(1/954) Mycophenolate mofetil prevents the progressive renal failure induced by 5/6 renal ablation in rats.

BACKGROUND: Extensive renal ablation is associated with progressive sclerosis of the remnant kidney. Because lymphocytes and monocytes accumulate in the remnant kidney, it is likely that they play a role in the renal scarring. Therefore, we treated rats with 5/6 nephrectomy (5/6Nx) with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), a drug that has an antiproliferative effect and that suppresses the expression of intercellular adhesion molecules. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats with 5/6Nx received MMF (30 mg. kg-1. day-1 by daily gastric gavage, N = 15) or vehicle (N = 16). Ten additional rats were sham operated. All rats were fed a 30% protein diet. Body weight, serum creatinine, and urinary protein excretion were determined weekly. Lipid peroxidation, as a measure of oxidative stress observed by urinary malondialdehyde determinations, was performed every two weeks. Histologic studies were done in the remnant kidney four weeks (9 rats from the vehicle-treated group, 7 rats from the MMF group, and 5 sham-operated rats) and eight weeks after surgery (the remaining rats). Glomerular volume, sclerosis in glomeruli (segmental and global) and interstitium (semiquantitative scale), infiltrating lymphocytes and macrophages (CD43- and ED1-positive cells), and expression of adhesion molecules (CD54, CD18, and CD11b) were analyzed. RESULTS: MMF treatment prevented the progressive increment in serum creatinine and the proteinuria observed in the 5/6 nephrectomized rats during the eight weeks of observation (P < 0.01). Weight gain was comparable in the MMF-treated and sham-operated rats, whereas weight gain was decreased in untreated 5/6 nephrectomized rats. Excretion of malondialdehyde increased after surgery but returned sooner to control levels in the MMF-treated rats. Increments in glomerular size and mean arterial blood pressure induced by renal ablation were not modified by MMF treatment. Eight weeks after surgery, segmental sclerosis was present in 48.4 +/- 8.35% (+/- sd) glomeruli in the vehicle-treated group versus 25 +/- 10.5% in the MMF-treated group (P < 0.001). Interstitial fibrosis was reduced significantly with MMF treatment (P < 0.001). Infiltration with CD43- and ED1-positive cells in glomeruli and interstitium was two to five times lower in MMF-treated rats (P < 0.01). Expression of adhesion molecules CD18 and CD11b was similarly reduced. CONCLUSION: MMF ameliorates the progressive renal damage in the remnant kidney after 5/6Nx. This effect is associated with a reduction in the infiltration of lymphocytes and monocytes, whereas glomerular hypertrophy and systemic hypertension are unchanged.  (+info)

(2/954) Possible induction of renal dysfunction in patients with lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase deficiency by oxidized phosphatidylcholine in glomeruli.

To clarify the causes of renal dysfunction in familial lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) deficiency, kidney samples from 4 patients with LCAT deficiency (3 homozygotes and 1 heterozygote) were examined immunohistochemically. All of the patients exhibited corneal opacities, anemia, renal dysfunction, deficiencies in plasma high density lipoprotein and LCAT activity and mass, and an increase in the ratio of plasma unesterified cholesterol to esterified cholesterol. Renal lesions began with the deposition of lipidlike structures in the glomerular basement membrane, and these structures accumulated in the mesangium and capillary subendothelium. By electron microscopy, 2 types of distinctive structure were found in glomerular lesions: vacuole structures and cross-striated, membranelike structures. The plasma oxidized phosphatidylcholine (oxPC) -modified low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels in LCAT-deficient subjects were significantly (P<0.01) higher than those in controls (1.30+/-0.82 versus 0.42+/-0.32 ng/5 microg LDL, respectively), and a significant (P<0.01) difference was observed even after adjustment for confounding factors by an analysis of covariance. The patient with the highest plasma oxPC-modified LDL had the most membranelike structures in the glomeruli and showed the greatest renal deterioration from a young age. In glomerular lesions, although there was an abundance of apoB and apoE, oil red O-positive lipids, macrophages, apoA1, and malondialdehyde were scarce. OxPC was found extracellularly in glomerular lesions, and although its distribution differed from that of apolipoproteins, it was quite similar to that of phospholipids. In conclusion, these results indicate that oxPC in plasma and glomeruli is distinctive for patients with LCAT deficiency. Therefore, oxPC may be a factor in the deterioration of kidneys in patients with familial LCAT deficiency.  (+info)

(3/954) Endothelin system-dependent cardiac remodeling in renovascular hypertension.

