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Tanigaki K.,University of Texas at Dallas | Vongpatanasin W.,University of Texas at Dallas | Barrera J.A.,University of Texas at Dallas | Atochin D.N.,Hypertension Section | And 4 more authors.
Diabetes | Year: 2013

Elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance. Whether CRP plays a causal role is unknown. Here we show that CRP transgenic mice and wild-type mice administered recombinant CRP are insulin resistant. Mice lacking the inhibitory Fcg receptor IIB (FcgRIIB) are protected from CRP-induced insulin resistance, and immunohistochemistry reveals that FcgRIIB is expressed in skeletal muscle microvascular endothelium and is absent in skeletal muscle myocytes, adipocytes, and hepatocytes. The primary mechanism in glucose homeostasis disrupted by CRP is skeletal muscle glucose delivery, and CRP attenuates insulin-induced skeletal muscle blood flow. CRP does not impair skeletal muscle glucose delivery in FcgRIIB2/2 mice or in endothelial nitric oxide synthase knock-in mice with phosphomimetic modification of Ser1176, which is normally phosphorylated by insulin signaling to stimulate nitric oxide-mediated skeletal muscle blood flow and glucose delivery and is dephosphorylated by CRP/FcgRIIB. Thus, CRP causes insulin resistance in mice through FcgRIIBmediated inhibition of skeletal muscle glucose delivery. Copyright © 2013 by the American Diabetes Association.


Sanchez R.A.,Hypertension Section | Sanchez R.A.,Hypertension and Metabolic Unit | Gilbert B.H.,Hypertension Section | Masnatta L.,Hypertension and Metabolic Unit | And 4 more authors.
Current Hypertension Reviews | Year: 2015

Non-modulating hypertension (NMHT) is a high renin subtype of salt sensitive hypertension, which fails to achieve renal vasodilatation and a correct Na+ handling during sodium load. We investigate, in MHT and NMHT, the role of ANP, the renin-angiotensin system and PgI2, in the renal sodium handling mechanisms. After 10 days of low (20mmol.L) or after 72hs of high (250mmol.L) sodium intake, 13 NMHT (34±5y; 9 male) and 13 MHT (32±4y; 10male) were studied. Pro-ANP (1-30) PgI2, PRA and total exchangeable Na+24 (ENa+) were measured. Under low sodium intake, PRA (4.2±0.5ng.ml.h; p<0.05) and Pro-ANP (78.6±2pg/ml, p<0.05) were higher than in NMHT under (3.1±0.4ng.ml.h and 69.8±3 pg/ml). After 72h of high Na+ intake, Pro-ANP (1-30) increased significantly only in MHT (82.1±3pg/ml, p<0.05). PgI2, under low sodium intake (1.83±0.2pg/24h), increased in MHT after 72h under high sodium (2.58±0.5pg/ 24h, p<0.02). Under low sodium diet, PgI2 (2.16±0.11pg/24h) was as higher in NMHT, as in MHT. After 72h under high Na+ intake, it failed to show any change (2.61±0.36 pg/24h; p=ns). A significant correlation between variations in ENa+ and mean blood pressure (r=0.50, p<0.01), variations in Pro-ANP (1-30) values and ENa+ in MHT (r=0.95; p<0.001) while a negative correlation between ENa+ variations and ENa+ (r=0.81, p<0.05) was observed in NMHT. ENa+ variations were only significantly related to variations in FF in MHT. Thus, in NMHT, there is an unbalanced relationship between vasonstrictor and vasodilator mediators. From these, as an extrarenal homeostatic mediator, ANP seems to play an important role to compensate the altered renal sodium handling. © 2015 Bentham Science Publishers.


Vongpatanasin W.,Hypertension Section | Wang Z.,Hypertension Section | Arbique D.,Hypertension Section | Arbique G.,Radiology | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Physiology | Year: 2011

In healthy individuals, sympathetic vasoconstriction is markedly blunted in exercising muscles to optimize blood flow to the metabolically active muscle fibres. This protective mechanism, termed functional sympatholysis, is impaired in rat models of angiotensin-dependent hypertension. However, the relevance of these findings to human hypertension is unknown. Therefore, in 13 hypertensive and 17 normotensive subjects we measured muscle oxygenation and forearm blood flow (FBF) responses to reflex increases in sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) evoked by lower body negative pressure (LBNP) at rest and during moderate-intensity rhythmic handgrip exercise. In the normotensives, LBNP caused decreases in oxygenation and FBF (-16 ± 2% and -23 ± 4%, respectively) in resting forearm but not in exercising forearm (-1 ± 2% and -1 ± 3%, respectively; P < 0.05 vs. rest). In the hypertensives, LBNP evoked decreases in oxygenation and FBF that were similar in the resting and exercising forearm (-14 ± 2%vs.-12 ± 2% and -20 ± 3%vs.-13 ± 2%, respectively; P > 0.05), indicating impaired functional sympatholysis. In the hypertensives, SNA was unexpectedly increased by 54 ± 11% during handgrip alone. However, when SNA was experimentally increased during exercise in the normotensives, sympatholysis was unaffected. Treatment for 4 weeks with the angiotensin receptor blocker irbesartan, but not with the thiazide-type diuretic chlorthalidone, restored sympatholysis in the hypertensives. These data provide the first evidence that functional sympatholysis is impaired in hypertensive humans by a mechanism that appears to involve an angiotensin-dependent increase in sympathetic vasoconstriction in the exercising muscles. © 2011 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2011 The Physiological Society.


Sundgren N.C.,Baylor College of Medicine | Vongpatanasin W.,Hypertension Section | Boggan B.-M.D.,Baylor College of Medicine | Tanigaki K.,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | And 4 more authors.
Hypertension | Year: 2015

There is a well-recognized association between obesity, inflammation, and hypertension. Why obesity causes hypertension is poorly understood. We previously demonstrated using a C-reactive protein (CRP) transgenic mouse that CRP induces hypertension that is related to NO deficiency. Our prior work in cultured endothelial cells identified the Fcγ receptor IIB (FcγRIIB) as the receptor for CRP whereby it antagonizes endothelial NO synthase. Recognizing known associations between CRP and obesity and hypertension in humans, in the present study we tested the hypothesis that FcγRIIB plays a role in obesity-induced hypertension in mice. Using radiotelemetry, we first demonstrated that the hypertension observed in transgenic mouse-CRP is mediated by the receptor, indicating that FcγRIIB is capable of modifying blood pressure. We then discovered in a model of diet-induced obesity yielding equal adiposity in all study groups that whereas FcγRIIB mice developed obesity-induced hypertension, FcγRIIB mice were fully protected. Levels of CRP, the related pentraxin serum amyloid P component which is the CRP-equivalent in mice, and total IgG were unaltered by diet-induced obesity; FcγRIIB expression in endothelium was also unchanged. However, whereas IgG isolated from chow-fed mice had no effect, IgG from high-fat diet-fed mice inhibited endothelial NO synthase in cultured endothelial cells, and this was an FcγRIIB-dependent process. Thus, we have identified a novel role for FcγRIIB in the pathogenesis of obesity-induced hypertension, independent of processes regulating adiposity, and it may entail an IgG-induced attenuation of endothelial NO synthase function. Approaches targeting FcγRIIB may potentially offer new means to treat hypertension in obese individuals. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

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