Angiotensin II receptors: Localization of type I and type II in rat epididymides of different developmental stages
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AbstractPrevious studies from our laboratory have provided evidence for the existence of a local reninangiotensin system in the rat epididymis. Evidence has also accumulated, indicating that locally formed angiotensin II from the rat epididymis may play a paracrine and/or autocrine role in regulating epididymal electrolyte and fluid transport. In the present study, specific antipeptide antibodies against the second extracellular loops of angiotensin II type I (AT(1)) and type II (AT(2)) receptors were used to localize immunocytochemically these receptors in the rat cauda epididymides of three developmental stages, namely, immature (2-week), early mature (6-week) and fully mature(10-week). The immunostaining intensity for AT(2) receptors was found to be stronger than that for AT(2), receptors throughout rat epididymides of all stages. However, the immunostaining for both AT(1) and AT(2) receptors observed in the fully mature rat epididymis was much more intense than that observed in the epididymides of the two younger stages. While the immunostaining for both AT(1) and AT(2) receptors in the younger rat epididymides appeared to be distributed in both basal and apical regions, the immunostaining in the fully mature epididymis was predominantly localized in the basal region. The present finding of the differential patterns of angiotensin II receptor immunoreactivity in three different stages of the rat epididymis may reflect the fine tuning of rat epididymal function by angiotensin II, acting as a paracrine or autocrine agent, during the course of development.
All Author(s) ListLeung PS, Chan HC, Fu LXM, Leung PY, Chew SBC, Wong PYD
Journal nameJournal of Membrane Biology
Volume Number157
Issue Number1
Pages97 - 103
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsangiotensin II receptor; antibodies; epididymis; epithelium; immunocytochemistry; renin-angiotensin system
Web of Science Subject CategoriesBiochemistry & Molecular Biology; BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY; Cell Biology; CELL BIOLOGY; Physiology; PHYSIOLOGY

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