Author(s): Sexton PM, Adam WR, Moseley JM, Martin TJ, Mendelsohn FA
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Abstract Calcitonin receptor binding sites were identified in renal cortex and medulla using the radioligand 125I-salmon calcitonin. Microscopic localization of these receptors revealed binding over medullary and cortical thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle and in distal convoluted tubule. A number of receptor positive cells in the inner medulla were also identified. Characterization of the binding demonstrated a single class of high-affinity binding sites in both the medulla and the cortex with affinity constants of 0.74 +/- 0.09 x 10(9) M-1 and 0.32 +/- 0.05 x 10(9) M-1, respectively, and receptor concentrations of 205 +/- 45 fmol/mg protein and 453 +/- 54 fmol/mg protein, respectively. Competition for 125I-salmon calcitonin binding by a wide range of calcitonin analogs revealed a close correspondence between the reported biological potencies and activities in the current system. The localization of binding sites within the nephron corresponds to the reported localization of calcitonin-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity and suggests that the receptor mediated actions of calcitonin in the kidney utilize cyclic AMP as a second messenger. In addition, the microscopic identification of specific calcitonin receptors helps the delineation of direct actions of this hormone from those which are indirect.
This article was published in Kidney Int
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy