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ROCK/NF-¿B axis-dependent augmentation of angiotensinogen by angiotensin II in primary-cultured preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells.

Authors: Miyata, Kayoko  Satou, Ryousuke  Shao, Weijian  Prieto, Minolfa C  Urushihara, Maki  Kobori, Hiroyuki  Navar, L Gabriel 
Citation: Miyata K, etal., Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2014 Mar 15;306(6):F608-18. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00464.2013. Epub 2014 Jan 15.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:24431199
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1152/ajprenal.00464.2013

In angiotensin II (ANG II)-dependent hypertension, the augmented intrarenal ANG II constricts the renal microvasculature and stimulates Rho kinase (ROCK), which modulates vascular contractile responses. Rho may also stimulate angiotensinogen (AGT) expression in preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), but this has not been established. Therefore, the aims of this study were to determine the direct interactions between Rho and ANG II in regulating AGT and other renin-angiotensin system (RAS) components and to elucidate the roles of the ROCK/NF-κB axis in the ANG II-induced AGT augmentation in primary cultures of preglomerular VSMCs. We first demonstrated that these preglomerular VSMCs express renin, AGT, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and ANG II type 1 (AT1) receptors. Furthermore, incubation with ANG II (100 pmol/l for 24 h) increased AGT mRNA (1.42 ± 0.03, ratio to control) and protein (1.68 ± 0.05, ratio to control) expression levels, intracellular ANG II levels, and NF-κB activity. In contrast, the ANG II treatment did not alter AT1a and AT1b mRNA levels in the cells. Treatment with H-1152 (ROCK inhibitor, 10 nmol/l) and ROCK1 small interfering (si) RNA suppressed the ANG II-induced AGT augmentation and the upregulation and translocalization of p65 into nuclei. Functional studies showed that ROCK exerted a greater influence on afferent arteriole responses to ANG II in rats subjected to chronic ANG II infusions. These results indicate that ROCK is involved in NF-κB activation and the ROCK/NF-κB axis contributes to ANG II-induced AGT upregulation, leading to intracellular ANG II augmentation.


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