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Decreases in Casz1 mRNA by an siRNA Complex Do not Alter Blood Pressure in Mice.

Ji SM, Shin YB, Park SY, Lee HJ, Oh B - Genomics Inform (2012)

Bottom Line: Recent genomewide association studies of large samples have identified genes that are associated with blood pressure.The Global Blood Pressure Genetics (Global BPgen) and Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortiums identified 14 loci that govern blood pressure on a genomewide significance level, one of which is CASZ1 confirmed in both Europeans and Asians.However, blood pressure in the treated mice was unaffected, despite a 55% reduction in Casz1 mRNA levels in the kidney on multiple siRNA injections daily.

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Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul 130-702, Korea.

ABSTRACT
Recent genomewide association studies of large samples have identified genes that are associated with blood pressure. The Global Blood Pressure Genetics (Global BPgen) and Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortiums identified 14 loci that govern blood pressure on a genomewide significance level, one of which is CASZ1 confirmed in both Europeans and Asians. CASZ1 is a zinc finger transcription factor that controls apoptosis and cell fate and suppresses neuroblastoma tumor growth by reprogramming gene expression, like a tumor suppressor. To validate the function of CASZ1 in blood pressure, we decreased Casz1 mRNA levels in mice by siRNA. Casz1 siRNA reduced mRNA levels by 59% in a mouse cell line. A polyethylenimine-mixed siRNA complex was injected into mouse tail veins, reducing Casz1 mRNA expression to 45% in the kidney. However, blood pressure in the treated mice was unaffected, despite a 55% reduction in Casz1 mRNA levels in the kidney on multiple siRNA injections daily. Even though Casz1 siRNA-treated mice did not experience any significant change in blood pressure, our study demonstrates the value of in vivo siRNA injection in analyzing the function of candidate genes identified by genomewide association studies.

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Casz1 mRNA expression in normal mouse tissues. GAPDH, glyceraldehye-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.
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Figure 1: Casz1 mRNA expression in normal mouse tissues. GAPDH, glyceraldehye-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.

Mentions: Prior to the injection of siRNA, Casz1 expression in heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, and brain was measured by reverse-transcription PCR. Casz1 was expressed in most tissues and at relatively low levels in liver (Fig. 1).


Decreases in Casz1 mRNA by an siRNA Complex Do not Alter Blood Pressure in Mice.

Ji SM, Shin YB, Park SY, Lee HJ, Oh B - Genomics Inform (2012)

Casz1 mRNA expression in normal mouse tissues. GAPDH, glyceraldehye-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.
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Figure 1: Casz1 mRNA expression in normal mouse tissues. GAPDH, glyceraldehye-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.
Mentions: Prior to the injection of siRNA, Casz1 expression in heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, and brain was measured by reverse-transcription PCR. Casz1 was expressed in most tissues and at relatively low levels in liver (Fig. 1).

Bottom Line: Recent genomewide association studies of large samples have identified genes that are associated with blood pressure.The Global Blood Pressure Genetics (Global BPgen) and Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortiums identified 14 loci that govern blood pressure on a genomewide significance level, one of which is CASZ1 confirmed in both Europeans and Asians.However, blood pressure in the treated mice was unaffected, despite a 55% reduction in Casz1 mRNA levels in the kidney on multiple siRNA injections daily.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul 130-702, Korea.

ABSTRACT
Recent genomewide association studies of large samples have identified genes that are associated with blood pressure. The Global Blood Pressure Genetics (Global BPgen) and Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortiums identified 14 loci that govern blood pressure on a genomewide significance level, one of which is CASZ1 confirmed in both Europeans and Asians. CASZ1 is a zinc finger transcription factor that controls apoptosis and cell fate and suppresses neuroblastoma tumor growth by reprogramming gene expression, like a tumor suppressor. To validate the function of CASZ1 in blood pressure, we decreased Casz1 mRNA levels in mice by siRNA. Casz1 siRNA reduced mRNA levels by 59% in a mouse cell line. A polyethylenimine-mixed siRNA complex was injected into mouse tail veins, reducing Casz1 mRNA expression to 45% in the kidney. However, blood pressure in the treated mice was unaffected, despite a 55% reduction in Casz1 mRNA levels in the kidney on multiple siRNA injections daily. Even though Casz1 siRNA-treated mice did not experience any significant change in blood pressure, our study demonstrates the value of in vivo siRNA injection in analyzing the function of candidate genes identified by genomewide association studies.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus