients after 24 weeks of bosentan therapy. Plasma ET-1 levels could reflect the presence and severity of PH in SSc patients. Additionally, changes in plasma ET-1 levels may indicate the response to bosentan therapy in SSc patients with PH.

  4. Associations of big endothelin-1 and C-reactive protein in atrial fibrillation.

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    Zheng, Li-Hui; Sun, Wei; Yao, Yan; Hou, Bing-Bo; Qiao, Yu; Zhang, Shu

    2016-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. However, the association between inflammation (as indexed by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP) and endothelial function [as indexed by big endothelin-1 (ET-1)] in AF patients remains unclear. We enrolled 128 patients with lone AF, among which 83 had paroxysmal AF, and 45 had persistent AF. Eighty-two age- and gender-matched controls of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia without AF history were evaluated. Plasma hs-CRP, big ET-1 levels and other clinical characteristics were compared among the groups. Patients with persistent AF had higher hs-CRP concentrations than those with paroxysmal AF (P < 0.05), both groups had higher hs-CRP level than controls (P < 0.05). Patients with persistent AF had higher big ET-1 level than those with paroxysmal AF, although the difference did not reach the statistical significance (P > 0.05), and both groups had higher big ET-1 levels than controls (P < 0.05). Multiple regression analyses revealed hs-CRP as an independent determinant of AF (P < 0.001). Further adjusted for big ET-1, both big ET-1 and hs-CRP were independent predictors for AF (P < 0.001), but the odds ratio for hs-CRP in predicting AF attenuated from 8.043 to 3.241. There was a positive relation between hs-CRP level and big ET-1 level in paroxysmal AF patients (r = 0.563, P < 0.05), however, the relationship in persistent AF patients was poor (r = 0.094, P < 0.05). Both plasma hs-CRP and big ET-1 levels are elevated in lone AF patients, and are associated with AF. In paroxysmal lone AF patients, there were significant positive correlations between plasma hs-CRP level and big ET-1 level.

  5. Neural peptidase endothelin-converting enzyme 1 regulates endothelin 1–induced pruritus

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    Kido-Nakahara, Makiko; Buddenkotte, Jörg; Kempkes, Cordula; Ikoma, Akihiko; Cevikbas, Ferda; Akiyama, Tasuku; Nunes, Frank; Seeliger, Stephan; Hasdemir, Burcu; Mess, Christian; Buhl, Timo; Sulk, Mathias; Müller, Frank-Ulrich; Metze, Dieter; Bunnett, Nigel W.; Bhargava, Aditi; Carstens, Earl; Furue, Masutaka; Steinhoff, Martin

    2014-01-01

    In humans, pruritus (itch) is a common but poorly understood symptom in numerous skin and systemic diseases. Endothelin 1 (ET-1) evokes histamine-independent pruritus in mammals through activation of its cognate G protein–coupled receptor endothelin A receptor (ETAR). Here, we have identified neural endothelin–converting enzyme 1 (ECE-1) as a key regulator of ET-1–induced pruritus and neural signaling of itch. We show here that ETAR, ET-1, and ECE-1 are expressed and colocalize in murine dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons and human skin nerves. In murine DRG neurons, ET-1 induced internalization of ETAR within ECE-1–containing endosomes. ECE-1 inhibition slowed ETAR recycling yet prolonged ET-1–induced activation of ERK1/2, but not p38. In a murine itch model, ET-1–induced scratching behavior was substantially augmented by pharmacological ECE-1 inhibition and abrogated by treatment with an ERK1/2 inhibitor. Using iontophoresis, we demonstrated that ET-1 is a potent, partially histamine-independent pruritogen in humans. Immunohistochemical evaluation of skin from prurigo nodularis patients confirmed an upregulation of the ET-1/ETAR/ECE-1/ERK1/2 axis in patients with chronic itch. Together, our data identify the neural peptidase ECE-1 as a negative regulator of itch on sensory nerves by directly regulating ET-1–induced pruritus in humans and mice. Furthermore, these results implicate the ET-1/ECE-1/ERK1/2 pathway as a therapeutic target to treat pruritus in humans. PMID:24812665

  6. Sensorimotor behavioral effects of endothelin-1 induced small cortical infarcts in C57BL/6 mice.

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    Tennant, Kelly A; Jones, Theresa A

    2009-06-30

    Mouse models have not paralleled rat models of stroke in advances in sensitive, species appropriate measures of neurological and behavioral recovery. Most available tests of mouse sensorimotor function are adaptations of those originally developed in rats and may not be as sensitive in detecting behavioral deficits after small cortical lesions in mice. Our purpose was to test the use of a vasoconstricting peptide, endothelin-1 (ET-1), to produce focal infarcts of the mouse sensorimotor cortex and to establish a behavioral test battery sensitive to resulting sensorimotor deficits. Young adult (3-5-month-old) male C57BL/6 mice received intracortical infusions of ET-1 that produced unilateral lesions of the forelimb region of the sensorimotor cortex, intracortical infusions of sterile saline, or sham surgeries. Pre-operatively and at various time points over 3 weeks post-surgery, they were administered a test battery that included measures of sensorimotor asymmetry (Corner and Bilateral Tactile Stimulation Tests), coordinated forepaw use (Cylinder and Ladder Rung Tests), and dexterous forepaw function (Pasta Matrix Reaching Test). ET-1 infusions resulted in consistently placed, focal cortical infarcts and forelimb impairments as measured with the Ladder Rung, Bilateral Tactile Stimulation, and Pasta Matrix Reaching Tests. On the Bilateral Tactile Stimulation and Pasta Matrix Reaching Tests, impairments persisted throughout the time span of observation (26 days). These results support ET-1 as a viable option for creating small, reproducible lesions of anatomical subregions in the mouse neocortex that result in lasting functional impairments in the forelimb, as observed with sufficiently sensitive measures.

  7. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and impaired insulin-stimulated blood flow: role of skeletal muscle NO synthase and endothelin-1.

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    Reynolds, Leryn J; Credeur, Daniel P; Manrique, Camila; Padilla, Jaume; Fadel, Paul J; Thyfault, John P

    2017-01-01

    Increased endothelin-1 (ET-1) and reduced endothelial nitric oxide phosphorylation (peNOS) are hypothesized to reduce insulin-stimulated blood flow in type 2 diabetes (T2D), but studies examining these links in humans are limited. We sought to assess basal and insulin-stimulated endothelial signaling proteins (ET-1 and peNOS) in skeletal muscle from T2D patients. Ten obese T2D [glucose disposal rate (GDR): 6.6 ± 1.6 mg·kg lean body mass (LBM)(-1)·min(-1)] and 11 lean insulin-sensitive subjects (Lean GDR: 12.9 ± 1.2 mg·kg LBM(-1)·min(-1)) underwent a hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp with vastus lateralis biopsies taken before and 60 min into the clamp. Basal biopsies were also taken in 11 medication-naïve, obese, non-T2D subjects. ET-1, peNOS (Ser1177), and eNOS protein and mRNA were measured from skeletal muscle samples containing native microvessels. Femoral artery blood flow was assessed by duplex Doppler ultrasound. Insulin-stimulated blood flow was reduced in obese T2D (Lean: +50.7 ± 6.5% baseline, T2D: +20.8 ± 5.2% baseline, P < 0.05). peNOS/eNOS content was higher in Lean under basal conditions and, although not increased by insulin, remained higher in Lean during the insulin clamp than in obese T2D (P < 0.05). ET-1 mRNA and peptide were 2.25 ± 0.50- and 1.52 ± 0.11-fold higher in obese T2D compared with Lean at baseline, and ET-1 peptide remained 2.02 ± 1.9-fold elevated in obese T2D after insulin infusion (P < 0.05) but did not increase with insulin in either group (P > 0.05). Obese non-T2D subjects tended to also display elevated basal ET-1 (P = 0.06). In summary, higher basal skeletal muscle expression of ET-1 and reduced peNOS/eNOS may contribute to a reduced insulin-stimulated leg blood flow response in obese T2D patients.

  8. Lisinopril inhibits endothelin-1 in the early period of hepatic reperfusion injury in a partial hepatectomy model.

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    Yirmibeşoğlu, O A; Büyükgebiz, O; Ars, D; Unay, O; Cevik, D

    2011-09-01

    Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is a major problem during liver surgery. We investigated the effects of lisinopril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, in the early postoperative period of reperfusion injury after Pringle's maneuver during an 80% partial hepatectomy (PH) in rats. Four groups of male Sprague-Dawley rats were studied: Group 1 (n = 10), sham laparotomy; group 2 (n = 10), PH without portal occlusion; group 3 (n = 10), PH with portal pedicle clamping; group 4 (n = 15), same as group 3 with additional intravenous lisinopril preconditioning (1 mg/kg(-1)). We analyzed superoxide radical (O(2)(-)), nitric oxide (NO), peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) levels in the liver tissue and blood levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and endothelin-1 (ET-1). ALT and ET-1 levels were progressively increased in group 2 (P > .05) versus group 3 (P < .001 and P < .05), showing hepatocellular damage due to I/R injury in the remnant liver, although histopathologic changes were unremarkable at this early stage. The levels of ALT and ET-1 decreased with lisinopril precontioning in group 4 compared with group 2 (P > .05 and P < .01) or group 3 (P < .05 and P < .001). O(2)(-) levels were increased significantly in groups 2 and 3 (P < .01 for both). O(2)(-) level in Group 4 was remarkably decreased albeit not significant compared with the other groups. NO and ONOO(-) levels were also significantly greater in groups 2 (P < .01 and P < .05) and 3 (P < .001 and P < .01). These levels were decreased significantly among group 4 compared with group 3 (P < .05), a decline almost to the level of group 1 (P > .05). In the early postoperative period of an extended hepatectomy model, Pringle's maneuver causes I/R increasing the insult to the remnant liver. Lisinopril preconditioning alleviated I/R injury by decreasing the O(2)(-), NO, ONOO(-), ET-1, and ALT levels, thereby exerting a protective role on the remaining liver. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase-enhancing G-protein coupled receptor antagonist inhibits pulmonary artery hypertension by endothelin-1-dependent and endothelin-1-independent pathways in a monocrotaline model.

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    Liu, Chung-Pin; Dai, Zen-Kong; Huang, Chein-Heng; Yeh, Jwu-Lai; Wu, Bin-Nan; Wu, Jiunn-Ren; Chen, Ing-Jun

    2014-06-01

    This study investigates whether endothelin-1 (ET-1) mediates monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) and right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH), and if so, whether the G-protein coupled receptor antagonist KMUP-1 (7-{2-[4-(2-chlorobenzene)piperazinyl]ethyl}-1,3-dimethylxanthine) inhibits ET-1-mediated PA constriction and the aforementioned pathological changes. In a chronic rat model, intraperitoneal MCT (60 mg/kg) induced PAH and increased PA medial wall thickening and RV/left ventricle + septum weight ratio on Day 21 after MCT injection. Treatment with sublingual KMUP-1 (2.5 mg/kg/day) for 21 days prevented these changes and restored vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) immunohistochemical staining of lung tissues. Western blotting analysis demonstrated that KMUP-1 enhanced eNOS, soluble guanylate cyclase, and protein kinase G levels, and reduced ET-1 expression and inactivated Rho kinase II (ROCKII) in MCT-treated lung tissue over long-term administration. In MCT-treated rats, KMUP-1 decreased plasma ET-1 on Day 21. KMUP-1 (3.6 mg/kg) maximally appeared at 0.25 hours in the plasma and declined to basal levels within 24 hours after sublingual administration. In isolated PA of MCT-treated rats, compared with control and pretreatment with l-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester (100 μM), KMUP-1 (0.1-100 μM) inhibited ET-1 (0.01 μM)-induced vasoconstriction. Endothelium-denuded PA sustained higher contractility in the presence of KMUP-1. In a 24-hour culture of smooth muscle cells (i.e., PA smooth muscle cells or PASMCs), KMUP-1 (0.1-10 μM) inhibited RhoA- and ET-1-induced RhoA activation. KMUP-1 prevented MCT-induced PAH, PA wall thickening, and RVH by enhancing eNOS and suppressing ET-1/ROCKII expression. In vitro, KMUP-1 inhibited ET-1-induced PA constriction and ET-1-dependent/independent RhoA activation of PASMCs. In summary, KMUP-1 attenuates ET-1-induced/ET-1-mediated PA constriction, and could thus aid in the treatment of PAH

  10. Endothelin-1 Induces Contraction of Female Rat Internal Pudendal and Clitoral Arteries through ETA Receptor and Rho-Kinase Activation

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    Allahdadi, Kyan J.; Hannan, Johanna L.; Tostes, Rita C.; Webb, R. Clinton

    2011-01-01

    Introduction Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictor peptide, acts mainly through the Gprotein-coupled ETA receptor (ETAR). Increased vascular ET-1 production and constrictor sensitivity have been observed in various cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, as well as erectile dysfunction. The internal pudendal artery (IPA) supplies blood to the vagina and clitoris. Inadequate blood flow through the IPA may lead to insufficient vaginal engorgement and clitoral tumescence. Aim Characterize the effects of ET-1 on the IPA and clitoral artery (CA). Methods IPA and CA from female Sprague Dawley rats (225–250 g) were mounted in myograph chambers. Arterial segments were submitted to increasing concentrations of ET-1 (10-10-10-6 M). Segments were incubated with the ETAR antagonist, atrasentan (10-8 M) or the Rho-kinase inhibitor, Y-27632 (10-6 M) 30 minutes prior to agonist exposure. All Emax values are expressed as % KCl-induced maximal contraction. ETAR, RhoA, and Rho-kinase expression from IPA was evaluated by Western blot. mRNA of preproET-1, ETAR, ETBR, RhoA, and Rho-kinase were measured by real time PCR. Main Outcome Measures ET-1 constrictor sensitivity in IPA and CA, protein expression and messenger RNA levels of ET-1-mediated constriction components. Results ET-1 concentration-dependently contracted IPA (% Contraction and pD2, respectively: 156 ± 18, 8.2 ± 0.1) and CA (163 ± 12, 8.8 ± 0.08), while ETAR antagonism reduced ET-1-mediated contraction (IPA: 104 ± 23, 6.4 ± 0.2; CA: 112 ± 17, 6.6 ± 0.08). Pretreatment with Y-27632 significantly shifted ET-1 pD2 in IPA (108 ± 24, 7.9 ± 0.1) and CA (147 ± 58 and 8.0 ± 0.25). Protein expression of ETAR, ETBR, RhoA, and Rho-kinase were detected in IPA. IPA and CA contained preproET-1, ETAR, ETBR, RhoA, and Rho-kinase message. Conclusion We observed that the IPA and CA are sensitive to ET-1, signaling through the ETAR and Rho-kinase pathway. These data indicate that ET-1 may play a role in vaginal

  11. Neuropathy optic glaucomatosa induced by systemic hypertension through activation endothelin-1 signaling pathway in central retinal artery in rats

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    Prayitnaningsih, Seskoati; Sujuti, Hidayat; Effendi, Maksum; Abdullah, Aulia; Anandita, Nanda Wahyu; Yohana, Febriani; Permatasari, Nur; Widodo, Mohamad Aris

    2016-01-01

    AIM To evaluate effect of hypertension on retinal ganglion cell (RGC) apoptosis, intraocular pressure (IOP), and the activation of endothelin-1 (ET-1) signaling pathway in central retinal artery (CRA) in rats. METHODS The experimental study was performed on 20 male Sprague Dawley rats that were divided into control group, and hypertension groups. The hypertension was induced by subcutaneous deoxycorticoacetate (DOCA) 10 mg/kg twice a week and administered 0.9% NaCl solution daily for 2, 6, and 10wk. Blood pressure (BP) was measured using animal BP analyzer. IOP was measured by handheld tonometry. Retinal tissue preparations by paraffin blocks were made after enucleation. The expression of ET-1, eNOS, ET-1 receptor A (ETRA), ET-1 receptor B (ETRB), and phosphorylated myosin light chain kinase (MLCK), and caldesmon (CaD) in CRA and RGC apoptosis were evaluated through immunofluorescent staining method then observed using laser scanning confocal microscopy. RESULTS BP significantly increased in all of the hypertension groups compared to control (P=0.001). Peak IOP elevation (7.78±4.14 mm Hg) and RGC apoptosis (576.15±33.28 Au) occurred on 2wk of hypertension. ET-1 expression (1238.6±55.1 Au) and eNOS expression (2814.2±70.7 Au) were found highest in 2wk of hypertension, although the ratio of ET-1/eNOS decreased since 2wk. ETRA reached peak expression in 10wk of hypertension (1219.4±6.3 Au), while ETRB significantly increased only in 2 weeks group (1069.2±9.6 Au). The highest MLCK expression (1190.09±58.32 Au), CaD (1670.28±18.36 Au) were also found in 2wk of hypertension. CONCLUSION Hypertension effects to activation of ET-1 signaling pathway significantly in CRA, elevation of IOP, and RGC apoptosis. The highest value was achieved at 2wk, which is the development phase of hypertension. PMID:27990358

  12. Correlation between congenital heart disease complicated with pulmonary artery hypertension and circulating endothelial cells as well as endothelin-1

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    Li, Xiaofei; Qiu, Jun; Pan, Min; Zheng, Dongdong; Su, Yamin; Wei, Meifang; Kong, Xiangqing; Sun, Wei; Zhu, Jiahua

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate changes in the level of circulating endothelial cells (CECs) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in peripheral venous blood of the patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) complicated with pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH), and research on their effects in the onset and progress of CHD complicated with PAH. Methods: A case-control study including 30 cases of healthy controls, 15 cases of left-to-right shunt CHD without PAH, 26 cases of CHD complicated with mild PAH, and 17 cases of CHD complicated with moderate-severe PAH was performed. We used flow cytometry to measure the percentage of CECs accounting for nucleated cells in whole blood, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to measure the level of ET-1 in serum. The differences of above-mentioned biomarkers between different groups were compared. Results: (1) The level of CECs and ET-1in the group of moderate-severe PAH was significantly higher than those in the group of mild PAH and the group of CHD without PAH. Significantly difference was also observed between the level of CECs and ET-1 in the group of mild PAH and those in the group of CHD without PAH and the control group. Meanwhile, the level of CECs and ET-1 in the group of large shunt was significantly higher than those in the group few shunt and few-medium shunt. (2) Strong positive correlations were observed between pulmonary artery systolic pressure and percentage of CECs as well as ET-1 production. Mean pulmonary artery pressure also positively correlated with percentage of CECs as well as ET-1 production. (3) Arterial partial pressure of oxygen as well as arterial oxygen saturation negatively correlated with the level of CECs, whereas the volume of left-to-right shunt positively correlated with the level of ET-1. (4) The level of CECs and ET-1 were positively correlated as well in CHD patients. Conclusions: CHD complicated with PAH is associated with increased CEC counts and ET-1 production. This study suggests that CECs

  13. Cytochrome P450 and cyclooxygenase metabolites contribute to the endothelin-1 afferent arteriolar vasoconstrictor and calcium responses.

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    Imig, J D; Pham, B T; LeBlanc, E A; Reddy, K M; Falck, J R; Inscho, E W

    2000-01-01

    Arachidonic acid metabolites contribute to the endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced decrease in renal blood flow, but the vascular sites of action are unknown. Experiments performed in vitro used the rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation combined with videomicroscopy. The response of afferent arterioles to ET-1 was determined before and after cytochrome P450 (CYP450) or cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibition. Afferent arteriolar diameter averaged 20+/-1 microm (n=17) at a renal perfusion pressure of 100 mm Hg. Superfusion with 0.001 to 10 nmol/L ET-1 caused a graded decrease in diameter of the afferent arteriole. Vessel diameter decreased by 30+/-2% and 41+/-2% in response to 1 and 10 nmol/L ET-1, respectively. The afferent arteriolar response to ET-1 was significantly attenuated during administration of the CYP450 hydroxylase inhibitor N-methylsulfonyl-12,12-dibromododec-11-enamide (DDMS), such that afferent arteriolar diameter decreased by 19+/-3% and 22+/-3% in response to 1 and 10 nmol/L ET-1, respectively. COX inhibition also greatly attenuated the vasoconstriction elicited by ET-1, whereas the CYP450 epoxygenase inhibitor N-methylsulfonyl-6-(2-proparglyoxyphenyl) hexanamide enhanced the ET-1-mediated vascular response. Additional studies were performed using freshly isolated smooth muscle cells prepared from preglomerular microvessels. Renal microvascular smooth muscle cells were loaded with the calcium-sensitive dye fura 2 and studied by use of single-cell fluorescence microscopy. Basal renal microvascular smooth muscle cell [Ca(2+)](i) averaged 95+/-3 nmol/L (n=42). ET-1 (10 nmol/L) increased microvascular smooth muscle cell [Ca(2+)](i) to a peak value of 731+/-75 nmol/L before stabilizing at 136+/-8 nmol/L. Administration of DDMS or the COX inhibitor indomethacin significantly attenuated the renal microvascular smooth muscle cell calcium response to ET-1. These data demonstrate that CYP450 hydroxylase and COX arachidonic acid metabolites contribute importantly to the

  14. Pivotal role of mouse mast cell protease 4 in the conversion and pressor properties of Big-endothelin-1.

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    Houde, Martin; Jamain, Marc-David; Labonté, Julie; Desbiens, Louisane; Pejler, Gunnar; Gurish, Michael; Takai, Shinji; D'Orléans-Juste, Pedro

    2013-07-01

    The serine protease chymase has been reported to generate intracardiac angiotensin-II (Ang-II) from Ang-I as well as an intermediate precursor of endothelin-1 (ET-1), ET-1 (1-31) from Big-ET-1. Although humans possess only one chymase, several murine isoforms are documented, each with its own specific catalytic activity. Among these, mouse mast cell protease 4 (mMCP-4) is the isoform most similar to the human chymase for its activity. The aim of this study was to characterize the capacity of mMCP-4 to convert Big-ET-1 into its bioactive metabolite, ET-1, in vitro and in vivo in the mouse model. Basal mean arterial pressure did not differ between wild-type (WT) and mMCP-4(-/-) mice. Systemic administration of Big-ET-1 triggered pressor responses and increased blood levels of immunoreactive (IR) ET-1 (1-31) and ET-1 that were reduced by more than 50% in mMCP-4 knockout (-/-) mice compared with WT controls. Residual responses to Big-ET-1 in mMCP-4(-/-) mice were insensitive to the enkephalinase/neutral endopeptidase inhibitor thiorphan and the specific chymase inhibitor TY-51469 {2-[4-(5-fluoro-3-methylbenzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)sulfonamido-3-methanesulfonylphenyl]thiazole-4-carboxylic acid}. Soluble fractions from the lungs, left cardiac ventricle, aorta, and kidneys of WT but not mMCP-4(-/-) mice generated ET-1 (1-31) from exogenous Big-ET-1 in a TY-51469-sensitive fashion as detected by high-performance liquid chromatography/ matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry. Finally, pulmonary endogenous levels of IR-ET-1 were reduced by more than 40% in tissues derived from mMCP-4(-/-) mice compared with WT mice. Our results show that mMCP-4 plays a pivotal role in the dynamic conversion of systemic Big-ET-1 to ET-1 in the mouse model.

  15. Endothelin-1 activates p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and cytosolic phospholipase A2 in cat iris sphincter smooth muscle cells.

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    Husain, S; Abdel-Latif, A A

    1999-01-01

    We have shown previously that cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (cPLA(2)) is responsible for endothelin-1-induced release of arachidonic acid for prostaglandin synthesis in cat iris sphincter smooth muscle (CISM) cells [Husain and Abdel-Latif (1998) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1392, 127-144]. Here we show that p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, but not p42/p44 MAP kinases, plays an important role in the phosphorylation and activation of cPLA(2) in endothelin-1-stimulated CISM cells. This conclusion is supported by the following findings. Both p38 MAP kinase and p42/p44 MAP kinases were present in the CISM cells and both were activated by endothelin-1. SB203580, a potent specific inhibitor of p38 MAP kinase, but not the p42/p44 MAP kinases specific inhibitor, PD98059, markedly suppressed endothelin-1-enhanced cPLA(2) phosphorylation, cPLA(2) activity and arachidonic acid release. The addition of endothelin-1 resulted in the phosphorylation and activation of cPLA(2). Endothelin-1 stimulated p38 MAP kinase activity in a time- and concentration-dependent manner, and these effects were mediated through the endothelin-A receptor subtype. The protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor, RO 31-8220, had no inhibitory effect on endothelin-1-induced p38 MAP kinase activation, suggesting that endothelin-1 activation of p38 MAP kinase is independent of PKC. Pertussis toxin inhibited both endothelin-1 and mastoparan stimulation of p38 MAP kinase activity and arachidonic acid release. The inhibitory effects of pertussis toxin are not mediated through cAMP formation. Mastoparan-stimulated [(3)H]arachidonic acid release and cPLA(2) activation was inhibited by SB203580, but not by RO 31-8220. These data suggest that endothelin-1 binds to the endothelin-A receptor to activate the Gi-protein which, through a series of kinases, leads to the activation of p38 MAP kinase and subsequently to phosphorylation and activation of cPLA(2). Activation of cPLA(2) leads to the liberation of arachidonic acid

  16. Molecular programming of endothelin-1 in HIV-infected brain: role of Tat in up-regulation of ET-1 and its inhibition by statins.

