We examined the effect of human recombinant interleukin 1 (IL-1) on the production of endothelin-1 by cultured porcine endothelial cells. The induction of endothelin-1 mRNA began within 1 hr of exposure to IL-1, showed twin peaks at 4 and 24 hr, and declined thereafter. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay revealed that the amount of endothelin-1 peptide in conditioned media was also increased by IL-1 in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Our results suggested that IL-1, a macrophage-derived cytokine, may affect the contraction and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells by stimulating the production of endothelin by endothelial cells.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jan 15 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology