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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Apr 29;271(1):197-202.

Decreased gene expression of adrenomedullin receptor in mouse lungs during sepsis.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Teikyo University School of Medicine, 2-11-1 Kaga, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, 173-8605, Japan.


Plasma concentrations of adrenomedullin (AM) are markedly increased during sepsis, but the role of AM has not been clarified. Coexpression of calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR) and receptor activity modifying protein (RAMP) 2 or 3 have been reported to form the adrenomedullin (AM) specific receptor. We examined the expression of CRLR and RAMP1, 2, and 3 in several tissues from mice in a sepsis model induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). High expression of CRLR and RAMP2 mRNA was observed in lungs of normal mice, but it was markedly decreased in endotoxemic mice. It is suggested that the abundant binding sites of AM in lungs are formed by CRLR and RAMP2 in healthy subjects and that their reduction should contribute to the increase of plasma AM concentrations during sepsis. In contrast, LPS treatment markedly increased RAMP3 gene expression in lungs, spleen, and thymus. It is revealed that the distributions of receptor or binding sites of AM are changed in sepsis, and it is suggested that AM plays distinct roles in the clinical course of this syndrome.

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