Thyroid hormone regulates renocortical COX-2 and PGE2 expression in the late gestation fetal sheep
ABSTRACT Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) is important for development of the fetal kidney. Precisely how renal COX-2 expression is regulated in fetal life is unclear. The hypothesis that thyroid hormone positively regulates COX-2 and PGE(2) levels in the late gestation fetal kidney cortex was tested. Sham, thyroidectomized (TX), and TX + thyroid hormone replacement (R) fetal sheep were studied. TX was performed at 120 days gestational age (dGA). TX + R fetuses were continuously infused with thyroxine from 3 days after surgery until study completion. Fetal kidney cortex was obtained at 137 dGA for measurement of renal cyclooxygenase type-2 (COX-2) protein and PGE(2) metabolites. Renocortical COX-2 and PGE(2) levels were significantly lower in TX compared with sham and TX + R fetuses. There were no differences between sham and TX + R fetuses. These findings demonstrate that thyroid hormone positively regulates renal COX-2 and PGE(2) expression in the late gestation fetal sheep kidney.
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- "Recently, we have further demonstrated in animal studies that the increase in renal PGE2 was actually associated with the increase in local renin production . Since thyroid hormone is known to positively regulate the renal expression of COX-2 and PGE2 , this hormone was thought to stimulate renal renin synthesis by increasing the local production of COX-2 and PGE2 in the kidney. In our case, the activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system was thought to be elevated, and its pharmacological blockade by valsartan effectively resolved the edema. "
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