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Br J Pharmacol. 1994 Nov;113(3):662-3.

AT1 receptor-mediated stimulation by angiotensin II of rat aortic fibronectin gene expression in vivo.

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Department of Pharmacology, Osaka City University Medical School, Japan.


Fibronectin plays an important role in various vascular diseases. A subpressor (200 ng kg-1 min-1) or pressor (1000 ng kg-1 min-1) dose of angiotensin II was continuously infused into rats by osmotic minipump for various times, to investigate the effects on aortic fibronectin gene expression. In rats infused with a subpressor dose of angiotensin II in which blood pressure was normal for 3 days, aortic fibronectin mRNA levels started to increase by 1.4 fold at 12 h and reached the maximal levels (increased by 3.1 fold) at 3 days. Treatment with TCV-116 (3 mg kg-1 day-1), a non-peptide selective AT1 receptor antagonist, completely inhibited the angiotensin II-induced increase in aortic fibronectin mRNA, while hydralazine (10 mg kg-1 day-1) did not block this effect. Similar results were also obtained for a pressor dose of angiotensin II. Thus, angiotensin II directly stimulates aortic fibronectin gene expression in vivo, which is mediated by the AT1 receptor but not by blood pressure.

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