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    Chauhan, Ashok; Hahn, Sven; Gartner, Suzanne; Pardo, Carlos A; Netesan, Senthil Kumar; McArthur, Justin; Nath, Avindra

    2007-03-01

    Human Immune Deficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) infection can induce severe and debilitating neurological problems, including behavioral abnormalities, motor dysfunction, and dementia. HIV can persistently infect astrocytes, during which viral accessory proteins are produced that are unaffected by current antiretroviral therapy. The effect of these proteins on astrocyte function remains unknown. Astrocytes are the predominant cells within the brain; thus, disruption of astrocyte function could influence the neuropathogenesis of HIV infection. To explore further these effects, we constitutively expressed HIV-Tat protein in astrocytes. Since the nuclear presence of Tat protein leads to alteration of host gene expression, we further analyzed the effects of Tat on host gene transcripts. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) was a significantly elevated transcript as verified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and it was subsequently released extracellularly in Tat-expressing and HIV-infected astrocytes. ET-1 expression was also prominent in reactive astrocytes and neurons in brain tissues from basal ganglia and frontal lobes of HIV encephalitic patients. HIV-Tat regulated ET-1 at the transcriptional level through NF-kappaB (NF-kappaB)-responsive sites in the ET-1 promoter. Intriguingly, simvastatin (10 microM) down-regulated HIV-Tat-induced ET-1 and also inhibited activation of NF-kappaB in astrocytes. Our findings suggest that ET-1 may be critical in mediating the neuropathogenesis of HIV dementia and that statins may have therapeutic potential in these patients.

  17. Loss of contractile activity of endothelin-1 induced by electrical field stimulation-generated free radicals.

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    Yasuda, N; Kasuya, Y; Yamada, G; Hama, H; Masaki, T; Goto, K

    1994-09-01

    1. Electrical field stimulation (EFS; 10 V, 10 Hz, 2 ms) of porcine coronary artery strips precontracted with 10 nM endothelin-1 (ET-1) for 5 min caused a biphasic response, consisting of a slight contraction during EFS and a marked and irreversible relaxation just after EFS. This irreversible relaxation after EFS has never been investigated. In the present study, we have investigated the mechanism of the relaxation after EFS. 2. The EFS-induced response was not affected by the presence or absence of endothelium and was insensitive to 10 microM tetrodotoxin (TTX). 3. In the presence of free radical scavengers (40 u ml-1 superoxide dismutase (SOD), 1200 u ml-1 catalase or 80 mM D-mannitol), the relaxation after EFS was significantly inhibited. Moreover, relaxation after EFS was not observed in porcine coronary artery strips precontracted with 20 mM KCl. 4. In a cascade experiment, EFS of Krebs-Ringer solution containing 10 nM ET-1 induced marked suppression of the contractile activity of ET-1 in porcine coronary artery strips, which was in accord with the observed decrease in release of immunoreactive ET-1 (ir-ET-1). This effect of EFS was significantly inhibited by each of the free radical scavengers, 3 mM vitamin C, 40 u ml-1 SOD, 1200 u ml-1 catalase and 80 mM D-mannitol. 5. The exchange of 95% O2/5% CO2 gas for 95% N2/5% CO2 gas significantly inhibited the EFS-induced decrease in release of ir-ET-1. 6. Neither superoxide anions generated by xanthine (10 JM) plus xanthine oxidase (0.1 micro ml-1) nor hydrogen peroxide (10 microM) exogenously added to Krebs-Ringer solution containing 10 nM ET-1 affected the level of ir-ET-1.7. Generation of hydroxyl radicals was detected in the EFS-applied Krebs-Ringer solution. The EFS-induced generation of hydroxyl radicals was dependent on the period of stimulation and 02-bubbling, and significant generation of hydroxyl radicals was detectable with stimulation of over 5 min.Moreover, hydroxyl radicals generated in 50 mM Na

  18. Albuminuria Is Associated with Endothelial Dysfunction and Elevated Plasma Endothelin-1 in Sickle Cell Anemia

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    Derebail, Vimal K.; Caughey, Melissa; Elsherif, Laila; Shen, Jessica H.; Jones, Susan K.; Maitra, Poulami; Pollock, David M.; Cai, Jianwen; Archer, David R.; Hinderliter, Alan L.

    2016-01-01

    Background The pathogenesis of albuminuria in SCD remains incompletely understood. We evaluated the association of albuminuria with measures of endothelial function, and explored associations of both albuminuria and measures of endothelial function with selected biological variables (vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF], endothelin-1 [ET-1], soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 [sFLT-1], soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 [soluble VCAM-1] and plasma hemoglobin). Methods Spot urine measurements for albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) and 24-hour urine protein were obtained. Endothelial function was assessed using brachial artery ultrasound with measurements of flow-mediated dilation (FMD), nitroglycerin-mediated dilation (NTMD) and hyperemic velocity. Results Twenty three subjects with varying degrees of albuminuria were evaluated. UACR was significantly correlated with FMD (ρ = -0.45, p = 0.031). In univariate analysis, UACR was correlated with VEGF (ρ = -0.49; 95% CI: -0.75 –-0.1, p = 0.015), plasma hemoglobin (ρ = 0.50; 95% CI: 0.11–0.75, p = 0.013) and ET-1 (ρ = 0.40; 95% CI: -0.03–0.69, p = 0.06). Multivariable analysis showed significant associations of ET-1 (estimate: 455.1 [SE: 198.3], p = 0.02), VEGF (estimate: -1.1 [SE: 0.53], p = 0.04) and sFLT-1 (estimate: -1.14 [SE: 0.49], p = 0.02) with UACR. Only ET-1 (estimate: -8.03 [SE: 3.87], p = 0.04) was significantly associated with FMD in multivariable analyses. Finally, UACR was correlated with both 24-hour urine protein (ρ = 0.90, p < 0.0001) and urine aliquots for albumin-creatinine ratio obtained from the 24-hour urine collection (ρ = 0.97, p < 0.0001). Conclusion This study provides more definitive evidence for the association of albuminuria with endothelial dysfunction in SCD. Elevated circulating levels of ET-1 may contribute to SCD-related glomerulopathy by mediating endothelial dysfunction. PMID:27669006

  19. Serum big endothelin-1 as a biomarker in oral squamous cell carcinoma patients: an analytical study.

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    Mankapure, Pritam Kumar; Barpande, Suresh Ramchandra; Bhavthankar, Jyoti Dilip; Mandale, Manda

    2015-10-01

    Detection of abnormally elevated levels of molecules in patients with oral cancer may be useful in early diagnosis. These markers can be included in current Histopathology grading and in TNM staging systems of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) to make it more efficient. Several pro-angiogenic molecules have been assessed for the same reason. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a vasoactive peptide associated with the development and spread of many solid tumors, including Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), but its utility in OSCC has not been confirmed. This study aims to evaluate the role of the serum big ET-1 as a biomarker of OSCC, by correlating it with the clinical staging and the histopathological grading. Serum levels of big ET-1 measured by the sandwich Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) in 40 OSCC cases were compared with the levels from the control group using independent t-test. Clinical stages and histopathological grades of OSCC cases were compared in relation to their mean levels of serum big ET-1, one using the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) test and the other the independent t-test, respectively. The significance of the mean difference between the groups was evaluated by Tukey's multiple comparison test. All statistical analyses were performed on GraphPad statistical software version 5.0. By comparing the mean of the big ET-1 concentrations of cases and controls, the independent t-test revealed significant higher big ET-1 concentration of OSCC cases when compared to controls (p<0.0001). Tukey's multiple comparison test also revealed statistically significant difference among all OSCC stages in relation to the mean levels of serum big ET-1. However, the mean of the big ET-1 concentrations of cases of grade I and of grade II did not differ statistically (p=0.729). Serum big ET-1 levels may be useful as a diagnostic tool in OSCC and as an adjunct to OSCC staging. However, its use as a prognostic marker warrants larger prospective studies.

  20. Divergent signalling mechanisms for venous versus arterial contraction as revealed by Endothelin-1

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    Tykocki, Nathan R; Wu, BinXi; Jackson, William F; Watts, Stephanie W

    2014-01-01

    Objective Venous function is underappreciated in its role in blood pressure determination, a physiological parameter normally ascribed to changes in arterial function. Significant evidence points to the hormone endothelin-1 (ET-1) as being important to venous contributions to blood pressure. We hypothesized that the artery and vein should similarly depend on the signaling pathways stimulated by ET-1, specifically phospholipase C (PLC) activation. This produces two functional arms of signaling: diacylglycerol (DAG; protein kinase C activation) and inositol trisphosphate (IP3) production (intracellular calcium release). Methods The model was the male Sprague Dawley rat. Isolated tissue baths were used to measure isometric contraction. Western blot and immunocytochemical analyses measured the magnitude of expression and site of expression, respectively, of IP3 receptors in smooth muscle/tissue. Pharmacological methods were used to modify phospholipase C activity and signaling elements downstream of phospholipase C (IP3 receptors, protein kinase C). Results ET-1-induced contraction was phospholipase C-dependent in both tissues as the phospholipase C inhibitor U73122 significantly reduced contraction in aorta (86±4% of control, P<.05) and vena cava (49±11% of control, P<.05). However, ET-1-induced contraction was not significantly inhibited by the IP3 receptor inhibitor 2-APB (100 μM) in vena cava (82±8% of control, P=.23) but was in the aorta (55±4% of control, P<.05). All three IP3 receptor isoforms were located in venous smooth muscle. IP3 receptors were functional in both tissues as the novel membrane-permeable IP3 analogue (Bt-IP3; 10μM) contracted aorta and vena cava. Similarly, while the PKC inhibitor chelerythrine (10μM) attenuated ET-1-induced contraction in vena cava and aorta (5±2% and 50±5% of control, respectively; P<.05), only the vena cava contracted to the DAG analogue 1-oleoyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycerol (OAG). Conclusions These findings suggest that

  1. Endothelin-1 Stimulates Vasoconstriction Through Rab11A Serine 177 Phosphorylation.

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    Zhai, Xue; Leo, M Dennis; Jaggar, Jonathan H

    2017-09-01

    Large-conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BK) are composed of pore-forming BKα and auxiliary β1 subunits in arterial smooth muscle cells (myocytes). Vasoconstrictors, including endothelin-1 (ET-1), inhibit myocyte BK channels, leading to contraction, but mechanisms involved are unclear. Recent evidence indicates that BKα is primarily plasma membrane localized, whereas the cellular location of β1 can be rapidly altered by Rab11A-positive recycling endosomes. Whether vasoconstrictors regulate the multisubunit composition of surface BK channels to stimulate contraction is unclear. Test the hypothesis that ET-1 inhibits BK channels by altering BKα and β1 surface trafficking in myocytes, identify mechanisms involved, and determine functional significance in myocytes of small cerebral arteries. ET-1, through activation of PKC (protein kinase C), reduced surface β1 abundance and the proximity of β1 to surface BKα in myocytes. In contrast, ET-1 did not alter surface BKα, total β1, or total BKα proteins. ET-1 stimulated Rab11A phosphorylation, which reduced Rab11A activity. Rab11A serine 177 was identified as a high-probability PKC phosphorylation site. Expression of a phosphorylation-incapable Rab11A construct (Rab11A S177A) blocked the ET-1-induced Rab11A phosphorylation, reduction in Rab11A activity, and decrease in surface β1 protein. ET-1 inhibited single BK channels and transient BK currents in myocytes and stimulated vasoconstriction via a PKC-dependent mechanism that required Rab11A S177. In contrast, NO-induced Rab11A activation, surface trafficking of β1 subunits, BK channel and transient BK current activation, and vasodilation did not involve Rab11A S177. ET-1 stimulates PKC-mediated phosphorylation of Rab11A at serine 177, which inhibits Rab11A and Rab11A-dependent surface trafficking of β1 subunits. The decrease in surface β1 subunits leads to a reduction in BK channel calcium-sensitivity, inhibition of transient BK currents, and

  2. Serum and tissue endothelin-1 are independent from intima-media thickness of peripheral arteries in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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    Nezami, Nariman; Sepehrvand, Nariman; Mirchi, Mohammad; Salari, Behzad; Shokouhi, Behrooz; Ghojazadeh, Morteza; Naghavi-Behzad, Mohammad; Ghorashi, Sona; Mirzaie, Fariba; Noshad, Hamid; Zomorrodi, Afshar; Gharedaghi, Abasad; Babapoor-Farrokhran, Savalan; Mirbagheri, Saeedeh; Tarzamni, Mohammad Kazem

    2015-08-01

    We aimed to study the relationship of peripheral arteries' atherosclerosis with serum and tissue endothelin-1 in chronic kidney disease patients. Ninety patients were enrolled, including 35 patients with chronic kidney disease (case group), 31 patients with coronary artery diseases who were candidates for coronary artery bypass grafting (positive control group), and 24 living kidney donors (negative control group). Intima-media thickness of the common carotid and femoral arteries was determined by ultrasonography. Serum and tissue endothelin-1 were measured by ELISA method. The mean serum and tissue endothelin-1 levels in the donor group were significantly lower than other groups (p < 0.001 for both). The coronary artery bypass grafting group had higher carotid and femoral intima-media thickness than other groups (p < 0.001), and the chronic kidney disease group had higher carotid and femoral intima-media thickness than the donor group (p < 0.001). Regression analysis in all groups did not reveal any correlation between the carotid intima-media thickness/femoral intima-media thickness and the serum/tissue endothelin-1. There was a direct linear correlation between the carotid and femoral intima-media thickness (p < 0.001) in all groups. Endothelin-1 level and intima-media thickness were higher in the chronic kidney disease patients and coronary artery bypass grafting candidates, without any correlation between endothelin-1 and peripheral arteries' intima-media thickness of both groups. Perhaps endothelin-1 rises and remains high upon endothelial damage and initiation of atherosclerosis. © The Author(s) 2014.

  3. Endothelin-1 Immunoreactivity and its Association with Intramedullary Hemorrhage and Myelomalacia in Naturally Occurring Disk Extrusion in Dogs.

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    Mayer, D; Oevermann, A; Seuberlich, T; Vandevelde, M; Casanova-Nakayama, A; Selimovic-Hamza, S; Forterre, F; Henke, D

    2016-07-01

    The pathophysiology of ascending/descending myelomalacia (ADMM) after canine intervertebral disk (IVD) extrusion remains poorly understood. Vasoactive molecules might contribute. To investigate the immunoreactivity of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the uninjured and injured spinal cord of dogs and its potential association with intramedullary hemorrhage and extension of myelomalacia. Eleven normal control and 34 dogs with thoracolumbar IVD extrusion. Spinal cord tissue of dogs retrospectively selected from our histopathologic database was examined histologically at the level of the extrusion (center) and in segments remote from the center. Endothelin-1 immunoreactivity was examined immunohistochemically and by in situ hybridization. Associations between the immunoreactivity for ET-1 and the severity of intramedullary hemorrhage or the extension of myelomalacia were examined. Endothelin-1 was expressed by astrocytes, macrophages, and neurons and only rarely by endothelial cells in all dogs. At the center, ET-1 immunoreactivity was significantly higher in astrocytes (median score 4.02) and lower in neurons (3.21) than in control dogs (3.0 and 4.54) (P < .001; P = .004) irrespective of the grade of hemorrhage or myelomalacia. In both astrocytes and neurons, there was a higher ET-1 immunoreactivity in spinal cord regions remote from the center (4.58 and 4.15) than in the center itself (P = .013; P = .001). ET-1 mRNA was present in nearly all neurons with variable intensity, but not in astrocytes. Enhanced ET-1 immunoreactivity over multiple spinal cord segments after IVD extrusion might play a role in the pathogenesis of ADMM. More effective quantitative techniques are required. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  4. A Review of Signal Transduction of Endothelin-1 and Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase-related Pain for Nanophysiotherapy.

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    Lee, Lim-Kyu; Kim, Ju-Hyun; Kim, Mee-Young; Lee, Jeong-Uk; Yang, Seung-Min; Jeon, Hye-Joo; Lee, Won-Deok; Noh, Ji-Woong; Kwak, Taek-Yong; Jang, Sung-Ho; Lee, Tae-Hyun; Kim, Bokyung; Kim, Junghwan

    2014-05-01

    [Purpose] An understanding of pain is very important in the study of nanophysiotherapy. In this review, we summarize the mechanisms of endothelin-1 (ET-1)- and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-related pain, and suggest their applications in pain physiotherapy. [Method] This review focuses on the signal transduction of pain and its mechanisms. [Results] Our reviews show that mechanisms of ET-1- and MAPK-related pain exist. [Conclusions] In this review article, we carefully discuss the signal transduction in ET-1- and MAPK-related pain with reference to pain nanophysiotherapy from the perspective of nanoparticle-associated signal transduction.

  5. From rest to stressed: endothelin-1 levels in young healthy smokers and non-smokers.

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    Cooke, Alexandra B; Toli, Eirini; Gomez, Yessica-Haydee; Mutter, Andrew F; Eisenberg, Mark J; Mantzoros, Christos S; Daskalopoulou, Stella S

    2015-09-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor produced by vascular endothelial cells, and a known marker of endothelial dysfunction. However, the acute and chronic effects of smoking and nicotine gum on the ET-1 response to acute physical stress in young healthy smokers have not been investigated. Healthy smokers (n=35) and non-smokers (n=35) underwent an exercise test to exhaustion (maximal oxygen consumption) on a treadmill. Smokers were assessed a) after 12h smoking abstinence (termed chronic smoking), b) immediately after smoking one cigarette (termed acute smoking), and c) immediately after chewing nicotine gum. Blood was drawn immediately pre-exercise, and 3 minutes post-exercise. During exercise, cardiorespiratory parameters were obtained breath-by-breath using an automated metabolic cart. Plasma ET-1 levels were quantified using enzyme-linked immunosorbent-assay. The above protocol was designed to incorporate exercise as a vascular stressor to reveal changes that would not be detected at rest. Mean age was 28.6±7.2 years and body mass index (BMI) was 23.6±3.2 kg/m(2). Post-exercise ET-1 levels were significantly lower than pre-exercise levels in non-smokers (P<0.001) and smokers under all three conditions (P=0.005, P<0.001, P=0.001, respectively). There were no differences in post-exercise ET-1 levels between non-smokers and smokers under all three conditions, however the absolute and relative decrease in ET-1 levels was significantly smaller in chronic smokers compared with non-smokers (P=0.007 and P=0.004). Chronic smokers had a significantly lower exercise-induced change in tidal volume (P=0.050), fraction of expired CO2 (P=0.021), oxygen consumption (P=0.005), carbon dioxide elimination (P=0.004) and peak expiratory flow (P=0.003) compared with non-smokers. Furthermore, the decrease in ET-1 observed in non-smokers in response to exercise was significantly associated with exercise induced-changes in inspiratory time, time for a tidal volume cycle

  6. Endothelin-1 overexpression leads to further water accumulation and brain edema after middle cerebral artery occlusion via aquaporin 4 expression in astrocytic end-feet.

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    Lo, Amy C Y; Chen, Ann Y S; Hung, Victor K L; Yaw, Lai Ping; Fung, Maggie K L; Ho, Maggie C Y; Tsang, Margaret C S; Chung, Stephen S M; Chung, Sookja K

    2005-08-01

    Stroke patients have increased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1), a strong vasoconstrictor, in their plasma or cerebrospinal fluid. Previously, we showed high level of ET-1 mRNA expression in astrocytes after hypoxia/ischemia. It is unclear whether the contribution of ET-1 induction in astrocytes is protective or destructive in cerebral ischemia. Here, we generated a transgenic mouse model that overexpress ET-1 in astrocytes (GET-1) using the glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter to examine the role of astrocytic ET-1 in ischemic stroke by challenging these mice with transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Under normal condition, GET-1 mice showed no abnormality in brain morphology, cerebrovasculature, absolute cerebral blood flow, blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity, and mean arterial blood pressure. Yet, GET-1 mice subjected to transient MCAO showed more severe neurologic deficits and increased infarct, which were partially normalized by administration of ABT-627 (ET(A) antagonist) 5 mins after MCAO. In addition, GET-1 brains exhibited more Evans blue extravasation and showed decreased endothelial occludin expression after MCAO, correlating with higher brain water content and increased cerebral edema. Aquaporin 4 expression was also more pronounced in astrocytic end-feet on blood vessels in GET-1 ipsilateral brains. Our current data suggest that astrocytic ET-1 has deleterious effects on water homeostasis, cerebral edema and BBB integrity, which contribute to more severe ischemic brain injury.

  7. Role of epidermal growth factor receptor transactivation in endothelin-1-induced enhanced expression of Gi protein and proliferation in A10 vascular smooth muscle cells.

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    Gomez Sandoval, Yessica-Haydee; Lévesque, Louis-Olivier; Li, Yuan; Anand-Srivastava, Madhu B

    2013-03-01

    We have recently shown that vasoactive peptides such as angiotensin II (Ang II) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) increase the expression of Gi proteins and the proliferation of A10 vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) through mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase-phosphoinositide (PI) 3-kinase pathways. This study was intended to examine the implication of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation in ET-1-induced enhanced expression of Gi proteins and proliferation of A10 VSMC, and to further investigate the underlying mechanisms responsible for these increases. Cell proliferation was determined by [(3)H]thymidine incorporation and the expression of Gi proteins; extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) and EGFR phosphorylation was determined by Western blotting. Treatment of A10 VSMC with ET-1 enhanced the expression of Gi proteins, which was attenuated by BQ123 and BQ788, antagonists of ET(A) and ET(B) receptor respectively. In addition, ET-1 enhanced the phosphorylation of EGFR in A10 VSMC, which was restored to the control levels by EGFR inhibitor and ETA and ETB receptor antagonists. Furthermore, ET-1 also augmented the proliferation and ERK1/2 phosphorylation of A10 VSMC, which were restored to the control levels by inhibition of EGFR. These data suggest that ET-1 transactivates EGFR, which, through MAP kinase signaling, may contribute to the enhanced expression of Gi proteins and thus increased proliferation of A10 VSMC.

  8. Serum Concentrations of Endothelin-1 and Matrix Metalloproteinases-2, -9 in Pre-Hypertensive and Hypertensive Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

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    Kostov, Krasimir; Blazhev, Alexander; Atanasova, Milena; Dimitrova, Anelia

    2016-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is one of the most potent vasoconstrictors known to date. While its plasma or serum concentrations are elevated in some forms of experimental and human hypertension, this is not a consistent finding in all forms of hypertension. Matrix metalloproteinases -2 and -9 (MMP-2 and MMP-9), which degrade collagen type IV of the vascular basement membrane, are responsible for vascular remodeling, inflammation, and atherosclerotic complications, including in type 2 diabetes (T2D). In our study, we compared concentrations of ET-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9 in pre-hypertensive (PHTN) and hypertensive (HTN) T2D patients with those of healthy normotensive controls (N). ET-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9 were measured by ELISA. Concentrations of ET-1 in PHTN and N were very similar, while those in HTN were significantly higher. Concentrations of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in PHTN and HTN were also significantly higher compared to N. An interesting result in our study is that concentrations of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in HTN were lower compared to PHTN. In conclusion, we showed that increased production of ET-1 in patients with T2D can lead to long-lasting increases in blood pressure (BP) and clinical manifestation of hypertension. We also demonstrated that increased levels of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in pre-hypertensive and hypertensive patients with T2D mainly reflect the early vascular changes in extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover. PMID:27490532

  9. Endothelin-1 induces p66Shc activation through EGF receptor transactivation: Role of beta(1)Pix/Galpha(i3) interaction.

