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Distal tubule

Viktor Tomilin, Gail A Reif, Oleg Zaika, Darren P Wallace, Oleh Pochynyuk
Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a devastating disorder that is characterized by a progressive decline in renal function as a result of the development of fluid-filled cysts. Defective flow-mediated [Ca2+ ]i responses and disrupted [Ca2+ ]i homeostasis have been repeatedly associated with cyst progression in ADPKD. We have previously demonstrated that the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 4 (TRPV4) channel is imperative for flow-mediated [Ca2+ ]i responses in murine distal renal tubule cells...
March 19, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Hyun Lee, Minoru Fujimoto, Tomoharu Ohkawara, Hiromi Honda, Satoshi Serada, Yoshio Terada, Tetsuji Naka
Recent evidence suggests that renal tubular injury plays a key role in deterioration of renal function in both chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI). Since commonly used biochemical indicators such as GFR, serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine clearance are inappropriate for detecting alteration in renal tubules, biomarkers reflecting renal tubular injury have been extensively explored. Our research group identified leucine rich α-2 glycoprotein (LRG) as a novel serum biomarker for various inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Wei Zhou, Geoffry N De Iuliis, Matthew D Dun, Brett Nixon
The testicular spermatozoa of all mammalian species are considered functionally immature owing to their inability to swim in a progressive manner and engage in productive interactions with the cumulus-oocyte complex. The ability to express these key functional attributes develops progressively during the cells' descent through the epididymis, a highly specialized ductal system that forms an integral part of the male reproductive tract. The functional maturation of the spermatozoon is achieved via continuous interactions with the epididymal luminal microenvironment and remarkably, occurs in the complete absence of de novo gene transcription or protein translation...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
José A Jiménez-Heffernan, Patricia Muñoz-Hernández, Alberto Canca Velasco, Alwalid Freih Fraih, Julián Cuesta, Pilar González-Peramato, Carlos Olivier-García, Blanca Vicandi
BACKGROUND: Differentiation between normal renal cellular structures and renal tumors can be a diagnostic challenge during fine needle aspiration. It is of particular relevance during percutaneous thermal ablation because of the small size of tumors and when performing rapid on-site evaluation. METHODS: A cyto-histological correlation study assisted by immunocytochemistry was performed. The study was based on 10 nephrectomy specimens. For the identification of proximal tubular cells we used CD10 and α-methylacyl coenzyme A racemase (AMACR)...
March 14, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
N N Rimskaya-Korsakova, N P Karaseva, E N Temereva, V V Malakhov
Ultrastructural study of the excretory tree of vestimentifera Ridgeia piscesae has shown that it consists of tubules that are blind at their distal ends. The tubules are lined with ciliated cells and have one or two multiciliated terminal cell(s) at the distal ends. In the tubule walls, there are putative ultrafiltration sites. The excretory tree tubules are interpreted as the secondary protonephridia.
January 2018: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
Ahmed E Noreldin, Yaser Hosny Ali Elewa, Yasuhiro Kon, Katsuhiko Warita, Yoshinao Z Hosaka
Osteoblast activating peptide (OBAP) is a newly discovered peptide detected in the rat stomach, which has a major role in osteogenesis. Recently, we revealed its localization in the parietal cells of the rat stomach. There have been no data regarding OBAP expression in the kidney, despite its role in calcium reabsorption in renal tubules. The current study aimed to inspect the expression of OBAP in the kidney of twelve 10-week-old male C3H/HeNJc1 mice using immunohistochemistry, and immunoelectron microscopic localization...
March 10, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Milton Packer
Although dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors have been reported to have a neutral effect on thromboembolic vaso-occlusive events in large-scale trials, they act to potentiate several endogenous peptides that can exert deleterious cardiovascular effects. Experimentally, DPP-4 inhibitors may augment the ability of glucagon-like peptide-1 to stimulate cyclic adenosine monophosphate in cardiomyocytes, and potentiation of the effects of stromal cell-derived factor-1 by DPP-4 inhibitors may aggravate cardiac fibrosis...
