[Glomerulo-tubular balance in diabetes mellitus: molecular evidence and clinical consequences]

C Evangelista, M Rizzo, A Cantone, G Corbo, L Di Donato, C Trocino, M Zacchia, G Capasso
Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia 2006, 23 Suppl 34: S16-20
Diabetes mellitus is fast becoming a world epidemic. About one-third of individuals with diabetes, after 10 yrs, develop diabetic nephropathy, the first cause of end-stage kidney disease. The evolution of diabetic nephropathy can be considered in three stages: glomerular hyperfiltration, microalbuminuria (30-300 mg/24 hr) and proteinuria (>300 mg/24 hr). This study was designed to investigate the tubular basis of glomerular hyperfiltration in early diabetes mellitus. Diabetes was inducted in rats with i.p. streptozotocin (65 mg/kg bw) for 6 days. At the end of the treatment, the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), measured by inulin clearance, had substantially increased in diabetic rats compared with controls. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blot analysis reveal that in diabetic rats compared with controls, mRNA and protein abundance was higher for type 3 sodium/hydrogen exchanger (NHE3) in proximal tubule and ascending limbs of Henle's loop, and higher for bumetanide-sensitive sodium-potassium-2 chloride cotransporter (NKCC2) in ascending limbs of Henle's loop. Western blot analysis confirmed the PCR results. Finally, the abundance of á -ENaC protein was unchanged in diabetic rats compared to controls. These results show that the primary sodium reabsorption increase in proximal tubule reduces salt concentrations at the macula densa. This elicits a tubuloglomerular feedback-dependent increase in single nephron GFR.

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