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    Chahdi, Ahmed; Sorokin, Andrey

    2010-02-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a vasoconstrictor peptide known to be a potent mitogen for glomerular mesangial cells. We have shown that ET-1 stimulates the adaptor protein p66Shc through Rac/Cdc42 guanine nucleotide exchange factor beta(1)Pix. In this study, we demonstrate that ET-1-induced serine phosphorylation of p66Shc is mediated through Galpha(i3). Pertussis toxin treatment of cells induced a significant decrease in the interaction between beta(1)Pix and ET(A)-R, and an increase in the binding of Galpha(i3) and G(beta1) to beta(1)Pix. Activation of heterotrimeric G proteins by AlF(4)(-) resulted in an increase of Galpha(i3) binding to beta(1)Pix, which was significantly disrupted in cells expressing beta(1)Pix dimerization deficient mutant, beta(1)PixDelta (602-611). In cells expressing beta(1)PixDelta (602-611), ET-1-induced p66Shc activation was also significantly decreased. Specific inhibition of EGF receptor by AG1478 blocked ET-1-induced p66Shc activation and the binding of p66Shc and Galpha(i3) to beta(1)Pix. Inhibition of Erk1/2 blocked p66Shc activation induced by ET-1. Altogether, our results indicate that ET-1 activates p66Shc through EGF receptor transactivation, leading to the activation of Galpha(i3), beta(1)Pix and Erk1/2.

  10. Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor α Reduces Endothelin-1-Caused Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy by Inhibiting Nuclear Factor-κB and Adiponectin

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    Jen, Hsu-Lung; Liu, Po-Len; Chen, Jaw-Wen; Lin, Shing-Jong

    2016-01-01

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) plays a role in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy, although its underlying mechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of PPARα activation on endothelin-1- (ET-1-) caused cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and explore its underlying mechanisms. Human cardiomyocytes (HCMs) were cultured with or without ET-1, whereafter the inhibitory effects of fenofibrate, a PPARα activator, on cell size and adiponectin protein were tested. We examined the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38 proteins caused by ET-1 and the inhibition of the ERK and p38 pathways on ET-1-induced cell size and adiponectin expression. Moreover, we investigated the interaction of PPARα with adiponectin and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) by electrophoretic mobility shift assays and coimmunoprecipitation. ET-1 treatment significantly increased cell size, suppressed PPARα expression, and enhanced the expression of adiponectin. Pretreatment with fenofibrate inhibited the increase in cell size and enhancement of adiponectin expression. ET-1 significantly activated the ERK and p38 pathways, whereas PD98059 and SB205380, respectively, inhibited them. Our results suggest that activated PPARα can decrease activation of adiponectin and NF-κB and inhibit ET-1-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. PMID:27807394

  11. Involvement of presynaptic voltage-dependent Kv3 channel in endothelin-1-induced inhibition of noradrenaline release from rat gastric sympathetic nerves.

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    Nakamura, Kumiko; Shimizu, Takahiro; Tanaka, Kenjiro; Taniuchi, Keisuke; Yokotani, Kunihiko

    2012-11-05

    We previously reported that two types of K(+) channels, the BK type Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel coupled with phospholipase C (PLC) and the voltage-dependent K(+) channel (Kv channel), are, respectively, involved in the prostanoid TP receptor- and muscarinic M(2) receptor-mediated inhibition of noradrenaline (NA) release from rat gastric sympathetic nerves. In the present study, therefore, we examined whether these K(+) channels are involved in endothelin-1-induced inhibition of NA release, using an isolated, vascularly perfused rat stomach. The gastric sympathetic postganglionic nerves around the left gastric artery were electrically stimulated twice at 2.5 Hz for 1 min, and endothelin-1 was added during the second stimulation. Endothelin-1 (1, 2 and 10 nM) dose-dependently inhibited gastric NA release. Endothelin-1 (2 nM)-induced inhibition of NA release was neither attenuated by PLC inhibitors [U-73122 (3 μM) and ET-18-OCH(3) (3 μM)] nor by Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel blockers [charybdotoxin (0.1 μM) (a blocker of BK type K(+) channel) and apamin (0.3 μM) (a blocker of SK type K(+) channel)]. The endothelin-1-induced inhibitory response was also not attenuated by α-dendrotoxin (0.1 μM) (a selective inhibitor of Kv1 channel), but abolished by 4-aminopyridine (20 μM) (a selectively inhibitory dose for Kv3 channel). These results suggest the involvement of a voltage-dependent Kv3 channel in the endothelin-1-induced inhibition of NA release from the gastric sympathetic nerves in rats.

  12. Circulating intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1, endothelin-1 and von Willebrand factor-markers of endothelial dysfunction in uncomplicated essential hypertension: the effect of treatment with ACE inhibitors.

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    Hlubocká, Z; Umnerová, V; Heller, S; Peleska, J; Jindra, A; Jáchymová, M; Kvasnicka, J; Horký, K; Aschermann, M

    2002-08-01

    The aim of the study was to examine whether the circulating cell adhesion molecules, von Willebrand factor (vWf) and endothelin-1, are elevated in patients with essential hypertension with no other risk factors for atherosclerosis and thus may serve as a markers of endothelial dysfunction in uncomplicated hypertension. Furthermore, the effect of treatment with the ACE inhibitor, quinapril, on levels of endothelial dysfunction markers were studied. The levels of adhesion molecules (intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 [ICAM-1], E-selectin, P-selectin), von Willebrand factor (vWf) and endothelin-1 were measured in patients with hypertension without any other risk factors of atherosclerosis before and after treatment with quinapril (n = 22) and in normotensive controls (n = 22). Compared with normotensive subjects, the hypertensive patients had significantly higher levels of ICAM-1 (238 vs 208 ng/ml, P = 0.02), vWf (119 vs 105 IU/dl, P < 0.05) and endothelin-1 (5.76 vs 5.14 fmol/ml, P < 0.05). Three-month treatment of hypertensive patients with quinapril led to a significant decrease in the levels of endothelin-1 (5.76 vs 5.28 fmol/ml, P < 0.01). We did not observe significant changes in the levels of adhesion molecules and vWf after ACE inhibitor treatment, although a trend toward a decrease was apparent with all these parameters. Patients with uncomplicated hypertension with no other risk factors of atherosclerosis had significantly elevated levels of ICAM-1, vWf, and endothelin-1. Our data suggest that these factors may serve as markers of endothelial damage even in uncomplicated hypertension. In hypertensive patients, treatment with the ACE inhibitor quinapril resulted in a significant decrease in endothelin-1 levels. These findings indicate a beneficial effect of ACE inhibitors on endothelial dysfunction in hypertensive patients.

  13. Endothelin-1 induces proliferation of human lung fibroblasts and IL-11 secretion through an ET(A) receptor-dependent activation of MAP kinases.

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    Gallelli, Luca; Pelaia, Girolamo; D'Agostino, Bruno; Cuda, Giovanni; Vatrella, Alessandro; Fratto, Donatella; Gioffrè, Vincenza; Galderisi, Umberto; De Nardo, Marilisa; Mastruzzo, Claudio; Salinaro, Elisa Trovato; Maniscalco, Mauro; Sofia, Matteo; Crimi, Nunzio; Rossi, Francesco; Caputi, Mario; Costanzo, Francesco S; Maselli, Rosario; Marsico, Serafino A; Vancheri, Carlo

    2005-11-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is implicated in the fibrotic responses characterizing interstitial lung diseases, as well as in the airway remodeling process occurring in asthma. Within such a context, the aim of our study was to investigate, in primary cultures of normal human lung fibroblasts (NHLFs), the ET-1 receptor subtypes, and the intracellular signal transduction pathways involved in the proliferative effects of this peptide. Therefore, cells were exposed to ET-1 in the presence or absence of an overnight pre-treatment with either ET(A) or ET(B) selective receptor antagonists. After cell lysis, immunoblotting was performed using monoclonal antibodies against the phosphorylated, active forms of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK). ET-1 induced a significant increase in MAPK phosphorylation pattern, and also stimulated fibroblast proliferation and IL-6/IL-11 release into cell culture supernatants. All these effects were inhibited by the selective ET(A) antagonist BQ-123, but not by the specific ET(B) antagonist BQ-788. The stimulatory influence of ET-1 on IL-11, but not on IL-6 secretion, was prevented by MAPK inhibitors. Therefore, such results suggest that in human lung fibroblasts ET-1 exerts a profibrogenic action via an ET(A) receptor-dependent, MAPK-mediated induction of IL-11 release and cell proliferation.

  14. Effects of acute and chronic cigarette smoking on the expression of endothelin-1 mRNA of the cardiovascular tissues in rats.

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    Adachi, C; Naruse, M; Ishihara, Y; Tanabe, A; Takagi, S; Yoshimoto, T; Naruse, K; Kagawa, J; Takano, K

    2000-11-01

    Although smoking has been suggested to be involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases, details of the mechanism still need to be revealed. We investigated the effects of cigarette smoking on the tissue mRNA expression of endothelin-1 (ET-1). Male Wistar rats of 4 weeks of age were exposed to smoke from six cigarettes for 30 min (acute exposure) and six cigarettes for 30 min/day, 5 days a week for 6 months (chronic exposure). Half of the rats exposed to 6 months smoking were kept in clean-air conditions for a further 3 months to clear the effects. Tissue expression of ET-1 mRNA in the kidney, aorta, heart and lung was determined by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) followed by Southern blot analysis. There was no significant difference in body and organ weight of the heart and kidney between the control and smoking group in either the acute or chronic experiment. In the acute-exposure experiment, expression of ET-1 mRNA was increased in the heart and lung, while that in the kidney and aorta was unchanged. In the chronic-exposure experiment, however, there was no significant difference in the expression of ET-1 mRNA in all the tissues between the smoking and control groups. These results suggest that cigarette smoking could cause cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases by modulating ET-1 mRNA expression in the tissues.

  15. Evaluation of endothelin-1 and MMPs-2, -9, -14 in cerebrospinal fluid as indirect indicators of blood-brain barrier dysfunction in chronic canine hypothyroidism.

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    Pancotto, Theresa E; Rossmeisl, John H; Huckle, William R; Inzana, Karen D; Zimmerman, Kurt L

    2016-04-01

    Chronic canine hypothyroidism is associated with blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. We hypothesized that this change is mediated by endothelin-1(ET-1) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) -2, -9, and -14, as evidenced by increased concentrations of these proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) compared to controls. CSF from 18 dogs, 9 controls and 9 with experimentally induced hypothyroidism was collected before and 6, 12, and 18 months after induction of hypothyroidism. Concentrations of ET-1 using an ELISA kit, and for MMP-2, -9, and -14 using gelatinase zymography were measured in CSF. ET-1 was undetectable in CSF of control and hypothyroid dogs at all time-points. Constitutively expressed MMP-2 was detectable in CSF samples in all dogs at all time-points. No other MMPs were detectable in CSF. No differences in CSF concentrations of ET-1 and MMP-2, 9, and 14 were found between hypothyroid and euthyroid dogs. Therefore, ET-1 and MMP-2, 9, and 14 are unlikely to be primary mediators of BBB damage in chronically hypothyroid dogs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Effect of low-intensity focused ultrasound on endothelin-1, nitrogen monoxide and oxytocin receptor in the uterine tissues of Sprague-Dawley rats following abortion

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    ZHANG, YANXIA; GUO, JUFANG; LIN, CHUAN; LU, LU; LI, CHENGZHI

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of low-intensity focused ultrasound on endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitrogen monoxide (NO) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) levels in the uterine tissues of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats following abortion. A total of 30 SD rats undergoing complete abortion were randomly divided into ultrasound irradiation and sham irradiation groups (15 rats per group). The rats in the ultrasound irradiation group were treated with low-intensity ultrasound (sound intensity, 2 W/cm2; frequency, 0.8 MHz) for 30 min daily for 5 consecutive days, and those in the sham irradiation group received sham treatment. The uterine tissue was removed to measure the levels of ET-1, NO and OXTR using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunohistochemistry, respectively. The ET-1 level in the uterine tissues was significantly higher in the ultrasound irradiation group compared to the sham irradiation group (P<0.05); however, the NO level was similar in the 2 groups (P>0.05). In the uterine myometrium and endometrium, the strong positive expression of OXTR was observed in the ultrasound irradiation group, which was significantly higher compared to the sham irradiation group (P<0.05). Low-intensity ultrasound could promote uterine involution by increasing ET-1 levels, modifying the balance of ET-1 and NO, and enhancing the expression of OXTR in the uterine myometrium and endometrium. PMID:26998272

  17. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) stimulates carboxy terminal Smad2 phosphorylation in vascular endothelial cells by a mechanism dependent on ET receptors and de novo protein synthesis.

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    Sharifat, Narges; Mohammad Zadeh, Ghorban; Ghaffari, Mohammad-Ali; Dayati, Parisa; Kamato, Danielle; Little, Peter J; Babaahmadi-Rezaei, Hossein

    2017-01-01

    G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) agonists through their receptors can transactivate protein tyrosine kinase receptors such as epidermal growth factor receptor and serine/threonine kinase receptors most notably transforming growth factor (TGF)-β receptor (TβRI). This signalling mechanism represents a major expansion in the cellular outcomes attributable to GPCR signalling. This study addressed the role and mechanisms involved in GPCR agonist, endothelin-1 (ET-1)-mediated transactivation of the TβRI in bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs). The in-vitro model used BAECs. Signalling intermediate phospho-Smad2 in the carboxy terminal was detected and quantified by Western blotting. ET-1 treatment of BAECs resulted in a time and concentration-dependent increase in pSmad2C. Peak phosphorylation was evident with 100 nm treatment of ET-1 at 4-6 h. TβRI antagonist, SB431542 inhibited ET-1-mediated pSmad2C. In the presence of bosentan, a mixed ETA and ETB receptor antagonist ET-1-mediated pSmad2C levels were inhibited. The ET-mediated pSmad2C was blocked by the protein synthesis inhibitor, cycloheximide. In BAECs, ET-1 via the ETB receptor is involved in transactivation of the TβRI. The transactivation-dependent response is dependent upon de novo protein synthesis. © 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  18. Effect of low-intensity focused ultrasound on endothelin-1, nitrogen monoxide and oxytocin receptor in the uterine tissues of Sprague-Dawley rats following abortion.

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    Zhang, Yanxia; Guo, Jufang; Lin, Chuan; Lu, L U; Li, Chengzhi

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of low-intensity focused ultrasound on endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitrogen monoxide (NO) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) levels in the uterine tissues of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats following abortion. A total of 30 SD rats undergoing complete abortion were randomly divided into ultrasound irradiation and sham irradiation groups (15 rats per group). The rats in the ultrasound irradiation group were treated with low-intensity ultrasound (sound intensity, 2 W/cm(2); frequency, 0.8 MHz) for 30 min daily for 5 consecutive days, and those in the sham irradiation group received sham treatment. The uterine tissue was removed to measure the levels of ET-1, NO and OXTR using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunohistochemistry, respectively. The ET-1 level in the uterine tissues was significantly higher in the ultrasound irradiation group compared to the sham irradiation group (P<0.05); however, the NO level was similar in the 2 groups (P>0.05). In the uterine myometrium and endometrium, the strong positive expression of OXTR was observed in the ultrasound irradiation group, which was significantly higher compared to the sham irradiation group (P<0.05). Low-intensity ultrasound could promote uterine involution by increasing ET-1 levels, modifying the balance of ET-1 and NO, and enhancing the expression of OXTR in the uterine myometrium and endometrium.

  19. ET-1 and ecNOS gene polymorphisms andsusceptibility to acute chest syndrome and painful vaso-occlusive crises in children with sickle cell anemia.

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    Chaar, Vicky; Tarer, Vanessa; Etienne-Julan, Maryse; Diara, Jean Pierre; Elion, Jacques; Romana, Marc

    2006-09-01

    The association of endothelin 1 (ET-1) and endothelial constitutive nitric oxide synthase (ecNOS) gene polymorphisms (G5665T and T8002C, VNTR and T-786C respectively) with the occurrence of acute chest syndrome and painful vaso-occlusive crises was evaluated in homozygous SS children. This retrospective study reveals that ET-1 T8002 and ecNOS C-786 alleles are associated with, respectively, an increased and a decreased risk of acute chest syndrome.

  20. Nuclear β-arrestin1 is a critical cofactor of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α signaling in endothelin-1-induced ovarian tumor progression

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    Rosanò, Laura; Caprara, Valentina; Sestito, Rosanna; Di Castro, Valeriana; Bagnato, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) mediates the response to hypoxia or other stimuli, such as growth factors, including endothelin-1 (ET-1), to promote malignant progression in numerous tumors. The importance of cofactors that regulate HIF-1α signalling within tumor is not well understood. Here we elucidate that ET-1/ETA receptor (ETAR)-induced pathway physically and functionally couples the scaffold protein β-arrestin1 (β-arr1) to HIF-1α signalling. In epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells, ET-1/ETAR axis induced vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression through HIF-1α nuclear accumulation. In these cells, activation of ETAR by ET-1, by mimicking hypoxia, promoted the nuclear interaction between β-arr1 and HIF-1α and the recruitment of p300 acetyltransferase to hypoxia response elements on the target gene promoters, resulting in enhanced histone acetylation, and HIF-1α target gene transcription. Indeed, β-arr1-HIF-1α interaction regulated the enhanced expression and release of downstream targets, such as ET-1 and VEGF, required for tumor cell invasion and pro-angiogenic effects in endothelial cells. These effects were abrogated by β-arr1 or HIF-1α silencing or by pharmacological treatment with the dual ET-1 receptor antagonist macitentan. Interestingly, ETAR/β-arr1 promoted the self-amplifying HIF-1α-mediated transcription of ET-1 that sustained a regulatory circuit involved in invasive and angiogenic behaviors. In a murine orthotopic model of metastatic human EOC, treatment with macitentan, or silencing of β-arr1, inhibits intravasation and metastasis formation. Collectively, these findings reveal the interplay of β-arr1 with HIF-1α in the complexity of ET-1/ETAR signalling, mediating epigenetic modifications directly involved in the metastatic process, and suggest that targeting ET-1-dependent β-arr1/HIF-1α pathway by using macitentan may impair EOC progression. PMID:26909598

  1. Big endothelin-1 level is a useful marker for predicting the presence of isolated coronary artery ectasia.

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    Wang, Yao; Zhang, Yan; Zhu, Cheng-Gang; Guo, Yuan-Lin; Huang, Qiao-Juan; Wu, Na-Qiong; Gao, Ying; Qing, Ping; Liu, Geng; Dong, Qian; Li, Jian-Jun

    Endothelin-1(ET-1) has been implicated in coronary artery disease (CAD) and may be associated with coronary artery ectasia (CAE). To clarify the relationship between big ET-1 and isolated CAE. We measured big ET-1 with ELISA in 216 patients (CAE, n = 72; CAD, n = 72; normal, n = 72) and evaluated the link with isolated CAE. The level of plasma big ET-1 was significantly higher in patients with isolated CAE (p < 0.001). Big ET-1 was strongly and independently associated with CAE by multivariate analysis (OR 95%CI: 1.026 (1.018-1.034), p = 0.000). Big ET-1 may be a useful predictor for the presence of isolated CAE.

  2. Targeted over-expression of endothelin-1 in astrocytes leads to more severe brain damage and vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    2013-01-01

    Background Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor, and astrocytic ET-1 is reported to play a role in the pathogenesis of cerebral ischemic injury and cytotoxic edema. However, it is still unknown whether astrocytic ET-1 also contributes to vasogenic edema and vasospasm during subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In the present study, transgenic mice with astrocytic endothelin-1 over-expression (GET-1 mice) were used to investigate the pathophysiological role of ET-1 in SAH pathogenesis. Results The GET-1 mice experienced a higher mortality rate and significantly more severe neurological deficits, blood–brain barrier breakdown and vasogenic edema compared to the non-transgenic (Ntg) mice following SAH. Oral administration of vasopressin V1a receptor antagonist, SR 49059, significantly reduced the cerebral water content in the GET-1 mice. Furthermore, the GET-1 mice showed significantly more pronounced middle cerebral arterial (MCA) constriction after SAH. Immunocytochemical analysis showed that the calcium-activated potassium channels and the phospho-eNOS were significantly downregulated, whereas PKC-α expression was significantly upregulated in the MCA of the GET-1 mice when compared to Ntg mice after SAH. Administration of ABT-627 (ETA receptor antagonist) significantly down-regulated PKC-α expression in the MCA of the GET-1 mice following SAH. Conclusions The present study suggests that astrocytic ET-1 involves in SAH-induced cerebral injury, edema and vasospasm, through ETA receptor and PKC-mediated potassium channel dysfunction. Administration of ABT-627 (ETA receptor antagonist) and SR 49059 (vasopressin V1a receptor antagonist) resulted in amelioration of edema and vasospasm in mice following SAH. These data provide a strong rationale to investigate SR 49059 and ABT-627 as therapeutic drugs for the treatment of SAH patients. PMID:24156724

  3. Polyadenylated mRNA staining reveals distinct neuronal phenotypes following endothelin 1, focal brain ischemia, and global brain ischemia/ reperfusion

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    Jamison, Jill T.; Lewis, Monique K.; Kreipke, Christian W.; Rafols, Jose A.; DeGracia, Donald J.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives Most work on ischemia-induced neuronal death has revolved around the relative contributions of necrosis and apoptosis, but this work has not accounted for the role of ischemia-induced stress responses. An expanded view recognizes a competition between ischemia-induced damage mechanisms and stress responses in the genesis of ischemia-induced neuronal death. An important marker of post-ischemic stress responses is inhibition of neuronal protein synthesis, a morphological correlate of which is the compartmentalization of mRNA away from ribosomes in the form of cytoplasmic mRNA granules. Methods Here we assessed the generality of this mRNA granule response following either 10 or 15 minutes global brain ischemia and 1 hour reperfusion, 4 hours focal cerebral ischemia alone, and endothelin 1 intraventricular injection. Results Both global and focal ischemia led to prominent neuronal cytoplasmic mRNA granule formation in layer II cortical neurons. In addition, we report here new post-ischemic cellular phenotypes characterized by the loss of nuclear polyadenylated mRNA staining in cortical neurons following endothelin 1 treatment and 15 minutes global ischemia. Both mRNA granulation and loss of nuclear mRNAs occurred in non-shrunken post-ischemic neurons. Discussion Where cytoplasmic mRNA granules generally appear to mark a protective response in surviving cells, loss of nuclear mRNAs may mark cellular damage leading to cell atrophy/death. Hence, staining for total mRNA may reveal facets of the competition between stress responses and damage mechanisms at early stages in post-ischemic neurons. PMID:21499502

  4. Endogenous endothelin 1 mediates angiotensin II-induced hypertrophy in electrically paced cardiac myocytes through EGFR transactivation, reactive oxygen species and NHE-1.

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    Correa, María V; Nolly, Mariela B; Caldiz, Claudia I; de Cingolani, Gladys E Chiappe; Cingolani, Horacio E; Ennis, Irene L

    2014-09-01

    Emerging evidence supports a key role for endothelin-1 (ET-1) and the transactivation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in angiotensin II (Ang II) action. We aim to determine the potential role played by endogenous ET-1, EGFR transactivation and redox-dependent sodium hydrogen exchanger-1 (NHE-1) activation in the hypertrophic response to Ang II of cardiac myocytes. Electrically paced adult cat cardiomyocytes were placed in culture and stimulated with 1 nmol l(-1) Ang II or 5 nmol l(-1) ET-1. Ang II increased ~45 % cell surface area (CSA) and ~37 % [(3)H]-phenylalanine incorporation, effects that were blocked not only by losartan (Los) but also by BQ123 (AT1 and ETA receptor antagonists, respectively). Moreover, Ang II significantly increased ET-1 messenger RNA (mRNA) expression. ET-1 similarly increased myocyte CSA and protein synthesis, actions prevented by the reactive oxygen species scavenger MPG or the NHE-1 inhibitor cariporide (carip). ET-1 increased the phosphorylation of the redox-sensitive ERK1/2-p90(RSK) kinases, main activators of the NHE-1. This effect was prevented by MPG and the antagonist of EGFR, AG1478. Ang II, ET-1 and EGF increased myocardial superoxide production (187 ± 9 %, 149 ± 8 % and 163.7 ± 6 % of control, respectively) and AG1478 inhibited these effects. Interestingly, Los inhibited only Ang II whilst BQ123 cancelled both Ang II and ET-1 actions, supporting the sequential and unidirectional activation of AT1, ETA and EGFR. Based on the present evidence, we propose that endogenous ET-1 mediates the hypertrophic response to Ang II by a mechanism that involves EGFR transactivation and redox-dependent activation of the ERK1/2-p90(RSK) and NHE-1 in adult cardiomyocytes.

  5. An extract of Withania somnifera attenuates endothelin-1-stimulated pigmentation in human epidermal equivalents through the interruption of PKC activity within melanocytes.

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    Nakajima, Hiroaki; Wakabayashi, Yuki; Wakamatsu, Kazumasa; Imokawa, Genji

    2011-09-01

    Redox imbalances have been shown to be closely linked to a variety of altered cellular responses and profoundly affect intracellular signaling pathways, especially the PKC/MAPK pathway which is a major pathway involved in regulating melanogenesis within human melanocytes. To elucidate the effects of redox balance regulation on epidermal hyperpigmentary disorders, an antioxidant-rich herb extract of Withania somnifera was used to assess its effect on endothelin-1 (EDN1)-stimulated pigmentation in human epidermis equivalents and its biological mechanisms analysed. Addition of the Withania somnifera extract (10 µg/mL) elicited a marked depigmenting effect on EDN1 (10 nm)-stimulated pigmentation which was accompanied by a significant decrease in eumelanin content. Real-time RT-PCR and western blotting revealed that the stimulated expression of melanocyte-specific mRNAs and proteins, including microphthalmia associated transcription factor (MITF), was significantly suppressed at days 7-10 of culture by the Withania somnifera extract (10 µg/mL), suggesting an impairment in intracellular signaling upstream of gene expression. Signaling analysis revealed that in Withania somnifera extract (10 µg/mL)-treated human melanoma cells in culture, there was a marked deficiency in EDN1 (10 nm)-stimulated phosphorylation of Raf-1, MEK, ERK, MITF and Cyclic AMP responsive element binding protein (CREB) at 15 min after EDN1 treatment. Consistently, treatment with withaferin A, a major component of the Withania somnifera extract, at concentrations of 10-50 µm also significantly down-regulated the EDN1 stimulated phosphorylation of Raf-1, MEK, ERK, MITF and CREB at 15 min after EDN1 treatment. Since Raf-1 is phosphorylated by protein kinase C (PKC) activity, these findings indicate that the Withania somnifera extract attenuates EDN1-stimulated pigmentation by preferentially inhibiting EDN1-triggered PKC activity. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Involvement of tissue transglutaminase in endothelin 1-induced hypertrophy in cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes.

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    Li, Xin; Wei, Xiao-Li; Meng, Ling-Li; Chi, Mu-Gen; Yan, Jia-Qing; Ma, Xiao-Yun; Jia, Yong-Sheng; Liang, Liang; Yan, Hai-Tao; Zheng, Jian-Quan

    2009-10-01

    A potential link between tissue-type transglutaminase (tTG) and cardiac hypertrophy was suggested recently. However, whether tTG is implicated in hypertrophic agonist-induced cardiac hypertrophy is not yet known. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of tTG on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by endothelin (ET) 1. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR and Western blot analysis demonstrated that ET-1 increased the expression of tTG mRNA and protein in cardiomyocytes by activating ET(A) receptors. ET-1 failed to cause increases in cell size and [(3)H]leucine uptake, sarcomere reorganization, and gene induction of the atrial natriuretic factor when cardiomyocytes were treated with monodansylcadaverine, a competitive inhibitor of tTG. Furthermore, the effects of ET-1 on multifunctional activities of tTG were determined by evaluating the incorporation of [(3)H]putrescine into N,N'-dimethylated casein and charcoal absorption, respectively. The results showed that ET-1 did not influence the basal transglutaminase activity of cardiomyocytes but significantly inhibited the 0.1-mmol/L Ca(2+)-stimulated transglutaminase activity. Otherwise, ET-1 elevated the activity of GTPase in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. In vivo, right ventricular hypertrophy induced by 2 weeks of chronic hypoxia was depressed by the tTG inhibitor cystamine (10 to 30 mg/kg, 2 times per day, IP) in a dose-dependent manner. Taken together, our data strongly supported the notion that tTG may act as a positive regulator of the hypertrophic program in response to ET-1. This is probably attributable to the signaling activity of tTG rather than transglutaminase activity.

  7. Endothelin-1 promotes vascular smooth muscle cell migration across the artery wall: a mechanism contributing to vascular remodelling and intimal hyperplasia in giant-cell arteritis.

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    Planas-Rigol, Ester; Terrades-Garcia, Nekane; Corbera-Bellalta, Marc; Lozano, Ester; Alba, Marco A; Segarra, Marta; Espígol-Frigolé, Georgina; Prieto-González, Sergio; Hernández-Rodríguez, José; Preciado, Sara; Lavilla, Rodolfo; Cid, Maria C

    2017-09-01

    Giant-cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammatory disease of large/medium-sized arteries, frequently involving the temporal arteries (TA). Inflammation-induced vascular remodelling leads to vaso-occlusive events. Circulating endothelin-1 (ET-1) is increased in patients with GCA with ischaemic complications suggesting a role for ET-1 in vascular occlusion beyond its vasoactive function. To investigate whether ET-1 induces a migratory myofibroblastic phenotype in human TA-derived vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) leading to intimal hyperplasia and vascular occlusion in GCA. Immunofluorescence/confocal microscopy showed increased ET-1 expression in GCA lesions compared with control arteries. In inflamed arteries, ET-1 was predominantly expressed by infiltrating mononuclear cells whereas ET receptors, particularly ET-1 receptor B (ETBR), were expressed by both mononuclear cells and VSMC. ET-1 increased TA-derived VSMC migration in vitro and α-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) expression and migration from the media to the intima in cultured TA explants. ET-1 promoted VSMC motility by increasing activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK), a crucial molecule in the turnover of focal adhesions during cell migration. FAK activation resulted in Y397 autophosphorylation creating binding sites for Src kinases and the p85 subunit of PI3kinases which, upon ET-1 exposure, colocalised with FAK at the focal adhesions of migrating VSMC. Accordingly, FAK or PI3K inhibition abrogated ET-1-induced migration in vitro. Consistently, ET-1 receptor A and ETBR antagonists reduced αSMA expression and delayed VSMC outgrowth from cultured GCA-involved artery explants. ET-1 is upregulated in GCA lesions and, by promoting VSMC migration towards the intimal layer, may contribute to intimal hyperplasia and vascular occlusion in GCA. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise

  8. Association studies suggest a key role for endothelin-1 in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia and the accompanying renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system suppression.

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    Verdonk, Koen; Saleh, Langeza; Lankhorst, Stephanie; Smilde, J E Ilse; van Ingen, Manon M; Garrelds, Ingrid M; Friesema, Edith C H; Russcher, Henk; van den Meiracker, Anton H; Visser, Willy; Danser, A H Jan

    2015-06-01

    Women with preeclampsia display low renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activity and a high antiangiogenic state, the latter characterized by high levels of soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase (sFlt)-1 and reduced placental growth factor levels. To investigate whether renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system suppression in preeclampsia is because of this disturbed angiogenic balance, we measured mean arterial pressure, creatinine, endothelin-1 (ET-1), and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system components in pregnant women with a high (≥85; n=38) or low (<85; n=65) soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1/placental growth factor ratio. Plasma ET-1 levels were increased in women with a high ratio, whereas their plasma renin activity and plasma concentrations of renin, angiotensinogen, and aldosterone were decreased. Plasma renin activity-aldosterone relationships were identical in both the groups. Multiple regression analysis revealed that plasma renin concentration correlated independently with mean arterial pressure and plasma ET-1. Plasma ET-1 correlated positively with soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 and negatively with plasma renin concentration, and urinary protein correlated with plasma ET-1 and mean arterial pressure. Despite the lower plasma levels of renin and angiotensinogen in the high-ratio group, their urinary levels of these components were elevated. Correction for albumin revealed that this was because of increased glomerular filtration. Subcutaneous arteries obtained from patients with preeclampsia displayed an enhanced, AT2 receptor-mediated response to angiotensin II. In conclusion, a high antiangiogenic state associates with ET-1 activation, which together with the increased mean arterial pressure may underlie the parallel reductions in renin and aldosterone in preeclampsia. Because ET-1 also was a major determinant of urinary protein, our data reveal a key role for ET-1 in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Finally, the enhanced angiotensin responsiveness

  9. Effects of aerobic exercise training on metabolism of nitric oxide and endothelin-1 in lung parenchyma of rats with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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    Zimmer, A; Teixeira, R B; Bonetto, J H P; Siqueira, R; Carraro, C C; Donatti, L M; Hickmann, A; Litvin, I E; Godoy, A E G; Araujo, A S; Colombo, R; Belló-Klein, Adriane

    2017-05-01

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by vasoconstriction and proliferative obstruction of pulmonary vessels, which promotes a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The effect of exercise training on oxidative stress, metabolism, and markers of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) was analyzed in the lung tissue of rats with PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT).Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into four groups (5-7 animals): sedentary control (SC), sedentary MCT (SM), trained control (TC), and trained MCT (TM). The TC and TM groups participated in a treadmill training protocol (60% VO2 max) for 5 weeks, 3 weeks of which were performed after the injection of MCT (60 mg/kg i.p.) or saline. MCT administration promoted an increase in PVR and right ventricle hypertrophy, and reduction of right ventricle systolic function assessed by echocardiography. These changes were not improved by exercise training. The activity of NO synthase was reduced in the animals of the TC, TM, and SM groups. No significant differences were found in total nitrite concentration and expression of endothelial NO synthase. Moreover, the TM group showed strong staining for iNOS and nitrotyrosine, suggesting an increase in oxidative stress in these animals. In parallel, reduced expression of type B ET-1 receptors was noticed in the SM and TM groups in comparison to controls. In conclusion, the aerobic training protocol was unable to mitigate changes in the metabolism of NO and ET-1, probably because of the disease severity in these animals, especially in the TM group.

  10. The relationships between plasma adrenomedullin and endothelin-1 concentrations and Doppler echocardiographic indices of left ventricular function during static exercise in healthy men.

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    Krzemiński, Krzysztof; Pawłowska-Jenerowicz, Wiesława

    2012-06-01

    Our previous study showed a significant relationships between static exercise-induced changes in plasma adrenomedullin (ADM) and those in endothelin-1 (ET-1), noradrenaline (NA) and pre-ejection period/left ventricular ejection time ratio (PEP/LVET) in older healthy men. It is hypothesized that ADM, ET-1, NA and adrenaline (A) may function as endogenous regulators of cardiac function by modulating myocardial contractility during static exercise. The present study was undertaken to assess the relationships between exercise-induced changes in plasma ADM, ET-1, NA, A concentrations and those in ascending aortic blood flow peak velocity (PV) and mean acceleration (MA) measured by Doppler echocardiography in 24 healthy older men during two 3-min bouts of handgrip at 30% of maximal voluntary contraction, performed alternately with each hand without any break between the bouts. Plasma ADM, ET-1, NA and A as well as heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), PV and MA were determined. During handgrip, plasma ADM, ET-1, NA and A as well as HR, BP increased, whereas PV and MA decreased. The increases in plasma ADM correlated positively with those in ET-1, NA and diastolic BP, and correlated negatively with changes in PV (r= -0.68) and MA (r= -0.62). The increases in plasma ET-1 correlated positively with those in NA and BPs and correlated negatively with changes in PV (r= -0.67) and MA (r= -0.60). The results of this study suggest that in healthy older men the exercise-induced changes in plasma ADM, ET 1 and catecholamines are related to alterations in left ventricular contractile state and may co-operatively counteract age-related deterioration of cardiac performance in men.

  11. The Role of Calcium-Sensing Receptors in Endothelin-1-Dependent Effects on Adult Rat Ventricular Cardiomyocytes: Possible Contribution to Adaptive Myocardial Hypertrophy.

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    Dyukova, Elena; Schreckenberg, Rolf; Arens, Christoph; Sitdikova, Guzel; Schlüter, Klaus-Dieter

    2017-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO)-deficiency as it occurs during endothelial dysfunction activates the endothelin-1 (ET-1) system and increases the expression of receptor activity modifying protein (RAMP)-1 that acts as a chaperon for calcium-sensing receptors (CaR) that have recently been identified to improve cardiac function. Here, we hypothesized that ET-1 increases the cardiac expression of CaR and thereby induces an adaptive type of hypertrophy. Expressions of RAMP-1, endothelin receptors, and CaR were analyzed by RT-PCR in left ventricular tissues of L-NAME-treated rats. Effects of ET-1 on CaR expression and cell function (load free cell shortening) were analyzed in adult rat ventricular cardiomyocytes. siRNA directed against CaR and RAMP-1 was used to investigate a causal relationship. PD142893 and BQ788 were used to dissect the contribution of ETB1 , ETB2 , and ETA receptors. Non-specific NO synthase inhibition with L-Nitro arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) caused a cardiac upregulation of ETB receptors and CaR suggesting a paracrine effect of ET-1 on cardiomyocytes. Indeed, ET-1 induced the expression of CaR in cultured cardiomyocytes. Under these conditions, cardiomyocytes increased cell size (hypertrophy) but maintained normal function. Inhibition of ETA and ETB1 receptors led to ET-1-dependent reduction in cell shortening and attenuated up-regulation of CaR. Down-regulation of RAMP-1 reduced CaR responsiveness. In conclusion, ET-1 causes an adaptive type of hypertrophy by up-regulation of CaR in cardiomyocytes via ETA and/or ETB1 receptors. J. Cell. Physiol. 232: 2508-2518, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Signal transduction and Ca2+ signaling in contractile regulation induced by crosstalk between endothelin-1 and norepinephrine in dog ventricular myocardium.

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    Chu, Li; Takahashi, Reiko; Norota, Ikuo; Miyamoto, Takuya; Takeishi, Yasuchika; Ishii, Kuniaki; Kubota, Isao; Endoh, Masao

    2003-05-16

    In certain cardiovascular disorders, such as congestive heart failure and ischemic heart disease, several endogenous regulators, including norepinephrine (NE) and endothelin-1 (ET-1), are released from various types of cell. Because plasma levels of these regulators are elevated, it seems likely that cardiac contraction might be regulated by crosstalk among these endogenous regulators. We studied the regulation of cardiac contractile function by crosstalk between ET-1 and NE and its relationship to Ca2+ signaling in canine ventricular myocardium. ET-1 alone did not affect the contractile function. However, in the presence of NE at subthreshold concentrations (0.1 to 1 nmol/L), ET-1 had a positive inotropic effect (PIE). In the presence of NE at higher concentrations (100 to 1000 nmol/L), ET-1 had a negative inotropic effect. ET-1 had a biphasic inotropic effect in the presence of NE at an intermediate concentration (10 nmol/L). The PIE of ET-1 was associated with an increase in myofilament sensitivity to Ca2+ ions and a small increase in Ca2+ transients, which required the simultaneous activation of protein kinase A (PKA) and PKC. ET-1 elicited translocation of PKCepsilon from cytosolic to membranous fraction, which was inhibited by the PKC inhibitor GF 109203X. Whereas the Na+-H+ exchange inhibitor Hoe 642 suppressed partially the PIE of ET-1, detectable alteration of pHi did not occur during application of ET-1 and NE. The negative inotropic effect of ET-1 was associated with a pronounced decrease in Ca2+ transients, which was mediated by pertussis toxin-sensitive G proteins, activation of protein kinase G, and phosphatases. When the inhibitory pathway was suppressed, ET-1 had a PIE even in the absence of NE. Our results indicate that the myocardial contractility is regulated either positively or negatively by crosstalk between ET-1 and NE through different signaling pathways whose activation depends on the concentration of NE in the dog.

  13. Characterizing the role of endothelin-1 in the progression of cardiac hypertrophy in aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) null mice

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    Lund, Amie K.; Goens, M. Beth; Nunez, Bethany A.; Walker, Mary K. . E-mail: mkwalker@unm.edu

    2006-04-15

    The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor characterized to play a role in detection and adaptation to environmental stimuli. Genetic deletion of AhR results in hypertension, and cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis, associated with elevated plasma angiotensin II (Ang II) and endothelin-1 (ET-1), thus AhR appears to contribute to cardiovascular homeostasis. In these studies, we tested the hypothesis that ET-1 mediates cardiovascular pathology in AhR null mice via ET{sub A} receptor activation. First, we determine the time courses of cardiac hypertrophy, and of plasma and tissue ET-1 expression in AhR wildtype and null mice. AhR null mice exhibited increases in heart-to-body weight ratio and age-related expression of cardiac hypertrophy markers, {beta}-myosin heavy chain ({beta}-MHC), and atrial natriuretic factor (ANF), which were significant at 2 months. Similarly, plasma and tissue ET-1 expression was significantly elevated at 2 months and increased further with age. Second, AhR null mice were treated with ET{sub A} receptor antagonist, BQ-123 (100 nmol/kg/day), for 7, 28, or 58 days and blood pressure, cardiac fibrosis, and cardiac hypertrophy assessed, respectively. BQ-123 for 7 days significantly reduced mean arterial pressure in conscious, catheterized mice. BQ-123 for 28 days significantly reduced the histological appearance of cardiac fibrosis. Treatment for 58 days significantly reduced cardiac mass, assessed by heart weight, echocardiography, and {beta}-MHC and ANF expression; and reduced cardiac fibrosis as determined by osteopontin and collagen I mRNA expression. These findings establish ET-1 and the ET{sub A} receptor as primary determinants of hypertension and cardiac pathology in AhR null mice.

  14. Study on the antiulcer effects of Veronicastrum axillare on gastric ulcer in rats induced by ethanol based on tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and endothelin-1 (ET-1).

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    Du, Yong; Zhao, Weichun; Lu, Leilei; Zheng, Jiayan; Hu, Xishi; Yu, Zhehan; Zhu, Lixin

    2013-12-01

    To assess whether Veronicastrum axillare (V. axillare) can ameliorate ethanol-induced gastric mucosal lesions in rats, reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, suppress apoptosis and improve local microcirculation disturbances. Totally 48 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into six groups, eight rats in each group. Rats in the normal group and the model group were administered with 0.9% normal saline respectively. Rats in the positive group and ranitidine group were administered with 0.18% ranitidine suspension by intragastric administration respectively. Those in the high dose V. axillare group, the medium dose V. axillare group and the low dose V. axillare group were administrated with V. axillare at the daily dose of 2.8 g/kg, 1.4 g/kg and 0.7 g/kg by intragastric administration. Gastric mucosal lesions were produced by intragastric administration of absolute ethanol. Water extract of V. axillare was successively injected for 14 d and last day was injected 1 h before ethanol administration. Gastric mucosal ulcer index and ulcer inhibitory rate were counted by improved Guth methods. The tissue sections were made for pathological histology analysis. Also, we measured the concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in gastric mucosal, as an index of the pro-inflammatory cytokines, apoptosis and local microcirculation. Besides, the mRNA contents of TNF-α and ET-1 were measured to verify effects on gene expression by real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR. Water extract of V. axillare significantly ameliorated the gastric mucosal lesions induced by ethanol administration (P<0.01). Pro-inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α and ET-1 were increased after ethanol administration and significantly reduced by water extract of V. axillare. The expressions of TNF-α and ET-1 mRNA were also be inhibited by water extract of V. axillare. Current evidences show water extract of V. axillare is effective for defending against

  15. Advanced glycation end products upregulate lysyl oxidase and endothelin-1 in human aortic endothelial cells via parallel activation of ERK1/2-NF-κB and JNK-AP-1 signaling pathways.

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    Adamopoulos, Christos; Piperi, Christina; Gargalionis, Antonios N; Dalagiorgou, Georgia; Spilioti, Eliana; Korkolopoulou, Penelope; Diamanti-Kandarakis, Evanthia; Papavassiliou, Athanasios G

    2016-04-01

    Endothelial dysfunction involves deregulation of the key extracellular matrix (ECM) enzyme lysyl oxidase (LOX) and the vasoconstrictor protein, endothelin-1 (ET-1), whose gene expression can be modulated by the transcriptional activators nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and activator protein-1 (AP-1). Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) present an aggravating factor of endothelial dysfunction which upon engagement to their receptor RAGE induce upregulation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), leading to NF-κB and AP-1 potentiation. We hypothesized that AGEs could induce NF-κΒ- and AP-1-dependent regulation of LOX and ET-1 expression via the AGE/RAGE/MAPK signaling axis. Western blot, real-time qRT-PCR, FACS analysis and electrophoretic mobility-shift assays were employed in human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) following treatment with AGE-bovine serum albumin (AGE-BSA) to investigate the signaling pathway towards this hypothesis. Furthermore, immunohistochemical analysis of AGEs, RAGE, LOX and ET-1 expression was conducted in aortic endothelium of a rat experimental model exposed to high- or low-AGE content diet. HAECs exposed to AGE-BSA for various time points exhibited upregulation of LOX and ET-1 mRNA levels in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Exposure of HAECs to AGE-BSA also showed specific elevation of phospho(p)-ERK1/2 and p-JNK levels in a dose- and time-dependent fashion. AGE administration significantly increased NF-κΒ- and AP-1-binding activity to both LOX and ET-1 cognate promoter regions. Moreover, LOX and ET-1 overexpression in rat aortic endothelium upon high-AGE content diet confirmed the functional interrelation of these molecules. Our findings demonstrate that AGEs trigger NF-κΒ- and AP-1-mediated upregulation of LOX and ET-1 via the AGE/RAGE/MAPK signaling cascade in human endothelial cells, thus contributing to distorted endothelial homeostasis by impairing endothelial barrier function, altering ECM biomechanical properties

  16. [Effect of anthocyanins from Aronia melanocarpa on blood pressure, concentration of endothelin-1 and lipids in patients with metabolic syndrome].

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    Broncel, Marlena; Koziróg-Kołacińska, Marzena; Andryskowski, Grzegorz; Duchnowicz, Piotr; Koter-Michalak, Maria; Owczarczyk, Aleksandra; Chojnowska-Jezierska, Julita

    2007-08-01

    To estimate the influence of anthocyanins from Aronia melanocarpa on blood pressure, concentration of endothelin-1 (ET-1), serum lipids, fasting glucose, uric acid and membrane cholesterol in erythrocytes of patients (pts) with metabolic syndrome (MS). The study comprised 22 healthy volunteers and 25 pts with MS treated with anthocyanins (3 x 100 mg/d) for 2 months. Waist circumference (> or = 80 cm for women and > or =94 cm for men), triglicerydes (TG) level >150 mg/dl (1.7 mmol/l), cholesterol-HDL (HDL-C) level < 40 mg/dl (1.0 mmol/l) for men and <50 mg/dl (1.3 mmol/l) for women, systolic blood pressure (SBP) >130 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) >85 mmHg were inclusion criteria for patients with MS. Before and after 2 months of treatment the following parameters were determined: SBP, DBP, serum lipids (total cholesterol--TC, cholesterol LDL--LDL-C, cholesterol HDL--HDL-C, TG--by enzymatic method), membrane cholesterol in erythrocytes (method of IIcy), ET-1 (immunoenzymatic method), fasting glucose level was (colorimetric method), uric acid (enzymatic--colorimetric method). After two months therapy of anthocyanins from Aronia melanocarpa in comparison with baseline it was observed a significant decrease of: SBP (144.20 +/- 9.97 vs. 131.83 +/- 12.24 mmHg, p < 0.001) and DBP (87.20 +/- 9.9 vs. 82.13 +/- 10.33 mmHg, p < 0.05), TC (242.80 +/- 34.48 vs. 227.96 +/- 33.07 mg/dl, p < 0.001), LDL-C (158.71 +/- 35.78 vs. 146.21 +/- 34.63 mg/dl, p < 0.01), TG (215.92 +/- 63.61 vs. 187.58 +/- 90 mg/dl, p < 0.05), ET-1 (2.44 +/- 0.51 vs. 1.74 +/- 0.42 pg/ml, p < 0.001) and membrane cholesterol (4.85 +/- 0.65 vs. 2.81 +/- 0.54 mmol/Lpc, p < 0.001), uric acid and fasting blood glucose levels did not change significantly after study cessation. The results of our study show that anthocyanins from Aronia melanocarpa may be of benefit to patients with MS as for as atherosclerosis prevention is concerned. It seems to result from anthocyanins influence on blood pressure

  17. Human recombinant erythropoietin alters the flow-dependent vasodilatation of in vitro perfused rat mesenteric arteries with unbalanced endothelial endothelin-1 / nitric oxide ratio.

