Heterologous in vivo processing of human preproendothelin 1 into bioactive peptides.


Endothelin (ET) is an extremely potent vasoconstrictor peptide of 21 amino acids, originally found in the supernatant of cultured vascular endothelial cells. To gain insights into its biosynthetic pathway, we expressed a synthetic RNA coding for the 212-amino acid precursor of human ET-1 (preproET-1) in Xenopus oocytes. Cell homogenates and oocyte… (More)


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