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The sodium/proton exchanger NHA2 regulates blood pressure through a WNK4-NCC dependent pathway in the kidney

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Fuster, Daniel et al. (2020). The sodium/proton exchanger NHA2 regulates blood pressure through a WNK4-NCC dependent pathway in the kidney [Dataset]. Dryad.


NHA2 is sodium/hydrogen exchanger that was associated with arterial hypertension in humans, but the role of NHA2 in kidney function and blood pressure homeostasis is currently unknown. Here we show that NHA2 localizes almost exclusively to distal convoluted tubules in the kidney. NHA2 knock-out mice displayed reduced blood pressure, normocalcemic hypocalciuria and an attenuated response to the thiazide diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Phosphorylation of the thiazide-sensitive sodium/chloride cotransporter NCC and its upstream activating kinase Ste20/SPS1-related proline/alaninerich kinase (SPAK), as well as the abundance of with no lysine [K] kinase 4 (WNK4), were significantly reduced in kidneys of NHA2 knock-out mice. In vitro experiments recapitulated these findings and revealed increased WNK4 ubiquitylation and enhanced proteasomal WNK4 degradation upon loss of NHA2. The effect of NHA2 on WNK4 stability was Kelch-like 3 (KLHL3)-dependent. More specifically, loss of NHA2 selectively attenuated KLHL3 phosphorylation and the physiologically important PKAand PKC-mediated decrease of WNK4 degradation was blunted upon loss of NHA2. Phenotype analysis of NHA2/NCC double knock-out mice supported the notion that NHA2 affects blood pressure homeostasis by an intrarenal and NCC-dependent mechanism. In summary, our data reveal NHA2 as a critical component of the WNK4-NCC pathway and hence as a novel regulator of blood pressure homeostasis in the kidney.


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1. Uncropped immunoblots of all immunoblots published in the manuscript (incl. Supplemental Information). For details of SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting see Materials and Methods section of the published manuscript. Developed X-ray films were scanned. Unedited scans were safed as TIF files and compiled in a Word Document.

2. Basic data of normalized expression (immunoblots or real-time PCR, for details of quantification see Materials and Methods section of the published manuscript) were imported in Graph Pad Prism (Version 9) for statistical analysis and visualization.

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Swiss National Science Foundation, Award: 31003A_152829

Swiss National Science Foundation, Award: NCCR TransCure