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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436957/pyruvate-kinase-m2-activation-may-protect-against-the-progression-of-diabetic-glomerular-pathology-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#1
Weier Qi, Hillary A Keenan, Qian Li, Atsushi Ishikado, Aimo Kannt, Thorsten Sadowski, Mark A Yorek, I-Hsien Wu, Samuel Lockhart, Lawrence J Coppey, Anja Pfenninger, Chong Wee Liew, Guifen Qiang, Alison M Burkart, Stephanie Hastings, David Pober, Christopher Cahill, Monika A Niewczas, William J Israelsen, Liane Tinsley, Isaac E Stillman, Peter S Amenta, Edward P Feener, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Robert C Stanton, George L King
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of end-stage renal disease, and therapeutic options for preventing its progression are limited. To identify novel therapeutic strategies, we studied protective factors for DN using proteomics on glomeruli from individuals with extreme duration of diabetes (ł50 years) without DN and those with histologic signs of DN. Enzymes in the glycolytic, sorbitol, methylglyoxal and mitochondrial pathways were elevated in individuals without DN. In particular, pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) expression and activity were upregulated...
April 24, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428331/a-personalized-model-of-coq2-nephropathy-rescued-by-the-wild-type-coq2-allele-or-dietary-coenzyme-q10-supplementation
#2
Jun-Yi Zhu, Yulong Fu, Adam Richman, Zhanzheng Zhao, Patricio E Ray, Zhe Han
Clinical studies have identified patients with nephrotic syndrome caused by mutations in genes involved in the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a lipid component of the mitochondrial electron transport chain and an important antioxidant. However, the cellular mechanisms through which these mutations induce podocyte injury remain obscure. Here, we exploited the striking similarities between Drosophila nephrocytes and human podocytes to develop a Drosophila model of these renal diseases, and performed a systematic in vivo analysis assessing the role of CoQ10 pathway genes in renal function...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424277/janus-kinase-2-regulates-transcription-factor-eb-expression-and-autophagy-completion-in-glomerular-podocytes
#3
Tamadher A Alghamdi, Syamantak Majumder, Karina Thieme, Sri N Batchu, Kathryn E White, Youan Liu, Angela S Brijmohan, Bridgit B Bowskill, Suzanne L Advani, Minna Woo, Andrew Advani
The nonreceptor kinase Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) has garnered attention as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of CKD. However, being ubiquitously expressed in the adult, JAK2 is also likely to be necessary for normal organ function. Here, we investigated the phenotypic effects of JAK2 deficiency. Mice in which JAK2 had been deleted from podocytes exhibited an elevation in urine albumin excretion that was accompanied by increased podocyte autophagosome fractional volume and p62 aggregation, which are indicative of impaired autophagy completion...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419296/urinary-podocyte-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-mrna-as-markers-for-disease-activity-and-progression-in-anti-glomerular-basement-membrane-nephritis
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Akihiro Fukuda, Akihiro Minakawa, Yuji Sato, Takashi Iwakiri, Shuji Iwatsubo, Hiroyuki Komatsu, Masao Kikuchi, Kazuo Kitamura, Roger C Wiggins, Shouichi Fujimoto
Background.: Podocyte depletion causes glomerulosclerosis, with persistent podocyte loss being a major factor driving disease progression. Urinary podocyte mRNA is potentially useful for monitoring disease progression in both animal models and in humans. To determine whether the same principles apply to crescentic glomerular injury, a rat model of anti-glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) nephritis was studied in parallel with a patient with anti-GBM nephritis. Methods...
April 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418422/a-disease-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy-in-a-glomerulus-on-a-chip-microdevice
#5
Li Wang, Tingting Tao, Wentao Su, Hao Yu, Yue Yu, Jianhua Qin
Diabetic nephropathy is a major chronic renal complication of diabetes mellitus, and is the leading cause of end-stage kidney diseases. Establishing a disease model of diabetic nephropathy in vitro can accelerate the understanding of its mechanisms and pharmaceutical development. We provide the proof-of-principle for using a glomerulus-on-a-chip microdevice that reconstitutes organ-level kidney functions to create a human disease model of early stage diabetic nephropathy on chip. The microfluidic device, which recapitulates the glomerular microenvironment, consists of parallel channels lined by isolated primary glomerular microtissues that experience fluid flow to mimic the glomerular filtration barrier (GFB), including glomerular endothelial cells, 3D basement membrane and podocytes...
