Author(s): Elmarakby AA, Quigley JE, Imig JD, Pollock JS, Pollock DM
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Abstract Studies suggest that the inflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha plays a role in the prognosis of end-stage renal diseases. We previously showed that TNF-alpha inhibition slowed the progression of hypertension and renal damage in angiotensin II salt-sensitive hypertension. Thus, we hypothesize that TNF-alpha contributes to renal inflammation in a model of mineralocorticoid-induced hypertension. Four groups of rats (n = 5 or 6) were studied for 3 wk with the following treatments: 1) placebo, 2) placebo + TNF-alpha inhibitor etanercept (1.25 mg.kg(-1).day(-1) sc), 3) deoxycorticosterone acetate + 0.9\% NaCl to drink (DOCA-salt), or 4) DOCA-salt + etanercept. Mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) measured by telemetry increased in DOCA-salt rats compared with baseline (177 +/- 4 vs. 107 +/- 3 mmHg; P < 0.05), and TNF-alpha inhibition had no effect in the elevation of MAP in these rats (177 +/- 8 mmHg). Urinary protein excretion significantly increased in DOCA-salt rats compared with placebo (703 +/- 76 vs. 198 +/- 5 mg/day); etanercept lowered the proteinuria (514 +/- 64 mg/day; P < 0.05 vs. DOCA-salt alone). Urinary albumin excretion followed a similar pattern in each group. Urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 and endothelin (ET)-1 excretion were also increased in DOCA-salt rats compared with placebo (MCP-1: 939 +/- 104 vs. 43 +/- 7 ng/day, ET-1: 3.30 +/- 0.29 vs. 1.07 +/- 0.03 fmol/day; both P < 0.05); TNF-alpha inhibition significantly decreased both MCP-1 and ET-1 excretion (409 +/- 138 ng/day and 2.42 +/- 0.22 fmol/day, respectively; both P < 0.05 vs. DOCA-salt alone). Renal cortical NF-kappaB activity also increased in DOCA-salt hypertensive rats, and etanercept treatment significantly reduced this effect. These data support the hypothesis that TNF-alpha contributes to the increase in renal inflammation in DOCA-salt rats.
This article was published in Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol
and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy