Abstract 87: The Accumulation of Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells Is a Compensatory Response to the Development of Hypertension

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The immune system plays a critical role in the development of hypertension. The immune response consists of pro-inflammatory cells, but also immunosuppressive cells that reduce T cell function. An important category of natural immunosuppressive cell is myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC). We now show that blood and spleen CD11b+ Gr1+ myeloid cells are elevated 2-fold in both angiotensin II and L-NAME induced hypertension. These increased myeloid cells are MDSC in that they elevate IL-4R expression and suppress T cell proliferation. When hypertensive mice were depleted of MDSC, using either anti-Gr1 antibody or gemcitabine, there was a 15 mmHg rise in blood pressure and aggravation of T cells activation with increased production of IFN-γ, TNFα and IL-17 in both spleen and kidney. In contrast, adoptive transfer of MDSC reduced blood pressure in angiotensin-II induced hypertension by 25 mmHg (see Figure). These data suggest a new concept, that the accumulation of MDSC is a compensatory response to the inflammation induced by hypertension. They also indicate that MDSC play an important role in regulating blood pressure.

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