Ample genetic and physiological evidence establishes that renal salt handling is a critical regulator of blood pressure. Studies also establish a role for the immune system, T-cell infiltration, and immune cytokines in hypertension. This study aimed to connect immune cytokines, specifically interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and interleukin-17A (IL-17A), to sodium transporter regulation in the kidney during angiotensin-II (Ang-II) hypertension. C57BL/6J (wild-type) mice responded to Ang-II infusion (490 ng/kg per minute, 2 weeks) with a rise in blood pressure (170 mm Hg) and a significant decrease in the rate of excretion of a saline challenge. In comparison, mice that lacked the ability to produce either IFN-γ (IFN-γ(-/-)) or IL-17A (IL-17A(-/-)) exhibited a blunted rise in blood pressure (<150 mm Hg), and both the genotypes maintained baseline diuretic and natriuretic responses to a saline challenge. Along the distal nephron, Ang-II infusion increased abundance of the phosphorylated forms of the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter, Na-Cl cotransporter, and Ste20/SPS-1-related proline-alanine-rich kinase, in both the wild-type and the IL-17A(-/-) but not in IFN-γ(-/-) mice; epithelial Na channel abundance increased similarly in all the 3 genotypes. In the proximal nephron, Ang-II infusion significantly decreased abundance of Na/H-exchanger isoform 3 and the motor myosin VI in IL-17A(-/-) and IFN-γ(-/-), but not in wild-type; the Na-phosphate cotransporter decreased in all the 3 genotypes. Our results suggest that during Ang-II hypertension both IFN-γ and IL-17A production interfere with the pressure natriuretic decrease in proximal tubule sodium transport and that IFN-γ production is necessary to activate distal sodium reabsorption.
Keywords: NHE3 protein; NKCC2 protein sodium chloride cotransporters; SPAK protein; angiotensin-II; cytokines; epithelial Na+ channel.
© 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.