Arginase 1 mediates increased blood pressure and contributes to vascular endothelial dysfunction in deoxycorticosterone acetate-salt hypertension

Haroldo A. Toque, Kenia P. Nunes, Modesto Rojas, Anil Bhatta, Lin Yao, Zhimin Xu, Maritza J. Romero, R. Clinton Webb, Ruth B. Caldwell, R. William Caldwell

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Enhanced arginase (ARG) activity has been identified as a factor that reduces nitric oxide production and impairs endothelial function in vascular pathologies. Using a gene deletion model, we investigated involvement of arginase isoforms arginase 1 and 2 (ARG1 and ARG2) in hypertension and endothelial dysfunction in a mineralocorticoid-salt mouse model. Hypertension was induced in wild type (WT), partial ARG1+/- knockout (KO), and complete ARG2-/- KO mice by uninephrectomy and deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)- salt treatment for 6-weeks. (Control uninephrectomized mice drank tap water.) After 2 weeks of DOCA-salt treatment, systolic blood pressure (SBP) was increased by ~15 mmHg in all mouse genotypes. SBP continued to rise in DOCA-salt WT and ARG2-/- mice to ~130 mmHg at-6 weeks, whereas in ARG1+/~ mice SBP waned toward control levels by 6 weeks (109 ± 4 vs. 101 ± 3 mmHg, respectively). DOCA-salt treatment in WT mice increased vascular ARG activity (aorta by 1.5-fold; mesenteric artery (MA) by 2.6-fold and protein levels of ARG1 (aorta: 1.49-fold and MA: 1.73-fold) vs. WT Sham tissues. ARG2 protein increased in WT-DOCA MA (by 2.15-fold) but not in aorta compared to those of WT Sham tissues. Maximum endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation to acetylcholine was significantly reduced in DOCA-salt WT mice and largely or partially maintained in DOCA ARG1+/~ and ARG2-/- mice vs. their Sham controls. DOCA-salt augmented contractile responses to phenylephrine in aorta of all mouse genotypes. Additionally, treatment of aorta or MA from WT-DOCA mice with arginase inhibitor (100 ~M) improved endothelium-mediated vasorelaxation. DOCA-saltinduced coronary perivascular fibrosis (increased by 2.1-fold) in WT was prevented in ARG1+/-and reduced in ARG2-/- mice. In summary, ARG is involved in murine DOCA-salt-induced impairment of vascular function and hypertension and may represent a novel target for antihypertensive therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 219
JournalFrontiers in immunology
Issue numberJUL
StatePublished - 2013


  • Arginase
  • DOCA-salt
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Fibrosis
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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