Developmental expression of endothelin receptors in postnatal swine mesenteric artery

Baogen Y. Su, Kristina M. Reber, Craig A. Nankervis

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Abstract

Studies were conducted to determine whether endothelin (ET) ETA and ETB receptor protein and mRNA expression is developmentally regulated in the postnatal swine mesenteric circulation. To this end, Western blotting and real-time reverse PCR were performed on protein and total RNA isolated from the mesenteric artery harvested from 3-, 10-, and 30-d-old swine. Western blot analysis revealed that ETA and ETB receptor protein expression in the swine mesenteric artery decreased over the age range studied; thus, ETA and ETB receptor protein expression was significantly greater in the 3-d-old group then progressively declined over the first postnatal month. Similar to the Western data, real-time PCR analysis revealed that ETA and ETB receptor mRNA expression also decreased over the age range studied; thus, ETA and ETB receptor mRNA expression was significantly greater in the 3-d-old group then progressively declined over the first postnatal month. Immunohistochemistry localized the ETA receptor to the vascular smooth muscle and the ETB receptor to the endothelial cell layer. Additionally, we report a partial cDNA sequence for the swine ETB receptor. We conclude that ETA and ETB receptor protein and mRNA expression is developmentally regulated in the postnatal swine mesenteric artery, being expressed to a greater degree in younger animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric research
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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