Cloning and expression of rat preproendothelin-3 cDNA

Reiko Shiba, Takeshi Sakurai, Goro Yamada, Hiroaki Morimoto, Akira Saito, Tomoh Masaki, Katsutoshi Goto

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We report here the cloning and expression of a rat full-length cDNA encoding preproendothelin-3 (preproET-3). The predicted rat preproET-3 consisted of 167 amino acid residues. As in other ET-family peptides, the mature rat ET-3 was predicted to be produced through unusual processing from a 41-residue intermediate, the big ET-3 in rat. Transient transfection of COS-7 cells with the cloned preproET-3 cDNA resulted in the production of mature ET-3 and this production was inhibited by phosphoramidon, a metaloprotease inhibitor. This suggested that a phosphoramidon sensitive mechanism was involved in the production of ET-3 in the transfected COS-7 cells. Northern blot analysis showed that an approximately 3.0-kb rat preproET-3 mRNA was expressed in rat tissues, including the eye ball, submandibular gland, brain, kidney, jejunum, stomach and spleen. A 2.0-kb and a 3.3-kb mRNA were also detected in the eye ball and small intestine, respectively. The distinct distribution of rat preproET-3 mRNA from that of preproET-1 mRNA suggested that ET-1 and ET-3 played different roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-594
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 15 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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