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We describe the characteristics of a potent and selective endothelin (ET) B-receptor antagonist, BQ-788 [N-cis-2,6-dimethylpiperidinocarbonyl-L-gamma-methylleucyl-D -1- methoxycarbonyltryptophanyl-D-norleucine]. In vitro, this compound potently and competitively inhibits 125I-labeled endothelin 1 (ET-1) binding to ETB receptors on human Girardi heart cells(More)
The food values of marine algae are currently being reconsidered in the hope of coping with future food shortages . From the distant past, a long coastline and a rich and abundant variety of marine algae have allowed the Japanese to take full advantage of this source of food . In Japan more than one hundred species of marine algae have been used(More)
To elucidate the pathophysiological role of endogenous endothelin (ET), we examined the effects of the newly synthesized ETA receptor-selective antagonist, BQ-123, on ischemic acute renal failure induced by bilateral clamping of renal artery and vein followed by reperfusion in rats. BQ-123, when given by i.v. infusion of 0.5 mg/kg per min for 2.5 h during(More)
BW-175 is a newly synthesized renin inhibitor which is a nonpeptidic, norleucine analog. Its IC50 values for renin activity in human, squirrel monkey, marmoset, dog, hog, rabbit and rat plasma were 3.3, 6.6, 2.4, 42, 110, 86 and 3500 nM, respectively, and 26 microM for cathepsin D. Pepsin and angiotensin converting enzyme were hardly inhibited at 10(-4) M.(More)
1. Tsukuba hypertensive mice (THM) carry both human renin and angiotensinogen genes, and develop hypertension. The animal has high levels of renin activity and angiotensin II concentration in the plasma. 2. Urinary excretion in THM was greater than in the control animal, non-transgenic C57BL/6j. THM showed a greater amount of daily water intake. The(More)
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