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Renal uptake and excretion of epidermal growth factor from plasma in the rat

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The rat excretes around 2 nmol epidermal growth factor (EGF) in the urine per 24 h. The urinary EGF might be derived from plasma and/or might be synthesized in the kidneys. We have used the rat to study the renal uptake and excretion of homologous EGF from plasma. I.v. injected 125I-EGF was removed from the circulation within a few minutes. 5 min after the injection, the kidneys contained 12% of the 125I-EGF. The kidneys seemed to degrade most of the 125I-EGF which they accumulated from blood, as only 4% of the injected label was excreted as intact 125I-EGF in the urine. The amount of endogenous EGF in plasma was under the detection limit of our enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (0.03 nmol/l) and it remained so after bilateral nephrectomy. Even if plasma EGF was 0.03 nmol/l excretion of EGF from plasma could account for less than 5% of the urinary EGF. This study shows that the kidneys are able to accumulate EGF from plasma and excrete a part of it as intact EGF in the urine. However, excretion of immunoreactive EGF from plasma can only account for a minor part of the urinary EGF.

TidsskriftRegulatory Peptides
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)273-280
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 21 maj 1990

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