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    Barhoumi, Tlili; Jallat, Isabelle; Berthelot, Alain; Laurant, Pascal

    2011-06-01

    Chronic use of human recombinant erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) is accompanied by serious vascular side effects related to the rise in blood viscosity and shear stress. We investigated the direct effects of r-HuEPO on endothelium and nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vasodilatation induced by shear stress of cannulated and pressurized rat mesenteric resistance arteries. Intravascular flow was increased in the presence or absence of the NO synthase inhibitor N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; 10(-4) mol/L). In the presence of r-HuEPO, the flow-dependent vasodilatation was attenuated, while L-NAME completely inhibited it. The association of r-HuEPO and L-NAME caused a vasoconstriction in response to the rise in intravascular flow. Bosentan (10(-5) mol/L), an inhibitor of endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptors, corrected the attenuated vasodilatation observed with r-HuEPO and inhibited the vasoconstriction induced by flow in the presence of r-HuEPO and L-NAME. r-HuEPO and L-NAME exacerbated ET-1 vasoconstriction. At shear stress values of 2 and 14 dyn/cm(2) (1 dyn = 10(-5) N), cultured EA.hy926 endothelial cells incubated with r-HuEPO, L-NAME, or both released greater ET-1 than untreated cells. In conclusion, r-HuEPO diminishes flow-induced vasodilatation. This inhibitory effect seems to implicate ET-1 release. NO withdrawal exacerbates the vascular effects of ET-1 in the presence of r-HuEPO. These findings support the importance of a balanced endothelial ET-1:NO ratio to avoid the vasopressor effects of r-HuEPO.

  18. Endothelin-1 Treatment Induces an Experimental Cerebral Malaria-Like Syndrome in C57BL/6 Mice Infected with Plasmodium berghei NK65.

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    Martins, Yuri C; Freeman, Brandi D; Akide Ndunge, Oscar B; Weiss, Louis M; Tanowitz, Herbert B; Desruisseaux, Mahalia S

    2016-11-01

    Plasmodium berghei ANKA infection of C57BL/6 mice is a widely used model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM). By contrast, the nonneurotropic P. berghei NK65 (PbN) causes severe malarial disease in C57BL/6 mice but does not cause ECM. Previous studies suggest that endothelin-1 (ET-1) contributes to the pathogenesis of ECM. In this study, we characterize the role of ET-1 on ECM vascular dysfunction. Mice infected with 10(6) PbN-parasitized red blood cells were treated with either ET-1 or saline from 2 to 8 days postinfection (dpi). Plasmodium berghei ANKA-infected mice served as the positive control. ET-1-treated PbN-infected mice exhibited neurological signs, hypothermia, and behavioral alterations characteristic of ECM, dying 4 to 8 dpi. Parasitemia was not affected by ET-1 treatment. Saline-treated PbN-infected mice did not display ECM, surviving until 12 dpi. ET-1-treated PbN-infected mice displayed leukocyte adhesion to the vascular endothelia and petechial hemorrhages throughout the brain at 6 dpi. Intravital microscopic images demonstrated significant brain arteriolar vessel constriction, decreased functional capillary density, and increased blood-brain barrier permeability. These alterations were not present in either ET-1-treated uninfected or saline-treated PbN-infected mice. In summary, ET-1 treatment of PbN-infected mice induced an ECM-like syndrome, causing brain vasoconstriction, adherence of activated leukocytes in the cerebral microvasculature, and blood-brain barrier leakage, indicating that ET-1 is involved in the genesis of brain microvascular alterations that are the hallmark of ECM. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Endothelin-1 contributes to endothelial dysfunction and enhanced vasoconstriction through augmented superoxide production in penile arteries from insulin-resistant obese rats: role of ETA and ETB receptors

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    Sánchez, A; Martínez, P; Muñoz, M; Benedito, S; García-Sacristán, A; Hernández, M; Prieto, D

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose We assessed whether endothelin-1 (ET-1) inhibits NO and contributes to endothelial dysfunction in penile arteries in a model of insulin resistance-associated erectile dysfunction (ED). Experimental Approach Vascular function was assessed in penile arteries, from obese (OZR) and lean (LZR) Zucker rats, mounted in microvascular myographs. Changes in basal and stimulated levels of superoxide (O2−) were detected by lucigenin-enhanced chemiluminescence and ET receptor expression was determined by immunohistochemistry. Key Results ET-1 stimulated acute O2− production that was blunted by tempol and the NADPH oxidase inhibitor, apocynin, but markedly enhanced in obese animals. ET-1 inhibited the vasorelaxant effects of ACh and of the NO donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-DL-penicillamine in arteries from both LZR and OZR. Selective ETA (BQ123) or ETB receptor (BQ788) antagonists reduced both basal and ET-1-stimulated superoxide generation and reversed ET-1-induced inhibition of NO-mediated relaxations in OZR, while only BQ-123 antagonized ET-1 actions in LZR. ET-1-induced vasoconstriction was markedly enhanced by NO synthase blockade and reduced by endothelium removal and apocynin. In endothelium-denuded penile arteries, apocynin blunted augmented ET-1-induced contractions in OZR. Both ETA and ETB receptors were expressed in smooth muscle and the endothelial layer and up-regulated in arteries from OZR. Conclusions and Implications ET-1 stimulates ETA-mediated NADPH oxidase-dependent ROS generation, which inhibits endothelial NO bioavailability and contributes to ET-1-induced contraction in healthy penile arteries. Enhanced vascular expression of ETB receptors contributes to augmented ROS production, endothelial dysfunction and increased vasoconstriction in erectile tissue from insulin-resistant obese rats. Hence, antagonism of ETB receptors might improve the ED associated with insulin-resistant states. PMID:25091502

  20. Crossed Cerebellar Atrophy of the Lateral Cerebellar Nucleus in an Endothelin-1-Induced, Rodent Model of Ischemic Stroke

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    Chan, Hugh H.; Cooperrider, Jessica L.; Park, Hyun-Joo; Wathen, Connor A.; Gale, John T.; Baker, Kenneth B.; Machado, Andre G.

    2017-01-01

    Crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) is a functional deficit of the cerebellar hemisphere resulting from loss of afferent input consequent to a lesion of the contralateral cerebral hemisphere. It is manifested as a reduction of metabolism and blood flow and, depending on severity and duration, it can result in atrophy, a phenomenon known as crossed cerebellar atrophy (CCA). While CCA has been well-demonstrated in humans, it remains poorly characterized in animal models of stroke. In this study we evaluated the effects of cerebral cortical ischemia on contralateral cerebellar anatomy using an established rodent model of chronic stroke. The effects of cortical ischemia on the cerebellar hemispheres, vermis and deep nuclei were characterized. Intracortical microinjections of endothelin-1 (ET-1) were delivered to the motor cortex of Long Evans rats to induce ischemic stroke, with animals sacrificed 6 weeks later. Naive animals served as controls. Cerebral sections and cerebellar sections including the deep nuclei were prepared for analysis with Nissl staining. Cortical ischemia was associated with significant thickness reduction of the molecular layer at the Crus 1 and parafloccular lobule (PFL), but not in fourth cerebellar lobule (4Cb), as compared to the ipsilesional cerebellar hemisphere. A significant reduction in volume and cell density of the lateral cerebellar nucleus (LCN), the rodent correlate of the dentate nucleus, was also noted. The results highlight the relevance of corticopontocerebellar (CPC) projections for cerebellar metabolism and function, including its direct projections to the LCN. PMID:28261086

  1. The lipid moiety of haemozoin (Malaria Pigment) and P. falciparum parasitised red blood cells bind synthetic and native endothelin-1.

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    Basilico, Nicoletta; Parapini, Silvia; Sisto, Francesca; Omodeo-Salè, Fausta; Coghi, Paolo; Ravagnani, Fernando; Olliaro, Piero; Taramelli, Donatella

    2010-01-01

    Endothelin1 (ET-1) is a 21-amino acid peptide produced by the vascular endothelium under hypoxia, that acts locally as regulator of vascular tone and inflammation. The role of ET-1 in Plasmodium falciparum malaria is unknown, although tissue hypoxia is frequent as a result of the cytoadherence of parasitized red blood cell (pRBC) to the microvasculature. Here, we show that both synthetic and endothelial-derived ET-1 are removed by parasitized RBC (D10 and W2 strains, chloroquine sensitive, and resistant, resp.) and native haemozoin (HZ, malaria pigment), but not by normal RBC, delipidized HZ, or synthetic beta-haematin (BH). The effect is dose dependent, selective for ET-1, but not for its precursor, big ET-1, and not due to the proteolysis of ET-1. The results indicate that ET-1 binds to the lipids moiety of HZ and membranes of infected RBCs. These findings may help understanding the consequences of parasite sequestration in severe malaria.

  2. The Lipid Moiety of Haemozoin (Malaria Pigment) and P. falciparum Parasitised Red Blood Cells Bind Synthetic and Native Endothelin-1

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    Basilico, Nicoletta; Parapini, Silvia; Sisto, Francesca; Omodeo-Salè, Fausta; Coghi, Paolo; Ravagnani, Fernando; Olliaro, Piero; Taramelli, Donatella

    2010-01-01

    Endothelin1 (ET-1) is a 21-amino acid peptide produced by the vascular endothelium under hypoxia, that acts locally as regulator of vascular tone and inflammation. The role of ET-1 in Plasmodium falciparum malaria is unknown, although tissue hypoxia is frequent as a result of the cytoadherence of parasitized red blood cell (pRBC) to the microvasculature. Here, we show that both synthetic and endothelial-derived ET-1 are removed by parasitized RBC (D10 and W2 strains, chloroquine sensitive, and resistant, resp.) and native haemozoin (HZ, malaria pigment), but not by normal RBC, delipidized HZ, or synthetic beta-haematin (BH). The effect is dose dependent, selective for ET-1, but not for its precursor, big ET-1, and not due to the proteolysis of ET-1. The results indicate that ET-1 binds to the lipids moiety of HZ and membranes of infected RBCs. These findings may help understanding the consequences of parasite sequestration in severe malaria. PMID:20204072

  3. Effect of betaxolol on impaired choroidal blood flow after intravitreal injection of endothelin-1 in albino rabbits.

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    Kim, Jong Hyun; Kim, Dong Myung; Park, Won Chan

    2002-06-01

    We investigated the effect of topical betaxolol on impaired choroidal blood flow (CBF) induced by endothelin-1 (ET-1) injection into the vitreous of albino rabbits. Betaxolol (n = 7) or balanced salt solution (BSS) (n = 6) was instilled in the right eyes before and 12 hrs after the intravitreal injection of ET-1 (10(-6) M, 10 microl), and BSS was instilled in the right eyes before and 12 hrs after the intravitreal injection of BSS (n = 6). Blood pressure, intraocular pressure and CBF were measured prior to the instillation of betaxolol or BSS, and just before and 2 hrs, 12 hrs and 24 hrs after ET-1 or BSS injection. CBF was measured by scanning laser Doppler flowmetry. Intravitreal injection of ET-1 decreased CBF. Compared with topical BSS, topical betaxolol significantly inhibited the decrease in CBF at 2 hrs (p = .022), 12 hrs (p = .046) and 24 hrs (p = .015) after the intravitreal injection of ET-1. There was no significant change of blood pressure or intraocular pressure after the topical administration of betaxolol or the intravitreal injection of ET-1. The decrease in CBF after the intravitreal injection of ET-1 was partially inhibited by topical betaxolol.

  4. The role of the paracrine/autocrine mediator endothelin-1 in regulation of cardiac contractility and growth

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    Drawnel, Faye M; Archer, Caroline R; Roderick, H Llewelyn

    2013-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a critical autocrine and paracrine regulator of cardiac physiology and pathology. Produced locally within the myocardium in response to diverse mechanical and neurohormonal stimuli, ET-1 acutely modulates cardiac contractility. During pathological cardiovascular conditions such as ischaemia, left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure, myocyte expression and activity of the entire ET-1 system is enhanced, allowing the peptide to both initiate and maintain maladaptive cellular responses. Both the acute and chronic effects of ET-1 are dependent on the activation of intracellular signalling pathways, regulated by the inositol-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol produced upon activation of the ETA receptor. Subsequent stimulation of protein kinases C and D, calmodulin-dependent kinase II, calcineurin and MAPKs modifies the systolic calcium transient, myofibril function and the activity of transcription factors that coordinate cellular remodelling. The precise nature of the cellular response to ET-1 is governed by the timing, localization and context of such signals, allowing the peptide to regulate both cardiomyocyte physiology and instigate disease. Linked Articles This article is part of a themed section on Endothelin. To view the other articles in this section visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bph.2013.168.issue-1 PMID:22946456

  5. Immunoreactive endothelin-1 and endothelin a receptor in basilar artery perivascular nerves of young and adult capybaras.

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    Loesch, Andrzej; Dashwood, Michael R; Coppi, Antonio A

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this qualitative morphological study was the immunocytochemical and ultrastructural comparison of perivascular nerves of the basilar artery (BA) of young (6-month-old) and adult (12-month-old) capybaras - adult capybaras showed regression of the internal carotid artery (ICA). The study focused on immunolabeling for the vasoactive peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) and endothelin A receptor (ETA) as well as for the synapse marker synaptophysin (SYP). In the BA of young capybaras, immunoreactivity for ET-1, ETA receptor and SYP was detected in perivascular nerve varicosities and/or intervaricosities. Immunoreactivity for ET-1 and ETA receptor was also displayed by some Schwann cells, which accompanied perivascular nerves. In addition to the presence of the above-described perivascular nerve characteristics, the BA of adult animals also revealed structurally altered perivascular nerves, where axon profiles were irregular in shape with dense axoplasm, while the cytoplasm of Schwann cells was vacuolated and contained myelin-like figures. These structurally altered perivascular nerves displayed immunoreactivity for ET-1, ETA receptor and SYP. These results show that the ET-1 system is present in some of the BA perivascular nerves and it is likely that this system is affected during animal maturation when ICA regression takes place. The role of ET-1 in cerebrovascular nerves is still unclear but its involvement in neural (sensory) control of cerebral blood flow and nerve function is possible. Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Synthesis of human big endothelin-1 by sequence-specific proteolysis of a fusion protein in Escherichia coli.

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    Ohashi, H; Katsuta-Enomoto, Y; Yasufuku, K; Okada, K; Yano, M

    1991-10-01

    Three DNA constructs, pETB-40, 41, and 42, encoding human big endothelin-1 (ET-1) preceded by the specific recognition sequence (Ile-Glu-Gly-Arg) for the activated blood coagulation factor Xa (FXa), fused in frame to the N-terminal portion of beta Gal, were expressed in Escherichia coli. The fusion proteins, pETB-40P, 41P, or 42P, consisted of the 55-, 51-, or 42-aa N-terminal peptide of beta Gal and the 38-aa of big ET-1, and had 1, 0, or 0 Cys residues and 5, 5, or 1 Arg residues in the N-terminal peptide of beta Gal, respectively. Enzymatic cleavage of the purified fusion proteins by FXa or trypsin allowed the recovery of authentic human big ET-1. The rates of conversion of pETB-40P, 41P, and 42P to big ET-1 by FXa digestion were 5.6, 11.2, and 30.0%, respectively. pETB-40P with a deletion of one Cys residue and four Arg residues in the N-terminal part was a better substrate than the other two for FXa or trypsin in the production of big ET-1.

  7. Biomarker assessment in chronic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis: Endothelin-1, TARC/CCL17, neopterin, and α-defensins.

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    Tsybikov, Namjil N; Egorova, Elena V; Kuznik, Boris I; Fefelova, Elena V; Magen, Eli

    2016-01-01

    Chronic rhinitis (CR) is characteristically divided into several major clinical phenotypes: allergic rhinitis (AR); nonallergic, noninfectious rhinopathy (NAR); and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). CRS has two phenotypic variants: CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) and CRS without nasal polyps (CRSsNP). An area of growing interest is to identify biologic markers that could assess different aspects of CR phenotypes. The aim of the study was to evaluate four CR biomarkers: endothelin-1 (ET-1), thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (CCL17), neopterin, and α-defensins in subjects with AR, NAR, and CRS. Fifty-one patients with AR, 43 patients with NAR, 46 patients with CRSsNP, 54 patients with CRSwNP, and 40 healthy controls were included. ET-1, TARC/CCL17, neopterin, and α-defensins levels in subjects' serum and nasal secretions (NS) were measured by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. High NS levels of ET-1, TARC/CCL17, and α-defensins were characteristic for CRSwNP, although only high NS levels of neopterin were found in the CRSsNP phenotype. AR phenotype was characterized by high NS levels of ET-1 and TARC/CCL17. In the subjects with NAR, none of these biomarker levels in serum and NS differed from those of healthy controls. CR can be categorized by ET-1, TARC/CCL17, neopterin, and α-defensins into several disease phenotypes. Further studies are needed to better investigate pathophysiologic roles of these biomarkers in CRS.

  8. The calcium channel antagonist benidipine reduces plasma and cardiac endothelin-1 levels in type II diabetic rat model.

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    Jesmin, Subrina; Sakuma, Ichiro; Hattori, Yuichi; Kitabatake, Akira; Miyauchi, Takashi

    2004-11-01

    Cardiovascular complications are the central feature of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and insulin resistance is an early clinical manifestation of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Calcium channel blockers are widely used to treat cardiovascular diseases in diabetic patients; however, it remains unknown how endothelin-1 (ET-1) is altered and associated with cardiac lesions at the insulin-resistant early stage of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and, if so, whether calcium channel blockers can reverse such alterations. We examined plasma and cardiac expression of ET-1 in male Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats, a spontaneous model of human type 2 diabetes mellitus. At 8 weeks of age, OLETF rats were treated for 12 weeks with a long acting calcium channel blocker, benidipine (3 mg/kg per day p.o.) (BEN, n = 15), or with vehicle (OLETF, n = 15), and age-matched genetic control, male Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats were also used (n = 15). Blood pressure was significantly higher in OLETF than LETO rats, and benidipine treatment of OLETF rats for 12 weeks did not reduce their blood pressure significantly. Plasma and cardiac levels of ET-1 were significantly higher in OLETF compared with LETO rats (both P < 0.01), and were reversed after benidipine treatment. Our results suggest that ET-1 plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of cardiac complications at the insulin-resistant stage of diabetes mellitus, and that benidipine treatment may have a beneficial effect on these complications.

  9. Bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells attenuate cognitive deficits in an endothelin-1 rat model of stroke.

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    Lowrance, S A; Fink, K D; Crane, A; Matyas, J; Dey, N D; Matchynski, J J; Thibo, T; Reinke, T; Kippe, J; Hoffman, C; Sandstrom, M; Rossignol, J; Dunbar, G L

    2015-01-01

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death and permanent disability in the United States, often producing long-term cognitive impairments, which are not easily recapitulated in animal models. The goals of this study were to assess whether: (1) the endothelin-1 (ET-1) model of chronic stroke produced discernable cognitive deficits; (2) a spatial operant reversal task (SORT) would accurately measure memory deficits in this model; and (3) bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) could reduce any observed deficits. Rats were given unilateral intracerebral injections of vehicle or ET-1, a stroke-inducing agent, near the middle cerebral artery. Seven days later, they were given intrastriatal injections of BMMSCs or vehicle, near the ischemic penumbra. The cognitive abilities of the rats were assessed on a novel SORT, which was designed to efficiently distinguish cognitive deficits from potential motoric confounds. Rats given ET-1 had significantly more cognitive errors at six weeks post-stroke on the SORT, and that these deficits were attenuated by BMMSC transplants. These findings indicate that: (1) the ET-1 model produces chronic cognitive deficits; (2) the SORT efficiently measures cognitive deficits that are not confounded by motoric impairment; and (3) BMMSCs may be a viable treatment for stroke-induced cognitive dysfunction.

  10. Hydrostatic pressure and shear stress affect endothelin-1 and nitric oxide release by endothelial cells in bioreactors.

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    Vozzi, Federico; Bianchi, Francesca; Ahluwalia, Arti; Domenici, Claudio

    2014-01-01

    Abundant experimental evidence demonstrates that endothelial cells are sensitive to flow; however, the effect of fluid pressure or pressure gradients that are used to drive viscous flow is not well understood. There are two principal physical forces exerted on the blood vessel wall by the passage of intra-luminal blood: pressure and shear. To analyze the effects of pressure and shear independently, these two stresses were applied to cultured cells in two different types of bioreactors: a pressure-controlled bioreactor and a laminar flow bioreactor, in which controlled levels of pressure or shear stress, respectively, can be generated. Using these bioreactor systems, endothelin-1 (ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) release from human umbilical vein endothelial cells were measured under various shear stress and pressure conditions. Compared to the controls, a decrease of ET-1 production by the cells cultured in both bioreactors was observed, whereas NO synthesis was up-regulated in cells under shear stress, but was not modulated by hydrostatic pressure. These results show that the two hemodynamic forces acting on blood vessels affect endothelial cell function in different ways, and that both should be considered when planning in vitro experiments in the presence of flow. Understanding the individual and synergic effects of the two forces could provide important insights into physiological and pathological processes involved in vascular remodeling and adaptation.

  11. Multi-unit activity suppression and sensorimotor deficits after endothelin-1-induced middle cerebral artery occlusion in conscious rats.

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    Moyanova, Slavianka; Kirov, Roumen; Kortenska, Lidia

    2003-08-15

    Conscious Wistar rats with stereotaxically and unilaterally implanted cannula just above the middle cerebral artery (MCA) were injected with the powerful vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 (ET1, 60 pmol in 3 microl). The purpose was to examine the long-term (from the 1st to the 14th day) changes in neuronal bioelectrical activity together with sensorimotor deficits after ET1-induced MCA occlusion (MCAO). Extracellular multi-unit activity (MUA) recorded from the ipsilateral fronto-parietal cortical area (supplied by MCA) and sensorimotor behavior (one postural reflex test and six limb placing tests) were examined. A significant suppression of the multi-unit activity was observed until the 14th day post-ET1. The rats exhibited significant unilateral sensorimotor deficits with a maximum at the 3-7 days after ET1 and a spontaneous partial recovery by days 11-14. A significant correlation was found between the suppression of the multi-unit activity and the sensorimotor deficits between the 3rd and the 10th day post-ET1. The results suggest that studying the bioelectrical activity in combination with the behavioral sensorimotor functions may be of use to assess the functional disturbances associated with focal cerebral ischemia and would help to examine the therapeutic benefits of various cerebroprotective treatments before initiating human clinical trials.

  12. Hemodynamic changes in a rat parietal cortex after endothelin-1-induced middle cerebral artery occlusion monitored by optical coherence tomography

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    Liu, Jian; Ma, Yushu; Dou, Shidan; Wang, Yi; La, Dongsheng; Liu, Jianghong; Ma, Zhenhe

    2016-07-01

    A blockage of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) on the cortical branch will seriously affect the blood supply of the cerebral cortex. Real-time monitoring of MCA hemodynamic parameters is critical for therapy and rehabilitation. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful imaging modality that can produce not only structural images but also functional information on the tissue. We use OCT to detect hemodynamic changes after MCA branch occlusion. We injected a selected dose of endothelin-1 (ET-1) at a depth of 1 mm near the MCA and let the blood vessels follow a process first of occlusion and then of slow reperfusion as realistically as possible to simulate local cerebral ischemia. During this period, we used optical microangiography and Doppler OCT to obtain multiple hemodynamic MCA parameters. The change trend of these parameters from before to after ET-1 injection clearly reflects the dynamic regularity of the MCA. These results show the mechanism of the cerebral ischemia-reperfusion process after a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion and confirm that OCT can be used to monitor hemodynamic parameters.

  13. Endothelin-1 is a transcriptional target of p53 in epidermal keratinocytes and regulates ultraviolet-induced melanocyte homeostasis.

