Endothelin receptors in human parathyroid gland

Satoru Eguchi, Yukio Hirata, Taihei Imai, Kazuo Kanno, Takashi Akiba, Aiji Sakamoto, Masashi Yanagisawa, Tomoh Masaki, Fumiaki Marumo

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We studied whether specific receptors for endothelins (ETs) exist in human parathyroid tissues and whether ETs may have any effect on secretion of PTH from parathyroid cells. Binding studies using [125I]ET-1 to the parathyroid membranes obtained from patients with hyperparathyroidism (2 adenomas, 2 hyperplasias) revealed that ET-1 competitively inhibited the binding of [125I]ET-1 to the membranes (the apparent Kd: 62±18 pM), whereas ET-3 showed biphasic and less steep inhibition curve than ET-1 in all tissue membranes examined. Northern blot analysis of poly(A)+ RNA from the parathyroid adenoma clearly demonstrated gene expression of both ETA and ETB receptors as well as preproET-1. ET-1 inhibited basal PTH secretion from dispersed adenoma cells more potently than ET-3. The present study clearly demonstrates the presence of both ETA and ETB receptor subtypes in human parathyroid tissues through which ETs may modulate PTH secretion in an autocrine and/or paracrine manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1448-1455
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 15 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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