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Co-localization of the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 channel (SGLT-2) with endothelin ETA and ETB receptors in human cardiorenal tissue.

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Williams, Thomas L 
Kuc, Rhoda E 
Paterson, Anna L 
Abraham, George R 
Pullinger, Anna L 


UNLABELLED: Endothelin (ET) receptor antagonists are being investigated in combination with sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT-2i). These drugs primarily inhibit the SGLT-2 transporter that, in humans, is thought to be mainly restricted to the renal proximal convoluted tubule, resulting in increased glucose excretion favouring improved glycaemic control and diuresis. This action reduces fluid retention with ET receptor antagonists. Studies have suggested SGLT-2 may also be expressed in cardiomyocytes of human heart. To understand the potential of combining the two classes of drugs, our aim was to compare the distribution of ET receptor sub-types in human kidney, with SGLT-2. Secondly, using the same experimental conditions, we determined if SGLT-2 expression could be detected in human heart and whether the transporter co-localised with ET receptors. METHODS: Immunocytochemistry localised SGLT-2, ETA and ETB receptors in sections of histologically normal kidney, left ventricle from patients undergoing heart transplantation or controls. Primary antisera were visualised using fluorescent microscopy. Image analysis was used to measure intensity compared with background in adjacent control sections. RESULTS: As expected, SGLT-2 localised to epithelial cells of the proximal convoluted tubules, and co-localised with both ET receptor sub-types. Similarly, ETA receptors predominated in cardiomyocytes; low (compared with kidney but above background) positive staining was also detected for SGLT-2. DISCUSSION: Whether low levels of SGLT-2 have a (patho)physiological role in cardiomyocytes is not known but results suggest the effect of direct blockade of sodium (and glucose) influx via SGLT-2 inhibition in cardiomyocytes should be explored, with potential for additive effects with ETA antagonists.


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Acknowledgements: We thank Papworth Hospital Research Tissue Bank for collection of surgical samples.

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Endothelin-1, SGLT-2, sodium-glucose co-transporter-2, sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors, Humans, Sodium-Glucose Transporter 2, Receptor, Endothelin A, Receptor, Endothelin B, Kidney, Male, Sodium-Glucose Transporter 2 Inhibitors, Kidney Tubules, Proximal, Female, Myocardium, Middle Aged

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Portland Press Ltd.
British Heart Foundation (FS/18/46/33663)
Wellcome Trust (203814/Z/16/Z)
British Heart Foundation (FS/4yPhD/F/21/34156)
Wellcome Trust Programme in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease (203814/Z/16/A, T.L.W.), British Heart Foundation (FS/18/46/33663, S.S, FS/4yPhD/F/21/34156, ALP), Astra Zeneca, Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Biomedical Resources Grant (University of Cambridge, Cardiovascular Theme).