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Internalization and degradation of natriuretic peptide receptor-A is stimulated by ligand binding

BMC Pharmacology20099(Suppl 1):P14

Published: 11 August 2009


  • Peptide
  • Ligand Binding
  • Natriuretic Peptide
  • Cellular Location
  • Binding Study


Natriuretic peptide receptor-A (NPR-A) is a transmembrane receptor guanylyl cyclase that binds and mediates the effects of atrial and B-type natriuretic peptides (ANP/BNP). Internalization and ligand-dependent degradation of NPR-A is controversial, in part due to the use of ligand binding studies to predict the cellular location of the receptor. Here, we used a more direct sequential immunoprecipitation-western blot assay to demonstrate that long-term ANP exposure increases NPR-A degradation in primary, immortalized, and transfected cells.


A separate novel extracellular epitope antibody-binding assay indicated that NPR-A is internalized under basal conditions and that this rate is increased about two-fold by ANP exposure. siRNA knock down of clathrin and dominant negative inhibition of dynamin failed to inhibit ANP-dependent NPR-A degradation, whereas dominant negative dynamin expression reduced the rate of NPR-A internalization about 40%.


These data indicate that NPR-A is basally internalized by a dynamin-dependent pathway and that prolonged ANP exposure stimulates both NPR-A internalization and degradation.



D.R.F. was supported by an award from the American Heart Association (0815607G).

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA


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