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Endothelin-B receptors on suprachoroidal melanocytes mediate an endothelin-1-induced increase in the intracellular calcium concentration of rabbit ocular suprachoroidal tissue.


PMID 17612974

Abstract

The physiological properties of endothelin-1 in ocular choroidal melanocytes are not well-known, although endothelin-1 increases the intracellular calcium concentration through endothelin-B receptors in skin melanocytes. We studied the effect of endothelin-1 on choroidal melanocytes in rabbit ocular suprachoroidal tissue. Fura-2 microfluorophotometry indicated that endothelin-1 and endothelin-B receptor selective agonists, endothelin-3 and BQ3020, increased the intracellular calcium concentration of the tissue. Endothelin-B receptor selective antagonist BQ788 blunted the response. Immuno-electron microscopy showed that endothelin-B receptor-like immunoreactivity was located only on melanocytes. These results indicate that endothelin-1 increases intracellular calcium concentration in rabbit suprachoroidal tissue via endothelin-B receptors on melanocytes.

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