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      Immunohistochemical Localization of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme, Angiotensin II and AT1 Receptor in Human Ocular Tissues


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          We investigated the immunohistochemical distribution of 3 components of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), angiotensin II (AngII) and AT1 receptor (AT1), in the human eye. ACE and AngII were localized to nonpigmented epithelial cells of the ciliary body, to endothelial and epithelial cells of the cornea, to epithelial cells of the conjunctiva and to trabecular meshwork cells in the anterior part of the eye. In the posterior part of the eye, ACE and AngII were localized to ganglion cells, some cells in the inner nuclear layer, photoreceptor cells and to endothelial cells of the retinal and choroidal vessels. The overall intensity of AT1 immunoreactivity was weak in all ocular tissues, but the main localization was in ganglion cells. As a preliminary investigation, we were able to include 2 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) cases. In AD, no differences from controls were found in the cellular distribution and staining intensity of all 3 antigens. The manifold localization sites of the observed antigens point to rather generalized functions of the RAS in human ocular tissues, such as regulatory effects on neuronal cells, vessels and vitreous humor homeostasis.

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            Direct stimulation of Jak/STAT pathway by the angiotensin II AT1 receptor.

            The peptide angiotensin II is the effector molecule of the reninangiotensin system. All the haemodynamic effects of angiotensin II, including vasoconstriction and adrenal aldosterone release, are mediated through a single class of cell-surface receptors known as AT1 (refs 1, 2). These receptors contain the structural features of the G-protein-coupled receptor superfamily. We show here that angiotensin II induces the rapid phosphorylation of tyrosine in the intracellular kinases Jak2 and Tyk2 in rat aortic smooth-muscle cells and that this phosphorylation is associated with increased activity of Jak2. The Jak family substrates STAT1 and STAT2 (for signal transducers and activators of transcription) are rapidly tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to angiotensin II. We also find that Jak2 co-precipitates with the AT1 receptor, indicating that G-protein-coupled receptors may be able to signal through the intracellular phosphorylation pathways used by cytokine receptors.
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                Ophthalmic Res
                Ophthalmic Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2004
                23 December 2004
                : 36
                : 6
                : 312-320
                aPsychiatric University Clinic, University of Basel, and bUniversity Eye Clinic, Basel, Switzerland; cUniversity Eye Clinic, Friedrich Wilhelm University, Bonn, Germany
                81633 Ophthalmic Res 2004;36:312–320
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 2, Tables: 3, References: 45, Pages: 9
                Original Paper

                Vision sciences,Ophthalmology & Optometry,Pathology
                Retina,Angiotensin-converting enzyme,AT1 receptor,Alzheimer’s disease,Angiotensin II


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