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- Ekelund, U. et al. (1994) Br. J. Pharmacol. 112, 887.
- Alomone Labs BQ-3020 activates Endothelin B receptor-mediated Ca2+ mobilization in CHO-K1-mt Aequorin cells.Dose-response curve of normalized activation of the Endothelin B receptor-mediated Ca2+ mobilization, evoked by BQ-3020 (#SPE-200). Ca2+ response was detected by measuring aequorin-derived fluorescence following application of BQ-3020 and Endothelin-1 at different concentrations. The EC50 measured for BQ-3020 is 23 pM.
BQ-3020 is a synthetic peptide that acts as a selective and potent ET-B (endothelin B) receptor agonist, a receptor that belongs to the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR). BQ-3020 is a linear analog of the ET-B receptor ligand endothelin 1 (ET-1), with very close structural similarity to ET-1 compared to other agonists. Several studies have shown that locally active in vivo administration of BQ-3020 causes arterial constriction in healthy human blood vessels1.
Endothelin receptors include two subtypes: ET-A and ET-B. They are widely distributed in vascular and nonvascular tissues. ET-B receptor has high equal affinity for all endothelin isopeptides2. ET-B receptors play an important role in regulating renal function and blood pressure and are expressed in sensory nerves. They are mainly present in medium- and large-sized cell bodies of human trigeminal ganglia3.
Endothelin receptor agonists are being used as useful tools for the functional characterization of these receptors. Studies have shown that administering ET-B receptor agonist into the rat renal medulla, leads to natriuresis and diuresis via a mechanism that is NOS1-dependent4.
BQ-3020 (#SPE-200) is a highly pure, synthetic, and biologically active peptide.