Role of angiotensin-converting enzyme 1 within the median preoptic nucleus following chronic intermittent hypoxia

Katelynn Faulk, Brent Shell, T. Prashant Nedungadi, J. Thomas Cunningham

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Sustained hypertension is an important consequence of obstructive sleep apnea. An animal model of the hypoxemia associated with sleep apnea, chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), produces increased sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) and sustained increases in blood pressure. Many mechanisms have been implicated in the hypertension associated with CIH, including the role of ∆FosB within the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO). Also, the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been associated with CIH hypertension. We conducted experiments to determine the possible association of FosB/∆FosB with a RAS component, angiotensinconverting enzyme 1 (ACE1), within the MnPO following 7 days of CIH. Retrograde tract tracing from the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), a downstream region of the MnPO, was used to establish a potential pathway for FosB/∆FosB activation of MnPO ACE1 neurons. After CIH, ACE1 cells with FosB/∆FosB expression increased colocalization with a retrograde tracer that was injected unilaterally within the PVN. Also, Western blot examination showed ACE1 protein expression increasing within the MnPO following CIH. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays demonstrated an increase in FosB/∆FosB association with the ACE1 gene within the MnPO following CIH. FosB/∆FosB may transcriptionally target ACE1 within the MnPO following CIH to affect the downstream PVN region, which may influence SNA and blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R245-R252
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • Angiotensin
  • Hypertension
  • Median preoptic nucleus
  • Sleep apnea


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