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    Hyter, Stephen; Coleman, Daniel J; Ganguli-Indra, Gitali; Merrill, Gary F; Ma, Steven; Yanagisawa, Masashi; Indra, Arup K

    2013-03-01

    Keratinocytes contribute to melanocyte activity by influencing their microenvironment, in part, through secretion of paracrine factors. Here, we discovered that p53 directly regulates Edn1 expression in epidermal keratinocytes and controls UV-induced melanocyte homeostasis. Selective ablation of endothelin-1 (EDN1) in murine epidermis (EDN1(ep-/-) ) does not alter melanocyte homeostasis in newborn skin but decreases dermal melanocytes in adult skin. Results showed that keratinocytic EDN1 in a non-cell autonomous manner controls melanocyte proliferation, migration, DNA damage, and apoptosis after ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation. Expression of other keratinocyte-derived paracrine factors did not compensate for the loss of EDN1. Topical treatment with EDN1 receptor (EDNRB) antagonist BQ788 abrogated UV-induced melanocyte activation and recapitulated the phenotype seen in EDN1(ep-/-) mice. Altogether, the present studies establish an essential role of EDN1 in epidermal keratinocytes to mediate UV-induced melanocyte homeostasis in vivo. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  14. Selective astrocytic endothelin-1 overexpression contributes to dementia associated with ischemic stroke by exaggerating astrocyte-derived amyloid secretion

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    Hung, Victor K L; Yeung, Patrick K K; Lai, Angela K W; Ho, Maggie C Y; Lo, Amy C Y; Chan, Kevin C; Wu, Ed X K; Chung, Stephen S M; Cheung, Chi W; Chung, Sookja K

    2015-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is synthesized by endothelial cells and astrocytes in stroke and in brains of Alzheimer's disease patients. Our transgenic mice with ET-1 overexpression in the endothelial cells (TET-1) showed more severe blood–brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, neuronal apoptosis, and glial reactivity after 2-hour transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) with 22-hour reperfusion and more severe cognitive deficits after 30 minutes tMCAO with 5 months reperfusion. However, the role of astrocytic ET-1 in contributing to poststroke cognitive deficits after tMCAO is largely unknown. Therefore, GET-1 mice were challenged with tMCAO to determine its effect on neurologic and cognitive deficit. The GET-1 mice transiently displayed a sensorimotor deficit after reperfusion that recovered shortly, then more severe deficit in spatial learning and memory was observed at 3 months after ischemia compared with that of the controls. Upregulation of TNF-α, cleaved caspase-3, and Thioflavin-S-positive aggregates was observed in the ipsilateral hemispheres of the GET-1 brains as early as 3 days after ischemia. In an in vitro study, ET-1 overexpressing astrocytic cells showed amyloid secretion after hypoxia/ischemia insult, which activated endothelin A (ETA) and endothelin B (ETB) receptors in a PI3K/AKT-dependent manner, suggesting role of astrocytic ET-1 in dementia associated with stroke by astrocyte-derived amyloid production. PMID:26104290

  15. Endothelin-1 stimulates the release of preloaded ( sup 3 H)D-aspartate from cultured cerebellar granule cells

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    Lin, W.W.; Lee, C.Y.; Chuang, D.M. )

    1990-03-16

    We have recently reported that endothelin-1 (ET) induces phosphoinositide hydrolysis in primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule cells. Here we found that ET in a dose-dependent manner (1-30 nM) stimulated the release of preloaded ({sup 3}H)D-aspartate from granule cells. The ET-induced aspartate release was completely blocked in the absence of extracellular Ca{sup 2+}, but was unaffected by 1 mM Co{sup 2+} or 1 microM dihydropyridine derivatives (nisoldipine and nimodipine). At higher concentration (10 microM) of nisoldipine and nimodipine, the release was partially inhibited. Short-term pretreatment of cells with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) potentiated the ET-induced aspartate release, while long-term pretreatment with PDBu attenuated the release. Long-term exposure of cells to pertussis toxin (PTX), on the other hand, potentiated the ET-induced effects. Our results suggest that ET has a neuromodulatory function in the central nervous system.

  16. Using the inherent chemistry of the endothelin-1 peptide to develop a rapid assay for pre-transplant donor lung assessment.

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    Sage, Andrew T; Bai, Xiaohui; Cypel, Marcelo; Liu, Mingyao; Keshavjee, Shaf; Kelley, Shana O

    2015-12-21

    Endothelin-1 is a potent vasoconstrictive peptide that plays an important role in ex vivo lung perfusion. ET-1 expression levels are predictive of lung transplant outcomes and represent a valuable monitoring tool for surgeons; however, traditional techniques that measure [ET-1] are not suitable for the transplant setting. Herein, we demonstrate a new assay that rapidly measures ET-1 peptide levels in lung perfusate.

  17. Flow regulation of endothelin-1 production in the inner medullary collecting duct.

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    Pandit, Meghana M; Inscho, Edward W; Zhang, Shali; Seki, Tsugio; Rohatgi, Rajeev; Gusella, Luca; Kishore, Bellamkonda; Kohan, Donald E

    2015-03-15

    Collecting duct-derived endothelin (ET)-1 is an autocrine inhibitor of Na(+) and water reabsorption; its deficiency causes hypertension and water retention. Extracellular fluid volume expansion increases collecting duct ET-1, thereby promoting natriuresis and diuresis; however, how this coupling between volume expansion and collecting duct ET-1 occurs is incompletely understood. One possibility is that volume expansion increases tubular fluid flow. To investigate this, cultured IMCD3 cells were subjected to static or flow conditions. Exposure to a shear stress of 2 dyn/cm(2) for 2 h increased ET-1 mRNA content by ∼2.3-fold. Absence of perfusate Ca(2+), chelation of intracellular Ca(2+), or inhibition of Ca(2+) signaling (calmodulin, Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase, calcineurin, PKC, or phospholipase C) prevented the flow response. Evaluation of possible flow-activated Ca(2+) entry pathways revealed no role for transient receptor potential (TRP)C3, TRPC6, and TRPV4; however, cells with TRPP2 (polycystin-2) knockdown had no ET-1 flow response. Flow increased intracellular Ca(2+) was blunted in TRPP2 knockdown cells. Nonspecific blockade of P2 receptors, as well as specific inhibition of P2X7 and P2Y2 receptors, prevented the ET-1 flow response. The ET-1 flow response was not affected by inhibition of either epithelial Na(+) channels or the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger. Taken together, these findings provide evidence that in IMCD3 cells, flow, via polycystin-2 and P2 receptors, engages Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways that stimulate ET-1 synthesis.

  18. Role of endothelin-1 in congestive gastropathy in portal hypertensive rats.

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    Migoh, S; Hashizume, M; Tsugawa, K; Tanoue, K; Sugimachi, K

    2000-02-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the role of endothelin (ET)-1 in portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) under portal hypertension, in order to investigate whether the ET(A/B) receptor inhibitor improves the permeability of gastric mucosal microvessels in PHG. Portal hypertensive rats (PVL) and sham-operated rats (CTR) were prepared and then the concentration of plasma ET-1 was measured and the vasopressor response to ET-1 was compared between the two groups. The plasma ET-1 levels in PVL increased significantly compared with CTR; however, the vasopressor response to ET-1 in PVL decreased more than in CTR. Next, the portal venous pressure was measured in both CTR and PVL pretreated with or without a nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), before the injection of ET-1. The portal venous pressure of PVL after receiving ET-1 and being pretreated with L-NAME significantly increased in comparison to the pressure of PVL treated with ET-1 alone (without L-NAME). Moreover, Evans-Blue was injected into each rat and the absorbancy of the gastric contents was measured. The absorbancy of Evans-Blue in PVL increased significantly compared with CTR; however, the absorbancy in PVL+ ET(A/B) receptor inhibitor (Ro47-0203) decreased significantly more than in PVL. This study showed that ET-1 is a potent vasoconstrictive substance that also has a transitory vasodilative response through NO induced by ET-1 in portal hypertension. In addition, it was found that the vascular permeability of the gastric mucosa increased in portal hypertension and that Ro47-0203 inhibited the hyper-permeability. Accordingly, ET-1 may, thus, play an important role in the development of PHG through NO induced by ET-1. Ro47-0203 may, therefore, be a useful substance for improving PHG in portal hypertension.

  19. Influence of Endothelin-1 in Aqueous Humor on Intermediate-Term Trabeculectomy Outcomes

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    Choritz, Lars; Mahmoodi, Benjamin; Thieme, Hagen

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate whether increased concentrations of ET-1 in aqueous humor of glaucoma patients influences surgical outcome of standard trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. Methods. Retrospective chart review of 36 glaucoma patients with known ET-1 concentrations who had undergone trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. Patients were divided into two groups based on their aqueous ET-1 concentration, a below-median (low ET-1) and an above-median (high ET-1) group. Postoperative IOP development, necessity of glaucoma medication, surgical success and complications, postoperative use of antifibrotics (5-FU), and number of additional glaucoma surgeries were compared between the groups. Results. Overall surgical success of trabeculectomy was comparable to published literature (90%, 81%, 76%, and 68% absolute success at 12, 24, 36, and 48 months after surgery). There was no difference between high and low ET-1 group in the postsurgical development of IOP, surgical success rate, or complication rate. There was no difference in postoperative scarring or indirect indicators thereof (e.g., number of 5-FU injections, needlings, suture lyses, or IOP lowering medications). Conclusion. In this set of patients, ET-1 in aqueous humor does not appear to have influenced surgical outcome of trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. There is no indication of an increased likelihood of bleb fibrosis in patients with increased ET-1 concentrations. PMID:26904271

  20. Influence of Endothelin-1 in Aqueous Humor on Intermediate-Term Trabeculectomy Outcomes.

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    Choritz, Lars; Mahmoodi, Benjamin; Thieme, Hagen

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate whether increased concentrations of ET-1 in aqueous humor of glaucoma patients influences surgical outcome of standard trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. Methods. Retrospective chart review of 36 glaucoma patients with known ET-1 concentrations who had undergone trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. Patients were divided into two groups based on their aqueous ET-1 concentration, a below-median (low ET-1) and an above-median (high ET-1) group. Postoperative IOP development, necessity of glaucoma medication, surgical success and complications, postoperative use of antifibrotics (5-FU), and number of additional glaucoma surgeries were compared between the groups. Results. Overall surgical success of trabeculectomy was comparable to published literature (90%, 81%, 76%, and 68% absolute success at 12, 24, 36, and 48 months after surgery). There was no difference between high and low ET-1 group in the postsurgical development of IOP, surgical success rate, or complication rate. There was no difference in postoperative scarring or indirect indicators thereof (e.g., number of 5-FU injections, needlings, suture lyses, or IOP lowering medications). Conclusion. In this set of patients, ET-1 in aqueous humor does not appear to have influenced surgical outcome of trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C. There is no indication of an increased likelihood of bleb fibrosis in patients with increased ET-1 concentrations.

  1. Effect of endothelin-1 and endothelin receptor blockade on the release of microparticles.

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    Jung, Christian; Lichtenauer, Michael; Wernly, Bernhard; Franz, Marcus; Goebel, Bjoern; Rafnsson, Arnar; Figulla, Hans-Reiner; Pernow, John

    2016-08-01

    Increased levels of endothelial cell microparticles (EMP) are known to reflect endothelial dysfunction (ED). In diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM), the expression of endothelin (ET)-1 is increased. As treatment with an ET-1 antagonist significantly inhibited atherosclerosis in animal models, we sought to investigate whether treatment with ET-1 antagonists affects EMP levels in vitro and in vivo in patients with T2DM. In vitro study: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were stimulated with ET-1 alone and ET-1 in combination with a dual ET-A and ET-B endothelin receptor blocker. In vivo study: Patients with T2DM were randomized to treatment with the ET receptor antagonist bosentan or placebo. After 4 weeks, the patients were re-examined and blood samples were obtained. EMP counts in supernatants and plasma samples were determined using flow cytometry. In vitro study: In supernatants of ET-1-stimulated HUVECs, the increased release of EMP was reduced significantly by co-incubation with an ET-1 receptor antagonist (e.g. CD31+/CD42b-EMP decreased from 37·1% ± 2·8 to 31·5% ± 2·8 SEM, P = 0·0078). In vivo study: No changes in EMP levels in blood samples of patients with T2DM were found after 4 weeks of bosentan treatment (n = 36, P = ns). Our in vitro results suggest that ET-1 stimulates the release of EMP from HUVECs via a receptor-dependent mechanism. Co-incubation with an endothelin receptor blocker abolished ET-1-dependent EMP release. However, treatment with bosentan for 4 weeks failed to alter EMP levels in patients with T2DM. Other factors seem to have influenced EMP release in patients with T2DM independent of ET-1 receptor-mediated mechanisms. © 2016 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.

  2. Oestradiol ameliorates monocrotaline pulmonary hypertension via NO, prostacyclin and endothelin-1 pathways.

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    Yuan, Ping; Wu, Wen-Hui; Gao, Lan; Zheng, Ze-Qi; Liu, Dong; Mei, Han-Ying; Zhang, Zhuo-Li; Jing, Zhi-Cheng

    2013-05-01

    Pulmonary hypertension continues to be a serious clinical problem with high mortality. As oestrogen is a potential vasodilator of the pulmonary circulation, this study examined the mechanisms by which 17β-oestradiol improves monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary hypertension. Female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent bilateral ovariectomy or sham operations. The rats received MCT (50 mg·kg(-1)) and were treated with 17β-oestradiol (1 mg·kg(-1) per day) for either 5 weeks or only from week 4 to week 5. Plasma 17β-oestradiol concentrations were decreased in sham-operated, MCT-treated rats when compared with sham-operated rats (17.7 ± 4.7 versus 50.3 ± 15.4 pg·mL(-1); p=0.029). The 17β-oestradiol anabolic enzyme cytochrome P450 (CYP)-19 was decreased by MCT treatment, while the catabolic enzymes CYP-1A1 and -1B1 were increased. Ovariectomised and MCT-treated rats had more severe pulmonary hypertension. 17β-oestradiol suppressed pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell proliferation and macrophage infiltration, and enhanced apoptosis by increasing nitric oxide (NO) and prostacyclin (prostaglandin (PG)I2) levels and reducing endothelin (ET)-1 levels. Phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) and Akt phosphorylations were markedly increased, but were inhibited by 17β-oestradiol treatment in rats with pulmonary hypertension. Oestrogen deficiency may aggravate development of pulmonary hypertension. 17β-oestradiol improved pulmonary hypertension via activation of the PI3K/Akt pathway to regulate NO, PGI2 and ET-1 expression.

  3. Upregulation of Rho-kinase (ROCK-2) expression and enhanced contraction to endothelin-1 in the mesenteric artery from lipopolysaccharide-treated rats.

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    Büyükafşar, Kansu; Arikan, Onur; Ark, Mustafa; Kubat, Havva; Ozveren, Elif

    2004-09-13

    Effects of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (Escherichia coli serotype, 055:B5, 20 mg kg(-1), i.p., for 6 h) and a Rho-kinase inhibitor, (+)-(R)-trans-4-(1-aminoethyl)-N-(4-pyridyl) cyclohexanecarboxamide dihydrochloride monohydrate, Y-27632 (10(-9)-10(-5) M) were investigated on the contractile responses of the rat mesenteric artery to phenylephrine (10(-9)-3 x 10(-5) M), angiotensin-2 (10(-10)-10(-6) M) and endothelin-1 (10(-10)-10(-7) M). Moreover, alteration in the level of Rho-kinase (ROCK-2) expression was examined in the superior mesenteric artery obtained from saline- and lipopolysaccharide-treated rats by Western blotting. Endotoxemic rat mesenteric rings exhibited no different contractions to phenylephrine and angiotensin-2 but augmented contractile activity to endothelin-1. In the mesenteric artery obtained from the endotoxemic rats, acetylcholine-induced vasorelaxation did not differ; pD2 value for acetylcholine was 7.85+/-0.12 in the endotoxemic rings; however, it was 7.81+/-0.15 in the control rings (P>0.05). Y-27632 induced relaxation, which was the same in the control arteries as in endotoxemic ones when contracting agent was phenylephrine. However, when endothelin-1 was used to precontract the rings, Y-27632 produced enhanced relaxation in endotoxemic vessels. pD2 values for Y-27632 were, respectively, 7.69+/-0.12 and 8.20+/-0.10 in control and endotoxemic rings precontracted by endothelin-1 (10(-8) M) (P<0.01). Moreover, Y-27632 (10(-5) M) suppressed the contraction induced by angiotensin-2 (10(-10)-10(-6) M). Western blot analysis revealed that Rho-kinase was upregulated significantly in the mesenteric artery obtained from the rats treated with LPS for 6 h. In addition, serum NO2-/NO3- level, which was detected by Griess method, was 10.0+/-1.4 microM in endotoxemic rats; however, it was 6.6+/-0.5 microM in control (P<0.05). Taken together, these results show that the expression of the contractile protein Rho-kinase could be upregulated in endotoxemic

  4. Big Endothelin-1 and Nitric Oxide in Hypertensive Elderly Patients with and without Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome

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    Anunciato, Iara Felicio; Lobo, Rômulo Rebouças; Coelho, Eduardo Barbosa; Verri, Waldiceu Aparecido; Eckeli, Alan Luiz; Évora, Paulo Roberto Barbosa; Nobre, Fernando; Moriguti, Júlio César; Ferriolli, Eduardo; Lima, Nereida Kilza da Costa

    2013-01-01

    Background The role of oxidative stress in hypertensive elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is unknown. Objective The purpose was to evaluate the levels of big endothelin-1 (Big ET-1) and nitric oxide (NO) in elderly hypertensive patients with and without moderate to severe OSAHS. Methods Volunteers were hospitalized for 24 h. We obtained the following data: body mass index (BMI); 24-ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; and current medication. Arterial blood was collected at 7pm and 7am for determining plasma NO and Big ET-1 levels. Pulse oximetry was performed during sleep. Pearson's or Spearman's correlation and univariate analysis of variance were used for statistical analysis. Results We studied 25 subjects with OSAHS (group 1) and 12 without OSAHS (group 2) aged 67.0 ± 6.5 years and 67.8 ± 6.8 years, respectively. No significant differences were observed between the groups in BMI; number of hours of sleep; 24-h systolic and diastolic BPs; awake BP, sleep BP and medications to control BP between groups. No differences were detected in plasma Big ET-1 and NO levels at 19:00 h, but plasma Big ET-1 levels at 7:00 h were higher in group 1 (p = 0.03). In group 1, a negative correlation was also observed between the mean arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation level, 24-h systolic BP (p = 0.03, r = −0.44), and Big ET-1 (p = 0.04, r = −0.41). Conclusions On comparing elderly hypertensive patients with and without OSAHS having similar BP and BMI, we observed higher Big ET-1 levels After sleep in the OSAHS group. NO levels did not differ between the hypertensive patients with or without OSAHS. PMID:23979778

  5. Growth inhibitory properties of endothelin-1 in human hepatic myofibroblastic Ito cells. An endothelin B receptor-mediated pathway.

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    Mallat, A; Fouassier, L; Préaux, A M; Gal, C S; Raufaste, D; Rosenbaum, J; Dhumeaux, D; Jouneaux, C; Mavier, P; Lotersztajn, S

    1995-01-01

    Ito cells play a pivotal role in the development of liver fibrosis associated with chronic liver diseases. During this process, Ito cells acquire myofibroblastic features, proliferate, and synthesize fibrosis components. Considering the reported mitogenic properties of endothelin-1 (ET-1), we investigated its effects on the proliferation of human Ito cells in their myofibroblastic phenotype. Both ET receptor A (ETA: 20%) and ET receptor B (ETB: 80%) binding sites were identified, using a selective ETA antagonist, BQ 123, and a selective ETB agonist, sarafotoxin S6C (SRTX-C). ET-1 did not stimulate proliferation of myofibroblastic Ito cells. In contrast, ET-1 inhibited by 60% DNA synthesis and proliferation of cells stimulated with either human serum or platelet-derived growth factor -BB (PDGF-BB). PD 142893, a nonselective ETA/ETB antagonist totally blunted this effect. SRTX-C was as potent as ET-1, while BQ 123 did not affect ET-1-induced growth inhibition. Analysis of the intermediate steps leading to growth-inhibition by ET-1 revealed that activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase by serum or PDGF-BB was decreased by 50% in the presence of SRTX-C. In serum-stimulated cells, SRTX-C reduced c-jun mRNA expression by 50% whereas c-fos or krox 24 mRNA expression were not affected. We conclude that ET-1 binding to ETB receptors causes a potent growth inhibition of human myofibroblastic Ito cells, which suggests that this peptide could play a key role in the negative control of liver fibrogenesis. Our results also point out that, in addition to its well known promitogenic effects, ET-1 may also exert negative control of growth on specific cells. Images PMID:7615814

  6. Differential effects of endothelin-1 on the vasorelaxant properties of benzopyran and non-benzopyran potassium channel openers.

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    Lawson, K.; Barras, M.; Zazzi-Sudriez, E.; Martin, D. J.; Armstrong, J. M.; Hicks, P. E.

    1992-01-01

    1. The effects of endothelin-1 (ET-1) on the vasorelaxant properties of structurally different potassium channel openers (PCOs), BRL-38227, Ro 31-6930, SDZ PCO 400, EMD-52692, RP-49356 and pinacidil, were studied. 2. All PCOs evoked concentration-related relaxations of ET-1 (10 nM) or KCl (20 mM) contracted rat isolated aortic rings denuded of endothelium. BRL-38227, EMD 52692, SDZ PCO 400 and Ro 31-6930 were 11-42 times less potent in relaxing contractions to ET-1 than KCl. In contrast, this differential potency was not observed with RP-49356 or pinacidil. 3. BRL-38227 (0.06-3.0 microM), RP-49356 (0.3-3.0 microM) and pinacidil (0.3-3.0 microM) displaced KCl concentration-response curves to the right of controls, without modifying the maximum response. A subcontractile concentration of ET-1 (0.1 nM) prevented the inhibitory effects of low concentrations of BRL-38227 (0.06-0.1 microM) on KCl responses, but failed to modify those to RP-49356, pinacidil or high concentrations of BRL-38227 (0.3-3.0 microM). The inhibitory effects of BRL-38227 (0.1 microM) were also not changed by ET-3 (1.0 nM) or angiotensin II (0.1 nM). 4. In anaesthetized spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), cumulative bolus intravenous administrations of BRL-38227 (1-1000 micrograms kg-1, i.v.), Ro 31-6930 (1-1000 micrograms kg-1, i.v.), RP-49356 (10-1000 micrograms kg-1, i.v.) or nitrendipine (0.1-30 micrograms kg-1, i.v.) produced dose-dependent falls in diastolic blood pressure (DBP).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1422579

  7. Acute Multi-modal Neuroimaging in a Porcine Model of Endothelin-1-Induced Cerebral Ischemia: Defining the Acute Infarct Core.

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    d'Esterre, Christopher D; Aviv, Richard I; Morrison, Laura; Fainardi, Enrico; Lee, Ting Yim

    2015-06-01

    In a porcine ischemic stroke model, we sought to compare the acute predicted infarct core volume (PIV) defined by CT perfusion (CTP)-hemodynamic parameters and MR-diffusion-weighted imaging (MR-DWI)/apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), with the true infarct core volume (TIV) as defined by histology. Ten Duroc-cross pigs had a CTP scan prior to injection of endothelin-1 (ET-1) into the left striatum. CTP scans were used to monitor ischemic progression. A second dose of ET-1 was injected 2 h from the first injection. The animal was moved to a 3-T MRI scanner where DWI was performed. CTP imaging was acquired immediately after the MR imaging. Next, the brain was removed and stained with tetrazolium chloride (TTC). Linear regression and Bland-Altman plots were used to correlate the PIV measured by each imaging modality to that of the TIV from the histological gold standard. The CTP-cerebral blood flow (CBF) parameter had the highest R (2) value and slope closest to unity, while the CTP-cerebral blood volume (CBV) had the lowest R(2) value and slope furthest away from unity. The CTP-CBF • CBV product parameter had a higher R(2) value but lower slope than both MR parameers. The best Bland-Altman agreement was observed with the CTP-CBF parameter. PIV from MR-DWI, ADC, and CTP-CBF overestimated the TIV defined with histology. We show that the PIV defined with absolute gray and white matter CT-CBF thresholds correlates best with the TIV and is similar to both MR-DWI and ADC-defined PIVs. Further, the acute CBF • CBV mismatch may not indicate penumbral tissue in the acute stroke setting.

  8. Exogenous sphingosine 1-phosphate and sphingosine kinase activated by endothelin-1 induced myometrial contraction through differential mechanisms.

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    Leiber, Denis; Banno, Yoshiko; Tanfin, Zahra

    2007-01-01

    Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive sphingolipid involved in diverse biological processes, is generated by sphingosine kinase (SphK) and acts via intracellular and/or extracellular mechanisms. We used biochemical, pharmacological, and physiological approaches to investigate in rat myometrium the contractile effect of exogenous S1P and the possible contribution of SphK in endothelin-1 (ET-1)-mediated contraction. S1P stimulated uterine contractility (EC(50) = 1 microM and maximal response = 5 microM) by a pertussis toxin-insensitive and a phospholipse C (PLC)-independent pathway. Phosphorylated FTY720, which interacts with all S1P receptors, except S1P(2) receptors, failed to mimic S1P contractile response, indicating that the effects of S1P involved S1P(2) receptors that are expressed in myometrium. Contraction mediated by S1P and ET-1 required extracellular calcium and Rho kinase activation. Inhibition of SphK reduced ET-1-mediated contraction. ET-1, via ET(A) receptors coupled to pertussis toxin-insensitive G proteins, stimulated SphK1 activity and induced its translocation to the membranes. Myometrial contraction triggered by ET-1 is consecutive to the sequential activation of PLC, protein kinase C, SphK1 and Rho kinase. Prolonged exposure of the myometrium to S1P downregulated S1P(2) receptors and abolished the contraction induced by exogenous S1P. However, in these conditions, the tension triggered by ET-1 was not reduced, indicating that SphK activated by ET-1 contributed to its contractile effect via a S1P(2) receptor-independent process. Our findings demonstrated that exogenous S1P and SphK activity regulated myometrial contraction and may be of physiological relevance in the regulation of uterine motility during gestation and parturition.

  9. Role of Endothelin-1/Endothelin-A receptor-mediated signaling pathway in the aortic arch patterning in mice.

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    Yanagisawa, H.; Hammer, R. E.; Richardson, J. A.; Williams, S. C.; Clouthier, D. E.; Yanagisawa, M.

    1998-01-01

    The intercellular signaling mediated by endothelins and their G protein-coupled receptors has recently been shown to be essential for the normal embryonic development of subsets of neural crest cell derivatives. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is proteolytically generated from its inactive precursor by endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) and acts on the endothelin-A (ETA) receptor. Genetic disruption of this ET-1/ECE-1/ETA pathway results in defects in branchial arch- derived craniofacial tissues, as well as defects in cardiac outflow and great vessel structures, which are derived from cephalic (cardiac) neural crest. In this study, in situ hybridization of ETA-/- and ECE-1(-)/- embryos with a cardiac neural crest marker, cellular retinoic acid-binding protein-1, shows that the migration of neural crest cells from the neural tube to cardiac outflow tract is not affected in these embryos. Immunostaining of an endothelial marker, platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule CD-31, shows that the initial formation of the branchial arch arteries is not disturbed in ETA-/- or ECE-1(-)/- embryos. To visualize the subsequent patterning of arch vessels in detail, we generated ETA-/- or ECE-1(-)/- embryos that expressed an SM22alpha-lacZ marker transgene in arterial smooth muscle cells. Wholemount X-gal staining of these mutant embryos reveals that the abnormal regression and persistence of specific arch arteries results in disturbance of asymmetrical remodeling of the arch arteries. These defects include abnormal regression of arch arteries 4 and 6, enlargement of arch artery 3, and abnormal persistence of the bilateral ductus caroticus and right dorsal aorta. These abnormalities eventually lead to various types of great vessel malformations highly similar to those seen in neural crest-ablated chick embryos and human congenital cardiac defects. This study demonstrates that ET-1/ETA-mediated signaling plays an essential role in a complex process of aortic arch patterning by affecting

  10. Mystery of Retinal Vein Occlusion: Vasoactivity of the Vein and Possible Involvement of Endothelin-1

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    2017-01-01

    Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a common vascular disease of retina; however, the pathomechanism leading to RVO is not yet clear. In general, increasing age, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disorder, and cerebral stroke are systemic risk factors of RVO. However, RVO often occur in the unilateral eye and sometimes develop in young subjects who have no arteriosclerosis. In addition, RVO show different variations on the degrees of severity; some RVO are resolved without any treatment and others develop vision-threatening complications such as macular edema, combined retinal artery occlusion, vitreous hemorrhage, and glaucoma. Clinical conditions leading to RVO are still open to question. In this review, we discuss how to treat RVO in practice by presenting some RVO cases. We also deliver possible pathomechanisms of RVO through our clinical experience and animal experiments. PMID:28904960

  11. Endothelin(A)-endothelin(B) receptor cross talk in endothelin-1-induced contraction of smooth muscle.

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    Rapoport, Robert M; Zuccarello, Mario

    2012-11-01

    The efficacy of selective endothelin (ET) receptor antagonists may be limited by a functional interaction between the ET(A) and ET(B) receptors. This interaction, also termed "cross talk", is characterized by the dependency of the inhibition of an ET-1 response due to antagonism of one ET receptor subtype upon concomitant antagonism of the other ET receptor subtype. Although a reduction in ET(A)-ET(B) receptor cross talk would presumably increase the efficacy of selective ET receptor antagonists, an approach that accomplishes this aim is largely absent due to a lack of mechanistic understanding. Toward this goal, we evaluated the characteristics and potential dependencies of cross talk in smooth muscle. Smooth muscle was adopted as an exemplar not only because cross talk is widely reported in this tissue type, thereby allowing numerous comparisons, but also significant controversy surrounds the use of selective versus nonselective ET receptor antagonists in ET-1-related pathophysiologies involving smooth muscle. Based on this evaluation, we suggest that ET(A)-ET(B) receptor cross talk is a dynamic process directed by either or both ET receptor subtypes and expressed to varying magnitudes depending on the ET-1 and selective ET receptor antagonist concentrations, tone due to intraluminal pressure/stretch, agonists acting at receptors other than the ET(A)/ET(B) receptors, and endothelial/epithelial function. It is speculated that ET(A)-ET(B) receptor cross talk occurs through signal transduction pathways along with changes at the receptor level. Pharmacologic intervention of the signaling pathways could increase the therapeutic efficacy of ET receptor antagonists.

  12. Endothelin-1 is not a Mechanism of IL-17 Induced Hypertension during Pregnancy

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    Cornelius, Denise C; Wallace, Kedra; Kiprono, Luissa; Dhillon, Pushpinder; Moseley, Janae; LaMarca, Babbette

    2014-01-01

    Preeclampsia is characterized as new onset maternal hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks gestation. Studies suggest that endothelin (ET-1) is a regulator of vascular function in preeclampsia and plays a major role in mediating chronic reduction in uterine perfusion pressure (RUPP)-induced hypertension. We recently demonstrated a role for the autoimmune cytokine interleukin 17 (IL-17) in causing placental oxidative stress and hypertension during pregnancy. In this current study, we investigated the role of ET-1 as a potential mechanism by which TH17 cells and IL-17 mediate hypertension in preeclampsia. While IL-17 infusion into normal pregnant rats increased blood pressure in a dose-responsive manner (98+/-2 mmHg in NP (n=20) to 105+/-3 mmHg in IL-17 (50pg/day, n=20) to 120+/-4 mmHg in IL-17 (100pg/day, n=10) to 123+/-3 mmHg in IL-17 (150 pg/day, n=7), it decreased local endothelin in placentas (NP (n=10) 7.5±0.3; IL-17 (100 pg/day, n=5) 6.4±0.2; IL-17 (150 pg/day, n=12) 4.5+1.5) and renal cortices (NP (n=8) 7.9 + 0.4; IL-17 (100 pg/day, n=6) 7.1±0.4; IL-17 (150 pg/day, n=4) 1.6 +0.7 during pregnancy. In addition, increasing IL-17 directly reduced secretion of ET-1 by human umbilical venous endothelial cells (HUVECs). HUVEC ET-1 secretion decreased from that seen in serum free media 42.7±7.7 pg/ml to 36.2 ± 5.9 pg/ml at 10 pg IL-17 to 31.3 ± 5.1 pg/ml at 10 μg IL-17. Our observations suggest that IL-17 negatively regulates the ET-1 pathway in local tissues and cultured endothelial cells and that the ET-1 pathway is not a mechanism by which IL-17 causes hypertension during pregnancy. PMID:25414910

  13. Endothelin receptors in rat liver: lipocytes as a contractile target for endothelin 1.

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    Housset, C; Rockey, D C; Bissell, D M

    1993-01-01

    The endothelins (ETs) form a group of three vasoactive peptides (ET-1, ET-2, and ET-3) for which two types of cellular receptors have been identified, types A and B ET receptors (ETA and ETB receptors, respectively). To address possible targets for ETs within the liver, we isolated the four principal liver cell populations and placed them in short-term primary culture. By ligand-binding assay and mRNA levels, expression of ET receptors was greatest on hepatic lipocytes (Ito cells or fat-storing cells), which are perisinusoidal cells exhibiting features of smooth muscle cells. Moreover, lipocytes expressed both ETA and ETB receptors. The mRNA for ETB receptor, but not for ETA receptor, was detectable in sinusoidal endothelial cells and Kupffer cells; neither mRNA was detectable in hepatocytes. Both ET-1 and ET-3 elicited contraction of activated lipocytes cultured on collagen lattices; the EC50 value for ET-1 was 3 +/- 1 nM and for ET-3 was 17 +/- 12 nM. In cell isolates from injured liver (after administration of carbon tetrachloride), expression of ET receptors was unchanged. However, mRNA for ET-1 was significantly increased in activated lipocytes, suggesting an autocrine loop for the initiation of lipocyte contraction. The findings imply that ET-1 may play a role in regulating sinusoidal perfusion through its effect on lipocytes, particularly in injury states. Images Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:8415690

  14. Regulation by endothelin-1 of Na+-Ca2+ exchange current (I(NaCa)) from guinea-pig isolated ventricular myocytes.

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    Zhang, Y H; James, A F; Hancox, J C

    2001-11-01

    The cardiac Na+-Ca2+ exchanger participates in Ca homeostasis, and Na+-Ca2+ exchanger-mediated ionic current (I(NaCa)) also contributes to the regulation of cardiac action potential duration. Moreover, I(NaCa) can contribute to arrhythmogenesis under conditions of cellular Ca overload. Although it has been shown that the peptide hormone endothelin-1 (ET-1) can phosphorylate the cardiac Na+-Ca2+ exchanger via protein kinase C (PKC), little is known about the effect of ET-1 on I(NaCa). In order to examine the effects of ET-1 on I(NaCa), whole-cell patch clamp measurements were made at 378C from guinea-pig isolated ventricular myocytes. With major interfering currents inhibited, I(NaCa) was measured as the current sensitive to nickel (Ni; 10mM) during a descending voltage ramp. ET-1 (10 nM) significantly increased I(NaCa) ( approximately 2-fold at -100 mV). Application of a PKC activator (PMA; 1mM: phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate), mimicked the effect of ET-1. In contrast, the PKC inhibitor chelerythrine (CLT, 1mM) abolished the stimulatory effect of ET-1. An inactive phorbol ester, 4-alpha-phorbol-12,13-didecanoate (4a-PDD, 1mM) had no effect on I(NaCa). Collectively, these data indicate that ET-1 activated I(NaCa) through a PKC-dependent pathway. In additional experiments, isoprenaline (ISO; which has also been reported to activate I(NaCa) ) was applied. The increase in I(NaCa) density with ISO (1mM) was similar to that induced by ET-1 (10nM). When I(NaCa) was pre-stimulated by ET-1, application of ISO elicited no further increase in current and vice versa. ISO also had no additional effect on I(NaCa) when the cells were pretreated with PMA. Application of CLT did not alter the response of I(NaCa) to ISO. We conclude that ET-1 stimulated ventricular I(NaCa) via a PKC-dependent mechanism under our recording conditions. Concentrations of ET-1 and ISO that stimulated I(NaCa) to similar extents when applied separately were not additive when co-applied. The lack of

  15. The effects of endothelin-1 on satellite glial cells in peripheral ganglia.

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    Feldman-Goriachnik, Rachel; Hanani, Menachem

    2017-06-01

    Endothelins (ET) are a family of highly active neuropeptides with manifold influences via ET receptors (ETR) in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. We have shown previously that satellite glial cells (SGCs) in mouse trigeminal ganglia (TG) are extremely sensitive to ET-1 in evoking [Ca(2+)]in increase, apparently via ETBR activation, but there is no functional information on ETR in SGCs of other peripheral ganglia. Here we tested the effects of ET-1 on SGCs in nodose ganglia (NG), which is sensory, and superior cervical ganglia (Sup-CG), which is part of the sympathetic nervous system, and further investigated the influence of ET-1 on SGCs in TG. Using calcium imaging we found that SGCs in intact, freshly isolated NG and Sup-CG are highly sensitive to ET-1, with threshold concentration at 0.1nM. Our results showed that [Ca(2+)]in elevation in response to ET-1 was partially due to Ca(2+) influx from the extracellular space and partially to Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores. Using receptor selective ETR agonists and antagonists, we found that the responses were mediated by mixed ETAR/ETBR in SGCs of NG and predominantly by ETBR in SGCs of Sup-CG. By employing intracellular dye injection we examined coupling among SGCs around different neurons in the presence of 5nM ET-1 and observed coupling inhibition in all the three ganglion types. In summary, our work showed that SGCs in mouse sensory and sympathetic ganglia are highly sensitive to ET-1 and that this peptide markedly reduces SGCs coupling. We conclude that ET-1, which may participate in neuron-glia communications, has similar functions in wide range of peripheral ganglia. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Renal medullary endothelin-1 is decreased in Dahl salt-sensitive rats

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    Speed, Joshua S.; LaMarca, Babbette; Berry, Hunter; Cockrell, Kathy; George, Eric M.

    2011-01-01

    Although it is well established that the renal endothelin (ET-1) system plays an important role in regulating sodium excretion and blood pressure through activation of renal medullary ETB receptors, the role of this system in Dahl salt-sensitive (DS) hypertension is unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the DS rat has abnormalities in the renal medullary endothelin system when maintained on a high sodium intake. The data indicate that Dahl salt-resistant rats (DR) on a high-salt diet had a six-fold higher urinary endothelin excretion than in the DR rats with low Na+ intake (17.8 ± 4 pg/day vs. 112 ± 44 pg/day). In sharp contrast, urinary endothelin levels increased only twofold in DS rats in response to a high Na+ intake (13 ± 2 pg/day vs. 29.8 ± 5.5 pg/day). Medullary endothelin concentration in DS rats on a high-Na+ diet was also significantly lower than DR rats on a high-Na+ diet (31 ± 2.8 pg/mg vs. 70.9 ± 5 pg/mg). Furthermore, DS rats had a significant reduction in medullary ETB receptor expression compared with DR rats while on a high-Na+ diet. Finally, chronic infusion of ET-1 directly into the renal medulla blunted Dahl salt-sensitive hypertension. These data indicate that a decrease in medullary production of ET-1 in the DS rat could play an important role in the development of salt-sensitive hypertension observed in the DS rat. PMID:21613578

  17. DOCA-salt treatment enhances responses to endothelin-1 in murine corpus cavernosum1

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    Carneiro, Fernando S.; Giachini, Fernanda R.C.; Lima, Victor V.; Carneiro, Zidonia N.; Nunes, Kênia P.; Ergul, Adviye; Leite, Romulo; Tostes, Rita C.; Webb, R. Clinton

    2008-01-01

    The penis is kept in the flaccid state mainly via a tonic activity of norepinephrine and endothelins (ETs). ET-1 is important in salt-sensitive forms of hypertension. We hypothesized that cavernosal responses to ET-1 are enhanced in deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mice and that blockade of ETA receptors prevents abnormal responses of the corpus cavernosum in DOCA-salt hypertension. Male C57BL/6 mice were unilaterally nephrectomized and treated for 5 weeks with both DOCA and water containing 1% NaCl and 0.2% KCl. Control mice were uninephrectomized and received tap water with no added salt. Animals received either the ETA antagonist atrasentan (5 mg·day−1·kg−1 body weight) or vehicle. DOCA-salt mice displayed increased systolic blood pressure (SBP), and treatment with atrasentan decreased SBP in DOCA-salt mice. Contractile responses in cavernosal strips from DOCA-salt mice were enhanced by ET-1, phenylephrine, and electrical field stimulation (EFS) of adrenergic nerves, whereas relaxations were not altered by IRL-1620 (an ETB agonist), acetylcholine, sodium nitroprusside, and EFS of nonadrenergic noncholinergic nerves. PD59089 (an ERK1/2 inhibitor), but not Y-27632 (a Rho-kinase inhibitor), abolished enhanced contractions to ET-1 in cavernosum from DOCA-salt mice. Treatment of DOCA-salt mice with atrasentan did not normalize cavernosal responses. In summary, DOCA-salt treatment in mice enhances cavernosal reactivity to contractile, but not to relaxant, stimuli, via ET-1/ETA receptor-independent mechanisms. PMID:18516094

  18. Susceptibility of juvenile and adult blood–brain barrier to endothelin-1: regulation of P-glycoprotein and breast cancer resistance protein expression and transport activity

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    2012-01-01

    Background P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) play a critical role in keeping neurotoxic substances from entering the brain. We and others have previously reported an impact of inflammation on the regulation of adult blood–brain barrier (BBB) efflux transporters. However, studies in children have not been done. From the pediatric clinical perspective, it is important to understand how the central nervous system (CNS) and BBB drug efflux transporters differ in childhood from those of adults under normal and inflammatory conditions. Therefore, we examined and compared the regulation of P-gp and BCRP expression and transport activity in young and adult BBB and investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying inflammatory responses. Methods Rats at postnatal day (P) P21 and P84, corresponding to the juvenile and adult stages of human brain maturation, respectively, were treated with endothelin-1 (ET-1) given by the intracerebroventricular (icv) route. Twenty-four hours later, we measured P-gp and BCRP protein expression in isolated brain capillary by immunoblotting as well as by transport activity in vivo by measuring the unbound drug partitioning coefficient of the brain (Kp,uu,brain) of known efflux transporter substrates administered intravenously. Glial activation was measured by immunohistochemistry. The release of cytokines/chemokines (interleukins-1α, 1-β (IL-1β), -6 (IL-6), -10 (IL-10), monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1/CCL2), fractalkine and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1)) were simultaneously measured in brain and serum samples using the Agilent Technology cytokine microarray. Results We found that juvenile and adult BBBs exhibited similar P-gp and BCRP transport activities in the normal physiological conditions. However, long-term exposure of the juvenile brain to low-dose of ET-1 did not change BBB P-gp transport activity but tended to decrease BCRP transport activity in the juvenile brain, while a

  19. Endothelin-1 inhibits TNF alpha-induced iNOS expression in 3T3-F442A adipocytes.

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    Mérial-Kieny, Christelle; Lonchampt, Michel; Cogé, Francis; Verwaerde, Patrick; Galizzi, Jean-Pierre; Boutin, Jean A; Lafontan, Max; Levens, Nigel; Galitzky, Jean; Félétou, Michel

    2003-07-01

    1. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) by their action on adipocytes have been independently linked to the pathogenesis of insulino-resistance. In isolated adipocytes, TNFalpha induces the expression of the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). The purpose of the present work was, in the 3T3-F442A adipocyte cell line, to characterise TNFalpha-induced iNOS expression and to determine whether or not ET-1 could influence TNFalpha-induced iNOS expression and NO production. 2. In differentiated 3T3-F442A, treatment with TNFalpha (20 ng ml(-1)) induced the expression of a functional iNOS as demonstrated by nitrite assay, Western blot, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Northern blot analysis. TNFalpha-induced iNOS expression requires nuclear factor kappaB activation, but does not necessitate the activation of the PI-3 kinase/Akt and P38-MAP kinase pathways. 3. ET-1, but not ET-3, inhibited the TNFalpha-induced expression of iNOS protein and mRNA as well as nitrite production. The effects of ET-1 were blocked by a specific ETA (BQ123, pA(2) 7.4) but not by a specific ETB receptor antagonist (BQ788). 3T3-F442A adipocytes express the mRNAs for prepro-ET-1 and the ET-A receptor subtype, but not for the ET-B subtype. 4. The inhibitory effect of ET-1 was not affected by bisindolylmaleimide, SB 203580 or indomethacin, inhibitors of protein kinase C, p38-MAP kinase and cyclooxygenase, respectively, and was not associated with cAMP production. However, the effect of ET-1 was partially reversed by wortmannin, suggesting the involvement of PI3 kinase in the transduction signal of ET-1. 5. Differentiated 3T3-F442A adipocytes did not release ET-1 with or without exposure to TNFalpha, although the mRNA for preproET-1 was detected in both pre- and differentiated adipocytes. 6. Thus, these results confirm that adipocytes are a target for circulating ET-1 and demonstrate that the activation of the ETA receptor subtype can prevent TNFalpha

  20. Which Aspects of Stroke Do Animal Models Capture? A Multitracer Micro-PET Study of Focal Ischemia with Endothelin-1.

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    Schirrmacher, Ralf; Dea, Melvin; Heiss, Wolf-Dieter; Kostikov, Alexey; Funck, Thomas; Quessy, Stephan; Bedell, Barry; Dancause, Numa; Thiel, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Cortical injections of the vasoconstrictor endothelin-1 (ET1) have widely been used to induce focal circumscribed ischemic lesions in the motor cortex of rodents in the context of stroke recovery studies. In order to apply this model correctly, it is essential to understand the time course of regional flow changes and of the development of penumbra and infarction. Multitracer micro-PET of ET1 focal ischemia in rats was performed using [11C]-flumazenil ([11C]FMZ) as a flow- and viability tracer and [18F]-fluoromisonidazole ([18F]FMISO) as hypoxia marker in order to characterize the physiological time-course of this model. Nine adult Sprague-Dawley rats received stereotaxic injections of ET1 into the right primary motor cortex, 3 served as controls. PET imaging was started 2, 3 and 20 h after the last ET1 injection. Histology was obtained at the end of the scans. Standardized uptake value ratios reflecting cerebral blood flow (CBF), [11C]FMZ-binding and [18F]FMISO-retention were calculated for the region of hypoperfusion and the normoperfused cortex. CBF in the hypoperfused cortex was significantly reduced (p < 0.01) at 5 h (0.58 ± 0.025), 6 h (0.54 ± 0.043) and 23 h (0.66 ± 0.024) compared to controls (1.00 ± 0.011) and moderately reduced (p < 0.05) in the remainder of the affected hemisphere at 5 h (0.93 ± 0.036). [11C]FMZ-binding was within the control range at all time points. Significant [18F]FMISO-retention (1.16 ± 0.091, p < 0.05) was observed only after 6 h in the ischemic core that later turned into infarct. ET1 injections yield reproducible, slowly developing ischemic lesions with constant levels of hypoperfusion. This multitracer micro-PET study suggests that the ET1 model is appropriate for inducing chronic circumscribed ischemic lesions but seems to be less suited for studying acute stroke pathophysiology. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  1. Estrogen increases renal oxytocin receptor gene expression.

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    Ostrowski, N L; Young, W S; Lolait, S J

    1995-04-01

    Estrogens have been implicated in the sodium and fluid imbalances associated with the menstrual cycle and late pregnancy. An estrogen-dependent role for renal oxytocin receptors in fluid homeostasis is suggested by the present findings which demonstrate that estradiol benzoate treatment increases the expression of the oxytocin receptor messenger ribonucleic acid and 125I-OTA binding to oxytocin receptors in the renal cortex and medullary collecting ducts of ovariectomized female rats. Moreover, estradiol induced high levels of oxytocin receptor expression in outer stripe proximal tubules of ovariectomized female and adrenalectomized male rats. Proximal tubule induction was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner by the antiestrogen tamoxifen, but cortical expression of oxytocin receptors in macula densa cells was unaffected by tamoxifen. These data demonstrate cell-specific regulation of oxytocin receptor expression in macula densa and proximal tubule cells, and suggest a important role for these receptors in mediating estrogen-induced alterations in renal fluid dynamics by possibly affecting glomerular filtration and water and solute reabsorption during high estrogen states.

  2. Lycopene inhibits cyclic strain-induced endothelin-1 expression through the suppression of reactive oxygen species generation and induction of heme oxygenase-1 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells.

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    Sung, Li-Chin; Chao, Hung-Hsing; Chen, Cheng-Hsien; Tsai, Jen-Chen; Liu, Ju-Chi; Hong, Hong-Jye; Cheng, Tzu-Hurng; Chen, Jin-Jer

    2015-06-01

    Lycopene is the most potent active antioxidant among the major carotenoids, and its use has been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a powerful vasopressor synthesized by endothelial cells and plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of CVD. However, the direct effects of lycopene on vascular endothelial cells have not been fully described. This study investigated the effects of lycopene on cyclic strain-induced ET-1 gene expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and identified the signal transduction pathways that are involved in this process. Cultured HUVECs were exposed to cyclic strain (20% in length, 1 Hz) in the presence or absence of lycopene. Lycopene inhibited strain-induced ET-1 expression through the suppression of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation through attenuation of p22(phox) mRNA expression and NAD(P)H oxidase activity. Furthermore, lycopene inhibited strain-induced ET-1 secretion by reducing ROS-mediated extrace-llular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation. Conversely, lycopene treatment enhanced heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) gene expression through the activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway, followed by induction of the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) nuclear translocation; in addition, HO-1 silencing partially inhibited the repressive effects of lycopene on strain-induced ET-1 expression. In summary, our study showed, for the first time, that lycopene inhibits cyclic strain-induced ET-1 gene expression through the suppression of ROS generation and induction of HO-1 in HUVECs. Therefore, this study provides new valuable insight into the molecular pathways that may contribute to the proposed beneficial effects of lycopene on the cardiovascular system.

  3. Stimulation of Transforming Growth Factor-β1-Induced Endothelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition and Tissue Fibrosis by Endothelin-1 (ET-1): A Novel Profibrotic Effect of ET-1

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    Wermuth, Peter J.; Li, Zhaodong; Mendoza, Fabian A.; Jimenez, Sergio A.

