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Endocrinology. 1986 Jun;118(6):2605-7.

Fate of [125I]angiotensin II in adrenal zona glomerulosa cells.


Binding and internalization of [125I]angiotensin II (AII) were studied by morphological and biochemical methods in rats in vivo. Light microscope radioautography demonstrated that [125I]AII binds specifically to adrenal zona glomerulosa (ZG) cells. Ultrastructural radioautographic analysis revealed that [125I]AII binds to the cell surface, clusters in coated pits, is internalized in coated vesicles, and is transported by receptosomes to lysosomes in less than 20 min. Biochemical analysis revealed that as much as 40% of the adrenal radioactive uptake behaves as native [125I]AII as shown by electrophoresis, immunoprecipitation and radioligand binding studies. These results indicate that the effects of AII on the secretion of aldosterone by ZG cells are mediated by cell surface phenomena and not by binding to intracellular organelles involved in steroidogenesis. They also indicate that the half-life of AII bound to receptors and internalized seems to be much longer (min) than in the systemic circulation (sec).

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