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SPAK (Ste20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase) has been recently identified as a protein kinase which targets the electroneutral cation-coupled chloride cotransporters and it stands out as a target for inhibition in novel anti-hypertensive agents. From this prospective, any information about physiological consequences of SPAK inhibition would be useful to better understand the efficacy and potential adverse effects of the SPAK-based anti-hypertensive therapy. Radiotelemetry was employed to continuously measure the parameters of blood pressure (mean arterial blood pressure, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure), heart rate, and physical activity in SPAK knock-in (KI) mice and littermate controls for 24 h. For each parameter, the area under the curve (AUC) was calculated and compared between the SPAK KI mice and wild type mice. There was no statistically significant difference in the AUC of blood pressure parameters between SPAK KI and littermate mice. When mice were physically inactive, the AUCs for blood pressures were significantly lower in SPAK KI than in littermates. When physically active, blood pressures were significantly higher in SPAK KI than in littermates. The heart rate followed a similar pattern. The AUC of physical activity was significantly increased in SPAK KI mice when compared to littermates and the SPAK KI mice spent significantly less time in an inactive state and significantly more time in active states. Comparison between SPAK KI mice and unrelated wild type mice yielded similar results to the comparison between SPAK KI mice and littermates. We conclude that SPAK inhibition increases spontaneous locomotor activity, which has a significant effect on blood pressure.
- Blood pressure
- locomotor activity
Regulation of Subsarcolemmal ATP by Subsarcolemmal KATP Channels: Is it Important for Cardioprotection
18/01/13 → 17/01/16