    2016-01-01

    TGF-β-induced endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) is a newly recognized source of profibrotic activated myofibroblasts and has been suggested to play a role in the pathogenesis of various fibrotic processes. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in the development of tissue fibrosis but its participation in TGF-β-induced EndoMT has not been studied. Here we evaluated the role of ET-1 on TGF-β1-induced EndoMT in immunopurified CD31+/CD102+ murine lung microvascular endothelial cells. The expression levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), of relevant profibrotic genes, and of various transcription factors involved in the EndoMT process were assessed employing quantitative RT-PCR, immunofluorescence histology and Western blot analysis. TGF-β1 caused potent induction of EndoMT whereas ET-1 alone had a minimal effect. However, ET-1 potentiated TGF-β1-induced EndoMT and TGF-β1-stimulated expression of mesenchymal cell specific and profibrotic genes and proteins. ET-1 also induced expression of the TGF-β receptor 1 and 2 genes, suggesting a plausible autocrine mechanism to potentiate TGF-β-mediated EndoMT and fibrosis. Stimulation of TGF-β1-induced skin and lung fibrosis by ET-1 was confirmed in vivo in an animal model of TGF-β1-induced tissue fibrosis. These results suggest a novel role for ET-1 in the establishment and progression of tissue fibrosis. PMID:27583804

  4. Stimulation of Transforming Growth Factor-β1-Induced Endothelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition and Tissue Fibrosis by Endothelin-1 (ET-1): A Novel Profibrotic Effect of ET-1.

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    Wermuth, Peter J; Li, Zhaodong; Mendoza, Fabian A; Jimenez, Sergio A

    2016-01-01

    TGF-β-induced endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) is a newly recognized source of profibrotic activated myofibroblasts and has been suggested to play a role in the pathogenesis of various fibrotic processes. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in the development of tissue fibrosis but its participation in TGF-β-induced EndoMT has not been studied. Here we evaluated the role of ET-1 on TGF-β1-induced EndoMT in immunopurified CD31+/CD102+ murine lung microvascular endothelial cells. The expression levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), of relevant profibrotic genes, and of various transcription factors involved in the EndoMT process were assessed employing quantitative RT-PCR, immunofluorescence histology and Western blot analysis. TGF-β1 caused potent induction of EndoMT whereas ET-1 alone had a minimal effect. However, ET-1 potentiated TGF-β1-induced EndoMT and TGF-β1-stimulated expression of mesenchymal cell specific and profibrotic genes and proteins. ET-1 also induced expression of the TGF-β receptor 1 and 2 genes, suggesting a plausible autocrine mechanism to potentiate TGF-β-mediated EndoMT and fibrosis. Stimulation of TGF-β1-induced skin and lung fibrosis by ET-1 was confirmed in vivo in an animal model of TGF-β1-induced tissue fibrosis. These results suggest a novel role for ET-1 in the establishment and progression of tissue fibrosis.

  5. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in retinal ganglion cell layer and effect of topically applied brimonidine tartrate 0.2% therapy on this expression in an endothelin-1-induced optic nerve ischemia model.

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    Aktas, Zeynep; Gurelik, Gokhan; Göçün, Pinar Uyar; Akyürek, Nalan; Onol, Merih; Hasanreisoğlu, Berati

    2010-06-01

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and the impact of topically applied brimonidine tartrate 0.2% (BMD) on this expression in an endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced chronic optic nerve (ON) ischemia model of rabbit. Osmotically driven minipumps were implanted in one eye of 16 New Zealand albino rabbits to deliver ET-1 at the constant rate of 0.5 microl/h for 2 weeks. ET-1 was given with (group 3) and without topical BMD therapy (group 1). Groups 2 and 4 were taken as controls. MMP-9 expression by immunohistochemically and proportion of cells undergoing apoptosis in RGC layer were investigated. The correlation between the MMP-9 immunopositivity and the proportion of cells undergoing apoptosis in the RGC layer was evaluated. MMP-9 immunopositivity was found to be significantly higher in both groups 1 and 3 compared to that of the controls. There was no difference between groups 1 and 3 regarding MMP-9 expression (p = 0.495). A positive correlation was found between the proportion of cells undergoing apoptosis and MMP-9 expressions in the RGC layer in group 1 (p = 0.031, r = 0.754). MMP-9 expression in the RGC layer seems to significantly increase in the ET-1-induced chronic ON ischemia model. Topical BMD therapy does not seem to affect this MMP-9 expression.

  6. Distributed computing and NMR constraint-based high-resolution structure determination: applied for bioactive Peptide endothelin-1 to determine C-terminal folding.

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    Takashima, Hiroyuki; Mimura, Norio; Ohkubo, Tadayasu; Yoshida, Takuya; Tamaoki, Haruhiko; Kobayashi, Yuji

    2004-04-14

    Distributed computing has been implemented to the solution structure determination of endothelin-1 to evaluate efficiency of the method for NMR constraint-based structure calculations. A key target of the investigation was determination of the C-terminal folding of the peptide, which had been dispersed in previous studies of NMR, despite its pharmacological significances. With use of tens of thousands of random initial structures to explore the conformational space comprehensively, we determined high-resolution structures with good convergences of C-terminal as well as previously defined N-terminal structures. The previous studies had missed the C-terminal convergence because of initial structure dependencies trapped in localized folding of the N-terminal region, which are strongly constricted by two disulfide bonds.

  7. Low Soluble Fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase-1, Endoglin, and Endothelin-1 Levels in Women With Confirmed or Suspected Preeclampsia Using Proton Pump Inhibitors.

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    Saleh, Langeza; Samantar, Raaho; Garrelds, Ingrid M; van den Meiracker, Anton H; Visser, Willy; Danser, A H Jan

    2017-09-01

    Patients with preeclampsia display elevated placenta-derived sFlt-1 (soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1) and endoglin levels and decreased placental growth factor levels. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) decrease trophoblast sFlt-1 and endoglin secretion in vitro. PPIs are used during pregnancy to combat reflux disease. Here, we investigated whether PPIs affect sFlt-1 in women with confirmed/suspected preeclampsia, making use of a prospective cohort study involving 430 women. Of these women, 40 took PPIs (6 esomeprazole, 32 omeprazole, and 2 pantoprazole) for 8 to 45 (median 29) days before sFlt-1 measurement. Measurements were only made once, at study entry between weeks 20 and 41 (median 33 weeks). PPI use was associated with lower sFlt-1 levels, with no change in placental growth factor levels, both when compared with all non-PPI users and with 80 gestational age-matched controls selected from the non-PPI users. No sFlt-1/placental growth factor alterations were observed in women using ferrous fumarate or macrogol while, as expected, women using antihypertensive medication displayed higher sFlt-1 levels and lower placental growth factor levels. The PPI use-associated decrease in sFlt-1 was independent of the application of antihypertensive drugs and also occurred when restricting our analysis to patients with hypertensive disease of pregnancy at study entry. PPI users displayed more cases with preexisting proteinuria, less gestational hypertension, and a lower number of neonatal sepsis cases. Finally, their plasma endoglin and endothelin-1 levels were lower while sFlt-1 levels correlated positively with both. In conclusion, PPI use associates with low sFlt-1, endoglin, and endothelin-1 levels, warranting prospective trials to investigate the therapeutic potential of PPIs in preeclampsia. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. Random Monoallelic Gene Expression Increases upon Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation

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    Eckersley-Maslin, Mélanie A.; Thybert, David; Bergmann, Jan H.; Marioni, John C.; Flicek, Paul; Spector, David L.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Random autosomal monoallelic gene expression refers to the transcription of a gene from one of two homologous alleles. We assessed the dynamics of monoallelic expression during development through an allele-specific RNA sequencing screen in clonal populations of hybrid mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and neural progenitor cells (NPCs). We identified 67 and 376 inheritable autosomal random monoallelically expressed genes in ESCs and NPCs respectively, a 5.6-fold increase upon differentiation. While DNA methylation and nuclear positioning did not distinguish the active and inactive alleles, specific histone modifications were differentially enriched between the two alleles. Interestingly, expression levels of 8% of the monoallelically expressed genes remained similar between monoallelic and biallelic clones. These results support a model in which random monoallelic expression occurs stochastically during differentiation, and for some genes is compensated for by the cell to maintain the required transcriptional output of these genes. PMID:24576421

  9. Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor γ Regulates the V-Ets Avian Erythroblastosis Virus E26 Oncogene Homolog 1/microRNA-27a Axis to Reduce Endothelin-1 and Endothelial Dysfunction in the Sickle Cell Mouse Lung.

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    Kang, Bum-Yong; Park, Kathy; Kleinhenz, Jennifer M; Murphy, Tamara C; Sutliff, Roy L; Archer, David; Hart, C Michael

    2017-01-01

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a serious complication of sickle cell disease (SCD), causes significant morbidity and mortality. Although a recent study determined that hemin release during hemolysis triggers endothelial dysfunction in SCD, the pathogenesis of SCD-PH remains incompletely defined. This study examines peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) regulation in SCD-PH and endothelial dysfunction. PH and right ventricular hypertrophy were studied in Townes humanized sickle cell (SS) and littermate control (AA) mice. In parallel studies, SS or AA mice were gavaged with the PPARγ agonist, rosiglitazone (RSG), 10 mg/kg/day, or vehicle for 10 days. In vitro, human pulmonary artery endothelial cells (HPAECs) were treated with vehicle or hemin for 72 hours, and selected HPAECs were treated with RSG. SS mice developed PH and right ventricular hypertrophy associated with reduced lung levels of PPARγ and increased levels of microRNA-27a (miR-27a), v-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog 1 (ETS1), endothelin-1 (ET-1), and markers of endothelial dysfunction (platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 and E selectin). HPAECs treated with hemin had increased ETS1, miR-27a, ET-1, and endothelial dysfunction and decreased PPARγ levels. These derangements were attenuated by ETS1 knockdown, inhibition of miR-27a, or PPARγ overexpression. In SS mouse lung or in hemin-treated HPAECs, activation of PPARγ with RSG attenuated reductions in PPARγ and increases in miR-27a, ET-1, and markers of endothelial dysfunction. In SCD-PH pathogenesis, ETS1 stimulates increases in miR-27a levels that reduce PPARγ and increase ET-1 and endothelial dysfunction. PPARγ activation attenuated SCD-associated signaling derangements, suggesting a novel therapeutic approach to attenuate SCD-PH pathogenesis.

  10. Evolution of Brain Active Gene Promoters in Human Lineage Towards the Increased Plasticity of Gene Regulation.

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    Gunbin, Konstantin V; Ponomarenko, Mikhail P; Suslov, Valentin V; Gusev, Fedor; Fedonin, Gennady G; Rogaev, Evgeny I

    2017-02-24

    Adaptability to a variety of environmental conditions is a prominent feature of Homo sapiens. We hypothesize that this feature can be explained by evolutionary changes in gene promoters active in the brain prefrontal cortex leading to a more flexible gene regulation network. The genotype-dependent range of gene expression can be broader in humans than in other higher primates. Thus, we searched for specific signatures of evolutionary changes in promoter architectures of multiple hominid genes, including the genes active in human cortical neurons that may indicate an increase of variability of gene expression rather than just changes in the level of expression, such as downregulation or upregulation of the genes. We performed a whole-genome search for genetic-based alterations that may impact gene regulation "flexibility" in a process of hominids evolution, such as (i) CpG dinucleotide content, (ii) predicted nucleosome-DNA dissociation constant, and (iii) predicted affinities for TATA-binding protein (TBP) in gene promoters. We tested all putative promoter regions across the human genome and especially gene promoters in active chromatin state in neurons of prefrontal cortex, the brain region critical for abstract thinking and social and behavioral adaptation. Our data imply that the origin of modern man has been associated with an increase of flexibility of promoter-driven gene regulation in brain. In contrast, after splitting from the ancestral lineages of H. sapiens, the evolution of ape species is characterized by reduced flexibility of gene promoter functioning, underlying reduced variability of the gene expression.

  11. High-resolution X-ray structure of the unexpectedly stable dimer of the [Lys(-2)-Arg(-1)-des(17-21)]endothelin-1 peptide.

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    Hoh, François; Cerdan, Rachel; Kaas, Quentin; Nishi, Yoshinori; Chiche, Laurent; Kubo, Shigeru; Chino, Naoyoshi; Kobayashi, Yuji; Dumas, Christian; Aumelas, André

    2004-12-07

    Previous structural studies on the [Lys((-2))-Arg((-1))]endothelin-1 peptide (KR-ET-1), 540-fold less potent than ET-1, strongly suggested the presence of an intramolecular Arg(-1)-Asp(8) (R(-1)-D(8)) salt bridge that was also observed in the shorter [Lys((-2))-Arg((-1))-des(17-21)]endothelin-1 derivative (KR-CSH-ET). In addition, for these two analogues, we have shown that the Lys-Arg dipeptide, which belongs to the prosequence, significantly improves the formation of the native disulfide bonds (>or=96% instead of approximately 70% for ET-1). In contrast to what was inferred from NMR data, molecular dynamics simulations suggested that such an intramolecular salt bridge would be unstable. The KR-CSH-ET peptide has now been crystallized at pH 5.0 and its high-resolution structure determined ab initio at 1.13 A using direct methods. Unexpectedly, KR-CSH-ET was shown to be a head-to-tail symmetric dimer, and the overall interface involves two intermolecular R(-1)-D(8) salt bridges, a two-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet, and hydrophobic contacts. Molecular dynamics simulations carried out on this dimer clearly showed that the two intermolecular salt bridges were in this case very stable. Sedimentation equilibrium experiments unambiguously confirmed that KR-ET-1 and KR-CSH-ET also exist as dimers in solution at pH 5.0. On the basis of the new dimeric structure, previous NMR data were reinterpreted. Structure calculations were performed using 484 intramolecular and 38 intermolecular NMR-derived constraints. The solution and the X-ray structures of the dimer are very similar (mean rmsd of 0.85 A). Since the KR dipeptide at the N-terminus of KR-CSH-ET is present in the prosequence, it can be hypothesized that similar intermolecular salt bridges could be involved in the in vivo formation of the native disulfide bonds of ET-1. Therefore, it appears to be likely that the prosequence does assist the ET-1 folding in a chaperone-like manner before successive cleavages that

  12. Effect of an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide to endothelin-converting enzyme-1c (ECE-1c) on ECE-1c mRNA, ECE-1 protein and endothelin-1 synthesis in bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells.

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    Barker, S; Khan, N Q; Wood, E G; Corder, R

    2001-02-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is secreted from endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) after intracellular hydrolysis of big ET-1 by endothelin converting enzyme (ECE). The metallopeptidase called ECE-1 is widely thought to be the physiological ECE, but unequivocal evidence of this role has yet to be provided. Endothelial cells express four isoforms of ECE-1 (ECE-1a, ECE-1b, ECE-1c, and ECE-1d), but the identity of ECE-1 isoforms expressed in VSMC is less clear. Here, we describe the characterization of ECE-1 isoforms in bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (BPASMC) and the effect on ET-1 synthesis of an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) to ECE-1c. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) evaluation of total RNA from BPASMC showed that ECE-1a and ECE-1d were not expressed. Sequencing of cloned ECE-1 cDNA products and semiquantitative RT-PCR demonstrated that ECE-1b and ECE-1c were expressed in BPASMC, with ECE-1c being the predominant isoform. Basal release of ET-1 from BPASMC was low. Treatment for 24 h with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) stimulated ET-1 production by up to 10-fold with parallel increases in levels of preproET-1 mRNA. Levels of ECE-1c mRNA were also raised after TNFalpha, whereas amounts of ECE-1b mRNA were decreased significantly. Treatment of BPASMC with a phosphorothioate antisense ODN to ECE-1c caused a marked reduction in ECE-1c mRNA levels and ECE-1 protein levels. However, basal and TNFalpha-stimulated ET-1 release were largely unaffected by the ECE-1c antisense ODN despite the inhibition of ECE-1c synthesis. Hence, an endopeptidase distinct from ECE-1 is mainly responsible big ET-1 processing in BPASMC.

  13. Endothelin-1 contributes to endothelial dysfunction and enhanced vasoconstriction through augmented superoxide production in penile arteries from insulin-resistant obese rats: role of ET(A) and ET(B) receptors.

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    Sánchez, A; Martínez, P; Muñoz, M; Benedito, S; García-Sacristán, A; Hernández, M; Prieto, D

    2014-12-01

    We assessed whether endothelin-1 (ET-1) inhibits NO and contributes to endothelial dysfunction in penile arteries in a model of insulin resistance-associated erectile dysfunction (ED). Vascular function was assessed in penile arteries, from obese (OZR) and lean (LZR) Zucker rats, mounted in microvascular myographs. Changes in basal and stimulated levels of superoxide (O2 (-) ) were detected by lucigenin-enhanced chemiluminescence and ET receptor expression was determined by immunohistochemistry. ET-1 stimulated acute O2 (-) production that was blunted by tempol and the NADPH oxidase inhibitor, apocynin, but markedly enhanced in obese animals. ET-1 inhibited the vasorelaxant effects of ACh and of the NO donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-DL-penicillamine in arteries from both LZR and OZR. Selective ETA (BQ123) or ETB receptor (BQ788) antagonists reduced both basal and ET-1-stimulated superoxide generation and reversed ET-1-induced inhibition of NO-mediated relaxations in OZR, while only BQ-123 antagonized ET-1 actions in LZR. ET-1-induced vasoconstriction was markedly enhanced by NO synthase blockade and reduced by endothelium removal and apocynin. In endothelium-denuded penile arteries, apocynin blunted augmented ET-1-induced contractions in OZR. Both ETA and ETB receptors were expressed in smooth muscle and the endothelial layer and up-regulated in arteries from OZR. ET-1 stimulates ETA -mediated NADPH oxidase-dependent ROS generation, which inhibits endothelial NO bioavailability and contributes to ET-1-induced contraction in healthy penile arteries. Enhanced vascular expression of ETB receptors contributes to augmented ROS production, endothelial dysfunction and increased vasoconstriction in erectile tissue from insulin-resistant obese rats. Hence, antagonism of ETB receptors might improve the ED associated with insulin-resistant states. © 2014 The British Pharmacological Society.

  14. Common genetic variation in the type A endothelin-1 receptor is associated with ambulatory blood pressure: a family study.

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    Rahman, T; Baker, M; Hall, D H; Avery, P J; Keavney, B

    2008-04-01

    The endothelins are among the most potent vasoconstrictors known. Pharmacological inhibition of endothelin receptors lowers blood pressure (BP). It is unknown whether naturally occurring genetic variation in the endothelin receptors influences BP. We have evaluated the type A endothelin receptor (EDNRA) as a candidate gene for hypertension in a large family study. A total of 1425 members of 248 families selected via a proband with hypertension were studied. Ambulatory BP monitoring was conducted using the A&D TM2421 device. Four haplotype-tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning the EDNRA gene were typed. There was evidence of association between genotype at the rs5335 (C+70G) SNP and night systolic blood pressure (+1.24% (s.e. 0.64) per G allele; P=0.05); night diastolic blood pressure (+1.64% (s.e. 0.71) per G allele; P=0.021) and night mean BP (+1.51% (s.e. 0.64) per G allele; P=0.017). Borderline significant trends in the same direction were seen for daytime BPs. Proportions of hypertensives in each of the three genotype groups were C/C 34.7%, C/G 37.9%, G/G 42.4% yielding an odds ratio for hypertension per G allele of 1.19 (95% confidence interval 1.00-1.41; P=0.05). In conclusion, the rs5335 (C+70G) polymorphism of the EDNRA gene has small effects on the risk of hypertension. Natural variation in other genes in the endothelin-signalling pathway should be explored to identify additional influences on BP regulation.

  15. Sensitization to Acute Procedural Pain in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease: Modulation by Painful Vaso-occlusive Episodes, Age, and Endothelin-1

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    Schlenz, Alyssa M.; McClellan, Catherine B.; Mark, Teresa R.M.; McKelvy, Alvin D.; Puffer, Eve; Roberts, Carla W.; Sweitzer, Sarah M.; Schatz, Jeffrey C.

    2012-01-01

    The impact of pain early in life is a salient issue for sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic condition characterized by painful vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs) that can begin in the first year of life and persist into adulthood. This study examined the effects of age and pain history (age of onset and frequency of recent VOEs) on acute procedural pain in children with SCD. Endothelin-1, a vaso-active peptide released during VOEs and acute tissue injury, and its precursor, Big Endothelin, were explored as markers of pain sensitization and vaso-occlusion. Sixty-one children with SCD (ages 2 to 18) underwent venipuncture at routine health visits. Procedural pain was assessed via child- and caregiver-reports and observational distress. Pain history was assessed using retrospective chart review. Three primary results were found: 1) younger age was associated with greater procedural pain across pain outcomes, 2) higher frequency of VOEs was associated with greater procedural pain based on observational distress (regardless of age), and 3) age was found to moderate the relationship between VOEs and procedural pain for child-reported pain and observational distress for children five years of age and older. Associations between the endothelin variables and pain prior to venipuncture were also observed. PMID:22633685

  16. Quercetin offers cardioprotection against progression of experimental autoimmune myocarditis by suppression of oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress via endothelin-1/MAPK signalling.

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    Arumugam, Somasundaram; Thandavarayan, Rajarajan A; Arozal, Wawaimuli; Sari, Flori R; Giridharan, Vijayasree V; Soetikno, Vivian; Palaniyandi, Suresh S; Harima, Meilei; Suzuki, Kenji; Nagata, Masaki; Tagaki, Ritsuo; Kodama, Makoto; Watanabe, Kenichi

    2012-02-01

    In order to test the hypothesis that treatment with quercetin at a dose of 10 mg/kg protects from the progression of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), we have used the rat model of EAM induced by porcine cardiac myosin. Our results identified that the post-myocarditis rats suffered from elevated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and adverse cardiac remodelling in the form of myocardial fibrosis, whereas the rats treated with quercetin have been protected from these changes as evidenced by the decreased myocardial levels of ER stress and fibrosis markers when compared with the vehicle-treated DCM rats. In addition, the myocardial dimensions and cardiac function were preserved significantly in the quercetin-treated rats in comparison with the DCM rats treated with vehicle alone. Interestingly, the rats treated with quercetin showed significant suppression of the myocardial endothelin-1 and also the mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK) suggesting that the protection offered by quercetin treatment against progression of EAM involves the modulation of MAPK signalling cascade. Collectively, the present study provides data to support the role of quercetin in protecting the hearts of the rats with post myocarditis DCM.

  17. Pulmonary artery adventitial fibroblasts cooperate with vasa vasorum endothelial cells to regulate vasa vasorum neovascularization: a process mediated by hypoxia and endothelin-1.

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    Davie, Neil J; Gerasimovskaya, Evgenia V; Hofmeister, Stephen E; Richman, Aaron P; Jones, Peter L; Reeves, John T; Stenmark, Kurt R

    2006-06-01

    The precise cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating adventitial vasa vasorum neovascularization, which occurs in the pulmonary arterial circulation in response to hypoxia, remain unknown. Here, using a technique to isolate and culture adventitial fibroblasts (AdvFBs) and vasa vasorum endothelial cells (VVECs) from the adventitia of pulmonary arteries, we report that hypoxia-activated pulmonary artery AdvFBs exhibited pro-angiogenic properties and influenced the angiogenic phenotype of VVEC, in a process of cell-cell communication involving endothelin-1 (ET-1). We demonstrated that AdvFBs, either via co-culture or conditioned media, stimulated VVEC proliferation and augmented the self-assembly and integrity of cord-like networks that formed when VVECs where cultured on Matrigel. In addition, hypoxia-activated AdvFBs produced ET-1, suggesting a paracrine role for this pro-angiogenic molecule in these processes. When co-cultured on Matrigel, AdvFBs and VVECs self-assembled into heterotypic cord-like networks, a process augmented by hypoxia but attenuated by either selective endothelin receptor antagonists or oligonucleotides targeting prepro-ET-1 mRNA. From these observations, we propose that hypoxia-activated AdvFBs exhibit pro-angiogenic properties and, as such, communicate with VVECs, in a process involving ET-1, to regulate vasa vasorum neovascularization occurring in the adventitia of pulmonary arteries in response to chronic hypoxia.

  18. Detection of cancer embryo antigen and endothelin-1 in exhaled breath condensate: A novel approach to investigate non-small cell lung cancer

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    CHEN, JIN-LIANG; LV, XUE-DONG; MA, HANG; CHEN, JIAN-RONG; HUANG, JIAN-AN

    2016-01-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the clinical significance of cancer embryo antigen (CEA) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the exhaled breath condensate (EBC) of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). EBC samples were collected from 143 patients with NSCLC and 119 healthy individuals by using an EBC collector. The CEA and ET-1 levels