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Soluble form of the (pro)renin receptor is augmented in the collecting duct and urine of chronic angiotensin II-dependent hypertensive rats.

Authors: Gonzalez, AA  Lara, LS  Luffman, C  Seth, DM  Prieto, MC 
Citation: Gonzalez AA, etal., Hypertension. 2011 Apr;57(4):859-64. Epub 2011 Feb 14.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:21321306
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.110.167957

Renin synthesis and secretion by principal cells of the collecting duct are enhanced in angiotensin (Ang) II-dependent hypertension. The presence of renin/(pro)renin and its receptor, the (pro)renin receptor ([P]RR), in the collecting duct may provide a pathway for Ang I generation with further conversion to Ang II. To assess whether (P)RR activation occurs during Ang II-dependent hypertension, we examined renal (P)RR levels and soluble (P)RR excretion in the urine of chronic Ang II-infused rats (80 ng/min; for 2 weeks; n=10) and sham-operated rats (n=10). Systolic blood pressure and Ang II levels in the plasma and kidney were increased whereas plasma renin activity was suppressed in Ang II-infused rats. Renal (P)RR transcripts were upregulated in the cortex and medulla of Ang II-infused rats. (P)RR immunoreactivity in collecting duct cells and the protein levels of the full-length form (37-kDa band) were significantly decreased in the medulla of Ang II-infused rats. The soluble (P)RR (28-kDa band) was detected in the renal medulla and urine samples of Ang II-infused rats, which also showed increases in urinary renin content. To determine whether the soluble (P)RR could stimulate Ang I formation, urine samples were incubated with recombinant human (pro)renin. Urine samples of Ang II-infused rats exhibited increased Ang I formation compared with sham-operated rats. Thus, in chronic Ang II-infused rats, the catalytic activity of the augmented renin produced in the collecting duct may be enhanced by the intraluminal soluble (P)RR and cell-surface located (P)RR, thus contributing to enhanced intratubular Ang II formation.

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CRRD ID: 5132599
Created: 2011-05-26
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Last Modified: 2011-05-26
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