The aim of the present study was to analyze whether the cardiac endothelin system contributes to cardiac remodeling in rats with 2-kidney, 1 clip (2K1C) renovascular hypertension. The endothelin system seems to be a promising candidate for cardiac remodeling because endothelin (ET)-1 promotes growth of cardiomyocytes in vitro and induces cardiac collagen synthesis. The activity of the cardiac endothelin system was analyzed by measuring cardiac tissue big ET-1 and ET-1 concentrations as well as by estimating the cardiac expression of the ETA and ETB receptors 10 days, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks after the renal artery was clipped. The effects of long-term treatment with ETA, ETB, and combined ETA/ETB receptor antagonists on cardiac hypertrophy, media/lumen ratio of intracardiac arteries, and left ventricular fibrosis were also analyzed. This study demonstrated that the overall left ventricular cardiac endothelin system has a similar activity in the early, middle, and late stages of 2K1C renovascular hypertension compared with sham-operated controls. Fibrosis of the left ventricle and hypertrophy of intracardiac arteries, however, were markedly altered after long-term treatment with endothelin receptor antagonists in a blood pressure-independent manner. These 2 effects are mediated by different subtypes of endothelin receptors. ETA receptor blockade completely normalized the hypertrophy of intracardiac arteries (P<0. 01 compared with 2K1C without treatment) in renovascular hypertension, whereas the ETB antagonist reduced cardiac fibrosis of the left ventricle (P<0.001 compared with 2K1C without treatment) to baseline values. This study demonstrates that the cardiac endothelin system plays an important role in the development of cardiac fibrosis as well as in hypertrophy of intracardiac arteries in 2K1C renovascular hypertensive rats.  (+info)

(4/954) Class differences in the effects of calcium channel blockers in the rat remnant kidney model.

BACKGROUND: Controversy persists as to the existence of class differences between calcium channel blockers (CCBs) in their ability to provide renoprotection and as to potential mechanisms involved. METHODS: Rats with 5/6 renal ablation were left untreated or received diltiazem, verapamil, or felodipine after the first week, and the relationship between continuous radiotelemetrically measured blood pressure (BP) and glomerulosclerosis (GS) was assessed at seven weeks. Additionally, the effects of these CCBs on renal autoregulation and hypertrophy were examined at three weeks after renal ablation. RESULTS: Although an excellent linear correlation was observed between the average BP levels and GS in all groups (r = 0.75 to 0.84, P < 0.01), significant protection was not achieved with any of the CCBs, but for different reasons. The antihypertensive effects of diltiazem were not sustained beyond the second week. Verapamil significantly reduced the average BP (144 +/- 4 mm Hg vs. 181 +/- 8 in untreated rats) but shifted the slope of the relationship between BP and GS (increase in percentage GS/mm Hg increase in average systolic BP) to the left (x intercept 121 vs. 144 mm Hg for untreated rats, P < 0.01) so that GS was not reduced. Felodipine also significantly reduced the average BP (144 +/- 3 mm Hg) and shifted the slope to the left (x intercept 123 mm Hg), but additionally made the slope steeper (2.3 +/- 0.5 vs. 0.82 +/- 0.2 in untreated rats). Because of these differing effects on the relationship between BP and GS, the rank order of GS for any given BP elevation was as follows: felodipine > verapamil > diltiazem = untreated. Felodipine, but not verapamil or diltiazem, caused additional impairment of the already impaired renal autoregulation in untreated rats, thereby explaining its adverse effects on GS. By contrast, the adverse effects of verapamil on GS were attributable to the greater amplitude of BP fluctuations that was observed in the verapamil-treated rats such that for any given average BP, these rats were exposed to greater peak pressures as compared with the other groups. None of the CCBs had a significant effect on glomerular hypertrophy. CONCLUSIONS: These class differences between CCBs in their relative impact on systemic BP profiles, renal autoregulation, and glomerular pressure transmission may have clinically significant implications and may account for the variable glomeruloprotection that has been observed with these agents in both experimental models and in humans.  (+info)

(5/954) Regulation of brain renin-angiotensin system by benzamil-blockable sodium channels.

