Temporal hemodynamic changes in a female mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus

Elena L. Dent, Erin B. Taylor, Jennifer M. Sasser, Michael J. Ryan

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disease characterized by circulating autoantibodies, prevalent hypertension, renal injury, and cardiovascular disease. Onset of the disease often occurs in young women of childbearing age. Although kidney involvement is common to patients with SLE, little is known about temporal changes in renal hemodynamic function and its relationship to the pathogenesis of hypertension during autoimmune diseases. We hypothesized that the loss of immunological tolerance and subsequent production of autoantibodies in SLE leads to impaired renal hemodynamic function that precedes the development hypertension. Female NZBWF1 (SLE) mice and female NZW/LacJ (control) mice were instrumented with carotid artery and jugular vein catheters to determine mean arterial pressure (MAP) and glomerular filtration rate, respectively, at ages of 15, 20, 24, 28, 31, and 34 wk. In addition, urinary albumin excretion, blood urea nitrogen, circulating autoantibodies, and glomerulosclerosis were assessed at each age. Levels of circulating autoantibodies are increased between 24 and 28 wk of age in NZBWF1 mice and were significantly greater than in control mice. Glomerular filtration rate was significantly increased at 28 wk of age in NZBWF1 mice followed by a sharp decline at 34 wk of age. NZBWF1 mice had an increase in MAP that occurred by 34 wk of age. These data show that changes in circulating autoantibodies, renal hemodynamic function, and glomerular injury occur in NZBWF1 mice before changes in MAP, suggesting an important mechanistic role for autoimmunity to directly impair renal hemodynamic function and promote the development of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F1074-F1085
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Autoantibodies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Hypertension
  • Renal hemodynamics
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology


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