J. P. Briggs

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Adenosine coordinates organ metabolism and blood supply, and it modulates immune responses. In the kidney it mediates the vascular response elicited by changes in NaCl concentration in the macula densa region of the nephron, thereby serving as an important regulator of GFR. To determine whether adenosine formation depends on extracellular nucleotide(More)
The present study was undertaken to investigate the mRNA localization of the two major kidney-specific Na-K-Cl transport proteins, the bumetanide-sensitive cotransporter (NKCC2 in rabbit and BSC1 in rat) and the thiazide-sensitive cotransporter (TSC). NKCC2 from rabbit and mouse has been shown to exist in three isoforms (designated A, B, and F) that differ(More)
In these experiments, we used a strain of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) germline null mutant mice, generated by J. H. Krege and co-workers (J. H. Krege, S. W. M. John, L. L. Langenbach, J. B. Hodgin, J. R. Hagaman, E. S. Bachman, J. C. Jennette, D. A. O'Brien, and O. Smithies. Nature 375: 146-148, 1995), to examine the effect of chronic ACE deficiency(More)
Experiments were performed in mice to investigate whether cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in epithelial cells near the tubulovascular contact point (macula densa and TAL cells) may regulate renin gene expression in juxtaglomerular granular cells. Renin activity, afferent arteriolar granularity, and renin mRNA were determined in wild-type mice and in COX-2-knockout(More)
Experiments were performed in neuronal (nNOS)- and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)-deficient mice to study the role of nitric oxide (NO) in macula densa control of renin secretion in vivo and in the isolated, perfused mouse kidney. Acute and chronic administration of loop diuretics was used as a method to stimulate macula densa-mediated renin(More)
In the current experiments, we determined the response of plasma renin concentration (PRC) to acute intraperitoneal administration of furosemide (40 mg/kg), hydralazine (2 mg/kg), isoproterenol (10 mg/kg), candesartan (50 microg), or quinaprilate (50 microg) in conscious wild-type (WT) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2-/- mice on three different genetic(More)
In the adult rodent kidney cortex, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), NO synthase (NOS1), and renin synthesis change in parallel on alterations in distal tubular NaCl concentration, and their products in part may mutually determine synthesis and activity of these enzymes. Epithelial NO synthesis has been postulated to exert a stimulatory role on COX-2 expression.(More)
Integrins mediate cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions and play key roles in development. beta(6) integrin expression has been demonstrated in human fetal kidney at a higher level than in the adult, making beta(6) integrin a marker of interest for the study of development of the nephron. The aims of this study were to determine the cDNA(More)
It has been concluded that tubulo-glomerular feedback mechanism is triggered by changes in NaCl concentration ([NaCl]) at the macula densa. This conclusion is based on the demonstration that changes in filtration rate produced during retrograde perfusion of the loop of Henle depend upon the perfusate [NaCl]. Experiments were performed to evaluate whether(More)
The nephron is derived from the ureteric bud and metanephric mesenchyme and develops into a complex epithelial structure with a wide variety of phenotypes along its length. This segmental variation in expression of molecules provides an approach to understand the lineage of unique segments. The present study evaluated the expression of four relatively(More)