Analysis of smooth muscle function in IRAG knockout mice
© Desch et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 25 July 2007
Signaling by NO/cGMP relaxes various smooth muscles, modulating thereby vascular tone and gastrointestinal motility. An important signaling pathway of cGMP-dependent protein kinase type I (cGKI)-dependent relaxation is mediated by IRAG (IP3 Receptor Associated cGKI substrate) which is highly expressed in smooth muscle tissues. In order to elucidate the physiological role of IRAG we generated IRAG knockout mice by targeted deletion of exon 3.
The cGMP dependent relaxation of hormone induced contraction on gastrointestinal tissues of colon and jejunum as well as aortic vessels is significantly affected in IRAG knockout mice in comparison to wild type animals. The analysis of smooth muscle function indicates that IRAG is essentiaI for NO/cGMP/cGKI signaling, especially for regulating muscular tone.
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