Presence of endothelin-1 in porcine spinal cord: Isolation and sequence determination

Osamu Shinmi, Sadao Kimura, Toshihiro Yoshizawa, Tatsuya Sawamura, Yasuo Uchiyama, Yoshiki Sugita, Ichiro Kanazawa, Masashi Yanagisawa, Katsutoshi Goto, Tomoh Masaki

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We investigated the molecular forms of endothelin (ET) related peptides in porcine spinal cord by high performance liquid chromatography coupled with radioimmunoassays using three antisera raised against ET-1 and C-terminal fragments of ET-1 and big ET-1. ET-1 and its oxidized form were isolated as major immunoreactive peptides and sequenced. Furthermore, immunoreactivities like ET-3 and big ET-1(22-39) (contents: < 8% and < 1% of ET-1, respectively) were detected based on their chromatographic retention times and characteristics of immunoreactivity to the antisera. Big ET-1 was only scarecely detected. Immunohistochemical study showed the presence of ET-1-like immunoreactivity in motoneurons, dorsal horn neurons and dot- and fiber-like structures in the dorsal horn of lumbar spinal cord. These results indicate that ET-1 is present not only in endothelial cells but also in spinal cord, and that big ET-1 is converted into ET-1 in spinal cord by specific processing between Trp21-Val22. The data also indicate that ET-1 may act as a neuropeptide in the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-346
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 14 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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