Potent osmoregulatory actions of homologous adrenomedullins administered peripherally and centrally in eels

Maho Ogoshi, Shigenori Nobata, Yoshio Takei

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Citations (Scopus)


The teleost adrenomedullin (AM) family consists of three groups, AM1/AM4, AM2/AM3, and AM5. In the present study, we examined the effects of homologous AM1, AM2, and AM5 on drinking and renal function after peripheral or central administration in conscious freshwater eels. AM2 and AM5, but not AM1, exhibited dosedependent (0.01-1 nmol/kg) dipsogenic and antidiuretic effects after intra-arterial bolus injection. The antidiuretic effect was significantly correlated with the degree of associated hypotension. To avoid the potential indirect osmoregulatory effects of AM-induced hypotension, infusion of AMs was also performed at nondepressor doses. Drinking was enhanced dose-dependently at 0.1-3 pmol·kg-1·min-1 of AM2 and AM5, matching the potency and efficacy of angiotensin II (ANG II), the most potent dipsogenic hormone known thus far. AM2 and AM5 infusion also induced mild antidiuresis, while AM1 caused antinatriuresis. Additionally, AMs were injected into the third and fourth ventricles of conscious eels to assess their site of dipsogenic action. However, none of the AMs at 0.05-0.5 nmol induced drinking, while ANG II was highly dipsogenic. AM2 and ANG II injected into the third ventricle increased arterial pressure while AM5 decreased it in a dose-dependent manner, and both AM2 and AM5 decreased blood pressure when injected into the fourth ventricle. These data suggest that circulating AM2 and AM5 act on a target site in the brain that lacks the blood-brain barrier. Collectively, the present study showed that AM2 and AM5 are potent osmoregulatory hormones in the eel, and their actions imply involvement in seawater adaptation of this euryhaline species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R2075-R2083
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiotensin
  • Antidiuresis
  • Drinking
  • Intracerebroventricular administration
  • Teleost fish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Potent osmoregulatory actions of homologous adrenomedullins administered peripherally and centrally in eels'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this