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Title: Ablation of the N-type calcium channel ameliorates diabetic nephropathy with improved glycemic control and reduced blood pressure
Authors: Ohno, Shoko
Yokoi, Hideki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Mori, Kiyoshi
Kasahara, Masato
Kuwahara, Koichiro  KAKEN_id
Fujikura, Junji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Naito, Masaki
Kuwabara, Takashige
Imamaki, Hirotaka
Ishii, Akira  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Saleem, Moin A.
Numata, Tomohiro
Mori, Yasuo  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Nakao, Kazuwa
Yanagita, Motoko  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Mukoyama, Masashi
Author's alias: 横井, 秀基
笠原, 正登
桑原, 宏一郎
藤倉, 純二
今牧, 博貴
柳田, 素子
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2016
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 6
Thesis number: 27192
Abstract: Pharmacological blockade of the N-and L-type calcium channel lessens renal injury in kidney disease patients. The significance of specific blockade of α1 subunit of N-type calcium channel, Ca[v]2.2, in diabetic nephropathy, however, remains to be clarified. To examine functional roles, we mated Ca[v]2.2-/- mice with db/db (diabetic) mice on the C57BLKS background. Ca[v]2.2 was localized in glomeruli including podocytes and in distal tubular cells. Diabetic Ca[v]2.2-/- mice significantly reduced urinary albumin excretion, glomerular hyperfiltration, blood glucose levels, histological deterioration and systolic blood pressure (SBP) with decreased urinary catecholamine compared to diabetic Ca[v]2.2+/+ mice. Interestingly, diabetic heterozygous Ca[v]2.2+/- mice also decreased albuminuria, although they exhibited comparable systolic blood pressure, sympathetic nerve activity and creatinine clearance to diabetic Ca[v]2.2+/+ mice. Consistently, diabetic mice with cilnidipine, an N-/L-type calcium channel blocker, showed a reduction in albuminuria and improvement of glomerular changes compared to diabetic mice with nitrendipine. In cultured podocytes, depolarization-dependent calcium responses were decreased by ω-conotoxin, a Ca[v]2.2-specific inhibitor. Furthermore, reduction of nephrin by transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) in podocytes was abolished with ω-conotoxin, cilnidipine or mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase inhibitor. In conclusion, Ca[v]2.2 inhibition exerts renoprotective effects against the progression of diabetic nephropathy, partly by protecting podocytes.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/srep27192
PubMed ID: 27273361
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