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Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013 Sep 1;305(5):H667-75. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00053.2013. Epub 2013 Jun 28.

Periaortic adipose tissue-specific activation of the renin-angiotensin system contributes to atherosclerosis development in uninephrectomized apoE-/- mice.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan; and.


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. The perivascular adipose tissue is closely implicated in the development of atherosclerosis; however, the contribution to CKD-associated atherogenesis remains undefined. Eight-week-old apoE-deficient mice were uninephrectomized and fed a high-cholesterol diet starting at 12 wk of age. The atherosclerotic lesion area in the thoracic aorta was comparable in 16-wk-old uninephrectomized (UNX) mice and sham control mice; however, the lesion area was markedly exaggerated in 20-wk-old UNX mice compared with the control (54%, P < 0.05). While the accumulation of monocytes/macrophages and the mRNA expression levels of inflammatory cytokines/chemokines in the thoracic periaortic adipose tissue (PAT) did not differ between the two groups, angiotensinogen (AGT) mRNA expression and the angiotensin II (ANG II) concentration in the PAT were significantly higher in 16-wk-old UNX mice than in the control (1.9- and 1.5-fold increases vs. control, respectively; P < 0.05). ANG II concentrations in both the plasma and epididymal white adipose tissue (WAT) were comparable between the two groups, suggesting that PAT-specific activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is primarily involved in CKD-associated atherogenesis. The homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index and plasma insulin level after glucose loading were significantly elevated in 16-wk-old UNX mice. In vitro stimulation of preadipocytes with insulin exaggerated the AGT mRNA expression along with increased mRNA expression of PPARĪ³. These findings suggest that PAT-specific RAS activation probably primarily contributes in accelerating atherosclerotic development in UNX mice and could thus represent a therapeutic target for preventing CKD-associated atherogenesis.


atherosclerosis; chronic kidney disease; periaortic adipose tissue; renin-angiotensin system

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