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  1. Morphine induces albuminuria by compromising podocyte integrity.

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    Lan, Xiqian; Rai, Partab; Chandel, Nirupama; Cheng, Kang; Lederman, Rivka; Saleem, Moin A; Mathieson, Peter W; Husain, Mohammad; Crosson, John T; Gupta, Kalpna; Malhotra, Ashwani; Singhal, Pravin C

    2013-01-01

    Morphine has been reported to accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease. However, whether morphine affects slit diaphragm (SD), the major constituent of glomerular filtration barrier, is still unclear. In the present study, we examined the effect of morphine on glomerular filtration barrier in general and podocyte integrity in particular. Mice were administered either normal saline or morphine for 72 h, then urine samples were collected and kidneys were subsequently isolated for immunohistochemical studies and Western blot. For in vitro studies, human podocytes were treated with morphine and then probed for the molecular markers of slit diaphragm. Morphine-receiving mice displayed a significant increase in albuminuria and showed effacement of podocyte foot processes. In both in vivo and in vitro studies, the expression of synaptopodin, a molecular marker for podocyte integrity, and the slit diaphragm constituting molecules (SDCM), such as nephrin, podocin, and CD2-associated protein (CD2AP), were decreased in morphine-treated podocytes. In vitro studies indicated that morphine modulated podocyte expression of SDCM through opiate mu (MOR) and kappa (KOR) receptors. Since morphine also enhanced podocyte oxidative stress, the latter seems to contribute to decreased SDCM expression. In addition, AKT, p38, and JNK pathways were involved in morphine-induced down regulation of SDCM in human podocytes. These findings demonstrate that morphine has the potential to alter the glomerular filtration barrier by compromising the integrity of podocytes.

  2. Autophagy Protects against Palmitic Acid-Induced Apoptosis in Podocytes in vitro

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    Jiang, Xu-shun; Chen, Xue-mei; Wan, Jiang-min; Gui, Hai-bo; Ruan, Xiong-zhong; Du, Xiao-gang

    2017-01-01

    Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation process that is involved in the clearance of proteins and damaged organelles to maintain intracellular homeostasis and cell integrity. Type 2 diabetes is often accompanied by dyslipidemia with elevated levels of free fatty acids (FFAs). Podocytes, as an important component of the filtration barrier, are susceptible to lipid disorders. The loss of podocytes causes proteinuria, which is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. In the present study, we demonstrated that palmitic acid (PA) promoted autophagy in podocytes. We further found that PA increased the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in podocytes and that NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), a potent antioxidant, significantly eliminated the excessive ROS and suppressed autophagy, indicating that the increased generation of ROS was associated with the palmitic acid-induced autophagy in podocytes. Moreover, we also found that PA stimulation decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential in podocytes and induced podocyte apoptosis, while the inhibition of autophagy by chloroquine (CQ) enhanced palmitic acid-induced apoptosis accompanied by increased ROS generation, and the stimulation of autophagy by rapamycin (Rap) remarkably suppressed palmitic acid-induced ROS generation and apoptosis. Taken together, these in vitro findings suggest that PA-induced autophagy in podocytes is mediated by ROS production and that autophagy plays a protective role against PA-induced podocyte apoptosis. PMID:28225005

  3. Autophagy Protects against Palmitic Acid-Induced Apoptosis in Podocytes in vitro.

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    Jiang, Xu-Shun; Chen, Xue-Mei; Wan, Jiang-Min; Gui, Hai-Bo; Ruan, Xiong-Zhong; Du, Xiao-Gang

    2017-02-22

    Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation process that is involved in the clearance of proteins and damaged organelles to maintain intracellular homeostasis and cell integrity. Type 2 diabetes is often accompanied by dyslipidemia with elevated levels of free fatty acids (FFAs). Podocytes, as an important component of the filtration barrier, are susceptible to lipid disorders. The loss of podocytes causes proteinuria, which is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. In the present study, we demonstrated that palmitic acid (PA) promoted autophagy in podocytes. We further found that PA increased the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in podocytes and that NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), a potent antioxidant, significantly eliminated the excessive ROS and suppressed autophagy, indicating that the increased generation of ROS was associated with the palmitic acid-induced autophagy in podocytes. Moreover, we also found that PA stimulation decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential in podocytes and induced podocyte apoptosis, while the inhibition of autophagy by chloroquine (CQ) enhanced palmitic acid-induced apoptosis accompanied by increased ROS generation, and the stimulation of autophagy by rapamycin (Rap) remarkably suppressed palmitic acid-induced ROS generation and apoptosis. Taken together, these in vitro findings suggest that PA-induced autophagy in podocytes is mediated by ROS production and that autophagy plays a protective role against PA-induced podocyte apoptosis.

  4. Growth Hormone Induces Transforming Growth Factor-Beta-Induced Protein in Podocytes: Implications for Podocyte Depletion and Proteinuria.

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    Chitra, P Swathi; Swathi, T; Sahay, Rakesh; Reddy, G Bhanuprakash; Menon, Ram K; Kumar, P Anil

    2015-09-01

    The glomerular podocytes form a major size selective barrier for the filtration of serum proteins and reduced podocyte number is a critical event in the pathogenesis of proteinuria during diabetic nephropathy (DN). An elevated level of growth hormone (GH) is implicated as a causative factor in the development of nephropathy in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. We have previously shown that podocytes express GH receptor and are a target for GH action. To elucidate the molecular basis for the effects of GH on podocyte depletion, we conducted PCR-array analyses for extracellular matrix and adhesion molecules in podocytes. Our studies reveal that GH increases expression of a gene that encodes transforming growth factor-beta-induced protein (TGFBIp) expression. Similarly, microarray data retrieved from the Nephromine database revealed elevation of TGFBIp in patients with DN. Treatment with GH results in increased secretion of extracellular TGFBIp by podocytes. Both GH and TGFBIp induced apoptosis and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) of podocytes. Exposure of podocytes to GH and TGFBIp resulted in increased migration of cells and altered podocyte permeability to albumin across podocyte monolayer. Administration of GH to rats induced EMT and apoptosis in the glomerular fraction of the kidney. Therefore, we conclude that the GH-dependent increase in TGFBIp in the podocyte is one of the mechanisms responsible for podocyte depletion in DN.

  5. NFAT2 mediates high glucose-induced glomerular podocyte apoptosis through increased Bax expression

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    Li, Ruizhao; Zhang, Li; Shi, Wei; Zhang, Bin; Liang, Xinling; Liu, Shuangxin; Wang, Wenjian

    2013-04-15

    Background: Hyperglycemia promotes podocyte apoptosis and plays a key role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. However, the mechanisms that mediate hyperglycemia-induced podocyte apoptosis is still far from being fully understood. Recent studies reported that high glucose activate nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) in vascular smooth muscle or pancreatic β-cells. Here, we sought to determine if hyperglycemia activates NFAT2 in cultured podocyte and whether this leads to podocyte apoptosis. Meanwhile, we also further explore the mechanisms of NFAT2 activation and NFAT2 mediates high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis. Methods: Immortalized mouse podocytes were cultured in media containing normal glucose (NG), or high glucose (HG) or HG plus cyclosporine A (a pharmacological inhibitor of calcinerin) or 11R-VIVIT (a special inhibitor of NFAT2). The activation of NFAT2 in podocytes was detected by western blotting and immunofluorescence assay. The role of NFAT2 in hyperglycemia-induced podocyte apoptosis was further evaluated by observing the inhibition of NFAT2 activation by 11R-VIVIT using flow cytometer. Intracellular Ca{sup 2+} was monitored in HG-treated podcocytes using Fluo-3/AM. The mRNA and protein expression of apoptosis gene Bax were measured by real time-qPCR and western blotting. Results: HG stimulation activated NFAT2 in a time- and dose-dependent manner in cultured podocytes. Pretreatment with cyclosporine A (500 nM) or 11R-VIVIT (100 nM) completely blocked NFAT2 nuclear accumulation. Meanwhile, the apoptosis effects induced by HG were also abrogated by concomitant treatment with 11R-VIVIT in cultured podocytes. We further found that HG also increased [Ca{sup 2+}]i, leading to activation of calcineurin, and subsequent increased nuclear accumulation of NFAT2 and Bax expression in cultured podocytes. Conclusion: Our results identify a new finding that HG-induced podocyte apoptosis is mediated by calcineurin/NFAT2/Bax signaling pathway

  6. Generation of functional podocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Ciampi, Osele; Iacone, Roberto; Longaretti, Lorena; Benedetti, Valentina; Graf, Martin; Magnone, Maria Chiara; Patsch, Christoph; Xinaris, Christodoulos; Remuzzi, Giuseppe; Benigni, Ariela; Tomasoni, Susanna

    2016-07-01

    Generating human podocytes in vitro could offer a unique opportunity to study human diseases. Here, we describe a simple and efficient protocol for obtaining functional podocytes in vitro from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Cells were exposed to a three-step protocol, which induced their differentiation into intermediate mesoderm, then into nephron progenitors and, finally, into mature podocytes. After differentiation, cells expressed the main podocyte markers, such as synaptopodin, WT1, α-Actinin-4, P-cadherin and nephrin at the protein and mRNA level, and showed the low proliferation rate typical of mature podocytes. Exposure to Angiotensin II significantly decreased the expression of podocyte genes and cells underwent cytoskeleton rearrangement. Cells were able to internalize albumin and self-assembled into chimeric 3D structures in combination with dissociated embryonic mouse kidney cells. Overall, these findings demonstrate the establishment of a robust protocol that, mimicking developmental stages, makes it possible to derive functional podocytes in vitro.

  7. Nicotine Induces Podocyte Apoptosis through Increasing Oxidative Stress

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    Lan, Xiqian; Lederman, Rivka; Eng, Judith M.; Shoshtari, Seyedeh Shadafarin Marashi; Saleem, Moin A.; Malhotra, Ashwani; Singhal, Pravin C.

    2016-01-01

    Background Cigarette smoking plays an important role in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Nicotine, one of the major components of cigarette smoking, has been demonstrated to increase proliferation of renal mesangial cells. In this study, we examined the effect of nicotine on podocyte injury. Methods To determine the expression of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR subunits) in podocytes, cDNAs and cell lysate of cultured human podocytes were used for the expression of nAChR mRNAs and proteins, respectively; and mouse renal cortical sections were subjected to immunofluorescant staining. We also studied the effect of nicotine on podocyte nephrin expression, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation (via DCFDA loading followed by fluorometric analysis), proliferation, and apoptosis (morphologic assays). We evaluated the effect of nicotine on podocyte downstream signaling including phosphorylation of ERK1/2, JNK, and p38 and established causal relationships by using respective inhibitors. We used nAChR antagonists to confirm the role of nicotine on podocyte injury. Results Human podocytes displayed robust mRNA and protein expression of nAChR in vitro studies. In vivo studies, mice renal cortical sections revealed co-localization of nAChRs along with synaptopodin. In vitro studies, nephrin expression in podocyte was decreased by nicotine. Nicotine stimulated podocyte ROS generation; nonetheless, antioxidants such as N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and TEMPOL (superoxide dismutase mimetic agent) inhibited this effect of nicotine. Nicotine did not modulate proliferation but promoted apoptosis in podocytes. Nicotine enhanced podocyte phosphorylation of ERK1/2, JNK, and p38, and their specific inhibitors attenuated nicotine-induced apoptosis. nAChR antagonists significantly suppressed the effects of nicotine on podocyte. Conclusions Nicotine induces podocyte apoptosis through ROS generation and associated downstream MAPKs signaling. The present study provides

  8. Glycolysis, but not Mitochondria, responsible for intracellular ATP distribution in cortical area of podocytes.

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    Ozawa, Shota; Ueda, Shuko; Imamura, Hiromi; Mori, Kiyoshi; Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Yanagita, Motoko; Nakagawa, Takahiko

    2015-12-18

    Differentiated podocytes, a type of renal glomerular cells, require substantial levels of energy to maintain glomerular physiology. Mitochondria and glycolysis are two major producers of ATP, but the precise roles of each in podocytes remain unknown. This study evaluated the roles of mitochondria and glycolysis in differentiated and differentiating podocytes. Mitochondria in differentiated podocytes are located in the central part of cell body while blocking mitochondria had minor effects on cell shape and migratory ability. In contrast, blocking glycolysis significantly reduced the formation of lamellipodia, a cortical area of these cells, decreased the cell migratory ability and induced the apoptosis. Consistently, the local ATP production in lamellipodia was predominantly regulated by glycolysis. In turn, synaptopodin expression was ameliorated by blocking either mitochondrial respiration or glycolysis. Similar to differentiated podocytes, the differentiating podocytes utilized the glycolysis for regulating apoptosis and lamellipodia formation while synaptopodin expression was likely involved in both mitochondrial OXPHOS and glycolysis. Finally, adult mouse podocytes have most of mitochondria predominantly in the center of the cytosol whereas phosphofructokinase, a rate limiting enzyme for glycolysis, was expressed in foot processes. These data suggest that mitochondria and glycolysis play parallel but distinct roles in differentiated and differentiating podocytes.

  9. Glycolysis, but not Mitochondria, responsible for intracellular ATP distribution in cortical area of podocytes

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    Ozawa, Shota; Ueda, Shuko; Imamura, Hiromi; Mori, Kiyoshi; Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Yanagita, Motoko; Nakagawa, Takahiko

    2015-01-01

    Differentiated podocytes, a type of renal glomerular cells, require substantial levels of energy to maintain glomerular physiology. Mitochondria and glycolysis are two major producers of ATP, but the precise roles of each in podocytes remain unknown. This study evaluated the roles of mitochondria and glycolysis in differentiated and differentiating podocytes. Mitochondria in differentiated podocytes are located in the central part of cell body while blocking mitochondria had minor effects on cell shape and migratory ability. In contrast, blocking glycolysis significantly reduced the formation of lamellipodia, a cortical area of these cells, decreased the cell migratory ability and induced the apoptosis. Consistently, the local ATP production in lamellipodia was predominantly regulated by glycolysis. In turn, synaptopodin expression was ameliorated by blocking either mitochondrial respiration or glycolysis. Similar to differentiated podocytes, the differentiating podocytes utilized the glycolysis for regulating apoptosis and lamellipodia formation while synaptopodin expression was likely involved in both mitochondrial OXPHOS and glycolysis. Finally, adult mouse podocytes have most of mitochondria predominantly in the center of the cytosol whereas phosphofructokinase, a rate limiting enzyme for glycolysis, was expressed in foot processes. These data suggest that mitochondria and glycolysis play parallel but distinct roles in differentiated and differentiating podocytes. PMID:26677804

  10. Inducible podocyte injury and proteinuria in transgenic zebrafish.

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    Zhou, Weibin; Hildebrandt, Friedhelm

    2012-06-01

    Damage or loss of podocytes causes glomerulosclerosis in murine models, and mutations in podocyte-specific genes cause nephrotic syndrome in humans. Zebrafish provide a valuable model for kidney research, but disruption of pronephroi leads to death within a few days, thereby preventing the study of CKD. In this study, we generated an inducible model of podocyte injury in zebrafish (pod::NTR-mCherry) by expressing a bacterial nitroreductase, which converts metronidazole to a cytotoxin, specifically in podocytes under the control of the zebrafish nphs2/podocin promoter. Application of the prodrug metronidazole to the transgenic fish induces acute damage to the podocytes in pronephroi of larval zebrafish and the mesonephroi of adult zebrafish, resulting in foot-process effacement and podocyte loss. We also developed a functional assay of the glomerular filtration barrier by creating transgenic zebrafish expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) as a tracer for proteinuria. In the VDBP-GFP and pod::NTR-mCherry double-transgenic fish, induction of podocyte damage led to whole-body edema, and the proximal tubules reabsorbed and accumulated VDBP-GFP that leaked through the glomeruli, mimicking the phenotype of human nephrotic syndrome. Moreover, expression of wt1b::GFP, a marker for the developing nephron, extended into the Bowman capsule in response to podocyte injury, suggesting that zebrafish have a podocyte-specific repair process known to occur in mammalian metanephros. These data support the use of these transgenic zebrafish as a model system for studies of glomerular pathogenesis and podocyte regeneration.

  11. Calcium Uptake via Mitochondrial Uniporter Contributes to Palmitic Acid-induced Apoptosis in Mouse Podocytes.

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    Yuan, Zeting; Cao, Aili; Liu, Hua; Guo, Henjiang; Zang, Yingjun; Wang, Yi; Wang, Yunman; Wang, Hao; Yin, Peihao; Peng, Wen

    2017-02-09

    Podocytes are component cells of the glomerular filtration barrier, and their loss by apoptosis is the main cause of proteinuria that leads to diabetic nephropathy (DN). Therefore, insights into podocyte apoptosis mechanism would allow a better understanding of DN pathogenesis and thus help develop adequate therapeutic strategies. Here, we investigated the molecular mechanism of palmitic acid-inhibited cell death in mouse podocytes, and found that palmitic acid increased cell death in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Palmitic acid induces apoptosis in podocytes through up-regulation of cytosolic and mitochondrial Ca(2+) , mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), cytochrome c release and depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) , The intracellular calcium chelator, 1,2-bis (2-aminophenoxy) ethane-N,N,N, N'-tetraacetic acid tetrakis acetoxymethyl ester (BAPTA-AM), partially prevented this up-regulation whereas 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB), an inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor (IP3R) inhibitor; dantrolene, a ryanodine receptor (RyR) inhibitor; and 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostibene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS), an anion exchange inhibitor, had no effect. Interestingly, ruthenium red and Ru360, both inhibitors of the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU), blocked palmitic acid-induced mitochondrial Ca(2+) elevation, cytochrome c release from mitochondria to cytosol, and apoptosis. siRNA to MCU markedly reduced curcumin-induced apoptosis. These data indicate that Ca(2+) uptake via mitochondrial uniporter contributes to palmitic acid-induced apoptosis in mouse podocytes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  12. The antioxidant silybin prevents high glucose-induced oxidative stress and podocyte injury in vitro and in vivo

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    Khazim, Khaled; Gorin, Yves; Cavaglieri, Rita Cassia; Abboud, Hanna E.

    2013-01-01

    Podocyte injury, a major contributor to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy, is caused at least in part by the excessive generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Overproduction of superoxide by the NADPH oxidase isoform Nox4 plays an important role in podocyte injury. The plant extract silymarin is attributed antioxidant and antiproteinuric effects in humans and in animal models of diabetic nephropathy. We investigated the effect of silybin, the active constituent of silymarin, in cultures of mouse podocytes and in the OVE26 mouse, a model of type 1 diabetes mellitus and diabetic nephropathy. Exposure of podocytes to high glucose (HG) increased 60% the intracellular superoxide production, 90% the NADPH oxidase activity, 100% the Nox4 expression, and 150% the number of apoptotic cells, effects that were completely blocked by 10 μM silybin. These in vitro observations were confirmed by similar in vivo findings. The kidney cortex of vehicle-treated control OVE26 mice displayed greater Nox4 expression and twice as much superoxide production than cortex of silybin-treated mice. The glomeruli of control OVE26 mice displayed 35% podocyte drop out that was not present in the silybin-treated mice. Finally, the OVE26 mice experienced 54% more pronounced albuminuria than the silybin-treated animals. In conclusion, this study demonstrates a protective effect of silybin against HG-induced podocyte injury and extends this finding to an animal model of diabetic nephropathy. PMID:23804455

  13. A vital role for myosin-9 in puromycin aminonucleoside-induced podocyte injury by affecting actin cytoskeleton.

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    Yuan, Yanggang; Zhao, Chuanyan; An, Xiaofei; Wu, Lin; Wang, Hui; Zhao, Min; Bai, Mi; Duan, Suyan; Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Aihua; Xing, Changying

    2016-06-01

    Podocyte injury is an early pathological change of many kidney diseases. In particular, the actin cytoskeleton plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of podocytes. Disruption of the actin cytoskeleton is a feature of podocyte injury in proteinuric nephropathies. Recent studies showed that myosin-9 was localized in the podocyte foot processes and was necessary in maintaining podocyte structural homeostasis. However, it is unclear whether myosin-9 maintains podocyte structure by affecting actin cytoskleton. Here, the role of myosin-9 in puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced podocyte injury was explored both in vitro and in vivo. In cultured mouse podocytes (MPC5), it was determined that PAN downregulated myosin-9 expression, disrupted the actin cytoskeleton and reduced the adhesion ability. Reduced myosin-9 expression by siRNA precipitated podocyte cytoskeletal damage and accelerated PAN-induced podocyte detachment. Overexpression of myosin-9 protected against PAN-induced podocyte detachment. Furthermore, administration of an antioxidant Mn(III)tetrakis (4-benzoic acid) porphyrin (MnTBAP) inhibited PAN-induced podocyte cytoskeletal damage and podocyte detachment by restoring the expression of myosin-9. In the rat PAN nephropathy model, MnTBAP could also attenuate PAN-induced reduction of myosin-9 and podocyte loss. Taken together, these findings pinpointed that oxidative stress contributed to PAN-induced podocyte injury through the repression of a cytoskeletal protein myosin-9, which provided novel insights into a potential target for the treatment of podocyte injury-associated glomerulopathies.

  14. Salidroside Reduces High-Glucose-Induced Podocyte Apoptosis and Oxidative Stress via Upregulating Heme Oxygenase-1 (HO-1) Expression.

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    Lu, Hua; Li, Ying; Zhang, Tao; Liu, Maodong; Chi, Yanqing; Liu, Shuxia; Shi, Yonghong

    2017-08-23

    BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia is one of the most dangerous factors causing diabetic nephropathy. Salidroside is considered to have the effects of reducing oxidative stress damage and improving cell viability. This study was performed to investigate whether and how salidroside reduces high-glucose (HG)-induced apoptosis in mouse podocytes. MATERIAL AND METHODS We examined whether salidroside could decrease HG-induced podocyte oxidative stress and podocyte apoptosis in vitro. The potential signaling pathways were also investigated. Podocytes (immortalized mouse epithelial cells) were treated with normal glucose (5.5 mM) as control or HG (30 mM), and then exposed to salidroside treatment. RESULTS HG enhanced the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and apoptosis in podocytes. Salidroside reduced HG-induced apoptosis-related consequences via promoting HO-1 expression. Salidroside increased the expression level of phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) and phosphorylated ILK (p-ILK), p-JNK, and p-ERK and localization of Nrf-2. JNK inhibitor and ILK inhibitor decreased HO-1 expression to different degrees. Moreover, specific siRNAs of ILK, Nrf-2, and HO-1, and inhibitors of HO-1 and ILK significantly increased ROS generation and Caspase9/3 expression in the presence of salidroside and HG. CONCLUSIONS The results suggest that salidroside reduces HG-induced ROS generation and apoptosis and improves podocytes viability by upregulating HO-1 expression. ILK/Akt, JNK, ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, and Nrf-2 are involved in salidroside-decreased podocyte apoptosis in HG condition.

  15. Phospholipase C Epsilon (PLCε) Induced TRPC6 Activation: A Common but Redundant Mechanism in Primary Podocytes

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    Kalwa, Hermann; Storch, Ursula; Demleitner, Jana; Fiedler, Susanne; Mayer, Tim; Kannler, Martina; Fahlbusch, Meike; Barth, Holger; Smrcka, Alan; Hildebrandt, Friedhelm; Gudermann, Thomas; Dietrich, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    In eukaryotic cells, activation of phospholipase C (PLC)-coupled membrane receptors by hormones leads to an increase in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration [Ca2+]i. Catalytic activity of PLCs results in the hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate to generate inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol (DAG) which opens DAG-sensitive classical transient receptor channels 3, 6, and 7 (TRPC3/6/7), initiating Ca2+ influx from the extracellular space. Patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) express gain-of-function mutants of TRPC6, while others carry loss-of-function mutants of PLCε, raising the intriguing possibility that both proteins interact and might work in the same signalling pathway. While TRPC6 activation by PLCβ and PLCγ isozymes was extensively studied, the role of PLCε in TRPC6 activation remains elusive. TRPC6 was co-immunoprecipitated with PLCε in a heterologous overexpression system in HEK293 cells as well as in freshly isolated murine podocytes. Receptor-operated TRPC6 currents in HEK293 cells expressing TRPC6 were reduced by a specific PLCε siRNA and by a PLCε loss-of-function mutant isolated from a patient with FSGS. PLCε-induced TRPC6 activation was also identified in murine embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) lacking Gαq/11 proteins. Further analysis of the signal transduction pathway revealed a Gα12/13 Rho-GEF activation which induced Rho-mediated PLCε stimulation. Therefore, we identified a new pathway for TRPC6 activation by PLCε. PLCε-/- podocytes however, were undistinguishable from WT podocytes in their angiotensin II-induced formation of actin stress fibers and their GTPγS-induced TRPC6 activation, pointing to a redundant role of PLCε-mediated TRPC6 activation at least in podocytes. PMID:25521631

  16. Role of CD2-associated protein in albumin overload-induced apoptosis in podocytes.

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    He, Fang-Fang; Zhang, Chun; Chen, Shan; Deng, Bing-Qing; Wang, Hui; Shao, Ning; Tian, Xiu-Juan; Fang, Zhan; Sun, Xi-Feng; Liu, Jian-She; Zhu, Zhong-Hua; Meng, Xian-Fang

    2011-08-01

    Proteinuria is a well-established exacerbating factor of chronic kidney diseases. However, the harmful effects of protein overload on podocytes and the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. In the present study, we examined the effects of high concentrations of albumin on podocytes and investigated the role of CD2AP (CD2-associated protein) in albumin overload-induced podocyte apoptosis. Conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes were cultured in vitro and treated with different concentrations of BSA. In addition, CD2AP eukaryotic expression vector or siRNA (small interfering RNA) was transfected into podocytes before they were exposed to BSA. Podocyte apoptosis, expressions of active caspase-3 (p17) and CD2AP, and the distribution of F-actin cytoskeleton were detected by flow cytometry, Western-blot analysis and fluorescent staining respectively. It was found that exposure of podocytes to BSA induced podocyte apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner that was accompanied by up-regulation of active caspase-3, the disruption of F-actin cytoskeleton, and decreased expression of CD2AP. Transfection of CD2AP eukaryotic expression vector into podocytes increased CD2AP expression, partially restored F-actin distribution, blocked active caspase-3 expression and inhibited podocyte apoptosis. In contrast, transfection of CD2AP siRNA deteriorated the above changes induced by BSA. It is concluded that protein overload induces podocyte apoptosis via the down-regulation of CD2AP and subsequent disruption of cytoskeleton of podocytes, and CD2AP may play an important role in protein overload-induced podocyte injury.

  17. UCH-L1 induces podocyte hypertrophy in membranous nephropathy by protein accumulation.

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    Lohmann, Frithjof; Sachs, Marlies; Meyer, Tobias N; Sievert, Henning; Lindenmeyer, Maja T; Wiech, Thorsten; Cohen, Clemens D; Balabanov, Stefan; Stahl, R A K; Meyer-Schwesinger, Catherine

    2014-07-01

    Podocytes are terminally differentiated cells of the glomerular filtration barrier that react with hypertrophy in the course of injury such as in membranous nephropathy (MGN). The neuronal deubiquitinase ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) is expressed and activated in podocytes of human and rodent MGN. UCH-L1 regulates the mono-ubiquitin pool and induces accumulation of poly-ubiquitinated proteins in affected podocytes. Here, we investigated the role of UCH-L1 in podocyte hypertrophy and in the homeostasis of the hypertrophy associated "model protein" p27(Kip1). A better understanding of the basic mechanisms leading to podocyte hypertrophy is crucial for the development of specific therapies in MGN. In human and rat MGN, hypertrophic podocytes exhibited a simultaneous up-regulation of UCH-L1 and of cytoplasmic p27(Kip1) content. Functionally, inhibition of UCH-L1 activity and knockdown or inhibition of UCH-L1 attenuated podocyte hypertrophy by decreasing the total protein content in isolated glomeruli and in cultured podocytes. In contrast, UCH-L1 levels and activity increased podocyte hypertrophy and total protein content in culture, specifically of cytoplasmic p27(Kip1). UCH-L1 enhanced cytoplasmic p27(Kip1) levels by nuclear export and decreased poly-ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of p27(Kip1). In parallel, UCH-L1 increased podocyte turnover, migration and cytoskeletal rearrangement, which are associated with known oncogenic functions of cytoplasmic p27(Kip1) in cancer. We propose that UCH-L1 induces podocyte hypertrophy in MGN by increasing the total protein content through altered degradation and accumulation of proteins such as p27(Kip1) in the cytoplasm of podocytes. Modification of both UCH-L1 activity and levels could be a new therapeutic avenue to podocyte hypertrophy in MGN. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Role of C/EBP-α in Adriamycin-induced podocyte injury

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    Zhong, Fang; Wang, Weiming; Lee, Kyung; He, John Cijiang; Chen, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Podocytes are terminally differentiated epithelial cells in the kidney glomeruli that act as a key component of the glomerular filtration barrier. Although the inciting injury to the podocyte may vary between various glomerular diseases, the inevitable consequence of podocyte injury results in their loss, leading to progressive kidney disease. Here, we report that the expression of CCAAT/enhancer binding protein-α (C/EBP-α), a transcription factor known to interact with and activate PPAR-γ and NF-κB, is suppressed in the glomerular cells, particularly in podocytes, in human kidneys with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Genetic ablation of C/EBP-α in podocytes resulted in increased proteinuria, increased podocyte foot process effacement, and to decreased podocyte number in the setting of Adriamycin (ADR)-induced nephropathy. Overexpression of C/EBP-α in human podocytes in vitro led to an inhibition of MCP-1 and IL-6 expression in response to TNF-α and IL-1β treatments. Conversely, augmented production of MCP-1 and IL-6 was observed in the glomeruli of C/EBP-α knockout mice and was associated increased infiltration of macrophages in vivo. Together, our data suggest that C/EBP-α mediates anti-inflammatory effects in podocytes to confer protection against podocyte injury and loss that may contribute to worsening glomerulosclerosis. PMID:27644413

  19. Apelin promotes diabetic nephropathy by inducing podocyte dysfunction via inhibiting proteasome activities

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    Guo, Caixia; Liu, Yu; Zhao, Wenjie; Wei, Shengnan; Zhang, Xiaoli; Wang, Wenying; Zeng, Xiangjun

    2015-01-01

    Podocyte injuries are associated with progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Apelin, an adipocyte-derived peptide, has been reported to be a promoting factor for DN. In this study, we aim to determine whether apelin promotes progression of DN by inducing podocyte dysfunction. kk-Ay mice were used as models for DN. Apelin and its antagonist, F13A were intraperitoneally administered for 4 weeks, respectively. Renal function and foot process proteins were analysed to evaluate the effects of apelin on kk-Ay mice and podocytes. Apelin increased albuminuria and decreased podocyte foot process proteins expression in kk-Ay mice, which is consistent with the results that apelin receptor (APLNR) levels increased in glomeruli of patients or mice with DN. In cultured podocytes, high glucose increased APLNR expression and apelin administration was associated with increased permeability and decreased foot process proteins levels. All these dysfunctions were associated with decreased 26S proteasome activities and increased polyubiquitinated proteins in both kk-Ay mice and cultured podocytes, as demonstrated by 26S proteasome activation with cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) or oleuropein. These effects seemed to be related to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, as apelin increased C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and peiFα levels while cAMP or oleuropein reduced it in high glucose and apelin treated podocytes. These results suggest that apelin induces podocyte dysfunction in DN through ER stress which was induced by decreased proteasome activities in podocytes. PMID:26103809

  20. Gremlin aggravates hyperglycemia-induced podocyte injury by a TGFβ/smad dependent signaling pathway.

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    Li, Guiying; Li, Ying; Liu, Shuxia; Shi, Yonghong; Chi, Yanqing; Liu, Guijing; Shan, Tieying

    2013-09-01

    Gremlin is a bone morphogenic protein (BMP) antagonist and is elevated in diabetic kidney tissues. In the early course of diabetic nephropathy (DN), podocyte are injured. We studied the protein and gene expression of gremlin in mice podocytes cultured in hyperglycemia ambient. The role of gremlin on podocyte injury and the likely signaling pathways involved were determined. Expression of gremlin was visualized by confocal microscopy. Recombinant mouse gremlin and small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting to gremlin1 identified the role played by gremlin on podocytes. Study of canonical (smad2/3) and non-canonical (p38MAPK and JNK1/2) transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ)/smad mediated signaling revealed the putative signaling mechanisms involved. Smad2/3 siRNA and TGFβ receptor inhibition (SB431542) were used to probe canonical TGFβ/smad signaling in gremlin-induced podocyte injury. Apoptosis of podocytes was measured by TUNEL assay. Gremlin expression was enhanced in high glucose cultured mouse podocytes, and was localized predominantly in the cytoplasm and negligibly on the cell membrane. Not only expression of nephrin and synaptopodin were decreased on treatment with gremlin, but also synaptopodin rearrangement and nephrin relocalization were evident. Knockdown gremlin1 or smad2/3 by siRNA, and inhibition of TGFβR (SB431542) attenuated podocyte injury. Inhibition of canonical TGF-β signal blocked the injury of gremlin on podocytes. In conclusion, gremlin was clearly elevated in high glucose cultured mouse podocytes, and likely employed endogenous canonical TGFβ1/Smad signaling to induce podocyte injury. Knockdown gremlin1 by siRNA may be clinically useful in the attenuation of podocyte injury. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. c-Abl mediates angiotensin II-induced apoptosis in podocytes

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    Chen, Xinghua; Ren, Zhilong; Liang, Wei; Zha, Dongqing; Liu, Yipeng; Chen, Cheng; Singhal, Pravin C.; Ding, Guohua

    2013-01-01

    Backgroud Angiotensin II (Ang II) has been reported to cause podocyte apoptosis in rats both in vivo and in vitro studies. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the role of the nonreceptor tyrosine kinase c-Abl in Ang II-induced podocyte apoptosis. Methods Male Sprague-Dawley rats in groups of 12 were administered either Ang II (400 kg-1·kg-1·min-1) or Ang II + STI-571 (50 mg·kg-1·d-1) by osmotic minipumps. In addition, 12 rats-receiving normal saline served as the control. Glomeruli c-Abl expression was carried out by real time PCR, Western blotting and immunolabeled, and occurrence of apoptosis was carried out by TUNEL staining and transmission electron microscopic analysis. In vitro studies, conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes were treated with Ang II (10-9-10-6 M) in the presence or absence of either c-Abl inhibitor, Src-I1, specific c-Abl siRNA, or c-Abl plasmid alone. Quantification of podocyte c-Abl expression and c-Abl phosphorylation at Y245 and Y412 was carried out by real time PCR, Western blotting and immunofluorescence imaging. The nuclear c-Abl and p53 were quantified by co-immunoprecipitation and Western blotting studies. Podocyte apoptosis was analysed by flow cytometry and Hoechst-33342 staining. Results c-Abl expression was demonstrated in rat kidney podocytes in vivo and cultured mouse podocytes in vitro. Ang II-receiving rats displayed enhanced podocyte c-Abl expression. And Ang II significantly stimulated c-Abl expression in cultured podocytes. Furthermore Ang II upregulated podocyte c-Abl phosphorylation at Y245 and Y412. Ang II also induced an increase of nuclear p53 protein and nuclear c-Abl-p53 complexes in podocytes and podocyte apoptosis. Down-regulation of c-Abl expression by c-Abl inhibitor (Src-I1) as well as specific siRNA inhibited Ang II-induced podocyte apoptosis; conversely, podoctyes transfected with c-Abl plasmid displayed enhanced apoptosis. Conclusions These

  2. Signaling in Regulation of Podocyte Phenotypes

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    Chuang, Peter Y.; He, John C.

    2010-01-01

    The kidney podocyte is a terminally differentiated and highly specialized cell. The function of the glomerular filtration barrier depends on the integrity of the podocyte. Podocyte injury and loss have been observed in human and experimental models of glomerular diseases. Three major podocyte phenotypes have been described in glomerular diseases: effacement, apoptosis, and proliferation. Here, we highlight the signaling cascades that are responsible for the manifestation of these pathologic phenotypes. The integrity of the podocyte foot process is determined by the interaction of nephrin with proteins in the slit diaphragm complex, the regulation of actin dynamics by the Rho family of GTPases, and the transduction of extracellular signals through focal adhesion complexes. Activation of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and transforming growth factor-β 1 causes podocyte apoptosis. Phosphoinositide 3-kinase and its downstream target AKT protect podocytes from apoptosis. In human immunodeficiency virus-associated nephropathy, Src-dependent activation of Stat3, mitogen- activated protein kinase 1,2, and hypoxia-inducible factor 2α is an important driver of podocyte proliferation. At the level of intracellular signaling, it appears that different extracellular signals can converge onto a few pathways to induce changes in the phenotype of podocytes. PMID:19142027

  3. P53/Drp1-dependent mitochondrial fission mediates aldosterone-induced podocyte injury and mitochondrial dysfunction.

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    Yuan, Yanggang; Zhang, Aiqing; Qi, Jia; Wang, Hui; Liu, Xi; Zhao, Min; Duan, Suyan; Huang, Zhimin; Zhang, Chengning; Wu, Lin; Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Aihua; Xing, Changying

    2017-06-28

    Mitochondrial dysfunction is increasingly recognized as an important factor in glomerular diseases. Previous study showed that mitochondrial fission contributed mitochondrial dysfunction. However, the mechanism of mitochondrial fission on mitochondrial dysfunction in aldosterone-induced podocyte injury remains ambiguous. This study aimed to investigate the pathogenic effect of mitochondrial fission both in vivo and in vitro. In an animal model of aldosterone-induced nephropathy, inhibition of the mitochondrial fission protein Drp1 (dynamin-related protein 1) suppressed aldosterone-induced podocyte injury. In cultured podocytes, aldosterone dose-dependently induced Drp1 expression. Knockdown of Drp1 inhibited aldosterone-induced mitochondrial fission, mitochondrial dysfunction and podocyte apoptosis. Furthermore, aldosterone dose-dependently induced p53 expression. Knockdown of p53 inhibited aldosterone-induced Drp1 expression, mitochondrial dysfunction and podocyte apoptosis. These findings implicated that aldosterone-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and podocyte injury mediated by p53/Drp1-dependent mitochondrial fission, which may provide opportunities for therapeutic intervention for podocyte injury. Copyright © 2017, American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

  4. Grape seed procyanidin B2 protects podocytes from high glucose-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis via the AMPK-SIRT1-PGC-1α axis in vitro.

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    Cai, Xiaxia; Bao, Lei; Ren, Jinwei; Li, Yong; Zhang, Zhaofeng

    2016-02-01

    Grape seed procyanidin B2 (GSPB2) was reported to have protective effects on diabetic nephropathy (DN) as a strong antioxidant. Our previous studies demonstrated that GSPB2 was effective in ameliorating podocyte injury in rats with DN. However, little is known about the benefits of GSPB2 in protecting against podocyte apoptosis and its molecular mechanisms in vitro. In the present study, we investigated whether GSPB2 could protect podocytes from high glucose-induced apoptosis and explored the possible mechanism. Cell viability and apoptosis were detected by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and flow cytometry, respectively. The intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) level was measured using a dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) fluorescent probe. Real-time reverse transcription-PCR was used to determine the gene expression of nuclear respiratory factor 1 (NRF-1) and mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM), and quantitative real-time PCR was used to detect mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number. Western blots were carried out for the related protein expression in podocytes. Our results showed that GSPB2 significantly inhibited high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis and increased the expression of nephrin and podocalyxin. GSPB2 treatment also suppressed intracellular ROS production and oxidative stress. The mRNA expressions of NRF-1, TFAM and mtDNA copy number were markedly increased, and mitochondrial swelling was effectively reduced in podocytes cultured under high glucose after GSPB2 treatment. The AMPK-SIRT1-PGC-1α axis was also activated by GSPB2 intervention. In conclusion, GSPB2 protected podocytes from high glucose-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis via the AMPK-SIRT1-PGC-1α axis in vitro, suggesting a potential role of GSPB2 in the treatment of DN.

  5. Hydrogen peroxide induces activation of insulin signaling pathway via AMP-dependent kinase in podocytes

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    Piwkowska, Agnieszka; Rogacka, Dorota; Angielski, Stefan; Jankowski, Maciej

    2012-11-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2}O{sub 2} activates the insulin signaling pathway and glucose uptake in podocytes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2}O{sub 2} induces time-dependent changes in AMPK phosphorylation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2}O{sub 2} enhances insulin signaling pathways via AMPK activation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2}O{sub 2} stimulation of glucose uptake is AMPK-dependent. -- Abstract: Podocytes are cells that form the glomerular filtration barrier in the kidney. Insulin signaling in podocytes is critical for normal kidney function. Insulin signaling is regulated by oxidative stress and intracellular energy levels. We cultured rat podocytes to investigate the effects of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) on the phosphorylation of proximal and distal elements of insulin signaling. We also investigated H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-induced intracellular changes in the distribution of protein kinase B (Akt). Western blots showed that H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (100 {mu}M) induced rapid, transient phosphorylation of the insulin receptor (IR), the IR substrate-1 (IRS1), and Akt with peak activities at 5 min ({Delta} 183%, P < 0.05), 3 min ({Delta} 414%, P < 0.05), and 10 min ({Delta} 35%, P < 0.05), respectively. Immunostaining cells with an Akt-specific antibody showed increased intensity at the plasma membrane after treatment with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}>. Furthermore, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} inhibited phosphorylation of the phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN; peak activity at 10 min; {Delta} -32%, P < 0.05) and stimulated phosphorylation of the AMP-dependent kinase alpha subunit (AMPK{alpha}; 78% at 3 min and 244% at 10 min). The stimulation of AMPK was abolished with an AMPK inhibitor, Compound C (100 {mu}M, 2 h). Moreover, Compound C significantly reduced the effect of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} on IR phosphorylation by about 40% (from 2.07 {+-} 0.28 to 1.28 {+-} 0.12, P < 0.05). In addition, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} increased glucose uptake in podocytes

  6. Rac1 activation in podocytes induces the spectrum of nephrotic syndrome.

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    Robins, Richard; Baldwin, Cindy; Aoudjit, Lamine; Côté, Jean-François; Gupta, Indra R; Takano, Tomoko

    2017-08-01

    Hyper-activation of Rac1, a small GTPase, in glomerular podocytes has been implicated in the pathogenesis of familial proteinuric kidney diseases. However, the role of Rac1 in acquired nephrotic syndrome is unknown. To gain direct insights into this, we generated a transgenic mouse model expressing a doxycycline-inducible constitutively active form of Rac1 (CA-Rac1) in podocytes. Regardless of the copy number, proteinuria occurred rapidly within five days, and the histology resembled minimal change disease. The degree and severity of proteinuria were dependent on the transgene copy number. Upon doxycycline withdrawal, proteinuria resolved completely (one copy) or nearly completely (two copy). After one month of doxycycline treatment, two-copy mice developed glomerulosclerosis that resembled focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) with urinary shedding of transgene-expressing podocytes. p38 MAPK was activated in podocytes upon CA-Rac1 induction while a p38 inhibitor attenuated proteinuria, podocyte loss, and glomerulosclerosis. Mechanistically, activation of Rac1 in cultured mouse podocytes reduced adhesiveness to laminin and induced redistribution of β1 integrin, and both were partially reversed by the p38 inhibitor. Activation of Rac1 in podocytes was also seen in kidney biopsies from patients with minimal change disease and idiopathic FSGS by immunofluorescence while sera from the same patients activated Rac1 in cultured human podocytes. Thus, activation of Rac1 in podocytes causes a spectrum of disease ranging from minimal change disease to FSGS, due to podocyte detachment from the glomerular basement membrane that is partially dependent on p38 MAPK. Copyright © 2017 International Society of Nephrology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. c-mip impairs podocyte proximal signaling and induces heavy proteinuria

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    Zhang, Shao-Yu; Kamal, Maud; Dahan, Karine; Pawlak, André; Ory, Virginie; Desvaux, Dominique; Audard, Vincent; Candelier, Marina; Mohamed, Fatima Ben; Matignon, Marie; Christov, Christo; Decrouy, Xavier; Bernard, Veronique; Mangiapan, Gilles; Lang, Philippe; Guellaën, Georges; Ronco, Pierre; Sahali, Djillali

    2010-01-01

    Idiopathic nephrotic syndrome comprises several podocyte diseases of unknown origin, affecting the glomerular podocyte, which plays a key role in controlling the permeability of the kidney filter to proteins. It is characterized by the daily loss of more than 3 g of protein in urine, with no inflammatory lesions or cell infiltration. Nephrotic syndrome may be associated with serious complications, including sodium retention, hyperlipidemia, infectious diseases and thromboembolic events. The molecular mechanisms underlying non genetic nephrotic syndromes are unknown. We report here that the abundance of c-mip (c-maf inducing protein) increases in the podocytes of patients with acquired idiopathic nephrotic syndromes, including minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS), a subset of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and membranous nephropathy (MN), in which the podocyte is the main target of injury. Transgenic mice overproducing c-mip in podocytes developed proteinuria without morphological alterations, inflammatory lesions or cell infiltration. We found that c-mip turned off podocyte signaling by preventing the interaction of nephrin with the tyrosine kinase Fyn, thereby decreasing nephrin phosphorylation in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, c-mip inhibited interactions between Fyn and N-WASP and between Nck and nephrin, potentially accounting for cytoskeletal disorganization and the effacement of foot processes. The intravenous injection of a small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting c-mip prevented lipopolysaccharide-induced proteinuria in mice. These results provide new insights into the molecular mechanism of acquired podocyte diseases. PMID:20484117

  8. PEDF inhibits AGE-induced podocyte apoptosis via PPAR-gamma activation.

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    Ishibashi, Yuji; Matsui, Takanori; Ohta, Keisuke; Tanoue, Ryuichiro; Takeuchi, Masayoshi; Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Fukami, Kei; Okuda, Seiya; Nakamura, Kei-ichiro; Yamagishi, Sho-ichi

    2013-01-01

    Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) formed at an accelerated rate under diabetes, elicit oxidative and pro-apoptotic reactions in various types of cells, including podocytes, thus being involved in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy. Recently, we, along with others, have found that pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), a glycoprotein with potent neuronal differentiating activity, inhibits AGE-elicited mesangial and tubular cell damage through its anti-oxidative properties. However, the effects of PEDF on podocyte loss, one of the characteristic features of diabetic nephropathy remain unknown. In this study, we investigated whether and how PEDF could protect against AGE-elicited podocyte apoptosis in vitro. AGEs decreased PEDF mRNA level in podocytes, which was blocked by neutralizing antibody raised against receptor for AGEs (RAGE-Ab). PEDF or RAGE-Ab was found to inhibit the AGE-induced up-regulation of RAGE mRNA level, oxidative stress generation and resultant apoptosis in podocytes. All of the beneficial effects of PEDF on AGE-exposed podocytes were blocked by the treatment of GW9662, an inhibitor of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ). Further, although PEDF did not affect protein expression levels of PPARγ, it significantly restored the PPARγ transcriptional activity in AGE-exposed podocytes. The present results demonstrated for the first time that PEDF could block the AGE-induced apoptotic cell death of podocytes by suppressing RAGE expression and subsequent ROS generation partly via PPARγ activation. Our present study suggests that substitution of PEDF proteins may be a promising strategy for preventing the podocyte loss in diabetic nephropathy.

  9. Impaired Podocyte Autophagy Exacerbates Proteinuria in Diabetic Nephropathy.

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    Tagawa, Atsuko; Yasuda, Mako; Kume, Shinji; Yamahara, Kosuke; Nakazawa, Jun; Chin-Kanasaki, Masami; Araki, Hisazumi; Araki, Shin-Ichi; Koya, Daisuke; Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Kim, Eun-Hee; Haneda, Masakazu; Kajiwara, Nobuyuki; Hayashi, Kazuyuki; Ohashi, Hiroshi; Ugi, Satoshi; Maegawa, Hiroshi; Uzu, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    Overcoming refractory massive proteinuria remains a clinical and research issue in diabetic nephropathy. This study was designed to investigate the pathogenesis of massive proteinuria in diabetic nephropathy, with a special focus on podocyte autophagy, a system of intracellular degradation that maintains cell and organelle homeostasis, using human tissue samples and animal models. Insufficient podocyte autophagy was observed histologically in patients and rats with diabetes and massive proteinuria accompanied by podocyte loss, but not in those with no or minimal proteinuria. Podocyte-specific autophagy-deficient mice developed podocyte loss and massive proteinuria in a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced diabetic model for inducing minimal proteinuria. Interestingly, huge damaged lysosomes were found in the podocytes of diabetic rats with massive proteinuria and HFD-fed, podocyte-specific autophagy-deficient mice. Furthermore, stimulation of cultured podocytes with sera from patients and rats with diabetes and massive proteinuria impaired autophagy, resulting in lysosome dysfunction and apoptosis. These results suggest that autophagy plays a pivotal role in maintaining lysosome homeostasis in podocytes under diabetic conditions, and that its impairment is involved in the pathogenesis of podocyte loss, leading to massive proteinuria in diabetic nephropathy. These results may contribute to the development of a new therapeutic strategy for advanced diabetic nephropathy. © 2016 by the American Diabetes Association. Readers may use this article as long as the work is properly cited, the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered.

  10. mTORC2 Signaling Regulates Nox4-Induced Podocyte Depletion in Diabetes

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    Eid, Stéphanie; Boutary, Suzan; Braych, Kawthar; Sabra, Ramzi; Massaad, Charbel; Hamdy, Ahmed; Rashid, Awad; Moodad, Sarah; Block, Karen; Gorin, Yves; Abboud, Hanna E.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Aim: Podocyte apoptosis is a critical mechanism for excessive loss of urinary albumin that eventuates in kidney fibrosis. Oxidative stress plays a critical role in hyperglycemia-induced glomerular injury. We explored the hypothesis that mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) mediates podocyte injury in diabetes. Results: High glucose (HG)-induced podocyte injury reflected by alterations in the slit diaphragm protein podocin and podocyte depletion/apoptosis. This was paralleled by activation of the Rictor/mTORC2/Akt pathway. HG also increased the levels of Nox4 and NADPH oxidase activity. Inhibition of mTORC2 using small interfering RNA (siRNA)-targeting Rictor in vitro decreased HG-induced Nox1 and Nox4, NADPH oxidase activity, restored podocin levels, and reduced podocyte depletion/apoptosis. Inhibition of mTORC2 had no effect on mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activation, described by our group to be increased in diabetes, suggesting that the mTORC2 activation by HG could mediate podocyte injury independently of mTORC1. In isolated glomeruli of OVE26 mice, there was a similar activation of the Rictor/mTORC2/Akt signaling pathway with increase in Nox4 and NADPH oxidase activity. Inhibition of mTORC2 using antisense oligonucleotides targeting Rictor restored podocin levels, reduced podocyte depletion/apoptosis, and attenuated glomerular injury and albuminuria. Innovation: Our data provide evidence for a novel function of mTORC2 in NADPH oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species generation and podocyte apoptosis that contributes to urinary albumin excretion in type 1 diabetes. Conclusion: mTORC2 and/or NADPH oxidase inhibition may represent a therapeutic modality for diabetic kidney disease. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 25, 703–719. PMID:27393154

  11. Overexpression of miR-34c inhibits high glucose-induced apoptosis in podocytes by targeting Notch signaling pathways.

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    Liu, Xiang-Dong; Zhang, Lian-Yun; Zhu, Tie-Chui; Zhang, Rui-Fang; Wang, Shu-Long; Bao, Yan

    2015-01-01

    Recent findings have shown that microRNAs play critical roles in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. miR-34c has been found to inhibit fibrosis and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition of kidney cells. However, the role of miR-34c in diabetic nephropathy has not been well studied. The current study was designed to investigate the role and potential underlying mechanism of miR-34c in regulating diabetic nephropathy. After treating podocytes with high glucose (HG) in vitro, we found that miR-34c was downregulated and that overexpression of miR-34c inhibited HG-induced podocyte apoptosis. The direct interaction between miR-34c and the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of Notch1 and Jagged1 was validated by dual-luciferase reporter assay. Moreover, Notch1 and Jagged1 as putative targets of miR-34c were downregulated by miR-34c overexpression in HG-treated podocytes. Overexpression of miR-34c inhibited HG-induced Notch signaling pathway activation, as indicated by decreased expression of the Notch intracellular domain (NICD) and downstream genes including Hes1 and Hey1. Furthermore, miR-34c overexpression increased the expression of the anti-apoptotic gene Bcl-2, and decreased the expression of the pro-apoptotic protein Bax and cleaved Caspase-3. Additionally, the phosphorylation of p53 was also downregulated by miR-34c overexpression. Taken together, our findings suggest that miR-34c overexpression inhibits the Notch signaling pathway by targeting Notch1 and Jaggged1 in HG-treated podocytes, representing a novel and potential therapeutic target for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy.

  12. Nano-TiO2 induces autophagy to protect against cell death through antioxidative mechanism in podocytes.

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    Zhang, Xiaochen; Yin, Hongqiang; Li, Zhigui; Zhang, Tao; Yang, Zhuo

    2016-12-01

    Autophagy is a cellular pathway involved in degradation of damaged organelles and proteins in order to keep cellular homeostasis. It plays vital role in podocytes. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) are known to induce autophagy in cells, but little has been reported about the mechanism of this process in podocytes and the role of autophagy in podocyte death. In the present study, we examined how nano-TiO2 induced authophagy. Besides that, whether autophagy could protect podocytes from the damage induced by nano-TiO2 and its mechanism was also investigated. Western blot assay and acridine orange staining presented that nano-TiO2 significantly enhanced autophagy flux in podocytes. In addition, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) were involved in such process. 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay indicated that upregulated level of autophagy induced by rapamycin in high concentration nano-TiO2-treated podocytes could significantly reduce the level of oxidative stress and alleviate podocyte death. Downregulating the level of autophagy with 3-methyladenine had the opposite effects. These findings indicate that nano-TiO2 induces autophagy through activating AMPK to inhibit mTOR in podocytes, and such autophagy plays a protecting role against oxidative stress on the cell proliferation. Changing autophagy level may become a new treatment strategy to relieve the damage induced by nano-TiO2 in podocytes.

  13. Astragaloside IV, a Novel Antioxidant, Prevents Glucose-Induced Podocyte Apoptosis In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Liu, Wei; Chen, Jianguo; Chen, Yifang; Huang, Jianhua; Wang, Niansong

    2012-01-01

    Glucose-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production initiates podocyte apoptosis, which represents a novel early mechanism leading to diabetic nephropathy (DN). Here, we tested the hypothesis that Astragaloside IV(AS-IV) exerts antioxidant and antiapoptotic effects on podocytes under diabetic conditions. Apoptosis, albuminuria, ROS generation, caspase-3 activity and cleavage, as well as Bax and Bcl-2 mRNA and protein expression were measured in vitro and in vivo. Cultured podocytes were exposed to high glucose (HG) with 50, 100 and 200 µg/ml of AS-IV for 24 h. AS-IV significantly attenuated HG-induced podocyte apoptosis and ROS production. This antiapoptotic effect was associated with restoration of Bax and Bcl-2 expression, as well as inhibition of caspase-3 activation and overexpression. In streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats, severe hyperglycemia and albuminuria were developed. Increased apoptosis, Bax expression, caspase-3 activity and cleavage while decreased Bcl-2 expression were detected in diabetic rats. However, pretreatment with AS-IV (2.5, 5, 10 mg·kg−1·d−1) for 14 weeks ameliorated podocyte apoptosis, caspase-3 activation, renal histopathology, podocyte foot process effacement, albuminuria and oxidative stress. Expression of Bax and Bcl-2 mRNA and protein in kidney cortex was partially restored by AS-IV pretreatment. These findings suggested AS-IV, a novel antioxidant, to prevent Glucose-Induced podocyte apoptosis partly through restoring the balance of Bax and Bcl-2 expression and inhibiting caspase-3 activation. PMID:22745830

  14. Regulation of CD2-associated protein influences podocyte endoplasmic reticulum stress-mediated apoptosis induced by albumin overload.

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    He, Fangfang; Chen, Shan; Wang, Hui; Shao, Ning; Tian, Xiujuan; Jiang, Huajun; Liu, Jianshe; Zhu, Zhonghua; Meng, Xianfang; Zhang, Chun

    2011-09-15

    Proteinuria is an exacerbating factor of chronic kidney diseases, leading to glomerulosclerosis. However, the molecular mechanisms mediating protein overload-induced podocyte injury are poorly understood. Recent studies have shown that apoptosis mediated by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress participated in the progression of a variety of kidney diseases. In the present study, we investigated the role of CD2-associated protein (CD2AP) in protein overload-induced ER stress and subsequent podocyte apoptosis. Conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes were cultured in vitro and treated with different concentrations of bovine serum albumin (BSA). In addition, CD2AP eukaryotic expression vector or siRNA was transfected into podocytes before exposed to BSA. Albumin endocytosis and podocyte apoptosis were visualized by confocal microscopy. The subcellular organelles were observed by transmission electron microscopy. The expressions of GRP78, caspase-12 and CD2AP were detected by RT-PCR or Western blot analysis. It was found that albumin was endocytosed by podocytes in a time-dependent manner. Accumulation of albumin in podocytes induced ER stress and apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner as indicated by upregulation of GRP78 and caspase-12. Meanwhile, the subcellular organelles were disrupted and the expression of CD2AP was downregulated by high concentration of albumin. Transfection of CD2AP eukaryotic expression vector into podocytes increased CD2AP expression, depressed GRP78 and caspase-12 expressions, and inhibited podocyte apoptosis. In contrast, transfection of CD2AP siRNA deteriorated the above changes induced by BSA. It is concluded protein overload induces podocyte apoptosis via ER stress and CD2AP may play a crucial role in albumin overload-induced ER stress and apoptosis in podocytes. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Rac1 Activation in Podocytes Induces Rapid Foot Process Effacement and Proteinuria

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    Yu, Haiyang; Suleiman, Hani; Kim, Alfred H. J.; Miner, Jeffrey H.; Dani, Adish; Akilesh, Shreeram

    2013-01-01

    The kidney's vital filtration function depends on the structural integrity of the glomerulus, the proximal portion of the nephron. Within the glomerulus, the architecturally complex podocyte forms the final cellular barrier to filtration. Injury to the podocyte results in a morphological change called foot process effacement, which is a ubiquitous feature of proteinuric diseases. The exact mechanism underlying foot process effacement is not known, but recently it has been proposed that this change might reflect activation of the Rac1 GTPase. To test this hypothesis, we generated a podocyte-specific, inducible transgenic mouse line that expressed constitutively active Rac1. When the Rac1 transgene was induced, we observed a rapid onset of proteinuria with focal foot process effacement. Using superresolution imaging, we verified that the induced transgene was expressed in damaged podocytes with altered foot process morphology. This work sheds new light on the complex balance of Rho GTPase signaling that is required for proper regulation of the podocyte cytoskeleton. PMID:24061480

  16. Inducible gene silencing in podocytes: a new tool for studying glomerular function.

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    Bugeon, Laurence; Danou, Aliki; Carpentier, David; Langridge, Paul; Syed, Nelofer; Dallman, Margaret J

    2003-03-01

    Glomerular filtration is one of the primary functions of the kidney. Podocytes, a highly specialized cell type found in glomeruli, are believed to play a critical role in that function. Null mutations of genes expressed in podocytes like WT1, nephrin, and NEPH1 result in an embryo and perinatal lethal phenotype and therefore do not allow the functional analysis of these genes in the adult kidney. Here is describes the generation of a model that will allow such studies. We have engineered transgenic mice in which the disruption of targeted genes can be induced in a temporally controlled fashion in podocytes. For this, a transgene encoding the mutated estrogen receptor-Cre recombinase fusion protein was introduced into the mouse genome. Animals were crossed with Z/AP reporter mice to test for efficient and inducible recombination. We found that, after injection of inducer drug tamoxifen, Cre fusion protein translocates to the nuclei of podocytes, where it becomes active and mediates recombination of DNA carrying loxP target sequences. These animals provide for the first time a tool for silencing genes selectively in podocytes of adult animals.

  17. Upregulation of mitochondrial Nox4 mediates TGF-β-induced apoptosis in cultured mouse podocytes.

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    Das, Ranjan; Xu, Shanhua; Quan, Xianglan; Nguyen, Tuyet Thi; Kong, In Deok; Chung, Choon Hee; Lee, Eun Young; Cha, Seung-Kuy; Park, Kyu-Sang

    2014-01-01

    Injury to podocytes leads to the onset of chronic renal diseases characterized by proteinuria. Elevated transforming growth factor (TGF)-β in kidney tissue is associated with podocyte damage that ultimately results in apoptosis and detachment. We investigated the proapoptotic mechanism of TGF-β in immortalized mouse podocytes. Exogenous TGF-β1-induced podocyte apoptosis through caspase-3 activation, which was related to elevated ROS levels generated by selective upregulation of NADPH oxidase 4 (Nox4). In mouse podocytes, Nox4 was predominantly localized to mitochondria, and Nox4 upregulation by TGF-β1 markedly depolarized mitochondrial membrane potential. TGF-β1-induced ROS production and caspase activation were mitigated by an antioxidant, the Nox inhibitor diphenyleneiodonium, or small interfering RNA for Nox4. A TGF-β receptor I blocker, SB-431542, completely reversed the changes triggered by TGF-β1. Knockdown of either Smad2 or Smad3 prevented the increase of Nox4 expression, ROS generation, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, and caspase-3 activation by TGF-β1. These results suggest that TGF-β1-induced mitochondrial Nox4 upregulation via the TGF-β receptor-Smad2/3 pathway is responsible for ROS production, mitochondrial dysfunction, and apoptosis, which may at least in part contribute to the development and progression of proteinuric glomerular diseases such as diabetic nephropathy.

  18. Combined blockade of angiotensin II and prorenin receptors ameliorates podocytic apoptosis induced by IgA-activated mesangial cells.

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    Leung, Joseph C K; Chan, Loretta Y Y; Saleem, M A; Mathieson, P W; Tang, Sydney C W; Lai, Kar Neng

    2015-07-01

    Glomerulo-podocytic communication plays an important role in the podocytic injury in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). In this study, we examine the role of podocytic angiotensin II receptor subtype 1 (AT1R) and prorenin receptor (PRR) in podocytic apoptosis in IgAN. Polymeric IgA (pIgA) was isolated from patients with IgAN and healthy controls. Conditioned media were prepared from growth arrested human mesangial cells (HMC) incubated with pIgA from patients with IgAN (IgA-HMC media) or healthy controls (Ctl-HMC media). A human podocyte cell line was used as a model to examine the regulation of the expression of AT1R, PRR, TNF-α and CTGF by IgA-HMC media. Podocytic nephrin expression, annexin V binding and caspase 3 activity were used as the functional readout of podocytic apoptosis. IgA-HMC media had no effect on AngII release by podocytes. IgA-HMC media significantly up-regulated the expression of AT1R and PRR, down-regulated nephrin expression and induced apoptosis in podocytes. Mono-blockade of AT1R, PRR, TNF-α or CTGF partially reduced podocytic apoptosis. IgA-HMC media activated NFκB, notch1 and HEY1 expression by podocytes and dual blockade of AT1R with PRR, or anti-TNF-α with anti-CTGF, effectively rescued the podocytic apoptosis induced by IgA-HMC media. Our data suggests that pIgA-activated HMC up-regulates the expression of AT1R and PRR expression by podocytes and the associated activation of NFκB and notch signalling pathways play an essential role in the podocytic apoptosis induced by glomerulo-podocytic communication in IgAN. Simultaneously targeting the AT1R and PRR could be a potential therapeutic option to reduce the podocytic injury in IgAN.

  19. HGF alleviates high glucose-induced injury in podocytes by GSK3β inhibition and autophagy restoration.

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    Zhang, Congying; Hou, Bo; Yu, Siying; Chen, Qi; Zhang, Nong; Li, Hui

    2016-11-01

    Podocyte injury or loss plays a major role in the pathogenesis of proteinuric kidney disease including diabetic nephropathy (DN). High basal level of autophagy is critical for podocyte health. Recent studies have revealed that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) can ameliorate podocyte injury and proteinuria. However, little is known about the impact of HGF on podocyte autophagy. In this study, we investigated whether and how HGF affects autophagy in podocytes treated with high glucose (HG) conditions. HGF significantly diminishes apoptosis, oxidative stress and autophagy impairment inflicted by HG in podocytes. These beneficial effects of HGF disappear once HGF receptor is blocked by SU11274, a specific inhibitor of c-Met. Moreover, HGF markedly suppresses HG-stimulated glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK3β) activity. Accordingly, exogenous constitutively-active GSK3β overexpression using an adenoviral vector system (Ad-GSK3β-S9A) abrogates the ability of HGF to ameliorate HG-mediated podocyte injury while neither adenoviral-mediated overexpression of wild-type GSK3β (Ad-GSK3β-WT) nor adenoviral transduction of inactive GSK3β mutant (Ad-GSK3β-K85A) can counteract the protective effects of HGF on HG-treated podocytes. Collectively, these results suggest that HGF prevents HG-induced podocyte injury via an autophagy-promoting mechanism, which involves GSK3β inhibition.

  20. Connective tissue growth factor modulates podocyte actin cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix synthesis and is induced in podocytes upon injury.

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    Fuchshofer, Rudolf; Ullmann, Sabrina; Zeilbeck, Ludwig F; Baumann, Matti; Junglas, Benjamin; Tamm, Ernst R

    2011-09-01

    Structural changes of podocytes and retraction of their foot processes are a critical factor in the pathogenesis of minimal change nephritis and glomerulosclerosis. Here we tested, if connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is involved in podocyte injury during acute and chronic puromycin aminonucleoside nephrosis (PAN) as animal models of minimal change nephritis, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, respectively. Rats were treated once (acute PAN) or for 13 weeks (chronic PAN). In both experimental conditions, CTGF and its mRNA were found to be highly upregulated in podocytes. The upregulation correlated with onset and duration of proteinuria in acute PAN, and glomerulosclerosis and high expression of glomerular fibronectin, and collagens I, III, and IV in chronic PAN. In vitro, treatment of podocytes with recombinant CTGF increased amount and density of actin stress fibers, the expression of actin-associated molecules such as podocalyxin, synaptopodin, ezrin, and actinin-4, and activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). Moreover, we observed increased podocyte expression of mRNA for transforming growth factor (TGF)-β2, TGF-β receptor II, fibronectin, and collagens I, III, and IV. Treatment of cultured podocytes with puromycin aminonucleoside resulted in loss of actin stress fibers and cell death, effects that were partially prevented when CTGF was added to the culture medium. Depletion of CTGF mRNA in cultured podocytes by RNA interference reduced both the number of actin stress fibers and the expression of actin-associated molecules. We propose that the expression of CTGF is acutely upregulated in podocytes as part of a cellular attempt to repair structural changes of the actin cytoskeleton. When the damaging effects on podocyte structure and function persist chronically, continuous CTGF expression in podocytes is a critical factor that promotes progressive accumulation of glomerular extracellular matrix and

  1. Berberine enhances the AMPK activation and autophagy and mitigates high glucose-induced apoptosis of mouse podocytes.

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    Jin, Yingli; Liu, Shuping; Ma, Qingshan; Xiao, Dong; Chen, Li

    2017-01-05

    High glucose concentration can induce injury of podocytes and berberine has a potent activity against diabetic nephropathy. However, whether and how berberine can inhibit high glucose-mediated injury of podocytes have not been clarified. This study tested the effect of berberine on high glucose-mediated apoptosis and the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) activation and autophagy in podocytes. The results indicated that berberine significantly mitigated high glucose-decreased cell viability, and nephrin and podocin expression as well as apoptosis in mouse podocytes. Berberine significantly increased the AMPK activation and mitigated high glucose and/or the AMPK inhibitor, compound C-mediated mTOR activation and apoptosis in podocytes. Berberine significantly enhanced the AMPK activation and protected from high glucose-induced apoptosis in the AMPK-silencing podocytes. Furthermore, berberine significantly increased the high glucose-elevated Unc-51-like autophagy-activating kinase 1 (ULK1) S317/S555 phosphorylation, Beclin-1 expression, the ratios of LC3II to LC3I expression and the numbers of autophagosomes, but reduced ULK1 S757 phosphorylation in podocytes. In addition, berberine significantly attenuated compound C-mediated inhibition of autophagy in podocytes. The protective effect of berberine on high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis was significantly mitigated by pre-treatment with 3-methyladenine or bafilomycin A1. Collectively, berberine enhanced autophagy and protected from high glucose-induced injury in podocytes by promoting the AMPK activation. Our findings may provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the anti-diabetic nephropathy effect of berberine and may aid in design of new therapies for intervention of diabetic nephropathy.

  2. FSGS as an Adaptive Response to Growth-Induced Podocyte Stress.

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    Nishizono, Ryuzoh; Kikuchi, Masao; Wang, Su Q; Chowdhury, Mahboob; Nair, Viji; Hartman, John; Fukuda, Akihiro; Wickman, Larysa; Hodgin, Jeffrey B; Bitzer, Markus; Naik, Abhijit; Wiggins, Jocelyn; Kretzler, Matthias; Wiggins, Roger C

    2017-10-01

    Glomerular sclerotic lesions develop when the glomerular filtration surface area exceeds the availability of podocyte foot process coverage, but the mechanisms involved are incompletely characterized. We evaluated potential mechanisms using a transgenic (podocin promoter-AA-4E-BP1) rat in which podocyte capacity for hypertrophy in response to growth factor/nutrient signaling is impaired. FSGS lesions resembling human FSGS developed spontaneously by 7 months of age, and could be induced earlier by accelerating kidney hypertrophy by nephrectomy. Early segmental glomerular lesions occurred in the absence of a detectable reduction in average podocyte number per glomerulus and resulted from the loss of podocytes in individual glomerular capillary loops. Parietal epithelial cell division, accumulation on Bowman's capsule, and tuft invasion occurred at these sites. Three different interventions that prevented kidney growth and glomerular enlargement (calorie intake reduction, inhibition of mammalian target of rapamycin complex, and inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme) protected against FSGS lesion development, even when initiated late in the process. Ki67 nuclear staining and unbiased transcriptomic analysis identified increased glomerular (but not podocyte) cell cycling as necessary for FSGS lesion development. The rat FSGS-associated transcriptomic signature correlated with human glomerular transcriptomes associated with disease progression, compatible with similar processes occurring in man. We conclude that FSGS lesion development resulted from glomerular growth that exceeded the capacity of podocytes to adapt and adequately cover some parts of the filtration surface. Modest modulation of the growth side of this equation significantly ameliorated FSGS progression, suggesting that glomerular growth is an underappreciated therapeutic target for preservation of renal function. Copyright © 2017 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  3. sPLA2 IB induces human podocyte apoptosis via the M-type phospholipase A2 receptor.

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    Pan, Yangbin; Wan, Jianxin; Liu, Yipeng; Yang, Qian; Liang, Wei; Singhal, Pravin C; Saleem, Moin A; Ding, Guohua

    2014-10-22

    The M-type phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) is expressed in podocytes in human glomeruli. Group IB secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2 IB), which is one of the ligands of the PLA2R, is more highly expressed in chronic renal failure patients than in controls. However, the roles of the PLA2R and sPLA2 IB in the pathogenesis of glomerular diseases are unknown. In the present study, we found that more podocyte apoptosis occurs in the kidneys of patients with higher PLA2R and serum sPLA2 IB levels. In vitro, we demonstrated that human podocyte cells expressed the PLA2R in the cell membrane. After binding with the PLA2R, sPLA2 IB induced podocyte apoptosis in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. sPLA2 IB-induced podocyte PLA2R upregulation was not only associated with increased ERK1/2 and cPLA2α phosphorylation but also displayed enhanced apoptosis. In contrast, PLA2R-silenced human podocytes displayed attenuated apoptosis. sPLA2 IB enhanced podocyte arachidonic acid (AA) content in a dose-dependent manner. These data indicate that sPLA2 IB has the potential to induce human podocyte apoptosis via binding to the PLA2R. The sPLA2 IB-PLA2R interaction stimulated podocyte apoptosis through activating ERK1/2 and cPLA2α and through increasing the podocyte AA content.

  4. Sequential signaling cascade of IL-6 and PGC-1α is involved in high glucose-induced podocyte loss and growth arrest

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    Kim, Dong Il; Park, Soo Hyun

    2013-06-14

    Highlights: •The pathophysiological role of IL-6 in high glucose-induced podocyte loss. •The novel role of PGC-1α in the development of diabetic nephropathy. •Signaling of IL-6 and PGC-1α in high glucose-induced dysfunction of podocyte. -- Abstract: Podocyte loss, which is mediated by podocyte apoptosis, is implicated in the onset of diabetic nephropathy. In this study, we investigated the involvement of interleukin (IL)-6 in high glucose-induced apoptosis of rat podocytes. We also examined the pathophysiological role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 alpha (PGC-1α) in this system. High glucose treatment induced not only podocyte apoptosis but also podocyte growth arrest. High glucose treatment also increased IL-6 secretion and activated IL-6 signaling. The high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis was blocked by IL-6 neutralizing antibody. IL-6 treatment or overexpression induced podocyte apoptosis and growth arrest, and IL-6 siRNA transfection blocked high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis and growth arrest. Furthermore, high glucose or IL-6 treatment increased PGC-1α expression, and PGC-1α overexpression also induced podocyte apoptosis and growth arrest. PGC-1α siRNA transfection blocked high glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis and growth arrest. Collectively, these findings showed that high glucose promoted apoptosis and cell growth arrest in podocytes via IL-6 signaling. In addition, PGC-1α is involved in podocyte apoptosis and cell growth arrest. Therefore, blocking IL-6 and its downstream mediators such as IL6Rα, gp130 and PGC-1α may attenuate the progression of diabetic nephropathy.

  5. Sialic acid attenuates puromycin aminonucleoside-induced desialylation and oxidative stress in human podocytes.

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    Pawluczyk, Izabella Z A; Ghaderi Najafabadi, Maryam; Patel, Samita; Desai, Priyanka; Vashi, Dipti; Saleem, Moin A; Topham, Peter S

    2014-01-15

    Sialoglycoproteins make a significant contribution to the negative charge of the glomerular anionic glycocalyx-crucial for efficient functioning of the glomerular permselective barrier. Defects in sialylation have serious consequences on podocyte function leading to the development of proteinuria. The aim of the current study was to investigate potential mechanisms underlying puromycin aminonucleosisde (PAN)-induced desialylation and to ascertain whether they could be corrected by administration of free sialic acid. PAN treatment of podocytes resulted in a loss of sialic acid from podocyte proteins. This was accompanied by a reduction, in the expression of sialyltransferases and a decrease in the key enzyme of sialic acid biosynthesis N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase (GNE). PAN treatment also attenuated expression of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (mSOD) and concomitantly increased the generation of superoxide anions. Sialic acid supplementation rescued podocyte protein sialylation and partially restored expression of sialyltransferases. Sialic acid also restored mSOD mRNA expression and quenched the oxidative burst. These data suggest that PAN-induced aberrant sialylation occurs as a result of modulation of enzymes involved sialic acid metabolism some of which are affected by oxidative stress. These data suggest that sialic acid therapy not only reinstates functionally important negative charge but also acts a source of antioxidant activity.

  6. Effect of TRPC6 knockdown on puromycin aminonucleoside-induced podocyte injury.

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    Sun, Xifeng; Chu, Yongli; Zhang, Chun; Du, Xiyun; He, Fangfang; Chen, Shan; Gao, Pan; Liu, Jianshe; Zhu, Zhonghua; Meng, Xianfang

    2012-06-01

    This study was aimed to construct eukaryotic expression vectors carrying the small hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting TRPC6 gene and investigate the effect of TRPC6 knockdown on puromucin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced podocyte injury. Two DNA sequences containing the small hairpin structure targeting TRPC6 were designed, synthesized and then inserted into the green fluorescence protein (GFP)-contained plasmids (pGC) to establish the plasmids pGCsi-TRPC6A and pGCsi-TRPC6B. Plasmids expressing scrambled shRNA were used as negative control and named pGCsi-NC. These plasmids were transfected into a conditionally immortalized murine podocyte cell line by using liposome. Flow cytometry was used to examine the transfection efficiency. TRPC6 mRNA and protein expression levels were detected by RT-PCR and Western blotting. Cultured podocytes were divided into four groups: control group, PAN treatment group, PAN+TRPC6 shRNA transfected group and PAN+scrambled shRNA transfected group. The paracelluar permeability to BSA was evaluated by Millicell-PCF Inserts and cell viability was measured by the trypan blue assay. Immunofluorescent assay was used to observe the distribution of α-actinin-4 and α-tubulin. The results showed that the transfection efficiency of the shRNA expression vector was about 45%. Expression levels of TRPC6 mRNA and protein were downregulated after transfection with pGCsi-TRPC6A and pGCsi-TRPC6B. Knocking down TRPC6 gene could effectively reverse the PAN-induced increase in the paracelluar permeability to BSA. The distribution of α-actinin-4 and α-tubulin was disrupted after treatment with PAN, which was reversed by knocking down TRPC6 gene. It was concluded that knocking down TRPC6 gene could effectively prevent podocytes from the permeability increase induced by PAN, which may be related to the regulation of podocyte cytoskeleton.

  7. Differential role of mesangial cells and podocytes in TGF-beta-induced mesangial matrix synthesis in chronic glomerular disease.

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    Lee, Hyun Soon; Song, Chi Young

    2009-07-01

    Glomerulosclerosis is characterized by mesangial matrix accumulation that is mediated primarily by activation of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta). Unlike podocytes, mesangial cells secrete TGF-beta in response to common in vitro fibrogenic stimuli. However, mesangial immunostaining for active TGF-beta1 in chronic glomerular disease is almost negligible, despite increased mesangial TGF-beta1 mRNA expression, while podocytes covering the sclerotic glomerular segments exhibit increased TGF-beta1 protein expression. The mechanisms whereby TGF-beta is activated in the diseased glomeruli and how the activated TGF-beta leads to mesangial matrix overproduction are not clear. We provide evidence that TGF-beta secreted as latent complexes by mesangial cells is stored in the mesangial matrix, from which soluble forms of latent TGF-beta are released and localized to the podocyte surface in chronic glomerular disease. Podocyte-derived reactive oxygen species, plasmin and thrombospondin-1, particularly renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system-induced oxidative stress, seem to be involved in TGF-beta activation in podocytes. We also provide evidence that the TGF-beta-induced secretion of connective tissue growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor by podocytes acts as a paracrine regulatory mechanism on mesangial cells, which may cause mesangial matrix accumulation culminating in the development of glomerulosclerosis. Collectively, these data bring new insights into our understanding of the roles of the mesangial cells and podocytes in the TGF-beta-induced mesangial matrix synthesis in chronic glomerular disease.

