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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717991/prolonged-bed-rest-impairs-rapid-cpi-17-phosphorylation-and-contraction-in-rat-mesenteric-resistance-arteries-to-cause-orthostatic-hypotension
#1
Toshio Kitazawa, Kazuyo Kitazawa
Prolonged bed rest (PBR) causes orthostatic hypotension (OH). Rapid constriction of splanchnic resistance arteries in response to a sudden increase in sympathetic tone contributes to the recovery of orthostatic arterial pressure upon standing. However, the molecular mechanism of PBR-induced dysfunction in arterial constriction is not fully understood. Previously, we showed that CPI-17, a regulatory protein for myosin phosphatase, mediates α1A-adrenergic receptor-induced rapid contraction of small mesenteric arteries...
July 17, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689241/putative-role-of-an-slc45-h-sugar-cotransporter-in-mammalian-spermatozoa
#2
Olga Vitavska, Helmut Wieczorek
In the present study, we describe the detection and analysis of a novel type of sugar transporter in mammalian spermatozoa. This transporter belongs to the SLC45 family for which two features are remarkable and distinguish it from other known families of sugar transporters. Firstly, SLC45 transporters recognise not only the monosaccharides glucose or fructose but also the disaccharide sucrose as a substrate. Secondly, the uptake of sugars is coupled to a proton gradient. Uptake experiments using radioactively labelled sucrose indicated a functional transporter of the SLC45 family in bull spermatozoa...
July 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689240/supar-and-chronic-kidney-disease-a-podocyte-story
#3
REVIEW
Martin Zeier, Jochen Reiser
The soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a circulating signaling molecule derived from immature myeloid cells. Elevated levels of suPAR have been linked to the pathogenesis of the kidney disease focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis. Here, suPAR acts on podocytes by activating αvβ3 integrins. Large observational studies showed that suPAR also predicts chronic kidney disease incidence and progression by predating the disease by several years prior to any other known marker of renal dysfunction...
July 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687864/stressed-podocytes-mechanical-forces-sensors-signaling-and-response
#4
REVIEW
Karlhans Endlich, Felix Kliewe, Nicole Endlich
Increased glomerular capillary pressure (glomerular hypertension) and increased glomerular filtration rate (glomerular hyperfiltration) have been proven to cause glomerulosclerosis in animal models and are likely to be operative in patients. Since podocytes cover the glomerular basement membrane, they are exposed to tensile stress due to circumferential wall tension and to fluid shear stress arising from filtrate flow through the narrow filtration slits and through Bowman's space. In vitro evidence documents that podocytes respond to tensile stress as well as to fluid shear stress...
July 7, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685176/the-hormetic-functions-of-wnt-pathways-in-tubular-injury
#5
REVIEW
Elisabeth F Gröne, Giuseppina Federico, Peter J Nelson, Bernd Arnold, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Chronic tubulointerstitial damage with tubular epithelial atrophy and interstitial fibrosis is the hallmark of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a predictor for progression of CKD.Several experiments have now provided evidence that the Wnt signaling pathways are significantly contributing to atrophy and fibrosis; in contrast, it also has been shown that the Wnt system fosters regenerative processes in acute tubular injury.We now have demonstrated that Dickkopf 3 (DKK3) is an agonist for canonical Wnt signaling in CKD and fosters chronic fibrosing inflammation of the tubulointerstitial compartment...
July 6, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681095/nail-patella-syndrome
#6
REVIEW
Ralph Witzgall
The pathognomonic symptoms of patients with nail-patella syndrome are their small or absent patellae and dysplastic or absent finger- and toenails. Many of the patients suffer from renal symptoms which also affect their prognosis. In 1998, mutations in the gene encoding the transcription factor LMX1B were identified as underlying this autosomal-dominant disease. The LMX1B gene is expressed in a variety of tissues, and the symptoms are reflected nicely by its expression pattern. LMX1B is essential for dorso-ventral pattern formation in the limbs, for differentiation of the anterior portions of the eyes, for development of certain neuron populations in the central nervous system, and for the differentiation and maintenance of podocytes...
July 5, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674755/modulation-of-the-fmrfamide-gated-na-channel-by-external-ca-2
#7
Akihiko Fujimoto, Yu Kodani, Yasuo Furukawa
FMRFamide-gated Na(+) channel (FaNaC) is a member of the DEG/ENaC family. Amino acid sequence of the second transmembrane region (TM2) of FaNaC is quite similar to that of the acid-sensing ion channels (ASIC) of the same family. In the upper part of TM2, there are two aspartate residues (D552 and D556 in Aplysia FaNaC, AkFaNaC) which construct two negative rings in the external vestibule. In the present study, we examined the function of D552/D556 mutants of AkFaNaC in Xenopus oocytes with special interest in Ca(2+) sensitivity of FaNaC...
July 3, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664409/surfen-is-a-broad-spectrum-calcium-channel-inhibitor-with-analgesic-properties-in-mouse-models-of-acute-and-chronic-inflammatory-pain
#8
Paula Rivas-Ramirez, Vinicius M Gadotti, Gerald W Zamponi, Norbert Weiss
Multiple voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) contribute to the processing of nociceptive signals in primary afferent fibers. In addition, alteration of calcium channel activity is associated with a number of chronic pain conditions. Therefore, VGCCs have emerged as prime target for the management of either neuropathic or inflammatory pain, and selective calcium channel blockers have been shown to have efficacy in animal models and in the clinic. However, considering that multiple calcium channels contribute pain afferent signaling, broad-spectrum inhibitors of several channel isoforms may offer a net advantage in modulating pain...
June 30, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664408/focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-why-does-it-occur-segmentally
#9
REVIEW
Michio Nagata, Namiko Kobayashi, Satoshi Hara
Podocyte loss is the fundamental basis of glomerulosclerosis. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a progressive glomerular disease, and its glomerular features are a prototype of podocyte loss-driven glomerulosclerosis. The glomerular pathology of FSGS is characterized by a focal and segmental location of the sclerotic lesions in human FSGS; segmental sclerosis often shows simultaneous intra- and extra-capillary changes, including parietal cell migration, capillary collapse, hyaline deposition, and intra-capillary thrombi and occasional hypercellularity...
June 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664407/combined-use-of-electron-microscopy-and-intravital-imaging-captures-morphological-and-functional-features-of-podocyte-detachment
#10
REVIEW
James L Burford, Georgina Gyarmati, Isao Shirato, Wilhelm Kriz, Kevin V Lemley, János Peti-Peterdi
The development of podocyte injury and albuminuria in various glomerular pathologies is still incompletely understood due to technical limitations in studying the glomerular filtration barrier (GFB) in real-time. We aimed to directly visualize the early morphological and functional changes of the GFB during the development of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) using a combination of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and in vivo multiphoton microscopy (MPM) in the rat puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) model...
June 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664406/renal-biopsy-driven-molecular-target-identification-in-glomerular-disease
#11
REVIEW
Maja T Lindenmeyer, Matthias Kretzler
Chronic kidney disease has severe impacts on the patient and represents a major burden to the health care systems worldwide. Despite an increased knowledge of pathophysiological processes involved in kidney diseases, the progress in defining novel treatment strategies has been limited. One reason is the descriptive disease categorization used in nephrology based on clinical findings or histopathological categories irrespective of potential different molecular disease mechanisms. To accelerate progress toward a targeted treatment, a definition of human disease extending from phenotypic disease classification to mechanism-based disease definitions is needed...
June 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660294/influence-of-estrous-cycle-hormonal-fluctuations-and-gonadal-hormones-on-the-ventilatory-response-to-hypoxia-in-female-rats
#12
Danuzia A Marques, Débora de Carvalho, Glauber S F da Silva, Raphael E Szawka, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, Kênia C Bícego, Luciane H Gargaglioni
Sex hormones may influence many physiological processes. Recently, we demonstrated that hormonal fluctuations of cycling female rats do not affect respiratory parameters during hypercapnia. However, it is still unclear whether sex hormones and hormonal fluctuations that occur during the estrous cycle can affect breathing during a hypoxic challenge. Our study aimed to evaluate respiratory, metabolic, and thermal responses to hypoxia in female rats on different days of the estrous cycle (proestrus, estrus, metestrus, and diestrus) and in ovariectomized rats that received replacement with oil (OVX), estradiol (OVX + E2), or a combination of estradiol and progesterone (OVX + E2P)...