April 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414804/cyclosporine-a-alters-expression-of-renal-micrornas-new-insights-into-calcineurin-inhibitor-nephrotoxicity
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Jennifer L Gooch, Clayton King, Cynthia E Francis, Paul S Garcia, Yun Bai
Calcineurin inhibitors are powerful immunosuppressants that revolutionized organ transplantation. However, non-immune effects of the calcineurin inhibitor, such as cyclosporine A (CsA), have significantly hindered their use. Specifically, nephrotoxicity, which is associated with tubulointerstitial fibrosis, inflammation, and podocyte damage, affects up to half of all transplant patients. Calcineurin is involved in many aspects of kidney development and function; therefore, mechanisms of CsA-induced nephrotoxicity are complex and not yet fully understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413908/molecular-mechanisms-involved-in-podocyte-emt-and-concomitant-diabetic-kidney-diseases-an-update
#7
Qidi Ying, Guanzhong Wu
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a tightly regulated process by which epithelial cells lose their hallmark epithelial characteristics and gain the features of mesenchymal cells. For podocytes, expression of nephrin, podocin, P-cadherin, and ZO-1 is downregulated, the slit diaphragm (SD) will be altered, and the actin cytoskeleton will be rearranged. Diabetes, especially hyperglycemia, has been demonstrated to incite podocyte EMT through several molecular mechanisms such as TGF-β/Smad classic pathway, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, Integrins/integrin-linked kinase (ILK) signaling pathway, MAPKs signaling pathway, Jagged/Notch signaling pathway, and NF-κB signaling pathway...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408805/effect-of-berberine-on-the-renal-tubular-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-inhibition-of-the-notch-snail-pathway-in-diabetic-nephropathy-model-kkay-mice
#8
Guannan Yang, Zongjiang Zhao, Xinxue Zhang, Amin Wu, Yawei Huang, Yonghui Miao, Meijuan Yang
Renal tubular epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and renal tubular interstitial fibrosis are the main pathological changes of diabetic nephropathy (DN), which is a common cause of end-stage renal disease. Previous studies have suggested that berberine (BBR) has antifibrotic effects in the kidney and can reduce apoptosis and inhibit the EMT of podocytes in DN. However, the effect of BBR on the renal tubular EMT in DN and its mechanisms of action are unknown. This study was performed to explore the effects of BBR on the renal tubular EMT and the molecular mechanisms of BBR in DN model KKAy mice and on the high glucose (HG)-induced EMT in mouse renal tubular epithelial cells...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408624/activated-protein-c-inhibits-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-in-vitro-and-activation-in-vivo
#9
Laura D Healy, Cristina Puy, José A Fernández, Annachiara Mitrugno, Ravi S Keshari, Nyiawung A Taku, Tiffany T Chu, Xiao Xu, András Gruber, Florea Lupu, John H Griffin, Owen J T McCarty
Activated protein C (APC) is a multi-functional serine protease with anticoagulant, cytoprotective, and anti-inflammatory activities. In addition to the cytoprotective effects of APC on endothelial cells, podocytes, and neurons, APC cleaves and detoxifies extracellular histones, a major component of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs promote pathogen clearance but also can lead to thrombosis; the pathways that negatively regulate NETosis are largely unknown. Thus, we studied whether APC is capable of directly inhibiting NETosis via receptor-mediated cell signaling mechanisms...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407405/fibrinogen-links-podocyte-injury-with-toll-like-receptor-4-and-is-associated-with-disease-activity-in-fsgs-patients
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Hongtian Wang, Chunxia Zheng, Xiaodong Xu, Yue Zhao, Yinghui Lu, Zhihong Liu
AIM: Fibrinogen (Fg) is reported to participate in inflammation through Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). However, it remains unknown whether Fg might induce podocyte damage through TLR4 and be related to disease activity in patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). METHODS: We observed Fg-induced alterations in actin and apoptosis in cultured human podocytes transfected with or without TLR4 siRNA. Expression of TLR4, phospho-p38 MAPK and phospho-NF-κB p65 was evaluated by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) or western blotting, and we analysed urinary Fg levels in adriamycin-treated mice and double immunofluorescence staining for TLR4, Fg and podocin...
