Evidence that a leukocyte type of 12-lipoxygenase is expressed and regulated by angiotensin II in human adrenal glomerulosa cells

Jia Li Gu, Rama Natarajan, Jonathan Ben-Ezra, Gregory Valente, Steven Scott, Tanihiro Yoshimoto, Shozo Yamamoto, John J. Rossi, Jerry L. Nadler*

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The 12-lipoxygenase (LO) pathway of arachidonic acid plays an important role in angiotensin II (AII)-mediated aldosterone synthesis. Several distinct isoforms of 12-LO have been cloned. However, in humans only the platelet form of 12-LO has been reported to be present. Western immunoblotting analysis in cultured human adrenal glomerulosa cells using polyclonal antibodies to porcine leukocyte 12-LO enzyme or peptide showed a specific 72-kilodalton band, which is identical to the molecular size of the porcine leukocyte form of 12-LO. In addition, AII (10-7) increased the intensity of the 72- kilodalton band nearly 2-fold over basal. In situ hybridization analysis indicated a strong positive reaction with the porcine leukocyte type of 12- LO antisense riboprobe in the zona glomerulosa of the adrenal cortex. The 12- LO probe also recognized a near 4-kilobase messenger RNA (mRNA) from human glomerulosa cells in Northern blots. Since the leukocyte type of 12-LO is highly homologous to human 15-LO, a reverse transcriptase and polymerase chain reaction was used to analyze the specific type of 12-LO mRNA in human cells. The mRNA for a porcine leukocyte type of 12-LO was detected in human adrenal glomerulosa cells, and the level of 12-LO transcripts was increased approximately 60-fold by AII (10-7 M). The leukocyte type of 12-LO also was detected in human monocyte-like U937 cells, but not in IM-9 lymphocytes or human erythroleukemia cells. These results suggest that human adrenal glomerulosa cells and human monocyte-like U937 cells express a 12-LO which has immunological and molecular biological characteristics similar to the porcine leukocyte 12-LO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


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