  8. Endothelial cell and podocyte autophagy synergistically protect from diabetes-induced glomerulosclerosis

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    Lenoir, Olivia; Jasiek, Magali; Hénique, Carole; Guyonnet, Léa; Hartleben, Björn; Bork, Tillmann; Chipont, Anna; Flosseau, Kathleen; Bensaada, Imane; Schmitt, Alain; Massé, Jean-Marc; Souyri, Michèle; Huber, Tobias B; Tharaux, Pierre-Louis

    2015-01-01

    The glomerulus is a highly specialized capillary tuft, which under pressure filters large amounts of water and small solutes into the urinary space, while retaining albumin and large proteins. The glomerular filtration barrier (GFB) is a highly specialized filtration interface between blood and urine that is highly permeable to small and midsized solutes in plasma but relatively impermeable to macromolecules such as albumin. The integrity of the GFB is maintained by molecular interplay between its 3 layers: the glomerular endothelium, the glomerular basement membrane and podocytes, which are highly specialized postmitotic pericytes forming the outer part of the GFB. Abnormalities of glomerular ultrafiltration lead to the loss of proteins in urine and progressive renal insufficiency, underlining the importance of the GFB. Indeed, albuminuria is strongly predictive of the course of chronic nephropathies especially that of diabetic nephropathy (DN), a leading cause of renal insufficiency. We found that high glucose concentrations promote autophagy flux in podocyte cultures and that the abundance of LC3B II in podocytes is high in diabetic mice. Deletion of Atg5 specifically in podocytes resulted in accelerated diabetes-induced podocytopathy with a leaky GFB and glomerulosclerosis. Strikingly, genetic alteration of autophagy on the other side of the GFB involving the endothelial-specific deletion of Atg5 also resulted in capillary rarefaction and accelerated DN. Thus autophagy is a key protective mechanism on both cellular layers of the GFB suggesting autophagy as a promising new therapeutic strategy for DN. PMID:26039325

  9. Smad3 deficiency protects mice from obesity-induced podocyte injury that precedes insulin resistance.

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    Sun, Yu B Y; Qu, Xinli; Howard, Victor; Dai, Lie; Jiang, Xiaoyun; Ren, Yi; Fu, Ping; Puelles, Victor G; Nikolic-Paterson, David J; Caruana, Georgina; Bertram, John F; Sleeman, Mark W; Li, Jinhua

    2015-08-01

    Signaling by TGF-β/Smad3 plays a key role in renal fibrosis. As obesity is one of the major risk factors of chronic and end-stage renal disease, we studied the role of Smad3 signaling in the pathogenesis of obesity-related renal disease. After switching to a high fat diet, the onset of Smad3 C-terminal phosphorylation, increase in albuminuria, and the early stages of peripheral and renal insulin resistance occurred at 1 day, and 4 and 8 weeks, respectively, in C57BL/6 mice. The loss of synaptopodin, a functional marker of podocytes, and phosphorylation of the Smad3 linker region (T179 and S213) appeared after 4 weeks of the high fat diet. This suggests a temporal pattern of Smad3 signaling activation leading to kidney injury and subsequent insulin resistance in the development of obesity-related renal disease. In vivo, Smad3 knockout attenuated the high fat diet-induced proteinuria, renal fibrosis, overall podocyte injury, and mitochondrial dysfunction in podocytes. In vitro palmitate caused a rapid activation of Smad3 in 30 min, loss of synaptopodin in 2 days, and impaired insulin signaling in 3 days in isolated mouse podocytes. Blockade of either Smad3 phosphorylation by SIS3 (a Smad3 inhibitor) or T179 phosphorylation by flavopiridol (a CDK9 inhibitor) prevented the palmitate-induced loss of synaptopodin and mitochondrial function in podocytes. Thus, Smad3 signaling plays essential roles in obesity-related renal disease and may be a novel therapeutic target.

  10. Flying podocytes.

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    Simons, Matias; Huber, Tobias B

    2009-03-01

    Recent insights have defined the central role of podocytes both in rare genetic diseases and as a general determinant of the progression of human glomerular diseases. In a recent issue of Nature, Weavers et al. described a podocyte-like cell type in Drosophila, the nephrocyte, that closely resembles mammalian podocytes, including the nephrin-based slit diaphragm. This novel podocyte system might open new avenues toward the understanding of podocyte biology and pathophysiology.

  11. Single and Transient Ca2+ Peaks in Podocytes do not induce Changes in Glomerular Filtration and Perfusion

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    Koehler, Sybille; Brähler, Sebastian; Kuczkowski, Alexander; Binz, Julia; Hackl, Matthias J.; Hagmann, Henning; Höhne, Martin; Vogt, Merly C.; Wunderlich, Claudia M.; Wunderlich, F. Thomas; Schweda, Frank; Schermer, Bernhard; Benzing, Thomas; Brinkkoetter, Paul T.

    2016-01-01

    Chronic alterations in calcium (Ca2+) signalling in podocytes have been shown to cause proteinuria and progressive glomerular diseases. However, it is unclear whether short Ca2+ peaks influence glomerular biology and cause podocyte injury. Here we generated a DREADD (Designer Receptor Exclusively Activated by a Designer Drug) knock-in mouse line to manipulate intracellular Ca2+ levels. By mating to a podocyte-specific Cre driver we are able to investigate the impact of Ca2+ peaks on podocyte biology in living animals. Activation of the engineered G-protein coupled receptor with the synthetic compound clozapine-N-oxide (CNO) evoked a short and transient Ca2+ peak in podocytes immediately after CNO administration in vivo. Interestingly, this Ca2+ peak did neither affect glomerular perfusion nor filtration in the animals. Moreover, no obvious alterations in the glomerular morphology could be observed. Taken together, these in vivo findings suggest that chronic alterations and calcium overload rather than an induction of transient Ca2+ peaks contribute to podocyte disease. PMID:27759104

  12. Podocyte-Specific VEGF-A Gain of Function Induces Nodular Glomerulosclerosis in eNOS Null Mice

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    Veron, Delma; Aggarwal, Pardeep K.; Velazquez, Heino; Kashgarian, Michael; Moeckel, Gilbert

    2014-01-01

    VEGF-A and nitric oxide are essential for glomerular filtration barrier homeostasis and are dysregulated in diabetic nephropathy. Here, we examined the effect of excess podocyte VEGF-A on the renal phenotype of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) knockout mice. Podocyte-specific VEGF164 gain of function in eNOS−/− mice resulted in nodular glomerulosclerosis, mesangiolysis, microaneurysms, and arteriolar hyalinosis associated with massive proteinuria and renal failure in the absence of diabetic milieu or hypertension. In contrast, podocyte-specific VEGF164 gain of function in wild-type mice resulted in less pronounced albuminuria and increased creatinine clearance. Transmission electron microscopy revealed glomerular basement membrane thickening and podocyte effacement in eNOS−/− mice with podocyte-specific VEGF164 gain of function. Furthermore, glomerular nodules overexpressed collagen IV and laminin extensively. Biotin-switch and proximity ligation assays demonstrated that podocyte-specific VEGF164 gain of function decreased glomerular S-nitrosylation of laminin in eNOS−/− mice. In addition, treatment with VEGF-A decreased S-nitrosylated laminin in cultured podocytes. Collectively, these data indicate that excess glomerular VEGF-A and eNOS deficiency is necessary and sufficient to induce Kimmelstiel-Wilson–like nodular glomerulosclerosis in mice through a process that involves deposition of laminin and collagen IV and de-nitrosylation of laminin. PMID:24578128

  13. FTY720 Attenuates Angiotensin II-Induced Podocyte Damage via Inhibiting Inflammatory Cytokines

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    Su, Ke; Zeng, Ping; Liang, Wei; Luo, Zhengyu; Wang, Yiman; Lv, Xifeng; Han, Qi; Yan, Miao

    2017-01-01

    FTY720, a new chemical substance derived from the ascomycete Isaria sinclairii, is used for treating multiple sclerosis, renal cancer, and asthma. Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive sphingolipid metabolite and exists in red blood cells. FTY720 is a synthetic S1P analog which can block S1P evoking physiological effects. Recently studies show that S1P was participating in activated inflammation cells induced renal injury. The objective of this study was to assess the protective effect of FTY720 on kidney damage and the potential mechanism of FTY720 which alleviate podocyte injury in chronic kidney disease. In this study, we selected 40 patients with IgA nephropathy and examined their clinical characteristics. Ang II-infusion rat renal injury model was established to evaluate the glomeruli and tubulointerstitial lesion. The result showed that the concentration of S1P in serum and urine was positively correlated with IgA nephropathy patients' renal injury. FTY720 could reduce renal histological lesions induced by Ang II-infusion in rats. Moreover, FTY720 decreased S1P synthesis in Ang II-infusion rats via downregulation of inflammatory cytokines including TNF-α and IL-6. In addition, FTY720 alleviated exogenous S1P-induced podocyte damage. In conclusion, FTY720 is able to attenuate S1P-induced podocyte damage via reducing inflammatory cytokines. PMID:28270699

  14. Heme oxygenase-1 enhances autophagy in podocytes as a protective mechanism against high glucose-induced apoptosis

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    Dong, Chenglong; Zheng, Haining; Huang, Shanshan; You, Na; Xu, Jiarong; Ye, Xiaolong; Zhu, Qun; Feng, Yamin; You, Qiang; Miao, Heng; Ding, Dafa; Lu, Yibing

    2015-10-01

    Injury and loss of podocytes play vital roles in diabetic nephropathy progression. Emerging evidence suggests autophagy, which is induced by multiple stressors including hyperglycemia, plays a protective role. Meanwhile, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) possesses powerful anti-apoptotic properties. Therefore, we investigated the impact of autophagy on podocyte apoptosis under diabetic conditions and its association with HO-1. Mouse podocytes were cultured in vitro; apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry. Transmission electron microscopy and biochemical autophagic flux assays were used to measure the autophagy markers microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3-II (LC3-II) and beclin-1. LC3-II and beclin-1 expression peaked 12–24 h after exposing podocytes to high glucose. Inhibition of autophagy with 3-methyladenine or Beclin-1 siRNAs or Atg 5 siRNAs sensitized cells to apoptosis, suggesting autophagy is a survival mechanism. HO-1 inactivation inhibited autophagy, which aggravated podocyte injury in vitro. Hemin-induced autophagy also protected podocytes from hyperglycemia in vitro and was abrogated by HO-1 siRNA. Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase phosphorylation was higher in hemin-treated and lower in HO-1 siRNA-treated podocytes. Suppression of AMPK activity reversed HO-1-mediated Beclin-1 upregulation and autophagy, indicating HO-1-mediated autophagy is AMPK dependent. These findings suggest HO-1 induction and regulation of autophagy are potential therapeutic targets for diabetic nephropathy. - Highlights: • High glucose leads to increased autophagy in podocytes at an early stage. • The early autophagic response protects against high glucose-induced apoptosis. • Heme oxygenase-1 enhances autophagy and decreases high glucose -mediated apoptosis. • Heme oxygenase-1 induces autophagy through the activation of AMPK.

  15. Protection of Human Podocytes from Shiga Toxin 2-Induced Phosphorylation of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases and Apoptosis by Human Serum Amyloid P Component

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    Dettmar, Anne K.; Binder, Elisabeth; Greiner, Friederike R.; Liebau, Max C.; Kurschat, Christine E.; Jungraithmayr, Therese C.; Saleem, Moin A.; Schmitt, Claus-Peter; Feifel, Elisabeth; Orth-Höller, Dorothea; Kemper, Markus J.; Pepys, Mark; Würzner, Reinhard

    2014-01-01

    Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is mainly induced by Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2)-producing Escherichia coli. Proteinuria can occur in the early phase of the disease, and its persistence determines the renal prognosis. Stx2 may injure podocytes and induce proteinuria. Human serum amyloid P component (SAP), a member of the pentraxin family, has been shown to protect against Stx2-induced lethality in mice in vivo, presumably by specific binding to the toxin. We therefore tested the hypothesis that SAP can protect against Stx2-induced injury of human podocytes. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying podocyte injury in HUS-associated proteinuria, we assessed Stx2-induced activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and apoptosis in immortalized human podocytes and evaluated the impact of SAP on Stx2-induced damage. Human podocytes express Stx2-binding globotriaosylceramide 3. Stx2 applied to cultured podocytes was internalized and then activated p38α MAPK and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), important signaling steps in cell differentiation and apoptosis. Stx2 also activated caspase 3, resulting in an increased level of apoptosis. Coincubation of podocytes with SAP and Stx2 mitigated the effects of Stx2 and induced upregulation of antiapoptotic Bcl2. These data suggest that podocytes are a target of Stx2 and that SAP protects podocytes against Stx2-induced injury. SAP may therefore be a useful therapeutic option. PMID:24566618

  16. Effects of hydrogen sulfide on high glucose-induced glomerular podocyte injury in mice.

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    Liu, Ye; Zhao, Huichen; Qiang, Ye; Qian, Guanfang; Lu, Shengxia; Chen, Jicui; Wang, Xiangdong; Guan, Qingbo; Liu, Yuantao; Fu, Yuqin

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effects of hydrogen sulfide on high glucose-induced mouse podocyte (MPC) injury and the underlying mechanisms. Mouse podocytes were randomly divided into 4 groups, including high glucose (HG), normal glucose (NG), normal glucose + DL-propargylglycine (PPG), and high glucose + NaHS (HG + NaHS) groups for treatment. Then, ZO-2, nephrin, β-catenin, and cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE) protein expression levels were determined by western blot. We found that high glucose significantly reduced nephrin, ZO-2, and CSE expression levels (P<0.05), and overtly elevated β-catenin amounts (P<0.05), in a time-dependent manner. Likewise, PPG at different concentrations in normal glucose resulted in significantly lower CSE, ZO-2, and nephrin levels (P<0.05), and increased β-catenin amounts (P<0.05). Interestingly, significantly increased ZO-2 and nephrin levels, and overtly reduced β-catenin amounts were observed in the HG + NaHS group compared with HG treated cells (P<0.01). Compared with NG treated cells, decreased ZO-2 and nephrin levels and higher β-catenin amounts were obtained in the HG + NaHS group. In conclusion,CSE downregulation contributes to hyperglycemia induced podocyte injury, which is alleviated by exogenous H2S possibly through ZO-2 upregulation and the subsequent suppression of Wnt/β-catenin pathway.

  17. Pterostilbene and allopurinol reduce fructose-induced podocyte oxidative stress and inflammation via microRNA-377.

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    Wang, Wei; Ding, Xiao-Qin; Gu, Ting-Ting; Song, Lin; Li, Jian-Mei; Xue, Qiao-Chu; Kong, Ling-Dong

    2015-06-01

    High dietary fructose is an important causative factor in the development of metabolic syndrome-associated glomerular podocyte oxidative stress and injury. Here, we identified microRNA-377 (miR-377) as a biomarker of oxidative stress in renal cortex of fructose-fed rats, which correlated with podocyte injury and albuminuria in metabolic syndrome. Fructose feeding increased miR-377 expression, decreased superoxide dismutase (SOD) expression and activity, and caused O2(-) and H2O2 overproduction in kidney cortex or glomeruli of rats. This reactive oxygen species induction increased p38 MAPK phosphorylation and thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) expression and activated the NOD-like receptor pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome to produce interleukin-1β in kidney glomeruli of fructose-fed rats. These pathological processes were further evaluated in cultured differentiated podocytes exposed to 5mM fructose, or transfected with miR-377 mimic/inhibitor and TXNIP siRNA, or co-incubated with p38 MAPK inhibitor, demonstrating that miR-377 overexpression activates the O2(-)/p38 MAPK/TXNIP/NLRP3 inflammasome pathway to promote oxidative stress and inflammation in fructose-induced podocyte injury. Antioxidants pterostilbene and allopurinol were found to ameliorate fructose-induced hyperuricemia, podocyte injury, and albuminuria in rats. More importantly, pterostilbene and allopurinol inhibited podocyte miR-377 overexpression to increase SOD1 and SOD2 levels and suppress the O2(-)/p38 MAPK/TXNIP/NLRP3 inflammasome pathway activation in vivo and in vitro, consistent with the reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation. These findings suggest that miR-377 plays an important role in glomerular podocyte oxidative stress, inflammation, and injury driven by high fructose. Inhibition of miR-377 by antioxidants may be a promising therapeutic strategy for the prevention of metabolic syndrome-associated glomerular podocyte injury. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All

  18. Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 contributes to endoplasmic reticulum stress induced podocyte apoptosis via promoting MEKK1 phosphorylation at Ser280 in diabetic nephropathy.

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    Zhang, Yue; Gao, Xiang; Chen, Shuanggang; Zhao, Min; Chen, Jing; Liu, Rui; Cheng, Shengyang; Qi, Mengyuan; Wang, Shuo; Liu, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been reported to be associated with podocyte apoptosis in diabetic nephropathy, but the mechanism of ER signaling in podocyte apoptosis hasn't been fully understood. Our previous studies have demonstrated that Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) was associated with podocyte apoptosis in diabetic nephropathy. The present study was designed to examine whether and how Cdk5 activity plays a role in ER stress induced podocyte apoptosis in diabetic nephropathy. The results showed that along with induction of Cdk5 and apoptosis, GRP78 and its two sensors as well as CHOP and cleaved caspase-12 were induced in high glucose treated podocytes. These responses were attenuated by treated salubrinal. The ER stress inducer, tunicamycin, also up-regulated the kinase activity and protein expression of Cdk5 in podocytes accompanied with the increasing of GRP78. On the other hand, Cdk5 phosphorylates MEKK1 at Ser280 in tunicamycin treated podocytes, and together, they increase the JNK phosphorylation. Moreover, disruption of this pathway can decrease the podocyte apoptosis induced by tunicamycin. Therefore, our study proved that Cdk5 may play an important role in ER stress induced podocyte apoptosis through MEKK1/JNK pathway in diabetic nephropathy.

  19. Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α ameliorates mitochondrial dysfunction and protects podocytes from aldosterone-induced injury.

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    Yuan, Yanggang; Huang, Songming; Wang, Wenyan; Wang, Yingying; Zhang, Ping; Zhu, Chunhua; Ding, Guixia; Liu, Bicheng; Yang, Tianxin; Zhang, Aihua

    2012-10-01

    Glomerular podocytes are highly specialized epithelial cells whose injury in glomerular diseases causes proteinuria. Since mitochondrial dysfunction is an early event in podocyte injury, we tested whether a major regulator of oxidative metabolism and mitochondrial function, the transcriptional coactivator peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α), affects podocyte damage. Aldosterone-induced injury decreased PGC-1α expression, and induced mitochondrial and podocyte damage in dose- and time-dependent manners. The suppression of endogenous PGC-1α by RNAi caused podocyte mitochondrial damage and apoptosis while its increase by infection with an adenoviral vector prevented aldosterone-induced mitochondrial malfunction and inhibited injury. Overexpression of the silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1, a gene upstream of PGC-1α, prevented aldosterone-induced mitochondrial damage and podocyte injury by upregulating PGC-1α at both the transcriptional and post-translational levels. Resveratrol, a SIRT1 activator, attenuated aldosterone-induced mitochondrial malfunction and podocyte injury in vitro and in aldosterone-infused mice in vivo. Hence, endogenous PGC-1α may be important for maintenance of mitochondrial function in podocytes under normal conditions. Activators of SIRT1, such as resveratol, may be therapeutically useful in glomerular diseases to promote and maintain PGC-1α expression and, consequently, podocyte integrity.

  20. B7–1 Is Not Induced in Podocytes of Human and Experimental Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Gagliardini, Elena; Novelli, Rubina; Corna, Daniela; Zoja, Carlamaria; Ruggiero, Barbara; Remuzzi, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    The incidence of progressive kidney disease associated with diabetes continues to rise worldwide. Current standard therapy with angiotensin–converting enzyme inhibitors and/or angiotensin receptor blockers achieves only partial renoprotection, increasing the need for novel therapeutic approaches. Previous studies described B7–1 induction in podocytes of patients with proteinuria, including those with FSGS and type 2 diabetic nephropathy (DN). These findings sparked great excitement in the renal community, implying that abatacept, a costimulatory inhibitor that targets B7–1, could be a novel therapy for diabetic renal disease. Given previous concerns over the value of B7–1 immunostaining and the efficacy of abatacept in patients with recurrent FSGS after renal transplantation, we investigated B7–1 expression in human and experimental DN before embarking on clinical studies of the use of B7–1 targeting strategies to treat proteinuria in DN. Immunohistochemical analysis of kidney specimens using different antibodies revealed that B7–1 is not induced in podocytes of patients with DN, independent of disease stage, or BTBR ob/ob mice, a model of type 2 diabetes. These results do not support the use of abatacept as a therapeutic strategy for targeting podocyte B7–1 for the prevention or treatment of DN. PMID:26319246

  1. Mechanisms of bradykinin-induced expression of connective tissue growth factor and nephrin in podocytes.

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    Abou Msallem, J; Chalhoub, H; Al-Hariri, M; Saad, L; Jaffa, M A; Ziyadeh, F N; Jaffa, A A

    2015-12-01

    Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetes and is characterized by mesangial matrix deposition and podocytopathy, including podocyte loss. The risk factors and mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of DN are still not completely defined. In the present study, we aimed to understand the cellular mechanisms through which activation of B2 kinin receptors contribute to the initiation and progression of DN. Stimulation of cultured rat podocytes with bradykinin (BK) resulted in a significant increase in ROS generation, and this was associated with a significant increase in NADPH oxidase (NOX)1 and NOX4 protein and mRNA levels. BK stimulation also resulted in a signicant increase in the phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and Akt, and this effect was inhibited in the presence of NOX1 and Nox4 small interfering (si)RNA. Furthermore, podocytes stimulated with BK resulted in a significant increase in protein and mRNA levels of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and, at the same time, a significant decrease in protein and mRNA levels of nephrin. siRNA targeted against NOX1 and NOX4 significantly inhibited the BK-induced increase in CTGF. Nephrin expression was increased in response to BK in the presence of NOX1 and NOX4 siRNA, thus implicating a role for NOXs in modulating the BK response in podocytes. Moreover, nephrin expression in response to BK was also significantly increased in the presence of siRNA targeted against CTGF. These findings provide novel aspects of BK signal transduction pathways in pathogenesis of DN and identify novel targets for interventional strategies.

  2. Emodin ameliorates high glucose induced-podocyte epithelial-mesenchymal transition in-vitro and in-vivo.

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    Chen, Tingfang; Zheng, Li Yang; Xiao, Wenzhen; Gui, Dingkun; Wang, Xiaoxia; Wang, Niansong

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a potential pathway leading to podocyte depletion and proteinuria in diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Here, we investigated the protective effects of Emodin (EMO) on high glucose (HG) induced-podocyte EMT in-vitro and in-vivo. Conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes were exposed to HG with 30 μg /ml of EMO and 1 μmol/ml of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) inhibitor QLT0267 for 24 h. Streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats were treated with EMO at 20 mg· kg(-1)· d(-1) and QLT0267 at 10 mg· kg(-1)· w(-1) p.o., for 12 weeks. Albuminuria and blood glucose level were measured. Immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, western blotting and real-time PCR were used to detect expression of ILK, the epithelial marker of nephrin and the mesenchymal marker of desmin in-vitro and in-vivo. HG increased podocyte ILK and desmin expression while decreased nephrin expression. However, EMO significantly inhibited ILK and desmin expression and partially restored nephrin expression in HG-stimulated podocytes. These in-vitro observations were further confirmed in-vivo. Treatment with EMO for 12 weeks attenuated albuminuria, renal histopathology and podocyte foot process effacement in diabetic rats. EMO also repressed renal ILK and desmin expression, preserved nephrin expression, as well as ameliorated albuminuria in STZ-induced diabetic rats. EMO ameliorated glucose-induced EMT and subsequent podocyte dysfunction partly through ILK and desmin inhibition as well as nephrin upregulatiotion, which might provide a potential novel therapeutic option for DKD. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Role of FOXO1 in aldosterone-induced autophagy: A compensatory protective mechanism related to podocyte injury

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    Wang, Bin; Ding, Wei; Zhang, Minmin; Li, Hongmei; Guo, Honglei; Lin, Lilu; Chen, Jing; Gu, Yong

    2016-01-01

    This study was undertaken to elucidate whether and how autophagy was regulated in aldosterone (Aldo)-induced podocyte injury and to examine its role in this model both in vitro and in vivo. In cultured podocytes, Aldo increased autophagy flux as indicated by the enhanced expression of LC3-II/LC3-I and the reduction of p62. Autophagy induction with rapamycin (RP) provided a cytoprotective effect, and inhibition of autophagy with Atg7-specific siRNA, chloroquine (CQ) or 3-methyladenine (3-MA) worsened Aldo-induced podocyte injury by attenuating endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Aldo inhibited Akt phosphorylation but increased the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway; however, Aldo up-regulated the expression of FOXO1 and its downstream effector Rab7. Either knockdown of FOXO1 or Rab7 inhibited Aldo-induced autophagy. Additionally, an elevated level of P300-regulated acetylation of FOXO1 and the interaction of acetylated FOXO1 and Atg7 were also confirmed to be involved in regulating autophagy in Aldo-induced podocytes. Similar results were further confirmed in vivo. We propose that autophagy enhancement through enhancing of the FOXO1/Rab7 axis and post-translational modification of FOXO1 may represent a potential therapeutic strategy against podocyte injury by promoting autophagy. PMID:27244896

  4. Shear stress induces cell apoptosis via a c-Src-phospholipase D-mTOR signaling pathway in cultured podocytes

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    Huang, Chunfa; Bruggeman, Leslie A.; Hydo, Lindsey M.; Miller, R. Tyler

    2012-06-10

    The glomerular capillary wall, composed of endothelial cells, the glomerular basement membrane and the podocytes, is continually subjected to hemodynamic force arising from tractional stress due to blood pressure and shear stress due to blood flow. Exposure of glomeruli to abnormal hemodynamic force such as hyperfiltration is associated with glomerular injury and progressive renal disease, and the conversion of mechanical stimuli to chemical signals in the regulation of the process is poorly understood in podocytes. By examining DNA fragmentation, apoptotic nuclear changes and cytochrome c release, we found that shear stress induced cell apoptosis in cultured podocytes. Meanwhile, podocytes exposed to shear stress also stimulated c-Src phosphorylation, phospholipase D (PLD) activation and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling. Using the antibodies against c-Src, PLD{sub 1}, and PLD{sub 2} to perform reciprocal co-immunoprecipitations and in vitro PLD activity assay, our data indicated that c-Src interacted with and activated PLD{sub 1} but not PLD{sub 2}. The inhibition of shear stress-induced c-Src phosphorylation by PP{sub 2} (a specific inhibitor of c-Src kinase) resulted in reduced PLD activity. Phosphatidic acid, produced by shear stress-induced PLD activation, stimulated mTOR signaling, and caused podocyte hypertrophy and apoptosis.

  5. TGFβ-induced actin cytoskeleton rearrangement in podocytes is associated with compensatory adaptation of mitochondrial energy metabolism

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    Casalena, Gabriella; Böttinger, Erwin; Daehn, Ilse

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims In podocytes, the overexpression of TGFβ ligands and receptors during glomerulosclerosis could be causal for injury induction and perpetuation in glomerular tufts. Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are emerging as potential therapeutic targets in glomerular injury and TGFβ has been shown to modulate mitochondrial metabolism in different cell types. This study aims to investigate the role of TGFβ in podocyte energy metabolism and cytoskeleton dynamics. Methods Mitochondrial function and cytoskeleton dynamics were analyzed in TGFβ-treated WT and Smad2/3 double KO podocytes (DKO). Results TGFβ treatment in podocytes induced a significant Smad-dependent increase of mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate (OCR). ATP content was unchanged and increased respiration was not associated with increased mitochondrial mass. Increased cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced by Smad-mediated TGFβ signaling were reverted by NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin. TGFβ treatment did not induce mitochondrial oxidative stress, and Smad2/3 dependent-TGFβ signaling and increased mitochondrial OCR were found to be associated with actin cytoskeleton dynamics. The role of motor proteins myosin II and dynamin in TGFβ-induced actin polymerization was demonstrated by specific inhibition resulting in actin stabilization and normalization of mitochondrial OCR. Conclusion TGFβ-induced rearrangements of actin cytoskeleton are controlled by Smad2/3 signaling pathways and coupled with activation of mitochondrial ATP synthesis as bioenergetic adaptation to ATP consumption by ATP- and GTP-dependent motor proteins myosin II and dynamin. PMID:26613578

  6. Neonatal Fc receptor stimulation induces ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase-1 overexpression in podocytes through activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase.

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    Gan, Hualei; Feng, Songtao; Wu, Huijuan; Sun, Yu; Hu, Ruimin; Zhao, Zhonghua; Zhang, Zhigang

    2012-09-01

    Ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase-1 is overexpressed in renal podocytes in some immune complex-mediated glomerulonephritides, an effect closely related to extensive podocyte injury. Neonatal Fc receptor is newly recognized to be present on human renal podocytes. It is presumed that neonatal Fc receptor serves as a sensor for immune stimulation transduction and is involved in the pathogenesis of podocyte injury. In our current study, we found that neonatal Fc receptor was constitutively expressed in normal podocytes and up-regulated by immune stimulation induced by antithymocyte serum. An increase in neonatal Fc receptor expression was observed in human podocytes within diseased glomeruli in 97 cases of various glomerulonephritides. The expression percentage was significantly higher in immune-mediated disease, including membranous nephropathy (46.7%), immunoglobin A nephropathy (66.7%), lupus nephritis (87.5%), and acute proliferative glomerulonephritis (100%), than in normal kidney samples (16.7%) (P < .05), whereas there was no significant difference between minimal-change disease and normal kidney. Further study showed that neonatal Fc receptor up-regulated the expression of ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase-1 via activation of p38 in podocytes subjected to immune stimulation in vitro. These data suggest that neonatal Fc receptor acts as an immune sensor that evokes an inflammatory response, which may lead to functional and morphological changes in podocytes in glomerulonephritides.

  7. Synergistic effect of mesangial cell-induced CXCL1 and TGF-β1 in promoting podocyte loss in IgA nephropathy.

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    Zhu, Li; Zhang, Qingxian; Shi, Sufang; Liu, Lijun; Lv, Jicheng; Zhang, Hong

    2013-01-01

    Podocyte loss has been reported to relate to disease severity and progression in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). However, the underlying mechanism for its role in IgAN remain unclear. Recent evidence has shown that IgA1 complexes from patients with IgAN could activate mesangial cells to induce soluble mediator excretion, and further injure podocytes through mesangial-podocytic cross-talk. In the present study, we explored the underlying mechanism of mesangial cell-induced podocyte loss in IgAN. We found that IgA1 complexes from IgAN patients significantly up-regulated the expression of CXCL1 and TGF-β1 in mesangial cells compared with healthy controls. Significantly higher urinary levels of CXCL1 and TGF-β1 were also observed in patients with IgAN compared to healthy controls. Moreover, IgAN patients with higher urinary CXCL1 and TGF-β1 presented with severe clinical and pathological manifestations, including higher 24-hour urine protein excretion, lower eGFR and higher cresentic glomeruli proportion. Further in vitro experiments showed that increased podocyte death and reduced podocyte adhesion were induced by mesangial cell conditional medium from IgAN (IgAN-HMCM), as well as rhCXCL1 together with rhTGF-β1. In addition, the over-expression of CXCR2, the receptor for CXCL1, by podocytes was induced by IgAN-HMCM and rhTGF-β1, but not by rhCXCL1. Furthermore, the effect of increased podocyte death and reduced podocyte adhesion induced by IgAN-HMCM and rhCXCL1 and rhTGF-β1 was rescued partially by a blocking antibody against CXCR2. Moreover, we observed the expression of CXCR2 in urine exfoliated podocytes in IgAN patients. Our present study implied that IgA1 complexes from IgAN patients could up-regulate the secretion of CXCL1 and TGF-β1 in mesangial cells. Additionally, the synergistic effect of CXCL1 and TGF-β1 further induced podocyte death and adhesion dysfunction in podocytes via CXCR2. This might be a potential mechanism for podocyte loss observed in IgAN.

  8. Disease-causing mutations of RhoGDIα induce Rac1 hyperactivation in podocytes

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    Auguste, David; Maier, Mirela; Baldwin, Cindy; Aoudjit, Lamine; Robins, Richard; Gupta, Indra R.; Takano, Tomoko

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Nephrotic syndrome (NS) describes a group of kidney disorders in which there is injury to podocyte cells, specialized cells within the kidney's glomerular filtration barrier, allowing proteins to leak into the urine. Three mutations in ARHGDIA, which encodes Rho GDP dissociation inhibitor α (GDIα), have been reported in patients with heritable NS and encode the following amino acid changes: ΔD185, R120X, and G173V. To investigate the impact of these mutations on podocyte function, endogenous GDIα was knocked-down in cultured podocytes by shRNA and then the cells were re-transfected with wild-type or mutant GDIα constructs. Among the 3 prototypical Rho-GTPases, Rac1 was markedly hyperactivated in podocytes with any of the 3 mutant forms of GDIα while the activation of RhoA and Cdc42 was modest and variable. All three mutant GDIα proteins resulted in slow podocyte motility, suggesting that podocytes are sensitive to the relative balance of Rho-GTPase activity. In ΔD185 podocytes, both random and directional movements were impaired and kymograph analysis of the leading edge showed increased protrusion and retraction of leading edge (phase switching). The mutant podocytes also showed impaired actin polymerization, smaller cell size, and increased cellular projections. In the developing kidney, GDIα expression increased as podocytes matured. Conversely, active Rac1 was detected only in immature, but not in mature, podocytes. The results indicate that GDIα has a critical role in suppressing Rac1 activity in mature podocytes, to prevent podocyte injury and nephrotic syndrome. PMID:26726844

  9. PGE(2) induces COX-2 expression in podocytes via the EP(4) receptor through a PKA-independent mechanism.

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    Faour, Wissam H; Gomi, Kaede; Kennedy, Christopher R J

    2008-11-01

    Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-dependent prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) synthesis correlates with the onset of proteinuria and increased glomerular capillary pressure (P(gc)) glomerular disease models. We previously showed that an in vitro surrogate for P(gc) (cyclical mechanical stretch) upregulates the expression of both COX-2 and the PGE(2) responsive E-Prostanoid receptor, EP(4) in cultured mouse podocytes. In the present study we further delineate the signaling pathways regulating podocyte COX-2 induction. Time course experiments carried out in conditionally-immortalized mouse podocytes revealed that PGE(2) transiently increased phosphorylated p38 MAPK levels at 10 min, and induced COX-2 protein expression at 4 h. siRNA-mediated knockdown of EP(4) receptor expression, unlike treatment with the EP(1) receptor antagonist SC 19220, completely abrogated PGE(2)-induced p38 phosphorylation and COX-2 upregulation suggesting the involvement of the EP(4) receptor subtype. PGE(2)-induced COX-2 induction was abrogated by inhibition of either p38 MAPK or AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK), and was mimicked by AICAR, a selective AMPK activator, and by the cAMP-elevating agents, forskolin (FSK) and IBMX. Surprisingly, neither PGE(2) nor FSK/IBMX-dependent p38 activation and COX-2 expression were blocked by PKA inhibitors or mimicked by 8-cPT-cAMP a selective EPAC activator, but were instead abrogated by Compound C, suggesting the involvement of AMPK. These results indicate that in addition to mechanical stretch, PGE(2) initiates a positive feedback loop in podocytes that drives p38 MAPK activity and COX-2 expression through a cAMP/AMPK-dependent, but PKA-independent signaling cascade. This PGE(2)-induced signaling network activated by increased P(gc) could be detrimental to podocyte health and glomerular filtration barrier integrity.

  10. Olmesartan Prevents Microalbuminuria in db/db Diabetic Mice Through Inhibition of Angiotensin II/p38/SIRT1-Induced Podocyte Apoptosis.

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    Gu, Junhui; Yang, Ming; Qi, Na; Mei, Shuqin; Chen, Jiejian; Song, Shuwei; Jing, Ying; Chen, Meihan; He, Liangliang; Sun, Lijun; Hu, Huimin; Li, Lin; Wüthrich, Rudolf P; Wu, Ming; Mei, Changlin

    2016-01-01

    Blockage of the renin-angiotensin II system (RAS) prevents or delays albuminuria in diabetic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the inhibitory mechanism of the angiotensin receptor blocker olmesartan on albuminuria in a murine model of diabetic nephropathy. Male db/db diabetic mice were fed with placebo or 20 mg/kg olmesartan by daily gavage for 12 weeks. Conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes were treated with glucose, angiotensin II, olmesartan or p38 inhibitor s8307 in different experimental conditions after differentiation. Olmesartan reduced albuminuria in db/db mice without change in body weight and glycemia. The increase of apoptotic cells and decrease of podocytes in the diabetic glomerulus were prevented by olmesartan. Moreover, olmesartan restored silent mating type information regulation 1 (SIRT1) expression in diabetic glomeruli. Furthermore, olmesartan treatment suppressed p38 phosphorylation but did not restore adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) phosphorylation in the diabetic glomerulus. In vitro study revealed that olmesartan prevented angiotensin II/p38/SIRT1 induced podocyte apoptosis, but it only slightly prevented high glucose/AMPK/SIRT1 induced podocyte apoptosis. In addition, the p38 inhibitor s8307 reversed SIRT1 expression and angiotensin II induced podocyte apoptosis. Olmesartan reduced albuminuria in diabetic nephropathy through inhibiting angiotensin II/p38/SIRT1 triggered podocyte apoptosis. © 2016 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. Renal podocyte apoptosis in Zucker diabetic fatty rats: involvement of methylglyoxal-induced oxidative DNA damage.

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    Kim, J; Sohn, E; Kim, C-S; Kim, J S

    2011-01-01

    Methylglyoxal (MGO) is a cytotoxic metabolite produced by in-vivo glycolysis that may result in diabetic complications. The aim of this study was to determine whether MGO and oxidative stress caused apoptosis of renal podocytes in the Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rat, an animal model of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Male ZDF rats aged 21 weeks developed marked hyperglycaemia with proteinuria and albuminuria. Immunohistochemical evaluation of sections of kidney demonstrated expression of MGO and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in the podocytes of both normoglycaemic and diabetic rats. Podocyte apoptosis was shown through application of the TUNEL method. These findings suggest that expression of MGO and 8-OHdG is caused by hyperglycaemia, and that this expression is associated with the observed apoptosis of podocytes and is related to diabetic nephropathy.

  12. Injury-induced actin cytoskeleton reorganization in podocytes revealed by super-resolution microscopy.

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    Suleiman, Hani Y; Roth, Robyn; Jain, Sanjay; Heuser, John E; Shaw, Andrey S; Miner, Jeffrey H

    2017-08-17

    The architectural integrity of tissues requires complex interactions, both between cells and between cells and the extracellular matrix. Fundamental to cell and tissue homeostasis are the specific mechanical forces conveyed by the actomyosin cytoskeleton. Here we used super-resolution imaging methods to visualize the actin cytoskeleton in the kidney glomerulus, an organized collection of capillaries that filters the blood to make the primary urine. Our analysis of both mouse and human glomeruli reveals a network of myosin IIA-containing contractile actin cables within podocyte cell bodies and major processes at the outer aspects of the glomerular tuft. These likely exert force on an underlying network of myosin IIA-negative, noncontractile actin fibers present within podocyte foot processes that function to both anchor the cells to the glomerular basement membrane and stabilize the slit diaphragm against the pressure of fluid flow. After injuries that disrupt the kidney filtration barrier and cause foot process effacement, the podocyte's contractile actomyosin network relocates to the basolateral surface of the cell, manifesting as sarcomere-like structures juxtaposed to the basement membrane. Our findings suggest a new model of the podocyte actin cytoskeleton in health and disease and suggest the existence of novel mechanisms that regulate podocyte architecture.

  13. The mTORC2/Akt/NFκB Pathway-Mediated Activation of TRPC6 Participates in Adriamycin-Induced Podocyte Apoptosis.

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    Zhang, Hai-Tao; Wang, Wei-Wei; Ren, Li-Hong; Zhao, Xia-Xia; Wang, Zhi-Hui; Zhuang, De-Li; Bai, Yun-Nuo

    2016-01-01

    Although increased expression and gain function of transient receptor potential cation channel 6 (TRPC6) has been associated with the pathogenesis of some proteinuric glomerular diseases, it remains elusive how TRPC6 participates in the process of podocyte damage. The potential signaling responsible for TRPC6 activation was investigated using immunoblot assays in an in vitro podocyte injury model induced by Adriamycin (ADR). Podocyte apoptosis was measured using FITC-conjugated Annexin V and Propidium Iodide staining. The channel activity of TRPC6 was assessed using the Ca2+ influx assay. Increase of TRPC6 expression was detected in ADR-treated podocytes, and TRPC6 knockdown significantly decreased ADR-induced podocytes apoptosis. Following ADR treatment, phospho-mTORSer2481 and phospho-AktSer473 was significantly increased in a time-dependent manner, whereas phospho-mTORSer2448 and phospho-p70S6KThr389 showed no change. ADR-induced apoptosis was prevented by ku0063794 (a dual mTOR complexes inhibitor), not by rapamycin (a specific mTORC1 inhibitor). Furthermore, nuclear translocation of NFκB/p65 was detected in ADR-treated podocytes, which was prevented by an Akt inhibitor triciribine. Of note, NFκB inhibitor PDTC prevented ADR-induced increase of TRPC6, and decreased ADR-induced apoptosis. We found that Akt activation and NFκB nuclear translocation was significantly inhibited by knockdown of mTORC2 protein Rictor, not by mTORC1 protein Raptor. In comparison with control, the Ca2+ influx was significantly increased in ADR-treated podocytes, which was remarkably prevented by TRPC6 knockdown. ADR-induced increase of TRPC6 channel activity was dramatically prevented by ku0063794, but not by rapamycin. Additionally, knockdown of Rictor, not Raptor, prevented ADR-induced increase of the Ca2+ influx. Moreover, the application of NFκB inhibitor PDTC also prevented the Ca2+ influx in ADR-treated podocytes. Our findings revealed that the mTORC2/Akt/NFκB pathway

  14. Intravital Imaging Reveals Angiotensin II-Induced Transcytosis of Albumin by Podocytes.

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    Schießl, Ina Maria; Hammer, Anna; Kattler, Veronika; Gess, Bernhard; Theilig, Franziska; Witzgall, Ralph; Castrop, Hayo

    2016-03-01

    Albuminuria is a hallmark of kidney disease of various etiologies and usually caused by deterioration of glomerular filtration barrier integrity. We recently showed that angiotensin II (Ang II) acutely increases albumin filtration in the healthy kidney. Here, we used intravital microscopy to assess the effects of Ang II on podocyte function in rats. Acute infusion of 30, 60, or 80 ng/kg per minute Ang II enhanced the endocytosis of albumin by activation of the type 1 Ang II receptor and resulted in an average (±SEM) of 3.7±2.2, 72.3±18.6 (P<0.001), and 239.4±34.6 µm(3) (P<0.001) albumin-containing vesicles per glomerulus, respectively, compared with none at baseline or 10 ng/kg per minute Ang II. Immunostaining of Ang II-infused kidneys confirmed the presence of albumin-containing vesicles, which colocalized with megalin, in podocin-positive cells. Furthermore, podocyte endocytosis of albumin was markedly reduced in the presence of gentamicin, a competitive inhibitor of megalin-dependent endocytosis. Ang II infusion increased the concentration of albumin in the subpodocyte space, a potential source for endocytic protein uptake, and gentamicin further increased this concentration. Some endocytic vesicles were acidified and colocalized with LysoTracker. Most vesicles migrated from the capillary to the apical aspect of the podocyte and were eventually released into the urinary space. This transcytosis accounted for approximately 10% of total albumin filtration. In summary, the transcellular transport of proteins across the podocyte constitutes a new pathway of glomerular protein filtration. Ang II enhances the endocytosis and transcytosis of plasma albumin by podocytes, which may eventually impair podocyte function.

  15. Intravital Imaging Reveals Angiotensin II–Induced Transcytosis of Albumin by Podocytes

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    Schießl, Ina Maria; Hammer, Anna; Kattler, Veronika; Gess, Bernhard; Theilig, Franziska; Witzgall, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    Albuminuria is a hallmark of kidney disease of various etiologies and usually caused by deterioration of glomerular filtration barrier integrity. We recently showed that angiotensin II (Ang II) acutely increases albumin filtration in the healthy kidney. Here, we used intravital microscopy to assess the effects of Ang II on podocyte function in rats. Acute infusion of 30, 60, or 80 ng/kg per minute Ang II enhanced the endocytosis of albumin by activation of the type 1 Ang II receptor and resulted in an average (±SEM) of 3.7±2.2, 72.3±18.6 (P<0.001), and 239.4±34.6 µm3 (P<0.001) albumin-containing vesicles per glomerulus, respectively, compared with none at baseline or 10 ng/kg per minute Ang II. Immunostaining of Ang II–infused kidneys confirmed the presence of albumin-containing vesicles, which colocalized with megalin, in podocin-positive cells. Furthermore, podocyte endocytosis of albumin was markedly reduced in the presence of gentamicin, a competitive inhibitor of megalin-dependent endocytosis. Ang II infusion increased the concentration of albumin in the subpodocyte space, a potential source for endocytic protein uptake, and gentamicin further increased this concentration. Some endocytic vesicles were acidified and colocalized with LysoTracker. Most vesicles migrated from the capillary to the apical aspect of the podocyte and were eventually released into the urinary space. This transcytosis accounted for approximately 10% of total albumin filtration. In summary, the transcellular transport of proteins across the podocyte constitutes a new pathway of glomerular protein filtration. Ang II enhances the endocytosis and transcytosis of plasma albumin by podocytes, which may eventually impair podocyte function. PMID:26116357

  16. VEGF-C promotes survival in podocytes.

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    Foster, R R; Satchell, S C; Seckley, J; Emmett, M S; Joory, K; Xing, C Y; Saleem, M A; Mathieson, P W; Bates, D O; Harper, S J

    2006-07-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A is an autocrine survival factor for podocytes, which express two VEGF receptors, VEGF-R1 and VEGF-R3. As VEGF-A is not a known ligand for VEGF-R3, the aim of this investigation was to examine whether VEGF-C, a known ligand for VEGF-R3, served a function in podocyte biology and whether this was VEGF-R3 dependent. VEGF-C protein expression was localized to podocytes in contrast to VEGF-D, which was expressed in parietal epithelial cells. Intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) experiments demonstrated that VEGF-C induced a 0.74+/-0.09-fold reduction in [Ca2+]i compared with baseline in human conditionally immortalized podocytes (hCIPs; P<0.05, one sample t-test, n=8). Cytotoxicity experiments revealed that in hCIPs VEGF-C reduced cytotoxicity to 81.4+/-1.9% of serum-starved conditions (P<0.001, paired t-test, n=16), similar to VEGF-A (82.8+/-4.5% of serum-starved conditions, P<0.05, paired t-test). MAZ51 (a VEGF-R3 kinase inhibitor) inhibited the VEGF-C-induced reduction in cytotoxicity (106.2+/-2.1% of serum-starved conditions), whereas MAZ51 by itself had no cytotoxic effects on hCIPs. VEGF-C was also shown to induce a 0.5+/-0.13-fold reduction in levels of MAPK phosphorylation compared with VEGF-A and VEGF-A-Mab treatment (P<0.05, ANOVA, n=4), yet had no effect on Akt phosphorylation. Surprisingly, immunoprecipitation studies detected no VEGF-C-induced autophosphorylation of VEGF-R3 in hCIPs but did so in HMVECs. Moreover, SU-5416, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, blocked the VEGF-C-induced reduction in cytotoxicity (106+/-2.8% of serum-starved conditions) at concentrations specific for VEGF-R1. Together, these results suggest for the first time that VEGF-C acts in an autocrine manner in cultured podocytes to promote survival, although the receptor or receptor complex activated has yet to be elucidated.

  17. Mutual Antagonism of Wilms’ Tumor 1 and β-Catenin Dictates Podocyte Health and Disease

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    Zhou, Lili; Li, Yingjian; He, Weichun; Zhou, Dong; Tan, Roderick J.; Nie, Jing; Hou, Fan Fan

    2015-01-01

    Activation of β-catenin, the intracellular mediator of canonical Wnt signaling, has a critical role in mediating podocyte injury and proteinuria. However, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here, we show that β-catenin triggers ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation of Wilms’ tumor 1 (WT1) and functionally antagonizes its action. In mice injected with adriamycin, WT1 protein was progressively lost in glomerular podocytes at 1, 3, and 5 weeks after injection. Notably, loss of WT1 apparently did not result from podocyte depletion but was closely associated with upregulation of β-catenin. This change in WT1/β-catenin ratio was accompanied by loss of podocyte-specific nephrin, podocalyxin, and synaptopodin and acquisition of mesenchymal markers Snail1, α-smooth muscle actin, and fibroblast-specific protein 1. In vitro, overexpression of β-catenin induced WT1 protein degradation through the ubiquitin proteasomal pathway, which was blocked by MG-132. WT1 and β-catenin also competed for binding to common transcriptional coactivator CREB-binding protein and mutually repressed the expression of their respective target genes. In glomerular miniorgan culture, activation of β-catenin by Wnt3a repressed WT1 and its target gene expression. In vivo, blockade of Wnt/β-catenin signaling by endogenous antagonist Klotho induced WT1 and restored podocyte integrity in adriamycin nephropathy. These results show that β-catenin specifically targets WT1 for ubiquitin-mediated degradation, leading to podocyte dedifferentiation and mesenchymal transition. Our data also suggest that WT1 and β-catenin have opposing roles in podocyte biology, and that the ratio of their expression levels dictates the state of podocyte health and disease in vivo. PMID:25071087

  18. Innate Immune Activity in Glomerular Podocytes

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    Xia, Hong; Bao, Wenduona; Shi, Shaolin

    2017-01-01

    Glomerular podocytes are specialized in structure and play an essential role in glomerular filtration. In addition, podocyte stress can initiate glomerular damage by inducing the injury of other glomerular cell types. Studies have shown that podocytes possess the property of immune cells and may be involved in adaptive immunity. Emerging studies have also shown that podocytes possess signaling pathways of innate immune responses and that innate immune responses often result in podocyte injury. More recently, mitochondrial-derived damage-associated molecular patterns (mtDAMPs) have been shown to play a critical role in a variety of pathological processes in cells. In the present mini-review, we summarize the recent advances in the studies of innate immunity and its pathogenic role in podocytes, particularly, from the perspective of mtDAMPs. PMID:28228761

  19. The Hippo pathway is controlled by Angiotensin II signaling and its reactivation induces apoptosis in podocytes

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    Wennmann, D O; Vollenbröker, B; Eckart, A K; Bonse, J; Erdmann, F; Wolters, D A; Schenk, L K; Schulze, U; Kremerskothen, J; Weide, T; Pavenstädt, H

    2014-01-01

    The Hippo pathway fulfills a crucial function in controlling the balance between proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis in cells. Recent studies showed that G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) serve as upstream regulators of Hippo signaling, that either activate or inactivate the Hippo pathway via the large tumor suppressor kinase (LATS) and its substrate, the co-transcription factor Yes-associated protein (YAP). In this study, we focused on the Angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R), which belongs to the GPCR family and has an essential role in the control of blood pressure and water homeostasis. We found that Angiotensin II (Ang II) inactivates the pathway by decreasing the activity of LATS kinase; therefore, leading to an enhanced nuclear shuttling of unphosphorylated YAP in HEK293T cells. This shuttling of YAP is actin-dependent as disruption of the actin cytoskeleton inhibited dephosphorylation of LATS and YAP. Interestingly, in contrast to HEK293T cells, podocytes, which are a crucial component of the glomerular filtration barrier, display a predominant nuclear YAP localization in vivo and in vitro. Moreover, stimulation with Ang II did not alter Hippo pathway activity in podocytes, which show a deactivated pathway. Reactivation of the LATS kinase activity in podocytes resulted in an increased cytoplasmic YAP localization accompanied by a strong induction of apoptosis. Thus, our work indicates that the control of LATS activation and subsequent YAP localization is important for podocyte homeostasis and survival. PMID:25393475

  20. Factor inhibiting HIF limits the expression of hypoxia-inducible genes in podocytes and distal tubular cells.

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    Schödel, Johannes; Bohr, Daniela; Klanke, Bernd; Schley, Gunnar; Schlötzer-Schrehardt, Ursula; Warnecke, Christina; Kurtz, Armin; Amann, Kerstin; Eckardt, Kai-Uwe; Willam, Carsten

    2010-11-01

    The two hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF-1α and HIF-2α) are transcription factors that regulate the response to hypoxia. Recently, the factor inhibiting HIF (FIH1) was identified as a molecular oxygen-dependent dioxygenase that blunts the transcriptional activity of HIF and has also been implicated in HIF-dependent and -independent hypoxia responses. Interestingly, HIF accumulation in the kidney has been shown to confer renal protection and to also cause glomerular injury or enhance renal fibrosis. In order to better understand the regulation of hypoxia-inducible genes, we determined the expression of FIH1 in the kidney and its functional role in isolated renal cells. FIH1 was expressed only in distal tubules and in podocytes, thus showing a very distinct expression pattern, partially overlapping with sites of HIF-1α expression. In tubular cells, RNA silencing of FIH1 caused transcriptional activation of HIF target genes during hypoxia. In contrast, FIH1 silencing in podocytes enhanced transcription of hypoxia-inducible genes in an HIF-independent manner. Using the anti-Thy.1 rat model of glomerulonephritis, we found a gradual decrease of glomerular FIH1 expression during disease progression paralleled by an increase in hypoxia-inducible genes including CXCR4, a mediator of glomerular inflammation. Thus, FIH1 appears to be a suppressor of oxygen-dependent genes in the kidney, operating through HIF-dependent and -independent mechanisms.

  1. Twisted Gastrulation, a BMP Antagonist, Exacerbates Podocyte Injury

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    Yamada, Sachiko; Nakamura, Jin; Asada, Misako; Takase, Masayuki; Matsusaka, Taiji; Iguchi, Taku; Yamada, Ryo; Tanaka, Mari; Higashi, Atsuko Y.; Okuda, Tomohiko; Asada, Nariaki; Fukatsu, Atsushi; Kawachi, Hiroshi; Graf, Daniel; Muso, Eri; Kita, Toru; Kimura, Takeshi; Pastan, Ira; Economides, Aris N.; Yanagita, Motoko

    2014-01-01

    Podocyte injury is the first step in the progression of glomerulosclerosis. Previous studies have demonstrated the beneficial effect of bone morphogenetic protein 7 (Bmp7) in podocyte injury and the existence of native Bmp signaling in podocytes. Local activity of Bmp7 is controlled by cell-type specific Bmp antagonists, which inhibit the binding of Bmp7 to its receptors. Here we show that the product of Twisted gastrulation (Twsg1), a Bmp antagonist, is the central negative regulator of Bmp function in podocytes and that Twsg1 null mice are resistant to podocyte injury. Twsg1 was the most abundant Bmp antagonist in murine cultured podocytes. The administration of Bmp induced podocyte differentiation through Smad signaling, whereas the simultaneous administration of Twsg1 antagonized the effect. The administration of Bmp also inhibited podocyte proliferation, whereas simultaneous administration of Twsg1 antagonized the effect. Twsg1 was expressed in the glomerular parietal cells (PECs) and distal nephron of the healthy kidney, and additionally in damaged glomerular cells in a murine model of podocyte injury. Twsg1 null mice exhibited milder hypoalbuminemia and hyperlipidemia, and milder histological changes while maintaining the expression of podocyte markers during podocyte injury model. Taken together, our results show that Twsg1 plays a critical role in the modulation of protective action of Bmp7 on podocytes, and that inhibition of Twsg1 is a promising means of development of novel treatment for podocyte injury. PMID:24586548

  2. Podocyte-specific deletion of Rac1 leads to aggravation of renal injury in STZ-induced diabetic mice

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    Ishizaka, Masanori; Gohda, Tomohito; Takagi, Miyuki; Omote, Keisuke; Sonoda, Yuji; Oliva Trejo, Juan Alejandro; Asao, Rin; Hidaka, Teruo; Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Horikoshi, Satoshi; Tomino, Yasuhiko

    2015-11-20

    Rac1, a GTPase of the Rho subfamily, has a crucial role in cytoskeletal architecture, as well as the regulation of cell migration and growth. However, renal injury in mice with podocyte-specific deletion of Rac1 has yet to be elucidated fully due to conflicting findings. Herein, we identified a possible role for Rac1 in podocytes of streptozotocin- (STZ) induced diabetic mice. The urinary albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) in the knockout (KO) group was significantly higher than that in the wild type (WT) group at any week of age. A more marked ACR increase was observed in STZ/KO group than STZ/WT group, although ACR did increase with weeks of age in both diabetic groups. The kidney sections from diabetic mice revealed a glomerular hypertrophy with mesangial expansion, but there was no appreciable difference in glomerular findings under a light microscope between STZ/WT and STZ/KO mice. However, an electron microscopy analysis revealed that regardless of the presence or absence of diabetes, both KO (KO and STZ/KO) groups had a higher rate of foot process effacement compared with both WT (WT and STZ/WT) groups. The expression levels of the slit diaphragm protein, podocin, was reduced with the induction of diabetes, and the levels in the STZ/KO group experienced a further reduction compared with the STZ/WT group. The number of WT1-positive cells in the STZ/KO group was more significantly decreased than that in the other three groups. In contrast, the numbers of cleaved caspase 3- and TUNEL-positive cells in the glomeruli of the STZ/KO group were more increased than those in the STZ/WT group. Thus, this study provides evidence that podocyte-specific deletion of Rac1 results in morphological alteration in podocytes, and that the induction of apoptosis or decreased expression of the slit diaphragm proteins by hyperglycemic stimuli are associated with the progression of diabetic nephropathy.

  3. Podocyte mitosis - a catastrophe.

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    Lasagni, L; Lazzeri, E; Shankland, S J; Anders, H-J; Romagnani, P

    2013-01-01

    Podocyte loss plays a key role in the progression of glomerular disorders towards glomerulosclerosis and chronic kidney disease. Podocytes form unique cytoplasmic extensions, foot processes, which attach to the outer surface of the glomerular basement membrane and interdigitate with neighboring podocytes to form the slit diaphragm. Maintaining these sophisticated structural elements requires an intricate actin cytoskeleton. Genetic, mechanic, and immunologic or toxic forms of podocyte injury can cause podocyte loss, which causes glomerular filtration barrier dysfunction, leading to proteinuria. Cell migration and cell division are two processes that require a rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton; this rearrangement would disrupt the podocyte foot processes, therefore, podocytes have a limited capacity to divide or migrate. Indeed, all cells need to rearrange their actin cytoskeleton to assemble a correct mitotic spindle and to complete mitosis. Podocytes, even when being forced to bypass cell cycle checkpoints to initiate DNA synthesis and chromosome segregation, cannot complete cytokinesis efficiently and thus usually generate aneuploid podocytes. Such aneuploid podocytes rapidly detach and die, a process referred to as mitotic catastrophe. Thus, detached or dead podocytes cannot be adequately replaced by the proliferation of adjacent podocytes. However, even glomerular disorders with severe podocyte injury can undergo regression and remission, suggesting alternative mechanisms to compensate for podocyte loss, such as podocyte hypertrophy or podocyte regeneration from resident renal progenitor cells. Together, mitosis of the terminally differentiated podocyte rather accelerates podocyte loss and therefore glomerulosclerosis. Finding ways to enhance podocyte regeneration from other sources remains a challenge goal to improve the treatment of chronic kidney disease in the future.

  4. Intravital imaging of podocyte calcium in glomerular injury and disease

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    Burford, James L.; Villanueva, Karie; Lam, Lisa; Riquier-Brison, Anne; Hackl, Matthias J.; Pippin, Jeffrey; Shankland, Stuart J.; Peti-Peterdi, János

    2014-01-01

    Intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) signaling mediates physiological and pathological processes in multiple organs, including the renal podocyte; however, in vivo podocyte [Ca2+]i dynamics are not fully understood. Here we developed an imaging approach that uses multiphoton microscopy (MPM) to directly visualize podocyte [Ca2+]i dynamics within the intact kidneys of live mice expressing a fluorescent calcium indicator only in these cells. [Ca2+]i was at a low steady-state level in control podocytes, while Ang II infusion caused a minor elevation. Experimental focal podocyte injury triggered a robust and sustained elevation of podocyte [Ca2+]i around the injury site and promoted cell-to-cell propagating podocyte [Ca2+]i waves along capillary loops. [Ca2+]i wave propagation was ameliorated by inhibitors of purinergic [Ca2+]i signaling as well as in animals lacking the P2Y2 purinergic receptor. Increased podocyte [Ca2+]i resulted in contraction of the glomerular tuft and increased capillary albumin permeability. In preclinical models of renal fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis, high podocyte [Ca2+]i correlated with increased cell motility. Our findings provide a visual demonstration of the in vivo importance of podocyte [Ca2+]i in glomerular pathology and suggest that purinergic [Ca2+]i signaling is a robust and key pathogenic mechanism in podocyte injury. This in vivo imaging approach will allow future detailed investigation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of glomerular disease in the intact living kidney. PMID:24713653

  5. Apelin involved in progression of diabetic nephropathy by inhibiting autophagy in podocytes

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    Liu, Yu; Zhang, Jia; Wang, Yangjia; Zeng, Xiangjun

    2017-01-01

    Podocyte autophagy dysfunction has been reported to be responsible for the progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN), however, the factors contributed to autophagy dysfunction in type 2 diabetes are not fully understood. Among promoting factors in DN, an adipokine, apelin, had been showed to trigger podocyte dysfunction. Therefore, it is hypothesized that apelin, which is increased in plasma in type 2 diabetes, lead to podocyte apoptosis through inhibiting podocyte autophagy, which resulted in podocyte dysfunction followed by DN. KkAy mice (diabetic mice) and cultured podocytes (MPC5 cells and native podocytes) were treated with high glucose (HG) and apelin or its antagonist F13A. Renal function, podocyte autophagy, podocyte apoptosis and corresponding cell signaling pathways in podocytes were detected. The results showed that apelin aggravated the renal dysfunction and foot process injuries in kkAy mice, which is positively correlated to podocyte apoptosis and negatively correlated to podocyte autophagy. Apelin induced podocyte apoptosis and inhibited podocyte autophagy in both normal glucose and HG conditions while F13A reversed these effects. Investigations by western blot found that apelin inhibits podocyte autophagy through ERK-, Akt- and mTOR-dependent pathways. In conclusion, increased apelin concentration in plasma inhibited podocyte autophagy, which would lead to podocyte apoptosis and renal dysfunction in diabetes. These effects would contribute to the progression of DN. PMID:28837139

  6. Pretreatment with the Total Flavone Glycosides of Flos Abelmoschus manihot and Hyperoside Prevents Glomerular Podocyte Apoptosis in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Zhou, Lei; Teng, Shi-Chao; Liu, Jing-Shun; Shang, Wen-Bin; Yuan, Yang-Gang; Yu, Jiang-Yi

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is an important diabetic complication, and podocyte apoptosis plays a critical role in the development of DN. In the present study, we examined the preventive effect of the total flavone glycosides of Flos Abelmoschus manihot (TFA) on urinary microalbumin and glomerular podocyte apoptosis in experimental DN rats. The preliminary oral administration of TFA (200 mg/kg/day) for 24 weeks significantly decreased the urinary microalbumin to creatinine ratio and 24-h urinary total protein in streptozotocin-induced DN rats. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling assay indicated glomerular cell apoptosis in DN rats was significantly improved by pretreatment with TFA. Furthermore, fluorescence-activated cell sorting and Hoechst 33342 staining suggested preincubation with hyperoside (50 and 200 μg/mL), the major active constituent of TFA, could significantly mitigate cultured podocyte apoptosis induced by the advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). Western blot analysis showed that increased caspase-3 and caspase-8 expressions induced by AGEs were also inhibited by pretreatment with hyperoside at both doses. Our results demonstrate that TFA pretreatment can decrease urinary albumin excretion in early-stage DN, which might be accomplished by preventing renal damage and podocyte apoptosis. PMID:22439874

  7. Notoginsenoside R1 attenuates glucose-induced podocyte injury via the inhibition of apoptosis and the activation of autophagy through the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway

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    Huang, Guodong; Zou, Bingyu; Lv, Jianzhen; Li, Tongyu; Huai, Guoli; Xiang, Shaowei; Lu, Shilong; Luo, Huan; Zhang, Yaping; Jin, Yi; Wang, Yi

    2017-01-01

    Injury to terminally differentiated podocytes contributes ignificantly to proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis. The aim of this study was to examine the protective effects of notoginsenoside R1 (NR1) on the maintenance of podocyte number and foot process architecture via the inhibition of apoptosis, the induction of autophagy and the maintenance pf podocyte biology in target cells. The effects of NR1 on conditionally immortalized human podocytes under high glucose conditions were evaluated by determining the percentage apoptosis, the percentage autophagy and the expression levels of slit diaphragm proteins. Our results revealed that NR1 protected the podocytes against high glucose-induced injury by decreasing apoptosis, increasing autophagy and by promoting cytoskeletal recovery. The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway was further investigated in order to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the protective effects of NR1 on podocytes. Our data indicated that treatment with NR increased the phosphorylation levels of PI3K, Akt and mTOR, leading to the activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in podocytes. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first in vitro study to demonstrate that NR1 protects podocytes by activating the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. PMID:28112381

  8. Human podocytes express functional thermosensitive transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) channels.

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    Ambrus, Lídia; Kelemen, Balázs; Szabó, Tamás; Bíró, Tamás; Tóth, Balázs István

    2017-09-25

    Heat sensitive transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) channels are expressed in various epithelial tissues regulating, among else, barrier functions. Their expression is well established in the distal nephron; however, we have no data about their presence in podocytes. Since podocytes are indispensable in the formation of the glomerular filtration barrier, we investigated the presence and function of Ca(2+) -permeable TRPV1-4 channels in human podocyte cultures. The expression of TRPV1-4 was investigated at protein (immunocytochemistry, western blot) and mRNA (Q-PCR) level in a conditionally immortalized human podocyte cell line. The channel functionality was assessed by measuring intracellular Ca(2+) concentration using fluo-4 Ca(2+) -indicator dye and patch clamp electrophysiology upon applying various activators and inhibitors. Thermosensitive TRP channels were expressed in podocytes. The TRPV1 specific agonists capsaicin and resiniferatoxin did not induce any alteration in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. Cannabidiol, an activator of TRPV2 and TRPV4 induced moderate Ca(2+) -influxes which were inhibited by both tranilast and HC067047, blockers of TRPV2 and TRPV4, respectively. The TRPV4-specific agonists GSK1016790A and 4α-Phorbol 12,13-didecanoate resulted robust Ca(2+) -signals which were abolished in the presence of HC067047. Non-specific agonists of TRPV3 induced marked Ca(2+) transients. However, TRPV3 blockers, ruthenium red and isopentenyl diphosphate only partially inhibited the responses and TRPV3 silencing was ineffective suggesting remarkable off-target effects of the compounds. Our results indicate the functional presence of TRPV4 and other thermosensitive TRPV channels in human podocytes and raise the possibility of their involvement in the regulation of glomerular filtration barrier. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  9. Loss of the podocyte glucocorticoid receptor exacerbates proteinuria after injury.

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    Zhou, Han; Tian, Xuefei; Tufro, Alda; Moeckel, Gilbert; Ishibe, Shuta; Goodwin, Julie

    2017-08-29

    Nephrotic syndrome is a common disorder in adults and children whose etiology is largely unknown. Glucocorticoids remain the mainstay of therapy in most cases, though their mechanism of action remains poorly understood. Emerging evidence suggests that immunomodulatory therapies used in nephrotic syndrome directly target the podocytes. To study how steroids directly affect the podocytes in the treatment of proteinuria, we created a mouse model with podocyte-specific deletion of the glucocorticoid receptor. The podocyte-specific glucocorticoid receptor (GR) knockout mice had similar renal function and protein excretion compared to wild type. However, after glomerular injury induced by either LPS or nephrotoxic serum, the podocyte GR knockout mice demonstrated worsened proteinuria compared to wild type. Ultrastructural examination of podocytes confirmed more robust foot process effacement in the knockout animals. Expression of several key slit diaphragm protein was down regulated in pGR KO mice. Primary podocytes isolated from wild type and podocyte GR knockout mice showed similar actin stress fiber staining patterns in unstimulated conditions. Yet, when exposed to LPS, GR knockout podocytes demonstrated fewer stress fibers and impaired migration compared to wild type podocytes. We conclude that the podocyte glucocorticoid receptor is important for limiting proteinuria in settings of podocyte injury.

  10. Parathyroid hormone-related protein induces hypertrophy in podocytes via TGF-beta(1) and p27(Kip1): implications for diabetic nephropathy.

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    Romero, Montserrat; Ortega, Arantxa; Izquierdo, Adriana; López-Luna, Pilar; Bosch, Ricardo J

    2010-08-01

    Hypertrophy of podocytes is characteristic in diabetic nephropathy (DN). Previously, we observed the upregulation of parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) and its receptor PTH1R, in experimental DN, associated with renal hypertrophy. Herein, we test the hypothesis that PTHrP participates in the mechanism of high glucose (HG)-induced podocyte hypertrophy. On mouse podocytes, hypertrophy was assessed by protein content/cell and [H(3)]leucine incorporation. Podocytes were stimulated with HG (25 mM), PTHrP(1-36) (100 nM), angiotensin II (AngII) (100 nM) or TGF-beta(1) (5 ng/mL) in the presence or absence of PTHrP-neutralizing antibodies (alpha-PTHrP), the PTH1R antagonist JB4250 (10 microM), PTHrP silencer RNA (siRNA) or TGF-beta(1) siRNA. Protein expression was analysed by western blot and immunohistochemistry. HG-induced hypertrophy was abolished in the presence of either alpha-PTHrP or PTHrP siRNA. This effect was associated with an inhibition of the upregulation of TGF-beta(1) and p27(Kip1). JB4250 also inhibited HG-induced p27(Kip1) upregulation. Interestingly, whilst HG and AngII were unable to stimulate the expression of p27(Kip1) on PTHrP siRNA-transfected podocytes, TGF-beta(1) was still able to upregulate p27(Kip1) in these cells. Moreover, HG and PTHrP-induced hypertrophy as well as p27(Kip1) upregulation were abolished on TGF-beta(1) siRNA-transfected podocytes. Furthermore, the glomeruli of transgenic PTHrP-overexpressing mice showed a constitutive overexpression of TGF-beta(1) and p27(Kip1) to a degree similar to that of diabetic animals. PTHrP seems to participate in the hypertrophic signalling triggered by HG. In this condition, AngII induces the upregulation of PTHrP, which might induce the expression of TGF-beta(1) and p27(Kip1). These findings provide new insights into the protective effects of AngII antagonists in DN, opening new paths for intervention.

  11. Metformin induces suppression of NAD(P)H oxidase activity in podocytes.

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    Piwkowska, Agnieszka; Rogacka, Dorota; Jankowski, Maciej; Dominiczak, Marek Henryk; Stepiński, Jan Kazimierz; Angielski, Stefan

    2010-03-05

    Hyperglycemia increases the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). NAD(P)H oxidase, producing superoxide anion, is the main source of ROS in diabetic podocytes and their production contributes to the development of diabetic nephropathy. We have investigated the effect of an antidiabetic drug, metformin on the production of superoxide anion in cultured podocytes and attempted to elucidate underlying mechanisms. The experiments were performed in normal (NG, 5.6mM) and high (HG, 30mM) glucose concentration. Overall ROS production was measured by fluorescence of a DCF probe. Activity of NAD(P)H oxidase was measured by chemiluminescence method. The AMP-dependent kinase (AMPK) activity was determined by immunobloting, measuring the ratio of phosphorylated AMPK to total AMPK. Glucose accumulation was measured using 2-deoxy-[1,2-(3)H]-glucose. ROS production increased by about 27% (187+/-8 vs. 238+/-9 arbitrary units AU, P<0.01) in HG. Metformin (2mM, 2h) markedly reduced ROS production by 45% in NG and 60% in HG. Metformin decreased NAD(P)H oxidase activity in NG (36%) and HG (86%). AMPK activity was increased by metformin in NG and HG (from 0.58+/-0.07 to. 0.99+/-0.06, and from 0.53+/-0.03 to 0.64+/-0.03; P<0.05). The effects of metformin on the activities of NAD(P)H oxidase and AMPK were abolished in the presence of AMPK inhibitor, compound C. We have shown that metformin decreases production of ROS through reduction of NAD(P)H oxidase activity. We also have demonstrated relationship between activity of NAD(P)H oxidase and AMPK. 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Podocyte loss involves MDM2-driven mitotic catastrophe.

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    Mulay, Shrikant R; Thomasova, Dana; Ryu, Mi; Kulkarni, Onkar P; Migliorini, Adriana; Bruns, Hauke; Gröbmayr, Regina; Lazzeri, Elena; Lasagni, Laura; Liapis, Helen; Romagnani, Paola; Anders, Hans-Joachim

    2013-07-01

    Podocyte apoptosis as a pathway of podocyte loss is often suspected but rarely detected. To study podocyte apoptosis versus inflammatory forms of podocyte death in vivo, we targeted murine double minute (MDM)-2 for three reasons. First, MDM2 inhibits p53-dependent apoptosis; second, MDM2 facilitates NF-κB signalling; and third, podocytes show strong MDM2 expression. We hypothesized that blocking MDM2 during glomerular injury may trigger p53-mediated podocyte apoptosis, proteinuria, and glomerulosclerosis. Unexpectedly, MDM2 blockade in early adriamycin nephropathy of Balb/c mice had the opposite effect and reduced intra-renal cytokine and chemokine expression, glomerular macrophage and T-cell counts, and plasma creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels. In cultured podocytes exposed to adriamycin, MDM2 blockade did not trigger podocyte death but induced G2/M arrest to prevent aberrant nuclear divisions and detachment of dying aneuploid podocytes, a feature of mitotic catastrophe in vitro and in vivo. Consistent with these observations, 12 of 164 consecutive human renal biopsies revealed features of podocyte mitotic catastrophe but only in glomerular disorders with proteinuria. Furthermore, delayed MDM2 blockade reduced plasma creatinine levels, blood urea nitrogen, tubular atrophy, interstitial leukocyte numbers, and cytokine expression as well as interstitial fibrosis. Together, MDM2-mediated mitotic catastrophe is a previously unrecognized variant of podocyte loss where MDM2 forces podocytes to complete the cell cycle, which in the absence of cytokinesis leads to podocyte aneuploidy, mitotic catastrophe, and loss by detachment. MDM2 blockade with nutlin-3a could be a novel therapeutic strategy to prevent renal inflammation, podocyte loss, glomerulosclerosis, proteinuria, and progressive kidney disease. Copyright © 2013 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Extract of the aerial parts of Aster koraiensis reduced development of diabetic nephropathy via anti-apoptosis of podocytes in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

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    Sohn, Eunjin; Kim, Junghyun; Kim, Chan-Sik; Kim, Young Sook; Jang, Dae Sik; Kim, Jin Sook

    2010-01-01

    Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is produced from glycolysis in vivo, which may result in diabetic nephropathy. Podocyte loss has been implicated in the development of diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effects of Aster koraiensis extract (AKE), on the damage of renal podocytes in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. AKE (100, 200mg/kg per day) was given to diabetic rats for 13weeks. Blood glucose, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), proteinuria and albuminuria were examined. Kidney histopathology, AGEs accumulation, apoptosis, and expression of Bax and Bcl-2 also were examined. In 20-week-old STZ-induced diabetic rats, severe hyperglycemia was developed, and proteinuria and albuminuria were markedly increased. TUNEL-positive signals were highly detected in glomeruli of STZ-induced diabetic rats. However, AKE reduced proteinuria and albuminuria in diabetic rats. AKE prevented AGEs deposition and podocyte apoptosis. Expression of Bax and Bcl-2 protein were restored by AKE treatment in the renal cortex. These results suggested that AKE has an inhibitory effect of AGE accumulation and anti-apoptotic effect in the glomeruli of diabetic rat. AKE could be beneficial in preventing the progression of diabetic nephropathy. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. The directed differentiation of human iPS cells into kidney podocytes.

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    Song, Bi; Smink, Alexandra M; Jones, Christina V; Callaghan, Judy M; Firth, Stephen D; Bernard, Claude A; Laslett, Andrew L; Kerr, Peter G; Ricardo, Sharon D

    2012-01-01

    The loss of glomerular podocytes is a key event in the progression of chronic kidney disease resulting in proteinuria and declining function. Podocytes are slow cycling cells that are considered terminally differentiated. Here we provide the first report of the directed differentiation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to generate kidney cells with podocyte features. The iPS-derived podocytes share a morphological phenotype analogous with cultured human podocytes. Following 10 days of directed differentiation, iPS podocytes had an up-regulated expression of mRNA and protein localization for podocyte markers including synaptopodin, nephrin and Wilm's tumour protein (WT1), combined with a down-regulation of the stem cell marker OCT3/4. In contrast to human podocytes that become quiescent in culture, iPS-derived cells maintain a proliferative capacity suggestive of a more immature phenotype. The transduction of iPS podocytes with fluorescent labeled-talin that were immunostained with podocin showed a cytoplasmic contractile response to angiotensin II (AII). A permeability assay provided functional evidence of albumin uptake in the cytoplasm of iPS podocytes comparable to human podocytes. Moreover, labeled iPS-derived podocytes were found to integrate into reaggregated metanephric kidney explants where they incorporated into developing glomeruli and co-expressed WT1. This study establishes the differentiation of iPS cells to kidney podocytes that will be useful for screening new treatments, understanding podocyte pathogenesis, and offering possibilities for regenerative medicine.

  15. The Directed Differentiation of Human iPS Cells into Kidney Podocytes

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    Song, Bi; Smink, Alexandra M.; Jones, Christina V.; Callaghan, Judy M.; Firth, Stephen D.; Bernard, Claude A.; Laslett, Andrew L.; Kerr, Peter G.; Ricardo, Sharon D.

