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CD247 modulates blood pressure by altering T-lymphocyte infiltration in the kidney. Hypertension 2014 Mar;63(3):559-64



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2-s2.0-84894492650   85 Citations


The CD3 ζ chain (CD247), a gene involved in T-cell signaling, has been shown to associate with blood pressure in human genetic studies. To test the functional role of CD247 in hypertension and renal disease, zinc-finger nucleases targeting CD247 were injected into Dahl salt-sensitive (SS/JrHsdMcwi) embryos. The resulting 11-bp frameshift deletion in exon 1 of CD247 led to a predicted premature stop codon. Western blotting confirmed the absence of CD247 protein in the thymus, and flow cytometry (n=5-9 per group) demonstrated that the mutant rats (CD247(-/-)) have a >99% reduction in circulating CD3(+) T cells compared with littermate controls (CD247(+/+)). Studies were performed on age-matched, littermate male, CD247(+/+) and CD247(-/-) rats fed a 4.0% NaCl diet for 3 weeks. The infiltration of CD3(+) T cells into the kidney after high salt was significantly blunted in CD247(-/-) (1.4±0.4×10(5) cells per kidney) when compared with that in the CD247(+/+) (8.7±2.0×10(5) cells per kidney). Accompanying the reduced infiltration of T cells, mean arterial blood pressure was significantly lower in CD247(-/-) than in CD247(+/+) (134±1 versus 151±2 mm Hg). As an index of kidney disease, urinary albumin and protein excretion rates were significantly reduced in CD247(-/-) (17±1 and 62±2 mg/d, respectively) when compared with that in CD247(+/+) (49±3 and 121±5 mg/d, respectively). Glomerular and renal tubular damage were also attenuated in the CD247(-/-). These studies demonstrate that functional T cells are required for the full development of Dahl salt-sensitive hypertension and indicate that the association between CD247 and hypertension in humans may be related to altered immune cell function.

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Rudemiller N, Lund H, Jacob HJ, Geurts AM, Mattson DL, PhysGen Knockout Program


Aron Geurts PhD Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Blotting, Western
CD3 Complex
Disease Models, Animal
Gene Expression Regulation
Immunity, Cellular
Rats, Inbred Dahl
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction