Publications -- Rong Ma

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    Sex and strain differences in renal hemodynamics in mice
    (Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 2023-03-23) Tao, Yu; Young-Stubbs, Cassandra M.; Yazdizadeh Shotorbani, Parisa; Su, Dong-Ming; Mathis, Keisa W.; Ma, Rong
    The present study was to examine sex and strain differences in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and renal blood flow (RBF) in C57BL6, 129/Sv, and C57BLKS/J mice, three commonly used mouse strains in renal research. GFR was measured by transdermal measurement of FITC-sinitrin clearance in conscious mice. RBF was measured by a flow probe placed in the renal artery under an anesthetic state. In C57BL6 mice, there were no sex differences in both GFR and RBF. In 129/Sv mice, females had significantly greater GFR than males at age of 24 weeks, but not at 8 weeks. However, males had higher RBF and lower renal vascular resistance (RVR). Similar to 129/Sv, female C57BLKS/J had significantly greater GFR at both 8 and 24 weeks, lower RBF, and higher RVR than males. Across strains, male 129/Sv had lower GFR and higher RBF than male C57BL6, but no significant difference in GFR and greater RBF than male C57BLKS/J. No significant difference in GFR or RBF was observed between C57BL6 and C57BLKS/J mice. Deletion of eNOS in C57BLKS/J mice reduced GFR in both sexes, but decreased RBF in males. Furthermore, there were no sex differences in the severity of renal injury in eNOS(-/-) dbdb mice. Taken together, our study suggests that sex differences in renal hemodynamics in mice are strain and age dependent. eNOS was not involved in the sex differences in GFR, but in RBF. Furthermore, the sexual dimorphism did not impact the severity of renal injury in diabetic nephropathy.
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    Increased glomerular filtration rate and impaired contractile function of mesangial cells in TRPC6 knockout mice
    (Springer Nature, 2017-06-23) Li, Weizu; Ding, Yanfeng; Smedley, Crystal; Wang, Yanxia; Chaudhari, Sarika; Birnbaumer, Lutz; Ma, Rong
    The present study was conducted to determine if TRPC6 regulates glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and the contractile function of glomerular mesangial cells (MCs). GFR was assessed in conscious TRPC6 wild type and knockout mice, and in anesthetized rats with and without in vivo knockdown of TRPC6 in kidneys. We found that GFR was significantly greater, and serum creatinine level was significantly lower in TRPC6 deficient mice. Consistently, local knockdown of TRPC6 in kidney using TRPC6 specific shRNA construct significantly attenuated Ang II-induced GFR decline in rats. Furthermore, Ang II-stimulated contraction and Ca(2+) entry were significantly suppressed in primary MCs isolated from TRPC6 deficient mice, and the Ca(2+) response could be rescued by re-introducing TRPC6. Moreover, inhibition of reverse mode of Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchange by KB-R7943 significantly reduced Ca(2+) entry response in TRPC6-expressing, but not in TRPC6-knocked down MCs. Ca(2+) entry response was also significantly attenuated in Na(+) free solution. Single knockdown of TRPC6 and TRPC1 resulted in a comparable suppression on Ca(2+) entry with double knockdown of both. These results suggest that TRPC6 may regulate GFR by modulating MC contractile function through multiple Ca(2+) signaling pathways.