    2012-01-01

    The loss of glomerular podocytes is a key event in the progression of chronic kidney disease resulting in proteinuria and declining function. Podocytes are slow cycling cells that are considered terminally differentiated. Here we provide the first report of the directed differentiation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to generate kidney cells with podocyte features. The iPS-derived podocytes share a morphological phenotype analogous with cultured human podocytes. Following 10 days of directed differentiation, iPS podocytes had an up-regulated expression of mRNA and protein localization for podocyte markers including synaptopodin, nephrin and Wilm’s tumour protein (WT1), combined with a down-regulation of the stem cell marker OCT3/4. In contrast to human podocytes that become quiescent in culture, iPS-derived cells maintain a proliferative capacity suggestive of a more immature phenotype. The transduction of iPS podocytes with fluorescent labeled-talin that were immunostained with podocin showed a cytoplasmic contractile response to angiotensin II (AII). A permeability assay provided functional evidence of albumin uptake in the cytoplasm of iPS podocytes comparable to human podocytes. Moreover, labeled iPS-derived podocytes were found to integrate into reaggregated metanephric kidney explants where they incorporated into developing glomeruli and co-expressed WT1. This study establishes the differentiation of iPS cells to kidney podocytes that will be useful for screening new treatments, understanding podocyte pathogenesis, and offering possibilities for regenerative medicine. PMID:23029522

  16. Bioenergetic characterization of mouse podocytes

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    Abe, Yoshifusa; Sakairi, Toru; Kajiyama, Hiroshi; Shrivastav, Shashi; Beeson, Craig

    2010-01-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to podocyte injury, but normal podocyte bioenergetics have not been characterized. We measured oxygen consumption rates (OCR) and extracellular acidification rates (ECAR), using a transformed mouse podocyte cell line and the Seahorse Bioscience XF24 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. Basal OCR and ECAR were 55.2 ± 9.9 pmol/min and 3.1 ± 1.9 milli-pH units/min, respectively. The complex V inhibitor oligomycin reduced OCR to ∼45% of baseline rates, indicating that ∼55% of cellular oxygen consumption was coupled to ATP synthesis. Rotenone, a complex I inhibitor, reduced OCR to ∼25% of the baseline rates, suggesting that mitochondrial respiration accounted for ∼75% of the total cellular respiration. Thus ∼75% of mitochondrial respiration was coupled to ATP synthesis and ∼25% was accounted for by proton leak. Carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone (FCCP), which uncouples electron transport from ATP generation, increased OCR and ECAR to ∼360% and 840% of control levels. FCCP plus rotenone reduced ATP content by 60%, the glycolysis inhibitor 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP by 35%, and 2-deoxyglucose in combination with FCCP or rotenone reduced ATP by >85%. The lactate dehydrogenase inhibitor oxamate and 2-deoxyglucose did not reduce ECAR, and 2-deoxyglucose had no effect on OCR, although 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP content by 25%. Mitochondrial uncoupling induced by FCCP was associated with increased OCR with certain substrates, including lactate, glucose, pyruvate, and palmitate. Replication of these experiments in primary mouse podocytes yielded similar data. We conclude that mitochondria play the primary role in maintaining podocyte energy homeostasis, while glycolysis makes a lesser contribution. PMID:20445170

  17. Bioenergetic characterization of mouse podocytes.

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    Abe, Yoshifusa; Sakairi, Toru; Kajiyama, Hiroshi; Shrivastav, Shashi; Beeson, Craig; Kopp, Jeffrey B

    2010-08-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to podocyte injury, but normal podocyte bioenergetics have not been characterized. We measured oxygen consumption rates (OCR) and extracellular acidification rates (ECAR), using a transformed mouse podocyte cell line and the Seahorse Bioscience XF24 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. Basal OCR and ECAR were 55.2 +/- 9.9 pmol/min and 3.1 +/- 1.9 milli-pH units/min, respectively. The complex V inhibitor oligomycin reduced OCR to approximately 45% of baseline rates, indicating that approximately 55% of cellular oxygen consumption was coupled to ATP synthesis. Rotenone, a complex I inhibitor, reduced OCR to approximately 25% of the baseline rates, suggesting that mitochondrial respiration accounted for approximately 75% of the total cellular respiration. Thus approximately 75% of mitochondrial respiration was coupled to ATP synthesis and approximately 25% was accounted for by proton leak. Carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone (FCCP), which uncouples electron transport from ATP generation, increased OCR and ECAR to approximately 360% and 840% of control levels. FCCP plus rotenone reduced ATP content by 60%, the glycolysis inhibitor 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP by 35%, and 2-deoxyglucose in combination with FCCP or rotenone reduced ATP by >85%. The lactate dehydrogenase inhibitor oxamate and 2-deoxyglucose did not reduce ECAR, and 2-deoxyglucose had no effect on OCR, although 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP content by 25%. Mitochondrial uncoupling induced by FCCP was associated with increased OCR with certain substrates, including lactate, glucose, pyruvate, and palmitate. Replication of these experiments in primary mouse podocytes yielded similar data. We conclude that mitochondria play the primary role in maintaining podocyte energy homeostasis, while glycolysis makes a lesser contribution.

  18. Mpv17 in mitochondria protects podocytes against mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis in vivo and in vitro.

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    Casalena, Gabriela; Krick, Stefanie; Daehn, Ilse; Yu, Liping; Ju, Wenjun; Shi, Shaolin; Tsai, Su-yi; D'Agati, Vivette; Lindenmeyer, Maja; Cohen, Clemens D; Schlondorff, Detlef; Bottinger, Erwin P

    2014-06-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction is increasingly recognized as contributing to glomerular diseases, including those secondary to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations and deletions. Mitochondria maintain cellular redox and energy homeostasis and are a major source of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Mitochondrial ROS accumulation may contribute to stress-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis and thereby to glomerulosclerosis. In mice, deletion of the gene encoding Mpv17 is associated with glomerulosclerosis, but the underlying mechanism remains poorly defined. Here we report that Mpv17 localizes to mitochondria of podocytes and its expression is reduced in several glomerular injury models and in human focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) but not in minimal change disease. Using models of mild or severe nephrotoxic serum nephritis (NTSN) in Mpv17(+/+) wild-type (WT) and Mpv17(-/-) knockout mice, we found that Mpv17 deficiency resulted in increased proteinuria (mild NTSN) and renal insufficiency (severe NTSN) compared with WT. These lesions were associated with increased mitochondrial ROS generation and mitochondrial injury such as oxidative DNA damage. In vitro, podocytes with loss of Mpv17 function were characterized by increased susceptibility to apoptosis and ROS injury including decreased mitochondrial function, loss of mtDNA content, and change in mitochondrial configuration. In summary, the inner mitochondrial membrane protein Mpv17 in podocytes is essential for the maintenance of mitochondrial homeostasis and protects podocytes against oxidative stress-induced injury both in vitro and in vivo.

  19. Intravital imaging of podocyte calcium in glomerular injury and disease.

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    Burford, James L; Villanueva, Karie; Lam, Lisa; Riquier-Brison, Anne; Hackl, Matthias J; Pippin, Jeffrey; Shankland, Stuart J; Peti-Peterdi, János

    2014-05-01

    Intracellular calcium ([Ca²⁺]i) signaling mediates physiological and pathological processes in multiple organs, including the renal podocyte; however, in vivo podocyte [Ca²⁺]i dynamics are not fully understood. Here we developed an imaging approach that uses multiphoton microscopy (MPM) to directly visualize podocyte [Ca²⁺]i dynamics within the intact kidneys of live mice expressing a fluorescent calcium indicator only in these cells. [Ca²⁺]i was at a low steady-state level in control podocytes, while Ang II infusion caused a minor elevation. Experimental focal podocyte injury triggered a robust and sustained elevation of podocyte [Ca²⁺]i around the injury site and promoted cell-to-cell propagating podocyte [Ca²⁺]i waves along capillary loops. [Ca²⁺]i wave propagation was ameliorated by inhibitors of purinergic [Ca²⁺]i signaling as well as in animals lacking the P2Y2 purinergic receptor. Increased podocyte [Ca²⁺]i resulted in contraction of the glomerular tuft and increased capillary albumin permeability. In preclinical models of renal fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis, high podocyte [Ca²⁺]i correlated with increased cell motility. Our findings provide a visual demonstration of the in vivo importance of podocyte [Ca²⁺]i in glomerular pathology and suggest that purinergic [Ca²⁺]i signaling is a robust and key pathogenic mechanism in podocyte injury. This in vivo imaging approach will allow future detailed investigation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of glomerular disease in the intact living kidney.

  20. Partial podocyte replenishment in experimental FSGS derives from nonpodocyte sources.

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    Kaverina, Natalya V; Eng, Diana G; Schneider, Remington R S; Pippin, Jeffrey W; Shankland, Stuart J

    2016-06-01

    The current studies used genetic fate mapping to prove that adult podocytes can be partially replenished following depletion. Inducible NPHS2-rtTA/tetO-Cre/RS-ZsGreen-R reporter mice were generated to permanently label podocytes with the ZsGreen reporter. Experimental focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) was induced with a cytotoxic podocyte antibody. On FSGS day 7, immunostaining for the podocyte markers p57, synaptopodin, and podocin were markedly decreased by 44%, and this was accompanied by a decrease in ZsGreen fluorescence. The nuclear stain DAPI was absent in segments of reduced ZsGreen and podocyte marker staining, which is consistent with podocyte depletion. Staining for p57, synaptopodin, podocin, and DAPI increased at FSGS day 28 and was augmented by the ACE inhibitor enalapril, which is consistent with a partial replenishment of podocytes. In contrast, ZsGreen fluorescence did not return and remained significantly low at day 28, indicating replenishment was from a nonpodocyte origin. Despite administration of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) thrice weekly throughout the course of disease, BrdU staining was not detected in podocytes, which is consistent with an absence of proliferation. Although ZsGreen reporting was reduced in the tuft at FSGS day 28, labeled podocytes were detected along the Bowman's capsule in a subset of glomeruli, which is consistent with migration from the tuft. Moreover, more than half of the migrated podocytes coexpressed the parietal epithelial cell (PEC) proteins claudin-1, SSeCKS, and PAX8. These results show that although podocytes can be partially replenished following abrupt depletion, a process augmented by ACE inhibition, the source or sources are nonpodocyte in origin and are independent of proliferation. Furthermore, a subset of podocytes migrate to the Bowman's capsule and begin to coexpress PEC markers.

  1. Cell Biology and Pathology of Podocytes

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    Greka, Anna; Mundel, Peter

    2013-01-01

    As an integral member of the filtration barrier in the kidney glomerulus, the podocyte is in a unique geographical position: It is exposed to chemical signals from the urinary space (Bowman’s capsule), it receives and transmits chemical and mechanical signals to/from the glomerular basement membrane upon which it elaborates, and it receives chemical and mechanical signals from the vascular space with which it also communicates. As with every cell, the ability of the podocyte to receive signals from the surrounding environment and to translate them to the intracellular milieu is dependent largely on molecules residing on the cell membrane. These molecules are the first-line soldiers in the ongoing battle to sense the environment, to respond to friendly signals, and to defend against injurious foes. In this review, we take a membrane biologist’s view of the podocyte, examining the many membrane receptors, channels, and other signaling molecules that have been implicated in podocyte biology. Although we attempt to be comprehensive, our goal is not to capture every membrane-mediated pathway but rather to emphasize that this approach may be fruitful in understanding the podocyte and its unique properties. PMID:22054238

  2. Primary cilia disappear in rat podocytes during glomerular development.

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    Ichimura, Koichiro; Kurihara, Hidetake; Sakai, Tatsuo

    2010-07-01

    Most tubular epithelial cell types express primary cilia, and mutations of primary-cilium-associated proteins are well known to cause several kinds of cystic renal disease. However, until now, it has been unclear whether mammalian podocytes express primary cilia in vivo. In this study, we determined whether primary cilia are present in the podocytes of rat immature and mature glomeruli by means of transmission electron microscopy of serial ultrathin sections. In immature glomeruli of fetal rats, podocytes express the primary cilia with high percentages at the S-shaped body (88 +/- 5%, n = 3), capillary loop (95 +/- 4%, n = 4), and maturing glomerulus (76 +/- 13%, n = 5) stages. The percentage of ciliated podocytes was significantly lower at the maturing glomerulus stage than at the former two stages. In mature glomeruli of adult rats, ciliated podocytes were not found at all (0 +/- 0%, n = 11). These findings indicate that the primary cilia gradually disappear in rat podocytes during glomerular development. Since glomerular filtration rate increases during development, the primary cilia on the podocytes are subjected to a stronger bending force. Thus, the disappearance of the primary cilia presumably prevents the entry of excessive calcium-ions via the cilium-associated polycystin complexes and the disturbance of intracellular signaling cascades in mature podocytes.

  3. The two kidney to one kidney transition and transplant glomerulopathy: a podocyte perspective.

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    Yang, Yan; Hodgin, Jeffrey B; Afshinnia, Farsad; Wang, Su Q; Wickman, Larysa; Chowdhury, Mahboob; Nishizono, Ryuzoh; Kikuchi, Masao; Huang, Yihung; Samaniego, Milagros; Wiggins, Roger C

    2015-06-01

    The attrition rate of functioning allografts beyond the first year has not improved despite improved immunosuppression, suggesting that nonimmune mechanisms could be involved. Notably, glomerulopathies may account for about 40% of failed kidney allografts beyond the first year of engraftment, and glomerulosclerosis and progression to ESRD are caused by podocyte depletion. Model systems demonstrate that nephrectomy can precipitate hypertrophic podocyte stress that triggers progressive podocyte depletion leading to ESRD, and that this process is accompanied by accelerated podocyte detachment that can be measured in urine. Here, we show that kidney transplantation "reverse nephrectomy" is also associated with podocyte hypertrophy and increased podocyte detachment. Patients with stable normal allograft function and no proteinuria had levels of podocyte detachment similar to levels in two-kidney controls as measured by urine podocyte assay. By contrast, patients who developed transplant glomerulopathy had 10- to 20-fold increased levels of podocyte detachment. Morphometric studies showed that a subset of these patients developed reduced glomerular podocyte density within 2 years of transplantation due to reduced podocyte number per glomerulus. A second subset developed glomerulopathy by an average of 10 years after transplantation due to reduced glomerular podocyte number and glomerular tuft enlargement. Reduced podocyte density was associated with reduced eGFR, glomerulosclerosis, and proteinuria. These data are compatible with the hypothesis that podocyte depletion contributes to allograft failure and reduced allograft half-life. Mechanisms may include immune-driven processes affecting the podocyte or other cells and/or hypertrophy-induced podocyte stress causing accelerated podocyte detachment, which would be amenable to nonimmune therapeutic targeting.

  4. Podocyte Mitosis – A Catastrophe

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    Lasagni, L; Lazzeri, E; Shankland, S.J; Anders, H.-J; Romagnani, P

    2013-01-01

    Podocyte loss plays a key role in the progression of glomerular disorders towards glomerulosclerosis and chronic kidney disease. Podocytes form unique cytoplasmic extensions, foot processes, which attach to the outer surface of the glomerular basement membrane and interdigitate with neighboring podocytes to form the slit diaphragm. Maintaining these sophisticated structural elements requires an intricate actin cytoskeleton. Genetic, mechanic, and immunologic or toxic forms of podocyte injury can cause podocyte loss, which causes glomerular filtration barrier dysfunction, leading to proteinuria. Cell migration and cell division are two processes that require a rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton; this rearrangement would disrupt the podocyte foot processes, therefore, podocytes have a limited capacity to divide or migrate. Indeed, all cells need to rearrange their actin cytoskeleton to assemble a correct mitotic spindle and to complete mitosis. Podocytes, even when being forced to bypass cell cycle checkpoints to initiate DNA synthesis and chromosome segregation, cannot complete cytokinesis efficiently and thus usually generate aneuploid podocytes. Such aneuploid podocytes rapidly detach and die, a process referred to as mitotic catastrophe. Thus, detached or dead podocytes cannot be adequately replaced by the proliferation of adjacent podocytes. However, even glomerular disorders with severe podocyte injury can undergo regression and remission, suggesting alternative mechanisms to compensate for podocyte loss, such as podocyte hypertrophy or podocyte regeneration from resident renal progenitor cells. Together, mitosis of the terminally differentiated podocyte rather accelerates podocyte loss and therefore glomerulosclerosis. Finding ways to enhance podocyte regeneration from other sources remains a challenge goal to improve the treatment of chronic kidney disease in the future. PMID:23176147

  5. Metadherin facilitates podocyte apoptosis in diabetic nephropathy

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    Liu, Wen-Ting; Peng, Fen-Fen; Li, Hong-Yu; Chen, Xiao-Wen; Gong, Wang-Qiu; Chen, Wen-Jing; Chen, Yi-Hua; Li, Pei-Lin; Li, Shu-Ting; Xu, Zhao-Zhong; Long, Hai-Bo

    2016-01-01

    Apoptosis, one of the major causes of podocyte loss, has been reported to have a vital role in diabetic nephropathy (DN) pathogenesis, and understanding the mechanisms underlying the regulation of podocyte apoptosis is crucial. Metadherin (MTDH) is an important oncogene, which is overexpressed in most cancers and responsible for apoptosis, metastasis, and poor patient survival. Here we show that the expression levels of Mtdh and phosphorylated p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) are significantly increased, whereas those of the microRNA-30 family members (miR-30s) are considerably reduced in the glomeruli of DN rat model and in high glucose (HG)-induced conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes (MPC5). These levels are positively correlated with podocyte apoptosis rate. The inhibition of Mtdh expression, using small interfering RNA, but not Mtdh overexpression, was shown to inhibit HG-induced MPC5 apoptosis and p38 MAPK pathway, and Bax and cleaved caspase 3 expression. This was shown to be similar to the effects of p38 MAPK inhibitor (SB203580). Furthermore, luciferase assay results demonstrated that Mtdh represents the target of miR-30s. Transient transfection experiments, using miR-30 microRNA (miRNA) inhibitors, led to the increase in Mtdh expression and induced the apoptosis of MPC5, whereas the treatment with miR-30 miRNA mimics led to the reduction in Mtdh expression and apoptosis of HG-induced MPC5 cells in comparison with their respective controls. Our results demonstrate that Mtdh is a potent modulator of podocyte apoptosis, and that it represents the target of miR-30 miRNAs, facilitating podocyte apoptosis through the activation of HG-induced p38 MAPK-dependent pathway. PMID:27882943

  6. SLIT2/ROBO2 signaling pathway inhibits nonmuscle myosin IIA activity and destabilizes kidney podocyte adhesion

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    Fan, Xueping; Yang, Hongying; Kumar, Sudhir; Tumelty, Kathleen E.; Pisarek-Horowitz, Anna; Sharma, Richa; Chan, Stefanie; Tyminski, Edyta; Shamashkin, Michael; Belghasem, Mostafa; Henderson, Joel M.; Coyle, Anthony J.; Berasi, Stephen P.

    2016-01-01

    The repulsive guidance cue SLIT2 and its receptor ROBO2 are required for kidney development and podocyte foot process structure, but the SLIT2/ROBO2 signaling mechanism regulating podocyte function is not known. Here we report that a potentially novel signaling pathway consisting of SLIT/ROBO Rho GTPase activating protein 1 (SRGAP1) and nonmuscle myosin IIA (NMIIA) regulates podocyte adhesion downstream of ROBO2. We found that the myosin II regulatory light chain (MRLC), a subunit of NMIIA, interacts directly with SRGAP1 and forms a complex with ROBO2/SRGAP1/NMIIA in the presence of SLIT2. Immunostaining demonstrated that SRGAP1 is a podocyte protein and is colocalized with ROBO2 on the basal surface of podocytes. In addition, SLIT2 stimulation inhibits NMIIA activity, decreases focal adhesion formation, and reduces podocyte attachment to collagen. In vivo studies further showed that podocyte-specific knockout of Robo2 protects mice from hypertension-induced podocyte detachment and albuminuria and also partially rescues the podocyte-loss phenotype in Myh9 knockout mice. Thus, we have identified SLIT2/ROBO2/SRGAP1/NMIIA as a potentially novel signaling pathway in kidney podocytes, which may play a role in regulating podocyte adhesion and attachment. Our findings also suggest that SLIT2/ROBO2 signaling might be a therapeutic target for kidney diseases associated with podocyte detachment and loss. PMID:27882344

  7. AlphaV-integrins mediate the mechanoprotective action of osteopontin in podocytes.

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    Schordan, Sandra; Schordan, Eric; Endlich, Karlhans; Endlich, Nicole

    2011-01-01

    Increased mechanical load in podocytes due to glomerular hypertension is one of the important factors leading to podocyte damage and chronic kidney disease. In previous studies, we have shown that mechanical stretch increases osteopontin (OPN) expression in podocytes and that exogenous OPN is mechanoprotective via facilitating cytoskeletal reorganization of podocytes. In the present study, we asked whether the mechanoprotective effect of OPN in podocytes is mediated through specific integrins and whether endogenous OPN of podocytes is required for mechanoprotection. Conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes and primary podocytes (PP) from OPN-/- and OPN+/+ mice were used. Cyclic biaxial mechanical stretch (0.5 Hz, 7% linear strain) was applied for up to 3 days. Stretch-induced cell loss was ∼30% higher in OPN-/- PP compared with OPN+/+ PP. Increased cell loss of OPN-/- PP was rescued by OPN coating. Analysis of integrin expression by RT-PCR, application of RGD and SLAYGLR peptides and anti-integrin antibodies, small-interfering RNA knockdown of integrins, and application of kinase inhibitors identified αV-integrins (αVβ1, αVβ3, and αVβ5) to mediate the mechano-protective effect of OPN in podocytes involving focal adhesion kinase, Src, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and mitogen-activated protein kinase. Our results demonstrate that endogenous OPN of podocytes plays a nonredundant role in podocyte adaptation to mechanical stretch, and that OPN signaling via α(V)-integrins may represent a relevant therapeutical target in podocytes.

  8. IQGAP1 regulates actin cytoskeleton organization in podocytes through interaction with nephrin.

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    Liu, Yipeng; Liang, Wei; Yang, Yingjie; Pan, Yangbin; Yang, Qian; Chen, Xinghua; Singhal, Pravin C; Ding, Guohua

    2015-04-01

    Increasing data has shown that the cytoskeletal reorganization of podocytes is involved in the onset of proteinuria and the progression of glomerular disease. Nephrin behaves as a signal sensor of the slit diaphragm to transmit cytoskeletal signals to maintain the unique structure of podocytes. However, the nephrin signaling cascade deserves further study. IQGAP1 is a scaffolding protein with the ability to regulate cytoskeletal organization. It is hypothesized that IQGAP1 contributes to actin reorganization in podocytes through interaction with nephrin. IQGAP1 expression and IQGAP1-nephrin colocalization in glomeruli were progressively decreased and then gradually recovered in line with the development of foot process fusion and proteinuria in puromycin aminonucleoside-injected rats. In cultured human podocytes, puromycin aminonucleoside-induced disruption of F-actin and disorders of migration and spreading were aggravated by IQGAP1 siRNA, and these effects were partially restored by a wild-type IQGAP1 plasmid. Furthermore, the cytoskeletal disorganization stimulated by cytochalasin D in COS7 cells was recovered by cotransfection with wild-type IQGAP1 and nephrin plasmids but was not recovered either by single transfection of the wild-type IQGAP1 plasmid or by cotransfection of mutant IQGAP1 [△1443(S→A)] and wild-type nephrin plasmids. Co-immunoprecipitation analysis using lysates of COS7 cells overexpressing nephrin and each derivative-domain molecule of IQGAP1 demonstrated that the poly-proline binding domain and RasGAP domain in the carboxyl terminus of IQGAP1 are the target modules that interact with nephrin. Collectively, these findings showed that activated IQGAP1, as an intracellular partner of nephrin, is involved in actin cytoskeleton organization and functional regulation of podocytes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. EVIDENCE FOR THE MACROPHAGE INDUCING GENE IN MYCOBACTERIUM INTRACELLULARE

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    Background: The Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC) includes the species M. avium (MA), M. intracellulare (MI), and possibly others. Organisms belonging to the MAC are phylogenetically closely related, opportunistic pathogens. The macrophage inducing gene (mig) is the only well-des...

  10. EVIDENCE FOR THE MACROPHAGE INDUCING GENE IN MYCOBACTERIUM INTRACELLULARE

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    Background: The Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC) includes the species M. avium (MA), M. intracellulare (MI), and possibly others. Organisms belonging to the MAC are phylogenetically closely related, opportunistic pathogens. The macrophage inducing gene (mig) is the only well-des...

  11. High glucose modifies transient receptor potential canonical type 6 channels via increased oxidative stress and syndecan-4 in human podocytes.

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    Thilo, Florian; Lee, Marlene; Xia, Shengqiang; Zakrzewicz, Andreas; Tepel, Martin

    2014-07-18

    Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels type 6 play an important role in the function of human podocytes. Diabetic nephropathy is characterized by altered TRPC6 expression and functions of podocytes. Thus, we hypothesized that high glucose modifies TRPC6 channels via increased oxidative stress and syndecan-4 (SDC-4) in human podocytes. Human podocytes were exposed to control conditions (5.6 mmol/L D-glucose), high glucose (30 mmol/L D-glucose or L-glucose), 100 μmol/L peroxynitrite, or high glucose and the superoxide dismutase mimetic tempol (100 μmol/L). TRPC6 and SDC-4 transcripts and protein expression were measured using RT-PCR and in-cell Western assay. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cytosolic calcium were measured using fluorescent dye techniques. High D-glucose increased TRPC6 transcripts to 8.66±4.08 (p<0.05) and TRPC6 protein expression to 1.44±0.07 (p<0.05) without altering SDC-4 transcripts or protein expression. The D-glucose induced increase of TRPC6 expression was blocked by tempol. Increased oxidative stress using peroxynitrite significantly increased TRPC6 transcripts to 4.29±1.26 (p<0.05) and TRPC6 protein expression to 1.28±0.05 (p<0.05) without altering SDC-4 transcripts or protein expression. In human podocytes transfected with scrambled siRNA, high D-glucose increased ROS after 90 min to 3.55±0.08 arbitrary units while 5.6 mmol/L D-glucose increased ROS to 2.49±0.09 (p<0.001) only. The increase in ROS was inhibited by tempol and by SDC-4 knockdown. High glucose modifies TRPC6 channels and ROS production via SDC-4 in human podocytes.

  12. Gene expression patterns in glucose-stimulated podocytes

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    Han, Seung Hyeok; Yang, Sanghwa; Jung, Dong Sub; Li, Jin Ji; Kim, Jin Ju; Kwak, Seung Jae; Kim, Dong Ki; Moon, Sung Jin; Lee, Jung Eun; Han, Dae-Suk; Kang, Shin-Wook

    2008-06-06

    To explore the mechanisms of podocyte injury under diabetic conditions, we performed an expression profile in glucose-stimulated podocytes. Differential gene expression profiles between conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes cultured in medium containing 5.6 and 30 mM glucose were measured with oligonucleotide microarrays. Of the genes identified, heme oxygenase-1, vascular endothelial growth factor-A, and thrombospondin-1 showed a consistently increased pattern, whereas angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 and peroxisomal proliferator activator receptor-{gamma} were down-regulated. These results were validated using real-time PCR and western blotting in podocytes, and with immunohistochemistry on renal tissues from streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Not only is this the first report of gene expression profiling of podocyte injury under diabetic conditions, but the identified genes are promising targets for future diabetes research.

  13. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts ameliorate podocyte injury by activating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α in low-dose streptozotocin-and high-carbohydrate/high-fat diet-induced diabetic rats.

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    Bao, Lei; Cai, Xiaxia; Dai, Xiaoqian; Ding, Ye; Jiang, Yanfei; Li, Yujie; Zhang, Zhaofeng; Li, Yong

    2014-08-01

    Podocytes are part of the glomerular filtration membrane in kidney and serve to prevent the filtration of protein from the blood. Several evidences suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and it is an early event in podocyte injury. Mitochondrial dysfunction promotes oxidative stress that can favor the development of podocyte injury. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) was considered to be a major regulator of metabolic homeostasis and mitochondrial function. Some studies indicated that polyphenols may improve mitochondrial dysfunction, maintain the podocyte integrity and have therapeutic effects on glomerular diseases by promoting PGC-1α expression. Our study investigated whether grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts (GSPE), a strong antioxidant, ameliorate podocyte injury by activating PGC-1α in low-dose streptozotocin-and high-carbohydrate/high-fat diet-induced diabetic rats. After 16 weeks of GSPE treatment, GSPE slightly increased the body weight and decreased plasma glucose, food intake, water intake and urine volume in diabetic rats. Further, GSPE significantly decreased 24 h albumin levels and increased the expression of nephrin and podocalyxin. The antioxidant levels were improved and the cellular damage of kidney in diabetic rats was also relieved effectively after the treatment. Moreover, GSPE increased the mRNA expression of mitochondrial biogenesis factors and mitochondrial DNA content. Finally, GSPE activated the expression of PGC-1α, silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (SIRT1) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). These results suggest that GSPE ameliorate podocyte injury in diabetic nephropathy by the activation of AMPK-SIRT1-PGC-1α signalling, which appears to inhibit oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in the kidney.

  14. Autophagy is involved in mouse kidney development and podocyte differentiation regulated by Notch signalling.

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    Zhang, Chuyue; Li, Wen; Wen, Junkai; Yang, Zhuo

    2017-02-03

    Podocyte dysfunction results in glomerular diseases accounted for 90% of end-stage kidney disease. The evolutionarily conserved Notch signalling makes a crucial contribution in podocyte development and function. However, the underlying mechanism of Notch pathway modulating podocyte differentiation remains less obvious. Autophagy, reported to be related with Notch signalling pathways in different animal models, is regarded as a possible participant during podocyte differentiation. Here, we found the dynamic changes of Notch1 were coincided with autophagy: they both increased during kidney development and podocyte differentiation. Intriguingly, when Notch signalling was down-regulated by DAPT, autophagy was greatly diminished, and differentiation was also impaired. Further, to better understand the relationship between Notch signalling and autophagy in podocyte differentiation, rapamycin was added to enhance autophagy levels in DAPT-treated cells, and as a result, nephrin was recovered and DAPT-induced injury was ameliorated. Therefore, we put forward that autophagy is involved in kidney development and podocyte differentiation regulated by Notch signalling.

  15. Non-productive HIV-1 infection of human glomerular and urinary podocytes

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    Khatua, Atanu K.; Taylor, Harry E.; Hildreth, James E. K.; Popik, Waldemar

    2010-01-01

    Podocyte damage induced by HIV-1 is critical to the pathogenesis of HIV-1 associated nephropathy (HIVAN) and is believed to result from productive replication of the virus. Here we demonstrate that HIV-1 readily enters human podocytes by a dynamin-mediated endocytosis but does not establish productive infection. We provide evidence suggesting that viral nucleic acids and proteins detected in podocytes are delivered by viral particles internalized by the cells. Endocytosed HIV-1 is only transiently harbored by podocytes and is subsequently released to the extracellular milieu as fully infectious virus. Similarly, primary podocytes established from normal human urine do not support productive infection by HIV-1 but sustain replication of VSV-G pseudotyped virus that bypasses HIV-1 entry receptors. Moreover, transfected podocytes expressing CD4 and CXCR4 receptors support productive replication of HIV-1. This further confirms that lack of HIV-1 entry receptors is the major barrier preventing productive infection of podocytes in vitro. PMID:20937511

  16. Antibody induced injury to podocytes with proteinuria and foot process swelling in a transgenic (T16) mouse

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    Ebrahim, H; Evans, D J

    1999-01-01

    T16 mice contain a human 3′ untranslated sequence of the Thy 1.1 gene. Unlike normal mice they express Thy 1.1 protein on the podocytes which was immuno-localized to podocyte apical and basal plasma membranes and filtration slit. When monoclonal anti-Thy 1.1 antibody (OX7) was injected in nonproteinuric heterozygous mice there was rapid podocyte foot process swelling and proteinuria. Immunofluorescence showed granular glomerular OX7 binding at one hour. Progressive loss of pedicels occurred with 17.9 ± 2.5, 14.4 ± 1.1 and 10.5 ± 3.5 per 10 nm glomerular basement membrane (GBM) remaining 1, 6 and 24 hours, respectively, after 1 mg OX7, vs 32.2 ± 2.0 in T16 mice given saline. Twenty-four hour proteinuria was OX7 dose-dependent, peaked at 1–3 days and reduced to near basal levels 9–11 days thereafter. Proteinuria was nonselective except at very low doses (0.1 mg OX7) where microalbuminuria was seen. F(ab′)2 OX7 administration also caused proteinuria in T16 mice. One milligram F(ab′)1 OX7 caused diffuse foot process swelling without manifest proteinuria in T16 mice. Anti-Thy 1.1 IgM monoclonal antibody did not produce the effects of OX7 in T16 mice. Foot process swelling was not modified by histamine or 5-hydroxytryptamine antagonists. OX7 did not cause complement activation or leucocyte infiltration, hence glomerular injury appeared to be mediated directly by the antibody. PMID:10469262

  17. cAMP signaling prevents podocyte apoptosis via activation of protein kinase A and mitochondrial fusion.

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    Li, Xiaoying; Tao, Hua; Xie, Kewei; Ni, Zhaohui; Yan, Yucheng; Wei, Kai; Chuang, Peter Y; He, John Cijiang; Gu, Leyi

    2014-01-01

    Our previous in vitro studies suggested that cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling prevents adriamycin (ADR) and puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced apoptosis in podocytes. As cAMP is an important second messenger and plays a key role in cell proliferation, differentiation and cytoskeleton formation via protein kinase A (PKA) or exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) pathways, we sought to determine the role of PKA or Epac signaling in cAMP-mediated protection of podocytes. In the ADR nephrosis model, we found that forskolin, a selective activator of adenylate cyclase, attenuated albuminuria and improved the expression of podocyte marker WT-1. When podocytes were treated with pCPT-cAMP (a selective cAMP/PKA activator), PKA activation was increased in a time-dependent manner and prevented PAN-induced podocyte loss and caspase 3 activation, as well as a reduction in mitochondrial membrane potential. We found that PAN and ADR resulted in a decrease in Mfn1 expression and mitochondrial fission in podocytes. pCPT-cAMP restored Mfn1 expression in puromycin or ADR-treated podocytes and induced Drp1 phosphorylation, as well as mitochondrial fusion. Treating podocytes with arachidonic acid resulted in mitochondrial fission, podocyte loss and cleaved caspase 3 production. Arachidonic acid abolished the protective effects of pCPT-cAMP on PAN-treated podocytes. Mdivi, a mitochondrial division inhibitor, prevented PAN-induced cleaved caspase 3 production in podocytes. We conclude that activation of cAMP alleviated murine podocyte caused by ADR. PKA signaling resulted in mitochondrial fusion in podocytes, which at least partially mediated the effects of cAMP.

  18. cAMP Signaling Prevents Podocyte Apoptosis via Activation of Protein Kinase A and Mitochondrial Fusion

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    Xie, Kewei; Ni, Zhaohui; Yan, Yucheng; Wei, Kai; Chuang, Peter Y.; He, John Cijiang; Gu, Leyi

    2014-01-01

    Our previous in vitro studies suggested that cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling prevents adriamycin (ADR) and puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced apoptosis in podocytes. As cAMP is an important second messenger and plays a key role in cell proliferation, differentiation and cytoskeleton formation via protein kinase A (PKA) or exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) pathways, we sought to determine the role of PKA or Epac signaling in cAMP-mediated protection of podocytes. In the ADR nephrosis model, we found that forskolin, a selective activator of adenylate cyclase, attenuated albuminuria and improved the expression of podocyte marker WT-1. When podocytes were treated with pCPT-cAMP (a selective cAMP/PKA activator), PKA activation was increased in a time-dependent manner and prevented PAN-induced podocyte loss and caspase 3 activation, as well as a reduction in mitochondrial membrane potential. We found that PAN and ADR resulted in a decrease in Mfn1 expression and mitochondrial fission in podocytes. pCPT-cAMP restored Mfn1 expression in puromycin or ADR-treated podocytes and induced Drp1 phosphorylation, as well as mitochondrial fusion. Treating podocytes with arachidonic acid resulted in mitochondrial fission, podocyte loss and cleaved caspase 3 production. Arachidonic acid abolished the protective effects of pCPT-cAMP on PAN-treated podocytes. Mdivi, a mitochondrial division inhibitor, prevented PAN-induced cleaved caspase 3 production in podocytes. We conclude that activation of cAMP alleviated murine podocyte caused by ADR. PKA signaling resulted in mitochondrial fusion in podocytes, which at least partially mediated the effects of cAMP. PMID:24642777

  19. Ameliorating effects of L-carnitine on diabetic podocyte injury.

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    Fan, Jiang Ping; Kim, Dongyeop; Kawachi, Hiroshi; Ha, Tae-Sun; Han, Gi Dong

    2010-12-01

    High glucose levels can change podocyte gene expression and subsequently induce podocyte damage through altered glucose metabolism. l-Carnitine is known to play a beneficial role in diabetes; however, there are no studies on the effects of l-carnitine on podocyte alteration under high glucose conditions. This study investigated whether l-carnitine can attenuate diabetic podocyte injury through the prevention of loss of slit diaphragm proteins. The l-carnitine treatment group showed increased glucose uptakes compared to the control group, suggesting that glucose utilization in the podocytes was increased by l-carnitine. l-Carnitine treatment also prevented decreased mRNA expressions of nephrin and podocin in the high glucose-stimulated podocytes. However, mRNA expressions of CD2AP and α-actinin-4 were not significantly changed by the high glucose conditions. When these data are taken together, l-carnitine can increase glucose uptake in podocytes under high glucose conditions, and its mechanism may be at least partly related to the up-regulation of nephrin and podocin. Our results help clarify the beneficial effects of l-carnitine in diabetic nephropathy.

  20. Primary cilia disappear in rat podocytes during glomerular development

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    Kurihara, Hidetake; Sakai, Tatsuo

    2010-01-01

    Most tubular epithelial cell types express primary cilia, and mutations of primary-cilium-associated proteins are well known to cause several kinds of cystic renal disease. However, until now, it has been unclear whether mammalian podocytes express primary cilia in vivo. In this study, we determined whether primary cilia are present in the podocytes of rat immature and mature glomeruli by means of transmission electron microscopy of serial ultrathin sections. In immature glomeruli of fetal rats, podocytes express the primary cilia with high percentages at the S-shaped body (88 ± 5%, n = 3), capillary loop (95 ± 4%, n =  4), and maturing glomerulus (76 ± 13%, n = 5) stages. The percentage of ciliated podocytes was significantly lower at the maturing glomerulus stage than at the former two stages. In mature glomeruli of adult rats, ciliated podocytes were not found at all (0 ± 0%, n = 11). These findings indicate that the primary cilia gradually disappear in rat podocytes during glomerular development. Since glomerular filtration rate increases during development, the primary cilia on the podocytes are subjected to a stronger bending force. Thus, the disappearance of the primary cilia presumably prevents the entry of excessive calcium-ions via the cilium-associated polycystin complexes and the disturbance of intracellular signaling cascades in mature podocytes. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s00441-010-0983-7) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. PMID:20495826

  1. MAGI-1 Interacts with Nephrin to Maintain Slit Diaphragm Structure through Enhanced Rap1 Activation in Podocytes*

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    Ni, Jie; Bao, Sujin; Johnson, Ruth I.; Zhu, Bingbing; Li, Jianhua; Vadaparampil, Justin; Smith, Christopher M.; Campbell, Kirk N; Grahammer, Florian; Huber, Tobias B.; He, John C.; D'Agati, Vivette D.; Chan, Andrew; Kaufman, Lewis

    2016-01-01

    MAGI-1 is a multidomain cytosolic scaffolding protein that in the kidney is specifically located at the podocyte slit diaphragm, a specialized junction that is universally injured in proteinuric diseases. There it interacts with several essential molecules, including nephrin and neph1, which are required for slit diaphragm formation and as an intracellular signaling hub. Here, we show that diminished MAGI-1 expression in cultured podocytes reduced nephrin and neph1 membrane localization and weakened tight junction integrity. Global magi1 knock-out mice, however, demonstrated normal glomerular histology and function into adulthood. We hypothesized that a second mild but complementary genetic insult might induce glomerular disease susceptibility in these mice. To identify such a gene, we utilized the developing fly eye to test for functional complementation between MAGI and its binding partners. In this way, we identified diminished expression of fly Hibris (nephrin) or Roughest (neph1) as dramatically exacerbating the effects of MAGI depletion. Indeed, when these combinations were studied in mice, the addition of nephrin, but not neph1, heterozygosity to homozygous deletion of MAGI-1 resulted in spontaneous glomerulosclerosis. In cultured podocytes, MAGI-1 depletion reduced intercellular contact-induced Rap1 activation, a pathway critical for proper podocyte function. Similarly, magi1 knock-out mice showed diminished glomerular Rap1 activation, an effect dramatically enhanced by concomitant nephrin haploinsufficiency. Finally, combined overexpression of MAGI-1 and nephrin increased Rap1 activation, but not when substituting a mutant MAGI-1 that cannot bind nephrin. We conclude that the interaction between nephrin and MAGI-1 regulates Rap1 activation in podocytes to maintain long term slit diaphragm structure. PMID:27707879

  2. Cadmium Induces Transcription Independently of Intracellular Calcium Mobilization

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    Tvermoes, Brooke E.; Bird, Gary S.; Freedman, Jonathan H.

    2011-01-01

    Background Exposure to cadmium is associated with human pathologies and altered gene expression. The molecular mechanisms by which cadmium affects transcription remain unclear. It has been proposed that cadmium activates transcription by altering intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and disrupting calcium-mediated intracellular signaling processes. This hypothesis is based on several studies that may be technically problematic; including the use of BAPTA chelators, BAPTA-based fluorescent sensors, and cytotoxic concentrations of metal. Methodology/Principal Finding In the present report, the effects of cadmium on [Ca2+]i under non-cytotoxic and cytotoxic conditions was monitored using the protein-based calcium sensor yellow cameleon (YC3.60), which was stably expressed in HEK293 cells. In HEK293 constitutively expressing YC3.60, this calcium sensor was found to be insensitive to cadmium. Exposing HEK293::YC3.60 cells to non-cytotoxic cadmium concentrations was sufficient to induce transcription of cadmium-responsive genes but did not affect [Ca2+]i mobilization or increase steady-state mRNA levels of calcium-responsive genes. In contrast, exposure to cytotoxic concentrations of cadmium significantly reduced intracellular calcium stores and altered calcium-responsive gene expression. Conclusions/Significance These data indicate that at low levels, cadmium induces transcription independently of intracellular calcium mobilization. The results also support a model whereby cytotoxic levels of cadmium activate calcium-responsive transcription as a general response to metal-induced intracellular damage and not via a specific mechanism. Thus, the modulation of intracellular calcium may not be a primary mechanism by which cadmium regulates transcription. PMID:21694771

  3. Tacrolimus Protects Podocytes from Injury in Lupus Nephritis Partly by Stabilizing the Cytoskeleton and Inhibiting Podocyte Apoptosis.

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    Liao, Ruyi; Liu, Qinghua; Zheng, Zhihua; Fan, Jinjin; Peng, Wenxing; Kong, Qingyu; He, Huijuan; Yang, Shicong; Chen, Wenfang; Tang, Xueqing; Yu, Xueqing

    2015-01-01

    Several studies have reported that tacrolimus (TAC) significantly reduced proteinuria in lupus nephritis (LN) patients and mouse models. However, the mechanism for this effect remains undetermined. This study explored the mechanism of how TAC protects podocytes from injury to identify new targets for protecting renal function. MRL/lpr mice were given TAC at a dosage of 0.1 mg/kg per day by intragastric administration for 8 weeks. Urine and blood samples were collected. Kidney sections (2 μm) were stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE), periodic acid-Schiff base (PAS) and Masson's trichrome stain. Mouse podocyte cells (MPC5) were treated with TAC and/or TGF-β1 for 48 h. The mRNA levels and protein expression of synaptopodin and Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) were determined by real-time PCR, Western blotting and/or immunofluorescence, respectively. Flow cytometry was used to detect cell apoptosis with annexin V. Podocyte foot processes were observed under transmission electron microscopy. IgG and C3 deposition were assessed with immunofluorescence assays and confocal microscopy. Synaptopodin expression significantly decreased in MRL/lpr disease control mice, accompanied by increases in 24-h proteinuria, blood urea nitrogen, and serum creatinine. TAC, however, reduced proteinuria, improved renal function, attenuated renal pathology, restored synaptopodin expression and preserved podocyte numbers. In MPC5 cells, TGF-β1 enhanced F-actin damage in podocytes and TAC stabilized it. TAC also decreased TGF-β1-induced podocyte apoptosis in vitro and inhibited foot process fusion in MRL/lpr mice. In addition, our results also showed TAC inhibited glomerular deposition of IgG and C3. This study demonstrated that TAC reduced proteinuria and preserved renal function in LN through protecting podocytes from injury partly by stabilizing podocyte actin cytoskeleton and inhibiting podocyte apoptosis.

  4. Sirt6 deficiency exacerbates podocyte injury and proteinuria through targeting Notch signaling.

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    Liu, Min; Liang, Kaili; Zhen, Junhui; Zhou, Meng; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Ziying; Wei, Xinbing; Zhang, Yan; Sun, Yu; Zhou, Zhuanli; Su, Hua; Zhang, Chun; Li, Ningjun; Gao, Chengjiang; Peng, Jun; Yi, Fan

    2017-09-04

    Podocyte injury is a major determinant of proteinuric kidney disease and the identification of potential therapeutic targets for preventing podocyte injury has clinical importance. Here, we show that histone deacetylase Sirt6 protects against podocyte injury through epigenetic regulation of Notch signaling. Sirt6 is downregulated in renal biopsies from patients with podocytopathies and its expression correlates with glomerular filtration rate. Podocyte-specific deletion of Sirt6 exacerbates podocyte injury and proteinuria in two independent mouse models, diabetic nephropathy, and adriamycin-induced nephropathy. Sirt6 has pleiotropic protective actions in podocytes, including anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects, is involved in actin cytoskeleton maintenance and promotes autophagy. Sirt6 also reduces urokinase plasminogen activator receptor expression, which is a key factor for podocyte foot process effacement and proteinuria. Mechanistically, Sirt6 inhibits Notch1 and Notch4 transcription by deacetylating histone H3K9. We propose Sirt6 as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of proteinuric kidney disease.Podocytes are essential components of the renal glomerular filtration barrier and podocyte dysfunction leads to proteinuric kidney disease. Here Liu et al. show that Sirt6 protects podocytes from apoptosis and inflammation by increasing autophagic flux through inhibition of the Notch pathway.

  5. The role of Notch signaling in kidney podocytes.

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    Asanuma, Katsuhiko; Oliva Trejo, Juan Alejandro; Tanaka, Eriko

    2017-02-01

    The Notch signaling pathway is a basic cell-to-cell communication mechanism. This pathway is activated by the interaction between Notch receptors and the ligands of adjacent cells. Once activated, Notch receptors are cleaved and the intracellular domains translocate into the nucleus, where the transcription of target genes starts. In the mammalian kidney, Notch receptors are activated during nephrogenesis. Afterwards, in the mature glomeruli, the Notch pathway becomes silent. However, many researchers have reported the activation of Notch receptors in mature podocytes under pathological conditions. In this review, we discuss the role of Notch signaling in podocytes.

  6. Administration of Recombinant Soluble Urokinase Receptor Per Se Is Not Sufficient to Induce Podocyte Alterations and Proteinuria in Mice

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    Cathelin, Dominique; Placier, Sandrine; Ploug, Michael; Verpont, Marie-Christine; Vandermeersch, Sophie; Luque, Yosu; Hertig, Alexandre; Rondeau, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Circulating levels of soluble forms of urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) are generally elevated in sera from children and adults with FSGS compared with levels in healthy persons or those with other types of kidney disease. In mice lacking the gene encoding uPAR, forced increases in suPAR concentration result in FSGS-like glomerular lesions and proteinuria. However, whether overexpression of suPAR, per se, contributes to the pathogenesis of FSGS in humans remains controversial. We conducted an independent set of animal experiments in which two different and well characterized forms of recombinant suPAR produced by eukaryotic cells were administered over the short or long term to wild-type (WT) mice. In accordance with the previous study, the delivered suPARs are deposited in the glomeruli. However, such deposition of either form of suPAR in the kidney did not result in increased glomerular proteinuria or altered podocyte architecture. Our findings suggest that glomerular deposits of suPAR caused by elevated plasma levels are not sufficient to engender albuminuria. PMID:24790179

  7. Sorting Nexin 9 facilitates podocin endocytosis in the injured podocyte

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    Sasaki, Yu; Hidaka, Teruo; Ueno, Takashi; Akiba-Takagi, Miyuki; Trejo, Juan Alejandro Oliva; Seki, Takuto; Nagai-Hosoe, Yoshiko; Tanaka, Eriko; Horikoshi, Satoshi; Tomino, Yasuhiko; Suzuki, Yusuke; Asanuma, Katsuhiko

    2017-01-01

    The irreversibility of glomerulosclerotic changes depends on the degree of podocyte injury. We have previously demonstrated the endocytic translocation of podocin to the subcellular area in severely injured podocytes and found that this process is the primary disease trigger. Here we identified the protein sorting nexin 9 (SNX9) as a novel facilitator of podocin endocytosis in a yeast two-hybrid analysis. SNX9 is involved in clathrin-mediated endocytosis, actin rearrangement and vesicle transport regulation. Our results revealed and confirmed that SNX9 interacts with podocin exclusively through the Bin–Amphiphysin–Rvs (BAR) domain of SNX9. Immunofluorescence staining revealed the expression of SNX9 in response to podocyte adriamycin-induced injury both in vitro and in vivo. Finally, an analysis of human glomerular disease biopsy samples demonstrated strong SNX9 expression and co-localization with podocin in samples representative of severe podocyte injury, such as IgA nephropathy with poor prognosis, membranous nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. In conclusion, we identified SNX9 as a facilitator of podocin endocytosis in severe podocyte injury and demonstrated the expression of SNX9 in the podocytes of both nephropathy model mice and human patients with irreversible glomerular disease. PMID:28266622

  8. Sorting Nexin 9 facilitates podocin endocytosis in the injured podocyte.

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    Sasaki, Yu; Hidaka, Teruo; Ueno, Takashi; Akiba-Takagi, Miyuki; Trejo, Juan Alejandro Oliva; Seki, Takuto; Nagai-Hosoe, Yoshiko; Tanaka, Eriko; Horikoshi, Satoshi; Tomino, Yasuhiko; Suzuki, Yusuke; Asanuma, Katsuhiko

    2017-03-07

    The irreversibility of glomerulosclerotic changes depends on the degree of podocyte injury. We have previously demonstrated the endocytic translocation of podocin to the subcellular area in severely injured podocytes and found that this process is the primary disease trigger. Here we identified the protein sorting nexin 9 (SNX9) as a novel facilitator of podocin endocytosis in a yeast two-hybrid analysis. SNX9 is involved in clathrin-mediated endocytosis, actin rearrangement and vesicle transport regulation. Our results revealed and confirmed that SNX9 interacts with podocin exclusively through the Bin-Amphiphysin-Rvs (BAR) domain of SNX9. Immunofluorescence staining revealed the expression of SNX9 in response to podocyte adriamycin-induced injury both in vitro and in vivo. Finally, an analysis of human glomerular disease biopsy samples demonstrated strong SNX9 expression and co-localization with podocin in samples representative of severe podocyte injury, such as IgA nephropathy with poor prognosis, membranous nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. In conclusion, we identified SNX9 as a facilitator of podocin endocytosis in severe podocyte injury and demonstrated the expression of SNX9 in the podocytes of both nephropathy model mice and human patients with irreversible glomerular disease.

  9. Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and IL-4 expressed during mercury-induced membranous nephropathy are toxic for cultured podocytes.

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    Coers, W; Vos, J T; Van der Meide, P H; Van der Horst, M L; Huitema, S; Weening, J J

    1995-01-01

    The subepithelial immune deposits of Dorus Zadel Black (DZB) rats with mercury-induced membranous nephropathy consist of autoantibodies directed to laminin P1 and of complement. The animals develop massive proteinuria within 10-14 days which is associated with obliteration of foot processes of glomerular visceral epithelial cells (GVEC), or podocytes. Previous studies indicate that these autoantibodies are probably not the sole mediator of proteinuria and GVEC damage. In this study we investigated whether circulating or macrophage-derived cytokines can contribute to the GVEC changes as detected in vivo. In vivo at the height of the proteinuria, increased intraglomerular IFN-gamma immunoreactivity was found. In diseased rats a five-fold increase in intraglomerular macrophages was found, but we could not detect intraglomerular IFN-alpha, IFN-beta, IL-1 beta or tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) by using immunohistology. Subsequently, we exposed cultured GVEC to these cytokines to investigate their cytotoxic effects on several physiological and structural parameters. IFN-gamma and IL-4 were the only cytokines that exerted toxic effects, resulting in a rapidly decreased transepithelial resistance of confluent monolayers, which was closely associated with altered immunoreactivity of the tight junction protein ZO-1. IL-4 also affected vimentin and laminin immunoreactivity. IFN-gamma and IL-4 only interfered with monolayer integrity when added to the basolateral side of the GVEC, indicating specific (receptor-mediated) effects. Only IL-4 decreased the viability of the cells, and treated monolayers demonstrated an increased passage of the 44-kD protein horseradish peroxidase. From our experiments we concluded that IFN-gamma subtly affected monolayer integrity at the level of the tight junctions, and that IL-4 additionally induced cell death. We hypothesize that the toxic effects of the cytokines IFN-gamma and IL-4 as seen with cultured podocytes are necessary

  10. Soluble epoxide hydrolase in podocytes is a significant contributor to renal function under hyperglycemia.

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    Bettaieb, Ahmed; Koike, Shinichiro; Hsu, Ming-Fo; Ito, Yoshihiro; Chahed, Samah; Bachaalany, Santana; Gruzdev, Artiom; Calvo-Rubio, Miguel; Lee, Kin Sing Stephen; Inceoglu, Bora; Imig, John D; Villalba, Jose M; Zeldin, Darryl C; Hammock, Bruce D; Haj, Fawaz G

    2017-11-01

    Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of renal failure, and podocyte dysfunction contributes to the pathogenesis of DN. Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH, encoded by Ephx2) is a conserved cytosolic enzyme whose inhibition has beneficial effects on renal function. The aim of this study is to investigate the contribution of sEH in podocytes to hyperglycemia-induced renal injury. Mice with podocyte-specific sEH disruption (pod-sEHKO) were generated, and alterations in kidney function were determined under normoglycemia, and high-fat diet (HFD)- and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemia. sEH protein expression increased in murine kidneys under HFD- and STZ-induced hyperglycemia. sEH deficiency in podocytes preserved renal function and glucose control and mitigated hyperglycemia-induced renal injury. Also, podocyte sEH deficiency was associated with attenuated hyperglycemia-induced renal endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, inflammation and fibrosis, and enhanced autophagy. Moreover, these effects were recapitulated in immortalized murine podocytes treated with a selective sEH pharmacological inhibitor. Furthermore, pharmacological-induced elevation of ER stress or attenuation of autophagy in immortalized podocytes mitigated the protective effects of sEH inhibition. These findings establish sEH in podocytes as a significant contributor to renal function under hyperglycemia. These data suggest that sEH is a potential therapeutic target for podocytopathies. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Induction of Podocyte VEGF164 Overexpression at Different Stages of Development Causes Congenital Nephrosis or Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome

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    Veron, Delma; Reidy, Kimberly; Marlier, Arnaud; Bertuccio, Claudia; Villegas, Guillermo; Jimenez, Juan; Kashgarian, Michael; Tufro, Alda

    2010-01-01

    The tight regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) signaling is required for both the development and maintenance of the glomerular filtration barrier, but the pathogenic role of excessive amounts of VEGF-A detected in multiple renal diseases remains poorly defined. We generated inducible transgenic mice that overexpress podocyte VEGF164 at any chosen stage of development. In this study, we report the phenotypes that result from podocyte VEGF164 excess during organogenesis and after birth. On doxycycline induction, podocin-rtTA:tet-O-VEGF164 mice express twofold higher kidney VEGF164 levels than single transgenic mice, localized to podocytes. Podocyte VEGF164 overexpression during organogenesis resulted in albuminuria at birth and was associated with glomerulomegaly, uniform podocyte effacement, very few and wide foot processes joined by occluding junctions, almost complete absence of slit diaphragms, and swollen endothelial cells with few fenestrae as revealed by transmission electron microscopy. Podocyte VEGF164 overexpression after birth caused massive albuminuria in 70% of 2-week-old mice, glomerulomegaly, and minimal changes on light microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy showed podocyte effacement and fusion and morphologically normal endothelial cells. Podocyte VEGF164 overexpression induced nephrin down-regulation without podocyte loss. VEGF164-induced abnormalities were reversible on removal of doxycycline and were unresponsive to methylprednisolone. Collectively, the data suggest that moderate podocyte VEGF164 overexpression during organogenesis results in congenital nephrotic syndrome, whereas VEGF164 overexpression after birth induces a steroid-resistant minimal change like-disease in mice. PMID:20829436

  12. Targeting podocyte-associated diseases.

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    Leeuwis, Jan Willem; Nguyen, Tri Q; Dendooven, Amélie; Kok, Robbert J; Goldschmeding, Roel

    2010-11-30

    Injury to the podocytes is the initiating cause of many renal diseases, leading to proteinuria with possible progression to end-stage renal disease. Podocytes are highly specialized cells, with an important role in maintaining the glomerular filtration barrier and producing growth factors for both mesangial cells and endothelial cells. With their foot processes they cover the glomerular basement membrane, and form slit diaphragms with neighboring podocytes. Human podocytopathies include focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis, minimal change disease, membranous nephropathy, collapsing glomerulopathy and diabetic nephropathy. Research in the last two decades has demonstrated great progress in understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to podocytopathies. These include single gene defects in slit diaphragm proteins, but also discovery of apoptotic, enzymatic and other pathways involved in podocyte injury. With this progress, a great number of animal models is now available to study either specific podocytopathies, e.g. in mouse models with single gene mutations, or more general podocyte injury patterns, such as the lipopolysaccharide or protamine sulfate model of foot process effacement. In this review, the morphology of the glomerulus will be discussed, with a focus on the podocyte, its interactions with surrounding cells, and the highly differentiated slit diaphragm separating the apical from the basal membrane. We also provide an overview of human podocytopathies and animal models to study these diseases. In the last part we discuss targeted therapies addressing pathways and proteins affected in podocyte injury.

  13. Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-l1 activity induces polyubiquitin accumulation in podocytes and increases proteinuria in rat membranous nephropathy.

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    Meyer-Schwesinger, Catherine; Meyer, Tobias N; Sievert, Henning; Hoxha, Elion; Sachs, Marlies; Klupp, Eva-Maria; Münster, Silvia; Balabanov, Stefan; Carrier, Lucie; Helmchen, Udo; Thaiss, Friedrich; Stahl, Rolf A K

    2011-05-01

    Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1), a key protease of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), is associated with neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Recently, de novo expression of UCH-L1 was described in podocytes in patients with membranous nephropathy (MN), in which UCH-L1 expression correlated with increased ubiquitin content. The objective of the present study was to investigate the role of UCH-L1 in ubiquitin homeostasis and proteasomal degradation in a rat model of MN. After disease induction, UCH-L1 expression increased in podocytes and coincided with decreased glomerular monoubiquitin content. After an initial increase in proteasomal activity, the UPS was impaired. In addition to an increase of ubiquitin in podocytes, aggregates were observed 1 year after disease induction, as in MN in human beings. Inhibition of UCH-L1 hydrolase function in MN reduced UPS impairment and ameliorated proteinuria. In contrast, inhibition of proteasomal activity enhanced UPS impairment, resulting in increased proteinuria. Stable UCH-L1 overexpression in cultured podocytes resulted in accumulation of monoubiquitin and polyubiquitin proteins. In contrast, stable knock-down of UCH-L1 reduced monoubiquitin and polyubiquitin proteins and significantly increased proteasomal activity, indicating that the observed effects in rat MN also occurred in cultured podocytes. These data demonstrate that UCH-L1 activity results in polyubiquitin accumulation, proteasome inhibition, and disease aggravation in experimental models of MN.

  14. Influenza vaccine induces intracellular immune memory of human NK cells.

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    Dou, Yaling; Fu, Binqing; Sun, Rui; Li, Wenting; Hu, Wanfu; Tian, Zhigang; Wei, Haiming

    2015-01-01

    Influenza vaccines elicit antigen-specific antibodies and immune memory to protect humans from infection with drift variants. However, what supports or limits vaccine efficacy and duration is unclear. Here, we vaccinated healthy volunteers with annual vaccine formulations and investigated the dynamics of T cell, natural killer (NK) cell and antibody responses upon restimulation with heterologous or homologous influenza virus strains. Influenza vaccines induced potential memory NK cells with increased antigen-specific recall IFN-γ responses during the first 6 months. In the absence of significant changes in other NK cell markers (CD45RO, NKp44, CXCR6, CD57, NKG2C, CCR7, CD62L and CD27), influenza vaccines induced memory NK cells with the distinct feature of intracellular NKp46 expression. Indeed, surface NKp46 was internalized, and the dynamic increase in NKp46(intracellular)+CD56dim NK cells positively correlated with increased IFN-γ production to influenza virus restimulation after vaccination. In addition, anti-NKp46 antibodies blocked IFN-γ responses. These findings provide insights into a novel mechanism underlying vaccine-induced immunity and NK-related diseases, which may help to design persisting and universal vaccines in the future.

  15. Formation of tight junctions between neighboring podocytes is an early ultrastructural feature in experimental crescentic glomerulonephritis

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    Succar, Lena; Boadle, Ross A; Harris, David C; Rangan, Gopala K

    2016-01-01

    Purpose In crescentic glomerulonephritis (CGN), the development of cellular bridges between podocytes and parietal epithelial cells (PECs) triggers glomerular crescent formation. However, the sequential changes in glomerular ultrastructure in CGN are not well defined. This study investigated the time course of glomerular ultrastructure in experimental CGN. Methods Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed using kidney samples from rats with nephrotoxic serum nephritis (NSN) from day 1 to day 14. Morphometric analysis was conducted on randomly selected glomeruli captured on TEM digital images. Results On day 1 of NSN, there was widespread formation of focal contacts between the cell bodies of neighboring podocytes, and tight junctions were evident at the site of cell-to-cell contact. This was confirmed by the increased expression of the tight junction molecule, zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), which localized to the points of podocyte cell–cell body contact. On day 2, the interpodocyte distance decreased and the glomerular basement membrane thickness increased. Foot process effacement (FPE) was segmental on day 3 and diffuse by day 5, accompanied by the formation of podocyte cellular bridges with Bowman’s capsule, as confirmed by a decrease in podocyte-to-PEC distance. Fibrinoid necrosis and cellular crescents were evident in all glomeruli by days 7 and 14. In vitro, the exposure of podocytes to macrophage-conditioned media altered cellular morphology and caused an intracellular redistribution of ZO-1. Conclusion The formation of tight junctions between podocytes is an early ultrastructural abnormality in CGN, preceding FPE and podocyte bridge formation and occurring in response to inflammatory injury. Podocyte-to-podocyte tight junction formation may be a compensatory mechanism to maintain the integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier following severe endocapillary injury. PMID:27920570

  16. NFAT2 inhibitor ameliorates diabetic nephropathy and podocyte injury in db/db mice

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    Zhang, Li; Li, Ruizhao; Shi, Wei; Liang, Xinling; Liu, Shuangxin; Ye, Zhiming; Yu, Chunping; Chen, Yuanhan; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Wenjian; Lai, Yuxiong; Ma, Jianchao; Li, Zhuo; Tan, Xiaofan

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Podocyte injury plays a key role in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). We have recently shown that 11R-VIVIT, an inhibitor of cell-permeable nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NFAT), attenuates podocyte apoptosis induced by high glucose in vitro. However, it is not known whether 11R-VIVIT has a protective effect on DN, especially podocyte injury, under in vivo diabetic conditions. Hence, we examined the renoprotective effects of 11R-VIVIT in diabetic db/db mice and the possible mechanisms underlying its protective effects on podocyte injury in vivo and in vitro. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Type 2 diabetic db/db mice received i.p. injections of 11R-VIVIT (1 mg·kg−1) three times a week and were killed after 8 weeks. Immortalized mouse podocytes were cultured under different experimental conditions. KEY RESULTS 11R-VIVIT treatment markedly attenuated the albuminuria in diabetic db/db mice and also alleviated mesangial matrix expansion and podocyte injury. However, body weight, food and water intake, and glucose levels were unaffected. It also attenuated the increased NFAT2 activation and enhanced urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPA receptor) expression in glomerulor podocytes. In cultured podocytes, the increased nuclear accumulation of NFAT2 and uPA receptor expression induced by high glucose treatment was prevented by 11R-VIVIT or NFAT2-knockdown; this was accompanied by improvements in the filtration barrier function of the podocyte monolayer. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS The NFAT inhibitor 11R-VIVIT might be a useful therapeutic strategy for protecting podocytes and treating DN. The calcinerin/NFAT2/uPA receptor signalling pathway should be exploited as a therapeutic target for protecting podocytes from injury in DN. PMID:23826864

  17. Angiotensin II has acute effects on TRPC6 channels in podocytes of freshly isolated glomeruli

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    Ilatovskaya, Daria V.; Palygin, Oleg; Chubinskiy-Nadezhdin, Vladislav; Negulyaev, Yuri A.; Ma, Rong; Birnbaumer, Lutz; Staruschenko, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    A key role for podocytes in the pathogenesis of proteinuric renal diseases has been established. Angiotensin II causes depolarization and increased intracellular calcium concentration in podocytes; members of the cation TRPC channels family, particularly TRPC6, are proposed as proteins responsible for calcium flux. Angiotensin II evokes calcium transient through TRPC channels and mutations in the gene encoding the TRPC6 channel result in the development of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Here we examined the effects of angiotensin II on intracellular calcium ion levels and endogenous channels in intact podocytes of freshly isolated decapsulated mouse glomeruli. An ion channel with distinct TRPC6 properties was identified in wild type, but was absent in TRPC6 knockout mice. Single channel electrophysiological analysis found that angiotensin II acutely activated native TRPC-like channels in both podocytes of freshly isolated glomeruli and TRPC6 channels transiently overexpressed in CHO cells; the effect was mediated by changes in the channel open probability. Angiotensin II evoked intracellular calcium transients in the wild type podocytes, which was blunted in TRPC6 knockout glomeruli. Pan-TRPC inhibitors gadolinium and SKF 96365 reduced the response in wild type glomerular epithelial cells, whereas the transient in TRPC6 knockout animals was not affected. Thus, angiotensin II-dependent activation of TRPC6 channels in podocytes may have a significant role in the development of kidney diseases. PMID:24646854

  18. APOL1 risk variants enhance podocyte necrosis through compromising lysosomal membrane permeability

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    Lan, Xiqian; Jhaveri, Aakash; Cheng, Kang; Wen, Hongxiu; Saleem, Moin A.; Mathieson, Peter W.; Mikulak, Joanna; Aviram, Sharon; Malhotra, Ashwani; Skorecki, Karl

    2014-01-01

    Development of higher rates of nondiabetic glomerulosclerosis (GS) in African Americans has been attributed to two coding sequence variants (G1 and G2) in the APOL1 gene. To date, the cellular function and the role of APOL1 variants (Vs) in GS are still unknown. In this study, we examined the effects of overexpressing wild-type (G0) and kidney disease risk variants (G1 and G2) of APOL1 in human podocytes using a lentivirus expression system. Interestingly, G0 inflicted podocyte injury only at a higher concentration; however, G1 and G2 promoted moderate podocyte injury at lower and higher concentrations. APOL1Vs expressing podocytes displayed diffuse distribution of both Lucifer yellow dye and cathepsin L as manifestations of enhanced lysosomal membrane permeability (LMP). Chloroquine attenuated the APOL1Vs-induced increase in podocyte injury, consistent with targeting lysosomes. The chloride channel blocker DIDS prevented APOL1Vs- induced injury, indicating a role for chloride influx in osmotic swelling of lysosomes. Direct exposure of noninfected podocytes with conditioned media from G1- and G2-expressing podocytes also induced injury, suggesting a contributory role of the secreted component of G1 and G2 as well. Adverse host factors (AHFs) such as hydrogen peroxide, hypoxia, TNF-α, and puromycin aminonucleoside augmented APOL1- and APOL1Vs-induced podocyte injury, while the effect of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on podocyte injury was overwhelming under conditions of APOLVs expression. We conclude that G0 and G1 and G2 APOL1 variants have the potential to induce podocyte injury in a manner which is further augmented by AHFs, with HIV infection being especially prominent. PMID:24899058

  19. Transient light-induced intracellular oxidation revealed by redox biosensor

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    Kolossov, Vladimir L.; Beaudoin, Jessica N.; Hanafin, William P.; DiLiberto, Stephen J.; Kenis, Paul J.A.; Rex Gaskins, H.

    2013-10-04

    Highlights: •Time-resolved live cell imaging revealed light-induced oxidation. •Only the roGFP probe fused with glutaredoxin reveals photooxidation. •The transient oxidation is rapidly reduced by the cytosolic antioxidant system. •Intracellular photooxidation is media-dependent. •Oxidation is triggered exclusively by exposure to short wavelength excitation. -- Abstract: We have implemented a ratiometric, genetically encoded redox-sensitive green fluorescent protein fused to human glutaredoxin (Grx1-roGFP2) to monitor real time intracellular glutathione redox potentials of mammalian cells. This probe enabled detection of media-dependent oxidation of the cytosol triggered by short wavelength excitation. The transient nature of light-induced oxidation was revealed by time-lapse live cell imaging when time intervals of less than 30 s were implemented. In contrast, transient ROS generation was not observed with the parental roGFP2 probe without Grx1, which exhibits slower thiol-disulfide exchange. These data demonstrate that the enhanced sensitivity of the Grx1-roGFP2 fusion protein enables the detection of short-lived ROS in living cells. The superior sensitivity of Grx1-roGFP2, however, also enhances responsiveness to environmental cues introducing a greater likelihood of false positive results during image acquisition.

  20. A new role for the neuronal ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) in podocyte process formation and podocyte injury in human glomerulopathies.

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    Meyer-Schwesinger, C; Meyer, T N; Münster, S; Klug, P; Saleem, M; Helmchen, U; Stahl, R A K

    2009-02-01

    Glomerular epithelial cell (podocyte) injury is characterized by foot process retraction, slit diaphragm reorganization, and degradation of podocyte-specific proteins. However, the mechanisms underlying podocyte injury are largely unknown. The ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) is a key modulator of ubiquitin modification in neurons. Like neurons, UCH-L1 expression was associated with an undifferentiated status in cultured human podocytes, whereas differentiation and arborization decreased UCH-L1 and monoUb expression. Inhibition of UCH-L1 induced time and concentration-dependent process formation with alpha-actinin-4 distribution to the cell membrane and processes. An immunohistochemical approach was used to evaluate whether UCH-L1 expression was associated with podocyte injury in 15 different human glomerular diseases. Whereas normal kidneys expressed no UCH-L1 and little ubiquitin, a subset of human glomerulopathies associated with podocyte foot process effacement (membranous nephropathy, SLE class V, FSGS) de novo expressed UCH-L1 in podocyte cell bodies, nuclei, and processes. Interestingly, UCH-L1 expression correlated with podocyte ubiquitin content and internalization of the podocyte-specific proteins nephrin and alpha-actinin-4. In contrast, minimal change glomerulonephritis, a reversible disease, demonstrated minimal UCH-L1 and ubiquitin expression with intact alpha-actinin-4 but internalized nephrin. Glomerular kidney diseases typically not associated with foot process effacement (SLE class IV, ANCA+ necrotizing GN, amyloidosis, IgA nephritis) expressed intermediate to no UCH-L1 and ubiquitin. These studies show a role for UCH-L1 and ubiquitin modification in podocyte differentiation and injury.

  1. Podocyte hypertrophy precedes apoptosis under experimental diabetic conditions.

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    Lee, Sun Ha; Moon, Sung Jin; Paeng, Jisun; Kang, Hye-Young; Nam, Bo Young; Kim, Seonghun; Kim, Chan Ho; Lee, Mi Jung; Oh, Hyung Jung; Park, Jung Tak; Han, Seung Hyeok; Yoo, Tae-Hyun; Kang, Shin-Wook

    2015-08-01

    Podocyte hypertrophy and apoptosis are two hallmarks of diabetic glomeruli, but the sequence in which these processes occur remains a matter of debate. Here we investigated the effects of inhibiting hypertrophy on apoptosis, and vice versa, in both podocytes and glomeruli, under diabetic conditions. Hypertrophy and apoptosis were inhibited using an epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor (PKI 166) and a pan-caspase inhibitor (zAsp-DCB), respectively. We observed significant increases in the protein expression of p27, p21, phospho-eukaryotic elongation factor 4E-binding protein 1, and phospho-p70 S6 ribosomal protein kinase, in both cultured podocytes exposed to high-glucose (HG) medium, and streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus (DM) rat glomeruli. These increases were significantly inhibited by PKI 166, but not by zAsp-DCB. In addition, the amount of protein per cell, the relative cell size, and the glomerular volume were all significantly increased under diabetic conditions, and these changes were also blocked by treatment with PKI 166, but not zAsp-DCB. Increased protein expression of cleaved caspase-3 and cleaved poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase, together with increased Bax/Bcl-2 ratios, were also observed in HG-stimulated podocytes and DM glomeruli. Treatment with either zAsp-DCB or PKI 166 resulted in a significant attenuation of these effects. Both PKI 166 and zAsp-DCB also inhibited the increase in number of apoptotic cells, as assessed by Hoechst 33342 staining and TUNEL assay. Under diabetic conditions, inhibition of podocyte hypertrophy results in attenuated apoptosis, whereas blocking apoptosis has no effect on podocyte hypertrophy, suggesting that podocyte hypertrophy precedes apoptosis.

  2. eNOS Deficiency Predisposes Podocytes to Injury in Diabetes

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    Yuen, Darren A.; Stead, Bailey E.; Zhang, Yanling; White, Kathryn E.; Kabir, M. Golam; Thai, Kerri; Advani, Suzanne L.; Connelly, Kim A.; Takano, Tomoko; Zhu, Lei; Cox, Alison J.; Kelly, Darren J.; Gibson, Ian W.; Takahashi, Takamune; Harris, Raymond C.

    2012-01-01

    Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) deficiency may contribute to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy in both experimental models and humans, but the underlying mechanism is not fully understood. Here, we studied two common sequelae of endothelial dysfunction in diabetes: glomerular capillary growth and effects on neighboring podocytes. Streptozotocin-induced diabetes increased glomerular capillary volume in both C57BL/6 and eNOS−/− mice. Inhibiting the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor attenuated albuminuria in diabetic C57BL/6 mice but not in diabetic eNOS−/− mice, even though it inhibited glomerular capillary enlargement in both. In eNOS−/− mice, an acute podocytopathy and heavy albuminuria occurred as early as 2 weeks after inducing diabetes, but treatment with either captopril or losartan prevented these effects. In vitro, serum derived from diabetic eNOS−/− mice augmented actin filament rearrangement in cultured podocytes. Furthermore, conditioned medium derived from eNOS−/− glomerular endothelial cells exposed to both high glucose and angiotensin II activated podocyte RhoA. Taken together, these results suggest that the combined effects of eNOS deficiency and hyperglycemia contribute to podocyte injury, highlighting the importance of communication between endothelial cells and podocytes in diabetes. Identifying mediators of this communication may lead to the future development of therapies targeting endothelial dysfunction in albuminuric individuals with diabetes. PMID:22997257

  3. IFN-inducible GTPases and immunity to intracellular pathogens.

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    MacMicking, John D

    2004-11-01

    By eliciting host antimicrobial programs in nearly all nucleated cells interferons (IFNs) help orchestrate the innate immune response of mammals to a diverse array of microbial pathogens. Recent work has highlighted the complexity of this transcriptional repertoire and the emergence of several families of IFN-inducible guanosine 5' triphosphatases (GTPases)--p47, guanylate-binding protein (GBP), Mx and very large inducible GTPases (VLIG)--that subsume pathogen-specific roles. Such specificity arises from a combination of both the type and timing of inductive stimuli, target-cell population, subcellular binding partners and the infectious agent encountered. Evolution of different GTPase families to combat compartmentalized versus cytosolic pathogens reveals a hitherto unexpected level of intracellular discrimination during vertebrate host defense.

  4. Cyclin-dependent kinase 2 protects podocytes from apoptosis

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    Saurus, Pauliina; Kuusela, Sara; Dumont, Vincent; Lehtonen, Eero; Fogarty, Christopher L.; Lassenius, Mariann I.; Forsblom, Carol; Lehto, Markku; Saleem, Moin A.; Groop, Per-Henrik; Lehtonen, Sanna

    2016-01-01

    Loss of podocytes is an early feature of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and predicts its progression. We found that treatment of podocytes with sera from normoalbuminuric type 1 diabetes patients with high lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activity, known to predict progression of DN, downregulated CDK2 (cyclin-dependent kinase 2). LPS-treatment of mice also reduced CDK2 expression. LPS-induced downregulation of CDK2 was prevented in vitro and in vivo by inhibiting the Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway using immunomodulatory agent GIT27. We also observed that CDK2 is downregulated in the glomeruli of obese Zucker rats before the onset of proteinuria. Knockdown of CDK2, or inhibiting its activity with roscovitine in podocytes increased apoptosis. CDK2 knockdown also reduced expression of PDK1, an activator of the cell survival kinase Akt, and reduced Akt phosphorylation. This suggests that CDK2 regulates the activity of the cell survival pathway via PDK1. Furthermore, PDK1 knockdown reduced the expression of CDK2 suggesting a regulatory loop between CDK2 and PDK1. Collectively, our data show that CDK2 protects podocytes from apoptosis and that reduced expression of CDK2 associates with the development of DN. Preventing downregulation of CDK2 by blocking the TLR pathway with GIT27 may provide a means to prevent podocyte apoptosis and progression of DN. PMID:26876672

  5. Podocyte Injury and Albuminuria in Experimental Hyperuricemic Model Rats

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    Asakawa, Shinichiro; Morimoto, Chikayuki; Shiraishi, Takeshi; Nakamura, Takashi; Tamura, Yoshifuru; Kumagai, Takanori; Hosoyamada, Makoto

    2017-01-01

    Although hyperuricemia is shown to accelerate chronic kidney disease, the mechanisms remain unclear. Accumulating studies also indicate that uric acid has both pro- and antioxidant properties. We postulated that hyperuricemia impairs the function of glomerular podocytes, resulting in albuminuria. Hyperuricemic model was induced by oral administration of 2% oxonic acid, a uricase inhibitor. Oxonic acid caused a twofold increase in serum uric acid levels at 8 weeks when compared to control animals. Hyperuricemia in this model was associated with the increase in blood pressure and the wall-thickening of afferent arterioles as well as arcuate arteries. Notably, hyperuricemic rats showed significant albuminuria, and the podocyte injury marker, desmin, was upregulated in the glomeruli. Conversely, podocin, the key component of podocyte slit diaphragm, was downregulated. Structural analysis using transmission electron microscopy confirmed podocyte injury in this model. We found that urinary 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine levels were significantly increased and correlated with albuminuria and podocytopathy. Interestingly, although the superoxide dismutase mimetic, tempol, ameliorated the vascular changes and the hypertension, it failed to reduce albuminuria, suggesting that vascular remodeling and podocyte injury in this model are mediated through different mechanisms. In conclusion, vasculopathy and podocytopathy may distinctly contribute to the kidney injury in a hyperuricemic state. PMID:28337250

  6. Fluid flow shear stress upregulates prostanoid receptor EP2 but not EP4 in murine podocytes.

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    Srivastava, Tarak; McCarthy, Ellen T; Sharma, Ram; Kats, Alexander; Carlton, Carol G; Alon, Uri S; Cudmore, Patricia A; El-Meanawy, Ashraf; Sharma, Mukut

    2013-01-01

    Podocytes in the glomerular filtration barrier regulate the passage of plasma proteins into urine. Capillary pressure and ultrafiltration impact the structure and function of podocytes. The mechanism of podocyte injury by fluid flow shear stress (FFSS) from hyperfiltration in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not completely understood. Recently, we demonstrated increased synthesis of prostaglandin E2 in podocytes exposed to FFSS. Here, we determine the effect of FFSS on prostanoid receptors EP1-EP4 in cultured podocytes and in Os/+ mouse kidney, a model of hyperfiltration. Results of RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, immunoblotting and immunofluorescence studies indicate that cultured podocytes express EP1, EP2 and EP4 but not EP3. FFSS resulted in upregulated expression of only EP2 in podocytes. Kidney immunostaining showed significantly increased expression of EP2 in Os/+ mice compared with littermate controls. These novel results suggest that EP2 may be responsible for mediating podocyte injury from hyperfiltration-induced augmented FFSS in CKD.

  7. Podocyte-associated talin1 is critical for glomerular filtration barrier maintenance

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    Tian, Xuefei; Kim, Jin Ju; Monkley, Susan M.; Gotoh, Nanami; Nandez, Ramiro; Soda, Keita; Inoue, Kazunori; Balkin, Daniel M.; Hassan, Hossam; Son, Sung Hyun; Lee, Yashang; Moeckel, Gilbert; Calderwood, David A.; Holzman, Lawrence B.; Critchley, David R.; Zent, Roy; Reiser, Jochen; Ishibe, Shuta

    2014-01-01

    Podocytes are specialized actin-rich epithelial cells that line the kidney glomerular filtration barrier. The interface between the podocyte and the glomerular basement membrane requires integrins, and defects in either α3 or β1 integrin, or the α3β1 ligand laminin result in nephrotic syndrome in murine models. The large cytoskeletal protein talin1 is not only pivotal for integrin activation, but also directly links integrins to the actin cytoskeleton. Here, we found that mice lacking talin1 specifically in podocytes display severe proteinuria, foot process effacement, and kidney failure. Loss of talin1 in podocytes caused only a modest reduction in β1 integrin activation, podocyte cell adhesion, and cell spreading; however, the actin cytoskeleton of podocytes was profoundly altered by the loss of talin1. Evaluation of murine models of glomerular injury and patients with nephrotic syndrome revealed that calpain-induced talin1 cleavage in podocytes might promote pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. Furthermore, pharmacologic inhibition of calpain activity following glomerular injury substantially reduced talin1 cleavage, albuminuria, and foot process effacement. Collectively, these findings indicate that podocyte talin1 is critical for maintaining the integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier and provide insight into the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. PMID:24531545

  8. Shiga Toxin Promotes Podocyte Injury in Experimental Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome via Activation of the Alternative Pathway of Complement

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    Locatelli, Monica; Buelli, Simona; Pezzotta, Anna; Corna, Daniela; Perico, Luca; Tomasoni, Susanna; Rottoli, Daniela; Rizzo, Paola; Conti, Debora; Thurman, Joshua M.; Remuzzi, Giuseppe; Zoja, Carlamaria

    2014-01-01

    Shiga toxin (Stx)–producing Escherichia coli is the offending agent of postdiarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disorder of glomerular ischemic damage and widespread microvascular thrombosis. We previously documented that Stx induces glomerular complement activation, generating C3a responsible for microvascular thrombosis in experimental HUS. Here, we show that the presence of C3 deposits on podocytes is associated with podocyte damage and loss in HUS mice generated by the coinjection of Stx2 and LPS. Because podocyte adhesion to the glomerular basement membrane is mediated by integrins, the relevance of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) signals in podocyte dysfunction was evaluated. Podocyte expression of ILK increased after the injection of Stx2/LPS and preceded the upregulation of Snail and downregulation of nephrin and α-actinin-4. Factor B deficiency or pretreatment with an inhibitory antibody to factor B protected mice against Stx2/LPS-induced podocyte dysregulation. Similarly, pretreatment with a C3a receptor antagonist limited podocyte loss and changes in ILK, Snail, and α-actinin-4 expression. In cultured podocytes, treatment with C3a reduced α-actinin-4 expression and promoted ILK-dependent nuclear expression of Snail and cell motility. These results suggest that Stx-induced activation of the alternative pathway of complement and generation of C3a promotes ILK signaling, leading to podocyte dysfunction and loss in Stx-HUS. PMID:24578132

  9. Autophagy Induced by Intracellular Infection of Propionibacterium acnes

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    Nakamura, Teruko; Furukawa, Asuka; Uchida, Keisuke; Ogawa, Tomohisa; Tamura, Tomoki; Sakonishi, Daisuke; Wada, Yuriko; Suzuki, Yoshimi; Ishige, Yuki; Minami, Junko; Akashi, Takumi

    2016-01-01

    Background Sarcoidosis is caused by Th1-type immune responses to unknown agents, and is linked to the infectious agent Propionibacterium acnes. Many strains of P. acnes isolated from sarcoid lesions cause intracellular infection and autophagy may contribute to the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis. We examined whether P. acnes induces autophagy. Methods Three cell lines from macrophages (Raw264.7), mesenchymal cells (MEF), and epithelial cells (HeLa) were infected by viable or heat-killed P. acnes (clinical isolate from sarcoid lymph node) at a multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 100 or 1000 for 1 h. Extracellular bacteria were killed by washing and culturing infected cells with antibiotics. Samples were examined by colony assay, electron-microscopy, and fluorescence-microscopy with anti-LC3 and anti-LAMP1 antibodies. Autophagy-deficient (Atg5-/-) MEF cells were also used. Results Small and large (≥5 μm in diameter) LC3-positive vacuoles containing few or many P. acnes cells (LC3-positive P. acnes) were frequently found in the three cell lines when infected by viable P. acnes at MOI 1000. LC3-positive large vacuoles were mostly LAMP1-positive. A few small LC3-positive/LAMP1-negative vacuoles were consistently observed in some infected cells for 24 h postinfection. The number of LC3-positive P. acnes was decreased at MOI 100 and completely abolished when heat-killed P. acnes was used. LC3-positive P. acnes was not found in autophagy-deficient Atg5-/- cells where the rate of infection was 25.3 and 17.6 times greater than that in wild-type Atg5+/+ cells at 48 h postinfection at MOI 100 and 1000, respectively. Electron-microscopic examination revealed bacterial cells surrounded mostly by a single-membrane including the large vacuoles and sometimes a double or multi-layered membrane, with occasional undigested bacterial cells in ruptured late endosomes or in the cytoplasm. Conclusion Autophagy was induced by intracellular P. acnes infection and contributed to intracellular

  10. β-Arrestin-1 Drives Endothelin-1–Mediated Podocyte Activation and Sustains Renal Injury

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    Buelli, Simona; Rosanò, Laura; Gagliardini, Elena; Corna, Daniela; Longaretti, Lorena; Pezzotta, Anna; Perico, Luca; Conti, Sara; Rizzo, Paola; Novelli, Rubina; Morigi, Marina; Zoja, Carlamaria; Remuzzi, Giuseppe; Bagnato, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Activation of endothelin-A receptor (ETAR) by endothelin-1 (ET-1) drives epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in ovarian tumor cells through β-arrestin signaling. Here, we investigated whether this pathogenetic pathway could affect podocyte phenotype in proliferative glomerular disorders. In cultured mouse podocytes, ET-1 caused loss of the podocyte differentiation marker synaptopodin and acquisition of the mesenchymal marker α-smooth muscle actin. ET-1 promoted podocyte migration via ETAR activation and increased β-arrestin-1 expression. Activated ETAR recruited β-arrestin-1 to form a trimeric complex with Src leading to epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) transactivation and β-catenin phosphorylation, which promoted gene transcription of Snail. Increased Snail expression fostered ET-1–induced migration as confirmed by Snail knockdown experiments. Silencing of β-arrestin-1 prevented podocyte phenotypic changes and motility and inhibited ETAR-driven signaling. In vitro findings were confirmed in doxorubicin (Adriamycin)-induced nephropathy. Mice receiving Adriamycin developed renal injury with loss of podocytes and hyperplastic lesion formation; β-arrestin-1 expression increased in visceral podocytes and in podocytes entrapped in pseudo-crescents. Administration of the selective ETAR antagonist sitaxsentan prevented podocyte loss, formation of the hyperplastic lesions, and normalized expression of glomerular β-arrestin-1 and Snail. Increased β-arrestin-1 levels in podocytes retrieved from crescents of patients with proliferative glomerulopathies confirmed the translational relevance of these findings and suggest the therapeutic potential of ETAR antagonism for a group of diseases still needing a specific treatment. PMID:24371298

  11. The subtypes of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors expressed by human podocytes and their role in decreasing podocyte injury

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    Miglio, Gianluca; Rosa, Arianna Carolina; Rattazzi, Lorenza; Grange, Cristina; Collino, Massimo; Camussi, Giovanni; Fantozzi, Roberto

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated transcription factors, and three subtypes (α, β and γ) have been identified. PPAR activation has been reported to decrease renal injury and markers of glomerular dysfunction in models of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). However, both the I/R effects and the effects of PPAR agonists on podocytes, an integral cellular part of the glomerular filtration barrier, remain to be established. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH By using oxygen/glucose deprivation-reoxygenation as an in vitro model that mimics in vivo I/R, the effects of PPAR agonists on podocyte death were compared. Human immortalized podocytes were treated with gemfibrozil, GW0742, pioglitazone or rosiglitazone, as a single or repeated challenge. Cell loss, necrotic and apoptotic cell death were measured. KEY RESULTS Only the repeated treatment with each PPAR agonist significantly prevented cell death, mainly by decreasing apoptosis. In comparison, in a model of serum deprivation-induced apoptosis, both treatments were effective, although the repeated treatment achieved the more pronounced effect. Finally, our results showed that preservation of Bcl-2, Bax and nephrin expression accompanied the anti-apoptotic effects exerted by PPAR agonists in human podocytes. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS These findings contribute to clarification of the pathophysiological role of renal PPARs and suggest that selective PPARα, PPARβ or PPARγ agonists may exert similar protective effects on podocytes by decreasing apoptotic cell death. PMID:20840470

  12. The subtypes of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors expressed by human podocytes and their role in decreasing podocyte injury.

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    Miglio, Gianluca; Rosa, Arianna Carolina; Rattazzi, Lorenza; Grange, Cristina; Collino, Massimo; Camussi, Giovanni; Fantozzi, Roberto

    2011-01-01

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated transcription factors, and three subtypes (α, β and γ) have been identified. PPAR activation has been reported to decrease renal injury and markers of glomerular dysfunction in models of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). However, both the I/R effects and the effects of PPAR agonists on podocytes, an integral cellular part of the glomerular filtration barrier, remain to be established. By using oxygen/glucose deprivation-reoxygenation as an in vitro model that mimics in vivo I/R, the effects of PPAR agonists on podocyte death were compared. Human immortalized podocytes were treated with gemfibrozil, GW0742, pioglitazone or rosiglitazone, as a single or repeated challenge. Cell loss, necrotic and apoptotic cell death were measured. Only the repeated treatment with each PPAR agonist significantly prevented cell death, mainly by decreasing apoptosis. In comparison, in a model of serum deprivation-induced apoptosis, both treatments were effective, although the repeated treatment achieved the more pronounced effect. Finally, our results showed that preservation of Bcl-2, Bax and nephrin expression accompanied the anti-apoptotic effects exerted by PPAR agonists in human podocytes. These findings contribute to clarification of the pathophysiological role of renal PPARs and suggest that selective PPARα, PPARβ or PPARγ agonists may exert similar protective effects on podocytes by decreasing apoptotic cell death. © 2010 The Authors. British Journal of Pharmacology © 2010 The British Pharmacological Society.

  13. Purinergic modulation of glucose uptake into cultured rat podocytes: effect of diabetic milieu.

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    Karczewska, Joanna; Piwkowska, Agnieszka; Rogacka, Dorota; Stępiński, Jan; Angielski, Stefan; Jankowski, Maciej

    2011-01-14

    Extracellular purines act via P1 and P2 receptors on podocytes and may influence on their function. This action may be modified under various (patho)physiological conditions leading to development of podocytopathy. Aim of study was to investigate effects of diabetic milieu, represented by high glucose concentration (HG, 30 mM glucose) on purinergic-induced changes of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) uptake and on extracellular purines metabolism in cultured rat podocytes. Basal 2-DG uptake was 2.7-fold enhanced in HG compared to normal glucose concentration, NG (1271 ± 86 vs. 477 ± 37 nmol/h/mg protein, P<0.001). ATP stimulated 2-DG uptake by 44 ± 4% and 29 ± 5% in NG and HG, respectively. ATP analogues, β, γ-methylene ATP and 2-methylthio ATP stimulated 2-DG uptake in range of 18-34% in NG and 16-17% in HG. Benzoylbenzoyl ATP increased 2-DG uptake about 24 ± 2% in NG however, its effect in HG reached 50 ± 1%. The antagonists of P2 receptors (suramin, reactive blue 2, PPADS) decreased basal 2-DG uptake in NG and HG; suramin and reactive blue 2 at average of 15 ± 4% in NG but in HG the effect was in following order: suramin 28 ± 3%; PPADS 20 ± 3% and RB-2 9 ± 0.9%. Extracellular adenosine concentration was higher in HG than in NG (0.48 ± 0.01 vs. 5.05 ± 0.39 μM, P < 0.05), however intracellular ATP content and extracellular ATP concentration were not affected. Neither ecto-ATPase nor ecto-5'-nucleotidase activities were affected in HG. In conclusion, diabetic milieu affects purinergic modulation of glucose transport into podocytes which may play a role in development of diabetic podocytopathy. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Rare earth nanoparticles prevent retinal degeneration induced by intracellular peroxides:

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    Chen, Junping; Patil, Swanand; Seal, Sudipta; McGinnis, James F.

    2006-11-01

    Photoreceptor cells are incessantly bombarded with photons of light, which, along with the cells' high rate of oxygen metabolism, continuously exposes them to elevated levels of toxic reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs). Vacancy-engineered mixed-valence-state cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria particles) scavenge ROIs. Our data show that nanoceria particles prevent increases in the intracellular concentrations of ROIs in primary cell cultures of rat retina and, in vivo, prevent loss of vision due to light-induced degeneration of photoreceptor cells. These data indicate that the nanoceria particles may be effective in inhibiting the progression of ROI-induced cell death, which is thought to be involved in macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other blinding diseases, as well as the ROI-induced death of other cell types in diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, stroke and so on. The use of nanoceria particles as a direct therapy for multiple diseases represents a novel strategy and suggests that they may represent a unique platform technology.

  15. Single-channel Analysis and Calcium Imaging in the Podocytes of the Freshly Isolated Glomeruli.

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    Ilatovskaya, Daria V; Palygin, Oleg; Levchenko, Vladislav; Staruschenko, Alexander

    2015-06-27

    Podocytes (renal glomerular epithelial cells) are known to regulate glomerular permeability and maintain glomerular structure; a key role for these cells in the pathogenesis of various renal diseases has been established since podocyte injury leads to proteinuria and foot process effacement. It was previously reported that various endogenous agents may cause a dramatic overload in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in podocytes, presumably leading to albuminuria, and this likely occurs via calcium-conducting ion channels. Therefore, it appeared important to study calcium handling in the podocytes both under normal conditions and in various pathological states. However, available experimental approaches have remained somewhat limited to cultured and transfected cells. Although they represent a good basic model for such studies, they are essentially extracted from the native environment of the glomerulus. Here we describe the methodology of studying podocytes as a part of the freshly isolated whole glomerulus. This preparation retains the functional potential of the podocytes, which are still attached to the capillaries; therefore, podocytes remain in the environment that conserves the major parts of the glomeruli filtration apparatus. The present manuscript elaborates on two experimental approaches that allow 1) real-time detection of calcium concentration changes with the help of ratiometric confocal fluorescence microscopy, and 2) the recording of the single ion channels activity in the podocytes of the freshly isolated glomeruli. These methodologies utilize the advantages of the native environment of the glomerulus that enable researchers to resolve acute changes in the intracellular calcium handling in response to applications of various agents, measure basal concentration of calcium within the cells (for instance, to evaluate disease progression), and assess and manipulate calcium conductance at the level of single ion channels.

  16. Single-channel Analysis and Calcium Imaging in the Podocytes of the Freshly Isolated Glomeruli

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    Ilatovskaya, Daria V.; Palygin, Oleg; Levchenko, Vladislav; Staruschenko, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Podocytes (renal glomerular epithelial cells) are known to regulate glomerular permeability and maintain glomerular structure; a key role for these cells in the pathogenesis of various renal diseases has been established since podocyte injury leads to proteinuria and foot process effacement. It was previously reported that various endogenous agents may cause a dramatic overload in intracellular Ca2+ concentration in podocytes, presumably leading to albuminuria, and this likely occurs via calcium-conducting ion channels. Therefore, it appeared important to study calcium handling in the podocytes both under normal conditions and in various pathological states. However, available experimental approaches have remained somewhat limited to cultured and transfected cells. Although they represent a good basic model for such studies, they are essentially extracted from the native environment of the glomerulus. Here we describe the methodology of studying podocytes as a part of the freshly isolated whole glomerulus. This preparation retains the functional potential of the podocytes, which are still attached to the capillaries; therefore, podocytes remain in the environment that conserves the major parts of the glomeruli filtration apparatus. The present manuscript elaborates on two experimental approaches that allow 1) real-time detection of calcium concentration changes with the help of ratiometric confocal fluorescence microscopy, and 2) the recording of the single ion channels activity in the podocytes of the freshly isolated glomeruli. These methodologies utilize the advantages of the native environment of the glomerulus that enable researchers to resolve acute changes in the intracellular calcium handling in response to applications of various agents, measure basal concentration of calcium within the cells (for instance, to evaluate disease progression), and assess and manipulate calcium conductance at the level of single ion channels. PMID:26167808

  17. Mechanotransduction Signaling in Podocytes from Fluid Flow Shear Stress.

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    Srivastava, Tarak; Dai, Hongying; Heruth, Daniel P; Alon, Uri S; Garola, Robert E; Zhou, Jianping; Duncan, R Scott; El-Meanawy, Ashraf; McCarthy, Ellen T; Sharma, Ram; Johnson, Mark L; Savin, Virginia J; Sharma, Mukut

    2017-09-06

    Recently we and others have found that hyperfiltration-associated increase in biomechanical forces, namely tensile stress and fluid flow shear stress (FFSS) can directly and distinctly alter podocyte structure and function. The ultrafiltrate flow over the major processes and cell body generates FFSS to podocyte. Our previous work suggests that COX2-PGE2-EP2 axis plays an important role in mechanoperception of FFSS in podocyte (Srivastava et al. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 307: F1323-F1333, 2014). To address mechanotransduction of the perceived mechanical stimulus through EP2 receptor, cultured podocytes were exposed to FFSS (2 dynes/cm2) for 2hrs. Total RNA from cells at the end of treatment, 2h post-FFSS and 24h post-FFSS was used for whole exon array analysis. The differentially regulated genes (p<0.01) were analyzed using bioinformatics tools Enrichr and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis to predict pathways/ molecules. Candidate pathways were validated using Western blot analysis, and then further confirmed to be resulting from a direct effect of PGE2 on podocytes. Results show that FFSS-induced mechanotransduction as well as exogenous PGE2 activate the Akt-GSK3β-β-catenin (Ser552) and ERK/MAPK but not the cAMP-PKA signal transduction cascades. These pathways are reportedly associated with FFSS-induced and EP2-mediated signaling in other epithelial cells as well. Current regimen for treating hyperfiltration-mediated injury largely depends on targeting the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System. Present study identifies specific transduction mechanisms and provides novel information on the direct effect of FFSS on podocytes. These results suggest that targeting EP2 receptor-mediated signaling pathways holds therapeutic significance for delaying progression chronic kidney disease secondary to hyperfiltration. Copyright © 2017, American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

  18. Triptolide Attenuates Podocyte Injury by Regulating Expression of miRNA-344b-3p and miRNA-30b-3p in Rats with Adriamycin-Induced Nephropathy

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    Jiang, Chun-Bo; Wei, Ming-Gang; Tu, Yue; Zhu, Hao; Li, Chun-Qing; Jing, Wei-Min; Sun, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Objectives. We investigated the action of triptolide in rats with adriamycin-induced nephropathy and evaluated the possible mechanisms underlying its protective effect against podocyte injury. Methods. In total, 30 healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into three groups (normal group, model group, and triptolide group). On days 7, 28, 42, and 56, 24 h urine samples were collected. All rats were sacrificed on day 56, and their blood and renal tissues were collected for determination of biochemical and molecular biological parameters. Expression of miRNAs in the renal cortex was analyzed by a biochip assay and RT-PCR was used to confirm observed differences in miRNA levels. Results. Triptolide decreased proteinuria, improved renal function without apparent adverse effects on the liver, and alleviated renal pathological lesions. Triptolide also elevated the nephrin protein level. Furthermore, levels of miR-344b-3p and miR-30b-3p were elevated in rats with adriamycin-induced nephropathy, while triptolide treatment reversed the increase in the expression of these two miRNAs. Conclusions. These results suggest that triptolide may attenuate podocyte injury in rats with adriamycin-induced nephropathy by regulating expression of miRNA-344b-3p and miRNA-30b-3p. PMID:26078766

  19. Sirtuin1 Maintains Actin Cytoskeleton by Deacetylation of Cortactin in Injured Podocytes

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    Motonishi, Shuta; Wada, Takehiko; Ishimoto, Yu; Ohse, Takamoto; Matsusaka, Taiji; Kubota, Naoto; Shimizu, Akira; Kadowaki, Takashi; Tobe, Kazuyuki

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have highlighted the renoprotective effect of sirtuin1 (SIRT1), a deacetylase that contributes to cellular regulation. However, the pathophysiologic role of SIRT1 in podocytes remains unclear. Here, we investigated the function of SIRT1 in podocytes. We first established podocyte-specific Sirt1 knockout (SIRT1pod−/−) mice. We then induced glomerular disease by nephrotoxic serum injection. The increase in urinary albumin excretion and BUN and the severity of glomerular injury were all significantly greater in SIRT1pod−/− mice than in wild-type mice. Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence showed a significant decrease in podocyte-specific proteins in SIRT1pod−/− mice, and electron microscopy showed marked exacerbation of podocyte injury, including actin cytoskeleton derangement in SIRT1pod−/− mice compared with wild-type mice. Protamine sulfate-induced podocyte injury was also exacerbated by podocyte-specific SIRT1 deficiency. In vitro, actin cytoskeleton derangement in H2O2-treated podocytes became prominent when the cells were pretreated with SIRT1 inhibitors. Conversely, this H2O2-induced derangement was ameliorated by SIRT1 activation. Furthermore, SIRT1 activation deacetylated the actin-binding and -polymerizing protein cortactin in the nucleus and facilitated deacetylated cortactin localization in the cytoplasm. Cortactin knockdown or inhibition of the nuclear export of cortactin induced actin cytoskeleton derangement and dissociation of cortactin from F-actin, suggesting the necessity of cytoplasmic cortactin for maintenance of the actin cytoskeleton. Taken together, these findings indicate that SIRT1 protects podocytes and prevents glomerular injury by deacetylating cortactin and thereby, maintaining actin cytoskeleton integrity. PMID:25424328

  20. Fluvastatin attenuated the effect of expression of β1 integrin in PAN-treated podocytes by inhibiting reactive oxygen species.

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    Liu, Jia; Zhang, Bo; Chai, Yuping; Xu, Yaguang; Xing, Changying; Wang, Xiaoyun

    2015-01-01

    It is well accepted that β1 integrin plays a key role in maintaining normal podocytes form and functions; however, its mechanism of the potential protective effect remains unclear. Furthermore, the investigation and understanding of the non-lipid-dependent renal protection of Statins in addition to well-known lipid-lowering effect may provide the therapeutic utility and ultimately improve clinical outcome for patients with renal diseases. In the present study, we investigated the effect and mechanism of fluvastatin (FLV) on the expression of β1 integrin in puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-treated podocytes in vitro. Cultured human podocytes were treated with PAN, and/or different concentrations of FLV (1 × 10(-8)-1 × 10(-5 )mol/l), superoxide dismutase (SOD), or H2O2, respectively. The expression of β1 integrin and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in human podocytes under each experimental condition was evaluated by western blot, RT-PCR, and 2'7'-dichlorofluorescein 3'6'-diacetate, respectively. The viability of podocytes was also assessed by MTT colorimetry in the present study. The expression of β1 integrin was significantly decreased, and the synthesis of ROS was significantly increased in podocytes following either PAN or H2O2 treatment (p < 0.05). The up-regulation of β1 integrin and down-regulation of ROS were also observed in PAN-treated podocytes following lower concentrations of FLV or SOD treatment (p < 0.05, respectively). The cytotoxicity data derived from MTT assay revealed that lower podocyte viability was found in the presence of higher concentrations of FLV, PAN, or H2O2. Lower concentration of FLV or SOD can protect podocytes from being impaired by PAN treatment. FLV attenuated the podocyte injury induced by PAN and increased the production of β1 integrin in human podocytes in vitro. This underlying mechanism of FLV may be through inhibiting the activity of ROS in human podocytes.

  1. Enzymatic disease of the podocyte

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    Kistler, Andreas D.; Peev, Vasil; Forst, Anna-Lena; El Hindi, Shafic; Altintas, Mehmet M.

    2014-01-01

    Proteinuria is an early sign of kidney disease and has gained increasing attention over the past decade because of its close association with cardio-vascular and renal morbidity and mortality. Podocytes have emerged as the cell type that is critical in maintaining proper functioning of the kidney filter. A few genes have been identified that explain genetic glomerular failure and recent insights shed light on the pathogenesis of acquired proteinuric diseases. This review highlights the unique role of the cysteine protease cathepsin L as a regulatory rather than a digestive protease and its action on podocyte structure and function. We provide arguments why many glomerular diseases can be regarded as podocyte enzymatic disorders. PMID:20130922

  2. Resveratrol protects podocytes against apoptosis via stimulation of autophagy in a mouse model of diabetic nephropathy

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    Huang, Shan-Shan; Ding, Da-Fa; Chen, Sheng; Dong, Cheng-Long; Ye, Xiao-Long; Yuan, Yang-Gang; Feng, Ya-Min; You, Na; Xu, Jia-Rong; Miao, Heng; You, Qiang; Lu, Xiang; Lu, Yi-Bing

    2017-01-01

    Podocyte apoptosis coincides with albuminuria onset and precedes podocytopenia in diabetic nephropathy. However, there is a lack of effective therapeutic drugs to protect podocytes from apoptosis. Here, we demonstrated that resveratrol relieved a series of indicators of diabetic nephropathy and attenuated apoptosis of podocytes in db/db diabetic model mice. In addition, resveratrol induced autophagy in both db/db mice and human podocytes. Furthermore, inhibition of autophagy by 3-methyladenine (3-MA) and autophagy gene 5 (Atg5) short hairpin RNA (shRNA) reversed the protective effects of resveratrol on podocytes. Finally, we found that resveratrol might regulate autophagy and apoptosis in db/db mice and podocytes through the suppression of microRNA-383-5p (miR-383-5p). Together, our results indicate that resveratrol effectively attenuates high glucose-induced apoptosis via the activation of autophagy in db/db mice and podocytes, which involves miR-383-5p. Thus, this study reveals a new possible strategy to treat diabetic nephropathy. PMID:28374806

  3. Increase in intracellular Zn2+ concentration by thimerosal in rat thymocytes: intracellular Zn2+ release induced by oxidative stress.

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    Hashimoto, Erika; Oyama, Toshihisa B; Oyama, Keisuke; Nishimura, Yumiko; Oyama, Tomohiro M; Ueha-Ishibashi, Toshiko; Okano, Yoshiro; Oyama, Yasuo

    2009-09-01

    Thimerosal (TMR), an ethylmercury-containing preservative in pharmaceutical products, was recently reported to increase intracellular Zn(2+) concentration. Therefore, some health concerns about the toxicity of TMR remain because of physiological and pathological roles of Zn(2+). To reveal the property of TMR-induced increase in intracellular Zn(2+) concentration, the effect of TMR on FluoZin-3 fluorescence, an indicator of intracellular Zn(2+), of rat thymocytes was examined. TMR at concentrations ranging from 0.3 microM to 10 microM increased the intensity of FluoZin-3 fluorescence in a concentration-dependent manner under external Ca(2+)- and Zn(2+)-free condition. The threshold concentration was 0.3-1 microM. The increase in the intensity was significant when TMR concentration was 1 microM or more. N,N,N',N'-Tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN), a chelator for intracellular Zn(2+), completely attenuated the TMR-induced augmentation of FluoZin-3 fluorescence. Hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and N-ethylmaleimide, reducing cellular thiol content, significantly increased FluoZin-3 fluorescence intensity and decreased 5-chloromethylfluorescein (5-CMF) fluorescence intensity, an indicator for cellular thiol. The correlation coefficient between TMR-induced augmentation of FluoZin-3 fluorescence and attenuation of 5-CMF fluorescence was -0.882. TMR also attenuated the 5-CMF fluorescence in the presence of TPEN. Simultaneous application of H(2)O(2) and TMR synergistically augmented the FluoZin-3 fluorescence. It is suggested that TMR increases intracellular Zn(2+) concentration via decreasing cellular thiol content.

  4. TRPC6 channel as an emerging determinant of the podocyte injury susceptibility in kidney diseases.

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    Ilatovskaya, Daria V; Staruschenko, Alexander

    2015-09-01

    Podocytes (terminally differentiated epithelial cells of the glomeruli) play a key role in the maintenance of glomerular structure and permeability and in the incipiency of various renal abnormalities. Injury to podocytes is considered a major contributor to the development of kidney disease as their loss causes proteinuria and progressive glomerulosclerosis. The physiological function of podocytes is critically dependent on proper intracellular calcium handling; excessive calcium influx in these cells may result in the effacement of foot processes, apoptosis, and subsequent glomeruli damage. One of the key proteins responsible for calcium flux in the podocytes is transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 6 (TRPC6); a gain-of-function mutation in TRPC6 has been associated with the onset of the familial forms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Recent data also revealed a critical role of this channel in the onset of diabetic nephropathy. Therefore, major efforts of the research community have been recently dedicated to unraveling the TRPC6-dependent effects in the initiation of podocyte injury. This mini-review focuses on the TRPC6 channel in podocytes and colligates recent data in an attempt to shed some light on the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of TRPC6-mediated glomeruli damage and its potential role as a therapeutic target for the treatment of chronic kidney diseases.

  5. ACTIVATION OF NALP3 INFLAMMASOMES TURNS ON PODOCYTE INJURY AND GLOMERULAR SCLEROSIS IN HYPERHOMOCYSTEINEMIA

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    Zhang, Chun; Boini, Krishna M.; Xia, Min; Abais, Justine M.; Li, Xiang; Liu, Qinglian; Li, Pin-Lan

    2013-01-01

    Inflammasome is a multiprotein complex consisting of Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NALP 3), apoptosis-associated speck-like protein (ASC), and caspase-1 or 5, which functions to switch on the inflammatory process. The present study hypothesized that the formation and activation of NALP3 inflammasomes turn on podocyte injury leading to glomerulosclerosis during hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcys). RT-PCR and Western blot analysis demonstrated that murine podocytes expressed three essential components of NALP3 inflammasome complex, namely, NALP3, ASC and caspase-1. Treatment of podocytes with L-homocysteine (L-Hcys) induced the formation of NALP3 inflammasome complex, increase in caspase-1 activity, podocyte cytoskeleton rearrangement and decreased production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from podocytes, which were all blocked by silencing the ASC gene or inhibiting caspase-1 activity. In mice with hHcys induced by feeding them a folate-free (FF) diet, NALP3 inflammasome formation and activation in glomerular podocytes were detected at an early stage, as shown by confocal microscopy, size exclusion chromatography of the assembled inflammasome complex and increased interleukin-1β (IL-1β) production in glomeruli. Locally silencing the ASC gene in the kidney significantly reduced NALP3 inflammasome formation and IL-1β production in glomeruli of mice with hHcys. Pathologically, hHcys-associated albuminuria, foot process effacement of podocytes, loss of podocyte slit diaphragm molecules, and glomerulosclerosis at the late stage were significantly improved by local ASC gene silencing or by caspase-1 inhibition. In conclusion, NALP3 inflammasome formation and activation upon stimulation of Hcys is an important molecular mechanism triggering podocyte injury and ultimately resulting in glomerulosclerosis in hHcys. PMID:22647887

  6. Interconnected Network Motifs Control Podocyte Morphology and Kidney Function

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    Azeloglu, Evren U.; Hardy, Simon V.; Eungdamrong, Narat John; Chen, Yibang; Jayaraman, Gomathi; Chuang, Peter Y.; Fang, Wei; Xiong, Huabao; Neves, Susana R.; Jain, Mohit R.; Li, Hong; Ma’ayan, Avi; Gordon, Ronald E.; He, John Cijiang; Iyengar, Ravi

    2014-01-01

    Podocytes are kidney cells with specialized morphology that is required for glomerular filtration. Diseases, such as diabetes, or drug exposure that causes disruption of the podocyte foot process morphology results in kidney pathophysiology. Proteomic analysis of glomeruli isolated from rats with puromycin-induced kidney disease and control rats indicated that protein kinase A (PKA), which is activated by adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate (cAMP), is a key regulator of podocyte morphology and function. In podocytes, cAMP signaling activates cAMP response element–binding protein (CREB) to enhance expression of the gene encoding a differentiation marker, synaptopodin, a protein that associates with actin and promotes its bundling. We constructed and experimentally verified a β-adrenergic receptor–driven network with multiple feedback and feedforward motifs that controls CREB activity. To determine how the motifs interacted to regulate gene expression, we mapped multicompartment dynamical models, including information about protein subcellular localization, onto the network topology using Petri net formalisms. These computational analyses indicated that the juxtaposition of multiple feedback and feedforward motifs enabled the prolonged CREB activation necessary for synaptopodin expression and actin bundling. Drug-induced modulation of these motifs in diseased rats led to recovery of normal morphology and physiological function in vivo. Thus, analysis of regulatory motifs using network dynamics can provide insights into pathophysiology that enable predictions for drug intervention strategies to treat kidney disease. PMID:24497609

  7. Local TNF causes NFATc1-dependent cholesterol-mediated podocyte injury

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    Pedigo, Christopher E.; Ducasa, Gloria Michelle; Leclercq, Farah; Sloan, Alexis; Hashmi, Tahreem; Molina-David, Judith; Ge, Mengyuan; Lassenius, Mariann I.; Groop, Per-Henrik; Kretzler, Matthias; Martini, Sebastian; Reich, Heather; Wahl, Patricia; Ghiggeri, GianMarco; Burke, George W.; Kretz, Oliver; Huber, Tobias B.; Mendez, Armando J.; Merscher, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    High levels of circulating TNF and its receptors, TNFR1 and TNFR2, predict the progression of diabetic kidney disease (DKD), but their contribution to organ damage in DKD remains largely unknown. Here, we investigated the function of local and systemic TNF in podocyte injury. We cultured human podocytes with sera collected from DKD patients, who displayed elevated TNF levels, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) patients, whose TNF levels resembled those of healthy patients. Exogenous TNF administration or local TNF expression was equally sufficient to cause free cholesterol–dependent apoptosis in podocytes by acting through a dual mechanism that required a reduction in ATP-binding cassette transporter A1–mediated (ABCA1-mediated) cholesterol efflux and reduced cholesterol esterification by sterol-O-acyltransferase 1 (SOAT1). TNF-induced albuminuria was aggravated in mice with podocyte-specific ABCA1 deficiency and was partially prevented by cholesterol depletion with cyclodextrin. TNF-stimulated free cholesterol–dependent apoptosis in podocytes was mediated by nuclear factor of activated T cells 1 (NFATc1). ABCA1 overexpression or cholesterol depletion was sufficient to reduce albuminuria in mice with podocyte-specific NFATc1 activation. Our data implicate an NFATc1/ABCA1-dependent mechanism in which local TNF is sufficient to cause free cholesterol–dependent podocyte injury irrespective of TNF, TNFR1, or TNFR2 serum levels. PMID:27482889

  8. Silencing of Histone Deacetylase 9 Expression in Podocytes Attenuates Kidney Injury in Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Liu, Feng; Zong, Ming; Wen, Xiaofei; Li, Xuezhu; Wang, Jun; Wang, Yi; Jiang, Wei; Li, Xiaojun; Guo, Zhongliang; Qi, Hualin

    2016-01-01

    Podocyte dysfunction is important in the onset and development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Histone deacetylases (HDACs) have been recently proved to play critical roles in the pathogenesis of DN. As one subtype of the class IIa HDACs, HDAC9 is capable to repress/de-repress their target genes in tumor, inflammation, atherosclerosis and metabolic diseases. In the present study, we investigate whether HDAC9 is involved in the pathophysiologic process of DN, especially the podocyte injury. Firstly, we explored the expression patterns and localization of HDAC9 and found that HDAC9 expression was significantly up-regulated in high glucose (HG)-treated mouse podocytes, as well as kidney tissues from diabetic db/db mice and patients with DN. Secondly, knockdown of HDAC9 in mouse podocytes significantly suppressed HG-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, cell apoptosis and inflammation through JAK2/STAT3 pathway and reduced the podocytes injury by decreasing the expression levels of Nephrin and Podocin. Moreover, in diabetic db/db mice, silencing of HDAC9 attenuated the glomerulosclerosis, inflammatory cytokine release, podocyte apoptosis and renal injury. Collectively, these data indicate that HDAC9 may be involved in the process of DN, especially podocyte injury. Our study suggest that inhibition of HDAC9 may have a therapeutic potential in DN treatment. PMID:27633396

  9. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling Mediated-UCH-L1 Expression in Podocytes of Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Luo, Weili; Sun, Yonghong; Qiao, Yanchun; Zhang, Liying; Zhao, Zhilian; Lv, Shijun

    2016-01-01

    Increasing studies identified podocyte injury as a key early risk factor resulting in diabetic nephropathy (DN). The ubiquitin carboxy-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCH-L1) participates in podocyte differentiation and injury, which is elevated in the podocytes of a variety of nephritis. Whether UCH-L1 expression is positively related to podocyte injury of DN remains unclear. In this study, elevated expression of UCH-L1 and its intrinsic mechanism in high glucose (HG)-stimulated murine podocytes were investigated using western blot and real-time quantitative PCR. Kidney biopsies of DN patients and health individuals were stained by immunofluorescence (IF) method. The morphological and functional changes of podocytes were tested by F-actin staining and cell migration assay. Results demonstrated that HG induced upregulation of UCH-L1 and activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in podocytes. However, blocking of the Wnt pathway by dickkopf related protein 1 (DKK1) eliminated the above changes. Furthermore, IF staining confirmed that, compared with healthy individuals, the expression of UCH-L1 and β-catenin were obviously increased in kidney biopsy of DN patients. Overexpression of UCH-L1 remodeled its actin cytoskeleton, increased its cell migration and impacted its important proteins. All the findings manifested that Wnt/β-catenin/UCH-L1 may be a new potential therapy method in the treatment of DN in future. PMID:27571062

  10. Rtn1a-Mediated Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Podocyte Injury and Diabetic Nephropathy.

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    Fan, Ying; Zhang, Jing; Xiao, Wenzhen; Lee, Kyung; Li, Zhengzhe; Wen, Jiejun; He, Li; Gui, Dingkun; Xue, Rui; Jian, Guihua; Sheng, Xiaohua; He, John Cijiang; Wang, Niansong

    2017-03-23

    We previously reported a critical role of reticulon (RTN) 1A in mediating endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in kidney tubular cells and the expression of RTN1A correlates with the renal function and the severity of kidney injury in patients with diabetic nephropathy (DN). Here, we determined the roles of RTN1A and ER stress in podocyte injury and DN. We used db/db mice with early unilateral nephrectomy (Unx) as a murine model of progressive DN and treated mice with tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), a specific inhibitor of ER stress. We found increased expression of RTN1A and ER stress markers in the kidney of db/db-Unx mice. Treatment of TUDCA not only attenuated proteinuria and kidney histological changes, but also ameliorated podocyte and glomeruli injury in diabetic mice, which were associated with reduction of RTN1A and ER stress marker expression in the podocytes of TUDCA-treated mice. In vitro, we showed RTN1A mediates albumin-induced ER stress and apoptosis in human podocytes. A positive feedback loop between RTN1A and CHOP was found leading to an enhanced ER stress in podocytes. Our data suggest that ER stress plays a major role in podocyte injury in DN and RTN1A might be a key regulator of ER stress in podocytes.

  11. YAP-mediated mechanotransduction determines the podocyte's response to damage.

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    Rinschen, Markus M; Grahammer, Florian; Hoppe, Ann-Kathrin; Kohli, Priyanka; Hagmann, Henning; Kretz, Oliver; Bertsch, Sabine; Höhne, Martin; Göbel, Heike; Bartram, Malte P; Gandhirajan, Rajesh Kumar; Krüger, Marcus; Brinkkoetter, Paul-Thomas; Huber, Tobias B; Kann, Martin; Wickström, Sara A; Benzing, Thomas; Schermer, Bernhard

    2017-04-11

    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. Although the activities of YAP and its ortholog TAZ are activated by mechanical stress in most cell types, injury reduced YAP and TAZ activity in cultured human and mouse podocyte cell lines grown on stiff substrates. Culturing these cells on soft matrix or inhibiting stress fiber formation recapitulated the damage-induced YAP up-regulation observed in vivo, indicating a mechanotransduction-dependent mechanism of YAP activation in podocytes. YAP overexpression in cultured podocytes increased the abundance of extracellular matrix-related proteins that can contribute to fibrosis. YAP activity was increased in mouse models of diabetic nephropathy, and the YAP target CTGF was highly expressed in renal biopsies from glomerular disease patients. Although overexpression of human YAP in mice induced mild proteinuria, pharmacological inhibition of the interaction between YAP and its partner TEAD in rats ameliorated glomerular disease and reduced damage-induced mechanosignaling in the glomeruli. Thus, perturbation of YAP-dependent mechanosignaling is a potential therapeutic target for treating some glomerular diseases. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  12. Podocyte p53 Limits the Severity of Experimental Alport Syndrome

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    Fukuda, Ryosuke; Suico, Mary Ann; Kai, Yukari; Omachi, Kohei; Motomura, Keishi; Koga, Tomoaki; Komohara, Yoshihiro; Koyama, Kosuke; Yokota, Tsubasa; Taura, Manabu; Shuto, Tsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    Alport syndrome (AS) is one of the most common types of inherited nephritis caused by mutation in one of the glomerular basement membrane components. AS is characterized by proteinuria at early stage of the disease and glomerular hyperplastic phenotype and renal fibrosis at late stage. Here, we show that global deficiency of tumor suppressor p53 significantly accelerated AS progression in X-linked AS mice and decreased the lifespan of these mice. p53 protein expression was detected in 21-week-old wild-type mice but not in age-matched AS mice. Expression of proinflammatory cytokines and profibrotic genes was higher in p53+/− AS mice than in p53+/+ AS mice. In vitro experiments revealed that p53 modulates podocyte migration and positively regulates the expression of podocyte-specific genes. We established podocyte-specific p53 (pod-p53)-deficient AS mice, and determined that pod-p53 deficiency enhanced the AS-induced renal dysfunction, foot process effacement, and alteration of gene-expression pattern in glomeruli. These results reveal a protective role of p53 in the progression of AS and in maintaining glomerular homeostasis by modulating the hyperplastic phenotype of podocytes in AS. PMID:25967122

  13. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D(3) Inhibits Podocyte uPAR Expression and Reduces Proteinuria

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    Liu, Shuangxin; Xie, Shaoting; Yang, Yun; Ma, Juan; Deng, Yujun; Wang, Wenjian; Xu, Lixia; Li, Ruizhao; Zhang, Li; Yu, Chunping; Shi, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Background Accumulating studies have demonstrated that 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25(OH)2D3) reduces proteinuria and protects podocytes from injury. Recently, urokinase receptor (uPAR) and its soluble form have been shown to cause podocyte injury and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Here, our findings showed that 1,25(OH)2D3 did inhibit podocyte uPAR expression and attenuate proteinuria and podocyte injury. Methodology/Principal Findings In this study, the antiproteinuric effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 was examined in the lipopolysaccharide mice model of transient proteinuria (LPS mice) and in the 5/6 nephrectomy rat FSGS model(NTX rats). uPAR protein expression were tested by flow cytometry, immune cytochemistry and western blot analysis, and uPAR mRNA expression by real-time quantitative PCR in cultured podocytes and kidney glomeruli isolated from mice and rats. Podocyte motility was observed by transwell migration assay and wound healing assay. Podocyte foot processes effacement was identified by transmission electron microscopy. We found that 1,25(OH)2D3 inhibited podocyte uPAR mRNA and protein synthesis in LPS-treated podocytes, LPS mice and NTX rats, along with 1,25(OH)2D3 reducing proteinuria in NTX rats and LPS mice.1,25(OH)2D3 reduced glomerulosclerosis in NTX rats and alleviated podocyte foot processes effacement in LPS mice. Transwell migration assay and wound healing assay showed that LPS-induced podocyte motility, irrespective of random or directed motility, were substantially reduced by 1,25(OH)2D3. Conclusions/Significance Our results demonstrated that 1,25(OH)2D3 inhibited podocyte uPAR expression in vitro and in vivo, which may be an unanticipated off target effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 and explain its antiproteinuric effect in the 5/6 nephrectomy rat FSGS model and the LPS mouse model of transient proteinuria. PMID:23741418

  14. Regulation of podocyte survival and endoplasmic reticulum stress by fatty acids.

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    Sieber, Jonas; Lindenmeyer, Maja Tamara; Kampe, Kapil; Campbell, Kirk Nicholas; Cohen, Clemens David; Hopfer, Helmut; Mundel, Peter; Jehle, Andreas Werner

    2010-10-01

    Apoptosis of podocytes is considered critical in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Free fatty acids (FFAs) are critically involved in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type 2, in particular the regulation of pancreatic β cell survival. The objectives of this study were to elucidate the role of palmitic acid, palmitoleic, and oleic acid in the regulation of podocyte cell death and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. We show that palmitic acid increases podocyte cell death, both apoptosis and necrosis of podocytes, in a dose and time-dependent fashion. Palmitic acid induces podocyte ER stress, leading to an unfolded protein response as reflected by the induction of the ER chaperone immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP) and proapoptotic C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) transcription factor. Of note, the monounsaturated palmitoleic and oleic acid can attenuate the palmitic acid-induced upregulation of CHOP, thereby preventing cell death. Similarly, gene silencing of CHOP protects against palmitic acid-induced podocyte apoptosis. Our results offer a rationale for interventional studies aimed at testing whether dietary shifting of the FFA balance toward unsaturated FFAs can delay the progression of DN.

  15. Regulation of podocyte survival and endoplasmic reticulum stress by fatty acids

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    Sieber, Jonas; Lindenmeyer, Maja Tamara; Kampe, Kapil; Campbell, Kirk Nicholas; Cohen, Clemens David; Hopfer, Helmut; Mundel, Peter

    2010-01-01

    Apoptosis of podocytes is considered critical in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Free fatty acids (FFAs) are critically involved in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type 2, in particular the regulation of pancreatic β cell survival. The objectives of this study were to elucidate the role of palmitic acid, palmitoleic, and oleic acid in the regulation of podocyte cell death and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. We show that palmitic acid increases podocyte cell death, both apoptosis and necrosis of podocytes, in a dose and time-dependent fashion. Palmitic acid induces podocyte ER stress, leading to an unfolded protein response as reflected by the induction of the ER chaperone immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP) and proapoptotic C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) transcription factor. Of note, the monounsaturated palmitoleic and oleic acid can attenuate the palmitic acid-induced upregulation of CHOP, thereby preventing cell death. Similarly, gene silencing of CHOP protects against palmitic acid-induced podocyte apoptosis. Our results offer a rationale for interventional studies aimed at testing whether dietary shifting of the FFA balance toward unsaturated FFAs can delay the progression of DN. PMID:20668104

  16. Astragaloside IV Attenuates Podocyte Apoptosis Mediated by Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress through Upregulating Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2 Expression in Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Guo, Hengjiang; Cao, Aili; Chu, Shuang; Wang, Yi; Zang, Yingjun; Mao, Xiaodong; Wang, Hao; Wang, Yunman; Liu, Cheng; Zhang, Xuemei; Peng, Wen

    2016-01-01

    Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of diabetes. This protein has been recognized as a potential target for diabetic therapy. In this study, we identified astragaloside IV (AS-IV) as a potent modulator of SERCA inhibiting renal injury in diabetic status. Increasing doses of AS-IV (2, 6, and 18 mg kg-1 day-1) were administered intragastrically to db/db mice for 8 weeks. Biochemical and histopathological approaches were conducted to evaluate the therapeutic effects of AS-IV. Cultured mouse podocytes were used to further explore the underlying mechanism in vitro. AS-IV dose-dependently increased SERCA activity and SERCA2 expression, and suppressed ER stress-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in db/db mouse kidney. AS-IV also normalized glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, improved renal function, and ameliorated glomerulosclerosis and renal inflammation in db/db mice. In palmitate stimulated podocytes, AS-IV markedly improved inhibitions of SERCA activity and SERCA2 expression, restored intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis, and attenuated podocyte apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner with a concomitant abrogation of ER stress as evidenced by the downregulation of GRP78, cleaved ATF6, phospho-IRE1α and phospho-PERK, and the inactivation of both ER stress-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic pathways. Furthermore, SERCA2b knockdown eliminated the effect of AS-IV on ER stress and ER stress-mediated apoptotic pathway, whereas its overexpression exhibited an anti-apoptotic effect. Our data obtained from in vivo and in vitro studies demonstrate that AS-IV attenuates renal injury in diabetes subsequent to inhibiting ER stress-induced podocyte apoptosis through restoring SERCA activity and SERCA2 expression. PMID:28066247

  17. Non-canonical NFκB activation promotes chemokine expression in podocytes

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    Valiño-Rivas, Lara; Gonzalez-Lafuente, Laura; Sanz, Ana B.; Ruiz-Ortega, Marta; Ortiz, Alberto; Sanchez-Niño, Maria D.

    2016-01-01

    TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) receptor Fn14 is expressed by podocytes and Fn14 deficiency protects from experimental proteinuric kidney disease. However, the downstream effectors of TWEAK/Fn14 in podocytes are poorly characterized. We have explored TWEAK activation of non-canonical NFκB signaling in cultured podocytes. In cultured podocytes, TWEAK increased the expression of the chemokines CCL21, CCL19 and RANTES in a time-dependent manner. The inhibitor of canonical NFκB activation parthenolide inhibited the CCL19 and the early RANTES responses, but not the CCL21 or late RANTES responses. In this regard, TWEAK induced non-canonical NFκB activation in podocytes, characterized by NFκB2/p100 processing to NFκB2/p52 and nuclear migration of RelB/p52. Silencing by a specific siRNA of NIK, the upstream kinase of the non-canonical NFκB pathway, prevented CCL21 upregulation but did not modulate CCL19 or RANTES expression in response to TWEAK, thus establishing CCL21 as a non-canonical NFκB target in podocytes. Increased kidney Fn14 and CCL21 expression was also observed in rat proteinuric kidney disease induced by puromycin, and was localized to podocytes. In conclusion, TWEAK activates the non-canonical NFκB pathway in podocytes, leading to upregulation of CCL21 expression. The non-canonical NFκB pathway should be explored as a potential therapeutic target in proteinuric kidney disease. PMID:27353019

  18. Characterization of glucose uptake by cultured rat podocytes.

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    Lewko, Barbara; Bryl, Ewa; Witkowski, Jacek M; Latawiec, Elzbieta; Gołos, Magdalena; Endlich, Nicole; Hähnel, Brunhilde; Koksch, Claudia; Angielski, Stefan; Kriz, Wilhelm; Stepinski, Jan

    2005-01-01

    The nonmetabolizable glucose analogue [(3)H]-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((3)H-2DG) was used to study glucose transport in cultured rat podocytes. Intracellular accumulation of (3)H-2DG was linear up to 20 min and was inhibited by cytochalasin B (80% inhibition) and by phlorizin (20% inhibition). Pretreatment with insulin stimulated the (3)H-2DG uptake 1.5-fold. A Hill analysis of the rate of glucose transport yielded a V(max) value of approximately 10 mM and S(0.5)of 7.8 mM. The value h = 1.0 for a Hill coefficient confirmed that glucose uptake exhibited a Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Transporters GLUT2 and GLUT4 were expressed in over 90% podocytes. Of the GLUT2- and GLUT4-expressing cells, approximately one-fourth expressed the membrane-bound fraction. We conclude that cultured rat podocytes possess a differentiated glucose transport system consisting chiefly of facilitative GLUT2 and GLUT4 transporters. It seems likely that a sodium-dependent glucose cotransporter may also be present in these cells.

  19. A Novel Source of Cultured Podocytes

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    Da Sacco, Stefano; Lemley, Kevin V.; Sedrakyan, Sargis; Zanusso, Ilenia; Petrosyan, Astgik; Peti-Peterdi, Janos; Burford, James; De Filippo, Roger E.; Perin, Laura

    2013-01-01

    Amniotic fluid is in continuity with multiple developing organ systems, including the kidney. Committed, but still stem-like cells from these organs may thus appear in amniotic fluid. We report having established for the first time a stem-like cell population derived from human amniotic fluid and possessing characteristics of podocyte precursors. Using a method of triple positive selection we obtained a population of cells (hAKPC-P) that can be propagated in vitro for many passages without immortalization or genetic manipulation. Under specific culture conditions, these cells can be differentiated to mature podocytes. In this work we compared these cells with conditionally immortalized podocytes, the current gold standard for in vitro studies. After in vitro differentiation, both cell lines have similar expression of the major podocyte proteins, such as nephrin and type IV collagen, that are characteristic of mature functional podocytes. In addition, differentiated hAKPC-P respond to angiotensin II and the podocyte toxin, puromycin aminonucleoside, in a way typical of podocytes. In contrast to immortalized cells, hAKPC-P have a more nearly normal cell cycle regulation and a pronounced developmental pattern of specific protein expression, suggesting their suitability for studies of podocyte development for the first time in vitro. These novel progenitor cells appear to have several distinct advantages for studies of podocyte cell biology and potentially for translational therapies. PMID:24349133

  20. A novel source of cultured podocytes.

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    Da Sacco, Stefano; Lemley, Kevin V; Sedrakyan, Sargis; Zanusso, Ilenia; Petrosyan, Astgik; Peti-Peterdi, Janos; Burford, James; De Filippo, Roger E; Perin, Laura

    2013-01-01

    Amniotic fluid is in continuity with multiple developing organ systems, including the kidney. Committed, but still stem-like cells from these organs may thus appear in amniotic fluid. We report having established for the first time a stem-like cell population derived from human amniotic fluid and possessing characteristics of podocyte precursors. Using a method of triple positive selection we obtained a population of cells (hAKPC-P) that can be propagated in vitro for many passages without immortalization or genetic manipulation. Under specific culture conditions, these cells can be differentiated to mature podocytes. In this work we compared these cells with conditionally immortalized podocytes, the current gold standard for in vitro studies. After in vitro differentiation, both cell lines have similar expression of the major podocyte proteins, such as nephrin and type IV collagen, that are characteristic of mature functional podocytes. In addition, differentiated hAKPC-P respond to angiotensin II and the podocyte toxin, puromycin aminonucleoside, in a way typical of podocytes. In contrast to immortalized cells, hAKPC-P have a more nearly normal cell cycle regulation and a pronounced developmental pattern of specific protein expression, suggesting their suitability for studies of podocyte development for the first time in vitro. These novel progenitor cells appear to have several distinct advantages for studies of podocyte cell biology and potentially for translational therapies.

  1. Cells of Renin Lineage Are Progenitors of Podocytes and Parietal Epithelial Cells in Experimental Glomerular Disease

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    Pippin, Jeffrey W.; Sparks, Matthew A.; Glenn, Sean T.; Buitrago, Sandra; Coffman, Thomas M.; Duffield, Jeremy S.; Gross, Kenneth W.; Shankland, Stuart J.

    2014-01-01

    Glomerular injury leads to podocyte loss, a process directly underlying progressive glomerular scarring and decline of kidney function. The inherent repair process is limited by the inability of podocytes to regenerate. Cells of renin lineage residing alongside glomerular capillaries are reported to have progenitor capacity. We investigated whether cells of renin lineage can repopulate the glomerulus after podocyte injury and serve as glomerular epithelial cell progenitors. Kidney cells expressing renin were genetically fate-mapped in adult Ren1cCreER×Rs-tdTomato-R, Ren1cCre×Rs-ZsGreen-R, and Ren1dCre×Z/EG reporter mice. Podocyte depletion was induced in all three cell-specific reporter mice by cytotoxic anti-podocyte antibodies. After a decrease in podocyte number, a significant increase in the number of labeled cells of renin lineage was observed in glomeruli in a focal distribution along Bowman's capsule, within the glomerular tuft, or in both locations. A subset of cells lining Bowman's capsule activated expression of the glomerular parietal epithelial cell markers paired box protein PAX2 and claudin-1. A subset of labeled cells within the glomerular tuft expressed the podocyte markers Wilms tumor protein 1, nephrin, podocin, and synaptopodin. Neither renin mRNA nor renin protein was detected de novo in diseased glomeruli. These findings provide initial evidence that cells of renin lineage may enhance glomerular regeneration by serving as progenitors for glomerular epithelial cells in glomerular disease characterized by podocyte depletion. PMID:23769837

  2. Effect of Tongxinluo on Podocyte Apoptosis via Inhibition of Oxidative Stress and P38 Pathway in Diabetic Rats

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    Cui, Fangqiang; Zhao, Wenjing; Zou, Dawei; Wu, Xiaoming; Tian, Nianxiu; Wang, Xiaolei; Liu, Jing; Tong, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Diabetic nephropathy (DN) has been the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Podocyte apoptosis is a main mechanism of progression of DN. It has been demonstrated that activated P38 and caspase-3 induced by oxidative stress mainly account for increased podocyte apoptosis and proteinuria in DN. Meanwhile, Tongxinluo (TXL) can ameliorate renal structure disruption and dysfunction in DN patients in our clinical practice. However, the effect of TXL on podocyte apoptosis and P38 pathway remains unclear. To explore the effect of TXL on podocyte apoptosis and its molecular mechanism in DN, our in vivo and in vitro studies were performed. TXL attenuated oxidative stress in podocyte in DN in our in vivo and in vitro studies. Moreover, TXL inhibited the activation of P38 and caspase-3. Bcl-2 and Bax expression was partially restored by TXL treatment in our in vivo and in vitro studies. More importantly, TXL decreased podocyte apoptosis in diabetic rats and high glucose cultured podocyte. In conclusion, TXL protects podocyte from apoptosis in DN, partially through its antioxidant effect and inhibiting of the activation of P38 and caspase-3. PMID:27672400

  3. SIRT4 overexpression protects against diabetic nephropathy by inhibiting podocyte apoptosis

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    Shi, Jian-Xia; Wang, Qi-Jin; Li, Hui; Huang, Qin

    2017-01-01

    Diabetic nephropathy is a diabetic complication associated with capillary damage and increased mortality. Sirtuin 4 (SIRT4) plays an important role in mitochondrial function and the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases, including aging kidneys. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between SIRT4 and diabetic nephropathy in a glucose-induced mouse podocyte model. A CCK-8 assay showed that glucose simulation significantly inhibited podocyte proliferation in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis showed that the mRNA and protein levels of SIRT4 were notably decreased in a concentration-dependent manner in glucose-simulated podocytes. However, SIRT4 overexpression increased proliferation and suppressed apoptosis, which was accompanied by increases in mitochondrial membrane potential and reduced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Notably, SIRT4 overexpression downregulated the expression of apoptosis-related proteins NOX1, Bax and phosphorylated p38 and upregulated the expression of Bcl-2 in glucose-simulated podocytes. In addition, SIRT4 overexpression significantly attenuated the inflammatory response, indicated by reductions in the levels of TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6. These results demonstrate for the first time that the overexpression of SIRT4 prevents glucose-induced podocyte apoptosis and ROS production and suggest that podocyte apoptosis represents an early pathological mechanism leading to diabetic nephropathy. PMID:28123512

  4. Human podocyte depletion in association with older age and hypertension.

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    Puelles, Victor G; Cullen-McEwen, Luise A; Taylor, Georgina E; Li, Jinhua; Hughson, Michael D; Kerr, Peter G; Hoy, Wendy E; Bertram, John F

    2016-04-01

    Podocyte depletion plays a major role in the development and progression of glomerulosclerosis. Many kidney diseases are more common in older age and often coexist with hypertension. We hypothesized that podocyte depletion develops in association with older age and is exacerbated by hypertension. Kidneys from 19 adult Caucasian American males without overt renal disease were collected at autopsy in Mississippi. Demographic data were obtained from medical and autopsy records. Subjects were categorized by age and hypertension as potential independent and additive contributors to podocyte depletion. Design-based stereology was used to estimate individual glomerular volume and total podocyte number per glomerulus, which allowed the calculation of podocyte density (number per volume). Podocyte depletion was defined as a reduction in podocyte number (absolute depletion) or podocyte density (relative depletion). The cortical location of glomeruli (outer or inner cortex) and presence of parietal podocytes were also recorded. Older age was an independent contributor to both absolute and relative podocyte depletion, featuring glomerular hypertrophy, podocyte loss, and thus reduced podocyte density. Hypertension was an independent contributor to relative podocyte depletion by exacerbating glomerular hypertrophy, mostly in glomeruli from the inner cortex. However, hypertension was not associated with podocyte loss. Absolute and relative podocyte depletion were exacerbated by the combination of older age and hypertension. The proportion of glomeruli with parietal podocytes increased with age but not with hypertension alone. These findings demonstrate that older age and hypertension are independent and additive contributors to podocyte depletion in white American men without kidney disease.

  5. LMX1B is Essential for the Maintenance of Differentiated Podocytes in Adult Kidneys

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    Burghardt, Tillmann; Kastner, Jürgen; Suleiman, Hani; Rivera-Milla, Eric; Stepanova, Natalya; Lottaz, Claudio; Kubitza, Marion; Böger, Carsten A.; Schmidt, Sarah; Gorski, Mathias; de Vries, Uwe; Schmidt, Helga; Hertting, Irmgard; Kopp, Jeffrey; Rascle, Anne; Moser, Markus; Heid, Iris M.; Warth, Richard; Spang, Rainer; Wegener, Joachim; Mierke, Claudia T.; Englert, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Mutations of the LMX1B gene cause nail–patella syndrome, a rare autosomal-dominant disorder affecting the development of the limbs, eyes, brain, and kidneys. The characterization of conventional Lmx1b knockout mice has shown that LMX1B regulates the development of podocyte foot processes and slit diaphragms, but studies using podocyte-specific Lmx1b knockout mice have yielded conflicting results regarding the importance of LMX1B for maintaining podocyte structures. In order to address this question, we generated inducible podocyte-specific Lmx1b knockout mice. One week of Lmx1b inactivation in adult mice resulted in proteinuria with only minimal foot process effacement. Notably, expression levels of slit diaphragm and basement membrane proteins remained stable at this time point, and basement membrane charge properties also did not change, suggesting that alternative mechanisms mediate the development of proteinuria in these mice. Cell biological and biophysical experiments with primary podocytes isolated after 1 week of Lmx1b inactivation indicated dysregulation of actin cytoskeleton organization, and time-resolved DNA microarray analysis identified the genes encoding actin cytoskeleton-associated proteins, including Abra and Arl4c, as putative LMX1B targets. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments in conditionally immortalized human podocytes and gel shift assays showed that LMX1B recognizes AT-rich binding sites (FLAT elements) in the promoter regions of ABRA and ARL4C, and knockdown experiments in zebrafish support a model in which LMX1B and ABRA act in a common pathway during pronephros development. Our report establishes the importance of LMX1B in fully differentiated podocytes and argues that LMX1B is essential for the maintenance of an appropriately structured actin cytoskeleton in podocytes. PMID:23990680

  6. Pathological correlations between podocyte injuries and renal functions in canine and feline chronic kidney diseases.

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    Ichii, O; Yabuki, A; Sasaki, N; Otsuka, S; Ohta, H; Yamasaki, M; Takiguchi, M; Namiki, Y; Hashimoto, Y; Endoh, D; Kon, Y

    2011-10-01

    Podocytes cover the glomerulus and their adjacent foot processes form a principal barrier called the slit diaphragm. Podocyte dysfunctions, including podocyte loss and slit diaphragm disruptions, induce chronic kidney diseases (CKD). In this study, we analyzed the correlations between podocyte injuries and renal dysfunctions in domestic carnivores. Dogs and cats were divided into normal and CKD groups according to renal histopathology and plasma creatinine values. Immunostaining results showed that linear reactions of slit diaphragm molecules, e.g., nephrin, podocin, and ACTN4, were parallel to glomerular capillaries in all animals. However, in dogs, reactions of nephrin and ACTN4 were changed to a granular pattern in the CKD group, and their intensities significantly decreased with the number of podocytes in the glomerulus. Moreover, the expression of nephrin and ACTN4 negatively correlated with creatinine. Real-time PCR analysis showed that nephrin mRNA expression in the kidneys of CKD dogs was significantly lower than that in normal animals, and negatively correlated with creatinine. Although no significant correlation between renal dysfunction and podocyte injury was detected in cats, histoplanimetric scores of tubulointerstitial lesions in CKD cats were higher than those in both normal cats and diseased dogs. Furthermore, mRNAs of WT1 and SD molecules were detected in urine from CKD animals. In conclusion, podocyte injuries such as podocytopenia and decreased expression of nephrin and ACTN4 in the glomerulus were more strongly correlated with renal dysfunction in dogs than in cats. These findings suggest that the CKD pathogenesis, especially susceptibilities to podocyte injuries, differed between dogs and cats.

  7. mPGES-1-derived prostaglandin E2 stimulates Stat3 to promote podocyte apoptosis.

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    Yu, Jing; Wu, Yimei; Wang, Lu; Zhang, Wen; Xu, Man; Song, Jiayu; Fu, Yu; Cui, Yiyun; Gong, Wei; Li, Shuzhen; Xia, Weiwei; Huang, Songming; Zhang, Aihua; Jia, Zhanjun

    2017-09-06

    We previously reported that microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) contributed to adriamycin (Adr)-induced podocyte apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanism remains unclear. Here we studied the role of mPGES-1/PGE2 cascade in activating Stat3 signaling and the contribution of Stat3 in PGE2- and Adr-induced podocyte apoptosis. In murine podocytes, PGE2 dose- and time-dependently increased the phosphorylation of Stat3 in line with the enhanced cell apoptosis and reduced podocyte protein podocin. In agreement with the increased Stat3 phosphorylation, Stat3-derived cytokines including IL-6, IL-17, MCP-1, and ICAM-1 were significantly upregulated following PGE2 treatment. By application of a specific Stat3 inhibitor S3I-201, PGE2-induced podocyte apoptosis was largely abolished in parallel with a blockade of podocin reduction. Next, we observed that Adr treatment also enhanced p-Stat3 and activated mPGES-1/PGE2 cascade. Blockade of Stat3 by S3I-201 significantly ameliorated Adr-induced cell apoptosis and podocin reduction. More interestingly, silencing mPGES-1 in podocytes by mPGES-1 siRNA blocked Adr-induced increments of Stat-3 phosphorylation, PGE2 production, and Stat3-derived inflammatory cytokines. Taken together, this study suggested that mPGES-1-derived PGE2 could activate Stat3 signaling to promote podocyte apoptosis. Targeting mPGES-1/PGE2/Stat3 signaling might be a potential strategy for the treatment of podocytopathy.

  8. Loss of Epithelial Membrane Protein 2 Aggravates Podocyte Injury via Upregulation of Caveolin-1

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    Wan, Xiaoyang; Chen, Zhaohong; Choi, Won-Il; Gee, Heon Yung; Hildebrandt, Friedhelm

    2016-01-01

    Nephrotic syndrome is a CKD defined by proteinuria with subsequent hypoalbuminemia, hyperlipidemia, and edema caused by impaired renal glomerular filtration barrier function. We previously identified mutations in epithelial membrane protein 2 (EMP2) as a monogenic cause of this disease. Here, we generated an emp2-knockout zebrafish model using transcription activator-like effector nuclease–based genome editing. We found that loss of emp2 in zebrafish upregulated caveolin-1 (cav1), a major component of caveolae, in embryos and adult mesonephric glomeruli and exacerbated podocyte injury. This phenotype was partially rescued by glucocorticoids. Furthermore, overexpression of cav1 in zebrafish podocytes was sufficient to induce the same phenotype observed in emp2 homozygous mutants, which was also treatable with glucocorticoids. Similarly, knockdown of EMP2 in cultured human podocytes resulted in increased CAV1 expression and decreased podocyte survival in the presence of puromycin aminonucleoside, whereas glucocorticoid treatment ameliorated this phenotype. Taken together, we have established excessive CAV1 as a mediator of the predisposition to podocyte injury because of loss of EMP2, suggesting CAV1 could be a novel therapeutic target in nephrotic syndrome and podocyte injury. PMID:26264854

  9. N-WASP Is Required for Stabilization of Podocyte Foot Processes

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    Schell, Christoph; Baumhakl, Lisa; Salou, Sarah; Conzelmann, Ann-Christin; Meyer, Charlotte; Helmstädter, Martin; Wrede, Christoph; Grahammer, Florian; Eimer, Stefan; Kerjaschki, Dontscho; Walz, Gerd; Snapper, Scott

    2013-01-01

    Alteration of cortical actin structures is the common final pathway leading to podocyte foot process effacement and proteinuria. The molecular mechanisms that safeguard podocyte foot process architecture and maintain the three-dimensional actin network remain elusive. Here, we demonstrate that neuronal Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASP), which promotes actin nucleation, is required to stabilize podocyte foot processes. Mice lacking N-WASP specifically in podocytes were born with normal kidney function but developed significant proteinuria 3 weeks after birth, suggesting an important role for N-WASP in maintaining foot processes. In addition, inducing deletion of N-WASP in adult mice resulted in severe proteinuria and kidney failure. Electron microscopy showed an accumulation of electron-dense patches of actin and strikingly altered morphology of podocyte foot processes. Although basic actin-based processes such as cell migration were not affected, primary cultures of N-WASP–deficient podocytes revealed significant impairment of dynamic actin reorganization events, including the formation of circular dorsal ruffles. Taken together, our findings suggest that N-WASP–mediated actin nucleation of branched microfilament networks is specifically required for the maintenance of foot processes, presumably sustaining the mechanical resistance of the filtration barrier. PMID:23471198

  10. Gemigliptin improves renal function and attenuates podocyte injury in mice with diabetic nephropathy.

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    Jung, Eunsoo; Kim, Junghyun; Ho Kim, Sung; Kim, Sanghwa; Cho, Myung-Haing

    2015-08-15

    Podocytes participate in the formation and regulation of the glomerular filtration barrier. Loss of podocytes occurs during the early stages of diabetic nephropathy and impairs glomerular filtration. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are widely used as anti-diabetic agents in clinical practice. In this study, we showed that gemigliptin, a novel DPP-4 inhibitor, reduced podocyte apoptosis in type 2 diabetic db/db mice without reducing hyperglycemia. Gemigliptin (100mg/kg/day) was administered orally for 12 weeks in db/db mice. Blood glucose levels and albuminuria were measured. The renal cortex was collected for histological examination, and molecular assays were used to detect 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE), and integrin-linked kinase (ILK). Type 2 diabetic db/db mice exhibited albuminuria, renal histopathological changes, and podocyte loss. Administration of gemigliptin to db/db mice suppressed albuminuria, enzyme activity and expression of DPP-4, and podocyte apoptosis. The effect of gemigliptin on diabetes-induced podocyte loss was associated with the suppression of oxidative damage, AOPP accumulation, RAGE expression, and ILK expression. These results indicate the possible benefits of using gemigliptin in diabetes patients to treat renal impairment without affecting glycemic control.

  11. Sustained intracellular Ca2+ elevation induced by a brief BDNF application in rat visual cortex neurons.

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    Mizoguchi, Yoshito; Nabekura, Junichi

    2003-08-06

    A 1-2 min application of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF; 20 ng/ml) induced sustained elevation of intracellular Ca2+ lasting > 90 min, using the fura-2 imaging of intracellular Ca2+ mobilization, in visual cortical pyramidal neurons isolated from rats. BDNF increased intracellular Ca2+ through the PLC-gamma phosphorylation after the TrkB receptor tyrosine kinase activation. Either K252a or U73122 suppressed intracellular Ca2+ in the absence of BDNF. We suggest that sustained activation of Trk B receptor tyrosine kinase and PLC-gamma occurs after a brief BDNF application and contributes to the short-term maintenance (< 30 min) of the sustained intracellular Ca2+ elevation.

  12. Intracellular Ca(2+) signaling is required for neurotrophin-induced potentiation in the adult rat hippocampus.

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    Kang, H; Schuman, E M

    2000-03-24

    Recent studies have demonstrated the importance of neurotrophin function in adult synaptic plasticity. In an effort to characterize the intracellular signaling pathways that couple Trk receptor activation to the final physiological effects of neurotrophins, we have examined the role of intracellular calcium rises in neurotrophin-induced synaptic enhancement in hippocampal slices. Using pharmacological blockers to two different calcium ion (Ca(2+)) sources, voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and intracellular Ca(2+) stores, we show that the potentiating effects of neurotrophins in hippocampal slices are mediated by intracellular Ca(2+) signaling. Although basal synaptic transmission between hippocampal CA3 and CA1 neurons was not affected by nifedipine or thapsigargin, both drugs significantly attenuated brain-derived neurotrophic factor or neurotrophin-3-induced synaptic enhancement. The pharmacological blockade of Ca(2+) signaling is effective only during the initial period of neurotrophin-induced potentiation. These data suggest that the minimal requirements for inducing potentiation by neurotrophins involve a transient increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, via voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and/or intracellular Ca(2+) stores.

  13. High glucose increases Cdk5 activity in podocytes via transforming growth factor-β1 signaling pathway

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    Zhang, Yue; Li, Hongbo; Hao, Jun; Zhou, Yi; Liu, Wei

    2014-08-15

    Podocytes are highly specialized and terminally differentiated glomerular cells that play a vital role in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5), who is an atypical but essential member of the Cdk family of proline-directed serine/threonine kinases, has been shown as a key regulator of podocyte differentiation, proliferation and morphology. Our previous studies demonstrated that the expression of Cdk5 was significantly increased in podocytes of diabetic rats, and was closely related with podocyte injury of DN. However, the mechanisms of how expression and activity of Cdk5 are regulated under the high glucose environment have not yet been fully elucidated. In this study, we showed that high glucose up-regulated the expression of Cdk5 and its co-activator p35 with a concomitant increase in Cdk5 kinase activity in conditionally immortalized mouse podocytes in vitro. When exposed to 30 mM glucose, transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) was activated. Most importantly, we found that SB431542, the Tgfbr1 inhibitor, significantly decreased the expression of Cdk5 and p35 and Cdk5 kinase activity in high glucose-treated podocytes. Moreover, high glucose increased the expression of early growth response-1 (Egr-1) via TGF-β1-ERK1/2 pathway in podocytes and inhibition of Egr-1 by siRNA decreased p35 expression and Cdk5 kinase activity. Furthermore, inhibition of Cdk5 kinase activity effectively alleviated podocyte apoptosis induced by high glucose or TGF-β1. Thus, the TGF-β1-ERK1/2-Egr-1 signaling pathway may regulate the p35 expression and Cdk5 kinase activity in high glucose-treated podocytes, which contributes to podocyte injury of DN. - Highlights: • HG up-regulated the expression of Cdk5 and p35, and Cdk5 activity in podocytes. • HG activated TGF-β1 pathway and SB431542 inhibited Cdk5 expression and activity. • HG increased the expression of Egr-1 via TGF-β1-ERK1/2 pathway. • Inhibition of Egr-1

  14. Intracellular mediators of potassium-induced aldosterone secretion

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    Ganguly, A.; Chiou, S.; Davis, J.S. )

    1990-01-01

    We have investigated the intracellular messengers of potassium in eliciting aldosterone secretion in calf adrenal glomerulosa cells since there were unresolved issues relating to the role of phosphoinositides, cAMP and protein kinases. We observed no evidence of hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP{sub 2}) in {sup 3}H-inositol labeled alf adrenal cells or increase of cAMP in response to potassium. Addition of calcium channel blocker, nitrendipine after stimulating adrenal glomerulosa cells with potassium, markedly inhibited aldosterone secretion. A calmodulin inhibitor (W-7) produced greater reduction of aldosterone secretion than an inhibitor of protein kinase C (H-7). These results suggest that a rise in cytosolic free calcium concentration through voltage-dependent calcium channel and calmodulin are the critical determinants of aldosterone secretion stimulated by potassium.

  15. Disruption of intracellular calcium regulation is integral to aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death.

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    Esterberg, Robert; Hailey, Dale W; Coffin, Allison B; Raible, David W; Rubel, Edwin W

    2013-04-24

    Intracellular Ca(2+) is a key regulator of life or death decisions in cultured neurons and sensory cells. The role of Ca(2+) in these processes is less clear in vivo, as the location of these cells often impedes visualization of intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics. We generated transgenic zebrafish lines that express the genetically encoded Ca(2+) indicator GCaMP in mechanosensory hair cells of the lateral line. These lines allow us to monitor intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics in real time during aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death. After exposure of live larvae to aminoglycosides, dying hair cells undergo a transient increase in intracellular Ca(2+) that occurs shortly after mitochondrial membrane potential collapse. Inhibition of intracellular Ca(2+) elevation through either caged chelators or pharmacological inhibitors of Ca(2+) effectors mitigates toxic effects of aminoglycoside exposure. Conversely, artificial elevation of intracellular Ca(2+) by caged Ca(2+) release agents sensitizes hair cells to the toxic effects of aminoglycosides. These data suggest that alterations in intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis play an essential role in aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death, and indicate several potential therapeutic targets to stem ototoxicity.

  16. Nuclear hormone receptors in podocytes

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    2012-01-01

    Nuclear receptors are a family of ligand-activated, DNA sequence-specific transcription factors that regulate various aspects of animal development, cell proliferation, differentiation, and homeostasis. The physiological roles of nuclear receptors and their ligands have been intensively studied in cancer and metabolic syndrome. However, their role in kidney diseases is still evolving, despite their ligands being used clinically to treat renal diseases for decades. This review will discuss the progress of our understanding of the role of nuclear receptors and their ligands in kidney physiology with emphasis on their roles in treating glomerular disorders and podocyte injury repair responses. PMID:22995171

  17. Vinyl acetate induces intracellular acidification in mouse oral buccal epithelial cells.

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    Nakamoto, Tetsuji; Wagner, Mark; Melvin, James E; Bogdanffy, Matthew S

    2005-08-14

    Vinyl acetate exposure in drinking water has been associated with tumor formation in the upper gastrointestinal tract of rats and mice. One potential mechanism for inducing carcinogenesis involves acidification of the intracellular environment due to the metabolism of vinyl acetate to acetic acid. Prolonged intracellular acidification is thought to produce cytotoxic and/or mitogenic responses that are the sentinel pharmacodynamic steps toward cancer. To determine whether exposure to vinyl acetate affects the intracellular pH of intact oral cavity tissue, isolated mouse oral buccal epithelium was loaded with the pH-sensitive dye BCECF, and then exposed to vinyl acetate concentrations ranging from 10 to 1000 microM for up to 4 min. Extracellular vinyl acetate exposure induced a progressive intracellular acidification that was reversible upon removal of the vinyl acetate. The rate of the acidification was concentration-dependent and increased exponentially within the concentration range tested. The magnitude of the vinyl acetate-induced acidification was inhibited by pretreatment with the carboxylesterase inhibitor bis(p-nitrophenyl)phosphate. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that vinyl acetate contributes to the generation and progression of oral cavity tumors via a process of intracellular acidification. Such a process has been proposed to have practical dose-response thresholds below which the intracellular environment can be maintained within homeostatic bounds and the contribution of exposure to carcinogenic risk is negligible.

  18. Visualizing the podocyte with multiphoton microscopy

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    Khoury, Charbel C.; Khayat, Mark F.; Yeo, Tet-Kin; Pyagay, Petr E.; Wang, Amy; Asuncion, Allan M.; Sharma, Kumar; Yu, Weiming; Chen, Sheldon

    2012-01-01

    The podocyte is a highly specialized kidney glomerular epithelial cell that plays an essential role in glomerular filtration and is believed to be the target of numerous glomerular diseases leading to proteinuria. Despite the leaps in our understanding of podocyte biology, new methodologies are needed to facilitate research into the cell. Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) was used to image the nephrin knockout/green fluorescent protein (GFP) knock-in heterozygote (Nphs1tm1Rkl/J) mouse. The nephrin promoter restricts GFP expression to the podocytes that fluoresce green under excitation. From the exterior of an intact kidney, MPM can peer into the renal parenchyma and visualize the podocytes that outline the globular shape of the glomeruli. Details as fine as the podocyte’s secondary processes can be resolved. In contrast, podocytes exhibit no fluorescence in the wildtype mouse and are invisible to MPM. Phenotypically, there are no significant differences between wildtype and Nphs1tm1Rkl/J mice in body weight, urinary albumin excretion, creatinine clearance, or glomerular depth. Interestingly, the glomeruli are closer to the kidney capsule in female mice, making the gender the preferred choice for MPM. For the first time, green fluorescent podocytes in a mouse model free of confounding phenotypes can be visualized unequivocally and in the “positive” by MPM, facilitating intravital studies of the podocyte. PMID:23022193

  19. Inhibitory effects of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ agonists on collagen IV production in podocytes.

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    Li, Yanjiao; Shen, Yachen; Li, Min; Su, Dongming; Xu, Weifeng; Liang, Xiubin; Li, Rongshan

    2015-07-01

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) agonists have beneficial effects on the kidney diseases through preventing microalbuminuria and glomerulosclerosis. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects remain to be fully understood. In this study, we investigate the effects of PPAR-γ agonist, rosiglitazone (Rosi) and pioglitazone (Pio), on collagen IV production in mouse podocytes. The endogenous expression of PPAR-γ was found in the primary podocytes and can be upregulated by Rosi and Pio, respectively, detected by RT-PCR and Western blot. PPAR-γ agonist markedly blunted the increasing of collagen IV expression and extraction in podocytes induced by TGF-β. In contrast, adding PPAR-γ antagonist, GW9662, to podocytes largely prevented the inhibition of collagen IV expression from Pio treatment. Our data also showed that phosphorylation of Smad2/3 enhanced by TGF-β in a time-dependent manner was significantly attenuated by adding Pio. The promoter region of collagen IV gene contains one putative consensus sequence of Smad-binding element (SBE) by promoter analysis, Rosi and Pio significantly ameliorated TGF-β-induced SBE4-luciferase activity. In conclusion, PPAR-γ activation by its agonist, Rosi or Pio, in vitro directly inhibits collagen IV expression and synthesis in primary mouse podocytes. The suppression of collagen IV production was related to the inhibition of TGF-β-driven phosphorylation of Smad2/3 and decreased response activity of SBEs of collagen IV in PPAR-γ agonist-treated mouse podocytes. This represents a novel mechanistic support regarding PPAR-γ agonists as podocyte protective agents.

  20. Intracellular NAADP increase induced by extracellular NAADP via the P2Y11-like receptor.

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    Djerada, Zoubir; Millart, Hervé

    2013-06-28

    The aim of the study was to identify a signalling pathway allowing NAADP-induced intracellular NAADP increase and involving the P2Y11-like receptor. P2Y11-like and β-adrenergic receptors may play important regulatory roles within the cardiovascular system. Both receptors have been shown to be involved in triggering myocardial preconditioning. Using a Langendorff model we report a positive inotropic response induced by extracellular NAADP via P2Y11-like receptor stimulation. In cardiomyocyte cultures, P2Y11-like receptor stimulation by extracellular NAADP ([NAADP]e) increased intracellular cADP-ribose and NAADP concentration as evidenced by direct measurements. NF546, a new selective P2Y11 receptor agonist, increased intracellular cAMP, cADP-ribose and NAADP concentration confirming the involvement of the P2Y11-like receptor in this signalling pathway. NF157, a P2Y11 receptor antagonist, suppressed the increase in intracellular cADPr, NAADP and NAAD induced by either [NAADP]e or NF546. The response profile for intracellular cADP-ribose and NAADP concentration following P2Y11-like stimulation with NF546 was similar to reported data relating β-adrenergic stimulation with isoprenaline. This response represents the signature of the Gs/ADP-ribosyl cyclase activity. Moreover, this study provides a signalling pathway: intracellular NAADP increase induced by extracellular NAADP via metabotropic activity of P2Y11-like receptor. This pathway implying P2Y11-like could take part in the intracellular calcium rise reported for extracellular NAADP.

  1. Stress induced Salmonella Typhimurium recrudescence in pigs coincides with cortisol induced increased intracellular proliferation in macrophages.

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    Verbrugghe, Elin; Boyen, Filip; Van Parys, Alexander; Van Deun, Kim; Croubels, Siska; Thompson, Arthur; Shearer, Neil; Leyman, Bregje; Haesebrouck, Freddy; Pasmans, Frank

    2011-12-07

    Salmonella Typhimurium infections in pigs often result in the development of carriers that intermittently excrete Salmonella in very low numbers. During periods of stress, for example transport to the slaughterhouse, recrudescence of Salmonella may occur, but the mechanism of this stress related recrudescence is poorly understood. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the role of the stress hormone cortisol in Salmonella recrudescence by pigs. We showed that a 24 h feed withdrawal increases the intestinal Salmonella Typhimurium load in pigs, which is correlated with increased serum cortisol levels. A second in vivo trial demonstrated that stress related recrudescence of Salmonella Typhimurium in pigs can be induced by intramuscular injection of dexamethasone. Furthermore, we found that cortisol, but not epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, promotes intracellular proliferation of Salmonella Typhimurium in primary porcine alveolar macrophages, but not in intestinal epithelial cells and a transformed cell line of porcine alveolar macrophages. A microarray based transcriptomic analysis revealed that cortisol did not directly affect the growth or the gene expression or Salmonella Typhimurium in a rich medium, which implies that the enhanced intracellular proliferation of the bacterium is probably caused by an indirect effect through the cell. These results highlight the role of cortisol in the recrudescence of Salmonella Typhimurium by pigs and they provide new evidence for the role of microbial endocrinology in host-pathogen interactions.

  2. Stress induced Salmonella Typhimurium recrudescence in pigs coincides with cortisol induced increased intracellular proliferation in macrophages

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    2011-01-01

    Salmonella Typhimurium infections in pigs often result in the development of carriers that intermittently excrete Salmonella in very low numbers. During periods of stress, for example transport to the slaughterhouse, recrudescence of Salmonella may occur, but the mechanism of this stress related recrudescence is poorly understood. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the role of the stress hormone cortisol in Salmonella recrudescence by pigs. We showed that a 24 h feed withdrawal increases the intestinal Salmonella Typhimurium load in pigs, which is correlated with increased serum cortisol levels. A second in vivo trial demonstrated that stress related recrudescence of Salmonella Typhimurium in pigs can be induced by intramuscular injection of dexamethasone. Furthermore, we found that cortisol, but not epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, promotes intracellular proliferation of Salmonella Typhimurium in primary porcine alveolar macrophages, but not in intestinal epithelial cells and a transformed cell line of porcine alveolar macrophages. A microarray based transcriptomic analysis revealed that cortisol did not directly affect the growth or the gene expression or Salmonella Typhimurium in a rich medium, which implies that the enhanced intracellular proliferation of the bacterium is probably caused by an indirect effect through the cell. These results highlight the role of cortisol in the recrudescence of Salmonella Typhimurium by pigs and they provide new evidence for the role of microbial endocrinology in host-pathogen interactions. PMID:22151081

  3. Lansoprazole induces apoptosis of breast cancer cells through inhibition of intracellular proton extrusion

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    Zhang, Shangrong; Wang, Yifan; Li, Shu Jie

    2014-06-13

    Highlights: • Lansoprazole (LPZ) induces cell apoptosis in breast cancer cells. • LPZ markedly inhibits intracellular proton extrusion. • LPZ induces an increase in intracellular ATP level, lysosomal alkalinization and ROS accumulation. - Abstract: The increased glycolysis and proton secretion in tumors is proposed to contribute to the proliferation and invasion of cancer cells during the process of tumorigenesis and metastasis. Here, treatment of human breast cancer cells with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) lansoprazole (LPZ) induces cell apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. In the implantation of the MDA-MB-231 xenografts in nude mice, administration of LPZ significantly inhibits tumorigenesis and induces large-scale apopotosis of tumor cells. LPZ markedly inhibits intracellular proton extrusion, induces an increase in intracellular ATP level, lysosomal alkalinization and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in breast cancer cells. The ROS scavenger N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) and diphenyleneiodonium (DPI), a specific pharmacological inhibitor of NADPH oxidases (NOX), significantly abolish LPZ-induced ROS accumulation in breast cancer cells. Our results suggested that LPZ may be used as a new therapeutic drug for breast tumor.

  4. Testosterone induces an intracellular calcium increase by a nongenomic mechanism in cultured rat cardiac myocytes.

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    Vicencio, Jose Miguel; Ibarra, Cristian; Estrada, Manuel; Chiong, Mario; Soto, Dagoberto; Parra, Valentina; Diaz-Araya, Guillermo; Jaimovich, Enrique; Lavandero, Sergio

    2006-03-01

    Androgens are associated with important effects on the heart, such as hypertrophy or apoptosis. These responses involve the intracellular androgen receptor. However, the mechanisms of how androgens activate several membrane signaling pathways are not fully elucidated. We have investigated the effect of testosterone on intracellular calcium in cultured rat cardiac myocytes. Using fluo3-AM and epifluorescence microscopy, we found that exposure to testosterone rapidly (1-7 min) led to an increase of intracellular Ca2+, an effect that persisted in the absence of external Ca2+. Immunocytochemical analysis showed that these effects occurred before translocation of the intracellular androgen receptor to the perinuclear zone. Pretreatment of the cells with 1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid-acetoxymethylester and thapsigargin blocked this response, suggesting the involvement of internal Ca2+ stores. U-73122, an inhibitor of phospholipase C, and xestospongin C, an inhibitor of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor, abolished the Ca2+ signal. The rise in intracellular Ca2+ was not inhibited by cyproterone, an antagonist of intracellular androgen receptor. Moreover, the cell impermeant testosterone-BSA complex also produced the Ca2+ signal, indicating its origin in the plasma membrane. This effect was observed in cultured neonatal and adult rat cardiac myocytes. Pertussis toxin and the adenoviral transduction of beta- adrenergic receptor kinase carboxy terminal peptide, a peptide inhibitor of betagamma-subunits of G protein, abolished the testosterone-induced Ca2+ release. In summary, this is the first study of rapid, nongenomic intracellular Ca2+ signaling of testosterone in cardiac myocytes. Using various inhibitors and testosterone-BSA complex, the mechanism for the rapid, testosterone-induced increase in intracellular Ca2+ is through activation of a plasma membrane receptor associated with a Pertussis toxin-sensitive G protein-phospholipase C

  5. GIV/girdin links vascular endothelial growth factor signaling to Akt survival signaling in podocytes independent of nephrin.

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    Wang, Honghui; Misaki, Taro; Taupin, Vanessa; Eguchi, Akiko; Ghosh, Pradipta; Farquhar, Marilyn G

    2015-02-01

    Podocytes are critically involved in the maintenance of the glomerular filtration barrier and are key targets of injury in many glomerular diseases. Chronic injury leads to progressive loss of podocytes, glomerulosclerosis, and renal failure. Thus, it is essential to maintain podocyte survival and avoid apoptosis after acute glomerular injury. In normal glomeruli, podocyte survival is mediated via nephrin-dependent Akt signaling. In several glomerular diseases, nephrin expression decreases and podocyte survival correlates with increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling. How VEGF signaling contributes to podocyte survival and prevents apoptosis remains unknown. We show here that Gα-interacting, vesicle-associated protein (GIV)/girdin mediates VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) signaling and compensates for nephrin loss. In puromycin aminonucleoside nephrosis (PAN), GIV expression increased, GIV was phosphorylated by VEGFR2, and p-GIV bound and activated Gαi3 and enhanced downstream Akt2, mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), and mammalian target of rapamycin complex-2 (mTORC2) signaling. In GIV-depleted podocytes, VEGF-induced Akt activation was abolished, apoptosis was triggered, and cell migration was impaired. These effects were reversed by introducing GIV but not a GIV mutant that cannot activate Gαi3. Our data indicate that after PAN injury, VEGF promotes podocyte survival by triggering assembly of an activated VEGFR2/GIV/Gαi3 signaling complex and enhancing downstream PI3K/Akt survival signaling. Because of its important role in promoting podocyte survival, GIV may represent a novel target for therapeutic intervention in the nephrotic syndrome and other proteinuric diseases.

  6. Extracellular association of APP and tau fibrils induces intracellular aggregate formation of tau.

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    Takahashi, Muneaki; Miyata, Haruka; Kametani, Fuyuki; Nonaka, Takashi; Akiyama, Haruhiko; Hisanaga, Shin-ichi; Hasegawa, Masato

    2015-06-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by extracellular amyloid β (Aβ) deposition and intracellular tau aggregation. Many studies have indicated some association between these processes, but it remains unknown how the two pathologies are linked. In this study, we investigated whether expression of amyloid precursor protein (APP) influences extracellular seed-dependent intracellular tau accumulation in cultured cells. Treatment of tau-expressing SH-SY5Y cells with Aβ fibrils did not induce intracellular tau aggregation. On the other hand, in cells expressing both tau and APP, treatment with tau fibrils or Sarkosyl-insoluble tau from AD brains induced intracellular tau aggregation. The seed-dependent intracellular tau aggregation was not induced by expression of APP lacking the extracellular domain. The amount of phosphorylated tau aggregates in cultured cells was dose dependently elevated in response to increased levels of APP on the cell membrane. Our results indicate that the extracellular region of APP is involved in uptake of tau fibrils into cells, raising the possibility that APP, but not Aβ, influences cell-to-cell spreading of tau pathologies in AD by serving as a receptor of abnormal tau aggregates.

  7. Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Rapamycin Versus Cyclosporine Combination Treatment in Mouse Podocytes.

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    Kim, B S; Cho, Y; Lee, H; Joo, D J; Huh, K H; Kim, M S; Kim, Y S

    2016-05-01

    The mechanism of podocyte injury observed with the use of rapamycin (RPM) remains unclear. The conversion from calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) to RPM in kidney transplant recipients has been associated with a higher incidence of proteinuria and renal injury. In this study, we performed proteomic analyses to investigate the alteration of protein expression in mouse podocytes treated with RPM in comparison with CNI/RPM combination. Immortalized mouse podocytes were treated with 20 nmol/L RPM or 20 nmol/L RPM + 1 μg/mL cyclosporine. Podocyte proteins were separated by 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2DE) and identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry and peptide fingerprinting. Selected proteins were analyzed by means of Western blot assay. We identified 36 differently expressed proteins after isolated RPM or CNI/RPM combination treatment in cultured mouse podocytes. There are 3 distinct patterns of protein expression: (1) potentiated down- or upregulation of proteins by CNI/RPM treatment compared with isolated RPM treatment (n = 4); (2) partial offset of down-regulation by CNI/RPM in comparison with RPM treatment (n = 25); (3) no difference in down-regulation between RPM and CNI/RPM treatment (n = 5). We found a significant interplay between RPM and CNI on the expression of the selected proteins in mouse podocytes. This might explain the higher incidence of proteinuria by CNI/RPM combination in clinical settings. Further study is required to elucidate the target protein associated with RPM-induced podocyte injury. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Mesenchymal stem cells ameliorate podocyte injury and proteinuria in a type 1 diabetic nephropathy rat model.

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    Wang, Shuai; Li, Yi; Zhao, Jinghong; Zhang, Jingbo; Huang, Yunjian

    2013-04-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) attenuate albuminuria and preserve normal renal histology in diabetic mice. However, the effects of MSC on glomerular podocyte injury remain uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of MSC on podocyte injury in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Thirty days after diabetes induction by STZ injection (65 mg/kg, intraperitoneally) in Sprague-Dawley rats, the diabetic rats received medium or 2 × 10(6) enhanced green fluorescent protein-labeled MSC via the renal artery. In vivo tracking of MSC was followed by immunofluorescence analysis. Diabetes-related physical and biochemical parameters were measured on day 60 after the MSC infusion. The expression of podocyte markers (nephrin and podocin), podocyte survival factors (VEGF and BMP-7), and the ultrastructural pathology of podocytes were also assessed. MSC were only detected in the glomeruli from the left kidney receiving MSC infusion. Compared with medium-treated diabetic rats, rats treated with MSC showed a suppressed increase in kidney weight, kidney to body weight index, creatinine clearance rate, and urinary albumin to creatinine ratio; however, the treatment had no effect on blood glucose or body weight levels. Furthermore, the MSC treatment reduced the loss of podocytes, effacement of foot processes, widening of foot processes, thickening of glomerular basal membrane (GBM), and loss of glomerular nephrin and podocin. Most important, MSC-injected kidneys expressed higher levels of BMP-7 but not of VEGF. Our results clearly demonstrated that intra-arterial administration of MSC prevented the development of albuminuria as well as any damage to or loss of podocytes, though there was no improvement in blood sugar levels. The protective effects of MSC may be mediated in part by increasing BMP-7 secretion. Copyright © 2013 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Nephrin Preserves Podocyte Viability and Glomerular Structure and Function in Adult Kidneys.

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    Li, Xuezhu; Chuang, Peter Y; D'Agati, Vivette D; Dai, Yan; Yacoub, Rabi; Fu, Jia; Xu, Jin; Taku, Oltjon; Premsrirut, Prem K; Holzman, Lawrence B; He, John Cijiang

    2015-10-01

    Nephrin is required during kidney development for the maturation of podocytes and formation of the slit diaphragm junctional complex. Because nephrin expression is downregulated in acquired glomerular diseases, nephrin deficiency is considered a pathologic feature of glomerular injury. However, whether nephrin deficiency exacerbates glomerular injury in glomerular diseases has not been experimentally confirmed. Here, we generated mice with inducible RNA interference-mediated nephrin knockdown. Short-term nephrin knockdown (6 weeks), starting after the completion of kidney development at 5 weeks of age, did not affect glomerular structure or function. In contrast, mice with long-term nephrin knockdown (20 weeks) developed mild proteinuria, foot process effacement, filtration slit narrowing, mesangial hypercellularity and sclerosis, glomerular basement membrane thickening, subendothelial zone widening, and podocyte apoptosis. When subjected to an acquired glomerular insult induced by unilateral nephrectomy or doxorubicin, mice with short-term nephrin knockdown developed more severe glomerular injury compared with mice without nephrin knockdown. Additionally, nephrin-knockdown mice developed more exaggerated glomerular enlargement when subjected to unilateral nephrectomy and more podocyte apoptosis and depletion after doxorubicin challenge. AKT phosphorylation, which is a slit diaphragm-mediated and nephrin-dependent pathway in the podocyte, was markedly reduced in mice with long-term or short-term nephrin knockdown challenged with uninephrectomy or doxorubicin. Taken together, our data establish that under the basal condition and in acquired glomerular diseases, nephrin is required to maintain slit diaphragm integrity and slit diaphragm-mediated signaling to preserve glomerular function and podocyte viability in adult mice.

  10. Macrophage activation induced by Brucella DNA suppresses bacterial intracellular replication via enhancing NO production.

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    Liu, Ning; Wang, Lin; Sun, Changjiang; Yang, Li; Tang, Bin; Sun, Wanchun; Peng, Qisheng

    2015-12-01

    Brucella DNA can be sensed by TLR9 on endosomal membrane and by cytosolic AIM2-inflammasome to induce proinflammatory cytokine production that contributes to partially activate innate immunity. Additionally, Brucella DNA has been identified to be able to act as a major bacterial component to induce type I IFN. However, the role of Brucella DNA in Brucella intracellular growth remains unknown. Here, we showed that stimulation with Brucella DNA promote macrophage activation in TLR9-dependent manner. Activated macrophages can suppresses wild type Brucella intracellular replication at early stage of infection via enhancing NO production. We also reported that activated macrophage promotes bactericidal function of macrophages infected with VirB-deficient Brucella at the early or late stage of infection. This study uncovers a novel function of Brucella DNA, which can help us further elucidate the mechanism of Brucella intracellular survival.

  11. Association of preeclampsia with podocyte turnover.

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    Penning, Marlies E; Bloemenkamp, Kitty W M; van der Zon, Tom; Zandbergen, Malu; Schutte, Joke M; Bruijn, Jan A; Bajema, Ingeborg M; Baelde, Hans J

    2014-08-07

    Preeclampsia is characterized by hypertension and proteinuria, and increased shedding of podocytes into the urine is a common finding. This finding raises the question of whether preeclamptic nephropathy involves podocyte damage. This study examined podocyte-related changes in a unique sample of renal tissues obtained from women who died of preeclampsia. All patients with preeclampsia who died in The Netherlands since 1990 and had available autopsy tissue were identified using a nationwide database of the Dutch Pathology Registry (PALGA). This resulted in a cohort of 11 women who died from preeclampsia. Three control groups were also identified during the same time period, and consisted of normotensive women who died during pregnancy (n=25), and nonpregnant controls either with (n=14) or without (n=13) chronic hypertension. Glomerular lesions, including podocyte numbers, podocyte proliferation, and parietal cell activation, were measured. Patients with preeclampsia had prominent characteristic glomerular lesions. The results showed that the number of podocytes per glomerulus did not differ significantly between the patients with preeclampsia and the control groups. However, preeclampsia was associated with a significant increase in intraglomerular cell proliferation (7.3% [SD 9.4] of the glomeruli of patients with preeclampsia had Ki-67-positive cells versus 1.6% [SD 3.3] of the glomeruli of hypertensive controls and 1.1% [SD 1.3] of nonpregnant controls; P=0.004) and activated parietal epithelial cells on a podocyte location (34% [SD 13.1] of the glomeruli of patients with preeclampsia versus 18.0% [SD 15.3] of pregnant controls, 11.9% [SD 13.2] of hypertensive controls, and 10.8% [SD 13.4] of nonpregnant controls; P=0.01). These findings suggest that the recently described mechanisms of podocyte replacement play a role in preeclampsia. These results provide key new insights into the pathogenesis of preeclamptic nephropathy, and they open new possibilities for

  12. Podocyte energy metabolism and glomerular diseases.

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    Imasawa, Toshiyuki; Rossignol, Rodrigue

    2013-09-01

    Mitochondria are crucial organelles that produce and deliver adenosine triphosphate (ATP), by which all cellular processes are driven. Although the mechanisms that control mitochondrial biogenesis, function and dynamics are complex process and vary among different cell types, recent studies provided many new discoveries in this field. Podocyte injury is a crucial step in the development of a large number of glomerular diseases. Glomerular podocytes are unique cells with complex foot processes that cover the outer layer of the glomerular basement membrane, and are the principle cells composing filtration barriers of glomerular capillaries. Little is known on the modalities and the regulation of podocyte's energetics as well as the type of energy substrate primarily used for their activity, recent studies revealed that dysfunction of energy transduction in podocytes may underlie the podocyte injury associated with numerous glomerular diseases. We herein review and discuss the importance of a fine regulation of energy metabolism in podocytes for maintaining their cellular structure and related kidney function. In the future, understanding these mechanisms will open up new areas of treatment for glomerular diseases. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. KIBRA Modulates Directional Migration of Podocytes

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    Duning, Kerstin; Schurek, Eva-Maria; Schlüter, Marc; Bayer, Michael; Reinhardt, Hans-Christian; Schwab, Albrecht; Schaefer, Liliana; Benzing, Thomas; Schermer, Bernhard; Saleem, Moin A.; Huber, Tobias B.; Bachmann, Sebastian; Kremerskothen, Joachim; Weide, Thomas; Pavenstädt, Hermann

    2008-01-01

    Asymmetric delivery and distribution of macromolecules are essential for cell polarity and for cellular functions such as differentiation, division, and signaling. Injury of podocytes, which are polarized epithelial cells, changes the dynamics of the actin meshwork, resulting in foot process retraction and proteinuria. Although the spatiotemporal control of specific protein–protein interactions is crucial for the establishment of cell polarity, the mechanisms controlling polarity-dependent differentiation and division are incompletely understood. In this study, yeast two-hybrid screens were performed using a podocyte cDNA library and the polarity protein PATJ as bait. The protein KIBRA was identified as an interaction partner of PATJ and was localized to podocytes, tubular structures, and collecting ducts. The last four amino acids of KIBRA mediated binding to the eighth PDZ domain of PATJ. In addition, KIBRA directly bound to synaptopodin, an essential organizer of the podocyte cytoskeleton. Stable knockdown of KIBRA in immortalized podocytes impaired directed cell migration, suggesting that KIBRA modulates the motility of podocytes by linking polarity proteins and cytoskeleton-associated protein complexes. PMID:18596123

  14. ARE MACROPHAGES ACTIVATED AND INDUCE PULMONARY INJURY BY INTRACELLULARLY BIOAVAILABLE IRON?

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    ARE MACROPHAGES ACTIVATED AND INDUCE PULMONARY INJURY BY INTRACELLULARLY BIOAVAILABLE IRON? UP Kodavanti1, MCJ Schladweiler1, S Becker2, DL Costa1, P Mayer3, A Ziesenis3, WG Kreyling3, 1ETD, 2HSDivision, NHEERL, USEPA, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, and 3GSF, Inhalation Biology...

  15. Interrelationship between growth factor-induced pH changes and intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/

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    Ives, H.E.; Daniel, T.O.

    1987-04-01

    Many mitogens cause rapid changes in intracellular pH and Ca/sup 2 +/. The authors studied the patterns of pH and Ca/sup 2 +/ changes after exposure of murine fibroblasts to platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), bombesin, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), and the vasoactive peptide bradykinin. Intracellular pH and Ca/sup 2 +/ were measured by using the fluorescent dyes 2',7'-bis(carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein and fura-2. Three distinct patterns of intracellular pH change were observed. (i) PDGF and bombesin caused a rapid cytoplasmic acidification of 0.03 pH unit followed by a slower alkalinization of approx. = 0.11 pH unit above the resting pH of 6.88. (ii) PMA caused alkalinization without causing the early acidification. (iii) Bradykinin caused rapid acidification without the slower net alkalinization. All acidification responses were amiloride resistant. Patterns of intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/ response were also determined for each agent. In Ca/sup 2 +/-buffered cells, PDGF, bombesin, bradykinin, and ionomycin failed to induce cellular acidification, but alkalinization responses to PDGF, bombesin, and PMA persisted. They propose that the transient acidification seen with PDGF, bombesin, and other agents is the result of increased intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/. However, growth factor-induced alkalinization via the Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchanger is independent of changes in Ca/sup 2 +/.

  16. Lansoprazole induces apoptosis of breast cancer cells through inhibition of intracellular proton extrusion.

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    Zhang, Shangrong; Wang, Yifan; Li, Shu Jie

    2014-06-13

    The increased glycolysis and proton secretion in tumors is proposed to contribute to the proliferation and invasion of cancer cells during the process of tumorigenesis and metastasis. Here, treatment of human breast cancer cells with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) lansoprazole (LPZ) induces cell apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. In the implantation of the MDA-MB-231 xenografts in nude mice, administration of LPZ significantly inhibits tumorigenesis and induces large-scale apopotosis of tumor cells. LPZ markedly inhibits intracellular proton extrusion, induces an increase in intracellular ATP level, lysosomal alkalinization and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in breast cancer cells. The ROS scavenger N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) and diphenyleneiodonium (DPI), a specific pharmacological inhibitor of NADPH oxidases (NOX), significantly abolish LPZ-induced ROS accumulation in breast cancer cells. Our results suggested that LPZ may be used as a new therapeutic drug for breast tumor.

  17. Ethanol suppresses carbamylcholine-induced intracellular calcium oscillation in mouse pancreatic acinar cells.

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    Yoon, Mi Na; Kim, Min Jae; Koong, Hwa Soo; Kim, Dong Kwan; Kim, Se Hoon; Park, Hyung Seo

    2017-09-01

    Oscillation of intracellular calcium levels is closely linked to initiating secretion of digestive enzymes from pancreatic acinar cells. Excessive alcohol consumption is known to relate to a variety of disorders in the digestive system, including the exocrine pancreas. In this study, we have investigated the role and mechanism of ethanol on carbamylcholine (CCh)-induced intracellular calcium oscillation in murine pancreatic acinar cells. Ethanol at concentrations of 30 and 100 mM reversibly suppressed CCh-induced Ca(2+) oscillation in a dose-dependent manner. Pretreatment of ethanol has no effect on the store-operated calcium entry induced by 10 μM of CCh. Ethanol significantly reduced the initial calcium peak induced by low concentrations of CCh and therefore, the CCh-induced dose-response curve of the initial calcium peak was shifted to the right by ethanol pretreatment. Furthermore, ethanol significantly dose-dependently reduced inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-induced calcium release from the internal stores in permeabilized acinar cells. These results provide evidence that excessive alcohol intake could impair cytosolic calcium oscillation through inhibiting calcium release from intracellular stores in mouse pancreatic acinar cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. PPARdelta activation inhibits angiotensin II induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy by suppressing intracellular Ca2+ signaling pathway.

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    Lee, Kuy-Sook; Park, Jin-Hee; Lee, Seahyoung; Lim, Hyun-Joung; Park, Hyun-Young

    2009-04-01

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors delta (PPARdelta) is known to be expressed ubiquitously, and the predominant PPAR subtype of cardiac cells. However, relatively less is known regarding the role of PPARdelta in cardiac cells except that PPARdelta ligand treatment protects cardiac hypertrophy by inhibiting NF-kappaB activation. Thus, in the present study, we examined the effect of selective PPARdelta ligand L-165041 on angiotensin II (AngII) induced cardiac hypertrophy and its underlying mechanism using cardiomyocyte. According to our data, L-165041 (10 microM) inhibited AngII-induced [(3)H] leucine incorporation, induction of the fetal gene atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) and increase of cardiomyocyte size. Previous studies have implicated the activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) in the progress of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. L-165041 pretreatment significantly inhibited AngII-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increase and subsequent phosphorylation of FAK. Further experiment using Ca(2+) ionophore A23187 confirmed that Ca(2+) induced FAK phosphorylation, and this was also blocked by L-165041 pretreatment. In addition, overexpression of PPARdelta using adenovirus significantly inhibited AngII-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increase and FAK expression, while PPARdelta siRNA treatment abolished the effect of L-165041. These data indicate that PPARdelta ligand L-165041 inhibits AngII induced cardiac hypertrophy by suppressing intracellular Ca(2+)/FAK/ERK signaling pathway in a PPARdelta dependent mechanism.

  19. Podocyte-derived BMP7 is critical for nephron development.

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    Kazama, Itsuro; Mahoney, Zhen; Miner, Jeffrey H; Graf, Daniel; Economides, Aris N; Kreidberg, Jordan A

    2008-11-01

    Individuals with congenital renal hypoplasia display a defect in the growth of nephrons during development. Many genes that affect the initial induction of nephrons have been identified, but little is known about the regulation of postinductive stages of kidney development. In the absence of the growth factor bone morphogenic protein 7 (BMP7), kidney development arrests after induction of a small number of nephrons. The role of BMP7 after induction, however, has not been fully investigated. Here, we generated a podocyte-specific conditional knockout of BMP7 (Bmp7(flox/flox);Nphs2-Cre(+) [BMP7 CKO]) to study the role of podocyte-derived BMP7 in nephron maturation. By postnatal day 4, 65% of BMP7 CKO mice had hypoplastic kidneys, but glomeruli demonstrated normal patterns of laminin and collagen IV subunit expression. Developing proximal tubules, however, were reduced in number and demonstrated impaired cellular proliferation. We examined signaling pathways downstream of BMP7; the level of cortical phosphorylated Smad1, 5, and 8 was unchanged in BMP CKO kidneys, but phosphorylated p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase was significantly decreased. In addition, beta-catenin was reduced in BMP7 CKO kidneys, and its localization to intracellular vesicles suggested that it had been targeted for degradation. In summary, these results define a BMP7-mediated regulatory axis between glomeruli and proximal tubules during kidney development.

  20. Peroxynitrite-Induced Neuronal Apoptosis Is Mediated by Intracellular Zinc Release and 12-Lipoxygenase Activation

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    Zhang, Yumin; Wang, Hong; Li, Jianrong; Jimenez, Daniel A.; Levitan, Edwin S.; Aizenman, Elias; Rosenberg, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    Peroxynitrite toxicity is a major cause of neuronal injury in stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. The mechanisms underlying the neurotoxicity induced by peroxynitrite are still unclear. In this study, we observed that TPEN [N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis (2-pyridylmethyl) ethylenediamine], a zinc chelator, protected against neurotoxicity induced by exogenous as well as endogenous (coadministration of NMDA and a nitric oxide donor, diethylenetriamine NONOate) peroxynitrite. Two different approaches to detecting intracellular zinc release demonstrated the liberation of zinc from intracellular stores by peroxynitrite. In addition, we found that peroxynitrite toxicity was blocked by inhibitors of 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and caspase-3 and was associated with mitochondrial membrane depolarization. Inhibition of 12-LOX blocked the activation of p38 MAPK and caspase-3. Zinc itself induced the activation of 12-LOX, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and activation of p38 MAPK and caspase-3. These data suggest a cell death pathway triggered by peroxynitrite in which intracellular zinc release leads to activation of 12-LOX, ROS accumulation, p38 activation, and caspase-3 activation. Therefore, therapies aimed at maintaining intracellular zinc homeostasis or blocking activation of 12-LOX may provide a novel avenue for the treatment of inflammation, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases in which the formation of peroxynitrite is thought to be one of the important causes of cell death. PMID:15564577

  1. C1-Ten is a PTPase of nephrin, regulating podocyte hypertrophy through mTORC1 activation.

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    Lee, Jiyoun; Koh, Ara; Jeong, Heeyoon; Kim, Eui; Ha, Tae-Sun; Saleem, Moin A; Ryu, Sung Ho

    2017-09-27

    Hypertrophy is a prominent feature of damaged podocytes in diabetic kidney disease (DKD). mTORC1 hyperactivation leads to podocyte hypertrophy, but the detailed mechanism of how mTORC1 activation occurs under pathological conditions is not completely known. Moreover, reduced nephrin tyrosine phosphorylation has been observed in podocytes under pathological conditions, but the molecular mechanism linking nephrin phosphorylation and pathology is unclear so far. In this study, we observed a significant increase in C1-Ten level in diabetic kidney and in high glucose-induced damaged podocytes. C1-Ten acts as a protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTPase) at the nephrin-PI3K binding site and renders PI3K for IRS-1, thereby activating mTORC1. Furthermore, C1-Ten causes podocyte hypertrophy and proteinuria by increasing mTORC1 activity in vitro and in vivo. These findings demonstrate the relationship between nephrin dephosphorylation and the mTORC1 pathway, mediated by C1-Ten PTPase activity. We suggest that C1-Ten contributes to the pathogenesis of DKD by inducing podocyte hypertrophy under high glucose conditions.

  2. NOD2 promotes renal injury by exacerbating inflammation and podocyte insulin resistance in diabetic nephropathy.

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    Du, Pengchao; Fan, Baoxia; Han, Huirong; Zhen, Junhui; Shang, Jin; Wang, Xiaojie; Li, Xiang; Shi, Weichen; Tang, Wei; Bao, Chanchan; Wang, Ziying; Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Bin; Wei, Xinbing; Yi, Fan

    2013-08-01

    An increasing number of clinical and animal model studies indicate that activation of the innate immune system and inflammatory mechanisms are important in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain containing 2 (NOD2), a member of the NOD-like receptor family, plays an important role in innate immune response. Here we explore the contribution of NOD2 to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and found that it was upregulated in kidney biopsies from diabetic patients and high-fat diet/streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Further, NOD2 deficiency ameliorated renal injury in diabetic mice. In vitro, NOD2 induced proinflammatory response and impaired insulin signaling and insulin-induced glucose uptake in podocytes. Moreover, podocytes treated with high glucose, advanced glycation end-products, tumor necrosis factor-α, or transforming growth factor-β (common detrimental factors in diabetic nephropathy) significantly increased NOD2 expression. NOD2 knockout diabetic mice were protected from the hyperglycemia-induced reduction in nephrin expression. Further, knockdown of NOD2 expression attenuated high glucose-induced nephrin downregulation in vitro, supporting an essential role of NOD2 in mediating hyperglycemia-induced podocyte dysfunction. Thus, NOD2 is one of the critical components of a signal transduction pathway that links renal injury to inflammation and podocyte insulin resistance in diabetic nephropathy.

  3. Glycogen synthase kinase-3β is required for epithelial-mesenchymal transition and barrier dysfunction in mouse podocytes under high glucose conditions

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    Guo, Jia; Yang, Lili; Qiao, Yingjin; Liu, Zhangsuo

    2016-01-01

    Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is important for diabetic nephropathy (DN). Podocytes are specialized epithelial cells, which form a major component of the glomerular filtration barrier. Podocyte damage has been suggested to be the primary mechanism behind the albuminuria associated with DN. The present study aimed to determine the function of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β in EMT and barrier dysfunction of mouse podocytes exposed to high glucose (HG) conditions. Matured and differentiated podocytes were treated with normal glucose (NG), HG or NG + mannitol. Podocytes were also transfected with a small interfering RNA (siRNA) against GSK-3β or a scrambled siRNA, or were treated with lithium chloride (LiCl), a GSK-3β inhibitor, under NG or HG conditions. The expression levels of the epithelial cell markers, nephrin and podocin, and the myofibroblast cell markers, α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) and fibronectin, in podocytes by western blot analysis and immunofluorescence staining, respectively. The monolayer barrier function was assessed by albumin inflow. The phosphorylation and activity levels of GSK-3β were also quantified. It was observed that HG promotes EMT in podocytes, due to the increased levels of podocin and nephrin expression and the reduced α-SMA and fibronectin expression levels. HG also induced barrier dysfunction and increased the expression level of total GSK-3β, Try216-phosphorylated-GSK-3β and the GSK-3β activity in podocytes. Transfection of GSK-3β siRNA or treatment with LiCl reversed the HG-induced EMT and barrier dysfunction in podocytes. In conclusion, the present study determined that GSK-3β is required for EMT and barrier dysfunction in podocytes under HG conditions; therefore, GSK-3β may be a novel target for the treatment of DN. PMID:27748847

  4. FAK contributes to proteinuria in hypercholesterolaemic rats and modulates podocyte F-actin re-organization via activating p38 in response to ox-LDL.

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    Hu, Mengsi; Fan, Minghua; Zhen, Junhui; Lin, Jiangong; Wang, Qun; Lv, Zhimei; Wang, Rong

    2017-03-01

    Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase that regulates cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. In the present study, a rat model of high fat diet-induced hypercholesterolaemia was established to investigate the involvement of FAK in lipid disorder-related kidney diseases. We showed focal fusion of podocyte foot process that occurred at as early as 4 weeks in rats consuming high fat diet, preceding the onset of proteinuria when aberrant phosphorylation of FAK was found. These abnormalities were ameliorated by dietary intervention of TAE226, a reported inhibitor of FAK. FAK is also an adaptor protein initiating cascades of intracellular signals including c-Src, Rho GTPase and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). P38 MAPK belongs to the latter and is centrally involved in kidney diseases. Our cell culture data revealed oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) triggered hyper-phosphorylation of FAK and p38, ectopic expression of cellular markers (manifested as decreased WT1, podocin and NEPH1, and increased vimentin and mmp9), and re-arrangement of F-actin filaments with enhanced cell motility; these mutations were significantly rectified by FAK shRNA. Notably, pre-treatment of p38 inhibitor did not alter FAK activation, albeit its deletion of p38 hyper-activity and attenuation of cellular abnormalities, demonstrating that p38 acted as a downstream effector of FAK signalling and ox-LDL damaged podocytes in a FAK/p38-dependent manner. This was further identified by animal data that p38 activation was also abrogated by TAE226 treatment in hypercholesterolaemic rats, suggesting that FAK/p38 axis might also be involved in in vivo events. These findings provided a potential early mechanism of hypercholesterolaemia-related podocyte damage and proteinuria.

  5. Podocytes Degrade Endocytosed Albumin Primarily in Lysosomes

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    Carson, John M.; Okamura, Kayo; Wakashin, Hidefumi; McFann, Kim; Dobrinskikh, Evgenia; Kopp, Jeffrey B.; Blaine, Judith

    2014-01-01

    Albuminuria is a strong, independent predictor of chronic kidney disease progression. We hypothesize that podocyte processing of albumin via the lysosome may be an important determinant of podocyte injury and loss. A human urine derived podocyte-like epithelial cell (HUPEC) line was used for in vitro experiments. Albumin uptake was quantified by Western blot after loading HUPECs with fluorescein-labeled (FITC) albumin. Co-localization of albumin with lysosomes was determined by confocal microscopy. Albumin degradation was measured by quantifying FITC-albumin abundance in HUPEC lysates by Western blot. Degradation experiments were repeated using HUPECs treated with chloroquine, a lysosome inhibitor, or MG-132, a proteasome inhibitor. Lysosome activity was measured by fluorescence recovery after photo bleaching (FRAP). Cytokine production was measured by ELISA. Cell death was determined by trypan blue staining. In vivo, staining with lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1) was performed on tissue from a Denys-Drash trangenic mouse model of nephrotic syndrome. HUPECs endocytosed albumin, which co-localized with lysosomes. Choloroquine, but not MG-132, inhibited albumin degradation, indicating that degradation occurs in lysosomes. Cathepsin B activity, measured by FRAP, significantly decreased in HUPECs exposed to albumin (12.5% of activity in controls) and chloroquine (12.8%), and declined further with exposure to albumin plus chloroquine (8.2%, p<0.05). Cytokine production and cell death were significantly increased in HUPECs exposed to albumin and chloroquine alone, and these effects were potentiated by exposure to albumin plus chloroquine. Compared to wild-type mice, glomerular staining of LAMP-1 was significantly increased in Denys-Drash mice and appeared to be most prominent in podocytes. These data suggest lysosomes are involved in the processing of endocytosed albumin in podocytes, and lysosomal dysfunction may contribute to podocyte injury and

  6. Brucella canis Is an Intracellular Pathogen That Induces a Lower Proinflammatory Response than Smooth Zoonotic Counterparts

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    Chacón-Díaz, Carlos; Altamirano-Silva, Pamela; González-Espinoza, Gabriela; Medina, María-Concepción; Alfaro-Alarcón, Alejandro; Bouza-Mora, Laura; Jiménez-Rojas, César; Wong, Melissa; Barquero-Calvo, Elías; Rojas, Norman; Guzmán-Verri, Caterina

    2015-01-01

    Canine brucellosis caused by Brucella canis is a disease of dogs and a zoonotic risk. B. canis harbors most of the virulence determinants defined for the genus, but its pathogenic strategy remains unclear since it has not been demonstrated that this natural rough bacterium is an intracellular pathogen. Studies of B. canis outbreaks in kennel facilities indicated that infected dogs displaying clinical signs did not present hematological alterations. A virulent B. canis strain isolated from those outbreaks readily replicated in different organs of mice for a protracted period. However, the levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-12 in serum were close to background levels. Furthermore, B. canis induced lower levels of gamma interferon, less inflammation of the spleen, and a reduced number of granulomas in the liver in mice than did B. abortus. When the interaction of B. canis with cells was studied ex vivo, two patterns were observed, a predominant scattered cell-associated pattern of nonviable bacteria and an infrequent intracellular replicative pattern of viable bacteria in a perinuclear location. The second pattern, responsible for the increase in intracellular multiplication, was dependent on the type IV secretion system VirB and was seen only if the inoculum used for cell infections was in early exponential phase. Intracellular replicative B. canis followed an intracellular trafficking route undistinguishable from that of B. abortus. Although B. canis induces a lower proinflammatory response and has a stealthier replication cycle, it still displays the pathogenic properties of the genus and the ability to persist in infected organs based on the ability to multiply intracellularly. PMID:26438796

  7. Brucella canis is an intracellular pathogen that induces a lower proinflammatory response than smooth zoonotic counterparts.

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    Chacón-Díaz, Carlos; Altamirano-Silva, Pamela; González-Espinoza, Gabriela; Medina, María-Concepción; Alfaro-Alarcón, Alejandro; Bouza-Mora, Laura; Jiménez-Rojas, César; Wong, Melissa; Barquero-Calvo, Elías; Rojas, Norman; Guzmán-Verri, Caterina; Moreno, Edgardo; Chaves-Olarte, Esteban

    2015-12-01

    Canine brucellosis caused by Brucella canis is a disease of dogs and a zoonotic risk. B. canis harbors most of the virulence determinants defined for the genus, but its pathogenic strategy remains unclear since it has not been demonstrated that this natural rough bacterium is an intracellular pathogen. Studies of B. canis outbreaks in kennel facilities indicated that infected dogs displaying clinical signs did not present hematological alterations. A virulent B. canis strain isolated from those outbreaks readily replicated in different organs of mice for a protracted period. However, the levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-12 in serum were close to background levels. Furthermore, B. canis induced lower levels of gamma interferon, less inflammation of the spleen, and a reduced number of granulomas in the liver in mice than did B. abortus. When the interaction of B. canis with cells was studied ex vivo, two patterns were observed, a predominant scattered cell-associated pattern of nonviable bacteria and an infrequent intracellular replicative pattern of viable bacteria in a perinuclear location. The second pattern, responsible for the increase in intracellular multiplication, was dependent on the type IV secretion system VirB and was seen only if the inoculum used for cell infections was in early exponential phase. Intracellular replicative B. canis followed an intracellular trafficking route undistinguishable from that of B. abortus. Although B. canis induces a lower proinflammatory response and has a stealthier replication cycle, it still displays the pathogenic properties of the genus and the ability to persist in infected organs based on the ability to multiply intracellularly. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  8. Extracellular stimulation of VSIG4/complement receptor Ig suppresses intracellular bacterial infection by inducing autophagy.

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    Kim, Kwang H; Choi, Beom K; Kim, Young H; Han, Chungyong; Oh, Ho S; Lee, Don G; Kwon, Byoung S

    2016-09-01

    VSIG4/CRIg (V-set and immunoglobulin domain containing 4) is a transmembrane receptor of the immunoglobulin superfamily that is expressed specifically on macrophages and mature dendritic cells. VSIG4 signaling accelerates phagocytosis of C3-opsonized bacteria, thereby efficiently clearing pathogens within macrophages. We found that VSIG4 signaling triggered by C3-opsonized Listeria (opLM) or by agonistic anti-VSIG4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) induced macrophages to form autophagosomes. VSIG4-induced autophagosomes were selectively colocalized with the intracellular LM while starvation-induced autophagosomes were not. Consistent with these results, the frequency of autophagosomes induced by infection with opLM was lower in VSIG4-deficient bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) than in WT BMDMs. Furthermore, when VSIG4 molecules were overexpressed in HeLa cells, which are non-macrophage cells, VSIG4 triggering led to efficient uptake of LM, autophagosome formation, and killing of the infected LM. These findings suggest that VSIG4 signaling not only promotes rapid phagocytosis and killing of C3-opsonized intracellular bacteria, as previously reported, but also induces autophagosome formation, eliminating the LM that have escaped from phagosomes. We conclude that VSIG4 signaling provides an anti-immune evasion mechanism that prevents the outgrowth of intracellular bacteria in macrophages.

  9. Effects of intracellular alkalinization on resting and agonist-induced vascular tone.

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    Danthuluri, N R; Deth, R C

    1989-03-01

    To evaluate the influence of intracellular alkalinization on basal and agonist-induced vascular tone, we studied the effect of NH4Cl on rat aorta. NH4Cl induced a gradually developing contraction in a dose-dependent manner. Although the contractile response to 20 mM NH4Cl was associated with a latent period (LP) of 23.4 +/- 2.8 min, intracellular pH (pHi) measurements in cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells showed that NH4Cl-induced intracellular alkalinization was immediate and transient, returning to basal pHi levels in about 30-35 min. Agents that elevate Ca2+, such as A23187 and high KCl, significantly reduced the LP associated with 20 mM NH4Cl-induced contraction. NH4Cl-induced contractions were sensitive to extracellular Ca2+ removal and to the addition of forskolin (1 microM); however, NH4Cl by itself did not cause Ca2+-influx as shown by 45Ca-uptake studies. Addition of 20 mM NH4Cl to precontracted tissues resulted in a transient relaxation, which was complete in approximately 10 min, followed by a contraction above the original level of tone. NH4Cl pretreatment caused time-dependent alterations in both the rapid and slow phases of phenylephrine and angiotensin II contractions. Rapid-phase of phenylephrine and angiotensin II contractions. Rapid-phase responses were diminished at shorter NH4Cl incubation times (10 min), whereas slow-phase response was augmented after a longer incubation (20 min). Overall, the vasorelaxant and vasoconstrictor effects induced by NH4Cl suggest a complex relationship between intracellular alkalinization and arterial contractility.

  10. Mitophagy induced by nanoparticle-peptide conjugates enabling an alternative intracellular trafficking route.

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    Zhang, Zhaolei; Zhou, Lei; Zhou, Yanqing; Liu, Jinyin; Xing, Xiaoyun; Zhong, Jun; Xu, Guoqiang; Kang, Zhenhui; Liu, Jian

    2015-10-01

    The intracellular behaviors of nanoparticles are fundamentally important for the evaluation of their biosafety and the designs of nano carrier-assisted drug delivery with high therapeutic efficacy. It is still in a great need to discover how functionalized nanoparticles are transported inside the cells, for instance, in a complicated fashion of translocation between different types of cell organelles. Here we report a new understanding of the interactions between nanoparticles and cells by the development of polyoxometalates nanoparticle-peptide conjugates and investigation of their intracellular trafficking behaviors. The as-prepared nanoparticles are featured with a unique combination of fluorescence and high contrast for synchrotron X-ray-based imaging. Functional surface modification with peptides facilitates effective delivery of the nanoparticles onto the target organelle (mitochondria) and subsequent intracellular trafficking in a dynamic mode. Interestingly, our experimental results have revealed that autophagy of mitochondria (mitophagy) can be induced by NP-peptide as a cellular response for recycling the damaged organelles, through molecular mediation associated with the change of mitochondrial membrane potential. The biological effects induced by NP-peptide reciprocally affect the distribution patterns and fates of nanoparticles in the cell metabolism by providing an alternative route of intracellular trafficking. The new understanding of the mutual activities between nanoparticles and cells will enrich our approaches in the development of nanobiotechnology and nano-medicine for disease treatments.

  11. The Brucella suis virB operon is induced intracellularly in macrophages

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    Boschiroli, Maria Laura; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Foulongne, Vincent; Michaux-Charachon, Sylvie; Bourg, Gisele; Allardet-Servent, Annick; Cazevieille, Chantal; Liautard, Jean Pierre; Ramuz, Michel; O'Callaghan, David

    2002-01-01

    A type IV secretion system similar to the VirB system of the phytopathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens is essential for the intracellular survival and multiplication of the mammalian pathogen Brucella. Reverse transcriptase–PCR showed that the 12 genes encoding the Brucella suis VirB system form an operon. Semiquantitative measurements of virB mRNA levels by slot blotting showed that transcription of the virB operon, but not the flanking genes, is regulated by environmental factors in vitro. Flow cytometry used to measure green fluorescent protein expression from the virB promoter confirmed the data from slot blots. Fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis and fluorescence microscopy showed that the virB promoter is induced in macrophages within 3 h after infection. Induction only occurred once the bacteria were inside the cells, and phagosome acidification was shown to be the major signal inducing intracellular expression. Because phagosome acidification is essential for the intracellular multiplication of Brucella, we suggest that it is the signal that triggers the secretion of unknown effector molecules. These effector molecules play a role in the remodeling of the phagosome to create the unique intracellular compartment in which Brucella replicates. PMID:11830669

  12. The role of intracellular zinc in chromium(VI)-induced oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis.

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    Rudolf, Emil; Cervinka, Miroslav

    2006-09-25

    Several studies have demonstrated that zinc is required for the optimal functioning of the skin. Changes in intracellular zinc concentrations have been associated with both improved protection of skin cells against various noxious factors as well as with increased susceptibility to external stress. Still, little is known about the role of intracellular zinc in hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))-induced skin injury. To address this question, the effects of zinc deficiency or supplementation on Cr(VI)-induced cytotoxicity, oxidative stress, DNA injury and cell death were investigated in human diploid dermal fibroblasts during 48 h. Zinc levels in fibroblasts were manipulated by pretreatment of cells with 100 microM ZnSO4 and 4 or 25 microM zinc chelator TPEN. Cr(VI) (50, 10 and 1 microM) was found to produce time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity resulting in oxidative stress, suppression of antioxidant systems and activation of p53-dependent apoptosis which is reported for the first time in this model in relation to environmental Cr(VI). Increased intracellular zinc partially attenuated Cr(VI)-induced cytotoxicity, oxidative stress and apoptosis by enhancing cellular antioxidant systems while inhibiting Cr(VI)-dependent apoptosis by preventing the activation of caspase-3. Decreased intracellular zinc enhanced cytotoxic effects of all the tested Cr(VI) concentrations, leading to rapid loss of cell membrane integrity and nuclear dispersion--hallmarks of necrosis. These new findings suggest that Cr(VI) as a model environmental toxin may damage in deeper regions residing skin fibroblasts whose susceptibility to such toxin depends among others on their intracellular Zn levels. Further investigation of the impact of Zn status on skin cells as well as any other cell populations exposed to Cr(VI) or other heavy metals is warranted.

  13. Intracellular glutathione regulates Andrographolide-induced cytotoxicity on hepatoma Hep3B cells.

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    Ji, Lili; Shen, Kaikai; Liu, Jun; Chen, Ying; Liu, Tianyu; Wang, Zhengtao

    2009-01-01

    Andrographolide (ANDRO), a diterpenoid lactone isolated from the traditional herbal plant Andrographis paniculata, was reported to induce apoptosis in hepatoma Hep3B cells in our previous study (Ji LL, Liu TY, Liu J, Chen Y, Wang ZT. Andrographolide inhibits human hepatoma-derived Hep3B cells growth through the activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase. Planta Med 2007; 73: 1397-1401). The present investigation was carried out to observe whether cellular reduced glutathione (GSH) plays important roles in ANDRO-induced apoptosis. ANDRO initially increased intracellular GSH levels which then decreased later, while inhibition of cellular GSH synthesis by L-Buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO) augmented ANDRO-induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis in Hep3B cells. On the other hand, the thiol antioxidant dithiothreitol (DTT) rescued ANDRO-depleted cellular GSH, and abrogated ANDRO-induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis. Furthermore, BSO pretreatment augmented ANDRO-decreased expression of antioxidant protein thioredoxin 1 (Trx1), while DTT reversed this decrease. Further results showed that ANDRO increased the activity of the GSH-related antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and the production of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Taken together, this study demonstrates that the intracellular redox system plays important roles in regulating the cytotoxicity of ANDRO on hepatoma Hep3B cells.

  14. SIRT1-AMPK crosstalk is involved in high glucose-dependent impairment of insulin responsiveness in primary rat podocytes.

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    Rogacka, Dorota; Piwkowska, Agnieszka; Audzeyenka, Irena; Angielski, Stefan; Jankowski, Maciej

    2016-12-10

    Growing evidence indicates that in diabetes, high glucose concentrations affect podocyte metabolism and function. The crucial pathological feature of type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance, often developed as a result of dysregulation of nutrient-responsible systems and disturbance of cellular homeostasis under diabetic conditions. Here, we report the involvement of the reciprocal interplay between deacetylase SIRT1 and protein kinase AMPK in podocyte high glucose-induced abolition of insulin-dependent glucose uptake, manifesting insulin resistance. Experiments were performed on primary rat podocytes cultured in standard or high glucose conditions. Immunodetection methods were used to determine SIRT1 protein level and AMPK phosphorylation degree. Insulin-stimulated changes in glucose uptake were used to determine podocyte responsiveness to insulin. SIRT1 activity was modulated by resveratrol, EX-527, or small interfering RNA targeting SIRT1. We have demonstrated that the absence of the stimulating effect of insulin on glucose uptake into primary rat podocytes after long-time exposition to high glucose concentrations, is a result of decreased SIRT1 protein levels and activity, associated with decreased AMPK phosphorylation degree, presumably underlying the induction of insulin resistance. Our findings suggest that the interplay between SIRT1 and AMPK is involved in the regulation of insulin action in podocytes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Brucella Induces an Unfolded Protein Response via TcpB That Supports Intracellular Replication in Macrophages

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    Smith, Judith A.; Khan, Mike; Magnani, Diogo D.; Harms, Jerome S.; Durward, Marina; Radhakrishnan, Girish K.; Liu, Yi-Ping; Splitter, Gary A.

    2013-01-01

    Brucella melitensis is a facultative intracellular bacterium that causes brucellosis, the most prevalent zoonosis worldwide. The Brucella intracellular replicative niche in macrophages and dendritic cells thwarts immune surveillance and complicates both therapy and vaccine development. Currently, host-pathogen interactions supporting Brucella replication are poorly understood. Brucella fuses with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to replicate, resulting in dramatic restructuring of the ER. This ER disruption raises the possibility that Brucella provokes an ER stress response called the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR). In this study, B. melitensis infection up regulated expression of the UPR target genes BiP, CHOP, and ERdj4, and induced XBP1 mRNA splicing in murine macrophages. These data implicate activation of all 3 major signaling pathways of the UPR. Consistent with previous reports, XBP1 mRNA splicing was largely MyD88-dependent. However, up regulation of CHOP, and ERdj4 was completely MyD88 independent. Heat killed Brucella stimulated significantly less BiP, CHOP, and ERdj4 expression, but induced XBP1 splicing. Although a Brucella VirB mutant showed relatively intact UPR induction, a TcpB mutant had significantly compromised BiP, CHOP and ERdj4 expression. Purified TcpB, a protein recently identified to modulate microtubules in a manner similar to paclitaxel, also induced UPR target gene expression and resulted in dramatic restructuring of the ER. In contrast, infection with the TcpB mutant resulted in much less ER structural disruption. Finally, tauroursodeoxycholic acid, a pharmacologic chaperone that ameliorates the UPR, significantly impaired Brucella replication in macrophages. Together, these results suggest Brucella induces a UPR, via TcpB and potentially other factors, that enables its intracellular replication. Thus, the UPR may provide a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of brucellosis. These results also have implications for other

  16. Nicousamide protects kidney podocyte by inhibiting the TGFβ receptor II phosphorylation and AGE-RAGE signaling

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    Zhang, Sen; Wang, Dongjie; Xue, Nina; Lai, Fangfang; Ji, Ming; Jin, Jing; Chen, Xiaoguang

    2017-01-01

    Nicousamide, a clinical phase II renal protective new drug, has been demonstrated to have renal protective effect on diabetic nephropathy (DN) by experimental animal model. Its known molecular mechanisms include AGE formation blocking and moderately decreasing the blood pressure. Nicousamide shows potential on attenuating albuminuria, thereby suggests it might have protective effect on podocytes. The aim of present study was to investigate whether nicousamide could protect integrity of podocytes, and further its protection mechanisms. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were induced to DN by streptozotocin, and nicousamide (20 and 40 mg/kg) was orally administrated for 20 weeks. Every five weeks, the albuminuria was measured, and renal pathology was evaluated at the end of experiment. Real-time PCR and immunofluorescence were used to test expression of podocyte marker nephrin, CD2AP and podocine in rat kidney tissues. Western blot was used to test the activation and phosphorylation of TGFβ1-smad signaling pathway. surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology was used to analyze whether nicousamide can interact with TGFβ1 receptor II (TGFβ RII) and receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE). Results demonstrate that nicousamide significantly reduces albuminuria and ameliorate the glomerulosclerosis in DN rats. RT-PCR and immunofluorescence demonstrate that nicousamide can increase the expression of podocyte markers and keep podocyte effacement. Phosphorylation of TGFβ RII and smad2 in rat kidney was inhibited by nicousamide dose dependently. SPR demonstrate that nicousamide have strong binding capability with hRAGE with Kd approximate 6 μM. These results indicate a protective effect of nicousamide against podocyte injury, and this effect might contribute from suppression of TGFβ-involved fibrosis and AGE-RAGE signaling activation. PMID:28123638

  17. Proteinuria: an enzymatic disease of the podocyte?

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    Mundel, Peter; Reiser, Jochen

    2014-01-01

    Proteinuria is a major health-care problem that affects several hundred million people worldwide. Proteinuria is a cardinal sign and a prognostic marker of kidney disease, and also an independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Microalbuminuria is the earliest cue of renal complications of diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic syndrome. It can often progress to overt proteinuria that in 10–50% of patients is associated with the development of chronic kidney disease, ultimately requiring dialysis or transplantation. Therefore, reduction or prevention of proteinuria is highly desirable. Here we review recent novel insights into the pathogenesis and treatment of proteinuria, with a special emphasis on the emerging concept that proteinuria can result from enzymatic cleavage of essential regulators of podocyte actin dynamics by cytosolic cathepsin L (CatL), resulting in a motile podocyte phenotype. Finally, we describe signaling pathways controlling the podocyte actin cytoskeleton and motility and how these pathways can be manipulated for therapeutic benefit. PMID:19924101

  18. Flufenamic acid is a tool for investigating TRPC6-mediated calcium signalling in human conditionally immortalised podocytes and HEK293 cells.

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    Foster, Rebecca R; Zadeh, Maryam A H; Welsh, Gavin I; Satchell, Simon C; Ye, Yi; Mathieson, Peter W; Bates, David O; Saleem, Moin A

    2009-04-01

    Mutations in the cation channel TRPC6 result in a renal-specific phenotype of familial nephrotic syndrome, affecting intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) signalling in the glomerular podocyte. Tools to study native TRPC6 activity are scarce, although there has been recent success with flufenamic acid (FFA). We confirm the specificity of FFA for TRPC6 both in an artificial expression system and in a human conditionally immortalised podocyte cell line (ciPod). Cells were loaded with fura-2AM and changes in intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) were calculated. 200microM FFA induced an increase in [Ca(2+)](i) in HEK293 cells with native TRPC6 expression, which was enhanced by overexpression of TRPC6 and completely blocked in the absence of extracellular calcium. Expressed TRPC7 did not significantly affect the response to FFA whereas expressed TRPC3 reduced it. FFA also induced an increase ciPod in [Ca(2+)](i), which was inhibited using SKF96365 and 2-APB, but not indomethacin. In ciPod, adenovirus (Ad-v) wild type (WT) TRPC6 increased [Ca(2+)](i) activity to FFA compared to native TRPC6, whereas activity was significantly reduced with Ad-v dominant negative (DN) TRPC6. The niflumic acid (NFA) induced increase in [Ca(2+)](i) in ciPod was not affected by Ad-v TRPC6 DN, and in HEK293 cells was not affected by WT TRPC6. In conclusion, FFA activates TRPC6 [Ca(2+)](i) signalling in both ciPod and HEK293 cells independently of TRPC3 and TRPC7, and independently of properties of the fenamate family.

  19. Troglitazone-induced intracellular oxidative stress in rat hepatoma cells: a flow cytometric assessment.

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    Narayanan, Padma Kumar; Hart, Timothy; Elcock, Fiona; Zhang, Cindy; Hahn, Laura; McFarland, David; Schwartz, Lester; Morgan, D Gwyn; Bugelski, Peter

    2003-03-01

    Troglitazone (TRO), a thiazolidinedione (TZD) peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonist, was recently withdrawn from the market because of rare but serious hepatotoxicity. Previous studies investigating the cytotoxicity of TRO in cultured rat hepatocytes have conjectured about the role of oxidative stress in TRO-induced hepatotoxicity. Therefore, we investigated whether TRO induces oxidative stress and, if so, the portion of the TRO molecule responsible for the induction of oxidative stress. Novikoff rat hepatoma (N1S1) cells were incubated with TRO, troglitazone quinone (TQ), thiazolidinedione-phenoxyacetic acid (TD-PAA) or rosiglitazone (RSG). Membrane peroxidation, intracellular glutathione (GSH) content, and cellular viability were monitored simultaneously by multiparameter flow cytometry. TRO and TQ increased membrane peroxidation, decreased intracellular GSH, and decreased cell viability in a concentration-dependent manner. In contrast, TD-PAA and RSG neither increased membrane peroxidation nor induced loss of cell viability. In addition, TRO caused a concentration-dependent increase in intracellular superoxide generation accompanied by a collapse in mitochondrial membrane potential. Multiparameter flow cytometric evaluation of N1S1 cells indicated that the chromane ring of TRO, rather than the TZD moiety, may be responsible for oxidative stress and suggested that a direct effect on mitochondrial physiology may play a role in TRO-mediated hepatotoxicity. Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  20. Infrared neural stimulation induces intracellular Ca(2+) release mediated by phospholipase C.

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    Moreau, David; Lefort, Claire; Pas, Jolien; Bardet, Sylvia M; Leveque, Philippe; O'Connor, Rodney P

    2017-07-12

    The influence of infrared laser pulses on intracellular Ca(2+) signaling was investigated in neural cell lines with fluorescent live cell imaging. The probe Fluo-4 was used to measure Ca(2+) in HT22 mouse hippocampal neurons and nonelectrically excitable U87 human glioblastoma cells exposed to 50 to 500 ms infrared pulses at 1470 nm. Fluorescence recordings of Fluo-4 demonstrated that infrared stimulation induced an instantaneous intracellular Ca(2+) transient with similar dose-response characteristics in hippocampal neurons and glioblastoma cells (half-maximal effective energy density EC50 of around 58 J.cm(-2) ). For both type of cells, the source of the infrared-induced Ca(2+) transients was found to originate from intracellular stores and to be mediated by phospholipase C and IP3 -induced Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum. The activation of phosphoinositide signaling by IR light is a new mechanism of interaction relevant to infrared neural stimulation that will also be widely applicable to nonexcitable cell types. The prospect of infrared optostimulation of the PLC/IP3 cell signaling cascade has many potential applications including the development of optoceutical therapeutics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Nanomechanical mechanism for lipid bilayer damage induced by carbon nanotubes confined in intracellular vesicles

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    von dem Bussche, Annette; Yi, Xin; Qiu, Yang; Wang, Zhongying; Weston, Paula; Hurt, Robert H.; Kane, Agnes B.; Gao, Huajian

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the behavior of low-dimensional nanomaterials confined in intracellular vesicles has been limited by the resolution of bioimaging techniques and the complex nature of the problem. Recent studies report that long, stiff carbon nanotubes are more cytotoxic than flexible varieties, but the mechanistic link between stiffness and cytotoxicity is not understood. Here we combine analytical modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and in vitro intracellular imaging methods to reveal 1D carbon nanotube behavior within intracellular vesicles. We show that stiff nanotubes beyond a critical length are compressed by lysosomal membranes causing persistent tip contact with the inner membrane leaflet, leading to lipid extraction, lysosomal permeabilization, release of cathepsin B (a lysosomal protease) into the cytoplasm, and cell death. The precise material parameters needed to activate this unique mechanical pathway of nanomaterials interaction with intracellular vesicles were identified through coupled modeling, simulation, and experimental studies on carbon nanomaterials with wide variation in size, shape, and stiffness, leading to a generalized classification diagram for 1D nanocarbons that distinguishes pathogenic from biocompatible varieties based on a nanomechanical buckling criterion. For a wide variety of other 1D material classes (metal, oxide, polymer), this generalized classification diagram shows a critical threshold in length/width space that represents a transition from biologically soft to stiff, and thus identifies the important subset of all 1D materials with the potential to induce lysosomal permeability by the nanomechanical mechanism under investigation. PMID:27791073

  2. Intracellular light-induced release of signaling molecules from gold-coated liposomes

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    Orsinger, Gabriel V.; Williams, Joshua D.; Romanowski, Marek

    2014-03-01

    The combination of laser light and composite nanovesicles enables unique opportunities for precise delivery to, and ondemand release of molecular compounds within, single cells at high spatiotemporal resolution. Here, we demonstrate precise delivery and intracellular release of molecules from gold-coated liposomes via near infrared (NIR) light. The plasmon resonant gold shell provides a light-sensitive trigger for on-demand content release from thermosensitive liposomes. Two demonstrations of intracellular delivery and release from gold-coated liposomes are presented here. The first example uses microinjection to preload gold-coated liposomes into a single cell, followed by exposure to onresonant NIR laser light to trigger release of a fluorescent nuclear dye intracellularly. In the second delivery and release demonstration, gold-coated liposomes encapsulating inositol trisphosphate (IP3), a ubiquitous secondary messenger in cell signaling cascades, passively accumulate within cells via endocytosis. Exposure to on-resonant NIR laser wavelength of light induces rapid release of IP3 from the intracellular liposomes and subsequent activation of Ca2+ signaling at a single cell, monitored by changes in fluorescence intensity of a Ca 2+-sensitive dye.

  3. Nanomechanical mechanism for lipid bilayer damage induced by carbon nanotubes confined in intracellular vesicles.

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    Zhu, Wenpeng; von dem Bussche, Annette; Yi, Xin; Qiu, Yang; Wang, Zhongying; Weston, Paula; Hurt, Robert H; Kane, Agnes B; Gao, Huajian

    2016-11-01

    Understanding the behavior of low-dimensional nanomaterials confined in intracellular vesicles has been limited by the resolution of bioimaging techniques and the complex nature of the problem. Recent studies report that long, stiff carbon nanotubes are more cytotoxic than flexible varieties, but the mechanistic link between stiffness and cytotoxicity is not understood. Here we combine analytical modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and in vitro intracellular imaging methods to reveal 1D carbon nanotube behavior within intracellular vesicles. We show that stiff nanotubes beyond a critical length are compressed by lysosomal membranes causing persistent tip contact with the inner membrane leaflet, leading to lipid extraction, lysosomal permeabilization, release of cathepsin B (a lysosomal protease) into the cytoplasm, and cell death. The precise material parameters needed to activate this unique mechanical pathway of nanomaterials interaction with intracellular vesicles were identified through coupled modeling, simulation, and experimental studies on carbon nanomaterials with wide variation in size, shape, and stiffness, leading to a generalized classification diagram for 1D nanocarbons that distinguishes pathogenic from biocompatible varieties based on a nanomechanical buckling criterion. For a wide variety of other 1D material classes (metal, oxide, polymer), this generalized classification diagram shows a critical threshold in length/width space that represents a transition from biologically soft to stiff, and thus identifies the important subset of all 1D materials with the potential to induce lysosomal permeability by the nanomechanical mechanism under investigation.

  4. Activator of G-Protein Signaling 3-Induced Lysosomal Biogenesis Limits Macrophage Intracellular Bacterial Infection.

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    Vural, Ali; Al-Khodor, Souhaila; Cheung, Gordon Y C; Shi, Chong-Shan; Srinivasan, Lalitha; McQuiston, Travis J; Hwang, Il-Young; Yeh, Anthony J; Blumer, Joe B; Briken, Volker; Williamson, Peter R; Otto, Michael; Fraser, Iain D C; Kehrl, John H

    2016-01-15

    Many intracellular pathogens cause disease by subverting macrophage innate immune defense mechanisms. Intracellular pathogens actively avoid delivery to or directly target lysosomes, the major intracellular degradative organelle. In this article, we demonstrate that activator of G-protein signaling 3 (AGS3), an LPS-inducible protein in macrophages, affects both lysosomal biogenesis and activity. AGS3 binds the Gi family of G proteins via its G-protein regulatory (GoLoco) motif, stabilizing the Gα subunit in its GDP-bound conformation. Elevated AGS3 levels in macrophages limited the activity of the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway, a sensor of cellular nutritional status. This triggered the nuclear translocation of transcription factor EB, a known activator of lysosomal gene transcription. In contrast, AGS3-deficient macrophages had increased mammalian target of rapamycin activity, reduced transcription factor EB activity, and a lower lysosomal mass. High levels of AGS3 in macrophages enhanced their resistance to infection by Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, whereas AGS3-deficient macrophages were more susceptible. We conclude that LPS priming increases AGS3 levels, which enhances lysosomal function and increases the capacity of macrophages to eliminate intracellular pathogens.

  5. Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid Mitigates High Fat Diet-Induced Cardiomyocyte Contractile and Intracellular Ca2+ Anomalies

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    Turdi, Subat; Hu, Nan; Ren, Jun

    2013-01-01

    Objectives The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) has exhibited promises in the treatment of obesity, although its impact on obesity-induced cardiac dysfunction is unknown. This study examined the effect of TUDCA on cardiomyocyte function in high-fat diet-induced obesity. Methods Adult mice were fed low or high fat diet for 5 months prior to treatment of TUDCA (300 mg/kg. i.p., for 15d). Intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT), cardiomyocyte mechanical and intracellular Ca2+ property, insulin signaling molecules including IRS-1, Akt, AMPK, ACC, GSK-3β, c-Jun, ERK and c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) as well as ER stress and intracellular Ca2+ regulatory proteins were examined. Myocardial ultrastructure was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results High-fat diet depressed peak shortening (PS) and maximal velocity of shortening/relengthenin as well as prolonged relengthening duration. TUDCA reversed or overtly ameliorated high fat diet-induced cardiomyocyte dysfunction including prolongation in relengthening. TUDCA alleviated high-fat diet-induced decrease in SERCA2a and phosphorylation of phospholamban, increase in ER stress (GRP78/BiP, CHOP, phosphorylation of PERK, IRE1α and eIF2α), ultrastructural changes and mitochondrial permeation pore opening. High-fat diet feeding inhibited phosphorylation of AMPK and promoted phosphorylation of GSK-3β. TUDCA prevented high fat-induced dephosphorylation of AMPK but not GSK-3β. High fat diet promoted phosphorylation of IRS-1 (Ser307), JNK, and ERK without affecting c-Jun phosphorylation, the effect of which with the exception of ERK phosphorylation was attenuated by TUDCA. Conclusions These data depict that TUDCA may ameliorate high fat diet feeding-induced cardiomyocyte contractile and intracellular Ca2+ defects through mechanisms associated with mitochondrial integrity, AMPK, JNK and IRS-1 serine phosphorylation. PMID:23667647

  6. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid mitigates high fat diet-induced cardiomyocyte contractile and intracellular Ca2+ anomalies.

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    Turdi, Subat; Hu, Nan; Ren, Jun

    2013-01-01

    The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) has exhibited promises in the treatment of obesity, although its impact on obesity-induced cardiac dysfunction is unknown. This study examined the effect of TUDCA on cardiomyocyte function in high-fat diet-induced obesity. Adult mice were fed low or high fat diet for 5 months prior to treatment of TUDCA (300 mg/kg. i.p., for 15d). Intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT), cardiomyocyte mechanical and intracellular Ca(2+) property, insulin signaling molecules including IRS-1, Akt, AMPK, ACC, GSK-3β, c-Jun, ERK and c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) as well as ER stress and intracellular Ca(2+) regulatory proteins were examined. Myocardial ultrastructure was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High-fat diet depressed peak shortening (PS) and maximal velocity of shortening/relengthenin as well as prolonged relengthening duration. TUDCA reversed or overtly ameliorated high fat diet-induced cardiomyocyte dysfunction including prolongation in relengthening. TUDCA alleviated high-fat diet-induced decrease in SERCA2a and phosphorylation of phospholamban, increase in ER stress (GRP78/BiP, CHOP, phosphorylation of PERK, IRE1α and eIF2α), ultrastructural changes and mitochondrial permeation pore opening. High-fat diet feeding inhibited phosphorylation of AMPK and promoted phosphorylation of GSK-3β. TUDCA prevented high fat-induced dephosphorylation of AMPK but not GSK-3β. High fat diet promoted phosphorylation of IRS-1 (Ser(307)), JNK, and ERK without affecting c-Jun phosphorylation, the effect of which with the exception of ERK phosphorylation was attenuated by TUDCA. These data depict that TUDCA may ameliorate high fat diet feeding-induced cardiomyocyte contractile and intracellular Ca(2+) defects through mechanisms associated with mitochondrial integrity, AMPK, JNK and IRS-1 serine phosphorylation.

  7. Curcumin Mitigates the Intracellular Lipid Deposit Induced by Antipsychotics In Vitro.

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    Canfrán-Duque, Alberto; Pastor, Oscar; Reina, Manuel; Lerma, Milagros; Cruz-Jentoft, Alfonso J; Lasunción, Miguel A; Busto, Rebeca

    2015-01-01

    First- and second-generation antipsychotics (FGAs and SGAs, respectively), both inhibit cholesterol biosynthesis and impair the intracellular cholesterol trafficking, leading to lipid accumulation in the late endosome/lysosome compartment. In this study we examined if curcumin, a plant polyphenol that stimulates exosome release, can alleviate antipsychotic-induced intracellular lipid accumulation. HepG2 hepatocarcinoma cells were treated with antipsychotics or placebo and DiI-labelled LDL for 18 h and then exposed to curcumin for the last 2 h. Cells and media were collected separately and used for biochemical analyses, electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry. Exosomes were isolated from the incubation medium by ultracentrifugation. Curcumin treatment reduced the number of heterolysosomes and shifted their subcellular localization to the periphery, as revealed by electron microscopy, and stimulated the release of lysosomal β-hexosaminidase and exosome markers flotillin-2 and CD63 into the media. The presence of DiI in exosomes released by cells preloaded with DiI-LDL demonstrated the endolysosomal origin of the microvesicles. Furthermore, curcumin increased the secretion of cholesterol as well as LDL-derived DiI and [3H]-cholesterol, in association with a decrease of intracellular lipids. Thus, the disruption of lipid trafficking induced by FGAs or SGAs can be relieved by curcumin treatment. This polyphenol, however, did not mitigate the reduction of cholesterol esterification induced by antipsychotics. Curcumin stimulates exosome release to remove cholesterol (and presumably other lipids) accumulated within the endolysosomal compartment, thereby normalizing intracellular lipid homeostasis. This action may help minimize the adverse metabolic effects of antipsychotic treatment, which should now be evaluated in clinical trials.

  8. Curcumin Mitigates the Intracellular Lipid Deposit Induced by Antipsychotics In Vitro

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    Canfrán-Duque, Alberto; Pastor, Oscar; Reina, Manuel; Lerma, Milagros; Cruz-Jentoft, Alfonso J.

    2015-01-01

    Scope First- and second-generation antipsychotics (FGAs and SGAs, respectively), both inhibit cholesterol biosynthesis and impair the intracellular cholesterol trafficking, leading to lipid accumulation in the late endosome/lysosome compartment. In this study we examined if curcumin, a plant polyphenol that stimulates exosome release, can alleviate antipsychotic-induced intracellular lipid accumulation. Methods HepG2 hepatocarcinoma cells were treated with antipsychotics or placebo and DiI-labelled LDL for 18 h and then exposed to curcumin for the last 2 h. Cells and media were collected separately and used for biochemical analyses, electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry. Exosomes were isolated from the incubation medium by ultracentrifugation. Results Curcumin treatment reduced the number of heterolysosomes and shifted their subcellular localization to the periphery, as revealed by electron microscopy, and stimulated the release of lysosomal β-hexosaminidase and exosome markers flotillin-2 and CD63 into the media. The presence of DiI in exosomes released by cells preloaded with DiI-LDL demonstrated the endolysosomal origin of the microvesicles. Furthermore, curcumin increased the secretion of cholesterol as well as LDL-derived DiI and [3H]-cholesterol, in association with a decrease of intracellular lipids. Thus, the disruption of lipid trafficking induced by FGAs or SGAs can be relieved by curcumin treatment. This polyphenol, however, did not mitigate the reduction of cholesterol esterification induced by antipsychotics. Conclusion Curcumin stimulates exosome release to remove cholesterol (and presumably other lipids) accumulated within the endolysosomal compartment, thereby normalizing intracellular lipid homeostasis. This action may help minimize the adverse metabolic effects of antipsychotic treatment, which should now be evaluated in clinical trials. PMID:26517556

  9. Podocyte Depletion in Thin GBM and Alport Syndrome

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    Wang, Su Q.; Afshinnia, Farsad; Kershaw, David; Wiggins, Roger C.

