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Microsc Res Tech. 2002 Apr 1;57(1):55-9.

Multiple roles of adrenomedullin revealed by animal models.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599, USA.


The newly identified adrenomedullin (AM) gene codes for a potent, highly conserved vasodilator that is expressed in many tissues. Many biological functions have been ascribed to AM based on its broad expression pattern and numerous in vitro studies, and it is currently viewed as a multifunctional peptide hormone. Recent advances in gene manipulation have permitted the development of experimental animal systems to help distinguish between gene causes and effects in the context of otherwise normal physiology, and so the normal biological function of the AM gene can be studied within the intact physiological milieu of a whole animal. In this review article, we summarize the recent findings from three different types of genetic experiments involving the AM gene.

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