Marinobufagenin interferes with the function of the mineralocorticoid receptor

Carolyn L. Smith, Qiang He, Luping Huang, Estrella Foster, Jules B. Puschett

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Marinobufagenin (MBG) is a cardiotonic steroid of the bufadienolide class of compounds which has the ability to inhibit the ubiquitous enzyme, Na+/K+-ATPase, resulting in natriuresis. The involvement of MBG in the pathogenesis of volume expansion-mediated forms of hypertension has been suggested for some time, and we have proposed that MBG participates in the hypertension noted in preeclampsia. We examined the hypothesis that MBG might contribute to these forms of hypertension by promoting the activity of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR). However, our data demonstrate that instead, MBG interferes with the functioning of the MR by inhibiting the transcriptional activity of the receptor, and this is reflected in a reduced interaction between the SRC-3 coactivator and the MR. Thus, the ability of MBG to cause a natriuresis may be due, not only to inhibition of Na+/K+-ATPase activity, but also to its ability to interfere with MR-dependent expression of the Na/K/H exchanger in the late distal nephron.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)930-934
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 18 2007


  • Cardiac glycosides
  • Coactivator
  • Marinobufagenin
  • Mineralocorticoid receptor
  • Preeclampsia
  • Transcription
  • Volume expansion-mediated hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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