A novel potent vasoconstrictor peptide produced by vascular endothelial cells

Masashi Yanagisawa, Hiroki Kurihara, Sadao Kimura, Yoko Tomobe, Mieko Kobayashi, Youji Mitsui, Yoshio Yazaki, Katsutoshi Goto, Tomoh Masaki

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An endothelium-derived 21-residue vasoconstrictor peptide, endothelin, has been isolated, and shown to be one of the most potent vasoconstrictors known. Cloning and sequencing of preproendothelin complementary DNA shows that mature endothelin is generated through an unusual proteolytic processing, and regional homologies to a group of neurotoxins suggest that endothelin is an endogenous modulator of voltage-dependent ion channels. Expression of the endothelin gene is regulated by several vasoactive agents, indicating the existence of a novel cardiovascular control system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-415
Number of pages5
Issue number6163
StatePublished - 1988

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