Increaseed expression of mRNA for regulator of G protein signaling domain-containing Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factors in aorta from stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats

Zhekang Ying, Liming Jin, Anne M. Dorrance, R. Clinton Webb

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Abstract

Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factors (RhoGEF) link activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) to RhoA/Rho-kinase signaling. This cellular signaling pathway regulates vascular tone and is implicated in hypertension. The RhoGEF, providing this coupling, contain the regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) domain. We hypothesized higher mRNA expression levels for these RhoGEF in aorta from stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP). We measured mRNA expression by semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction in the aorta of Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) and SHRSP. The protein expression level of p115RhoGEF was examined by Western Blot, too. Our results showed that mRNA for RGS domain containing RhoGEF is higher in SHRSP. The results of this study indicate that RhoGEF may contribute to increased activation of RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway in hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-985
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of hypertension
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

Keywords

  • G protein coupled receptor
  • Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factors
  • RhoA
  • regulator of G protein signaling domain containing
  • stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat
  • vascular smooth muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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