Reduced intracellular pH in lymphocytes from the spontaneously hypertensive rat.
This study was designed to determine the cytoplasmic pH (pHi) profile of lymphocytes from a rat model of genetic hypertension that is well suited for study before and after the development of spontaneous hypertension. For this purpose, pHi was measured in thymic lymphocytes obtained from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and from age-matched Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) control rats using 2',7'-bis carboxyethyl-5,6-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF), a pH-sensitive fluorescence probe. At the age of 16-20 weeks, pHi of lymphocytes suspended in a HCO3-free HEPES-buffered solution, was markedly lower in the SHR than in the WKY rats (7.07 +/- 0.02, n = 16 and 7.22 +/- 0.01, n = 15, respectively, p less than 0.001), whereas systolic blood pressure was higher in SHR than in WKY rats (175 +/- 5.0 and 105 +/- 3.0 mm Hg, respectively, p less than 0.001). In rats less than 5 weeks of age, pHi was also lower in SHR than in WKY rat lymphocytes (7.12 +/- 0.04, n = 11 and 7.23 +/- 0.04, n = 11, respectively, p less than 0.05), although at this age systolic blood pressure was not different between the two groups (87 +/- 4.0 and 85 +/- 3.0 mm Hg, respectively). In lymphocytes suspended in a more physiological HCO3/CO2-buffered solution, pHi was again lower in the adult SHR than in the WKY rat (7.18 +/- 0.02, n = 16 and 7.31 +/- 0.02, n = 16, respectively, p less than 0.001).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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