Aspects of Regulation of GFR and Tubular Function in the Diabetic Kidney: Roles of Adenosine, Nitric Oxide and Oxidative Stress
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Diabetic nephropathy is the main cause for initiation of renal replacement therapy and early symptoms in patients include increased glomerular filtration rate (GFR), decreased oxygen tension and albuminuria, followed by a progressive decline in GFR and loss of kidney function. Experimental models of diabetes display increased GFR, decreased tissue oxygenation and nitric oxide bioavailability. These findings are likely to be intertwined in a mechanistic pathway to kidney damage and this thesis investigated their roles in the development of diabetic nephropathy. In vivo, diabetes-induced oxidative stress stimulates renal tubular Na+ transport and in vitro, proximal tubular cells from diabetic rats display increased transport-dependent oxygen consumption, demonstrating mechanisms contributing to decreased kidney oxygenation. In control animals, endogenous adenosine reduces vascular resistance of the efferent arteriole via adenosine A2-receptors resulting in reduced filtration fraction. However, in diabetes, adenosine A2-signalling is dysfunctional resulting in increased GFR via increased filtration fraction. This is caused by reduced adenosine A2a receptor-mediated vasodilation of efferent arterioles. The lack of adenosine-signaling in diabetes is likely due to reduced local adenosine concentration since adenosine A2a receptor activation reduced GFR only in diabetic animals by efferent arteriolar vasodilation. Furthermore, sub-optimal insulin treatment also alleviates increased filtration pressure in diabetes. However, this does not affect GFR due to a simultaneously induction of renal-blood flow dependent regulation of GFR by increasing the filtration coefficient. In diabetes, there is decreased bioavailability of nitric oxide, resulting in alterations that may contribute to diabetes-induced hyperfiltration and decreased oxygenation. Interestingly, increased plasma concentration of l-arginine, the substrate for nitric oxide production, prevents the development of increased GFR and proteinuria, but not increased oxygen consumption leading to sustained intra-renal hypoxia in diabetes. This thesis concludes that antioxidant treatment directed towards the NADPH oxidase as well maneuvers to promote nitric oxide production is beneficial in diabetic kidneys but is targeting different pathways i.e. transport-dependent oxygen consumption in the proximal tubule by NADPH oxidase inhibition and intra-renal hemodynamics after increased plasma l-arginine. Also, the involvement and importance of efferent arteriolar resistance in the development of diabetes-induced hyperfiltration via reduced adenosine A2a signaling is highlighted.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. , 54 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 871
diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, glomerular filtration rate, renal blood flow, insulin, renal hemodynamics, micropuncture, oxygen, NADPH-oxidase, apocynin, streptozotocin, l-arginine, CGS21680, rats, mice
Research subject Physiology; Medical Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-195956ISBN: 978-91-554-8610-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-195956DiVA: diva2:608874
2013-04-19, A1:107a, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
Rippe, Bengt, professor
Palm, Fredrik, professorHansell, Peter, professor
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