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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - May 15 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology