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Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2013 Mar 15;304(6):F801-7. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00286.2012. Epub 2012 Dec 26.

Immunosuppression preserves renal autoregulatory function and microvascular P2X(1) receptor reactivity in ANG II-hypertensive rats.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA 30912, USA.


Autoregulation is critical for protecting the kidney against arterial pressure elevation and is compromised in some forms of hypertension. Evidence indicates that activated lymphocytes contribute importantly to cardiovascular injury in hypertension. We hypothesized that activated lymphocytes contribute to renal vascular dysfunction by impairing autoregulation and P2X(1) receptor signaling in ANG II-infused hypertensive rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats receiving ANG II infusion were treated with a lymphocyte proliferation inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for 2 wk. Autoregulation was assessed in vitro and in vivo using the blood-perfused juxtamedullary nephron preparation and anesthetized rats, respectively. ANG II-treated rats exhibited impaired autoregulation. At the single vessel level, pressure-mediated afferent arteriolar vasoconstriction was significantly blunted (P < 0.05 vs. control rats). At the whole kidney level, renal blood flow passively decreased as renal perfusion pressure was reduced. MMF treatment did not alter the ANG II-induced hypertensive state; however, MMF did preserve autoregulation. The autoregulatory profiles in both in vitro or in vivo settings were similar to the responses from control rats despite persistent hypertension. Autoregulatory responses are linked to P2X(1) receptor activation. Accordingly, afferent arteriolar responses to ATP and the P2X(1) receptor agonist β,γ-methylene ATP were assessed. ATP- or β,γ-methylene ATP-induced vasoconstriction was significantly attenuated in ANG II-infused hypertensive rats but was normalized by MMF treatment. Moreover, MMF prevented elevation of plasma transforming growth factor-β1 concentration and lymphocyte and macrophage infiltration in ANG II-infused kidneys. These results suggest that anti-inflammatory treatment with MMF prevents lymphocyte infiltration and preserves autoregulation in ANG II-infused hypertensive rats, likely by normalizing P2X(1) receptor activation.

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