    2016-01-01

    The proximate genetic cause of both Thin GBM and Alport Syndrome (AS) is abnormal α3, 4 and 5 collagen IV chains resulting in abnormal glomerular basement membrane (GBM) structure/function. We previously reported that podocyte detachment rate measured in urine is increased in AS, suggesting that podocyte depletion could play a role in causing progressive loss of kidney function. To test this hypothesis podometric parameters were measured in 26 kidney biopsies from 21 patients aged 2–17 years with a clinic-pathologic diagnosis including both classic Alport Syndrome with thin and thick GBM segments and lamellated lamina densa [n = 15] and Thin GBM cases [n = 6]. Protocol biopsies from deceased donor kidneys were used as age-matched controls. Podocyte depletion was present in AS biopsies prior to detectable histologic abnormalities. No abnormality was detected by light microscopy at <30% podocyte depletion, minor pathologic changes (mesangial expansion and adhesions to Bowman’s capsule) were present at 30–50% podocyte depletion, and FSGS was progressively present above 50% podocyte depletion. eGFR did not change measurably until >70% podocyte depletion. Low level proteinuria was an early event at about 25% podocyte depletion and increased in proportion to podocyte depletion. These quantitative data parallel those from model systems where podocyte depletion is the causative event. This result supports a hypothesis that in AS podocyte adherence to the GBM is defective resulting in accelerated podocyte detachment causing progressive podocyte depletion leading to FSGS-like pathologic changes and eventual End Stage Kidney Disease. Early intervention to reduce podocyte depletion is projected to prolong kidney survival in AS. PMID:27192434

  10. Podocyte Depletion in Thin GBM and Alport Syndrome.

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    Wickman, Larysa; Hodgin, Jeffrey B; Wang, Su Q; Afshinnia, Farsad; Kershaw, David; Wiggins, Roger C

    2016-01-01

    The proximate genetic cause of both Thin GBM and Alport Syndrome (AS) is abnormal α3, 4 and 5 collagen IV chains resulting in abnormal glomerular basement membrane (GBM) structure/function. We previously reported that podocyte detachment rate measured in urine is increased in AS, suggesting that podocyte depletion could play a role in causing progressive loss of kidney function. To test this hypothesis podometric parameters were measured in 26 kidney biopsies from 21 patients aged 2-17 years with a clinic-pathologic diagnosis including both classic Alport Syndrome with thin and thick GBM segments and lamellated lamina densa [n = 15] and Thin GBM cases [n = 6]. Protocol biopsies from deceased donor kidneys were used as age-matched controls. Podocyte depletion was present in AS biopsies prior to detectable histologic abnormalities. No abnormality was detected by light microscopy at <30% podocyte depletion, minor pathologic changes (mesangial expansion and adhesions to Bowman's capsule) were present at 30-50% podocyte depletion, and FSGS was progressively present above 50% podocyte depletion. eGFR did not change measurably until >70% podocyte depletion. Low level proteinuria was an early event at about 25% podocyte depletion and increased in proportion to podocyte depletion. These quantitative data parallel those from model systems where podocyte depletion is the causative event. This result supports a hypothesis that in AS podocyte adherence to the GBM is defective resulting in accelerated podocyte detachment causing progressive podocyte depletion leading to FSGS-like pathologic changes and eventual End Stage Kidney Disease. Early intervention to reduce podocyte depletion is projected to prolong kidney survival in AS.

  11. Reduction in podocyte SIRT1 accelerates kidney injury in aging mice.

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    Chuang, Peter Y; Cai, Weijing; Li, Xuezhu; Fang, Lu; Xu, Jin; Yacoub, Rabi; He, John Cijiang; Lee, Kyung

    2017-09-01

    Both the incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease are increasing in the elderly population. Although aging is known to induce kidney injury, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Sirtuin 1 (Sirt1), a longevity gene, is known to protect kidney cell injury from various cellular stresses. In previous studies, we showed that the podocyte-specific loss of Sirt1 aggravates diabetic kidney injury. However, the role of Sirt1 in aging-induced podocyte injury is not known. Therefore, in this study we sought to determine the effects of podocyte-specific reduction of Sirt1 in age-induced kidney injury. We employed the inducible podocyte-specific Sirt1 knockdown mice that express shRNA against Sirt1 (Pod-Sirt1(RNAi)) and control mice that express shRNA for luciferase (Pod-Luci(RNAi)). We found that reduction of podocyte Sirt1 led to aggravated aging-induced glomerulosclerosis and albuminuria. In addition, urinary level of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a marker of oxidative stress, was markedly increased in aged Pod-Sirt1(RNAi) mice compared with aged Pod-Luci(RNAi) mice. Although podocyte-specific markers decreased in aged mice compared with the young controls, the decrease was further exacerbated in aged Pod-Sirt1(RNAi) compared with Pod-Luci(RNAi) mice. Interestingly, expression of cellular senescence markers was significantly higher in the glomeruli of Pod-Sirt1(RNAi) mice than Pod-Luci(RNAi) mice, suggesting that cellular senescence may contribute to podocyte loss in aging kidneys. Finally, we confirmed that Pod-Sirt1(RNAi) glomeruli were associated with reduced activation of the transcription factors peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-α coactivador-1 (PGC1α)/PPARγ, forkhead box O (FOXO)3, FOXO4, and p65 NF-κB, through SIRT1-mediated deacetylation. Together, our data suggest that SIRT1 may be a potential therapeutic target to treat patients with aging-related kidney disease.

  12. Capacitation inducers act through diverse intracellular mechanisms in cryopreserved bovine sperm.

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    Breininger, E; Cetica, P D; Beconi, M T

    2010-10-01

    The effect of various capacitation inducers, i.e. heparin, superoxide anion, bicarbonate, adenosine, and caffeine, and their role in intracellular mechanisms involved in capacitation, were studied in cryopreserved bovine sperm. Capacitation was determined by epifluorescence chlortetracycline, protein tyrosine phosphorylation, and the ability of capacitated sperm to undergo an acrosome reaction and fertilize in vitro matured oocytes. Participation of membrane adenylate cyclase and protein kinases (protein kinase A, protein kinase C, and protein tyrosine kinase) was evaluated indirectly (with specific inhibitors). Involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was determined with scavengers of superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide, or nitric oxide. Percentages of capacitated (27-29%) and acrosome-reacted sperm (23-26%) did not differ (P > 0.05) among various capacitation inducers. Significantly higher rates of IVF were obtained with heparin (43%) or bicarbonate plus caffeine (45%), when compared with control samples (17%). Adding the membrane adenylate cyclase inhibitor diminished capacitation rates with heparin (8%) or adenosine (10%). There was differential protein kinase participation in response to inducers; protein kinase inhibitors diminished cleavage rates in heparin-capacitated sperm relative to controls. There were differences between and within the studied inducers in protein tyrosine phosphorylation patterns. We inferred that capacitation in cryopreserved bovine sperm was promoted through diverse pathways. Mechanisms triggered by heparin, or caffeine plus bicarbonate-induced capacitation, involved activation of intracellular pathways to optimize fertilizing capability of cryopreserved bovine sperm.

  13. Acute podocyte injury is not a stimulus for podocytes to migrate along the glomerular basement membrane in zebrafish larvae

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    Siegerist, Florian; Blumenthal, Antje; Zhou, Weibin; Endlich, Karlhans; Endlich, Nicole

    2017-01-01

    Podocytes have a unique 3D structure of major and interdigitating foot processes which is the prerequisite for renal blood filtration. Loss of podocytes leads to chronic kidney disease ending in end stage renal disease. Until now, the question if podocytes can be replaced by immigration of cells along the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) is under debate. We recently showed that in contrast to former theories, podocytes are stationary in the zebrafish pronephros and neither migrate nor change their branching pattern of major processes over 23 hours. However, it was still unclear whether podocytes are able to migrate during acute injury. To investigate this, we applied the nitroreductase/metronidazole zebrafish model of podocyte injury to in vivo two-photon microscopy. The application of metronidazole led to retractions of major processes associated with a reduced expression of podocyte-specific proteins and a formation of subpodocyte pseudocyst. Electron microscopy showed that broad areas of the capillaries became denuded. By 4D in vivo observation of single podocytes, we could show that the remaining podocytes did not walk along GBM during 24 h. This in vivo study reveals that podocytes are very stationary cells making regenerative processes by podocyte walking along the GBM very unlikely. PMID:28252672

  14. Non-thermal Plasma Induces Apoptosis in Melanoma Cells via Production of Intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species

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    Sensenig, Rachel; Kalghatgi, Sameer; Cerchar, Ekaterina; Fridman, Gregory; Shereshevsky, Alexey; Torabi, Behzad; Arjunan, Krishna Priya; Podolsky, Erica; Fridman, Alexander; Friedman, Gary; Azizkhan-Clifford, Jane; Brooks, Ari D.

    2012-01-01

    Non-thermal atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma may provide a novel approach to treat malignancies via induction of apoptosis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of DBD plasma to induce apoptosis in melanoma cells. Melanoma cells were exposed to plasma at doses that did not induce necrosis, and cell viability and apoptotic activity were evaluated by Trypan blue exclusion test, Annexin-V/PI staining, caspase-3 cleavage, and TUNEL® analysis. Trypan blue staining revealed that non-thermal plasma treatment significantly decreased the viability of cells in a dose-dependent manner 3 and 24 h after plasma treatment. Annexin-V/PI staining revealed a significant increase in apoptosis in plasma-treated cells at 24, 48, and 72 h post-treatment (p<0.001). Caspase-3 cleavage was observed 48 h post-plasma treatment at a dose of 15 J/cm2. TUNEL® analysis of plasma-treated cells demonstrated an increase in apoptosis at 48 and 72 h post-treatment (p<0.001) at a dose of 15 J/cm2. Pre-treatment with N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), an intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, significantly decreased apoptosis in plasma-treated cells at 5 and 15 J/cm2. Plasma treatment induces apoptosis in melanoma cells through a pathway that appears to be dependent on production of intracellular ROS. DBD plasma production of intracellular ROS leads to dose-dependent DNA damage in melanoma cells, detected by γ-H2AX, which was completely abrogated by pre-treating cells with ROS scavenger, NAC. Plasma-induced DNA damage in turn may lead to the observed plasma-induced apoptosis. Since plasma is non-thermal, it may be used to selectively treat malignancies. PMID:21046465

  15. 4-aminopyridine-induced contracture in frog ventricle is due to calcium released from intracellular stores.

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    Bhaskar, A; Subbanna, P K; Arasan, S; Rajapathy, J; Rao, J P; Subramani, S

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the study is to demonstrate the presence of intracellular calcium store in frog ventricle based on contractures induced by 4-aminopyridine in calcium-free media. Frog-ventricular strips were subjected to field stimulation at 0.2 Hz and the force of contraction was recorded after stabilization. The preparation was then kept quiescent for some time in solutions with different sodium concentrations, containing 0 or 1 mmol/L calcium. Caffeine, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), or tetraethylammonium chloride was then added. Frog skeletal muscle preparations were used as positive controls for the caffeine experiments. Frog ventricular preparations did not develop contractures (sustained contractions) in the presence of caffeine (25 mmol/L), while frog skeletal muscle preparations developed caffeine-induced contractures. However, 4-AP (16 mmol/L) was able to induce contractures in quiescent frog ventricular preparations, even when they were superfused with calcium-free solution. 4-AP contractures in frog ventricle were seen in the presence of nifedipine also. Amplitude of 4-AP evoked contractures in frog ventricle were much larger in low sodium (30 mmol/L) and sodium-free (sodium substituted by lithium) solutions than in normal sodium solution, suggesting that the route of extrusion of the cytosolic calcium (released from intracellular stores by 4-AP) is the sodium calcium exchanger, which gets reversed in low sodium solutions. Tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA) was not able to induce contractures in frog ventricle suggesting that the contracture evoked by 4-AP is not due to its potassium channel blocking effect. In quiescent frog skeletal muscle preparations, caffeine as well as 4-AP induced contractures in calcium-free solutions. We therefore conclude that there is a caffeine-insensitive, 4-AP sensitive intracellular calcium store in the frog ventricle.

  16. Intracellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide promotes TNF-induced necroptosis in a sirtuin-dependent manner

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    Preyat, N; Rossi, M; Kers, J; Chen, L; Bertin, J; Gough, P J; Le Moine, A; Rongvaux, A; Van Gool, F; Leo, O

    2016-01-01

    Cellular necrosis has long been regarded as an incidental and uncontrolled form of cell death. However, a regulated form of cell death termed necroptosis has been identified recently. Necroptosis can be induced by extracellular cytokines, pathogens and several pharmacological compounds, which share the property of triggering the formation of a RIPK3-containing molecular complex supporting cell death. Of interest, most ligands known to induce necroptosis (including notably TNF and FASL) can also promote apoptosis, and the mechanisms regulating the decision of cells to commit to one form of cell death or the other are still poorly defined. We demonstrate herein that intracellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) has an important role in supporting cell progression to necroptosis. Using a panel of pharmacological and genetic approaches, we show that intracellular NAD+ promotes necroptosis of the L929 cell line in response to TNF. Use of a pan-sirtuin inhibitor and shRNA-mediated protein knockdown led us to uncover a role for the NAD+-dependent family of sirtuins, and in particular for SIRT2 and SIRT5, in the regulation of the necroptotic cell death program. Thus, and in contrast to a generally held view, intracellular NAD+ does not represent a universal pro-survival factor, but rather acts as a key metabolite regulating the choice of cell demise in response to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. PMID:26001219

  17. Shear-induced intracellular loading of cells with molecules by controlled microfluidics

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    Hallow, Daniel M.; Seeger, Richard A.; Kamaev, Pavel P.; Prado, Gustavo R.; LaPlaca, Michelle C.; Prausnitz, Mark R.

    2010-01-01

    This study tested the hypothesis that controlled flow through microchannels can cause shear-induced intracellular loading of cells with molecules. The overall goal was to design a simple device to expose cells to fluid shear stress and thereby increase plasma membrane permeability. DU145 prostate cancer cells were exposed to fluid shear stress in the presence of fluorescent cell-impermeant molecules by using a cone-and-plate shearing device or high-velocity flow through microchannels. Using a syringe pump, cell suspensions were flowed through microchannels of 50 – 300 μm diameter drilled through Mylar® sheets using an excimer laser. As quantified by flow cytometry, intracellular uptake and loss of viability correlated with the average shear stress. Optimal results were observed when exposing the cells to high shear stress for short durations in conical channels, which yielded uptake to over one third of cells while maintaining viability at approximately 80%. This method was capable of loading cells with molecules including calcein (0.62 kDa), large molecule weight dextrans (150 - 2000 kDa), and bovine serum albumin (66 kDa). These results supported the hypothesis that shear-induced intracellular uptake could be generated by flow of cell suspensions through microchannels and further led to the design of a simple, inexpensive, and effective device to deliver molecules into cells. Such a device could benefit biological research and the biotechnology industry. PMID:17879304

  18. Intracellular photoactivation of caged cGMP induces myosin II and actin responses in motile cells.

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    Pfannes, Eva K B; Anielski, Alexander; Gerhardt, Matthias; Beta, Carsten

    2013-12-01

    Cyclic GMP (cGMP) is a ubiquitous second messenger in eukaryotic cells. It is assumed to regulate the association of myosin II with the cytoskeleton of motile cells. When cells of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum are exposed to chemoattractants or to increased osmotic stress, intracellular cGMP levels rise, preceding the accumulation of myosin II in the cell cortex. To directly investigate the impact of intracellular cGMP on cytoskeletal dynamics in a living cell, we released cGMP inside the cell by laser-induced photo-cleavage of a caged precursor. With this approach, we could directly show in a live cell experiment that an increase in intracellular cGMP indeed induces myosin II to accumulate in the cortex. Unexpectedly, we observed for the first time that also the amount of filamentous actin in the cell cortex increases upon a rise in the cGMP concentration, independently of cAMP receptor activation and signaling. We discuss our results in the light of recent work on the cGMP signaling pathway and suggest possible links between cGMP signaling and the actin system.

  19. EBP50 induces apoptosis in macrophages by upregulating nitric oxide production to eliminate intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Guo, Yang; Deng, Yating; Huang, Zikun; Luo, Qing; Peng, Yiping; Chen, Jie; Jiang, Hong; Ye, Jianqing; Li, Junming

    2016-01-01

    Mycobacterium bovis BCG is known to have the capacity to inhibit the positioning of iNOS on BCG-containing phagosomes by interfering with EBP50, a scaffolding protein that controls the recruitment of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) at the vicinity of phagosomes in macrophages. However, knockdown of the expression of EBP50 still facilitates the intracellular survival of BCG, which suggested that EBP50 may have some other unknown antimycobacterial properties. In this study we show that overexpression of EBP50 by a recombinant lentivirus had no effect on the iNOS recruitment to M.tuberculosis-containing phagosomes, but significantly promoted the elimination of intracellular M.tuberculosis. We revealed in the present study that the enhancement of intracellular killing to M. tuberculosis upon EBP50 overexpression was due to the increased level of apoptosis in macrophages. We showed that EBP50 overexpression significantly increased the expression of iNOS and generation of nitric oxide (NO), and EBP50-induced apoptosis was NO-dependent and mediated by Bax and caspase-3. We found that M. tuberculosis decreases while Mycobacterium smegmatis increases the expression of EBP50 in RAW264.7 cells, which suggested that virulent mycobacteria are capable of modulating the antimycobacterial properties of macrophages by inhibiting the expression and interfering with the function of EBP50. PMID:26729618

  20. Toll-like receptor–induced arginase 1 in macrophages thwarts effective immunity against intracellular pathogens

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    El Kasmi, Karim C; Qualls, Joseph E; Pesce, John T; Smith, Amber M; Thompson, Robert W; Henao-Tamayo, Marcela; Basaraba, Randall J; König, Till; Schleicher, Ulrike; Koo, Mi-Sun; Kaplan, Gilla; Fitzgerald, Katherine A; Tuomanen, Elaine I; Orme, Ian M; Kanneganti, Thirumala-Devi; Bogdan, Christian; Wynn, Thomas A; Murray, Peter J

    2008-01-01

    Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling in macrophages is required for antipathogen responses, including the biosynthesis of nitric oxide from arginine, and is essential for immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Toxoplasma gondii and other intracellular pathogens. Here we report a ‘loophole’ in the TLR pathway that is advantageous to these pathogens. Intracellular pathogens induced expression of the arginine hydrolytic enzyme arginase 1 (Arg1) in mouse macrophages through the TLR pathway. In contrast to diseases dominated by T helper type 2 (TH2) responses, TLR-mediated Arg1 induction was independent of the TH2-associated STAT6 pathway. Specific elimination of Arg1 in macrophages favored host survival in T. gondii infection and decreased lung bacterial load in tuberculosis infection. PMID:18978793

  1. Ethanol at low concentrations protects glomerular podocytes through alcohol dehydrogenase and 20-HETE.

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    McCarthy, Ellen T; Zhou, Jianping; Eckert, Ryan; Genochio, David; Sharma, Rishi; Oni, Olurinde; De, Alok; Srivastava, Tarak; Sharma, Ram; Savin, Virginia J; Sharma, Mukut

    2015-01-01

    Clinical studies suggest cardiovascular and renal benefits of ingesting small amounts of ethanol. Effects of ethanol, role of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) or of 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) in podocytes of the glomerular filtration barrier have not been reported. We found that mouse podocytes at baseline generate 20-HETE and express ADH but not CYP2e1. Ethanol at high concentrations altered the actin cytoskeleton, induced CYP2e1, increased superoxide production and inhibited ADH gene expression. Ethanol at low concentrations upregulated the expression of ADH and CYP4a12a. 20-HETE, an arachidonic acid metabolite generated by CYP4a12a, blocked the ethanol-induced cytoskeletal derangement and superoxide generation. Ethanol at high concentration or ADH inhibitor increased glomerular albumin permeability in vitro. 20-HETE and its metabolite produced by ADH activity, 20-carboxy-arachidonic acid, protected the glomerular permeability barrier against an ADH inhibitor, puromycin or FSGS permeability factor. We conclude that ADH activity is required for glomerular function, 20-HETE is a physiological substrate of ADH in podocytes and that podocytes are useful biosensors to understand glomeruloprotective effects of ethanol.

  2. Ethanol at Low Concentrations Protects Glomerular Podocytes through Alcohol Dehydrogenase and 20-HETE

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    McCarthy, Ellen T.; Zhou, Jianping; Eckert, Ryan; Genochio, David; Sharma, Rishi; Oni, Olurinde; De, Alok; Srivastava, Tarak; Sharma, Ram; Savin, Virginia J.; Sharma, Mukut

    2014-01-01

    Clinical studies suggest cardiovascular and renal benefits of ingesting small amounts of ethanol. Effects of ethanol, role of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) or of 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) in podocytes of the glomerular filtration barrier have not been reported. We found that mouse podocytes at baseline generate 20-HETE and express ADH but not CYP2e1. Ethanol at high concentrations altered the actin cytoskeleton, induced CYP2e1, increased superoxide production and inhibited ADH gene expression. Ethanol at low concentrations upregulated the expression of ADH and CYP4a12a. 20-HETE, an arachidonic acid metabolite generated by CYP4a12a, blocked the ethanol-induced cytoskeletal derangement and superoxide generation. Ethanol at high concentration or ADH inhibitor increased glomerular albumin permeability in vitro. 20-HETE and its metabolite produced by ADH activity, 20-carboxy-arachidonic acid, protected the glomerular permeability barrier against an ADH inhibitor, puromycin or FSGS permeability factor. We conclude that ADH activity is required for glomerular function, 20-HETE is a physiological substrate of ADH in podocytes and that podocytes are useful biosensors to understand glomeruloprotective effects of ethanol. PMID:25447342

  3. Crk1/2-dependent signaling is necessary for podocyte foot process spreading in mouse models of glomerular disease.

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    George, Britta; Verma, Rakesh; Soofi, Abdulsalam A; Garg, Puneet; Zhang, Jidong; Park, Tae-Ju; Giardino, Laura; Ryzhova, Larisa; Johnstone, Duncan B; Wong, Hetty; Nihalani, Deepak; Salant, David J; Hanks, Steven K; Curran, Tom; Rastaldi, Maria Pia; Holzman, Lawrence B

    2012-02-01

    The morphology of healthy podocyte foot processes is necessary for maintaining the characteristics of the kidney filtration barrier. In most forms of glomerular disease, abnormal filter barrier function results when podocytes undergo foot process spreading and retraction by remodeling their cytoskeletal architecture and intercellular junctions during a process known as effacement. The cell adhesion protein nephrin is necessary for establishing the morphology of the kidney podocyte in development by transducing from the specialized podocyte intercellular junction phosphorylation-mediated signals that regulate cytoskeletal dynamics. The present studies extend our understanding of nephrin function by showing that nephrin activation in cultured podocytes induced actin dynamics necessary for lamellipodial protrusion. This process required a PI3K-, Cas-, and Crk1/2-dependent signaling mechanism distinct from the previously described nephrin-Nck1/2 pathway necessary for assembly and polymerization of actin filaments. Our present findings also support the hypothesis that mechanisms governing lamellipodial protrusion in culture are similar to those used in vivo during foot process effacement in a subset of glomerular diseases. In mice, podocyte-specific deletion of Crk1/2 prevented foot process effacement in one model of podocyte injury and attenuated foot process effacement and associated proteinuria in a delayed fashion in a second model. In humans, focal adhesion kinase and Cas phosphorylation - markers of focal adhesion complex-mediated Crk-dependent signaling - was induced in minimal change disease and membranous nephropathy, but not focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Together, these observations suggest that activation of a Cas-Crk1/2-dependent complex is necessary for foot process effacement observed in distinct subsets of human glomerular diseases.

  4. The intracellular pathway of the acetylcholine-induced contraction in cat detrusor muscle cells

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    An, J Y; Yun, H S; Lee, Y P; Yang, S J; Shim, J O; Jeong, J H; Shin, C Y; Kim, J H; Kim, D S; Sohn, U D

    2002-01-01

    The present study was aimed to investigate intracellular pathways involved in acetylcholine (ACh)-induced contraction in cat detrusor muscle cells Contraction was expressed as per cent shortening of length of individually isolated smooth muscle cells obtained by enzymatic digestion. Dispersed intact and permeabilized cells were prepared for the treatment of drugs and antibody to enzymes, respectively. Using Western blot, we confirmed the presence of related proteins. The maximal contraction to ACh was generated at 10−11 M. This response was preferentially antagonized by M3 muscarinic receptor antagonist ρ-fluoro-hexahydrosiladifenidol (ρF-HSD) but not by the M1 antagonist pirenzepine and the M2 muscarinic receptor antagonist methoctramine. We identified G-proteins Gq/11, Gs, G0, Gi1, Gi2 and Gi3 in the bladder detrusor muscle. ACh-induced contraction was selectively inhibited by Gq/11 antibody but not to other G subunit. The phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) inhibitor neomycin reduced ACh-induced contraction. However, the inhibitors of the phospholipase D, the phospholipase A2 and protein kinase C did not attenuate the ACh-induced contraction. ACh-induced contraction was inhibited by antibody to PLC-β1 but not PLC-β3 and PLC-γ. Thapsigargin or strontium, which depletes or blocks intracellular calcium release, inhibited ACh-induced contraction. Inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3) receptor inhibitor heparin reduced ACh-induced contraction. These results suggest that in cat detrusor muscle contraction induced by ACh is mediated via M3 muscarinic receptor-dependent activation of Gq/11 and PLC-β1 and IP3-dependent Ca2+ release. PMID:12429572

  5. Susceptibility of podocytes to palmitic acid is regulated by stearoyl-CoA desaturases 1 and 2.

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    Sieber, Jonas; Weins, Astrid; Kampe, Kapil; Gruber, Stefan; Lindenmeyer, Maja T; Cohen, Clemens D; Orellana, Jana M; Mundel, Peter; Jehle, Andreas W

    2013-09-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by dyslipidemia with elevated free fatty acids (FFAs). Loss of podocytes is a hallmark of diabetic nephropathy, and podocytes are highly susceptible to saturated FFAs but not to protective, monounsaturated FFAs. We report that patients with diabetic nephropathy develop alterations in glomerular gene expression of enzymes involved in fatty acid metabolism, including induction of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD)-1, which converts saturated to monounsaturated FFAs. By IHC of human renal biopsy specimens, glomerular SCD-1 induction was observed in podocytes of patients with diabetic nephropathy. Functionally, the liver X receptor agonists TO901317 and GW3965, two known inducers of SCD, increased Scd-1 and Scd-2 expression in cultured podocytes and reduced palmitic acid-induced cell death. Similarly, overexpression of Scd-1 attenuated palmitic acid-induced cell death. The protective effect of TO901317 was associated with a reduction of endoplasmic reticulum stress. It was lost after gene silencing of Scd-1/-2, thereby confirming that the protective effect of TO901317 is mediated by Scd-1/-2. TO901317 also shifted palmitic acid-derived FFAs into biologically inactive triglycerides. In summary, SCD-1 up-regulation in diabetic nephropathy may be part of a protective mechanism against saturated FFA-derived toxic metabolites that drive endoplasmic reticulum stress and podocyte death.

  6. Susceptibility of Podocytes to Palmitic Acid Is Regulated by Stearoyl-CoA Desaturases 1 and 2

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    Sieber, Jonas; Weins, Astrid; Kampe, Kapil; Gruber, Stefan; Lindenmeyer, Maja T.; Cohen, Clemens D.; Orellana, Jana M.; Mundel, Peter; Jehle, Andreas W.

    2014-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by dyslipidemia with elevated free fatty acids (FFAs). Loss of podocytes is a hallmark of diabetic nephropathy, and podocytes are highly susceptible to saturated FFAs but not to protective, monounsaturated FFAs. We report that patients with diabetic nephropathy develop alterations in glomerular gene expression of enzymes involved in fatty acid metabolism, including induction of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD)-1, which converts saturated to monounsaturated FFAs. By IHC of human renal biopsy specimens, glomerular SCD-1 induction was observed in podocytes of patients with diabetic nephropathy. Functionally, the liver X receptor agonists TO901317 and GW3965, two known inducers of SCD, increased Scd-1 and Scd-2 expression in cultured podocytes and reduced palmitic acid–induced cell death. Similarly, overexpression of Scd-1 attenuated palmitic acid–induced cell death. The protective effect of TO901317 was associated with a reduction of endoplasmic reticulum stress. It was lost after gene silencing of Scd-1/-2, thereby confirming that the protective effect of TO901317 is mediated by Scd-1/-2. TO901317 also shifted palmitic acid–derived FFAs into biologically inactive triglycerides. In summary, SCD-1 up-regulation in diabetic nephropathy may be part of a protective mechanism against saturated FFA-derived toxic metabolites that drive endoplasmic reticulum stress and podocyte death. PMID:23867797

  7. Intracellular Serine Protease Inhibitor SERPINB4 Inhibits Granzyme M-Induced Cell Death

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    de Koning, Pieter J. A.; Kummer, J. Alain; de Poot, Stefanie A. H.; Quadir, Razi; Broekhuizen, Roel; McGettrick, Anne F.; Higgins, Wayne J.; Devreese, Bart; Worrall, D. Margaret; Bovenschen, Niels

    2011-01-01

    Granzyme-mediated cell death is the major pathway for cytotoxic lymphocytes to kill virus-infected and tumor cells. In humans, five different granzymes (i.e. GrA, GrB, GrH, GrK, and GrM) are known that all induce cell death. Expression of intracellular serine protease inhibitors (serpins) is one of the mechanisms by which tumor cells evade cytotoxic lymphocyte-mediated killing. Intracellular expression of SERPINB9 by tumor cells renders them resistant to GrB-induced apoptosis. In contrast to GrB, however, no physiological intracellular inhibitors are known for the other four human granzymes. In the present study, we show that SERPINB4 formed a typical serpin-protease SDS-stable complex with both recombinant and native human GrM. Mutation of the P2-P1-P1′ triplet in the SERPINB4 reactive center loop completely abolished complex formation with GrM and N-terminal sequencing revealed that GrM cleaves SERPINB4 after P1-Leu. SERPINB4 inhibited GrM activity with a stoichiometry of inhibition of 1.6 and an apparent second order rate constant of 1.3×104 M−1s−1. SERPINB4 abolished cleavage of the macromolecular GrM substrates α-tubulin and nucleophosmin. Overexpression of SERPINB4 in tumor cells inhibited recombinant GrM-induced as well as NK cell-mediated cell death and this inhibition depended on the reactive center loop of the serpin. As SERPINB4 is highly expressed by squamous cell carcinomas, our results may represent a novel mechanism by which these tumor cells evade cytotoxic lymphocyte-induced GrM-mediated cell death. PMID:21857942

  8. Involvement of intracellular expression of FGF12 in radiation-induced apoptosis in mast cells.

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    Nakayama, Fumiaki; Müller, Kerstin; Hagiwara, Akiko; Ridi, Roland; Akashi, Makoto; Meineke, Viktor

    2008-09-01

    Several fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are able to reduce and improve radiation-induced tissue damage through the activation of surface fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs). In contrast, some FGFs lack classical signal sequences, which play roles in the release of FGFs, and the intracellular function of these FGFs is not well clarified. In this study, we evaluated the transcript levels of 22 FGFs in a human mast cell line, HMC-1, using quantitative RT-PCR and found that FGF2 and FGF12 were expressed in HMC-1 cells. FGF12 not only lacks classical signal sequences but also fails to activate FGFRs. HMC-1 cells were transfected with an expression vector of FGF12 to clarify the intracellular function of FGF12 after irradiation. The overexpression of FGF12 in HMC-1 cells decreased ionizing radiation-induced apoptosis, and siRNA-mediated repression of FGF12 expression augmented apoptosis in HMC-1 cells. The overexpression of FGF12 strongly suppressed the marked augmentation of apoptosis induced by inhibition of the MEK/ERK pathway with PD98059. In contrast, the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) scaffold protein islet brain 2 (IB2), which was reported to bind to FGF12, did not interfere with the anti-apoptotic effect of FGF12. The expression of FGF12 transcripts was also detected in murine cultured mast cells derived from bone marrow or fetal skin. These findings suggest that FGF12 intracellularly suppresses radiation-induced apoptosis in mast cells independently of IB2.

  9. Mycobacterium avium MAV2054 protein induces macrophage apoptosis by targeting mitochondria and reduces intracellular bacterial growth

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    Lee, Kang-In; Whang, Jake; Choi, Han-Gyu; Son, Yeo-Jin; Jeon, Haet Sal; Back, Yong Woo; Park, Hye-Soo; Paik, Seungwha; Park, Jeong-Kyu; Choi, Chul Hee; Kim, Hwa-Jung

    2016-01-01

    Mycobacterium avium complex induces macrophage apoptosis. However, the M. avium components that inhibit or trigger apoptosis and their regulating mechanisms remain unclear. We recently identified the immunodominant MAV2054 protein by fractionating M. avium culture filtrate protein by multistep chromatography; this protein showed strong immuno-reactivity in M. avium complex pulmonary disease and in patients with tuberculosis. Here, we investigated the biological effects of MAV2054 on murine macrophages. Recombinant MAV2054 induced caspase-dependent macrophage apoptosis. Enhanced reactive oxygen species production and JNK activation were essential for MAV2054-mediated apoptosis and MAV2054-induced interleukin-6, tumour necrosis factor, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 production. MAV2054 was targeted to the mitochondrial compartment of macrophages treated with MAV2054 and infected with M. avium. Dissipation of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential (ΔΨm) and depletion of cytochrome c also occurred in MAV2054-treated macrophages. Apoptotic response, reactive oxygen species production, and ΔΨm collapse were significantly increased in bone marrow-derived macrophages infected with Mycobacterium smegmatis expressing MAV2054, compared to that in M. smegmatis control. Furthermore, MAV2054 expression suppressed intracellular growth of M. smegmatis and increased the survival rate of M. smegmatis-infected mice. Thus, MAV2054 induces apoptosis via a mitochondrial pathway in macrophages, which may be an innate cellular response to limit intracellular M. avium multiplication. PMID:27901051

  10. Intracellular Methamphetamine Prevents the Dopamine-induced Enhancement of Neuronal Firing*

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    Saha, Kaustuv; Sambo, Danielle; Richardson, Ben D.; Lin, Landon M.; Butler, Brittany; Villarroel, Laura; Khoshbouei, Habibeh

    2014-01-01

    The dysregulation of the dopaminergic system is implicated in multiple neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson disease and drug addiction. The primary target of psychostimulants such as amphetamine and methamphetamine is the dopamine transporter (DAT), the major regulator of extracellular dopamine levels in the brain. However, the behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of methamphetamine and amphetamine administration are unique from one another, thereby suggesting these two compounds impact dopaminergic neurotransmission differentially. We further examined the unique mechanisms by which amphetamine and methamphetamine regulate DAT function and dopamine neurotransmission; in the present study we examined the impact of extracellular and intracellular amphetamine and methamphetamine on the spontaneous firing of cultured midbrain dopaminergic neurons and isolated DAT-mediated current. In dopaminergic neurons the spontaneous firing rate was enhanced by extracellular application of amphetamine > dopamine > methamphetamine and was DAT-dependent. Amphetamine > methamphetamine similarly enhanced DAT-mediated inward current, which was sensitive to isosmotic substitution of Na+ or Cl− ion. Although isosmotic substitution of extracellular Na+ ions blocked amphetamine and methamphetamine-induced DAT-mediated inward current similarly, the removal of extracellular Cl− ions preferentially blocked amphetamine-induced inward current. The intracellular application of methamphetamine, but not amphetamine, prevented the dopamine-induced increase in the spontaneous firing of dopaminergic neurons and the corresponding DAT-mediated inward current. The results reveal a new mechanism for methamphetamine-induced dysregulation of dopaminergic neurons. PMID:24962577

  11. Intracellular methamphetamine prevents the dopamine-induced enhancement of neuronal firing.

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    Saha, Kaustuv; Sambo, Danielle; Richardson, Ben D; Lin, Landon M; Butler, Brittany; Villarroel, Laura; Khoshbouei, Habibeh

    2014-08-08

    The dysregulation of the dopaminergic system is implicated in multiple neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson disease and drug addiction. The primary target of psychostimulants such as amphetamine and methamphetamine is the dopamine transporter (DAT), the major regulator of extracellular dopamine levels in the brain. However, the behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of methamphetamine and amphetamine administration are unique from one another, thereby suggesting these two compounds impact dopaminergic neurotransmission differentially. We further examined the unique mechanisms by which amphetamine and methamphetamine regulate DAT function and dopamine neurotransmission; in the present study we examined the impact of extracellular and intracellular amphetamine and methamphetamine on the spontaneous firing of cultured midbrain dopaminergic neurons and isolated DAT-mediated current. In dopaminergic neurons the spontaneous firing rate was enhanced by extracellular application of amphetamine > dopamine > methamphetamine and was DAT-dependent. Amphetamine > methamphetamine similarly enhanced DAT-mediated inward current, which was sensitive to isosmotic substitution of Na(+) or Cl(-) ion. Although isosmotic substitution of extracellular Na(+) ions blocked amphetamine and methamphetamine-induced DAT-mediated inward current similarly, the removal of extracellular Cl(-) ions preferentially blocked amphetamine-induced inward current. The intracellular application of methamphetamine, but not amphetamine, prevented the dopamine-induced increase in the spontaneous firing of dopaminergic neurons and the corresponding DAT-mediated inward current. The results reveal a new mechanism for methamphetamine-induced dysregulation of dopaminergic neurons.

  12. Cyclodextrin Protects Podocytes in Diabetic Kidney Disease

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    Merscher-Gomez, Sandra; Guzman, Johanna; Pedigo, Christopher E.; Lehto, Markku; Aguillon-Prada, Robier; Mendez, Armando; Lassenius, Mariann I.; Forsblom, Carol; Yoo, TaeHyun; Villarreal, Rodrigo; Maiguel, Dony; Johnson, Kevin; Goldberg, Ronald; Nair, Viji; Randolph, Ann; Kretzler, Matthias; Nelson, Robert G.; Burke, George W.; Groop, Per-Henrik; Fornoni, Alessia

    2013-01-01

    Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) remains the most common cause of end-stage kidney disease despite multifactorial intervention. We demonstrated that increased cholesterol in association with downregulation of ATP-binding cassette transporter ABCA1 occurs in normal human podocytes exposed to the sera of patients with type 1 diabetes and albuminuria (DKD+) when compared with diabetic patients with normoalbuminuria (DKD−) and similar duration of diabetes and lipid profile. Glomerular downregulation of ABCA1 was confirmed in biopsies from patients with early DKD (n = 70) when compared with normal living donors (n = 32). Induction of cholesterol efflux with cyclodextrin (CD) but not inhibition of cholesterol synthesis with simvastatin prevented podocyte injury observed in vitro after exposure to patient sera. Subcutaneous administration of CD to diabetic BTBR (black and tan, brachiuric) ob/ob mice was safe and reduced albuminuria, mesangial expansion, kidney weight, and cortical cholesterol content. This was followed by an improvement of fasting insulin, blood glucose, body weight, and glucose tolerance in vivo and improved glucose-stimulated insulin release in human islets in vitro. Our data suggest that impaired reverse cholesterol transport characterizes clinical and experimental DKD and negatively influences podocyte function. Treatment with CD is safe and effective in preserving podocyte function in vitro and in vivo and may improve the metabolic control of diabetes. PMID:23835338

  13. Simulation of intracellular [Formula: see text] transients in osteoblasts induced by fluid shear stress and its application.

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    Sun, Junqing; Xie, Wenjun; Shi, Liang; Yu, Liyin; Zhang, Jianbao

    2017-04-01

    Intracellular [Formula: see text] transient induced by fluid shear stress (FSS) plays an important role in mechanical regulation of osteoblasts, but the cellular mechanism remains incompletely understood. Here, we constructed a mathematical model combined with experiments to elucidate it. Our simulated and experimental results showed that it was the delay of membrane potential repolarization to produce the refractory period of FSS-induced intracellular calcium transients in osteoblasts. Moreover, the results also demonstrated that the amplitude of FSS-induced intracellular calcium transient is crucial to the proliferation, while its duration is critical to the differentiation, of osteoblasts. Overall, the present study provides a way to understand the cellular mechanism of intracellular calcium transients in osteoblast induced by FSS and explains some of related physiological events.

  14. Estrogen Receptor Alpha Expression in Podocytes Mediates Protection against Apoptosis In-Vitro and In-Vivo

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    Kummer, Sebastian; Jeruschke, Stefanie; Wegerich, Lara Vanessa; Peters, Andrea; Lehmann, Petra; Seibt, Annette; Mueller, Friederike; Koleganova, Nadezda; Halbenz, Elisabeth; Schmitt, Claus Peter; Bettendorf, Markus; Mayatepek, Ertan; Gross-Weissmann, Marie-Luise; Oh, Jun

    2011-01-01

    Context/Objective Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that women have a significantly better prognosis in chronic renal diseases compared to men. This suggests critical influences of gender hormones on glomerular structure and function. We examined potential direct protective effects of estradiol on podocytes. Methods Expression of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) was examined in podocytes in vitro and in vivo. Receptor localization was shown using Western blot of separated nuclear and cytoplasmatic protein fractions. Podocytes were treated with Puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN, apoptosis induction), estradiol, or both in combination. Apoptotic cells were detected with Hoechst nuclear staining and Annexin-FITC flow cytometry. To visualize mitochondrial membrane potential depolarization as an indicator for apoptosis, cells were stained with tetramethyl rhodamine methylester (TMRM). Estradiol-induced phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and p38 MAPK was examined by Western blot. Glomeruli of ERα knock-out mice and wild-type controls were analysed by histomorphometry and immunohistochemistry. Results ERα was consistently expressed in human and murine podocytes. Estradiol stimulated ERα protein expression, reduced PAN-induced apoptosis in vitro by 26.5±24.6% or 56.6±5.9% (flow cytometry or Hoechst-staining, respectively; both p<0.05), and restored PAN-induced mitochondrial membrane potential depolarization. Estradiol enhanced ERK1/2 phosphorylation. In ERα knockout mice, podocyte number was reduced compared to controls (female/male: 80/86 vs. 132/135 podocytes per glomerulus, p<0.05). Podocyte volume was enhanced in ERα knockout mice (female/male: 429/371 µm3 vs. 264/223 µm3 in controls, p<0.05). Tgfβ1 and collagen type IV expression were increased in knockout mice, indicating glomerular damage. Conclusions Podocytes express ERα, whose activation leads to a significant protection against experimentally induced apoptosis. Possible underlying mechanisms include

  15. A Novel Intracellular Peptide Derived from G1/S Cyclin D2 Induces Cell Death*

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    de Araujo, Christiane B.; Russo, Lilian C.; Castro, Leandro M.; Forti, Fábio L.; do Monte, Elisabete R.; Rioli, Vanessa; Gozzo, Fabio C.; Colquhoun, Alison; Ferro, Emer S.

    2014-01-01

    Intracellular peptides are constantly produced by the ubiquitin-proteasome system, and many are probably functional. Here, the peptide WELVVLGKL (pep5) from G1/S-specific cyclin D2 showed a 2-fold increase during the S phase of HeLa cell cycle. pep5 (25–100 μm) induced cell death in several tumor cells only when it was fused to a cell-penetrating peptide (pep5-cpp), suggesting its intracellular function. In vivo, pep5-cpp reduced the volume of the rat C6 glioblastoma by almost 50%. The tryptophan at the N terminus of pep5 is essential for its cell death activity, and N terminus acetylation reduced the potency of pep5-cpp. WELVVL is the minimal active sequence of pep5, whereas Leu-Ala substitutions totally abolished pep5 cell death activity. Findings from the initial characterization of the cell death/signaling mechanism of pep5 include caspase 3/7 and 9 activation, inhibition of Akt2 phosphorylation, activation of p38α and -γ, and inhibition of proteasome activity. Further pharmacological analyses suggest that pep5 can trigger cell death by distinctive pathways, which can be blocked by IM-54 or a combination of necrostatin-1 and q-VD-OPh. These data further support the biological and pharmacological potential of intracellular peptides. PMID:24764300

  16. Intracellular accumulation of indium ions released from nanoparticles induces oxidative stress, proinflammatory response and DNA damage

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    Tabei, Yosuke; Sonoda, Akinari; Nakajima, Yoshihiro; Biju, Vasudevanpillai; Makita, Yoji; Yoshida, Yasukazu; Horie, Masanori

    2016-01-01

    Due to the widespread use of indium tin oxide (ITO), it is important to investigate its effect on human health. In this study, we evaluated the cellular effects of ITO nanoparticles (NPs), indium chloride (InCl3) and tin chloride (SnCl3) using human lung epithelial A549 cells. Transmission electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry were employed to study cellular ITO NP uptake. Interestingly, greater uptake of ITO NPs was observed, as compared with soluble salts. ITO NP species released could be divided into two types: ‘indium release ITO’ or ‘tin release ITO’. We incubated A549 cells with indium release ITO, tin release ITO, InCl3 or SnCl2 and investigated oxidative stress, proinflammatory response, cytotoxicity and DNA damage. We found that intracellular reactive oxygen species were increased in cells incubated with indium release ITO, but not tin release ITO, InCl3 or SnCl2. Messenger RNA and protein levels of the inflammatory marker, interleukin-8, also increased following exposure to indium release ITO. Furthermore, the alkaline comet assay revealed that intracellular accumulation of indium ions induced DNA damage. Our results demonstrate that the accumulation of ionic indium, but not ionic tin, from ITO NPs in the intracellular matrix has extensive cellular effects. PMID:26378248

  17. Intracellular accumulation of indium ions released from nanoparticles induces oxidative stress, proinflammatory response and DNA damage.

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    Tabei, Yosuke; Sonoda, Akinari; Nakajima, Yoshihiro; Biju, Vasudevanpillai; Makita, Yoji; Yoshida, Yasukazu; Horie, Masanori

    2016-02-01

    Due to the widespread use of indium tin oxide (ITO), it is important to investigate its effect on human health. In this study, we evaluated the cellular effects of ITO nanoparticles (NPs), indium chloride (InCl3) and tin chloride (SnCl3) using human lung epithelial A549 cells. Transmission electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry were employed to study cellular ITO NP uptake. Interestingly, greater uptake of ITO NPs was observed, as compared with soluble salts. ITO NP species released could be divided into two types: 'indium release ITO' or 'tin release ITO'. We incubated A549 cells with indium release ITO, tin release ITO, InCl3 or SnCl2 and investigated oxidative stress, proinflammatory response, cytotoxicity and DNA damage. We found that intracellular reactive oxygen species were increased in cells incubated with indium release ITO, but not tin release ITO, InCl3 or SnCl2. Messenger RNA and protein levels of the inflammatory marker, interleukin-8, also increased following exposure to indium release ITO. Furthermore, the alkaline comet assay revealed that intracellular accumulation of indium ions induced DNA damage. Our results demonstrate that the accumulation of ionic indium, but not ionic tin, from ITO NPs in the intracellular matrix has extensive cellular effects. © The Authors 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Japanese Biochemical Society. All rights reserved.

  18. Spark-induced Sparks as a Mechanism of Intracellular Calcium Alternans in Cardiac Myocytes

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    Rovetti, Robert; Cui, Xiaohua; Garfinkel, Alan; Weiss, James N.; Qu, Zhilin

    2010-01-01

    Rationale: Intracellular calcium (Ca) alternans has been widely studied in cardiac myocytes and tissue, yet the underlying mechanism remains controversial. Objective: In this study, we used computational modeling and simulation to study how randomly occurring Ca sparks interact collectively to result in whole-cell Ca alternans. Methods and Results: We developed a spatially-distributed intracellular Ca cycling model in which Ca release units (CRUs) are locally coupled by Ca diffusion throughout the myoplasm and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) network. Ca sparks occur randomly in the CRU network when periodically paced with a clamped voltage waveform, but Ca alternans develops as the pacing speeds up. Combining computational simulation with theoretical analysis, we show that Ca alternans emerges as a collective behavior of Ca sparks, determined by three critical properties of the CRU network from which Ca sparks arise: randomness (of Ca spark activation), refractoriness (of a CRU after a Ca spark), and recruitment (Ca sparks inducing Ca sparks in adjacent CRUs). We also show that the steep nonlinear relationship between fractional SR Ca release and SR Ca load arises naturally as a collective behavior of Ca sparks, and Ca alternans can occur even when SR Ca is held constant. Conclusions: We present a general theory for the mechanisms of intracellular Ca alternans, which mechanistically links Ca sparks to whole-cell Ca alternans, and is applicable to Ca alternans in both physiological and pathophysiological conditions. PMID:20378857

  19. Peroxynitrite induces apoptosis and decline in intracellular free Mg with concomitant elevation in [Ca2+]I in rat aortic smooth muscle cells: possible roles of extracellular and intracellular magnesium ions in peroxynitrite-induced cell death.

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    Li, Jianfeng; Li, Wenyan; Liu, Weimin; Altura, Bella T; Altura, Burton M

    2007-04-01

    The present study demonstrates that exogenous ONOO(-) can result in rapid declines in intracellular free magnesium ions ([Mg(2+)](i)) concomitant with rapid rises in intracellular free calcium ions ([Ca(2+)](i)) and, subsequently, trigger apoptosis but not necrosis in rat aortic SMCs; high [Mg(2+)] significantly attenuates ONOO(-)-induced apoptosis. ONOO(-)-induced apoptosis in vascular SMCs appears to involve activation of Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-dependent endonucleases and caspase-3. Mg deficiency itself could not induce apoptosis in these SMCs, but it could significantly enhance ONOO(-)-induced apoptosis.

  20. Saponin-based adjuvants induce cross-presentation in dendritic cells by intracellular lipid body formation

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    den Brok, Martijn H.; Büll, Christian; Wassink, Melissa; de Graaf, Annemarie M.; Wagenaars, Jori A.; Minderman, Marthe; Thakur, Mayank; Amigorena, Sebastian; Rijke, Eric O.; Schrier, Carla C.; Adema, Gosse J.

    2016-01-01

    Saponin-based adjuvants (SBAs) are being used in animal and human (cancer) vaccines, as they induce protective cellular immunity. Their adjuvant potency is a factor of inflammasome activation and enhanced antigen cross-presentation by dendritic cells (DCs), but how antigen cross-presentation is induced is not clear. Here we show that SBAs uniquely induce intracellular lipid bodies (LBs) in the CD11b+ DC subset in vitro and in vivo. Using genetic and pharmacological interference in models for vaccination and in situ tumour ablation, we demonstrate that LB induction is causally related to the saponin-dependent increase in cross-presentation and T-cell activation. These findings link adjuvant activity to LB formation, aid the application of SBAs as a cancer vaccine component, and will stimulate development of new adjuvants enhancing T-cell-mediated immunity. PMID:27819292

  1. Highly oligomeric procyanidins from areca nut induce lymphocyte apoptosis via the depletion of intracellular thiols.

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    Wang, Chia-Chi; Huang, Pei-Ling; Liu, Tsung-Yun; Jan, Tong-Rong

    2009-10-01

    Procyanidins are plant-derived polyphenolic compounds possessing a variety of biological activities, such as immunomodulation, and induction of tumor cell apoptosis. We previously reported that total extract of areca nut exhibited a suppressive effect on the metabolic activity and cytokine expression in normal splenic lymphocytes. As areca nut contains a rich amount of polyphenols, the objective of the present study was to investigate the pro-apoptotic effect of polyphenol-enriched areca nut extract (PANE) and its fractionated oligomeric procyanidins in splenic lymphocytes. Our data showed that PANE markedly induced lymphocyte apoptosis in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Notably, the fractionated oligomeric procyanidins from pentamers to decamers were active in inducing the apoptosis, whereas monomers to tetramers were inactive. In addition, a marked diminishment in the level of intracellular thiols was revealed in lymphocytes treated with pentamers to decamers. Pretreatment with N-acetyl-L-cysteine, a precursor of glutathione, resulted in significant attenuation of both apoptosis and thiol diminishment induced by areca procyanidins. Taken together, our results indicated that highly oligomeric procyanidins derived from areca nut exhibited a chain length-dependent pro-apoptotic effect in primary lymphocytes, which is mediated, at least in part, by the diminishment of intracellular thiols.

  2. Application of confocal microscopy on glutamate-induced intracellular calcium transient in neurons

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    Zhu, Geng; Zhou, Wei; Zhang, Yuan; Liu, Xiuli; Wu, Yuxiang; Luo, Qingming

    2006-02-01

    Intracellular calcium, as an important second messenger, plays a significant role in cell signaling transduction and metabolism. Glutamate can induce the intracellular calcium transient through triggering diverse signaling pathways. To test the effect of glutamate to neurons, we loaded Fluo-3/Am in cultured rat hippocampal neurons, and then acquired two-dimensional fluorescent image by confocal microscopy and the analyzed fluorescent intensity. In cultured neurons, we observed two types of neurons that have different morphology: bipolar-type and pyramidal-type. Inducing [Ca 2+] i transient by glutamate, we found the amplitude and time constant of the response curves of bipolar neurons are larger than those of pyramidal neurons. Further, we induced [Ca 2+] ii transient under different concentrations of glutamate. Two different types of kinetic of the [Ca 2+] i transient have been found, corresponded to the two kinds of neuron. The amplitude of [Ca 2+] i transient increased when applying higher concentration of glutamate in pyramidal neurons; while it decreased in bipolar ones. Responses of neurons bathing in calcium-free extracellular solution to glutamate were different from those bathing in normal solution. [Ca 2+] i transient of pyramidal neurons caused by any concentration were totally blocked; while [Ca 2+] i transient in bipolar neurons caused by high concentration of glutamate (500μM) were partly inhibited. All of the phenomena suggest that different types of cultured hippocampal neurons may have different mechanism of the response to glutamate.

  3. Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly of Galactose-Functionalized Biocompatible Diblock Copolymers for Intracellular Delivery

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    2013-01-01

    Recent advances in polymer science are enabling substantial progress in nanobiotechnology, particularly in the design of new tools for enhanced understanding of cell biology and for smart drug delivery formulations. Herein, a range of novel galactosylated diblock copolymer nano-objects is prepared directly in concentrated aqueous solution via reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization using polymerization-induced self-assembly. The resulting nanospheres, worm-like micelles, or vesicles interact in vitro with galectins as judged by a turbidity assay. In addition, galactosylated vesicles are highly biocompatible and allow intracellular delivery of an encapsulated molecular cargo. PMID:23941545

  4. Intrauterine growth restriction leads to a dysregulation of Wilms' tumour supressor gene 1 (WT1) and to early podocyte alterations.

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    Menendez-Castro, Carlos; Hilgers, Karl F; Amann, Kerstin; Daniel, Christoph; Cordasic, Nada; Wachtveitl, Rainer; Fahlbusch, Fabian; Plank, Christian; Dötsch, Jörg; Rascher, Wolfgang; Hartner, Andrea

    2013-06-01

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) leads to low nephron number and higher incidence of renal disease. We hypothesized that IUGR induces early podocyte alterations based on a dysregulation of Wilms' tumour suppressor gene 1 (WT1), a key player of nephrogenesis and mediator of podocyte integrity. IUGR was induced in rats by maternal protein restriction during pregnancy. Kidneys were harvested from male offspring at Days 1 and 70 of life. qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy were performed in renal tissue. Albuminuria was assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. At Day 70 of life, higher albuminuria and overt alterations of podocyte ultrastructure were detected in IUGR animals in spite of normal blood pressure. Moreover, we found increased glomerular immunoreactivity and expression of desmin, while synaptopodin and nephrin were decreased. Glomerular immunoreactivity and expression of WT1 were increased in IUGR animals at this time point with an altered expressional ratio of WT1 +KTS and -KTS isoforms. These changes of WT1 expression were already present at the time of birth. IUGR results in early podocyte damage possibly due to a dysregulation of WT1. We suggest that an imbalance of WT1 isoforms to the disadvantage of -KTS affects nephrogenesis in IUGR rats and that persistent dysregulation of WT1 results in a reduced ability to maintain podocyte integrity, rendering IUGR rats more susceptible for renal disease.

  5. Podocyte-specific overexpression of human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 attenuates diabetic nephropathy in mice.

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    Nadarajah, Renisha; Milagres, Rosangela; Dilauro, Marc; Gutsol, Alex; Xiao, Fengxia; Zimpelmann, Joseph; Kennedy, Chris; Wysocki, Jan; Batlle, Daniel; Burns, Kevin D

    2012-08-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) degrades angiotensin II to angiotensin-(1-7) and is expressed in podocytes. Here we overexpressed ACE2 in podocytes in experimental diabetic nephropathy using transgenic methods where a nephrin promoter drove the expression of human ACE2. Glomeruli from these mice had significantly increased mRNA, protein, and activity of ACE2 compared to wild-type mice. Male mice were treated with streptozotocin to induce diabetes. After 16 weeks, there was no significant difference in plasma glucose levels between wild-type and transgenic diabetic mice. Urinary albumin was significantly increased in wild-type diabetic mice at 4 weeks, whereas albuminuria in transgenic diabetic mice did not differ from wild-type nondiabetic mice. However, this effect was transient and by 16 weeks both transgenic and nontransgenic diabetic mice had similar rates of proteinuria. Compared to wild-type diabetic mice, transgenic diabetic mice had an attenuated increase in mesangial area, decreased glomerular area, and a blunted decrease in nephrin expression. Podocyte numbers decreased in wild-type diabetic mice at 16 weeks, but were unaffected in transgenic diabetic mice. At 8 weeks, kidney cortical expression of transforming growth factor-β1 was significantly inhibited in transgenic diabetic mice as compared to wild-type diabetic mice. Thus, the podocyte-specific overexpression of human ACE2 transiently attenuates the development of diabetic nephropathy.

  6. Gravity-induced changes in intracellular potentials in elongating cortical cells of mung bean roots

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    Ishikawa, H.; Evans, M. L.

    1990-01-01

    Gravity-induced changes in intracellular potentials in primary roots of 2-day-old mung bean (Vigna mungo L. cv. black matpe) seedlings were investigated using glass microelectrodes held by 3-dimensional hydraulic micro-drives. The electrodes were inserted into outer cortical cells within the elongation zone. Intracellular potentials, angle of root orientation with respect to gravity, and position within the root of the impaled cortical cell were measured simultaneously. Gravistimulation caused intracellular potential changes in cortical cells of the elongation zone. When the roots were oriented vertically, the intracellular potentials of the outer cortical cells (2 mm behind the root apex) were approximately - 115 mV. When the roots were placed horizontally cortical cells on the upper side hyperpolarized to - 154 mV within 30 s while cortical cells on the lower side depolarized to about - 62 mV. This electrical asymmetry did not occur in cells of the maturation zone. Because attempts to insert the electrode into cells of the root cap were unsuccessful, these cells were not measured. The hyperpolarization of cortical cells on the upper side was greatly reduced upon application of N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCCD), an inhibitor of respiratory energy coupling. When stimulated roots were returned to the vertical, the degree of hyperpolarization of cortical cells on the previous upper side decreased within 30 s and approached that of cortical cells in non-stimulated roots. This cycle of hyperpolarization/loss of hyperpolarization was repeatable at least ten times by alternately turning the root from the vertical to the horizontal and back again. The very short (<30 s) lag period of these electrical changes indicates that they may result from stimulus-perception and transduction within the elongation zone rather than from transmission of a signal from the root cap.

  7. Role of intracellular Ca2+ signal in the ascorbate-induced apoptosis in a human hepatoma cell line.

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    Lee, Yong Soo

    2004-12-01

    Although ascorbate (vitamin C) has been shown to have anti-cancer actions, its effect on human hepatoma cells has not yet been investigated, and thus, the exact mechanism of this action is not fully understood. In this study, the mechanism by which ascorbate induces apoptosis using HepG2 human hepatoblastoma cells is investigated. Ascorbate induced apoptotic cell death in a dose-dependent manner in the cells, was assessed through flow cytometric analysis. Contrary to expectation, ascorbate did not alter the cellular redox status, and treatment with antioxidants (N-acetyl cysteine and N,N-diphenyl-p-phenylenediamine) had no influence on the ascorbate-induced apoptosis. However, ascorbate induced a rapid and sustained increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentration. EGTA, an extracellular Ca2+ chelator did not significantly alter the ascorbate-induced intracellular Ca2+ increase and apoptosis, whereas dantrolene, an intracellular Ca2+ release blocker, completely blocked these actions of ascorbate. In addition, phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitors (U-73122 and manoalide) significantly suppressed the intracellular Ca2+ release and apoptosis induced by ascorbate. Collectively, these results suggest that ascorbate induced apoptosis without changes in the cellular redox status in HepG2 cells, and that the PLC-coupled intracellular Ca2+ release mechanism may mediate ascorbate-induced apoptosis.

  8. Ouabain-induced perturbations in intracellular ionic homeostasis regulate death receptor-mediated apoptosis.

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    Panayiotidis, Mihalis I; Franco, Rodrigo; Bortner, Carl D; Cidlowski, John A

    2010-07-01

    Apoptosis is defined by specific morphological and biochemical characteristics including cell shrinkage (termed apoptotic volume decrease), a process that results from the regulation of ion channels and plasma membrane transporter activity. The Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase is the predominant pump that controls cell volume and plasma membrane potential in cells and alterations in its function have been suggested to be associated with apoptosis. We report here that the Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase inhibitor ouabain, potentiates apoptosis in the human lymphoma Jurkat cells exposed to Fas ligand (FasL) or tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) but not other apoptotic agents such as H(2)O(2), thapsigargin or UV-C implicating a role for the Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase in death receptor-induced apoptosis. Interestingly, ouabain also potentiated perturbations in cell Ca(2+) homeostasis only in conjunction with the apoptotic inducer FasL but not TRAIL. Ouabain did not affect alterations in the intracellular Ca(2+) levels in response to H(2)O(2), thapsigargin or UV-C. FasL-induced alterations in Ca(2+) were not abolished in Ca(2+)-free medium but incubation of cells with BAPTA-AM inhibited both Ca(2+) perturbations and the ouabain-induced potentiation of FasL-induced apoptosis. Our data suggest that the impairment of the Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity during apoptosis is linked to perturbations in cell Ca(2+) homeostasis that modulate apoptosis induced by the activation of Fas by FasL.

  9. Sexually dimorphic intracellular responses after cocaine-induced conditioned place preference expression.

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    Nygard, Stephanie K; Klambatsen, Anthony; Hazim, Ruhal; Eltareb, Mohamed H; Blank, Jeff C; Chang, Anna J; Quinones-Jenab, Vanya; Jenab, Shirzad

    2013-07-03

    Sex differences in cocaine's mechanisms of action and behavioral effects have been widely reported. However, little is known about how sex influences intracellular signaling cascades involved with drug-environment associations. We investigated whether ERK/CREB intracellular responses in the mesocorticolimbic circuitry underlying cocaine environmental associations are sexually dimorphic. We used a standard 4 day conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm using 20mg/kg cocaine-a dose that induced CPP in male and female Fischer rats. In the nucleus accumbens (NAc) following CPP expression, cocaine treated animals showed increased phosphorylated ERK (pERK), phosphorylated CREB (pCREB) and ΔFosB protein levels. In the hippocampus (HIP) and caudate putamen (CPu), pERK and FosB/ΔFosB levels were also increased, respectively. Cocaine females had a larger change in HIP pERK and CPu ΔFosB levels than cocaine males; partly due to lower protein levels in saline female rats when compared to saline males. Prefrontal cortex (PfC) pCREB levels increased in cocaine males, but not females, whereas PfC pERK levels were increased in cocaine females, but not males. CPP scores were positively correlated to NAc pERK, HIP pERK and CPu FosB protein levels, suggesting that similar to males, the ERK/CREB intracellular pathway in mesocorticolimbic regions undergoes cocaine induced neuroplasticity in female rats. However, there seem to be intrinsic (basal) sexual dimorphisms in this pathway that may contribute to responses expressed after cocaine-CPP. Taken together, our results suggest that cellular responses associated with the expression of learned drug-environment associations may play an important role in sex differences in cocaine addiction and relapse.

  10. Region and context-specific intracellular responses associated with cocaine-induced conditioned place preference expression.

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    Nygard, S K; Klambatsen, A; Balouch, B; Quinones-Jenab, V; Jenab, S

    2015-02-26

    The development and maintenance of cocaine addiction depend heavily on learned reward-environment associations that can induce drug-seeking behavior and relapse. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these cue-induced conditioned responses is important for relapse prevention. To test whether intracellular responses measured after cocaine conditioned place preference (CPP) expression are context-dependent, we re-exposed cocaine-treated rats (drug-free) to an environment previously paired with cocaine or saline, 24h after the CPP test. After 8 days of cocaine CPP training with one of two cocaine doses (5mg/kg or 20mg/kg, i.p.), CPP was expressed only after conditioning with the higher cocaine dose. In CPP expressing rats, locomotor responses after re-exposure to the cocaine-chamber were greater than in rats re-exposed to the saline-paired chamber. Nucleus Accumbens (NAc) phosphorylated ERK (pERK) levels were increased after re-exposure to the cocaine-paired, but not the saline-paired chamber, regardless of whether or not CPP behavior was expressed. Caudate Putamen (CPu) pERK and FosB protein levels increased after re-exposure to the cocaine chamber only after conditioning with the higher cocaine dose. Conversely, the higher cocaine dose, independent of environment, resulted in increased NAc FosB, ΔFosB and phosphorylated CREB (pCREB) protein levels compared to those conditioned with 5mg/kg cocaine (non-CPP-expressing). Our results suggest that NAc ERK phosphorylation may be involved with retrieving the contextual information of a cocaine-association, without necessarily motivating the expression of CPP behavior. Additionally, we show distinct patterns of intracellular responses in the NAc and CPu indicating a region-specific role for pERK/pCREB/FosB intracellular signaling in the retrieval of cocaine-context associations.

  11. Susceptibility of podocytes to palmitic acid is regulated by fatty acid oxidation and inversely depends on acetyl-CoA carboxylases 1 and 2.

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    Kampe, Kapil; Sieber, Jonas; Orellana, Jana Marina; Mundel, Peter; Jehle, Andreas Werner

    2014-02-15

    Type 2 diabetes is characterized by dyslipidemia with elevated free fatty acids (FFAs). Loss of podocytes is a hallmark of diabetic nephropathy, and podocytes are susceptible to saturated FFAs, which induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and podocyte death. Genome-wide association studies indicate that expression of acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) 2, a key enzyme of fatty acid oxidation (FAO), is associated with proteinuria in type 2 diabetes. Here, we show that stimulation of FAO by aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1β-D-ribofuranoside (AICAR) or by adiponectin, activators of the low-energy sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protects from palmitic acid-induced podocyte death. Conversely, inhibition of carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT-1), the rate-limiting enzyme of FAO and downstream target of AMPK, augments palmitic acid toxicity and impedes the protective AICAR effect. Etomoxir blocked the AICAR-induced FAO measured with tritium-labeled palmitic acid. The beneficial effect of AICAR was associated with a reduction of ER stress, and it was markedly reduced in ACC-1/-2 double-silenced podocytes. In conclusion, the stimulation of FAO by modulating the AMPK-ACC-CPT-1 pathway may be part of a protective mechanism against saturated FFAs that drive podocyte death. Further studies are needed to investigate the potentially novel therapeutic implications of these findings.

  12. Susceptibility of podocytes to palmitic acid is regulated by fatty acid oxidation and inversely depends on acetyl-CoA carboxylases 1 and 2

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    Kampe, Kapil; Sieber, Jonas; Orellana, Jana Marina; Mundel, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes is characterized by dyslipidemia with elevated free fatty acids (FFAs). Loss of podocytes is a hallmark of diabetic nephropathy, and podocytes are susceptible to saturated FFAs, which induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and podocyte death. Genome-wide association studies indicate that expression of acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) 2, a key enzyme of fatty acid oxidation (FAO), is associated with proteinuria in type 2 diabetes. Here, we show that stimulation of FAO by aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1β-d-ribofuranoside (AICAR) or by adiponectin, activators of the low-energy sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protects from palmitic acid-induced podocyte death. Conversely, inhibition of carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT-1), the rate-limiting enzyme of FAO and downstream target of AMPK, augments palmitic acid toxicity and impedes the protective AICAR effect. Etomoxir blocked the AICAR-induced FAO measured with tritium-labeled palmitic acid. The beneficial effect of AICAR was associated with a reduction of ER stress, and it was markedly reduced in ACC-1/-2 double-silenced podocytes. In conclusion, the stimulation of FAO by modulating the AMPK-ACC-CPT-1 pathway may be part of a protective mechanism against saturated FFAs that drive podocyte death. Further studies are needed to investigate the potentially novel therapeutic implications of these findings. PMID:24338821

  13. Intracellular mechanisms mediating tocotrienol-induced apoptosis in neoplastic mammary epithelial cells.

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    Sylvester, Paul W; Shah, Sumit

    2005-01-01

    Tocotrienols and tocopherols represent the two subgroups that make up the vitamin E family of compounds. However, tocotrienols display significantly more potent apoptotic activity in neoplastic mammary epithelial cells than tocopherols. Studies were conducted to determine the intracellular mechanism(s) mediating tocotrienol-induced apoptosis in neoplastic +SA mouse mammary epithelial cells in vitro. An initial step in apoptosis is the activation of 'initiator' caspases (caspase-8 or -9) that subsequently activate 'effector' caspases (caspase-3, -6 and -7) and induce apoptosis. Treatment with cytotoxic doses of alpha-tocotrienol (20 microM) resulted in a time-dependent increase in caspase-8 and caspase-3 activity. Combined treatment with specific caspase-8 or caspase-3 inhibitors completely blocked alpha-tocotrienol-induced apoptosis and caspase-8 or caspase-3 activity, respectively. In contrast, alpha-tocotrienol treatment had no effect on caspase-9 activation, and combined treatment with a specific caspase-9 inhibitor did not block alpha-tocotrienol-induced apoptosis in (+)SA cells. Since caspase-8 activation is associated with the activation of death receptors, such as Fas, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), or TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptors, studies were conducted to determine the exact death receptor(s) and ligand(s) involved in mediating tocotrienol-induced caspase-8 activation and apoptosis. Treatment with Fas-ligand (FasL), Fas-activating antibody, or TRAIL failed to induce cell death in (+)SA neoplastic mammary epithelial cells, suggesting that these cells are resistant to death receptor-induced apoptosis. Moreover, treatment with cytotoxic doses of alpha-tocotrienol did not alter the intracellular levels of Fas, FasL, or Fas-associated death domain (FADD) in these cells. Western blot analysis also showed that alpha-tocotrienol did not induce FasL or FADD translocation from the cytosolic to membrane fraction in these cells. Finally

  14. The APP intracellular domain (AICD) potentiates ER stress-induced apoptosis.

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    Kögel, Donat; Concannon, Caoimhín G; Müller, Thorsten; König, Hildegard; Bonner, Caroline; Poeschel, Simone; Chang, Steffi; Egensperger, Rupert; Prehn, Jochen H M

    2012-09-01

    Here we employed human SHEP neuroblastoma cells either stably or inducibly expressing the amyloid precursor protein (APP) intracellular domain (AICD) to investigate its ability to modulate stress-induced cell death. Analysis of effector caspase activation revealed that AICD overexpression was specifically associated with an increased sensitivity to apoptosis induced by the 2 endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stressors thapsigargin and tunicamycin, but not by staurosporine (STS). Basal and ER stress-induced expression of Bip/Grp78 and C/EBP-homologous protein/GADD153 were not altered by AICD implying that AICD potentiated cell death downstream or independent of the conserved unfolded protein response (UPR). Interestingly, quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis and reporter gene assays revealed that AICD significantly downregulated messenger RNA levels of the Alzheimer's disease susceptibility gene ApoJ/clusterin, indicating transcriptional repression. Knockdown of ApoJ/clusterin mimicked the effect of AICD on ER stress-induced apoptosis, but had no discernible effect on staurosporine-induced cell death. Our data suggest that altered levels of AICD may abolish the prosurvival function of ApoJ/clusterin and increase the susceptibility of neurons to ER stress-mediated cell death, a pathway that may contribute to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Sound-Induced Intracellular Ca2+ Dynamics in the Adult Hearing Cochlea

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    Chan, Dylan K.; Rouse, Stephanie L.

    2016-01-01

    Ca2+ signaling has been implicated in the initial pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the cochlea's response to acoustic overstimulation. Intracellular Ca2+ signaling (ICS) waves, which occur in glia and retinal cells in response to injury to activate cell regulatory pathways, have been proposed as an early event in cochlear injury. Disruption of ICS activity is thought to underlie Connexin 26-associated hearing loss, the most common genetic form of deafness, and downstream sequelae of ICS wave activity, such as MAP kinase pathway activation, have been implicated in noise-induced hearing loss. However, ICS waves have only been observed in neonatal cochlear cultures and are thought to be quiescent after the onset of hearing. In this study, we employ an acute explant model of an adult, hearing cochlea that retains many in vivo physiologic features to investigate Ca2+ changes in response to sound. We find that both slow monotonic changes in intracellular Ca2+ concentration as well as discrete ICS waves occur with acoustic overstimulation. The ICS waves share many intrinsic features with their better-described neonatal counterparts, including ATP and gap-junction dependence, and propagation velocity and distance. This identification of ICS wave activity in the adult, hearing cochlea thus confirms and characterizes an important early detection mechanism for cochlear trauma and provides a target for interventions for noise-induced and Connexin 26-associated hearing loss. PMID:27959894

  16. Sound-Induced Intracellular Ca2+ Dynamics in the Adult Hearing Cochlea.

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    Chan, Dylan K; Rouse, Stephanie L

    2016-01-01

    Ca2+ signaling has been implicated in the initial pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the cochlea's response to acoustic overstimulation. Intracellular Ca2+ signaling (ICS) waves, which occur in glia and retinal cells in response to injury to activate cell regulatory pathways, have been proposed as an early event in cochlear injury. Disruption of ICS activity is thought to underlie Connexin 26-associated hearing loss, the most common genetic form of deafness, and downstream sequelae of ICS wave activity, such as MAP kinase pathway activation, have been implicated in noise-induced hearing loss. However, ICS waves have only been observed in neonatal cochlear cultures and are thought to be quiescent after the onset of hearing. In this study, we employ an acute explant model of an adult, hearing cochlea that retains many in vivo physiologic features to investigate Ca2+ changes in response to sound. We find that both slow monotonic changes in intracellular Ca2+ concentration as well as discrete ICS waves occur with acoustic overstimulation. The ICS waves share many intrinsic features with their better-described neonatal counterparts, including ATP and gap-junction dependence, and propagation velocity and distance. This identification of ICS wave activity in the adult, hearing cochlea thus confirms and characterizes an important early detection mechanism for cochlear trauma and provides a target for interventions for noise-induced and Connexin 26-associated hearing loss.

  17. The role of intracellular redox imbalance in nanomaterial induced cellular damage and genotoxicity: a review.

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    Kermanizadeh, Ali; Chauché, Caroline; Brown, David M; Loft, Steffen; Møller, Peter

    2015-03-01

    The terms oxidative stress, free radical generation, and intracellular antioxidant protection have become part of everyday nanotoxicology terminology. In recent years, an ever increasing number of in vitro and in vivo studies have implicated disruptions to the redox balance and oxidative stress as one of the main contributors to nanomaterial (NM) induced adverse effects. One of the most important and widely investigated of these effects is genotoxicity. In general, systems that defend an organism against oxidative damage to DNA are very complex and include prevention of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, neutralizing ROS (scavengers), enzymatic nucleotide pool sanitation, and DNA repair. This review discusses the importance of the maintenance of the redox balance in this context before examining studies that have investigated engineered NM induced redox imbalance and genotoxicity. Furthermore, we identify data gaps, and highlight a number of issues that exist with the methodologies that are routinely utilized to investigate intracellular ROS production or anti-oxidant depletion. We conclude that for a large number of engineered NM types changes in the redox balance toward oxidative stress are normally associated with DNA damage. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Delta-tocotrienol induces apoptotic cell death via depletion of intracellular squalene in ED40515 cells.

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    Yamasaki, Masao; Nishimura, Misato; Sakakibara, Yoichi; Suiko, Masahito; Morishita, Kazuhiro; Nishiyama, Kazuo

    2014-11-01

    Here, we examined the effect of tocotrienols (T3) on the growth of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) cells. All three forms (β-, γ-, and δ-T3) inhibited cell proliferation in a dose-dependent manner; δ-T3 showed the strongest growth-inhibitory effect. δ-T3 increased the G1, G2/M, and subG1 populations and induced internucleosomal DNA fragmentation. δ-T3 treatment also increased the levels of cleaved caspase-3, -6, -7, -9, and poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP), and this was accompanied by downregulation of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, and XIAP. Moreover, δ-T3 decreased nuclear p65 NF-κB levels, indicating downregulation of NF-κB activity. This cytotoxic effect of δ-T3 was abrogated by squalene (SQL) but not mevalonate (MVL), farnesyl diphosphate (FPP), geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP), or cholesterol (CL). δ-T3 decreased intracellular SQL levels, and inhibition of de novo cholesterol synthesis did not affect the action of SQL. Furthermore, δ-T3 significantly decreased farnesyl-diphosphate farnesyltransferase 1 (FDFT1) expression. Taken together, it is evident that δ-T3, due to its ability to potently induce apoptosis via the depletion of intracellular SQL, shows the potential to be considered a therapeutic agent in patients with ATL.

  19. Intracellular calcium affects prestin's voltage operating point indirectly via turgor-induced membrane tension

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    Song, Lei; Santos-Sacchi, Joseph

    2015-12-01

    Recent identification of a calmodulin binding site within prestin's C-terminus indicates that calcium can significantly alter prestin's operating voltage range as gauged by the Boltzmann parameter Vh (Keller et al., J. Neuroscience, 2014). We reasoned that those experiments may have identified the molecular substrate for the protein's tension sensitivity. In an effort to understand how this may happen, we evaluated the effects of turgor pressure on such shifts produced by calcium. We find that the shifts are induced by calcium's ability to reduce turgor pressure during whole cell voltage clamp recording. Clamping turgor pressure to 1kPa, the cell's normal intracellular pressure, completely counters the calcium effect. Furthermore, following unrestrained shifts, collapsing the cells abolishes induced shifts. We conclude that calcium does not work by direct action on prestin's conformational state. The possibility remains that calcium interaction with prestin alters water movements within the cell, possibly via its anion transport function.

  20. New Insights into Podocyte Biology in Glomerular Health and Disease.

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    Assady, Suheir; Wanner, Nicola; Skorecki, Karl L; Huber, Tobias B

    2017-04-12

    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.

  1. Interleukin-20 targets podocytes and is upregulated in experimental murine diabetic nephropathy

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    Hsu, Yu-Hsiang; Li, Hsing-Hui; Sung, Junne-Ming; Chen, Wei-Yu; Hou, Ya-Chin; Weng, Yun-Han; Lai, Wei-Ting; Wu, Chih-Hsing; Chang, Ming-Shi

    2017-01-01

    Interleukin (IL)-20, a proinflammatory cytokine of the IL-10 family, is involved in acute and chronic renal failure. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of IL-20 during diabetic nephropathy development. We found that IL-20 and its receptor IL-20R1 were upregulated in the kidneys of mice and rats with STZ-induced diabetes. In vitro, IL-20 induced MMP-9, MCP-1, TGF-β1 and VEGF expression in podocytes. IL-20 was upregulated by hydrogen peroxide, high-dose glucose and TGF-β1. In addition, IL-20 induced apoptosis in podocytes by activating caspase-8. In STZ-induced early diabetic nephropathy, IL-20R1-deficient mice had lower blood glucose and serum BUN levels and a smaller glomerular area than did wild-type controls. Anti-IL-20 monoclonal antibody (7E) treatment reduced blood glucose and the glomerular area and improved renal functions in mice in the early stage of STZ-induced diabetic nephropathy. ELISA showed that the serum IL-20 level was higher in patients with diabetes mellitus than in healthy controls. The findings of this study suggest that IL-20 induces cell apoptosis of podocytes and plays a role in the pathogenesis of early diabetic nephropathy. PMID:28360429

  2. UVB radiation induces an increase in intracellular zinc in human epidermal keratinocytes.

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    Stork, Christian J; Martorano, Lisa M; Li, Yang V

    2010-10-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is known to cause oxidative stress, inflammation, DNA damage and apoptotic cell death; however, many details of these malign mechanism have yet to be elucidated. In this study, the exposure of adult human epidermal keratinocytes (HEKa) with UVB (>100 mJ/cm(2)) resulted in the significant increase of intracellular zinc that was released from its storage and was detected by fluorescent zinc indicators. Toxicity testing revealed that UVB-induced zinc release in HEKa is associated with HEKa cell death. Cells that showed elevated intracellular zinc fluorescence upon UVB exposure were also stained by propidium iodide (PI), a traditional viability indicator whose fluorescent signal is as a result of its intercalating with DNA fragments and is unaffected by zinc concentration, showing significant colocalization [Pearson's correlation coefficients r=0.956 (n=6)]. The cytotoxicity of zinc was also determined by an MTT assay after applying the exogenous zinc (ZnCl2) along with its ionophore pyrithione (20 microM) into HEKa culture medium. A significant reduction in cell viability as a function of both zinc concentration and exposure time was observed. The treatments of 1, 10 and 100 microM ZnCl2 with pyrithione demonstrated 2.3, 60 and 84% cell deaths, respectively (control 0.5%) after 30 min. ZnCl2 (100 microM) was also found to induce complete HEKa death after 1 h. Thus, the present study demonstrates that UVB irradiation-induced increased zinc is detrimental to HEKa viability, and zinc may be a necessary step in UVB-induced cell death signaling pathways.

  3. An intracellular matrix metalloproteinase-2 isoform induces tubular regulated necrosis: implications for acute kidney injury.

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    Ceron, Carla S; Baligand, Celine; Joshi, Sunil; Wanga, Shaynah; Cowley, Patrick M; Walker, Joy P; Song, Sang Heon; Mahimkar, Rajeev; Baker, Anthony J; Raffai, Robert L; Wang, Zhen J; Lovett, David H

    2017-06-01

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) causes severe morbidity, mortality, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Mortality is particularly marked in the elderly and with preexisting CKD. Oxidative stress is a common theme in models of AKI induced by ischemia-reperfusion (I-R) injury. We recently characterized an intracellular isoform of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) induced by oxidative stress-mediated activation of an alternate promoter in the first intron of the MMP-2 gene. This generates an NH2-terminal truncated MMP-2 (NTT-MMP-2) isoform that is intracellular and associated with mitochondria. The NTT-MMP-2 isoform is expressed in kidneys of 14-mo-old mice and in a mouse model of coronary atherosclerosis and heart failure with CKD. We recently determined that NTT-MMP-2 is induced in human renal transplants with delayed graft function and correlated with tubular cell necrosis. To determine mechanism(s) of action, we generated proximal tubule cell-specific NTT-MMP-2 transgenic mice. Although morphologically normal at the light microscopic level at 4 mo, ultrastructural studies revealed foci of tubular epithelial cell necrosis, the mitochondrial permeability transition, and mitophagy. To determine whether NTT-MMP-2 expression enhances sensitivity to I-R injury, we performed unilateral I-R to induce mild tubular injury in wild-type mice. In contrast, expression of the NTT-MMP-2 isoform resulted in a dramatic increase in tubular cell necrosis, inflammation, and fibrosis. NTT-MMP-2 mice had enhanced expression of innate immunity genes and release of danger-associated molecular pattern molecules. We conclude that NTT-MMP-2 "primes" the kidney to enhanced susceptibility to I-R injury via induction of mitochondrial dysfunction. NTT-MMP-2 may be a novel AKI treatment target.

  4. Ribavirin-induced intracellular GTP depletion activates transcription elongation in coagulation factor VII gene expression.

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    Suzuki, Atsuo; Miyawaki, Yuhri; Okuyama, Eriko; Murata, Moe; Ando, Yumi; Kato, Io; Takagi, Yuki; Takagi, Akira; Murate, Takashi; Saito, Hidehiko; Kojima, Tetsuhito

    2013-01-01

    Coagulation FVII (Factor VII) is a vitamin K-dependent glycoprotein synthesized in hepatocytes. It was reported previously that FVII gene (F7) expression was up-regulated by ribavirin treatment in hepatitis C virus-infected haemophilia patients; however, its precise mechanism is still unknown. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of ribavirin-induced up-regulation of F7 expression in HepG2 (human hepatoma cell line). We found that intracellular GTP depletion by ribavirin as well as other IMPDH (inosine-5'-monophosphate dehydrogenase) inhibitors, such as mycophenolic acid and 6-mercaptopurine, up-regulated F7 expression. FVII mRNA transcription was mainly enhanced by accelerated transcription elongation, which was mediated by the P-TEFb (positive-transcription elongation factor b) complex, rather than by promoter activation. Ribavirin unregulated ELL (eleven-nineteen lysine-rich leukaemia) 3 mRNA expression before F7 up-regulation. We observed that ribavirin enhanced ELL3 recruitment to F7, whereas knockdown of ELL3 diminished ribavirin-induced FVII mRNA up-regulation. Ribavirin also enhanced recruitment of CDK9 (cyclin-dependent kinase 9) and AFF4 to F7. These data suggest that ribavirin-induced intracellular GTP depletion recruits a super elongation complex containing P-TEFb, AFF4 and ELL3, to F7, and modulates FVII mRNA transcription elongation. Collectively, we have elucidated a basal mechanism for ribavirin-induced FVII mRNA up-regulation by acceleration of transcription elongation, which may be crucial in understanding its pleiotropic functions in vivo.

  5. Polydatin Impairs Mitochondria Fitness and Ameliorates Podocyte Injury by Suppressing Drp1 Expression.

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    Zheng, Ni; Liang, Tao; Xu, Xiaohui; Zhao, Zelin; Liu, Jiangang; Song, Zhao; Huo, Weikang; Xu, Hongchao; Wang, Qiujing; Li, Xin

    2017-04-06

    Polydatin (PD), a resveratrol glycoside, has been shown to protect renal function in diabetic nephropathy (DN), but the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. This study demonstrates that PD stabilize the mitochondrial morphology and attenuate mitochondrial malfunction in both KKAy mice and in hyperglycemia (HG)-induced MPC5 cells. We use western blot analysis to demonstrate that PD reversed podocyte apoptosis induced by HG via suppressing dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1). This effect may depend on the ability of PD to inhibit the generation of cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). In conclusion, we demonstrate that PD may be therapeutically useful in DN, and that, podocyte apoptosis induced by HG can be reversed by PD through suppressing Drp1 expression. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  6. Swelling-induced Ca2+ release from intracellular calcium stores in rat submandibular gland acinar cells.

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    Park, K; Lee, S; Elliott, A C; Kim, J S; Lee, J H

    2002-04-01

    The effects of osmotically-induced cell swelling on cytoplasmic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) were studied in acinar cells from rat submandibular gland using microspectrofluorimetry. Video-imaging techniques were also used to measure cell volume. Hypotonic stress (78% control tonicity) caused rapid cell swelling reaching a maximum relative volume of 1.78 +/- 0.05 (n = 5) compared to control. This swelling was followed by regulatory volume decrease, since relative cell volume decreased significantly to 1.61 +/- 0.08 (n = 5) after 10 min exposure to hypotonic medium. Osmotically induced cell swelling evoked by medium of either 78% or 66% tonicity caused a biphasic increase of [Ca2+]i. The rapid phase of this increase in [Ca2+]i was due to release of Ca2 + from intracellular stores, since it was also observed in cells bathed in Ca2+-free solution. The peak increase of [Ca2+]i induced by cell swelling was 3.40 +/- 0.49 (Fura-2 F340/F380 fluorescence ratio, n = 11) and 3.17 +/- 0.43 (n = 17) in the presence and the absence of extracellular Ca2+, respectively, corresponding to an absolute [Ca2+]i of around 1 microm. We found that around two-thirds of cells tested still showed some swelling-induced Ca2+ release (SICR) even after maximal concentrations (10(-5) M - 10(-4) M) of carbachol had been applied to empty agonist-sensitive intracellular Ca2+ stores. This result was confirmed and extended using thapsigargin to deplete intracellular Ca2+ pools. Hypotonic shock still raised [Ca2+]i in cells pretreated with thapsigargin, confirming that at least some SICR occurred from agonist-insensitive stores. Furthermore, SICR was largely inhibited by pretreatment of cells with carbonyl cyanide m-cholorophenyl hydrazone (CCCP) or ruthenium red, inhibitors of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. Our results suggest that the increase in [Ca2+]i, which underlies regulatory volume decrease in submandibular acinar cells, results from release of Ca2+ from both agonist-sensitive and

  7. The protective effect of magnesium lithospermate B against glucose-induced intracellular oxidative damage

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    Qu, Jian; Ren, Xian; Hou, Rui-ying; Dai, Xing-ping; Zhao, Ying-chun; Xu, Xiao-jing; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Gan; Zhou, Hong-hao; Liu, Zhao-qian

    2011-07-22

    Highlights: {yields} LAB reduced the ROS production in HEK293T cells cultured under oxidative stress. High dose of glucose enhanced the expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein in a time-dependent manner. {yields} LAB enhanced the expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein in a dose-dependent manner treated with high dose of glucose. {yields} LAB plays an important role against glucose-induced intracellular oxidative damage. {yields} The enhanced expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein caused by LAB is regulated via Nrf2 signal pathway. -- Abstract: Objectives: To investigate the effects of magnesium lithospermate B (LAB) on intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production induced by high dose of glucose or H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, we explored the influences of LAB on the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and nuclear factor E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) in HEK293T cells after treatment with high dose of glucose. Materials and methods: The total nuclear proteins in HEK293T cells were extracted with Cytoplasmic Protein Extraction Kit. The ROS level was determined by flow cytometry. The mRNA and protein expression of HO-1 and Nrf2 were determined by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and Western blot. Results: LAB reduced the ROS production in HEK293T cells cultured under oxidative stress. High dose of glucose enhanced the expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein in a time-dependent manner. LAB enhanced the expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein in a dose-dependent manner treated with high dose of glucose. The amount of Nrf2 translocation was enhanced after cells were pretreated with 50 {mu}mol/L or 100 {mu}mol/L LAB. Silencing of Nrf2 gene eliminated the enhanced expression of HO-1 protein induced by high dose of glucose plus LAB. Conclusions: LAB plays an important role against glucose-induced intracellular oxidative damage. The enhanced expression of HO-1 mRNA and HO-1 protein caused by LAB is regulated via Nrf2 signal pathway.

  8. Involvement of intracellular Na^+ accumulation in Hg^{+2} or Cd^{+2} induced cytotoxicity

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    Pourahmad, J.; O'Brien, P. J.

    2003-05-01

    Previously we showed that hepatocyte lysis induced by Hg^{+2} or Cd^{+2} could be partly attributed to mitochondrial toxicity [1, 2]. Similar changes in Na^+ homeostasis induced when Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} was incubated with hepatocytes. Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} induced cytotoxicity were prevented by Na^+ omission from the media or by the addition of the Na^+/H^+ exchange inhibitor 5-(N, N-dimethyl)-amiloride. Furthermore the omission of CI^- from the media or 2 addition of glycine, a CI^- channel blocker also prevented Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} induced hepatocyte toxicity. A hypotonic media also increased Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} induced hepatocyte cytotoxicity. This suggests that Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} cytotoxicity could be partly attributed to disruption of cell volume regulation mechanisms. The increased osmotic load caused by the uncontrolled accumulation of intracellular Na^+ in Cd^{+2} or Hg^{+2} treated hepatocytes likely resulted from the activation of Na^+/H^+ exchanger and the Na^+/HCO3^- cotransporter by the acidosis and ATP depletion caused by mitochondrial toxicity.

  9. Development of podocyte injuries in Osborne-Mendel rats is accompanied by reduced expression of podocyte proteins.

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    Yasuno, K; Araki, S; Sakashita, H; Kobayashi, R; Baba, T; Kawakami, H; Kamiie, J; Ogihara, K; Shirota, K

    2013-01-01

    Osborne-Mendel (OM) rats spontaneously develop glomerulopathy with progressive podocyte injury. Changes in protein expression levels in the foot processes of podocytes have been suggested to play an important role in the development of renal disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the temporal relationship between the expression of five podocyte proteins (nephrin, podocin, synaptopodin, α-actinin-4 and α3-integrin) and the development of podocyte injuries, proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis in OM rats. Male OM rats 5-20 weeks of age and age-matched Fischer 344 rats were used. Semiquantitative analysis of expression of the five podocyte proteins was performed by immunofluorescence labelling. Nephrin mRNA expression was determined by quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and nephrin protein expression was determined by mass spectrometry. Progressive reduction in expression of the podocyte proteins correlated with the progression of podocyte injuries, the development of proteinuria and the subsequent development of glomerulosclerosis. Nephrin mRNA expression and nephrin concentration also showed temporal decreases in OM rats. Altered expression of podocyte proteins preceded the development of proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis, suggesting that this event contributes to podocyte dysfunction and progression to glomerulosclerosis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Estimating Podocyte Number and Density Using a Single Histologic Section

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    Venkatareddy, Madhusudan; Wang, Su; Yang, Yan; Patel, Sanjeevkumar; Wickman, Larysa; Nishizono, Ryuzoh; Chowdhury, Mahboob; Hodgin, Jeffrey; Wiggins, Paul A.

    2014-01-01

    The reduction in podocyte density to levels below a threshold value drives glomerulosclerosis and progression to ESRD. However, technical demands prohibit high-throughput application of conventional morphometry for estimating podocyte density. We evaluated a method for estimating podocyte density using single paraffin-embedded formalin-fixed sections. Podocyte nuclei were imaged using indirect immunofluorescence detection of antibodies against Wilms’ tumor-1 or transducin-like enhancer of split 4. To account for the large size of podocyte nuclei in relation to section thickness, we derived a correction factor given by the equation CF=1/(D/T+1), where T is the tissue section thickness and D is the mean caliper diameter of podocyte nuclei. Normal values for D were directly measured in thick tissue sections and in 3- to 5-μm sections using calibrated imaging software. D values were larger for human podocyte nuclei than for rat or mouse nuclei (P<0.01). In addition, D did not vary significantly between human kidney biopsies at the time of transplantation, 3–6 months after transplantation, or with podocyte depletion associated with transplant glomerulopathy. In rat models, D values also did not vary with podocyte depletion, but increased approximately 10% with old age and in postnephrectomy kidney hypertrophy. A spreadsheet with embedded formulas was created to facilitate individualized podocyte density estimation upon input of measured values. The correction factor method was validated by comparison with other methods, and provided data comparable with prior data for normal human kidney transplant donors. This method for estimating podocyte density is applicable to high-throughput laboratory and clinical use. PMID:24357669

  11. Estimating podocyte number and density using a single histologic section.

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    Venkatareddy, Madhusudan; Wang, Su; Yang, Yan; Patel, Sanjeevkumar; Wickman, Larysa; Nishizono, Ryuzoh; Chowdhury, Mahboob; Hodgin, Jeffrey; Wiggins, Paul A; Wiggins, Roger C

    2014-05-01

    The reduction in podocyte density to levels below a threshold value drives glomerulosclerosis and progression to ESRD. However, technical demands prohibit high-throughput application of conventional morphometry for estimating podocyte density. We evaluated a method for estimating podocyte density using single paraffin-embedded formalin-fixed sections. Podocyte nuclei were imaged using indirect immunofluorescence detection of antibodies against Wilms' tumor-1 or transducin-like enhancer of split 4. To account for the large size of podocyte nuclei in relation to section thickness, we derived a correction factor given by the equation CF=1/(D/T+1), where T is the tissue section thickness and D is the mean caliper diameter of podocyte nuclei. Normal values for D were directly measured in thick tissue sections and in 3- to 5-μm sections using calibrated imaging software. D values were larger for human podocyte nuclei than for rat or mouse nuclei (P<0.01). In addition, D did not vary significantly between human kidney biopsies at the time of transplantation, 3-6 months after transplantation, or with podocyte depletion associated with transplant glomerulopathy. In rat models, D values also did not vary with podocyte depletion, but increased approximately 10% with old age and in postnephrectomy kidney hypertrophy. A spreadsheet with embedded formulas was created to facilitate individualized podocyte density estimation upon input of measured values. The correction factor method was validated by comparison with other methods, and provided data comparable with prior data for normal human kidney transplant donors. This method for estimating podocyte density is applicable to high-throughput laboratory and clinical use.

  12. Ouabain-induced perturbations in intracellular ionic homeostasis regulate death receptor-mediated apoptosis

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    Panayiotidis, Mihalis I.; Franco, Rodrigo; Bortner, Carl D.; Cidlowski, John A.

    2012-01-01

    Apoptosis is defined by specific morphological and biochemical characteristics including cell shrinkage (termed apoptotic volume decrease), a process that results from the regulation of ion channels and plasma membrane transporter activity. The Na+-K+-ATPase is the predominant pump that controls cell volume and plasma membrane potential in cells and alterations in its function have been suggested to be associated with apoptosis. We report here that the Na+-K+-ATPase inhibitor ouabain, potentiates apoptosis in the human lymphoma Jurkat cells exposed to Fas ligand (FasL) or Tumor necrosis factor--related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) but not other apoptotic agents such as H2O2, thapsigargin or UV-C implicating a role for the Na+-K+-ATPase in death receptor-induced apoptosis. Interestingly, ouabain also potentiated perturbations in cell Ca2+ homeostasis only in conjunction with the apoptotic inducer FasL but not TRAIL. Ouabain did not affect alterations in the intracellular Ca2+ levels in response to H2O2, thapsigargin or UV-C. FasL-induced alterations in Ca2+ were not abolished in Ca2+-free medium but incubation of cells with BAPTA-AM inhibited both Ca2+ perturbations and the ouabain-induced potentiation of FasL-induced apoptosis. Our data suggest that the impairment of the Na+-K+-ATPase activity during apoptosis is linked to perturbations in cell Ca2+ homeostasis that modulate apoptosis induced by the activation of Fas by FasL. PMID:20422450

  13. CXCL16 Is Expressed in Podocytes and Acts as a Scavenger Receptor for Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein

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    Gutwein, Paul; Abdel-Bakky, Mohamed Sadek; Schramme, Anja; Doberstein, Kai; Kämpfer-Kolb, Nicole; Amann, Kerstin; Hauser, Ingeborg A.; Obermüller, Nicholas; Bartel, Christine; Abdel-Aziz, Abdel-Aziz H.; El Sayed, El Sayed M.; Pfeilschifter, Josef

    2009-01-01

    Podocytes are a crucial cell type in the kidney and play an important role in the pathology of glomerular kidney diseases like membranous nephropathy (MN). The identification of new factors involved in the progression of glomerular kidney diseases is of great importance to the development of new strategies for the treatment of renal injury. Here we demonstrate that CXCL16 and ADAM10 are constitutively expressed in human podocytes in normal renal tissue. Proinflammatory cytokines like interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α induced the expression of cellular CXCL16 and the release of its soluble form from human podocytes. Using different metalloproteinase inhibitors, we provide evidence that ADAM10 is involved in the interferon-γ- and tumor necrosis factor-α-induced shedding of CXCL16 from human podocytes. In addition, ADAM10 knockdown by siRNA significantly increased both CXCL16 levels and, surprisingly, its ADAM17-mediated release. Notably, targeting of CXCL16 in human podocytes both decreased the chemotaxis of CXCR6-expressing T cells and strongly reduced oxidized low-density lipoprotein uptake in human podocytes. Importantly, in kidney biopsies of patients with MN, increased glomerular CXCL16 expression was accompanied by high levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein and decreased expression of ADAM10. In addition, we found increased glomerular ADAM17 expression in patients diagnosed with MN. In summary, we presume important roles for CXCL16, ADAM10, and ADAM17 in the development of MN, suggesting these proteins as new therapeutic targets in this glomerular kidney disease. PMID:19435795

  14. Intracellular calcium oscillations in articular chondrocytes induced by basic calcium phosphate crystals lead to cartilage degradation.

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    Nguyen, C; Lieberherr, M; Bordat, C; Velard, F; Côme, D; Lioté, F; Ea, H-K

    2012-11-01

    Basic calcium phosphate (BCP) crystals, including octacalcium phosphate (OCP), carbonated-apatite (CA) and hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals are associated with destructive forms of osteoarthritis. Mechanisms of BCP-induced cartilage breakdown remain incompletely understood. We assessed the ability of BCP to induce changes in intracellular calcium (iCa(2+)) content and oscillations and the role of iCa(2+) in BCP-induced cartilage degradation. Bovine articular chondrocytes (BACs) and bovine cartilage explants (BCEs) were stimulated with BCP or monosodium urate (MSU) crystals. iCa(2+) levels were determined by spectrofluorimetry and oscillations by confocal microscopy. mRNA expression of matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3), a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin-like motifs 4 (ADAMTS-4) and ADAMTS-5 was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR. Glycosaminoglycan (GAG) release was measured in the supernatants of BCE cultures. All three BCP crystals significantly increased iCa(2+) content. OCP also induced iCa(2+) oscillations. Rate of BACs displaying iCa(2+) oscillations increased over time, with a peak after 20 min of stimulation. OCP-induced iCa(2+) oscillations involved both extracellular Ca(2+) (eCa(2+)) influx and iCa(2+) stores. Indeed, OCP-induced iCa(2+) oscillations decreased rapidly in Ca(2+)-free medium. Both voltage- and non-voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels were involved in eCa(2+) influx. BCP crystal-induced variation in iCa(2+) content was associated with BCP crystal-induced cartilage matrix degradation. However, iCa²(+) was not associated with OCP crystal-induced mRNA expression of MMP-3, ADAMTS-4 or ADAMTS-5. BCP crystals can induce variation in iCa(2+) content and oscillations in articular chondrocytes. Furthermore, BCP crystal-induced changes in iCa(2+) content play a pivotal role in BCP catabolic effects on articular cartilage. Copyright © 2012 Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Caspase-1-induced pyroptosis is an innate immune effector mechanism against intracellular bacteria

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    Miao, Edward A.; Leaf, Irina A.; Treuting, Piper M.; Mao, Dat P.; Dors, Monica; Sarkar, Anasuya; Warren, Sarah E.; Wewers, Mark D.; Aderem, Alan

    2010-01-01

    Summary Macrophages mediate crucial innate immune responses via caspase-1-dependent processing and secretion of IL-1β and IL-18. While wild type Salmonella typhimurium infection is lethal to mice, a strain that persistently expresses flagellin was cleared by the cytosolic flagellin detection pathway via NLRC4 activation of caspase-1; however, this clearance was independent of IL-1β and IL-18. Instead, caspase-1 induced pyroptotic cell death, released bacteria from macrophages and exposed them to uptake and killing by reactive oxygen species in neutrophils. Similarly, caspase-1 cleared unmanipulated Legionella and Burkholderia by cytokine-independent mechanisms. This demonstrates for the first time that caspase-1 clears intracellular bacteria in vivo independent of IL-1β and IL-18, and establishes pyroptosis as an efficient mechanism of bacterial clearance by the innate immune system. PMID:21057511

  16. Nods, Nalps and Naip: intracellular regulators of bacterial-induced inflammation.

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    Chamaillard, Mathias; Girardin, Stephen E; Viala, Jérôme; Philpott, Dana J

    2003-09-01

    The innate immune system is the most ancestral and ubiquitous system of defence against microbial infection. The microbial sensing proteins involved in innate immunity recognize conserved and often structural components of microorganisms. One class of these pattern-recognition molecules, the Toll-like receptors (TLRs), are involved in detection of microbes in the extracellular compartment whereas a newly discovered family of proteins, the NBS-LRR proteins (for nucleotide-binding site and leucine-rich repeat), are involved in intracellular recognition of microbes and their products. NBS-LRR proteins are characterized by three structural domains: a C-terminal leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain able to sense a microbial motif, an intermediary nucleotide binding site (NBS) essential for the oligomerization of the molecule that is necessary for the signal transduction induced by different N-terminal effector motifs, such as a pyrin domain (PYD), a caspase-activating and recruitment domain (CARD) or a baculovirus inhibitor of apoptosis protein repeat (BIR) domain. Two of these family members, Nod1 and Nod2, play a role in the regulation of pro-inflammatory pathways through NF-kappaB induced by bacterial ligands. Recently, it was shown that Nod2 recognizes a specific peptidoglycan motif from bacteria, muramyl dipeptide (MDP). A surprising number of human genetic disorders have been linked to NBS-LRR proteins. For example, mutations in Nod2, which render the molecule insensitive to MDP and unable to induce NF-kappaB activation when stimulated, are associated with susceptibility to a chronic intestinal inflammatory disorder, Crohn's disease. Conversely, mutations in the NBS region of Nod2 induce a constitutive activation of NF-kappaB and are responsible for Blau syndrome, another auto-inflammatory disease. Nalp3, which is an NBS-LRR protein with an N-terminal Pyrin domain, is also implicated in rare auto-inflammatory disorders. In conclusion, NBS-LRR molecules appear as a new

  17. Anti-VSG antibodies induce an increase in Trypanosoma evansi intracellular Ca2+ concentration.

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    Mendoza, M; Uzcanga, G L; Pacheco, R; Rojas, H; Carrasquel, L M; García-Marchan, Y; Serrano-Martín, X; Benaím, G; Bubis, J; Mijares, A

    2008-09-01

    Trypanosoma evansi and Trypanosoma vivax have shown a very high immunological cross-reactivity. Anti-T. vivax antibodies were used to monitor changes in the T. evansi intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) by fluorometric ratio imaging from single parasites. A short-time exposure of T. evansi parasites to sera from T. vivax-infected bovines induced an increase in [Ca2+]i, which generated their complete lysis. The parasite [Ca2+]i boost was reduced but not eliminated in the absence of extracellular Ca2+ or following serum decomplementation. Decomplemented anti-T. evansi VSG antibodies also produced an increase in the parasite [Ca2+]i, in the presence of extracellular Ca2+. Furthermore, this Ca2+ signal was reduced following blockage with Ni2+ or in the absence of extracellular Ca2+, suggesting that this response was a combination of an influx of Ca2+ throughout membrane channels and a release of this ion from intracellular stores. The observed Ca2+ signal was specific since (i) it was completely eliminated following pre-incubation of the anti-VSG antibodies with the purified soluble VSG, and (ii) affinity-purified anti-VSG antibodies also generated an increase in [Ca2+]i by measurements on single cells or parasite populations. We also showed that an increase of the T. evansi [Ca2+]i by the calcium A-23187 ionophore led to VSG release from the parasite surface. In addition, in vivo immunofluorescence labelling revealed that anti-VSG antibodies induced the formation of raft patches of VSG on the parasite surface. This is the first study to identify a ligand that is coupled to calcium flux in salivarian trypanosomes.

  18. Both cyclin I and p35 are required for maximal survival benefit of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 in kidney podocytes.

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    Taniguchi, Yoshinori; Pippin, Jeffrey W; Hagmann, Henning; Krofft, Ronald D; Chang, Alice M; Zhang, Jiong; Terada, Yoshio; Brinkkoetter, Paul; Shankland, Stuart J

    2012-05-01

    Cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk)-5 is activated by both cyclin I and the noncyclin activator p35 in terminally differentiated cells such as kidney podocytes and neurons. Cyclin I and p35 are restricted to podocytes in the kidney, and each limit podocyte apoptosis by activating Cdk5. To determine whether both activators are necessary, or whether they serve backup roles, a double cyclin I-p35 null mouse was generated. Experimental glomerular disease characterized by podocyte apoptosis was then induced by administering an anti-podocyte antibody. The results showed that under nonstressed conditions double mutants had normal kidney structure and function and were indistinguishable from wild-type, cyclin I(-/-), or p35(-/-) mice. In contrast, when stressed with disease, podocyte apoptosis increased fourfold compared with diseased cyclin I(-/-) or p35(-/-) mice. This resulted in a more pronounced decrease in podocyte number, proteinuria, and glomerulosclerosis. Under normal states and nephritic states, levels for the prosurvival protein Bcl-2 were lower in double cyclin I(-/-) p35(-/-) mice than the other mice. Similarly, levels of Bcl-xL, another prosurvival member, were lower in normal and nephritic double cyclin I(-/-) p35(-/-) mice but similar to single-cyclin I(-/-) mice. Moreover, levels of ERK1/2 and MEK1/2 activation were lower in nephritic double cyclin I(-/-) p35(-/-) mice but similar to single-cyclin I(-/-) mice. The results demonstrate that the activators of Cdk5, p35, and cyclin I are not required for normal kidney function. However, they play pivotal coordinated roles in maintaining podocyte survival during stress states in disease.

  19. Claudin-6 localized in tight junctions of rat podocytes.

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    Zhao, Linning; Yaoita, Eishin; Nameta, Masaaki; Zhang, Ying; Cuellar, Lino Munoz; Fujinaka, Hidehiko; Xu, Bo; Yoshida, Yutaka; Hatakeyama, Katsuyoshi; Yamamoto, Tadashi

    2008-06-01

    Tight junctions rarely exist in podocytes of the normal renal glomerulus, whereas they are the main intercellular junctions of podocytes in nephrosis and in the early stage of development. Claudins have been identified as tight junction-specific integral membrane proteins. Those of podocytes, however, remain to be elucidated. In the present study, we investigated the expression and localization of claudin-6 in the rat kidney, especially in podocytes. Western blot analysis and RT-PCR revealed that the neonatal kidney expressed much higher levels of claudin-6 than the adult kidney. Immunofluorescence microscopy showed intense claudin-6 staining in most of the tubules and glomeruli in neonates. The staining in tubules declined distinctly in adults, whereas staining in glomeruli was well preserved during development. Claudin-6 in glomeruli was distributed along the glomerular capillary wall and colocalized with zonula occludens-1. The staining became conspicuous after kidney perfusion with protamine sulfate (PS) to increase tight junctions in podocytes. Immunoelectron microscopy showed that immunogold particles for claudin-6 were accumulated at close cell-cell contact sites of podocytes in PS-perfused kidneys, whereas a very limited number of immunogold particles were detected, mainly on the basal cell membrane and occasionally at the slit diaphragm and close cell-cell contact sites in normal control kidneys. In puromycin aminonucleoside nephrosis, immunogold particles were also found mainly at cell-contact sites of podocytes. These findings indicate that claudin-6 is a transmembrane protein of tight junctions in podocytes during development and under pathological conditions.

  20. Intracellular redox induced drug release in cancerous and mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Timin, Alexander S; Lepik, Kirill V; Muslimov, Albert R; Gorin, Dmitry A; Afanasyev, Boris V; Sukhorukov, Gleb B

    2016-11-01

    In this report, we investigated intracellular redox induced drug release in cancerous cells and human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as an example of healthy cells using redox-responsive microcapsules with covalently bonded anti-cancer drug (doxorubicin) via the amine-reactive cross-linker, 3,3'-dithiobis(sulfosuccinimidyl propionate) containing disulfide bond. Such rationally designed capsules with incorporated redox-sensitive cross-linker are capable of controllable Dox release in the presence of glutathione (GSH) due to a thiol-cleavable disulfide bonds. The treatment of human MSCs and human cervical cancer cell line (HeLa) with Dox-conjugated capsules showed that the Dox release was observed only when capsules incubated with HeLa cells which can be induced by high GSH level in cancerous (HeLa) cells. Moreover, the results of cell viability indicated that Dox-conjugated capsules are more effective when inducing cell death of HeLa than free Dox improving the anti-tumor efficacy of chemotherapeutic drug and simultaneously they possess lower cytotoxicity against MSCs compared to cancerous cells. Such properties are important in design of smart drug carriers for efficient cancer therapy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. High-glucose and advanced glycosylation end products increased podocyte permeability via PI3-K/Akt signaling.

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    Ha, Tae-Sun

    2010-04-01

    Regardless of the underlying disease, the proteinuric condition demonstrates ultrastructural changes in podocytes with retraction and effacement of the highly specialized interdigitating foot processes. To investigate how high-glucose (HG) and advanced glycosylation end products (AGE) induce podocyte phenotypical changes, including quantitative and distributional changes of zonula occludens (ZO)-1 protein and search for the signaling mechanisms, we cultured rat glomerular epithelial cells (GEpC) and mouse podocytes under: (1) normal glucose (5 mM, control); (2) HG (30 mM); (3) AGE-added; or (4) HG plus AGE-added conditions. HG plus AGE increased the permeability of monolayered GEpCs and induced ultrastructural separation between confluent GEpCs. ZO-1 moved to inner actin filament complexes in both AGE- and/or HG by confocal imaging. HG plus AGE-added condition also decreased ZO-1 protein amount and mRNA expression compared to normal glucose or osmotic control conditions. We could also confirm the induction of RAGE (receptor for AGE) and PI3-K/Akt signaling pathway by AGE and HG. In addition, LY294002, a PI3-K inhibitor, could prevent the quantitative and distributional changes of ZO-1 and RAGE and the increased permeability induced by HG and AGE. These findings suggest that diabetic conditions induce the podocyte ZO-1 changes via RAGE and PI3-K/Akt signaling, leading to increased permeability.

  2. Actin-associated Proteins in the Pathogenesis of Podocyte Injury.

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    He, Fang-Fang; Chen, Shan; Su, Hua; Meng, Xian-Fang; Zhang, Chun

    2013-11-01

    Podocytes have a complex cellular architecture with interdigitating processes maintained by a precise organization of actin filaments. The actin-based foot processes of podocytes and the interposed slit diaphragm form the final barrier to proteinuria. The function of podocytes is largely based on the maintenance of the normal foot process structure with actin cytoskeleton. Cytoskeletal dynamics play important roles during normal podocyte development, in maintenance of the healthy glomerular filtration barrier, and in the pathogenesis of glomerular diseases. In this review, we focused on recent findings on the mechanisms of organization and reorganization of these actin-related molecules in the pathogenesis of podocyte injury and potential therapeutics targeting the regulation of actin cytoskeleton in podocytopathies.

  3. Regulation of podocyte structure during the development of nephrotic syndrome.

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    Smoyer, W E; Mundel, P

    1998-03-01

    Nephrotic syndrome is a common kidney disease seen in both children and adults. The clinical syndrome includes massive proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, edema, and usually hypercholesterolemia. Development of these clinical changes is closely correlated with profound structural changes in glomerular epithelial cells, or podocytes, which together with the glomerular basement membrane and endothelium comprise the kidney's blood filtration barrier. Although relatively little is known about the cellular or molecular changes which occur within podocytes during the development of nephrotic syndrome, cytoskeletal proteins very likely play a central role in these changes since they are primarily responsible for the maintenance of cell structure in almost all cells. This review focuses on: (a) the structure and function of podocytes in both the normal state and during nephrotic syndrome and (b) the potential roles of several cytoskeleton-associated proteins identified in podocytes in the development of and/or recovery from the pathophysiological cytoskeletal changes which occur in podocytes during nephrotic syndrome.

  4. [Study on the cell apoptosis induced by intracellular hyperthermia in human lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A1 cells].

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    Ma, Yongjie; Li, Hong; Yan, Zhubing; Gu, Hongchen

    2007-12-01

    This is a comparative study on the efficacy of differential cell apoptosis induced by three methods (intracellular hyperthermia, with water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia) in human lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A1 cells in vitro. The effects of hyperthermia on cell apoptosis were determined by Transmission electron microscopy(TEM), agarose gel electrophoresis and flow cytometry methods, respectively. The intracellular effect of particle heating was compared with that of water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia; significant differences between these heating methods were detected, the rate of apoptosis being 36.59%, 5.66%, 7.78% respectively. When treated with intracellular hyperthermia, the SPC-A1 cells manifested typical morphological characters of apoptosis by TEM observation, and the SPC-A1 cell DNA was degraded into large fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis assay. Our results showed that amino-silane Fe3O4 induced intracellular hyperthermia was superior to water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia. It is mainly the interaction between intracellular nanoparticles and cell that induced apoptosis. Therefore, the aminosilane-coated Fe3O4 may be used in hyperthermia or chemotherapeutics on cancer cells for further clinical application.

  5. Alpha-actinin-4 is required for normal podocyte adhesion.

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    Dandapani, Savita V; Sugimoto, Hikaru; Matthews, Benjamin D; Kolb, Robert J; Sinha, Sumita; Gerszten, Robert E; Zhou, Jing; Ingber, Donald E; Kalluri, Raghu; Pollak, Martin R

    2007-01-05

    Mutations in the alpha-actinin-4 gene ACTN4 cause an autosomal dominant human kidney disease. Mice deficient in alpha-actinin-4 develop a recessive phenotype characterized by kidney failure, proteinuria, glomerulosclerosis, and retraction of glomerular podocyte foot processes. However, the mechanism by which alpha-actinin-4 deficiency leads to glomerular disease has not been defined. Here, we examined the effect of alpha-actinin-4 deficiency on the adhesive properties of podocytes in vivo and in a cell culture system. In alpha-actinin-4-deficient mice, we observed a decrease in the number of podocytes per glomerulus compared with wild-type mice as well as the presence of podocyte markers in the urine. Podocyte cell lines generated from alpha-actinin-4-deficient mice were less adherent than wild-type cells to glomerular basement membrane (GBM) components collagen IV and laminin 10 and 11. We also observed markedly reduced adhesion of alpha-actinin-4-deficient podocytes under increasing shear stresses. This adhesion deficit was restored by transfecting cells with alpha-actinin-4-GFP. We tested the strength of the integrin receptor-mediated linkages to the cytoskeleton by applying force to microbeads bound to integrin using magnetic pulling cytometry. Beads bound to alpha-actinin-4-deficient podocytes showed greater displacement in response to an applied force than those bound to wild-type cells. Consistent with integrin-dependent alpha-actinin-4-mediated adhesion, phosphorylation of beta1-integrins on alpha-actinin-4-deficient podocytes is reduced. We rescued the phosphorylation deficit by transfecting alpha-actinin-4 into alpha-actinin-4-deficient podocytes. These results suggest that alpha-actinin-4 interacts with integrins and strengthens the podocyte-GBM interaction thereby stabilizing glomerular architecture and preventing disease.

  6. Fetuin-A aggravates lipotoxicity in podocytes via interleukin-1 signaling.

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    Orellana, Jana M; Kampe, Kapil; Schulze, Friederike; Sieber, Jonas; Jehle, Andreas W

    2017-05-01

    Sterile inflammation is considered critical in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Here we show that Fetuin-A (FetA) or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exacerbate palmitic acid-induced podocyte death, which is associated with a strong induction of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and keratinocyte chemoattractant (KC). Moreover, blockage of TLR4 prevents MCP-1 and KC secretion and attenuates podocyte death induced by palmitic acid alone or combined with FetA. In addition, inhibition of interleukin-1 (IL-1) signaling by anakinra, a recombinant human IL-1Ra, or a murinized anti-IL-1β antibody attenuates the inflammatory and ultimate cell death response elicited by FetA alone or combined with palmitic acid. In vivo short-term therapy of diabetic DBA/2J mice with an anti-IL1-β antibody for 4 weeks prevented an increase in serum FetA and considerably decreased urinary tumor necrosis alpha (TNF-α), a known risk factor for DN progression. In summary, our results suggest that FetA similarly to LPS leads to an inflammatory response in podocytes, which exacerbates palmitic acid-induced podocyte death and our data imply a critical role for IL-1β signaling in this process. The study offers the rational for prolonged in vivo studies aimed at testing anti-IL-1β therapy for prevention and treatment of DN. © 2017 The Authors. Physiological Reports published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of The Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society.

  7. Stress induced lipid production in Chlorella vulgaris: relationship with specific intracellular reactive species levels.

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    Menon, Kavya R; Balan, Ranjini; Suraishkumar, G K

    2013-06-01

    Microalgae have significant potential to be an important alternative energy source, but the challenges to the commercialization of bio-oil from microalgae need to be overcome for the potential to be realized. The application of stress can be used to improve bio-oil yields from algae. Nevertheless, the understanding of stress effects is fragmented due to the lack of a suitable, direct quantitative marker for stress. The lack of understanding seems to have limited the development of stress based strategies to improve bio-oil yields, and hence the commercialization of microalgae-based bio-oil. In this study, we have proposed and used the specific intracellular reactive species levels (siROS) particularly hydroxyl and superoxide radical levels, separately, as direct, quantitative, markers for stress, irrespective of the type of stress induced. Although ROS reactions are extremely rapid, the siROS level can be assumed to be at pseudo-steady state compared to the time scales of metabolism, growth and production, and hence they can be effective stress markers at particular time points. Also, the specific intracellular (si-) hydroxyl and superoxide radical levels are easy to measure through fluorimetry. Interestingly, irrespective of the conditions employed in this study, that is, nutrient excess/limitation or different light wavelengths, the cell concentrations are correlated to the siROS levels in an inverse power law fashion. The composite plots of cell concentration (y) and siROS (x) yielded the correlations of y = k1  · x(-0.7) and y = k2  · x(-0.79) , for si-hydroxyl and si-superoxide radical levels, respectively. The specific intracellular (si-) neutral lipid levels, which determine the bio-oil productivity, are related in a direct power law fashion to the specific hydroxyl radical levels. The composite plot of si-neutral lipid levels (z) and si-hydroxyl radical level (x) yielded a correlation of z = k3  · x(0.65) . More interestingly, a

  8. Endotoxic lipid A induces intracellular Ca2+ increase in human platelets.

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    Romano, M; Molino, M; Cerletti, C

    1991-01-01

    The activation of protein kinase C by endotoxic lipid A was observed with both intact platelets and in a cell-free system [Romano & Hawiger (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 1765-1770]. We have now studied the action of lipid A on intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i). Lipid A induced a concentration-dependent rise in [Ca2+]i in human platelets loaded with fura-2, which reached a maximum at 37.1 +/- 3.8 s (tmax). Maximum [Ca2+]i levels, observed at 30 microM lipid A, were 432 +/- 60 nM. EGTA (2 mM) or NiCl2 (1 mM) each decreased the lipid A-dependent elevation of [Ca2+]i by 50-60% without significant modification of tmax, but shortening the time for 50% recovery (t50) from greater than 400 s to 113.1 +/- 29.1 s and 54 +/- 2.1 s, respectively. Quenching of the fura-2 signal was also observed in lipid A-stimulated platelets resuspended with MnCl2 (1 mM), suggesting that both mobilization and external influx of Ca2+ occur. Intracellular Ca2+ mobilization depended on release from Ins(1,4,5)P3-sensitive stores, since Ins(1,4,5)P3 accumulation was detected in lipid A-activated platelets. Staurosporine, an inhibitor of protein kinase C, blocked the [Ca2+]i rise generated by lipid A in platelets [concn. giving 50% inhibition (IC50) = 0.1 microM], prolonging the tmax. to 54.7 +/- 5.1 s, but decreasing the t50 to 157.5 +/- 31.8 s. Staurosporine also suppressed InsP3 accumulation (IC50 = 0.15 microM). These results suggest that platelet activation by lipid A involves an interaction between [Ca2+]i elevation and protein kinase C activation. PMID:1909116

  9. Lead induces Siberian tiger fibroblast apoptosis by interfering with intracellular homeostasis.

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    Liu, Zheng; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Wenxiu; Yuan, Ziao; Yuan, Hongyi; Liu, Xueting; Zhang, Minghai; Guo, Xuesong; Guan, Weijun

    2017-06-21

    Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro. Typical apoptotic effects were observed after Pb(2+) exposure. Pb(2+) strongly blocked DNA synthesis in the G0/G1 phase and induced cell apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Intracellular free calcium (Ca(2+)) levels, reactive oxygen species levels, and efflux of extracellular Ca(2+) were increased. The mitochondrial membrane potential was lowered. Caspase-3, -8, and -9 activities were increased when fibroblasts were treated with 32, 64, and 125 μM Pb(2+). The gene expression levels of Bax, caspase-3, -8, Fas, and p53 were increased, while that of Bcl-2 was decreased. Calcium homeostasis and mitochondrial function were disturbed. Ca(2+) efflux, oxidative damage, activation of caspases, and regulation of Bax, Bcl-2, caspase-3, -8, Fas, and p53 gene expression played an important role in the apoptotic effects. The disorder of intracellular homeostasis was the trigger for apoptosis in Siberian tiger fibroblasts.

  10. Apoptosis induced in Jurkat cells by several agents is preceded by intracellular acidification.

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    Gottlieb, R A; Nordberg, J; Skowronski, E; Babior, B M

    1996-01-01

    We have previously shown that in neutrophils deprived of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, apoptosis is preceded by acidification and that the protection against apoptosis conferred on neutrophils by granulocyte colony-stimulating factor is dependent upon delay of this acidification. To test the hypothesis that acidification could be a general feature of apoptosis, we examined intracellular pH changes in another cell line. Jurkat cells, a T-lymphoblastoid line, were induced to undergo apoptosis with anti-Fas IgM, cycloheximide, or exposure to short-wavelength UV light. We found that acidification occurred in response to treatment with these agents and that acidification preceded DNA fragmentation. Jurkat cells were also found to possess an acid endonuclease that is active below pH 6.8, compatible with a possible role for this enzyme in chromatin digestion during apoptosis. Incubation of the cells with the bases imidazole or chloroquine during treatment with anti-Fas antibody or cycloheximide or after UV exposure decreased apoptosis as assessed by nuclear morphology and DNA content. The alkalinizing effect of imidazole and chloroquine was shown by the demonstration that the percentage of cells with an intracellular pH below 6.8 after treatment with anti-Fas antibody, cycloheximide, or UV was diminished in the presence of base as compared with similarly treated cells incubated in the absence of base. We conclude that acidification is an early event in programmed cell death and may be essential for genome destruction. Images Fig. 5 PMID:8570610

  11. Cardioprotective effect of propranolol on diabetes-induced altered intracellular Ca2+ signaling in rat.

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    Tuncay, Erkan; Zeydanli, Esma N; Turan, Belma

    2011-12-01

    We have previously shown that chronic treatment with propranolol had beneficial effects on heart function in rats during increasing-age in a gender-dependent manner. Herein, we hypothesize that propranolol would improve cardiac function in diabetic cardiomyopathy and investigated the benefits of chronic oral administration of propranolol on the parameters of Ca(2+) signaling in the heart of streptozotocin-diabetic rats. Male diabetic rats received propranolol (25 mg/kg, daily) for 12 weeks, 1 week after diabetes induction. Treatment of the diabetic rats with propranolol did not produce a hypoglycaemic effect whereas it attenuated the increased cell size. Basal and β-agonist response levels of left ventricular developed pressure were significantly higher in propranolol-treated diabetic rats relative to untreated diabetics while left ventricular end diastolic pressure of the treated diabetics was comparable to the controls. Propranolol treatment normalized also the prolongation of the action potential in papillary muscles from the diabetic rat hearts. This treatment attenuated the parameters of Ca(2+) transients, depressed Ca(2+) loading of the sarcoplasmic reticulum, and of the basal intracellular Ca(2+) level of diabetic cardiomyocytes. Furthermore, Western blot data indicated that the diabetes-induced alterations in the cardiac ryanodine receptor Ca(2+) release channel's hyperphosphorylation decreased the FKBP12.6 protein level. Also, the high phosphorylated levels of PKA and CaMKII were prevented with propranolol treatment. Chronic treatment with propranolol seems to prevent diabetes-related changes in heart function by controlling intracellular Ca(2+) signaling and preventing the development of left ventricular remodeling in diabetic cardiomyopathy.

  12. The differentiation inducer, dimethyl sulfoxide, transiently increases the intracellular calcium ion concentration in various cell types.

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    Morley, P; Whitfield, J F

    1993-08-01

    Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) initiates a coordinated differentiation program in various cell types but the mechanism(s) by which DMSO does this is not understood. In this study, the effect of DMSO on intracellular calcium ion concentration ([Ca2+]i) was determined in primary cultures of chicken ovarian granulosa cells from the two largest preovulatory follicles of laying hens, and in three cell lines: undifferentiated P19 embryonal carcinoma cells, 3T3-L1 fibroblasts, and Friend murine erythroleukemia (MEL) cells. [Ca2+]i was measured in cells loaded with the Ca(2+)-specific fluoroprobe Fura-2. There was an immediate (i.e., within 5 sec), transient, two to sixfold increase in [Ca2+]i after exposing all cell types to 1% DMSO. DMSO was effective between 0.2 and 1%. The prompt DMSO-induced [Ca2+]i spike in all of the cell types was not prevented by incubating the cells in Ca(2+)-free medium containing 2 mM EGTA or by pretreating them with the Ca(2+)-channel blockers methoxyverapamil (D600; 100 microM), nifedipine (20 microM), or cobalt (5 mM). However, when granulosa cells, 3T3-L1 cells, or MEL cells were pretreated with lanthanum (La3+; 1 mM), which blocks both Ca2+ channels and membrane Ca2+ pumps, there was a sustained increase in [Ca2+]i in response to 1% DMSO. By contrast, pretreating P19 cells with La3+ (1 mM) did not prolong the DMSO-triggered [Ca2+]i transient. In all cases, the DMSO-induced [Ca2+]i surge was unaffected by pretreating the cells with the inhibitors of inositol phospholipid hydrolysis, neomycin (1.5 mM) or U-73, 122 (2.5 microM). These results suggest that DMSO almost instantaneously triggers the release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores through a common mechanism in cells in primary cultures and in cells of a variety of established lines, but this release is not mediated through phosphoinositide breakdown. This large, DMSO-induced Ca2+ spike may play a role in the induction of cell differentiation by DMSO.

  13. Stress and radiation-induced activation of multiple intracellular signaling pathways.

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    Dent, Paul; Yacoub, Adly; Contessa, Joseph; Caron, Ruben; Amorino, George; Valerie, Kristoffer; Hagan, Michael P; Grant, Steven; Schmidt-Ullrich, Rupert

    2003-03-01

    Exposure of cells to a variety of stresses induces compensatory activations of multiple intracellular signaling pathways. These activations can play critical roles in controlling cell survival and repopulation effects in a stress-specific and cell type-dependent manner. Some stress-induced signaling pathways are those normally activated by mitogens such as the EGFR/RAS/PI3K-MAPK pathway. Other pathways activated by stresses such as ionizing radiation include those downstream of death receptors, including pro-caspases and the transcription factor NFKB. This review will attempt to describe some of the complex network of signals induced by ionizing radiation and other cellular stresses in animal cells, with particular attention to signaling by growth factor and death receptors. This includes radiation-induced signaling via the EGFR and IGFI-R to the PI3K, MAPK, JNK, and p38 pathways as well as FAS-R and TNF-R signaling to pro-caspases and NFKB. The roles of autocrine ligands in the responses of cells and bystander cells to radiation and cellular stresses will also be discussed. Based on the data currently available, it appears that radiation can simultaneously activate multiple signaling pathways in cells. Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species may play an important role in this process by inhibiting protein tyrosine phosphatase activity. The ability of radiation to activate signaling pathways may depend on the expression of growth factor receptors, autocrine factors, RAS mutation, and PTEN expression. In other words, just because pathway X is activated by radiation in one cell type does not mean that pathway X will be activated in a different cell type. Radiation-induced signaling through growth factor receptors such as the EGFR may provide radioprotective signals through multiple downstream pathways. In some cell types, enhanced basal signaling by proto-oncogenes such as RAS may provide a radioprotective signal. In many cell types, this may be through PI3K, in others

  14. The mechanism of honokiol-induced intracellular Ca(2+) rises and apoptosis in human glioblastoma cells.

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    Liang, Wei-Zhe; Chou, Chiang-Ting; Chang, Hong-Tai; Cheng, Jin-Shiung; Kuo, Daih-Huang; Ko, Kuang-Chung; Chiang, Ni-Na; Wu, Ru-Fang; Shieh, Pochuen; Jan, Chung-Ren

    2014-09-25

    Honokiol, an active constituent of oriental medicinal herb Magnolia officinalis, caused Ca(2+) mobilization and apoptosis in different cancer cells. In vivo, honokiol crossed the blood-brain or -cerebrospinal fluid barrier, suggesting that it may be an effective drug for the treatment of brain tumors, including glioblastoma. This study examined the effect of honokiol on intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) and apoptosis in DBTRG-05MG human glioblastoma cells. Honokiol concentration-dependently induced a [Ca(2+)]i rise. The signal was decreased partially by removal of extracellular Ca(2+). Honokiol-triggered [Ca(2+)]i rise was not suppressed by store-operated Ca(2+) channel blockers (nifedipine, econazole, SK&F96365) and the protein kinase C (PKC) activator phorbol 12-myristate 13 acetate (PMA), but was inhibited by the PKC inhibitor GF109203X. GF109203X-induced inhibition was not altered by removal of extracellular Ca(2+). In Ca(2+)-free medium, pretreatment with the endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) pump inhibitor thapsigargin (TG) or 2,5-di-tert-butylhydroquinone (BHQ) abolished honokiol-induced [Ca(2+)]i rise. Conversely, incubation with honokiol abolished TG or BHQ-induced [Ca(2+)]i rise. Inhibition of phospholipase C (PLC) with U73122 abolished honokiol-induced [Ca(2+)]i rise. Honokiol (20-80μM) reduced the cell viability, which was not reversed by prechelating cytosolic Ca(2+) with BAPTA-AM (1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid-acetoxymethyl ester). Honokiol (20-60μM) enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, released cytochrome c, and activated caspase-9/caspase-3. Together, honokiol induced a [Ca(2+)]i rise by inducing PLC-dependent Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum and Ca(2+) entry via PKC-dependent, non store-operated Ca(2+) channels. Moreover, honokiol activated the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis in DBTRG-05MG human glioblastoma cells. Copyright © 2014

  15. Heat and exercise acclimation increases intracellular levels of Hsp72 and inhibits exercise-induced increase in intracellular and plasma Hsp72 in humans

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    Magalhães, Flávio de Castro; Amorim, Fabiano Trigueiro; Passos, Renata L. Freitas; Fonseca, Michele Atalla; Oliveira, Kenya Paula Moreira; Lima, Milene Rodrigues Malheiros; Guimarães, Juliana Bohen; Ferreira-Júnior, João Batista; Martini, Angelo R. P.; Lima, Nilo R. V.; Soares, Danusa Dias; Oliveira, Edilamar Menezes

    2010-01-01

    In order to verify the effects of heat and exercise acclimation (HA) on resting and exercise-induced expression of plasma and leukocyte heat shock protein 72 (Hsp72) in humans, nine healthy young male volunteers (25.0 ± 0.7 years; 80.5 ± 2.0 kg; 180 ± 2 cm, mean ± SE) exercised for 60 min in a hot, dry environment (40 ± 0°C and 45 ± 0% relative humidity) for 11 days. The protocol consisted of running on a treadmill using a controlled hyperthermia technique in which the work rate was adjusted to elevate the rectal temperature by 1°C in 30 min and maintain it elevated for another 30 min. Before and after the HA, the volunteers performed a heat stress test (HST) at 50% of their individual maximal power output for 90 min in the same environment. Blood was drawn before (REST), immediately after (POST) and 1 h after (1 h POST) HST, and plasma and leukocytes were separated and stored. Subjects showed expected adaptations to HA: reduced exercise rectal and mean skin temperatures and heart rate, and augmented sweat rate and exercise tolerance. In HST1, plasma Hsp72 increased from REST to POST and then returned to resting values 1 h POST (REST: 1.11 ± 0.07, POST: 1.48 ± 0.10, 1 h POST: 1.22 ± 0.11 ng mL−1; p < 0.05). In HST2, there was no change in plasma Hsp72 (REST: 0.94 ± 0.08, POST: 1.20 ± 0.15, 1 h POST: 1.17 ± 0.16 ng mL−1; p > 0.05). HA increased resting levels of intracellular Hsp72 (HST1: 1 ± 0.02 and HST2: 4.2 ± 1.2 density units, p < 0.05). Exercise-induced increased intracellular Hsp72 expression was observed on HST1 (HST1: REST, 1 ± 0.02 vs. POST, 2.9 ± 0.9 density units, mean ± SE, p < 0.05) but was inhibited on HST2 (HST2: REST, 4.2 ± 1.2 vs. POST, 4.4 ± 1.1 density units, p > 0.05). Regression analysis showed that the lower the pre-exercise expression of intracellular Hsp72, the higher the exercise-induced increase (R = −0

  16. Heat and exercise acclimation increases intracellular levels of Hsp72 and inhibits exercise-induced increase in intracellular and plasma Hsp72 in humans.

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    Magalhães, Flávio de Castro; Amorim, Fabiano Trigueiro; Passos, Renata L Freitas; Fonseca, Michele Atalla; Oliveira, Kenya Paula Moreira; Lima, Milene Rodrigues Malheiros; Guimarães, Juliana Bohen; Ferreira-Júnior, João Batista; Martini, Angelo R P; Lima, Nilo R V; Soares, Danusa Dias; Oliveira, Edilamar Menezes; Rodrigues, Luiz Oswaldo Carneiro

    2010-11-01

    In order to verify the effects of heat and exercise acclimation (HA) on resting and exercise-induced expression of plasma and leukocyte heat shock protein 72 (Hsp72) in humans, nine healthy young male volunteers (25.0 ± 0.7 years; 80.5 ± 2.0 kg; 180 ± 2 cm, mean ± SE) exercised for 60 min in a hot, dry environment (40 ± 0°C and 45 ± 0% relative humidity) for 11 days. The protocol consisted of running on a treadmill using a controlled hyperthermia technique in which the work rate was adjusted to elevate the rectal temperature by 1°C in 30 min and maintain it elevated for another 30 min. Before and after the HA, the volunteers performed a heat stress test (HST) at 50% of their individual maximal power output for 90 min in the same environment. Blood was drawn before (REST), immediately after (POST) and 1 h after (1 h POST) HST, and plasma and leukocytes were separated and stored. Subjects showed expected adaptations to HA: reduced exercise rectal and mean skin temperatures and heart rate, and augmented sweat rate and exercise tolerance. In HST1, plasma Hsp72 increased from REST to POST and then returned to resting values 1 h POST (REST: 1.11 ± 0.07, POST: 1.48 ± 0.10, 1 h POST: 1.22 ± 0.11 ng mL(-1); p < 0.05). In HST2, there was no change in plasma Hsp72 (REST: 0.94 ± 0.08, POST: 1.20 ± 0.15, 1 h POST: 1.17 ± 0.16 ng mL(-1); p > 0.05). HA increased resting levels of intracellular Hsp72 (HST1: 1 ± 0.02 and HST2: 4.2 ± 1.2 density units, p < 0.05). Exercise-induced increased intracellular Hsp72 expression was observed on HST1 (HST1: REST, 1 ± 0.02 vs. POST, 2.9 ± 0.9 density units, mean ± SE, p < 0.05) but was inhibited on HST2 (HST2: REST, 4.2 ± 1.2 vs. POST, 4.4 ± 1.1 density units, p > 0.05). Regression analysis showed that the lower the pre-exercise expression of intracellular Hsp72, the higher the exercise-induced increase (R = -0.85, p

  17. Metformin Ameliorates Podocyte Damage by Restoring Renal Tissue Podocalyxin Expression in Type 2 Diabetic Rats

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    Zhai, Limin; Gu, Junfei; Yang, Di; Wang, Wei; Ye, Shandong

    2015-01-01

    Podocalyxin (PCX) is a signature molecule of the glomerular podocyte and of maintaining integrity of filtration function of glomerulus. The aim of this study was to observe the effect of different doses of metformin on renal tissue PCX expression in type 2 diabetic rats and clarify its protection on glomerular podocytes. Type 2 diabetic Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats in which diabetes was induced by high-fat diet/streptozotocin (HFD-STZ) were treated with different doses of metformin (150, 300, and 500 mg/kg per day, resp.) for 8 weeks. Various biochemical parameters, kidney histopathology, and renal tissue PCX expression levels were examined. In type 2 diabetic rats, severe hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia were developed. Urinary albumin and PCX were markedly increased. Diabetes induced significant alterations in renal glomerular structure. In addition, protein and mRNA expression of renal tissue PCX were highly decreased. However, treatment of rats with different doses of metformin restored all these changes to a varying degree. These results suggested that metformin can ameliorate glomerular podocyte damage in type 2 diabetic rats, which may be partly associated with its role in restoring PCX expression and inhibiting urinary excretion of PCX with dose dependence. PMID:26075281

  18. Nephrotic Syndrome in Small Cell Lung Cancer and Induction of C-Mip in Podocytes.

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    Bouatou, Yassine; Koessler, Thibaud; Oniszczuk, Julie; Zhang, Shao-Yu; Moll, Solange; Audard, Vincent; de Seigneux, Sophie; Sahali, Djillali

    2017-03-01

    Paraneoplastic nephrotic syndrome is often a complication in patients with cancer, and various histologic lesions have been described in the kidney. We report the case of a 76-year-old woman who presented with a podocytopathy that was found to be associated with a small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC). One cycle of carboplatin-etoposide combination therapy led to resolution of nephrotic syndrome and remission of the lung carcinoma. C-Maf-inducing protein (C-Mip) was overexpressed in both podocytes and cancer cells, but was not found in control kidney and lung tissue samples. C-Mip also was absent in SCLC cells from 30 patients without nephrotic syndrome. Exposing cultured podocytes to a sample of our patient's serum that was collected prior to chemotherapy led to disorganization of the podocyte cytoskeleton and induction of C-Mip expression, which was not observed with control serum or our patient's serum sampled after chemotherapy. These observations suggest that C-Mip may play an important role in SCLC-related podocytopathy and that a circulating factor likely induces its expression in the kidney. Copyright © 2016 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Podocytes and glomerular function with aging.

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    Wiggins, Jocelyn

    2009-11-01

    Kidney function declines with age in association with the development of age-associated glomerulosclerosis. The well-established structural and functional changes with age are reviewed briefly. The modification of aging pathology by calorie restriction is discussed. The role of the podocyte as a critical cell in the aging process is considered, using animal models and human biopsy material. Newer data on changes in gene expression and possible changes in biology in the glomerulus are discussed. There is speculation on the implications of this change in biology for human disease and progression.

  20. Salvia miltiorrhiza attenuates the changes in contraction and intracellular calcium induced by anoxia and reoxygenation in rat cardiomyocytes.

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    Cao, Chun-Mei; Xia, Qiang; Zhang, Xiong; Xu, Wan-Hong; Jiang, Hui-Di; Chen, Jun-Zhu

    2003-04-18

    The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of Salvia miltiorrhiza (SM) on contraction and the intracellular calcium of isolated ventricular myocytes during normoxia or anoxia and reoxygenation using a video tracking system and spectrofluorometry. Cardiac ventricular myocytes were isolated enzymatically by collagenase and exposed to 5 min of anoxia followed by 10 min of reoxygenation. SM (1-9 g/L) depressed both contraction and the [Ca(2+)](i) transient in a dose-dependent manner. SM did not affect the diastolic calcium level and the sarcolemmal Ca(2+) channel of myocytes but decreased the caffeine-induced calcium release. During anoxia, the +/-dL/dtmax, amplitudes of contraction (dL) of cell contraction and [Ca(2+)](i) transients were decreased, while the diastolic calcium level was increased. None of the parameters returned to the pre-anoxia level during reoxygenaton. However, SM (3 g/L) did attenuate the changes in cell contraction and intracellular calcium induced by anoxia and reoxygenation. It is concluded that SM has different effects on normoxic and anoxic cardiomyocytes. The SM-induced reduction of changes in contraction and intracellular calcium induced by anoxia/reoxygenation indicates that SM may be beneficial for cardiac tissue in recovery of mechanical function and intracellular calcium homeostasis.

  1. Oncolytic reovirus induces intracellular redistribution of Ras to promote apoptosis and progeny virus release.

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    Garant, K A; Shmulevitz, M; Pan, L; Daigle, R M; Ahn, D-G; Gujar, S A; Lee, P W K

    2016-02-11

    Reovirus is a naturally oncolytic virus that preferentially replicates in Ras-transformed cells and is currently undergoing clinical trials as a cancer therapeutic. Ras transformation promotes reovirus oncolysis by enhancing virion disassembly during entry, viral progeny production, and virus release through apoptosis; however, the mechanism behind the latter is not well understood. Here, we show that reovirus alters the intracellular location of oncogenic Ras to induce apoptosis of H-RasV12-transformed fibroblasts. Reovirus infection decreases Ras palmitoylation levels and causes accumulation of Ras in the Golgi through Golgi fragmentation. With the Golgi being the site of Ras palmitoylation, treatment of target cells with the palmitoylation inhibitor, 2-bromopalmitate (2BP), prompts a greater accumulation of H-RasV12 in the Golgi, and a dose-dependent increase in progeny virus release and subsequent spread. Conversely, tethering H-RasV12 to the plasma membrane (thereby preventing its movement to the Golgi) allows for efficient virus production, but results in basal levels of reovirus-induced cell death. Analysis of Ras downstream signaling reveals that cells expressing cycling H-RasV12 have elevated levels of phosphorylated JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase), and that Ras retained at the Golgi body by 2BP increases activation of the MEKK1/MKK4/JNK signaling pathway to promote cell death. Collectively, our data suggest that reovirus induces Golgi fragmentation of target cells, and the subsequent accumulation of oncogenic Ras in the Golgi body initiates apoptotic signaling events required for virus release and spread.

  2. Adiponectin regulates albuminuria and podocyte function in mice

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    Sharma, Kumar; RamachandraRao, Satish; Qiu, Gang; Usui, Hitomi Kataoka; Zhu, Yanqing; Dunn, Stephen R.; Ouedraogo, Raogo; Hough, Kelly; McCue, Peter; Chan, Lawrence; Falkner, Bonita; Goldstein, Barry J.

    2008-01-01

    Increased albuminuria is associated with obesity and diabetes and is a risk factor for cardiovascular and renal disease. However, the link between early albuminuria and adiposity remains unclear. To determine whether adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived hormone, is a communication signal between adipocytes and the kidney, we performed studies in a cohort of patients at high risk for diabetes and kidney disease as well as in adiponectin-knockout (Ad–/–) mice. Albuminuria had a negative correlation with plasma adiponectin in obese patients, and Ad–/– mice exhibited increased albuminuria and fusion of podocyte foot processes. In cultured podocytes, adiponectin administration was associated with increased activity of AMPK, and both adiponectin and AMPK activation reduced podocyte permeability to albumin and podocyte dysfunction, as evidenced by zona occludens–1 translocation to the membrane. These effects seemed to be caused by reduction of oxidative stress, as adiponectin and AMPK activation both reduced protein levels of the NADPH oxidase Nox4 in podocytes. Ad–/– mice treated with adiponectin exhibited normalization of albuminuria, improvement of podocyte foot process effacement, increased glomerular AMPK activation, and reduced urinary and glomerular markers of oxidant stress. These results suggest that adiponectin is a key regulator of albuminuria, likely acting through the AMPK pathway to modulate oxidant stress in podocytes. PMID:18431508

  3. KANK deficiency leads to podocyte dysfunction and nephrotic syndrome

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    Gee, Heon Yung; Zhang, Fujian; Ashraf, Shazia; Kohl, Stefan; Sadowski, Carolin E.; Vega-Warner, Virginia; Zhou, Weibin; Lovric, Svjetlana; Fang, Humphrey; Nettleton, Margaret; Zhu, Jun-yi; Hoefele, Julia; Weber, Lutz T.; Podracka, Ludmila; Boor, Andrej; Fehrenbach, Henry; Innis, Jeffrey W.; Washburn, Joseph; Levy, Shawn; Lifton, Richard P.; Otto, Edgar A.; Han, Zhe; Hildebrandt, Friedhelm

    2015-01-01

    Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a frequent cause of progressive renal function decline and affects millions of people. In a recent study, 30% of SRNS cases evaluated were the result of monogenic mutations in 1 of 27 different genes. Here, using homozygosity mapping and whole-exome sequencing, we identified recessive mutations in kidney ankyrin repeat-containing protein 1 (KANK1), KANK2, and KANK4 in individuals with nephrotic syndrome. In an independent functional genetic screen of Drosophila cardiac nephrocytes, which are equivalents of mammalian podocytes, we determined that the Drosophila KANK homolog (dKank) is essential for nephrocyte function. RNAi-mediated knockdown of dKank in nephrocytes disrupted slit diaphragm filtration structures and lacuna channel structures. In rats, KANK1, KANK2, and KANK4 all localized to podocytes in glomeruli, and KANK1 partially colocalized with synaptopodin. Knockdown of kank2 in zebrafish recapitulated a nephrotic syndrome phenotype, resulting in proteinuria and podocyte foot process effacement. In rat glomeruli and cultured human podocytes, KANK2 interacted with ARHGDIA, a known regulator of RHO GTPases in podocytes that is dysfunctional in some types of nephrotic syndrome. Knockdown of KANK2 in cultured podocytes increased active GTP-bound RHOA and decreased migration. Together, these data suggest that KANK family genes play evolutionarily conserved roles in podocyte function, likely through regulating RHO GTPase signaling. PMID:25961457

  4. Intracellular ROS

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    Leshem, Yehoram

    2007-01-01

    Intracellular localization of stress induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) has emerged as an important aspect towards understanding of cellular responses to environmental stimuli. Our recent study published in the PNAS (103:18008–13)1 shows that NaCl-induced ROS appear within endosomes on the way to tonoplast as part of the vacuolar vesicle trafficking. In addition to showing ROS damage to the tonoplast, this finding may shed light upon recently reported aspects of root water relations during salt stress, suggesting a new signaling role for intracellular ROS in Arabidopsis root cells, during salt stress: ROS that are compartmentalized in endosomes are delivered by the vacuolar vesicle trafficking pathway to the tonoplast, resulting in oxidative gating of TIPs water channels. The closure of the tonoplast aquaporins contributes to the observed reduction in root hydraulic conductivity during salt stress. PMID:19704741

  5. Deficits in Sialylation Impair Podocyte Maturation

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    Weinhold, Birgit; Sellmeier, Melanie; Schaper, Wiebke; Blume, Linda; Philippens, Brigitte; Kats, Elina; Bernard, Ulrike; Galuska, Sebastian P.; Geyer, Hildegard; Geyer, Rudolf; Worthmann, Kirstin; Schiffer, Mario; Groos, Stephanie; Gerardy-Schahn, Rita

    2012-01-01

    The role of sialylation in kidney biology is not fully understood. The synthesis of sialoglycoconjugates, which form the outermost structures of animal cells, requires CMP-sialic acid, which is a product of the nuclear enzyme CMAS. We used a knock-in strategy to create a mouse with point mutations in the canonical nuclear localization signal of CMAS, which relocated the enzyme to the cytoplasm of transfected cells without affecting its activity. Although insufficient to prevent nuclear entry in mice, the mutation led to a drastically reduced concentration of nuclear-expressed enzyme. Mice homozygous for the mutation died from kidney failure within 72 hours after birth. The Cmasnls mouse exhibited podocyte foot process effacement, absence of slit diaphragms, and massive proteinuria, recapitulating features of nephrin-knockout mice and of patients with Finnish-type congenital nephrotic syndrome. Although the Cmasnls mouse displayed normal sialylation in all organs including kidney, a critical shortage of CMP-sialic acid prevented sialylation of nephrin and podocalyxin in the maturing podocyte where it is required during the formation of foot processes. Accordingly, the sialylation defects progressed with time and paralleled the morphologic changes. In summary, sialylation is critical during the development of the glomerular filtration barrier and required for the proper function of nephrin. Whether altered sialylation impairs nephrin function in human disease requires further study. PMID:22745475

  6. Stress Induces a Switch of Intracellular Signaling in Sensory Neurons in a Model of Generalized Pain

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    Khasar, Sachia G.; Burkham, Jennifer; Dina, Olayinka A.; Brown, Adrienne S.; Bogen, Oliver; Alessandri-Haber, Nicole; Green, Paul G.; Reichling, David B.; Levine, Jon D.

    2008-01-01

    Stress dramatically exacerbates pain in diseases such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that stress causes generalized hyperalgesia by enhancing pro-nociceptive effects of immune mediators. Rats exposed to non-habituating sound stress exhibited no change in mechanical nociceptive threshold, but showed a marked increase in hyperalgesia evoked by local injections of prostaglandin E2 or epinephrine. This enhancement, which developed more than a week after exposure to stress, required concerted action of glucocorticoids and catecholamines at receptors located in the periphery on sensory afferents. The altered response to pronociceptive mediators involved a switch in coupling of their receptors from predominantly stimulatory to inhibitory G-proteins (Gs to Gi), and for prostaglandin E2, emergence of novel dependence on protein kinase C epsilon. Thus, an important mechanism in generalized pain syndromes may be stress-induced co-activation of the hypothalmo-pituitary-adrenal and sympatho-adrenal axes, causing a long-lasting alteration in intracellular signaling pathways, enabling normally innocuous levels of immune mediators to produce chronic hyperalgesia. PMID:18509033

  7. Cadmium-induced apoptosis of Siberian tiger fibroblasts via disrupted intracellular homeostasis.

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    Wang, Hui; Liu, Zheng; Zhang, Wenxiu; Yuan, Ziao; Yuan, Hongyi; Liu, Xueting; Yang, Chunwen; Guan, Weijun

    2016-10-24

    Heavy metals can cause great harm to Siberian tigers in the natural environment. Cadmium (Cd(2+)) is an environmental contaminant that affects multiple cellular processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. It has been shown to induce apoptosis in a variety of cell types and tissues. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Cd(2+) on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro. Our research revealed the typical signs of apoptosis after Cd(2+) exposure. Apoptosis was dose- (0-4.8 μM) and duration-dependent (12-48 h), and proliferation was strongly inhibited. Cd(2+) increased the activity of caspase-3, -8, and -9 and disrupted calcium homeostasis by causing oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. It also increased K(+) efflux and altered the mRNA levels of Bax, Bcl-2, caspase-3, caspase-8, Fas, and p53. Our results suggest that Cd(2+) triggers the apoptosis of Siberian tiger fibroblasts by disturbing intracellular homeostasis. These results will aid in our understanding of the effects of Cd(2+) on Siberian tigers and in developing interventions to treat and prevent cadmium poisoning.

  8. Extracellular NAD+ regulates intracellular calcium levels and induces activation of human granulocytes

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    2005-01-01

    β-NAD+e (extracellular β-NAD+), present at nanomolar levels in human plasma, has been implicated in the regulation of [Ca2+]i (the intracellular calcium concentration) in various cell types, including blood cells, by means of different mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate that micromolar NAD+e (both the α and the β extracellular NAD+ forms) induces a sustained [Ca2+]i increase in human granulocytes by triggering the following cascade of causally related events: (i) activation of adenylate cyclase and overproduction of cAMP; (ii) activation of protein kinase A; (iii) stimulation of ADP-ribosyl cyclase activity and consequent overproduction of cADP-ribose, a universal Ca2+ mobilizer; and (iv) influx of extracellular Ca2+. The NAD+e-triggered [Ca2+]i elevation translates into granulocyte activation, i.e. superoxide and nitric oxide generation, and enhanced chemotaxis in response to 0.1–10 μM NAD+e. Thus extracellular β-NAD+e behaves as a novel pro-inflammatory cytokine, stimulating human granulocytes and potentially recruiting them at sites of inflammation. PMID:16225456

  9. Iberis amara Extract Induces Intracellular Formation of Reactive Oxygen Species and Inhibits Colon Cancer

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    Plauth, Annabell; Wowro, Sylvia J.; Fischer, Cornelius; Abdel-Aziz, Heba; Sauer, Sascha

    2016-01-01

    Massively increasing global incidences of colorectal cancer require efficient treatment and prevention strategies. Here, we report unexpected anticancerogenic effects of hydroethanolic Iberis amara extract (IAE), which is known as a widely used phytomedical product for treating gastrointestinal complaints. IAE significantly inhibited the proliferation of HT-29 and T84 colon carcinoma cells with an inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 6 and 9 μg/ml, respectively, and further generated inhibitory effects in PC-3 prostate and MCF7 breast cancer cells. Inhibition of proliferation in HT-29 cells was associated with a G2/M phase cell cycle arrest including reduced expression of various regulatory marker proteins. Notably, in HT-29 cells IAE further induced apoptosis by intracellular formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Consistent with predictions derived from our in vitro experiments, bidaily oral gavage of 50 mg/kg of IAE over 4 weeks resulted in significant inhibition of tumor growth in a mouse HT-29 tumor xenograft model. Taken together, Iberis amara extracts could become useful alternatives for preventing and treating the progression of colon cancer. PMID:27050665

  10. (-)-Terpinen-4-ol changes intracellular Ca(2+) handling and induces pacing disturbance in rat hearts.

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    Gondim, Antonio Nei Santana; Lara, Aline; Santos-Miranda, Artur; Roman-Campos, Danilo; Lauton-Santos, Sandra; Menezes-Filho, José Evaldo Rodrigues; de Vasconcelos, Carla Maria Lins; Conde-Garcia, Eduardo Antonio; Guatimosim, Silvia; Cruz, Jader S

    2017-07-15

    (-)-Terpinen-4-ol is a naturally occurring plant monoterpene and has been shown to have a plethora of biological activities. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart, a key player in the control and maintenance of arterial blood pressure. The effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart were investigated using isolated left atrium isometric force measurements, in vivo electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings, patch clamp technique, and confocal microscopy. It was observed that (-)-terpinen-4-ol reduced contraction force in an isolated left atrium at millimolar concentrations. Conversely, it induced a positive inotropic effect and extrasystoles at micromolar concentrations, suggesting that (-)-terpinen-4-ol may have arrhythmogenic activity on cardiac tissue. In anaesthetized animals, (-)-terpinen-4-ol also elicited rhythm disturbance, such as supraventricular tachycardia and atrioventricular block. To investigate the cellular mechanism underlying the dual effect of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on heart muscle, experiments were performed on isolated ventricular cardiomyocytes to determine the effect of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on L-type Ca(2+) currents, Ca(2+) sparks, and Ca(2+) transients. The arrhythmogenic activity of (-)-terpinen-4-ol in vitro and in vivo may be explained by its effect on intracellular Ca(2+) handling. Taken together, our data suggest that (-)-terpinen-4-ol has cardiac arrhythmogenic activity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Melatonin protects rat cerebellar granule cells against electromagnetic field-induced increases in Na+ currents through intracellular Ca2+ release

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    Liu, Dong-Dong; Ren, Zhen; Yang, Guang; Zhao, Qian-Ru; Mei, Yan-Ai

    2014-01-01

    Although melatonin (MT) has been reported to protect cells against oxidative damage induced by electromagnetic radiation, few reports have addressed whether there are other protective mechanisms. Here, we investigated the effects of MT on extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF)-induced Nav activity in rat cerebellar granule cells (GCs). Exposing cerebellar GCs to ELF-EMF for 60 min. significantly increased the Nav current (INa) densities by 62.5%. MT (5 μM) inhibited the ELF-EMF-induced INa increase. This inhibitory effect of MT is mimicked by an MT2 receptor agonist and was eliminated by an MT2 receptor antagonist. The Nav channel steady-state activation curve was significantly shifted towards hyperpolarization by ELF-EMF stimulation but remained unchanged by MT in cerebellar GC that were either exposed or not exposed to ELF-EMF. ELF-EMF exposure significantly increased the intracellular levels of phosphorylated PKA in cerebellar GCs, and both MT and IIK-7 did not reduce the ELF-EMF-induced increase in phosphorylated PKA. The inhibitory effects of MT on ELF-EMF-induced Nav activity was greatly reduced by the calmodulin inhibitor KN93. Calcium imaging showed that MT did not increase the basal intracellular Ca2+ level, but it significantly elevated the intracellular Ca2+ level evoked by the high K+ stimulation in cerebellar GC that were either exposed or not exposed to ELF-EMF. In the presence of ruthenium red, a ryanodine-sensitive receptor blocker, the MT-induced increase in intracellular calcium levels was reduced. Our data show for the first time that MT protects against neuronal INa that result from ELF-EMF exposure through Ca2+ influx-induced Ca2+ release. PMID:24548607

  12. Melatonin protects rat cerebellar granule cells against electromagnetic field-induced increases in Na(+) currents through intracellular Ca(2+) release.

