• Raij, Leopoldo (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Hypertension is a frequent clinical accompaniment of glomerulonephritis.
It has long been considered that hypertension due to its injurious effects
on the renal vasculature may influence the course and/or progression of
glomerulonphritis. However, the mechanisms involved at the glomerular
level are not fully understood. Hence, experimental models in which
glomerulonephritis is accompanied by hypertension are necessary to evaluate
how these factors interact and contribute to acute and chronic glomerular
damage. We propose to induce glomerular injury selectively, to either the
mesangium or the peripheral capillary loop in Dahl and SHR rats. These
strains have a genetic predisposition to develop hypertension which has
features similar to that of human hypertension. Of particular importance
for our studies, is that in these two strains of rats; a) at similar levels
of systemic hypertension the hemodynamic determinants of glomerular
filtration are different and b) increased dietary salt is necessary for
hypertension to develop in Dahl rats but not in SHR rats. Thus, these
models of hypertension will afford us the unique opportunity to evaluate
sequentially the reciprocal relationship between hypertension and immune as
well as non-immune injury to the glomerulus. The proposed use of
morphologic techniques and their correlation to the physiologic
determinants of glomerular function will allow us to accomplish these
goals. These studies will contribute to the understanding of the
pathophysiological events that lead to progressive glomerular destruction
and renal failure.
Effective start/end date4/1/833/31/87


  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)


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