June 28, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656379/physiology-and-pathophysiology-of-the-plasminogen-system-in-the-kidney
#13
REVIEW
Per Svenningsen, Gitte Rye Hinrichs, Rikke Zachar, Rikke Ydegaard, Boye L Jensen
The plasminogen system is important for fibrinolysis in addition to tissue remodeling and inflammation with significance for kidney disease. The system consists of the circulating zymogen plasminogen (Plg) and the tissue- and urokinase-type plasminogen activators, tPA and uPA, expressed in the glomeruli, endothelium and tubular epithelium, respectively, and the inhibitors α2-antiplasmin and plasminogen activator inhibitor-type1, PAI-1. Plasminogen is activated by surface receptors, some with renal expression: urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), plasminogen receptor KT (Plg-RKT), and tPA, most evident in the endothelium...
June 27, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656378/comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-identifies-evolutionarily-conserved-gene-products-in-the-vertebrate-renal-distal-convoluted-tubule
#14
REVIEW
Yuya Sugano, Chiara Cianciolo Cosentino, Dominique Loffing-Cueni, Stephan C F Neuhauss, Johannes Loffing
Understanding the molecular basis of the complex regulatory networks controlling renal ion transports is of major physiological and clinical importance. In this study, we aimed to identify evolutionarily conserved critical players in the function of the renal distal convoluted tubule (DCT) by a comparative transcriptomic approach. We generated a transgenic zebrafish line with expression of the red fluorescent mCherry protein under the control of the zebrafish DCT-specific promoter of the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC)...
June 27, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647853/are-podocytes-motile
#15
REVIEW
Nicole Endlich, Florian Siegerist, Karlhans Endlich
Podocytes, the postmitotic and highly branched epithelial cells of the glomerulus, play a pivotal role for the function of the glomerular filtration barrier and the development of chronic kidney disease. It has long been discussed whether podocytes in vivo are motile and can laterally migrate in a coordinated way along the capillaries until they reach the position of naked glomerular basement membrane often found in podocytopathies. Such motility would also be the prerequisite for the replacement of lost podocytes by progenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647852/from-tubular-sublimate-nephropathy-via-urinary-concentrating-mechanism-to-glomerular-disease-wilhelm-kriz-s-contribution-to-modern-nephrology-on-the-occasion-of-a-symposium-honoring-wilhelm-kriz-on-his-80th-birthday
#16
EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643148/mechanical-challenges-to-the-glomerulus-and-podocyte-loss-evolution-of-a-paradigm
#18
REVIEW
Kevin V Lemley
In this article, I shall outline some of the most important aspects of the evidentiary basis of the so-called Kriz model for the development of glomerular sclerosis, a model that we continue to modify to this day. In my mind, the most important findings include the fact that podocytes are generally post-mitotic cells, so that loss of a significant number for any cause leads to podocyte insufficiency. Another pivotal finding is that in many experimental models and in human disease, podocytes detach from the GBM as living cells...
June 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624952/endocrine-functions-of-the-renal-interstitium
#19
REVIEW
Armin Kurtz
This review aims to summarize the knowledge about the sensor and endocrine response functions of resident interstitial cells of the kidney. By the production of renin, erythropoietin and arachidonate metabolites (medullipin) subsets of renal interstitial fibroblasts and pericytes in different kidney zones play a central role in salt, blood pressure and oxygen homeostasis of the body. Common to these endocrine functions is that their regulation mainly occurs by (de)recruitment of active cells.
June 17, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620832/the-pro-renin-receptor-and-its-interaction-partners
#20
REVIEW
Jörg Peters
The prorenin receptor was originally discovered as a receptor that binds renin and prorenin, thereby inducing pro-fibrotic intracellular signal cascades. These effects are partially mediated in vitro by angiotensin (ANG) and partially independent of ANG. Consequently, inhibitors of the interaction between the prorenin and the (pro)renin receptor (PRR) were designed hoping that they may prevent fibrotic tissue damage, for instance, in the kidney. However, this concept was challenged by the fact that overexpression of the PRR was not harmful at all, whereas depletion of the PRR was lethal or markedly detrimental...
June 15, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
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