Effects of a high-salt diet on TRPV-1-dependent renal nerve activity in Dahl salt-sensitive rats.Am J Nephrol. 2010; 32(3):194-200.AJ
To test the hypothesis that transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1)-mediated increases in afferent renal nerve activity (ARNA) and release of substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) from the renal pelvis are suppressed in Dahl salt-sensitive (DS), but not -resistant (DR), rats fed a high-salt (HS) diet.
METHODS AND RESULTS
Male DS and DR rats were given a HS or low-salt (LS) diet for 3 weeks. Perfusion of capsaicin (CAP, 10(-6)M), a selective TRPV1 agonist, into the left renal pelvis increased ipsilateral ARNA in all groups, but with a smaller magnitude in DS-HS compared to other groups. CAP increased contralateral urine flow in all groups except DS-HS rats. CAP-induced release of SP and CGRP from the renal pelvis was less in DS-HS compared to other groups. Western blot showed that TRPV1 expression in the kidney decreased while expression of neurokinin 1 receptors increased in DS-HS compared to other groups.
TRPV1-mediated increases in ARNA and release of SP and CGRP in the renal pelvis are impaired in DS rats fed a HS diet, which can likely be attributed to suppressed TRPV1 expression in the kidney and contributes to increased salt sensitivity.