High Blood Pressure in Lupus-like Disease in Mice May Be Caused by White Blood Cells

Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was tested in laboratory mice with a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like disease, and was found to lower the animals’ blood pressure, levels of autoantibodies, and the number of specific white blood cells called B-lymphocytes. Patients with SLE often have high blood pressure, which may be caused by B-lymphocytes, the study reports.

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