Abstract: Endothelial dysfunction participates in the development and progression of salt-sensitive hypertension. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOS). The objectives of this study were to investigate the impact of a high salt diet on the PRMT/ADMA/DDAH (protein arginine methyltransferases; dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase) pathway in Dahl salt-sensitive (DS) rats and SS-13BN consomic (DR) rats, and to explore the mechanisms that regulate ADMA metabolism independent of blood pressure reduction. Plasma levels of nitric oxide (NO) in DS rats given a high salt diet and subjected to intragastric administration of hydralazine (SH + HYD group) were lower than those given a normal salt diet (SN group). There were significant decreases in expression and activity of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH) and endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) in DS rats given a high diet (SH group) in comparison to the SN group. The activity of DDAH and expression of eNOS in the SH + HYD group decreased more significantly than SN group. The mRNA expression of DDAH-1 and DDAH-2 were lowest in the SH group. The results suggest that salt, independent of blood pressure, can affect the PRMT-1/ADMA/DDAH system to a certain degree and lead to endothelial dysfunction in Dahl salt-sensitive rats.
Keywords: endothelial dysfunction; asymmetric dimethylarginine; dimethylarginine; dimethylaminohydrolase; endothelial nitrite oxide synthase; oxidative stress
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Cao, Y.; Mu, J.-J.; Fang, Y.; Yuan, Z.-Y.; Liu, F.-Q. Impact of High Salt Independent of Blood Pressure on PRMT/ADMA/DDAH Pathway in the Aorta of Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rats. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 8062-8072.
Cao Y, Mu J-J, Fang Y, Yuan Z-Y, Liu F-Q. Impact of High Salt Independent of Blood Pressure on PRMT/ADMA/DDAH Pathway in the Aorta of Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rats. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(4):8062-8072.
Cao, Yu; Mu, Jian-Jun; Fang, Yuan; Yuan, Zu-Yi; Liu, Fu-Qiang. 2013. "Impact of High Salt Independent of Blood Pressure on PRMT/ADMA/DDAH Pathway in the Aorta of Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rats." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 4: 8062-8072.