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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Apr 2;270(1):89-93.

Rat receptor-activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs) for adrenomedullin/CGRP receptor: cloning and upregulation in obstructive nephropathy.

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Department of Medicine and Clinical Science, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, 606-8507, Japan.


Adrenomedullin (AM) is a potent vasorelaxing peptide originally isolated pheochromocytoma. Recently, a family of receptor-activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs 1-3) were identified in humans. Associated with the calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR), RAMP2 or RAMP3 may function as the AM receptor. Here we cloned rat RAMP family, analyzed their distribution in rat tissues, and examined regulation of their expression in the kidney using an obstructive nephropathy model. Northern blot analyses revealed that the RAMP family genes are expressed in various tissues with different tissue specificity; RAMP1 is abundantly expressed in the brain, fat, thymus, and spleen, RAMP2 in the lung, spleen, fat, and aorta, while RAMP3 is most abundant in the kidney and lung. After ureteral obstruction, RAMP1, RAMP2, and CRLR gene expressions in the obstructed kidney were markedly upregulated, whereas RAMP3 expression was unchanged. Thus, RAMPs are regulated differently in obstructive nephropathy, suggesting their distinct roles in renal pathophysiology.

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