April 13, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405841/focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-and-medullary-nephrocalcinosis-in-children-with-adck4-mutations
#11
Eujin Park, Hee Gyung Kang, Young Hun Choi, Kyoung Bun Lee, Kyung Chul Moon, Hyeon Joo Jeong, Michio Nagata, Hae Il Cheong
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the AarF domain containing kinase 4 gene (ADCK4), one of the novel genes causing steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS), usually manifest as isolated adolescent-onset focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). ADCK4 interacts with components of the coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) biosynthesis pathway. METHODS: The incidence and phenotypes of patients with ADCK4 mutations were investigated in a cohort of Korean pediatric patients with SRNS. RESULTS: Among the 53 patients enrolled in the study the incidence of ADCK4-associated FSGS was 7...
April 12, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404664/new-insights-into-podocyte-biology-in-glomerular-health-and-disease
#12
Suheir Assady, Nicola Wanner, Karl L Skorecki, Tobias B Huber
Podocyte and glomerular research is center stage for the development of improved preventive and therapeutic strategies for chronic progressive kidney diseases. Held April 3-6, 2016, the 11th International Podocyte Conference took place in Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel, where participants from all over the world presented their work on new developments in podocyte research. In this review, we briefly highlight the advances made in characterizing the mechanisms involved in podocyte development, metabolism, acquired injury, and repair, including progress in determining the roles of genetic variants and microRNA in particular, as well as the advances made in diagnostic techniques and therapeutics...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404589/autophagy-is-activated-to-protect-against-podocyte-injury-in-adriamycin-induced-nephropathy
#13
Mixuan Yi, Lei Zhang, Yu Liu, Man J Livingston, Jian-Kang Chen, N Stanley Nahman, Fuyou Liu, Zheng Dong
Podocytes are highly differentiated epithelial cells wrapping glomerular capillary to form the filtration barrier in kidneys. As such, podocyte injury or dysfunction is a critical pathogenic event in glomerular disease. Autophagy plays an important role in the maintenance of the homeostasis and function of podocytes. However, it is less clear whether and how autophagy contributes to podocyte injury in glomerular disease. Here, we have examined the role of autophagy in adriamycin-induced nephropathy, a classical model of glomerular disease...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401308/using-drosophila-nephrocytes-in-genetic-kidney-disease
#14
Martin Helmstädter, Matias Simons
Renal diseases are a growing health burden, and innovative models to study their pathomechanisms are greatly needed. Here, we highlight how the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster can be used to model kidney diseases. We focus on the nephrocyte that has recently been shown to exhibit podocyte and proximal tubular cell features. These cells can be manipulated with precise genetic tools to dissect filtration and reabsorption mechanisms. Thus, they represent a novel and easy-to-use alternative in experimental nephrology...
April 12, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400537/yap-mediated-mechanotransduction-determines-the-podocyte-s-response-to-damage
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Markus M Rinschen, Florian Grahammer, Ann-Kathrin Hoppe, Priyanka Kohli, Henning Hagmann, Oliver Kretz, Sabine Bertsch, Martin Höhne, Heike Göbel, Malte P Bartram, Rajesh Kumar Gandhirajan, Marcus Krüger, Paul-Thomas Brinkkoetter, Tobias B Huber, Martin Kann, Sara A Wickström, Thomas Benzing, Bernhard Schermer
Podocytes are terminally differentiated cells of the kidney filtration barrier. They are subjected to physiological filtration pressure and considerable mechanical strain, which can be further increased in various kidney diseases. When injury causes cytoskeletal reorganization and morphological alterations of these cells, the filtration barrier may become compromised and allow proteins to leak into the urine (a condition called proteinuria). Using time-resolved proteomics, we showed that podocyte injury stimulated the activity of the transcriptional coactivator YAP and the expression of YAP target genes in a rat model of glomerular disease before the development of proteinuria...
