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Title: Growth Arrest Specific Protein 6 Participates in DOCA-Induced Target-Organ Damage
Authors: Park, Joon-Keun
Theuer, Stefanie
Kirsch, Torsten
Lindschau, Carsten
Klinge, Uwe
Heuser, Arnd
Plehm, Ralph
Todiras, Mihai
Carmeliet, Peter
Haller, Hermann
Luft, Friedrich C
Muller, Dominik N
Fiebeler, Anette # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Publisher: Lippincott williams & wilkins
Series Title: Hypertension vol:54 issue:2 pages:359-364
Abstract: Growth arrest-specific protein 6 (Gas 6) is involved in inflammatory kidney diseases, vascular remodeling, cell adhesion, and thrombus formation. We explored a role for Gas 6 in aldosterone-induced target organ damage. We observed that Gas 6 was upregulated in rats with high aldosterone levels. Mineralocorticoid receptor blockade prevented target organ damage and decreased the elevated Gas 6 expression. Vascular smooth muscle cells given aldosterone increased their Gas 6 expression in vitro. To test the pathophysiological relevance, we investigated the effects of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA) on Gas 6 gene-deleted ((-/-)) mice. After 6 weeks DOCA, Gas 6(-/-) mice developed similar telemetric blood pressure elevations compared to wild-type mice but were protected from cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiac expression of interleukin 6 and collagen IV was blunted in Gas 6(-/-) mice, indicating reduced inflammation and fibrosis. Gas 6(-/-) mice also had an improved renal function with reduced albuminuria, compared to wild-type mice. Renal fibrosis and fibronectin deposition in the kidney were also reduced. Gas 6 deficiency reduces the detrimental effects of aldosterone on cardiac and renal remodeling independent of blood pressure reduction. Gas 6 appears to play a role in mineralocorticoid receptor-mediated target organ damage. Furthermore, because warfarin interferes with Gas 6 protein expression, the findings could be of clinical relevance for anticoagulant choices. (Hypertension. 2009; 54: 359-364.)
ISSN: 0194-911X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Vesalius Research Centre (-)
Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Vascular Metabolism (Vesalius Research Center) (+)
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