Effects of various protease inhibitors on the conversion of big endothelin (ET)-1 to ET-1 in cultured endothelial cells were analyzed. A metal protease inhibitor, phosphoramidon, decreases the amount of ET-1 and increases that of big ET-1 released. This effect is dose-dependent and not nonspecific. When the contents of ET-1 and big ET-1 in the cells after culturing in the medium with or without phosphoramidon were measured, the ratio of ET-1 : big ET-1 in the cells was 3.3 : 1 and phosphoramidon inverted the ratio in the cells to 1 : 3.5. These data strongly suggest that a phosphoramidon-sensitive protease converts big ET-1 to mature ET-1 intracellularly.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jan 31 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology