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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1991 Sep 30;179(3):1361-7.

Changes in expression of angiotensin receptor subtypes in the rat aorta during development.

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Section on Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.


Quantitative autoradiography was used to characterize angiotensin AT1 and AT2 receptors, in the rat aorta at three developmental ages; embryonic day 18 (E18), and postnatal weeks 2 and 8. The expression of angiotensin receptors was higher in the aorta of E18 and 2-week-old rat. A major proportion of the angiotensin receptors expressed in the aorta at these two ages was AT2 (84 and 81% respectively). Conversely, in the aorta of 8-week-old rats, AT1 was the predominant angiotensin receptor subtype (71%). In 8-week-old rats, the AT2 subtype was also present (28%). In pre- and postnatal rats, [125I]Sar1-angiotensin II binding to AT1 receptors was sensitive to GTP gamma S whereas binding to AT2 receptors was not. AT2 receptors may serve an important role during stages of rapid growth of the aorta, and also have a significant function in the adult vasculature.

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