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J Recept Signal Transduct Res. 2004 Feb;24(1-2):53-66.

Age-related changes in the properties of the endothelin receptor system at protein and mRNA levels in the rat vas deferens.

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Section of Urology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.

Abstract

As age-related changes occur in the properties of the endothelin (ET) receptor system in several mammalian tissues, and as there are significant amounts of functional ET receptors in the vas deferens, we investigated the age-related changes in the ET receptor system at the protein and mRNA levels in the rat vas deferens. The ET system was investigated in the vasa deferentia of 3 weeks, 3 months and 22 months old rats. ET receptors were characterized and quantified at the protein level by radioligand receptor binding, and gene transcript levels of ET-1, ET-3, ET converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1), and ET(A) and ET(B) receptor subtypes were quantified by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The results of radioligand receptor binding assays demonstrate that there is a higher density of total ET receptors in the vas deferens of 3 weeks old rats than in 3 months and 22 months old rats, and that the predominant ET receptor is of the ET(A) subtype in all three ages. Real-time RT-PCR data show that the predominant mRNA expression of ETs and their receptors in all age groups studied are ET-1 and the ET(A) receptor subtype, respectively. Furthermore, ET-1, ET-3, ECE-1, and ET(A) and ET(B) receptor subtype mRNAs are expressed at higher levels in the 3 weeks old rats as compared with the other two age groups. These results demonstrate the presence of age-related changes in the properties of the ET receptor system at both protein and mRNA levels in the rat vas deferens.

PMID:
15344879
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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