Objective: Receptor-associated protein (RAP) was initially described as a regulator of low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1), but is now known to regulate many proteins. Since the direct effects of RAP on vascular pathologies have not been studied, this study determined whether RAP deficiency influenced angiotensin II (AngII)-induced atherosclerosis and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in hypercholesterolemic mice. Methods and results: Male LDL receptor -/- mice that were either RAP +/+ or -/- were infused with AngII (500. ng/kg/min) for 4 weeks while consuming a saturated fat-enriched diet. RAP deficiency had no effects on body weight or AngII-induced increases of systolic blood pressure. Despite increased plasma cholesterol concentrations, RAP deficiency reduced atherosclerotic lesion size in aortic arches, while having no effect on AngII-induced AAAs. RAP deficiency profoundly reduced LRP1 protein abundance in macrophages, but did not change its abundance in aortic smooth muscle cells. Also, RAP deficiency had no effects on mRNA abundance of LRP1 or lipoprotein lipase in macrophages. To determine whether RAP deficiency in leukocytes influenced AngII-induced atherosclerosis, irradiated male LDL receptor -/- mice were repopulated with bone marrow-derived cells from either RAP +/+ or -/- male mice. The chimeric mice were infused with AngII (500. ng/kg/min) for 4 weeks while fed the saturated fat-enriched diet. RAP deficiency in bone marrow-derived cells did not influence either plasma cholesterol concentrations or atherosclerotic lesion size. Conclusions: Whole body RAP deficiency attenuated atherosclerosis without influencing AAAs in hypercholesterolemic mice infused with AngII. The anti-atherogenic effect was not attributable to RAP deficiency in bone marrow-derived cells.
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Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by grants from NHLBI ( P01 HL80100 ), National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81000131 ), and Scientific Technological Project for Students Abroad in Beijing 2011 (Shaoping Wang).
- Angiotensin II
- Low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein
- Receptor-associated protein
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine