AAV Delivery of Endothelin-1 shRNA Attenuates Cold-Induced Hypertension

Peter Gin Fu Chen, Zhongjie Sun

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Cold temperatures are associated with increased prevalence of hypertension. Cold exposure increases endothelin-1 (ET1) production. The purpose of this study is to determine whether upregulation of ET1 contributes to cold-induced hypertension (CIH). In vivo RNAi silencing of the ET1 gene was achieved by adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) delivery of ET1 short-hairpin small interfering RNA (ET1-shRNA). Four groups of male rats were used. Three groups were given AAV.ET1-shRNA, AAV.SC-shRNA (scrambled shRNA), and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), respectively, before exposure to a moderately cold environment (6.7 ± 2°C), while the last group was given PBS and kept at room temperature (warm, 24 ± 2°C) and served as a control. We found that systolic blood pressure of the PBS-treated and SC-shRNA-treated groups increased significantly within 2 weeks of exposure to cold, reached a peak level (145 ± 4.8 mmHg) by 6 weeks, and remained elevated thereafter. By contrast, blood pressure of the ET1-shRNA-treated group did not increase, suggesting that silencing of ET1 prevented the development of CIH. Animals were euthanized after 10 weeks of exposure to cold. Cold exposure significantly increased the left ventricle (LV) surface area and LV weight in cold-exposed rats, suggesting LV hypertrophy. Superoxide production in the heart was increased by cold exposure. Interestingly, ET1-shRNA prevented cold-induced superoxide production and cardiac hypertrophy. ELISA assay indicated that ET1-shRNA abolished the cold-induced upregulation of ET1 levels, indicating effective silencing of ET1. In conclusion, upregulation of ET1 plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of CIH and cardiac hypertrophy. AAV delivery of ET1-shRNA is an effective therapeutic strategy for cold-related cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-199
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Gene Therapy
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Endothelin-1
Small Interfering RNA
Hypertension
Heart Ventricles
Up-Regulation
Phosphates
Cardiomegaly
Blood Pressure
Superoxides
Dependovirus
RNA Interference
Hypertrophy
Cardiovascular Diseases
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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AAV Delivery of Endothelin-1 shRNA Attenuates Cold-Induced Hypertension. / Chen, Peter Gin Fu; Sun, Zhongjie.

In: Human Gene Therapy, Vol. 28, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 190-199.

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