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    Liu, Dong-Dong; Ren, Zhen; Yang, Guang; Zhao, Qian-Ru; Mei, Yan-Ai

    2014-06-01

    Although melatonin (MT) has been reported to protect cells against oxidative damage induced by electromagnetic radiation, few reports have addressed whether there are other protective mechanisms. Here, we investigated the effects of MT on extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF)-induced Nav activity in rat cerebellar granule cells (GCs). Exposing cerebellar GCs to ELF-EMF for 60 min. significantly increased the Nav current (INa ) densities by 62.5%. MT (5 μM) inhibited the ELF-EMF-induced INa increase. This inhibitory effect of MT is mimicked by an MT2 receptor agonist and was eliminated by an MT2 receptor antagonist. The Nav channel steady-state activation curve was significantly shifted towards hyperpolarization by ELF-EMF stimulation but remained unchanged by MT in cerebellar GC that were either exposed or not exposed to ELF-EMF. ELF-EMF exposure significantly increased the intracellular levels of phosphorylated PKA in cerebellar GCs, and both MT and IIK-7 did not reduce the ELF-EMF-induced increase in phosphorylated PKA. The inhibitory effects of MT on ELF-EMF-induced Nav activity was greatly reduced by the calmodulin inhibitor KN93. Calcium imaging showed that MT did not increase the basal intracellular Ca(2+) level, but it significantly elevated the intracellular Ca(2+) level evoked by the high K(+) stimulation in cerebellar GC that were either exposed or not exposed to ELF-EMF. In the presence of ruthenium red, a ryanodine-sensitive receptor blocker, the MT-induced increase in intracellular calcium levels was reduced. Our data show for the first time that MT protects against neuronal INa that result from ELF-EMF exposure through Ca(2+) influx-induced Ca(2+) release. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  13. Methoxychlor and Vinclozolin Induce Rapid Changes in Intercellular and Intracellular Signaling in Liver Progenitor Cells

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    Babica, Pavel; Zurabian, Rimma; Kumar, Esha R.; Chopra, Rajus; Mianecki, Maxwell J.; Park, Joon-Suk; Jaša, Libor; Trosko, James E.; Upham, Brad L.

    2016-01-01

    Methoxychlor (MXC) and vinclozolin (VIN) are well-recognized endocrine disrupting chemicals known to alter epigenetic regulations and transgenerational inheritance; however, non-endocrine disruption endpoints are also important. Thus, we determined the effects of MXC and VIN on the dysregulation of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) and activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in WB-F344 rat liver epithelial cells. Both chemicals induced a rapid dysregulation of GJIC at non-cytotoxic doses, with 30 min EC50 values for GJIC inhibition being 10 µM for MXC and 126 µM for VIN. MXC inhibited GJIC for at least 24 h, while VIN effects were transient and GJIC recovered after 4 h. VIN induced rapid hyperphosphorylation and internalization of gap junction protein connexin43, and both chemicals also activated MAPK ERK1/2 and p38. Effects on GJIC were not prevented by MEK1/2 inhibitor, but by an inhibitor of phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C (PC-PLC), resveratrol, and in the case of VIN, also, by a p38 inhibitor. Estrogen (ER) and androgen receptor (AR) modulators (estradiol, ICI 182,780, HPTE, testosterone, flutamide, VIN M2) did not attenuate MXC or VIN effects on GJIC. Our data also indicate that the effects were elicited by the parental compounds of MXC and VIN. Our study provides new evidence that MXC and VIN dysregulate GJIC via mechanisms involving rapid activation of PC-PLC occurring independently of ER- or AR-dependent genomic signaling. Such alterations of rapid intercellular and intracellular signaling events involved in regulations of gene expression, tissue development, function and homeostasis, could also contribute to transgenerational epigenetic effects of endocrine disruptors. PMID:27413106

  14. Methoxychlor and Vinclozolin Induce Rapid Changes in Intercellular and Intracellular Signaling in Liver Progenitor Cells.

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    Babica, Pavel; Zurabian, Rimma; Kumar, Esha R; Chopra, Rajus; Mianecki, Maxwell J; Park, Joon-Suk; Jaša, Libor; Trosko, James E; Upham, Brad L

    2016-09-01

    Methoxychlor (MXC) and vinclozolin (VIN) are well-recognized endocrine disrupting chemicals known to alter epigenetic regulations and transgenerational inheritance; however, non-endocrine disruption endpoints are also important. Thus, we determined the effects of MXC and VIN on the dysregulation of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) and activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in WB-F344 rat liver epithelial cells. Both chemicals induced a rapid dysregulation of GJIC at non-cytotoxic doses, with 30 min EC50 values for GJIC inhibition being 10 µM for MXC and 126 µM for VIN. MXC inhibited GJIC for at least 24 h, while VIN effects were transient and GJIC recovered after 4 h. VIN induced rapid hyperphosphorylation and internalization of gap junction protein connexin43, and both chemicals also activated MAPK ERK1/2 and p38. Effects on GJIC were not prevented by MEK1/2 inhibitor, but by an inhibitor of phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C (PC-PLC), resveratrol, and in the case of VIN, also, by a p38 inhibitor. Estrogen (ER) and androgen receptor (AR) modulators (estradiol, ICI 182,780, HPTE, testosterone, flutamide, VIN M2) did not attenuate MXC or VIN effects on GJIC. Our data also indicate that the effects were elicited by the parental compounds of MXC and VIN. Our study provides new evidence that MXC and VIN dysregulate GJIC via mechanisms involving rapid activation of PC-PLC occurring independently of ER- or AR-dependent genomic signaling. Such alterations of rapid intercellular and intracellular signaling events involved in regulations of gene expression, tissue development, function and homeostasis, could also contribute to transgenerational epigenetic effects of endocrine disruptors. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Toxicology. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. Androgens induce increases in intracellular calcium via a G protein-coupled receptor in LNCaP prostate cancer cells.

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    Sun, Ying-Hao; Gao, Xu; Tang, Yuan-Jie; Xu, Chuan-Liang; Wang, Lin-Hui

    2006-01-01

    The receptor mechanism of testosterone-induced nongenomic Ca2+ signaling in prostate cancer cells is poorly understood. In this study we investigated androgen-induced intracellular Ca2+ increases in LNCaP human prostate cancer cells with Fura-2 as a Ca2+ probe. 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) produced fast and transient increases in intracellular Ca2+ in LNCaP cells in a concentration-dependent manner. These effects were abolished by extracellular Ca2+ removal or pretreatment with L-type Ca2+ channel inhibitors (nifedipine, verapamil, and diltiazem). Pretreatment with endoplasmic reticulum ryanodine receptor blocker (procaine) or phospholipase C inhibitor (neomycin sulfate) did not alter DHT-induced Ca2+ influx. The concentration of Ca2+ was also increased by impermeable testosterone conjugated to bovine serum albumin. Neither an antagonist of intracellular androgen receptors (cyproterone acetate) nor a protein synthesis inhibitor (cycloheximide) affected this fast Ca2+ influx. Furthermore, the effect of DHT was abolished in cells incubated with a G protein inhibitor (pertussis toxin) and a nonhydrolyzable analog of guanosine triphosphate (guanosine 5-[beta-thio]disphosphate) but not in cells incubated with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor genistein. These results indicate that androgens induced an L-type calcium channel-dependent intracellular Ca2+ increase in LNCaP prostate cancer cells. The rapid responses triggered by DHT did not appear to be mediated through classic intracellular androgen receptors, c-Src kinase-androgen receptor complex, or sex hormone-binding globulin but through a G protein-coupled receptor in LNCaP prostate cancer cells. These results may provide a new explanation for progression of prostate cancer.

  16. TRPV4 mediates flow-induced increases in intracellular Ca in medullary thick ascending limbs.

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    Cabral, P D; Capurro, C; Garvin, J L

    2015-07-01

    Medullary thick ascending limbs (mTAL) regulate Na balance and therefore blood pressure. We previously showed that cell swelling and luminal flow activates the mechanosensitive channel TRPV4 in mTAL. We hypothesized that TRPV4 mediates flow-induced increases in intracellular Ca (Cai) in rat mTALs. We performed ratiometric measurements of Cai in perfused mTALs. Increasing luminal flow from 0 to 20 nL min(-1) caused Cai to peak 231 ± 29 nmol L(-1) above basal concentrations (n = 18). The general TRPV inhibitor ruthenium red at 15 and 50 μmol L(-1) reduced peak Cai by 41 ± 9 (P < 0.01; n = 5) and 77 ± 10% (P < 0.02; n = 6). The selective TRPV4 inhibitor RN1734 at 10 and 50 μmol L(-1) reduced peak Cai by 46 ± 11 (P < 0.01; n = 7) and 76 ± 5% (P < 0.02; n = 5) respectively. To specifically target TRPV4, mTALs were transduced with adenoviruses expressing TRPV4 small hairpin (sh) RNA. In non-transduced control mTALs, luminal flow generated a peak increase in Cai of 111 ± 21 nmol L(-1) (n = 8). In TRPV4shRNA-transduced mTALs, the Cai peak was reduced to 56 ± 8 nmol L(-1) (P < 0.03, n = 9). Removing extracellular Ca completely abolished flow-induced increases in Cai. Increasing luminal flow in the presence of hexokinase 20 (U mL(-1) ) to scavenge extracellular ATP did not modify significantly the increases in Cai induced by luminal flow. Finally, we studied the effect of the TRPV4 selective agonist GSK1016790A on Cai. In the absence of luminal flow, GSK1016790A (10 nmol L(-1) ) increased Cai from 60 ± 11 nmol L(-1) to 262 ± 71 nmol L(-1) (P < 0.05; n = 7). We conclude that flow-induced increases in Cai are mediated primarily by TRPV4 in the rat mTAL. © 2015 Scandinavian Physiological Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Activation of the IL-2 Receptor in Podocytes: A Potential Mechanism for Podocyte Injury in Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome?

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    Zea, Arnold H.; Stewart, Tyrus; Ascani, Jeannine; Tate, David J.; Finkel-Jimenez, Beatriz; Wilk, Anna; Reiss, Krzysztof; Smoyer, William E.; Aviles, Diego H.

    2016-01-01

    The renal podocyte plays an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of the glomerular basement membrane. We have previously reported that patients with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) have increased IL-2 production. We hypothesized that podocytes express an IL-2 receptor (IL-2R) and signaling through this receptor can result in podocyte injury. To confirm the presence of the IL-2R, we tested a conditionally immortalized murine podocyte cell line by flow cytometry, qPCR, and Western blot. To test for the presence of the IL-2R in vivo, immunohistochemical staining was performed on human renal biopsies in children with FSGS and control. Podocytes were stimulated with IL-2 in vitro, to study signaling events via the JAK/STAT pathway. The results showed that stimulation with IL-2 resulted in increased mRNA and protein expression of STAT 5a, phosphorylated STAT 5, JAK 3, and phosphorylated JAK 3. We then investigated for signs of cellular injury and the data showed that pro-apoptotic markers Bax and cFLIP were significantly increased following IL-2 exposure, whereas LC3 II was decreased. Furthermore, mitochondrial depolarization and apoptosis were both significantly increased following activation of the IL-2R. We used a paracellular permeability assay to monitor the structural integrity of a podocyte monolayer following IL-2 exposure. The results showed that podocytes exposed to IL-2 have increased albumin leakage across the monolayer. We conclude that murine podocytes express the IL-2R, and that activation through the IL-2R results in podocyte injury. PMID:27389192

  18. Integration of Cistromic and Transcriptomic Analyses Identifies Nphs2, Mafb, and Magi2 as Wilms’ Tumor 1 Target Genes in Podocyte Differentiation and Maintenance

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    Dong, Lihua; Pietsch, Stefan; Tan, Zenglai; Perner, Birgit; Sierig, Ralph; Kruspe, Dagmar; Groth, Marco; Witzgall, Ralph; Gröne, Hermann-Josef; Platzer, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    The Wilms’ tumor suppressor gene 1 (WT1) encodes a zinc finger transcription factor. Mutation of WT1 in humans leads to Wilms’ tumor, a pediatric kidney tumor, or other kidney diseases, such as Denys–Drash and Frasier syndromes. We showed previously that inactivation of WT1 in podocytes of adult mice results in proteinuria, foot process effacement, and glomerulosclerosis. However, the WT1-dependent transcriptional network regulating podocyte development and maintenance in vivo remains unknown. Here, we performed chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing with glomeruli from wild-type mice. Additionally, we performed a cDNA microarray screen on an inducible podocyte–specific WT1 knockout mouse model. By integration of cistromic and transcriptomic analyses, we identified the WT1 targetome in mature podocytes. To further analyze the function and targets of WT1 in podocyte maturation, we used an Nphs2-Cre model, in which WT1 is deleted during podocyte differentiation. These mice display anuria and kidney hemorrhage and die within 24 hours after birth. To address the evolutionary conservation of WT1 targets, we performed functional assays using zebrafish as a model and identified Nphs2, Mafb, and Magi2 as novel WT1 target genes required for podocyte development. Our data also show that both Mafb and Magi2 are required for normal development of the embryonic zebrafish kidney. Collectively, our work provides insights into the transcriptional networks controlled by WT1 and identifies novel WT1 target genes that mediate the function of WT1 in podocyte differentiation and maintenance. PMID:25556170

  19. Excess Podocyte Semaphorin-3A Leads to Glomerular Disease Involving PlexinA1–Nephrin Interaction

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    Reidy, Kimberly J.; Aggarwal, Pardeep K.; Jimenez, Juan J.; Thomas, David B.; Veron, Delma; Tufro, Alda

    2014-01-01

    Semaphorin-3A (Sema3a), a guidance protein secreted by podocytes, is essential for normal kidney patterning and glomerular filtration barrier development. Here, we report that podocyte-specific Sema3a gain-of-function in adult mice leads to proteinuric glomerular disease involving the three layers of the glomerular filtration barrier. Reversibility of the glomerular phenotype upon removal of the transgene induction provided proof-of-principle of the cause-and-effect relationship between podocyte Sema3a excess and glomerular disease. Mechanistically, excess Sema3a induces dysregulation of nephrin, matrix metalloproteinase 9, and αvβ3 integrin in vivo. Sema3a cell-autonomously disrupts podocyte shape. We identified a novel direct interaction between the Sema3a signaling receptor plexinA1 and nephrin, linking extracellular Sema3a signals to the slit-diaphragm signaling complex. We conclude that Sema3a functions as an extracellular negative regulator of the structure and function of the glomerular filtration barrier in the adult kidney. Our findings demonstrate a crosstalk between Sema3a and nephrin signaling pathways that is functionally relevant both in vivo and in vitro. PMID:23954273

  20. Inhibition of Intracellular Triglyceride Lipolysis Suppresses Cold-Induced Brown Adipose Tissue Metabolism and Increases Shivering in Humans.

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    Blondin, Denis P; Frisch, Frédérique; Phoenix, Serge; Guérin, Brigitte; Turcotte, Éric E; Haman, François; Richard, Denis; Carpentier, André C

    2017-02-07

    Indirect evidence from human studies suggests that brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis is fueled predominantly by fatty acids hydrolyzed from intracellular triglycerides (TGs). However, no direct experimental evidence to support this assumption currently exists in humans. The aim of this study was to determine the role of intracellular TG in BAT thermogenesis, in cold-exposed men. Using positron emission tomography with (11)C-acetate and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose, we showed that oral nicotinic acid (NiAc) administration, an inhibitor of intracellular TG lipolysis, suppressed the cold-induced increase in BAT oxidative metabolism and glucose uptake, despite no difference in BAT blood flow. There was a commensurate increase in shivering intensity and shift toward a greater reliance on glycolytic muscle fibers without modifying total heat production. Together, these findings show that intracellular TG lipolysis is critical for BAT thermogenesis and provides experimental evidence for a reciprocal role of BAT thermogenesis and shivering in cold-induced thermogenesis in humans. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Pyroptosis triggers pore-induced intracellular traps (PITs) that capture bacteria and lead to their clearance by efferocytosis.

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    Jorgensen, Ine; Zhang, Yue; Krantz, Bryan A; Miao, Edward A

    2016-09-19

    Inflammasomes activate caspase-1 in response to cytosolic contamination or perturbation. This inflammatory caspase triggers the opening of the GSDMD pore in the plasma membrane, resulting in lytic cell death called pyroptosis. We had previously assumed that pyroptosis releases intracellular bacteria to the extracellular space. Here, we find that viable bacteria instead remain trapped within the cellular debris of pyroptotic macrophages. This trapping appears to be an inevitable consequence of how osmotic lysis ruptures the plasma membrane, and may also apply to necroptosis and some forms of nonprogrammed necrosis. Although membrane tears release soluble cytosolic contents, they are small enough to retain organelles and bacteria. We call this structure the pore-induced intracellular trap (PIT), which is conceptually parallel to the neutrophil extracellular trap (NET). The PIT coordinates innate immune responses via complement and scavenger receptors to drive recruitment of and efferocytosis by neutrophils. Ultimately, this secondary phagocyte kills the bacteria. Hence, caspase-1-driven pore-induced cell death triggers a multifaceted defense against intracellular bacteria facilitated by trapping the pathogen within the cellular debris. Bona fide intracellular bacterial pathogens, such as Salmonella, must prevent or delay pyroptosis to avoid being trapped in the PIT and subsequently killed by neutrophils.

  2. Pyroptosis triggers pore-induced intracellular traps (PITs) that capture bacteria and lead to their clearance by efferocytosis

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    Zhang, Yue

    2016-01-01

    Inflammasomes activate caspase-1 in response to cytosolic contamination or perturbation. This inflammatory caspase triggers the opening of the GSDMD pore in the plasma membrane, resulting in lytic cell death called pyroptosis. We had previously assumed that pyroptosis releases intracellular bacteria to the extracellular space. Here, we find that viable bacteria instead remain trapped within the cellular debris of pyroptotic macrophages. This trapping appears to be an inevitable consequence of how osmotic lysis ruptures the plasma membrane, and may also apply to necroptosis and some forms of nonprogrammed necrosis. Although membrane tears release soluble cytosolic contents, they are small enough to retain organelles and bacteria. We call this structure the pore-induced intracellular trap (PIT), which is conceptually parallel to the neutrophil extracellular trap (NET). The PIT coordinates innate immune responses via complement and scavenger receptors to drive recruitment of and efferocytosis by neutrophils. Ultimately, this secondary phagocyte kills the bacteria. Hence, caspase-1–driven pore-induced cell death triggers a multifaceted defense against intracellular bacteria facilitated by trapping the pathogen within the cellular debris. Bona fide intracellular bacterial pathogens, such as Salmonella, must prevent or delay pyroptosis to avoid being trapped in the PIT and subsequently killed by neutrophils. PMID:27573815

  3. The Pathogenic Role of Notch Activation in Podocytes

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    Niranjan, Thiruvur; Murea, Mariana; Susztak, Katalin

    2010-01-01

    Podocytes play a key role in the maintenance of glomerular filtration barrier. Depletion or dysregulative mechanisms of podocytes can lead to the development of glomerulosclerosis. Signaling pathways that control these processes in podocytes are not fully understood. Recent studies from our and other laboratories found that genes that belong to the Notch pathway are regulated in patients and in animal models of renal disease. Genetic studies performed on mice with conditional expression of active Notch1 protein showed massive albuminuria, glomerulosclerosis ultimately renal failure and death of the animals. Gamma secretase inhibitors and genetic deletion of Notch transcriptional binding partner (Rbpj) protected animals from nephrotic syndrome. Further studies are needed to define whether the activation of Notch pathway in podocytes represents a common pathomechanism in glomerular injury and its potential to be a therapeutic target for the treatment of chronic kidney disease. PMID:19293596

  4. Induction and intracellular localization of Nur77 dictate fenretinide-induced apoptosis of human liver cancer cells

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    Yang, Hui; Bushue, Nathan; Bu, Pengli; Wan, Yu-Jui Yvonne

    2009-01-01

    Fenretinide, a synthetic retinoid, is known to induce apoptosis in various cancer cells. However, the mechanism by which fenretinide induces apoptosis remains unclear. The current study examines the mechanisms of fenretinide-induced apoptosis in human hepatoma cells. The induction of Nur77 and the cytoplasmic distribution of Nur77 induced by fenretinide were positively correlated with the apoptotic effect of fenretinide in HCC cells. The sensitivity of Huh-7 cells was related to Nur77 translocation and targeting mitochondria, whereas the mechanism of resistance for HepG2 cells seemed due to Nur77 accumulating in the nucleus. The intracellular location of Nur77 was also associated with the differential capability of fenretinide-induced ROS generation in these two cell lines. In addition, the knockdown of Nur77 expression by siRNA greatly reduced fenretinide-induced apoptosis and cleaved caspase3 in Huh7 cells. Therefore, our findings demonstrate that fenretinide-induced apoptosis of HCC cells is Nur77 dependent and that the intracellular localization of Nur77 dictates the sensitivity of the HCC cells to fenretinide-induced apoptosis. PMID:19912993

  5. Induction and intracellular localization of Nur77 dictate fenretinide-induced apoptosis of human liver cancer cells.

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    Yang, Hui; Bushue, Nathan; Bu, Pengli; Wan, Yu-Jui Yvonne

    2010-04-01

    Fenretinide, a synthetic retinoid, is known to induce apoptosis in various cancer cells. However, the mechanism by which fenretinide induces apoptosis remains unclear. The current study examines the mechanisms of fenretinide-induced apoptosis in human hepatoma cells. The induction of Nur77 and the cytoplasmic distribution of Nur77 induced by fenretinide were positively correlated with the apoptotic effect of fenretinide in HCC cells. The sensitivity of Huh-7 cells was related to Nur77 translocation and targeting mitochondria, whereas the mechanism of resistance for HepG2 cells seemed due to Nur77 accumulating in the nucleus. The intracellular location of Nur77 was also associated with the differential capability of fenretinide-induced ROS generation in these two cell lines. In addition, the knockdown of Nur77 expression by siRNA greatly reduced fenretinide-induced apoptosis and cleaved caspase 3 in Huh-7 cells. Therefore, our findings demonstrate that fenretinide-induced apoptosis of HCC cells is Nur77 dependent and that the intracellular localization of Nur77 dictates the sensitivity of the HCC cells to fenretinide-induced apoptosis. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Juglanthraquinone C Induces Intracellular ROS Increase and Apoptosis by Activating the Akt/Foxo Signal Pathway in HCC Cells

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    2016-01-01

    Juglanthraquinone C (JC), a naturally occurring anthraquinone extracted from Juglans mandshurica, could induce apoptosis of cancer cells. This study aims to investigate the detailed cytotoxicity mechanism of JC in HepG2 and BEL-7402 cells. The Affymetrix HG-U133 Plus 2.0 arrays were first used to analyze the mRNA expression exposed to JC or DMSO in HepG2 cells. Consistent with the previous results, the data indicated that JC could induce apoptosis and hyperactivated Akt. The Western blot analysis further revealed that Akt, a well-known survival protein, was strongly activated in HepG2 and BEL-7402 cells. Furthermore, an obvious inhibitory effect on JC-induced apoptosis was observed when the Akt levels were decreased, while the overexpression of constitutively active mutant Akt greatly accelerated JC-induced apoptosis. The subsequent results suggested that JC treatment suppressed nuclear localization and increased phosphorylated levels of Foxo3a, and the overexpression of Foxo3a abrogated JC-induced apoptosis. Most importantly, the inactivation of Foxo3a induced by JC further led to an increase of intracellular ROS levels by suppressing ROS scavenging enzymes, and the antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine and catalase successfully decreased JC-induced apoptosis. Collectively, this study demonstrated that JC induced the apoptosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells by activating Akt/Foxo signaling pathway and increasing intracellular ROS levels. PMID:26682007

  7. Juglanthraquinone C Induces Intracellular ROS Increase and Apoptosis by Activating the Akt/Foxo Signal Pathway in HCC Cells.

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    Hou, Ya-Qin; Yao, Yao; Bao, Yong-Li; Song, Zhen-Bo; Yang, Cheng; Gao, Xiu-Li; Zhang, Wen-Jing; Sun, Lu-Guo; Yu, Chun-Lei; Huang, Yan-Xin; Wang, Guan-Nan; Li, Yu-Xin

    2016-01-01

    Juglanthraquinone C (JC), a naturally occurring anthraquinone extracted from Juglans mandshurica, could induce apoptosis of cancer cells. This study aims to investigate the detailed cytotoxicity mechanism of JC in HepG2 and BEL-7402 cells. The Affymetrix HG-U133 Plus 2.0 arrays were first used to analyze the mRNA expression exposed to JC or DMSO in HepG2 cells. Consistent with the previous results, the data indicated that JC could induce apoptosis and hyperactivated Akt. The Western blot analysis further revealed that Akt, a well-known survival protein, was strongly activated in HepG2 and BEL-7402 cells. Furthermore, an obvious inhibitory effect on JC-induced apoptosis was observed when the Akt levels were decreased, while the overexpression of constitutively active mutant Akt greatly accelerated JC-induced apoptosis. The subsequent results suggested that JC treatment suppressed nuclear localization and increased phosphorylated levels of Foxo3a, and the overexpression of Foxo3a abrogated JC-induced apoptosis. Most importantly, the inactivation of Foxo3a induced by JC further led to an increase of intracellular ROS levels by suppressing ROS scavenging enzymes, and the antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine and catalase successfully decreased JC-induced apoptosis. Collectively, this study demonstrated that JC induced the apoptosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells by activating Akt/Foxo signaling pathway and increasing intracellular ROS levels.

  8. Arbutin, an intracellular hydroxyl radical scavenger, protects radiation-induced apoptosis in human lymphoma U937 cells.

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    Wu, Li-Hua; Li, Peng; Zhao, Qing-Li; Piao, Jin-Lan; Jiao, Yu-Fei; Kadowaki, Makoto; Kondo, Takashi

    2014-11-01

    Ionizing radiation (IR) can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). Excessive ROS have the potential to damage cellular macromolecules including DNA, proteins, and lipids and eventually lead to cell death. In this study, we evaluated the potential of arbutin, a drug chosen from a series of traditional herbal medicine by measuring intracellular hydroxyl radical scavenging ability in X-irradiated U937 cells. Arbutin (hydroquinone-β-D-glucopyranoside), a naturally occurring glucoside of hydroquinone, has been traditionally used to treat pigmentary disorders. However, there are no reports describing the effect of arbutin on IR-induced apoptosis. We confirmed that arbutin can protect cells from apoptosis induced by X-irradiation. The combination of arbutin and X-irradiation could reduce intracellular hydroxyl radical production and prevent mitochondrial membrane potential loss. It also could down-regulate the expression of phospho-JNK, phospho-p38 in whole cell lysate and activate Bax in mitochondria. Arbutin also inhibits cytochrome C release from mitochondria to cytosol. To verify the role of JNK in X-irradiation-induced apoptosis, the cells were pretreated with a JNK inhibitor, and found that JNK inhibitor could reduce apoptosis induced by X-irradiation. Taken together, our data indicate that arbutin plays an anti-apoptotic role via decreasing intracellular hydroxyl radical production, inhibition of Bax-mitochondria pathway and activation of the JNK/p38 MAPK pathway.

  9. Effects of FoxO1 on podocyte injury in diabetic rats

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    Guo, Feng; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Wang, Qingzhu; Ren, Lei; Zhou, Yingni; Ma, Xiaojun; Wu, Lina; Qin, Guijun

    2015-10-16

    Objective: This study was designed to investigate the protective effect of forkhead transcription factor O1 (FoxO1) on podocyte injury in rats with diabetic nephropathy. Methods: Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats were served as DM group, while DM rats transfected with blank lentiviral vectors (LV-pSC-GFP) or lentiviral vectors carrying constitutively active FoxO1 (LV-CA-FoxO1) were served as LV-NC group or LV-CA group, respectively. The control group (NG) consisted of uninduced rats that received an injection of diluent buffer. At 2, 4, and 8 weeks after transfection, the levels of urine albumin, blood glucose, blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine and urine podocalyxin were measured. Real-time PCR and western blotting were performed to measure mRNA and protein levels of FoxO1, podocalyxin, nephrin, and desmin in renal cortex. In addition, light and electron microscopy were used to detect structural changes in the glomerulus and podocytes. Results: Compared with the rats in LV-NC and DM groups, LV-CA rats showed a significant increase in FoxO1 mRNA and protein levels and a distinct decrease in urine albumin, blood urea nitrogen, and serum creatinine (except at the two-week time point) levels (p < 0.05). Podocalyxin and nephrin mRNA and protein levels increased (p < 0.05), whereas desmin mRNA and protein levels decreased (p < 0.05). Pathological changes in glomerulus were also ameliorated in LV-CA group. Conclusions: Upregulating expression of FoxO1 by transduction with recombinant lentivirus ameliorates podocyte injury in diabetic rats. - Highlights: • The structures and functions of podocytes were impaired in STZ-induced diabetic rats. • Constitutively active FoxO1 ameliorates structure injury and preserves function of podocytes in diabetic rats. • FoxO1 may alleviate the pathological changes associated with diabetic nephropathy.

  10. Different intracellular signalling properties induced by human and porcine growth hormone.

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    Hong, Pan; Lan, Hainan; Li, Yumeng; Fu, Zhiling; Zheng, Xin

    2016-04-01

    Growth hormone (GH) is reportedly species-specific. Primate growth hormone can trigger non-primate growth hormone receptor (GHR), but primates GHR cannot be activated by non-primate GH. However, it is also unclear that why primate GH and non-primate GH have different biological activities. Thus, we analysed primate growth hormone (human growth hormone (hGH)) or non-primate GH (porcine growth hormone (pGH))-induced intracellular signalling in 3T3-F442A cells and rat hepatocytes in a dose- and time-dependent manner to explore the different biological activities between them. The results revealed that both hGH and pGH can activate Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), Signal transducers and activators of transcription 1, 3 and 5 (STATs 1, 3 and 5) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). There were no significant differences in JAK2 or ERK1/2 tyrosine phosphorylation after hGH and pGH treatment, but there were different between hGH and pGH in STAT/1/3/5 tyrosine phosphorylation, and JAK2, STAT/1/3/5 tyrosine phosphorylation was time-dependent and dose-dependent, whereas ERK1/2 was not. Both hGH and pGH demonstrated similar kinetics for STATs 1, 3 and 5 phosphorylation, but the pGH-mediated tyrosine phosphorylation was weaker than that mediated by hGH. Our observations indicated that the levels of main signalling proteins phosphorylation triggered by hGH or pGH were not exactly the same, which may explain the different biological activities showed by primate GH and non-primate GH. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. High perfluorooctanoic acid exposure induces autophagy blockage and disturbs intracellular vesicle fusion in the liver.

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    Yan, Shengmin; Zhang, Hongxia; Guo, Xuejiang; Wang, Jianshe; Dai, Jiayin

    2017-01-01

    Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been shown to cause hepatotoxicity and other toxicological effects. Though PPARα activation by PFOA in the liver has been well accepted as an important mechanism of PFOA-induced hepatotoxicity, several pieces of evidence have shown that the hepatotoxic effects of PFOA may not be fully explained by PPARα activation. In this study, we observed autophagosome accumulation in mouse livers as well as HepG2 cells after PFOA exposure. Further in vitro study revealed that the accumulation of autophagosomes was not caused by autophagic flux stimulation. In addition, we observed that PFOA exposure affected the proteolytic activity of HepG2 cells while significant dysfunction of lysosomes was not detected. Quantitative proteomic analysis of crude lysosomal fractions from HepG2 cells treated with PFOA revealed that 54 differentially expressed proteins were related to autophagy or vesicular trafficking and fusion. The proteomic results were further validated in the cells in vitro and livers in vivo after PFOA exposure, which implied potential dysfunction at the late stage of autophagy. However, in HepG2 cells, it seemed that further inhibition of autophagy did not significantly alter the effects of PFOA on cell viability. Although these findings demonstrate that PFOA blocked autophagy and disturbed intracellular vesicle fusion in the liver, the changes in autophagy were observed only at high cytotoxic concentrations of PFOA, suggesting that autophagy may not be a primary target or mode of toxicity. Furthermore, since altered liver autophagy was not observed at concentrations of PFOA associated with human exposures, the relevance of these findings must be questioned.

  12. Intracellularly induced cyclophilins play an important role in stress adaptation and virulence of Brucella abortus.

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    Roset, Mara S; García Fernández, Lucía; DelVecchio, Vito G; Briones, Gabriel

    2013-02-01

    Brucella is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that causes the worldwide zoonotic disease brucellosis. Brucella virulence relies on its ability to transition to an intracellular lifestyle within host cells. Thus, this pathogen must sense its intracellular localization and then reprogram gene expression for survival within the host cell. A comparative proteomic investigation was performed to identify differentially expressed proteins potentially relevant for Brucella intracellular adaptation. Two proteins identified as cyclophilins (CypA and CypB) were overexpressed in the intracellular environment of the host cell in comparison to laboratory-grown Brucella. To define the potential role of cyclophilins in Brucella virulence, a double-deletion mutant was constructed and its resulting phenotype was characterized. The Brucella abortus ΔcypAB mutant displayed increased sensitivity to environmental stressors, such as oxidative stress, pH, and detergents. In addition, the B. abortus ΔcypAB mutant strain had a reduced growth rate at lower temperature, a phenotype associated with defective expression of cyclophilins in other microorganisms. The B. abortus ΔcypAB mutant also displays reduced virulence in BALB/c mice and defective intracellular survival in HeLa cells. These findings suggest that cyclophilins are important for Brucella virulence and survival in the host cells.

  13. Intracellularly Induced Cyclophilins Play an Important Role in Stress Adaptation and Virulence of Brucella abortus

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    García Fernández, Lucía; DelVecchio, Vito G.; Briones, Gabriel

    2013-01-01

    Brucella is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that causes the worldwide zoonotic disease brucellosis. Brucella virulence relies on its ability to transition to an intracellular lifestyle within host cells. Thus, this pathogen must sense its intracellular localization and then reprogram gene expression for survival within the host cell. A comparative proteomic investigation was performed to identify differentially expressed proteins potentially relevant for Brucella intracellular adaptation. Two proteins identified as cyclophilins (CypA and CypB) were overexpressed in the intracellular environment of the host cell in comparison to laboratory-grown Brucella. To define the potential role of cyclophilins in Brucella virulence, a double-deletion mutant was constructed and its resulting phenotype was characterized. The Brucella abortus ΔcypAB mutant displayed increased sensitivity to environmental stressors, such as oxidative stress, pH, and detergents. In addition, the B. abortus ΔcypAB mutant strain had a reduced growth rate at lower temperature, a phenotype associated with defective expression of cyclophilins in other microorganisms. The B. abortus ΔcypAB mutant also displays reduced virulence in BALB/c mice and defective intracellular survival in HeLa cells. These findings suggest that cyclophilins are important for Brucella virulence and survival in the host cells. PMID:23230297

  14. Detection of light-induced changes of intracellular ionized calcium concentration in Limulus ventral photoreceptors using arsenazo III

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    Brown, J. E.; Brown, P. K.; Pinto, L. H.

    1977-01-01

    1. The metallochromic indicator dye, arsenazo III, was injected intracellularly into Limulus ventral photoreceptor cells to concentrations greater than 1 mM. 2. The absorption spectrum (450-750 nm) of the dye in single dark-adapted cells was measured by a scanning microspectrophotometer. When a cell was light-adapted, the absorption of the dye changed; the difference spectrum had two maxima at about 610 and 660 nm, a broad minimum at about 540 nm and an isosbestic point at about 585 nm. 3. When intracellular calcium concentration was raised in dark-adapted cells previously injected with arsenazo III, the difference spectum had two maxima at about 610 and 660 nm, a broad minimum at about 530 nm and an isosbestic point at about 585 nm. The injection of Mg2+ into dark-adapted cells previously injected with the dye induced a difference spectrum that had a single maximum at about 620 nm. Also, decreasing the intracellular pH of cells previously injected with the dye induced a difference spectrum that had a minimum at about 620 nm. The evidence suggests that there is a rise of intracellular ionized calcium when a Limulus ventral photoreceptor is light-adapted. 4. The intracellular calcium concentration, [Ca2+]1, in light-adapted photoreceptors was estimated to reach at least 10-4 M by compaing the light-induced difference spectra measured in ventral photoreceptors with a standard curve determined in microcuvettes containing 2mM arsenazo III in 400 mM-KCl, 1 mM-MgCl2 and 25 mM MOPS at pH 7·0. 5. In cells injected to less than 3 mM arsenazo III, light induced a transient decrease in optical transmission at 660 nm (T660). This decrease in T660 indicates that illumination of a ventral photoreceptor normally causes a transient increase of [Ca2+]1. 6. Arsenazo III was found to be sensitive, selective and rapid enough to measure light-induced changes of intracellular ionized calcium in Limulus ventral photoreceptor cells. PMID:17732

  15. Glibenclamide induces apoptosis through inhibition of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channels and intracellular Ca(2+) release in HepG2 human hepatoblastoma cells.

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    Kim, J A; Kang, Y S; Lee, S H; Lee, E H; Yoo, B H; Lee, Y S

    1999-08-11

    Glibenclamide, an inhibitor of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channels, induced apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner in HepG2 human hepatoblastoma cells. Glibenclamide increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, which was significantly inhibited by Ca(2+) release blockers dantrolene and TMB-8. BAPTA/AM, an intracellular Ca(2+) chelator, and the Ca(2+) release blockers significantly inhibited glibenclamide-induced apoptosis. Glibanclamide also increased intracellular Cl(-) concentration, which was significantly blocked by CFTR Cl(-) channel activators levamisole and bromotetramisole. These activators also significantly inhibited both intracellular Ca(2+) release and apoptosis induced by glibenclamide. The expression of CFTR protein in the cells was confirmed by Western blot analysis. These results suggest that glibenclamide induced apoptosis through inhibition of CFTR Cl(-) channels and intracellular Ca(2+) release and that this protein may be a good target for treatment of human hepatomas.

  16. IL-13-induced proliferation of airway epithelial cells: mediation by intracellular growth factor mobilization and ADAM17

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    Booth, Brian W; Sandifer, Tracy; Martin, Erika L; Martin, Linda D

    2007-01-01

    Background The pleiotrophic cytokine interleukin (IL)-13 features prominently in allergic and inflammatory diseases. In allergic asthma, IL-13 is well established as an inducer of airway inflammation and tissue remodeling. We demonstrated previously that IL-13 induces release of transforming growth factor-α (TGFα) from human bronchial epithelial cells, with proliferation of these cells mediated by the autocrine/paracrine action of this growth factor. TGFα exists as an integral membrane protein and requires proteolytic processing to its mature form, with a disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM)17 responsible for this processing in a variety of tissues. Methods In this study, normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells grown in air/liquid interface (ALI) culture were used to examine the mechanisms whereby IL-13 induces release of TGFα and cellular proliferation. Inhibitors and antisense RNA were used to examine the role of ADAM17 in these processes, while IL-13-induced changes in the intracellular expression of TGFα and ADAM17 were visualized by confocal microscopy. Results IL-13 was found to induce proliferation of NHBE cells, and release of TGFα, in an ADAM17-dependent manner; however, this IL-13-induced proliferation did not appear to result solely from ADAM17 activation. Rather, IL-13 induced a change in the location of TGFα expression from intracellular to apical regions of the NHBE cells. The apical region was also found to be a site of significant ADAM17 expression, even prior to IL-13 stimulation. Conclusion Results from this study indicate that ADAM17 mediates IL-13-induced proliferation and TGFα shedding in NHBE cells. Furthermore, they provide the first example wherein a cytokine (IL-13) induces a change in the intracellular expression pattern of a growth factor, apparently inducing redistribution of intracellular stores of TGFα to the apical region of NHBE cells where expression of ADAM17 is prominent. Thus, IL-13-induced, ADAM17-mediated

  17. Inhibition of DNA Methylation Attenuates Low-Dose Cadmium-Induced Cardiac Contractile and Intracellular Ca2+ Anomalies

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    Turdi, Subat; Sun, Weixia; Tan, Yi; Yang, Xiaohui; Cai, Lu; Ren, Jun

    2013-01-01

    Cadmium is a human carcinogen with unfavorable health impact probably associated with its DNA methylation property. Recent data suggest that environmental cadmium exposure is associated with incidence of myocardial infarction and peripheral arterial disease. Nonetheless, the effect of chronic cadmium exposure on cardiac contractile function remains elusive. This study was designed to examine the impact of low-dose cadmium exposure on cardiac contractile function and intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. Adult male mice were exposed to cadmium for 4 weeks with or without the DNA methylation inhibitor (5-aza-2’-deoxyctidene, 5-AZA). Cardiac contractile and intracellular Ca2+ properties were analyzed including echocardiographic left ventricular parameters, fractional shortening (FS), peak shortening amplitude (PS), maximal velocity of shortening/relengthening (± dL/dt), time-to-PS (TPS), time-to-90% relengthening (TR90), electrically-stimulated increase of intracellular Ca2+ and intracellular Ca2+ decay. Our results revealed that cadmium exposure depressed FS, PS, ± dL/dt and electrically-stimulated rise in intracellular Ca2+ without affecting TPS, TR90, intracellular Ca2+ level and decay rate, the effects of which were significantly attenuated or nullified by 5-AZA. Cadmium exposure led to overt interstitial fibrosis (collagen deposition), the effect of which was mitigated by 5-AZA. Western blot analysis showed unchanged expression of ICAM-1, TNF-α and Cleaved caspase-3 in response to cadmium exposure and/or 5-AZA treatment, suggesting a relatively minor role of pro-inflammatory cytokines and apoptosis in cadmium- and 5-AZA-induced cardiac responses. Taken together, our data demonstrated for the first time direct cardiac depressant effect following cadmium exposure, which may be rescued by DNA methylation inhibition. PMID:23902534

  18. Role of dynamin, synaptojanin, and endophilin in podocyte foot processes

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    Soda, Keita; Balkin, Daniel M.; Ferguson, Shawn M.; Paradise, Summer; Milosevic, Ira; Giovedi, Silvia; Volpicelli-Daley, Laura; Tian, Xuefei; Wu, Yumei; Ma, Hong; Son, Sung Hyun; Zheng, Rena; Moeckel, Gilbert; Cremona, Ottavio; Holzman, Lawrence B.; De Camilli, Pietro; Ishibe, Shuta

    2012-01-01

    Podocytes are specialized cells that play an integral role in the renal glomerular filtration barrier via their foot processes. The foot processes form a highly organized structure, the disruption of which causes nephrotic syndrome. Interestingly, several similarities have been observed between mechanisms that govern podocyte organization and mechanisms that mediate neuronal synapse development. Dynamin, synaptojanin, and endophilin are functional partners in synaptic vesicle recycling via interconnected actions in clathrin-mediated endocytosis and actin dynamics in neurons. A role of dynamin in the maintenance of the kidney filtration barrier via an action on the actin cytoskeleton of podocytes was suggested. Here we used a conditional double-KO of dynamin 1 (Dnm1) and Dnm2 in mouse podocytes to confirm dynamin’s role in podocyte foot process maintenance. In addition, we demonstrated that while synaptojanin 1 (Synj1) KO mice and endophilin 1 (Sh3gl2), endophilin 2 (Sh3gl1), and endophilin 3 (Sh3gl3) triple-KO mice had grossly normal embryonic development, these mutants failed to establish a normal filtration barrier and exhibited severe proteinuria due to abnormal podocyte foot process formation. These results strongly implicate a protein network that functions at the interface between endocytosis and actin at neuronal synapses in the formation and maintenance of the kidney glomerular filtration barrier. PMID:23187129

  19. Hyperglycemia and mechanical stress: targeting the renal podocyte.

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    Lewko, Barbara; Stepinski, Jan

    2009-11-01

    Hyperglycemia and deriving from glomerular hypertension mechanical stress are the key factors underlying pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Multiple direct and secondary effects of both these factors are mediated by complex signaling pathways with extensive interactions. The common signaling pathways stimulated by high glucose and mechanical insult may act in an additive manner, thereby accelerating the cell damage. Podocytes, the cells covering the outer aspect of glomerular basement membrane (GBM), are subjected not only to the load of filtered glucose but also to diverse mechanical forces. Bulging into the Bowman's space, they have no support from the apical side, which makes them particularly susceptible to the effects of mechanical strain. Both high glucose and mechanical stress may impair the protein systems anchoring the podocyte foot processes in GBM, therefore blunting resistance of these cells to mechanical forces. Modulation by these factors of expression and activity of numerous structural and functional proteins results in the (auto)inflammatory responses, dysfunction, apoptosis or necrosis of the podocytes. Loss of the podocytes is irreversible due to their inability to proliferate and to replenish damaged cells. Podocytes are injured early in the course of DN, which, most likely, underlies further glomerular and renal damage in diabetes. This review summarizes the effects of elevated glucose and mechanical stress that seem to be involved in podocyte impairment in diabetes, with particular focus on the possible interactions between these factors.

  20. Cell swelling-induced ATP release is tightly dependent on intracellular calcium elevations

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    Boudreault, Francis; Grygorczyk, Ryszard

    2004-01-01

    Mechanical stresses release ATP from a variety of cells by a poorly defined mechanism(s). Using custom-designed flow-through chambers, we investigated the kinetics of cell swelling-induced ATP secretion, cell volume and intracellular calcium changes in epithelial A549 and 16HBE14o− cells, and NIH/3T3 fibroblasts. Fifty per cent hypotonic shock triggered transient ATP release from cell confluent monolayers, which consistently peaked at around 1 min 45 s for A549 and NIH/3T3, and at 3 min for 16HBE14o− cells, then declined to baseline within the next 15 min. Whereas the release time course had a similar pattern for the three cell types, the peak rates differed significantly (294 ± 67, 70 ± 22 and 17 ± 2.8 pmol min−1 (106 cells)−1, for A549, 16HBE14o− and NIH/3T3, respectively). The concomitant volume changes of substrate-attached cells were analysed by a 3-dimensional cell shape reconstruction method based on images acquired from two perpendicular directions. The three cell types swelled at a similar rate, reaching maximal expansion in 1 min 45 s, but differed in the duration of the volume plateau and regulatory volume decrease (RVD). These experiments revealed that ATP release does not correlate with either cell volume expansion and the expected activation of stretch-sensitive channels, or with the activation of volume-sensitive, 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino) benzoic acid-inhibitable anion channels during RVD. By contrast, ATP release was tightly synchronized, in all three cell types, with cytosolic calcium elevations. Furthermore, loading A549 cells with the calcium chelator BAPTA significantly diminished ATP release (71% inhibition of the peak rate), while the calcium ionophore ionomycin triggered ATP release in the absence of cell swelling. Lowering the temperature to 10°C almost completely abolished A549 cell swelling-induced ATP release (95% inhibition of the peak rate). These results strongly suggest that calcium-dependent exocytosis plays a

  1. Intracellular ca2+ stores could participate to abscisic acid-induced depolarization and stomatal closure in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Meimoun, Patrice; Vidal, Guillaume; Bohrer, Anne-Sophie; Lehner, Arnaud; Tran, Daniel; Briand, Joël; Bouteau, François

    2009-01-01

    In Arabidopsis thaliana cell suspension,abscisic acid (aBa) induces changes in cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]cyt) which are the trigger for aBa-induced plasma membrane anion current activation, H+-aTPase inhibition, and subsequent plasma membrane depolarization. In the present study, we took advantage of this model to analyze the implication of intracellular Ca2+ stores in aBa signal transduction through electrophysiological current measurements, cytosolic Ca2+ activity measurements with the apoaequorin Ca2+ reporter protein and external pH measurement. Intracellular Ca2+ stores involvement was determined by using specific inhibitors of CICR channels: the cADP-ribose/ryanodine receptor (Br-cADPR and dantrolene) and of the inositol trisphosphate receptor (U73122). In addition experiments were performed on epidermal strips of A. thaliana leaves to monitor stomatal closure in response to ABA in presence of the same pharmacology. Our data provide evidence that ryanodine receptor and inositol trisphosphate receptor could be involved in ABA-induced (1) Ca2+ release in the cytosol, (2) anion channel activation and H+-ATPase inhibition leading to plasma membrane depolarization and (3) stomatal closure. Intracellular Ca2+ release could thus contribute to the control of early events in the ABA signal transduction pathway in A. thaliana. PMID:19847112

  2. Fine-tuning of NFκB by Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3β directs the fate of glomerular podocytes upon injury

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    Bao, Hui; Ge, Yan; Peng, Ai; Gong, Rujun

    2014-01-01

    NFκB is regulated by a myriad of signaling cascades including glycogen synthase kinase (GSK) 3β and plays a Janus role in podocyte injury. In vitro, lipopolysaccharide or adriamycin elicited podocyte injury and cytoskeletal disruption, associated with NFκB activation and induced expression of NFκB target molecules, including pro-survival Bcl-xL and podocytopathic mediators like MCP-1, cathepsin L and B7-1. Broad range inhibition of NFκB diminished the expression of all NFκB target genes, restored cytoskeleton integrity, but potentiated apoptosis. In contrast, blockade of GSK3β by lithium or TDZD-8, mitigated the expression of podocytopathic mediators, ameliorated podocyte injury, but barely affected Bcl-xL expression or sensitized apoptosis. Mechanistically, GSK3β was sufficient and essential for RelA/p65 phosphorylation specifically at serine 467, which specifies the expression of selective NFκB target molecules, including podocytopathic mediators, but not Bcl-xL. In vivo, lithium or TDZD-8 therapy improved podocyte injury and proteinuria in mice treated with lipopolysaccharide or adriamycin, concomitant with suppression of podocytopathic mediators but retained Bcl-xL in glomerulus. Broad range inhibition of NFκB conferred similar but much weakened antiproteinuric and podoprotective effects accompanied with a blunted glomerular expression of Bcl-xL and marked podocyte apoptosis. Thus, the GSK3β dictated fine-tuning of NFκB may serve as a novel therapeutic target for podocytopathy. PMID:25629551

  3. Glibenclamide decreases ATP-induced intracellular calcium transient elevation via inhibiting reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial activity in macrophages.

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    Li, Duo-ling; Ma, Zhi-yong; Fu, Zhi-jie; Ling, Ming-ying; Yan, Chuan-zhu; Zhang, Yun

    2014-01-01

    Increasing evidence has revealed that glibenclamide has a wide range of anti-inflammatory effects. However, it is unclear whether glibenclamide can affect the resting and adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-induced intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) handling in Raw 264.7 macrophages. In the present study, [Ca(2+)]i transient, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial activity were measured by the high-speed TILLvisION digital imaging system using the indicators of Fura 2-am, DCFDA and rhodamine-123, respectively. We found that glibenclamide, pinacidil and other unselective K(+) channel blockers had no effect on the resting [Ca(2+)]i of Raw 264.7 cells. Extracellular ATP (100 µM) induced [Ca(2+)]i transient elevation independent of extracellular Ca(2+). The transient elevation was inhibited by an ROS scavenger (tiron) and mitochondria inhibitor (rotenone). Glibenclamide and 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD) also decreased ATP-induced [Ca(2+)]i transient elevation, but pinacidil and other unselective K(+) channel blockers had no effect. Glibenclamide also decreased the peak of [Ca(2+)]i transient induced by extracellular thapsigargin (Tg, 1 µM). Furthermore, glibenclamide decreased intracellular ROS and mitochondrial activity. When pretreated with tiron and rotenone, glibenclamide could not decrease ATP, and Tg induced maximal [Ca(2+)]i transient further. We conclude that glibenclamide may inhibit ATP-induced [Ca(2+)]i transient elevation by blocking mitochondria KATP channels, resulting in decreased ROS generation and mitochondrial activity in Raw 264.7 macrophages.

  4. Dexamethasone-dependent modulation of cyclic GMP synthesis in podocytes.

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    Lewko, Barbara; Waszkiewicz, Anna; Maryn, Anna; Gołos, Magdalena; Latawiec, Elżbieta; Daca, Agnieszka; Witkowski, Jacek M; Angielski, Stefan; Stępiński, Jan

    2015-11-01

    Podocytes may be direct target for glucocorticoid therapy in glomerular proteinuric disease. Permeability of podocytes largely depends on their capacity to migrate which involves the contractile apparatus in their foot processes. In this study, we examined the effect of synthetic glucocorticoid dexamethasone (DEX) on the ability of podocytes to produce cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in the presence of vasoactive factors, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), nitric oxide (NO), and angiotensin II (Ang II). We investigated also the effects of cGMP and DEX on podocyte motility. Primary rat podocytes and immortalized mouse podocytes were pretreated with 1 µM DEX for 4 or 24 h. Glomerular hypertension was mimicked by subjecting the cells to mechanical stress. Total and subcellular cGMP levels were determined in podocytes incubated with 0.1 µM ANP, 1 µM S-nitroso-N-acetyl penicillamine (SNAP), and 1 µM Ang II. Cell motility was estimated by a wound-healing assay. The ANP-dependent production of cGMP increased after 4 h exposition to DEX, but was attenuated after 24 h. Adversely, a 24-h pretreatment with DEX augmented the NO-dependent cGMP synthesis. Ang II suppressed the ANP-dependent cGMP production and the effect was enhanced by DEX in mechanical stress conditions. Mechanical stress reduced total cGMP production in the presence of all stimulators, whereas extracellular to total cGMP ratio increased. 8-Br cGMP enhanced podocyte migration which was accompanied by F-actin disassembly. In the presence of DEX these effects were prevented. We conclude that DEX modulates the production of cGMP in podocytes stimulated with vasoactive factors such as Ang II, ANP, and NO, and the effect is time-dependent. cGMP increases podocyte motility, which is prevented by DEX. This mechanism may account for the antiproteinuric effect of glucocorticoids.

  5. Protective effect of melatonin against human leukocyte apoptosis induced by intracellular calcium overload: relation with its antioxidant actions.

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    Espino, Javier; Bejarano, Ignacio; Paredes, Sergio D; Barriga, Carmen; Rodríguez, Ana B; Pariente, José A

    2011-09-01

    Apoptosis or programmed cell death plays a critical role in both inflammatory and immune responses. Recent evidence demonstrates that control of leukocyte apoptosis is one of the most striking immune system-related roles of melatonin. For this reason, this study evaluated the protective effects of melatonin on human leukocyte apoptosis induced by sustained cytosolic calcium increases. Such protective effects are likely mediated by melatonin's free-radical scavenging actions. Treatments with the specific inhibitor of cytosolic calcium re-uptake, thapsigargin (TG), and/or the calcium-mobilizing agonist, N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP), induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, caspase activation as well as DNA fragmentation in human leukocytes. Also, TG- and/or FMLP-induced apoptosis was dependent on both cytosolic calcium increases and calcium uptake into mitochondria, because when cells were preincubated with the cytosolic calcium chelator, dimethyl BAPTA, and the inhibitor of mitochondrial calcium uptake, Ru360, TG- and FMLP-induced apoptosis was largely inhibited. Importantly, melatonin treatment substantially prevented intracellular ROS production, reversed caspase activation, and forestalled DNA fragmentation induced by TG and FMLP. Similar results were obtained by preincubating the cells with another well-known antioxidant, i.e., N-acetyl-L-cysteine. To sum up, depletion of intracellular calcium stores induced by TG and/or FMLP triggers different apoptotic events in human leukocytes that are dependent on calcium signaling. The protective effects resulting from melatonin administration on leukocyte apoptosis likely depend on melatonin's antioxidant action because we proved that this protection is melatonin receptor independent. These findings help to understand how melatonin controls apoptosis in cells of immune/inflammatory relevance. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  6. Polycystin-1 Mediates Mechanical Strain-Induced Osteoblastic Mechanoresponses via Potentiation of Intracellular Calcium and Akt/β-Catenin Pathway

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    Wang, Hua; Sun, Wen; Ma, Junqing; Pan, Yongchu; Wang, Lin; Zhang, Weibing

    2014-01-01

    Mechanical regulation of bone formation involves a complex biophysical process, yet the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Polycystin-1 (PC1) is postulated to function as a mechanosensory molecule mediating mechanical signal transduction in renal epithelial cells. To investigate the involvement of PC1 in mechanical strain-induced signaling cascades controlling osteogenesis, PKD1 gene was stably silenced in osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 by using lentivirus-mediated shRNA technology. Here, our findings showed that mechanical tensile strain sufficiently enhanced osteogenic gene expressions and osteoblastic proliferation. However, PC1 deficiency resulted in the loss of the ability to sense external mechanical stimuli thereby promoting osteoblastic osteogenesis and proliferation. The signal pathways implicated in this process were intracellular calcium and Akt/β-catenin pathway. The basal levels of intracellular calcium, phospho-Akt, phospho-GSK-3β and nuclear accumulation of active β-catenin were significantly attenuated in PC1 deficient osteoblasts. In addition, PC1 deficiency impaired mechanical strain-induced potentiation of intracellular calcium, and activation of Akt-dependent and Wnt/β-catenin pathways, which was able to be partially reversed by calcium ionophore A23187 treatment. Furthermore, applications of LiCl or A23187 in PC1 deficient osteoblasts could promote osteoblastic differentiation and proliferation under mechanical strain conditions. Therefore, our results demonstrated that osteoblasts require mechanosensory molecule PC1 to adapt to external mechanical tensile strain thereby inducing osteoblastic mechanoresponse, partially through the potentiation of intracellular calcium and downstream Akt/β-catenin signaling pathway. PMID:24618832

  7. Validation of a Three-Dimensional Method for Counting and Sizing Podocytes in Whole Glomeruli.

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    Puelles, Victor G; van der Wolde, James W; Schulze, Keith E; Short, Kieran M; Wong, Milagros N; Bensley, Jonathan G; Cullen-McEwen, Luise A; Caruana, Georgina; Hokke, Stacey N; Li, Jinhua; Firth, Stephen D; Harper, Ian S; Nikolic-Paterson, David J; Bertram, John F

    2016-10-01

    Podocyte depletion is sufficient for the development of numerous glomerular diseases and can be absolute (loss of podocytes) or relative (reduced number of podocytes per volume of glomerulus). Commonly used methods to quantify podocyte depletion introduce bias, whereas gold standard stereologic methodologies are time consuming and impractical. We developed a novel approach for assessing podocyte depletion in whole glomeruli that combines immunofluorescence, optical clearing, confocal microscopy, and three-dimensional analysis. We validated this method in a transgenic mouse model of selective podocyte depletion, in which we determined dose-dependent alterations in several quantitative indices of podocyte depletion. This new approach provides a quantitative tool for the comprehensive and time-efficient analysis of podocyte depletion in whole glomeruli.

  8. Intracellular influx of calcium induced by quartz particles in alveolar macrophages

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    Feng Tian; Tong Zhu; Yu Shang

    2010-01-15

    Historical studies report that cellular injury and silicosis are related to cytosolic free calcium (Ca{sup 2+}). Moreover, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been linked to cellular injury. However, the detail mechanism of the increase in [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} and the relationship between [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} and ROS production remains unknown. Quartz particle has been found to increase [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} and activate the generation of ROS. Our hypothesis is that [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} increase induced by quartz particle is from extracellular Ca{sup 2+} through the Ca{sup 2+} channel, and [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} increase is believed to activate ROS production. In order to examine this hypothesis, we treated rat alveolar macrophages with quartz (SiO{sub 2}) particles and used laser scanning confocal microscopy to measure [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} and the fluorescence intensity of ROS. Time- and dose-dependent increases in [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub I} and ROS in macrophages as well as cell viability were observed. Through chelating extracellular Ca{sup 2+} with ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid and releasing intracellular Ca{sup 2+} with thapsigargin, we found that 72.7% of the [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} increase was due to the influx of Ca{sup 2+} from the extracellular environment, via Ca{sup 2+} channels in the plasma membrane. By adding mannitol to scavenge hydroxyl radicals (OH.), and removing surface iron from the quartz particles to reduce OH. generation, we observed a reduced level of ROS generation, whereas the increase in [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} was unaffected. When using EGTA to reduce [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i}, we observed a decrease in ROS production. This study suggests that the [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} influx was independent of OH. production, and the [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} increase resulted in ROS production. These results further indicate that there is a strong relationship between cytosolic free Ca{sup 2+} content and cellular injury as well as silica exposure.

  9. Albumin overload down-regulates integrin-β1 through reactive oxygen species-endoplasmic reticulum stress pathway in podocytes.

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    Cheng, Yu-Chi; Chen, Chien-An; Chang, Jer-Ming; Chen, Hung-Chun

    2015-08-01

    Proteinuria is a major hallmark of glomerular nephropathy and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress plays an important role in glomerular nephropathy. The protein levels of integrin-β1 in podocytes are found to be negative correlation with amount of proteinuria. This study investigated whether urinary protein, particularly albumin, induced ER stress that consequently reduced integrin-β1 expression. All experiments were performed using primary cultured rat podocyte. Protein and mRNA expression were measured by western blotting and semiquantified reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Albumin uptake was found at 1 h after albumin addition. Albumin reduced precursor and mature forms of integrin-β1, but did not change mRNA levels of integrin-β1. Albumin induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and ER stress. Antioxidant (N-acetylcysteine) suppressed albumin-induced ER stress and decrements in precursor and mature forms of integrin-β1. Then, ER stress inhibitors (4-phenylbutyrate and salubrinal) also inhibited albumin-induced decrements in precursor and mature forms of integrin-β1. The potent ER stress inducers (thapsigargin and tunicamycin) directly decreased precursor and mature forms of integrin-β1 and led appearance of unglycosylated core protein of integrin-β1. Our results show that in proteinuric disease, albumin decreases precursor and mature forms of integrin-β1 through ROS-ER stress pathway in podocytes.

  10. Propolis suppresses CdCl₂-induced cytotoxicity of COS7 cells through the prevention of intracellular reactive oxygen species accumulation.

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    Kamiya, Tetsuro; Izumi, Misato; Hara, Hirokazu; Adachi, Tetsuo

    2012-01-01

    Propolis is a natural product made by honeybees and contains various compounds, including flavonoids, amino acids and fatty acids. These compounds are considered to have antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidative properties. On the other hand, cadmium (Cd), an industrial and environmental pollutant, preferentially accumulates in the kidney and induces kidney injury. We previously reported that exposure to CdCl₂ induced cell death though intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in kidney tubule epithelial COS7 cells. Here, we investigated whether propolis extracts suppress CdCl₂-induced cytotoxicity. Predictably, pretreatment with propolis extracts significantly suppressed CdCl₂-induced cytotoxicity and intracellular ROS generation. Propolis extracts not only showed superoxide dismutase and antioxidative activities, but also increased the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an antioxidative enzyme. Moreover, we determined the involvement of hypoxia inducible factor-1α in propolis extract-derived HO-1 induction. We demonstrate for the first time the utility of propolis for Cd-related COS7 cytotoxicity, and these novel findings are considered to contribute to the control of ROS-derived disorders.

  11. Intracellular pH and calcium signaling as molecular targets of diclofenac-induced apoptosis against colon cancer.

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Sanyal, Sankar Nath

    2011-07-01

    The role of intracellular pH and Ca2+ and their association with mitochondrial dysfunction and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) are explored in the chemoprevention of colon cancer. 1,2-dimethylhydrazine dihydrochloride (DMH), a potent procarcinogen with selectivity for the colon, at a dose of 30 mg/kg body weight was used to induce initial stages of colon cancer when administered for 6 weeks in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Diclofenac, a preferential cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, was used at the anti-inflammatory dose (8 mg/kg body weight) for chemoprevention. The control group was administered vehicles for both DMH and diclofenac. A diclofenac-alone group with the same dose was also run simultaneously. Intracellular pH values as determined by biscarboxyethyl carboxyfluorescein fluorescence assay showed an alkaline pH in colonocytes from the DMH-treated group as compared with the control group. Moreover, the level of intracellular Ca2+ was also found to be decreased with DMH treatment, as shown by the fura-2 acetoxymethyl study and chlortetracycline assay. Apoptosis was studied by comet assay and Apaf-1 immunofluorescent expression and was found to be markedly decreased in this group, indicating that disturbances in pH and Ca2+ homeostasis promoted proliferation in colon and inhibited apoptosis. Changes in mitochondrial membrane potential and ROS levels were analyzed in isolated colonocytes by rhodamine 123 and 2,7-dichlorofluorescein diacetate labeling, respectively. DMH treatment promoted a higher mitochondrial membrane potential while reducing ROS levels. These parameters are known to be associated with pH and Ca2+ changes intracellularly and hence can be suggested to be linked with them in this study also. Diclofenac promoted apoptosis in colonocytes when coadministered with DMH and also ameliorated the changes observed in the above parameters, confirming these mechanisms as early events for the onset of apoptosis in cancer cells.

  12. DNA Damage–Induced Bcl-xL Deamidation Is Mediated by NHE-1 Antiport Regulated Intracellular pH

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    Zhao, Rui; Oxley, David; Smith, Trevor S; Follows, George A; Green, Anthony R; Alexander, Denis R

    2007-01-01

    The pro-survival protein Bcl-xL is critical for the resistance of tumour cells to DNA damage. We have previously demonstrated, using a mouse cancer model, that oncogenic tyrosine kinase inhibition of DNA damage–induced Bcl-xL deamidation tightly correlates with T cell transformation in vivo, although the pathway to Bcl-xL deamidation remains unknown and its functional consequences unclear. We show here that rBcl-xL deamidation generates an iso-Asp52/iso-Asp66 species that is unable to sequester pro-apoptotic BH3-only proteins such as Bim and Puma. DNA damage in thymocytes results in increased expression of the NHE-1 Na/H antiport, an event both necessary and sufficient for subsequent intracellular alkalinisation, Bcl-xL deamidation, and apoptosis. In murine thymocytes and tumour cells expressing an oncogenic tyrosine kinase, this DNA damage–induced cascade is blocked. Enforced intracellular alkalinisation mimics the effects of DNA damage in murine tumour cells and human B-lineage chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells, thereby causing Bcl-xL deamidation and increased apoptosis. Our results define a signalling pathway leading from DNA damage to up-regulation of the NHE-1 antiport, to intracellular alkalanisation to Bcl-xL deamidation, to apoptosis, representing the first example, to our knowledge, of how deamidation of internal asparagine residues can be regulated in a protein in vivo. Our findings also suggest novel approaches to cancer therapy. PMID:17177603

  13. Galectin-3-Binding Glycomimetics that Strongly Reduce Bleomycin-Induced Lung Fibrosis and Modulate Intracellular Glycan Recognition.

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    Delaine, Tamara; Collins, Patrick; MacKinnon, Alison; Sharma, G; Stegmayr, John; Rajput, Vishal K; Mandal, Santanu; Cumpstey, Ian; Larumbe, Amaia; Salameh, Bader A; Kahl-Knutsson, Barbro; van Hattum, Hilde; van Scherpenzeel, Monique; Pieters, Roland J; Sethi, Tariq; Schambye, Hans; Oredsson, Stina; Leffler, Hakon; Blanchard, Helen; Nilsson, Ulf J

    2016-09-15

    Discovery of glycan-competitive galectin-3-binding compounds that attenuate lung fibrosis in a murine model and that block intracellular galectin-3 accumulation at damaged vesicles, hence revealing galectin-3-glycan interactions involved in fibrosis progression and in intracellular galectin-3 activities, is reported. 3,3'-Bis-(4-aryltriazol-1-yl)thiodigalactosides were synthesized and evaluated as antagonists of galectin-1, -2, -3, and -4 N-terminal, -4 C-terminal, -7 and -8 N-terminal, -9 N-terminal, and -9 C-terminal domains. Compounds displaying low-nanomolar affinities for galectins-1 and -3 were identified in a competitive fluorescence anisotropy assay. X-ray structural analysis of selected compounds in complex with galectin-3, together with galectin-3 mutant binding experiments, revealed that both the aryltriazolyl moieties and fluoro substituents on the compounds are involved in key interactions responsible for exceptional affinities towards galectin-3. The most potent galectin-3 antagonist was demonstrated to act in an assay monitoring galectin-3 accumulation upon amitriptyline-induced vesicle damage, visualizing a biochemically/medically relevant intracellular lectin-carbohydrate binding event and that it can be blocked by a small molecule. The same antagonist administered intratracheally attenuated bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in a mouse model with a dose/response profile comparing favorably with that of oral administration of the marketed antifibrotic compound pirfenidone. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. The mechanism of PDT-induced electrical blockade: the measurement of intracellular Ca 2+ concentration changes in cardiac myocytes

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    Ito, A.; Hosokawa, S.; Hakomori, S.; Miyoshi, S.; Soejima, K.; Arai, T.

    2008-02-01

    We propose the application of early state photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treatment of atrial fibrillation, which is a kind of arrhythmia characterized by irregular rapid beating of heart. We had demonstrated that our PDT can block the propagation of electrical excitation in cardiac myocytes. However, the mechanism of the PDT-induced electrical blockade was not clear. In order to clarify this mechanism, changes in intracellular Ca 2+ concentration during the PDT with Talaporfin sodium (water soluble photosensitizer) were measured by fluorescence Ca 2+ indicator, fluo-4 AM. The PDT led to the rapid increase of intracellular Ca 2+ concentration and the changes in cell shapes. These results indicated that extracellular Ca 2+ flowed into the cells mediated by cell membrane. Moreover, we found bubble generation in the cells after the PDT. In conclusion, the PDT-induced electrical blockade in myocytes can be caused by cell death following the bubble generation, which is accompanied by the increase in intracellular Ca 2+ concentration due to the cell membrane malfunction with the PDT.

  15. DNA damage-induced Bcl-xL deamidation is mediated by NHE-1 antiport regulated intracellular pH.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Rui; Oxley, David; Smith, Trevor S; Follows, George A; Green, Anthony R; Alexander, Denis R

    2007-01-01

    The pro-survival protein Bcl-xL is critical for the resistance of tumour cells to DNA damage. We have previously demonstrated, using a mouse cancer model, that oncogenic tyrosine kinase inhibition of DNA damage-induced Bcl-xL deamidation tightly correlates with T cell transformation in vivo, although the pathway to Bcl-xL deamidation remains unknown and its functional consequences unclear. We show here that rBcl-xL deamidation generates an iso-Asp(52)/iso-Asp(66) species that is unable to sequester pro-apoptotic BH3-only proteins such as Bim and Puma. DNA damage in thymocytes results in increased expression of the NHE-1 Na/H antiport, an event both necessary and sufficient for subsequent intracellular alkalinisation, Bcl-xL deamidation, and apoptosis. In murine thymocytes and tumour cells expressing an oncogenic tyrosine kinase, this DNA damage-induced cascade is blocked. Enforced intracellular alkalinisation mimics the effects of DNA damage in murine tumour cells and human B-lineage chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells, thereby causing Bcl-xL deamidation and increased apoptosis. Our results define a signalling pathway leading from DNA damage to up-regulation of the NHE-1 antiport, to intracellular alkalanisation to Bcl-xL deamidation, to apoptosis, representing the first example, to our knowledge, of how deamidation of internal asparagine residues can be regulated in a protein in vivo. Our findings also suggest novel approaches to cancer therapy.

  16. Triclocarban-induced change in intracellular Ca²⁺ level in rat thymocytes: cytometric analysis with Fluo-3 under Zn²⁺-free conditions.

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    Miura, Yukari; Chen, Xiaohui; Yamada, Saki; Sugihara, Aya; Enkhjargal, Molomjamts; Sun, Yuanzhi; Kuroda, Keiko; Satoh, Masaya; Oyama, Yasuo

    2014-03-01

    Triclocarban (TCC) is an antimicrobial used in personal hygiene products. Recent health concerns arose after TCC was detected in the blood of human subjects who showered with soap containing TCC. In this study, the effect of TCC on intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in rat thymocytes was examined using Fluo-3, an indicator of intracellular Ca(2+). TCC at concentrations ranging from 0.1 μM to 3 μM increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration biphasically: first by releasing Ca(2+) from intracellular Ca(2+) stores and then inducing Ca(2+) influx through store-operated Ca(2+) channels. The threshold TCC concentration to increase intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in this study was lower than the maximum TCC concentrations reported in human blood samples. Therefore, we anticipate that TCC at concentrations reported in human blood samples might disturb intracellular Ca(2+) signaling in human lymphocytes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. The effect of albumin on podocytes: The role of the fatty acid moiety and the potential role of CD36 scavenger receptor

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    Pawluczyk, I.Z.A.; Pervez, A.; Ghaderi Najafabadi, M.; Saleem, M.A.; Topham, P.S.

    2014-08-15

    Evidence is emerging that podocytes are able to endocytose proteins such as albumin using kinetics consistent with a receptor-mediated process. To date the role of the fatty acid moiety on albumin uptake kinetics has not been delineated and the receptor responsible for uptake is yet to be identified. Albumin uptake studies were carried out on cultured human podocytes exposed to FITC-labelled human serum albumin either carrying fatty acids (HSA{sub +FA}) or depleted of them (HSA{sub −FA}). Receptor-mediated endocytosis of FITC-HSA{sub +FA} over 60 min was 5 times greater than that of FITC-HSA{sub −FA}. 24 h exposure of podocytes to albumin up-regulated nephrin expression and induced the activation of caspase-3. These effects were more pronounced in response to HSA{sub −FA.} Individually, anti-CD36 antibodies had no effect upon endocytosis of FITC-HSA. However, a cocktail of 2 antibodies reduced uptake by nearly 50%. Albumin endocytosis was enhanced in the presence of the CD36 specific inhibitor sulfo-N-succinimidyl oleate (SSO) while knock-down of CD36 using CD36siRNA had no effect on uptake. These data suggest that receptor-mediated endocytosis of albumin by podocytes is regulated by the fatty acid moiety, although, some of the detrimental effects are induced independently of it. CD36 does not play a direct role in the uptake of albumin. - Highlights: • The fatty acid moiety is essential for receptor mediated endocytosis of albumin. • Fatty acid depleted albumin is more pathogenic to podocytes. • CD36 is not directly involved in albumin uptake by podocytes.

  18. PARP-1 hyperactivation and reciprocal elevations in intracellular Ca2+ during ROS-induced nonapoptotic cell death.

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    Zhang, Fengjiao; Xie, Ruiye; Munoz, Frances M; Lau, Serrine S; Monks, Terrence J

    2014-07-01

    The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury, and many other pathological conditions. DNA strand breaks caused by ROS lead to the activation of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 (PARP-1), the excessive activation of which can result in cell death. We have utilized a model in which 2,3,5-tris(glutathion-S-yl)hydroquinone (TGHQ), a nephrotoxic and nephrocarcinogenic metabolite of hydroquinone, causes ROS-dependent cell death in human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (HK-2), to further elucidate the role of PARP-1 in ROS-dependent cell death. TGHQ-induced ROS generation, DNA strand breaks, hyperactivation of PARP-1, rapid depletion of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), elevations in intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations, and subsequent nonapoptotic cell death in both a PARP- and Ca(2+)-dependent manner. Thus, inhibition of PARP-1 with PJ34 completely blocked TGHQ-mediated accumulation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymers and NAD consumption, and delayed HK-2 cell death. In contrast, chelation of intracellular Ca(2+) with BAPTA completely abrogated TGHQ-induced cell death. Ca(2+) chelation also attenuated PARP-1 hyperactivation. Conversely, inhibition of PARP-1 modulated TGHQ-mediated changes in Ca(2+) homeostasis. Interestingly, PARP-1 hyperactivation was not accompanied by the translocation of apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) from mitochondria to the nucleus, a process usually associated with PARP-dependent cell death. Thus, pathways coupling PARP-1 hyperactivation to cell death are likely to be context-dependent, and therapeutic strategies designed to target PARP-1 need to recognize such variability. Our studies provide new insights into PARP-1-mediated nonapoptotic cell death, during which PARP-1 hyperactivation and elevations in intracellular Ca(2+) are reciprocally coupled to amplify ROS-induced nonapoptotic cell death.

  19. Importance of extracellular Ca2+ and intracellular Ca2+ release in ethanol-induced contraction of cerebral arterial smooth muscle.

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    Yang, Z; Wang, J; Zheng, T; Altura, B T; Altura, B M

    2001-07-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the roles of extracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]0) influx and intracellular free Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) release in ethanol-induced contractions of isolated canine cerebral arteries and primary cultured, cerebral vascular smooth muscle cells. Ethanol (20-200 mM) produced significant contractions in isolated canine basilar arterial rings in a concentration-dependent manner. Removal of [Ca2+]0 and pretreatment of canine basilar arterial rings with verapamil (an antagonist of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels), thapsigargin (a selective antagonist of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ pump), caffeine plus ryanodine (a specific antagonist of ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ release), or heparin (an inositol 1,4,5,-trisphosphate [InsP3]-mediated Ca2+ release antagonist) markedly attenuated (approximately 50%-80%) ethanol-induced contractions. The absence of [Ca2+]0 and preincubation of primary single smooth muscle cells obtained from canine basilar arteries with verapamil, thapsigargin, heparin, or caffeine plus ryanodine markedly attenuated (approximately 50%-80%) the transient and sustained elevations in [Ca2+]i induced by ethanol. Results of the present study suggest to us that both Ca2+ influx through voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and Ca2+ release from intracellular stores (both InsP3 sensitive and ryanodine sensitive) are required for ethanol-induced contractions of isolated canine basilar arteries.

  20. Morton lentil extract attenuated angiotensin II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy via inhibition of intracellular reactive oxygen species levels in vitro.

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    Yao, Fan-Rong; Sun, Cheng-Wen; Chang, Sam K C

    2010-10-13

    The objective was to investigate whether a lentil (Morton) extract had any protective effect on cardiac hypertrophy, which is one of the most significant sequelae of cardiovascular diseases. High phenolic compounds (43.4 mg of GAE/g), including thirteen phenolic acid and two flavonoids, were detected in the acetone/water/acetic acid lentil extract. The extract showed strong antioxidant ability (105 μmol of TE/g). The effect of lentil extract on angiotensin (Ang) II-induced cardiac hypertrophy was examined. Results showed that pretreatment with lentil extract (25, 50, 100 μg/mL) significantly attenuated Ang II (0.1 μM)-induced hypertrophy by 18, 28, and 36% in rat cardiomycytes, respectively; lentil extract (12.5, 25, 50 μg/mL) attenuated Ang II (0.1 μM)-induced hypertrophy by 9, 17, and 25% in human cardiomycytes, respectively. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were enhanced by Ang II treatment, and this stimulatory action was significantly attenuated (33% inhibition) by lentil extract (100 μg/mL) in rat cardiomyocytes and attenuated by 22% by 50 μg/mL lentil extract in human cardiomyocytes. In conclusion, Morton lentil extracts attenuated Ang II-induced rat and human cardiomyocytes hypertrophy via decreasing intracellular ROS levels.

  1. Intracellular delivery of poly(I:C) induces apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes via an unknown dsRNA sensor

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    Karpus, Olga N.; Hsiao, Cheng-Chih; Kort, Hanneke de; Tak, Paul P.; Hamann, Jörg

    2016-08-26

    Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) express functional membranous and cytopla