March 1, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Miriam Steinberg, Joseph P Gaut, Stanley Paul Hmiel, Aadil Kakajiwala
Monoclonal gammopathies are a rare diagnosis in pediatric patients. A 19-year-old female patient with past medical history of hypogammaglobulinemia and natural killer cell deficiency and stage III follicular lymphoma, in remission, presented with a right-sided pneumonia, noted to have acute kidney injury and proteinuria. Complement C3 and C4 levels were normal. Anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies, antinuclear antibodies, anti-extractable nuclear antigen antibodies, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were negative...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Søren Brandt Poulsen, Kavee Limbutara, Robert Andrew Fenton, Trairak Pisitkun, Birgitte M Christensen
The renal aldosterone-sensitive distal tubule (ASDT) is crucial for sodium reabsorption and blood pressure regulation. The ASDT consists of the late distal convoluted tubule (DCT2), connecting tubule (CNT) and collecting duct. Due to difficulties in isolating epithelial cells from the ASDT in large quantities, few transcriptome studies have been performed on this segment. Moreover, no studies exist on isolated DCT2 and CNT cells (excluding intercalated cells), and the role of aldosterone for regulating the transcriptome of these specific cell types is largely unknown...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
Ivana Kristina Delic Jukic, Sandra Kostic, Natalija Filipovic, Larissa Gudelj Ensor, Marijeta Ivandic, Josefina Josipa Dukic, Marija Vitlov Uljevic, Lejla Ferhatovic Hamzic, Livia Puljak, Katarina Vukojevic
Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a common complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). We studied the expression of special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 (SATB1) and phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) in the kidneys of diabetic rats during ageing. Methods: Male Sprague Dawley rats were injected with 55 mg/kg streptozotocin (STZ) (DM group) or with citrate buffer (control group). Kidneys were collected after 2 weeks, 6 months and 12 months, and were analysed in three different kidney structures: glomeruli, proximal (PCT) and distal convoluted tubules (DCT)...
March 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Gorkem Akca, Huseyin Eren, Levent Tumkaya, Tolga Mercantepe, Mustafa Ozan Horsanali, Ezgi Deveci, Eyup Dil, Adnan Yilmaz
PURPOSE: The aim of this experimental study was to investigate the antioxidant effects of astaxanthin against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats. METHODS: Forty-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 264.83 ± 7.39 g were randomly divided into six groups of eight animals each. These were constituted as control, olive oil control, astaxanthin control, cisplatin control, 16 mg/kg cisplatin & 25 mg/kg astaxanthin and 16 mg/kg cisplatin & 75 mg/kg astaxanthin groups...
February 26, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Peng Wu, Zhong-Xiuzi Gao, Xin-Peng Duan, Xiao-Tong Su, Ming-Xiao Wang, Dao-Hong Lin, Ruimin Gu, Wen-Hui Wang
AT2R (AngII [angiotensin II] type 2 receptor) is expressed in the distal nephrons. The aim of the present study is to examine whether AT2R regulates NCC (Na-Cl cotransporter) and Kir4.1 of the distal convoluted tubule. AngII inhibited the basolateral 40 pS K channel (a Kir4.1/5.1 heterotetramer) in the distal convoluted tubule treated with losartan but not with PD123319. AT2R agonist also inhibits the K channel, indicating that AT2R was involved in tonic regulation of Kir4.1. The infusion of PD123319 stimulated the expression of tNCC (total NCC) and pNCC (phosphorylated NCC; Thr53 ) by a time-dependent way with the peak at 4 days...
February 26, 2018: Hypertension
Autumn N Harris, P Richard Grimm, Hyun-Wook Lee, Eric Delpire, Lijuan Fang, Jill W Verlander, Paul A Welling, I David Weiner
Background Hyperkalemia in association with metabolic acidosis that are out of proportion to changes in glomerular filtration rate defines type 4 renal tubular acidosis (RTA), the most common RTA observed, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the associated metabolic acidosis are incompletely understood. We sought to determine whether hyperkalemia directly causes metabolic acidosis and, if so, the mechanisms through which this occurs. Methods We studied a genetic model of hyperkalemia that results from early distal convoluted tubule (DCT)-specific overexpression of constitutively active Ste20/SPS1-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (DCT-CA-SPAK)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Yashang Lee, Katrina Lehmann Blount, Feng Dai, Siobhan Thompson, Jonathan Kaufman Scher, Sherrie Bitterman, Madeline Droher, Erica L Herzog, Gilbert Moeckel, Anil Karihaloo, Neera K Dahl
BACKGROUND: Semaphorin 7A (SEMA7A) is an immunomodulating protein implicated in lung and liver fibrosis. In autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), the progressive expansion of renal cysts, inflammation, and subsequent renal fibrosis leads to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). SEMA7A may play a role in renal fibrosis and in ADPKD. METHODS: We evaluated Sema7a in a mouse model of renal fibrosis and determined the expression of SEMA7A in human ADPKD kidney...
February 16, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
J A Quadri, S Sarwar, A Sinha, M Kalaivani, A K Dinda, A Bagga, T S Roy, T K Das, A Shariff
The susceptibility of the kidneys to fluoride toxicity can largely be attributed to its anatomy and function. As the filtrate moves along the complex tubular structure of each nephron, it is concentrated in the proximal and distal tubules and collecting duct. It has been frequently observed that the children suffering from renal impairments also have some symptoms of dental and skeletal fluorosis. The findings suggest that fluoride somehow interferes with renal anatomy and physiology, which may lead to renal pathogenesis...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Mi Ra Noh, Chang-Hoon Woo, Mae-Ja Park, Jee In Kim, Kwon Moo Park
Fibrosis is an undesirable consequence of injury and a critical problem in many diseases. Recent studies have demonstrated an association of C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) with fibrosis. We investigated the mechanism of CHOP in kidney fibrosis progression after unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) using Chop gene-deleted (Chop-/-) mice and their wild-type littermates (Chop+/+). UUO-induced kidney fibrosis was reduced in the Chop-/- than Chop+/+ mice. After UUO, CHOP expression was detected in the cytosol and nucleus of distal tubule cells and collecting duct cells of the kidney...
February 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Andrew Scott Terker, Maria Castaneda-Bueno, Mohammed Zubaerul Ferdaus, Ryan J Cornelius, Kayla J Erspamer, Xiao-Tong Su, Lauren N Miller, James A McCormick, Wen-Hui Wang, Gerardo Gamba, Chao-Ling Yang, David H Ellison
With no lysine kinase 4 (WNK4) is essential to activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) along the distal convoluted tubule, an effect central to the phenotype of familial hyperkalemic hypertension. Although effects on potassium and sodium channels along the connecting and collecting tubules have also been documented, WNK4 is typically believed to have little role in modulating sodium chloride reabsorption along the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. Yet wnk4-/- mice (knockout mice lacking WNK4) do not demonstrate the hypocalciuria typical of pure distal convoluted tubule dysfunction...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Olivier J M Schäffers, Joost G J Hoenderop, René J M Bindels, J H F de Baaij
Body Mg2+ balance is finely regulated in the distal convoluted tubule (DCT), where a tight interplay between transcellular reabsorption, mitochondrial exchange and basolateral extrusion takes place. In the last decades, several research groups have aimed to identify the molecular players in these processes. A multitude of proteins have been proposed to function as Mg2+ transporter in eukaryotes based on phylogenetic analysis, differential gene expression and overexpression studies. However, functional evidence for many of these proteins is lacking...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Mao Zheng, Shandong Ye, Yan Chen, Meinan Chen
AIM: To study the excretion of urinary Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP) with a wide range of urinary albumin creatinine ratio (UACR) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in a population with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective investigation was performed in 3,599 adult inpatients with T2DM in Anhui Provincial Hospital of China. Demographic information, urinary THP data, and other lab reports were obtained from the Electronic Patient Record (EPR)...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Nephrology
Keiya Nagasawa, Kasane Imura-Kishi, Aya Uchida, Ryuji Hiramatsu, Masamichi Kurohmaru, Yoshiakira Kanai
In mouse testes, Sertoli cells support the continuous process of spermatogenesis, which is dependent on seminiferous epithelial cycles along the longitudinal axis of the seminiferous tubule. Sertoli cell function is modulated partly by local cytokines and/or growth factors derived from adjacent tissues such as blood vessels, macrophages, rete testis, etc. However, the spatial activation patterns by local signals in vivo remain unclear. In this study, we focused on Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription (STAT) signalling in Sertoli cells, because STAT is a major crucial cytokine transducer for somatic cyst cell regulation in Drosophila testis niches...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
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