April 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396739/nephrotic-syndrome-due-to-minimal-change-disease-secondary-to-spider-bite-clinico-pathological-case-of-a-non-described-complication-of-latrodectism
#16
Gonzalo P Méndez, Daniel Enos, José Luis Moreira, Fátima Alvaredo, David Oddó
The patient was an 18-year-old man who developed nephrotic syndrome after a 'wheat spider' bite (Latrodectus mactans). Due to this atypical manifestation of latrodectism, a renal biopsy was performed showing minimal change disease. The nephrotic syndrome subsided after 1 week without specific treatment. This self-limited evolution suggests that the mechanism of podocyte damage was temporary and potentially mediated by a secondary mechanism of hypersensitivity or direct effect of the α-latrotoxin. The patient did not show signs of relapse in subsequent checkup...
April 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395989/naringin-ameliorates-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-nadph-oxidase-4
#17
Junwei Zhang, Suxia Yang, Huicong Li, Fang Chen, Jun Shi
Naringin, a naturally flavanone glycoside, has been previously demonstrated to alleviate diabetic kidney disease by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammatory reaction. However, the underlying mechanism of naringin in diabetic nephropathy (DN) has not been fully elucidated. Here, the beneficial effect of naringin on DN in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced DN rats and high glucose (HG)-induced podocytes and its underlying mechanism were elaborated. The result revealed that naringin alleviated STZ-induced renal dysfunction and injury in DN rats, relieved STZ-induced oxidative stress in vivo and inhibited HG-induced apoptosis and reactive oxygen species level i20n vitro...
June 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395969/ultrasmall-polymeric-nanocarriers-for-drug-delivery-to-podocytes-in-kidney-glomerulus
#18
Riccardo Bruni, Paolo Possenti, Carlotta Bordignon, Min Li, Stefania Ordanini, Piergiorgio Messa, Maria Pia Rastaldi, Francesco Cellesi
We explored the use of new drug-loaded nanocarriers and their targeted delivery to the kidney glomerulus and in particular to podocytes, in order to overcome the failure of current therapeutic regimens in patients with proteinuric (i.e. abnormal amount of proteins in the urine) diseases. Podocytes are glomerular cells which are mainly responsible for glomerular filtration and are primarily or secondarily involved in chronic kidney diseases. Therefore, the possibility to utilise a podocyte-targeted drug delivery could represent a major breakthrough in kidney disease research, particularly in terms of dosage reduction and elimination of systemic side effects of current therapies...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391347/therapeutics-for-apol1-nephropathies-putting-out-the-fire-in-the-podocyte
#19
Jurgen Heymann, Cheryl A Winkler, Maarten Hoek, Katalin Susztak, Jeffrey B Kopp
APOL1 nephropathies comprise a range of clinical and pathologic syndromes, which can be summarized as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, in various guises, and arterionephrosclerosis, otherwise known as hypertensive kidney diseases. Current therapies for these conditions may achieve therapeutic targets, reduction in proteinuria and control of blood pressure, respectively, but often fail to halt the progressive decline in kidney function. It appears that current therapies fail to address certain underlying critical pathologic processes that are driven, particularly in podocytes and microvascular cells, by the APOL1 renal risk genetic variants...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391346/what-can-target-kidney-fibrosis
#20
Irina A Leaf, Jeremy S Duffield
Fibrosis, a characteristic of all chronic kidney diseases, is now recognized to be an independent predictor of disease progression. Deposition of pathological matrix in the walls of glomerular capillaries, the interstitial space and around arterioles both predicts and contributes to functional demise of the nephron and its surrounding vasculature. Recent identification of the major cell populations of fibroblast precursors in the kidney interstitium as pericytes and tissue-resident mesenchymal stem cells, and in the glomerulus as podocytes, parietal epithelial and mesangial cells, has enabled the study of the fibrogenic process in much greater depth directly in the fibroblast precursors...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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