Changes in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) mRNAs in the brain and the kidney of rats after administration of DOCA and/or sodium chloride were assessed by use of a competitive PCR method. Benzamil, a blocker of amiloride-sensitive sodium channels, was infused intracerebroventricularly or intravenously for 7 days in DOCA-salt or renal hypertensive rats, and the effects of benzamil on the brain RAS mRNAs were determined. Renin and ANG I-converting enzyme (ACE) mRNAs were not downregulated in the brain of rats administered DOCA and/or salt; however, these mRNAs were decreased in the kidney. Intracerebroventricular infusion of benzamil decreased renin, ACE, and ANG II type 1 receptor mRNAs in the brain of DOCA-salt hypertensive rats but not in the brain of renal hypertensive rats. The gene expression of the brain RAS, particularly renin and ACE, is regulated differently between the brain and the kidney in DOCA-salt hypertensive rats, and benzamil-blockable brain sodium channels may participate in the regulation of the brain RAS mRNAs.  (+info)

(6/954) Nitric oxide production is low in end-stage renal disease patients on peritoneal dialysis.

To test the hypothesis that nitric oxide (NO) deficiency occurs in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), NO oxidation products (NO2 + NO3 = NOx) and cGMP were measured in blood, urine, and dialysate effluent of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients and compared with blood and urine of healthy subjects. All subjects were on a controlled low-nitrate diet (approximately 330 micromol/day). NOx and cGMP outputs were significantly reduced in PD patients (334 +/- 50 micromol/24 h and 55 +/- 13 nmol/24 h, respectively) vs. controls (823 +/- 101 micromol/24 h and 149 +/- 46 nmol/24 h). Plasma arginine was borderline low, plasma citrulline was elevated and plasma levels of the endogenous NO synthase inhibitor asymmetric dimethylarginine were approximately five time higher in PD patients (2.2 +/- 0.3 microM) vs. controls (0.4 +/- 0.1 microM). Although blood pressure (BP) was not different between groups at the time of study, 10 of 11 PD patients were on medication for hypertension. These studies demonstrate that total NO production is low in ESRD, and with appropriate caution, we conclude that this NO deficiency may contribute to the increased BP that occurs in ESRD.  (+info)

(7/954) Characterization of subtypes of hypertension in CAPD patients by cyclic guanosine monophosphate.

OBJECTIVE: While most hypertensive patients with end-stage renal disease normalize high blood pressure with fluid removal by continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), there is a significant proportion of CAPD patients whose blood pressure can be controlled only by antihypertensive drugs. METHOD AND PATIENTS: To study the hypothesis that such patients are still volume overloaded, we used plasma cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) as a marker for hydration status. Thirty-two CAPD patients were divided into 3 groups: group 1, normotensive patients (n = 12); group 2, hypertensive patients who normalized their blood pressure with fluid removal (n = 12); group 3, hypertensive patients whose blood pressure was refractory to intensified fluid removal (n = 8). RESULTS: Mean cGMP levels were significantly higher in dialysis-sensitive hypertension (27 +/- 5 pmol/mL) than in dialysis-refractory hypertension (15 +/- 2 pmol/mL), or in normotensive patients (13 +/- 4 pmol/mL). Reduction of excess fluid in volume overloaded hypertensive CAPD patients resulted in a normalization of cGMP levels (14 +/- 8 pmol/mL), but did not affect this volume marker in patients with dialysis-resistant hypertension (10 +/- 4 pmol/mL). CONCLUSION: Plasma cGMP levels are elevated in volume overload-induced hypertension complicating CAPD. Hypertensive CAPD patients whose plasma cGMP levels are within normal limits have raised blood pressure refractory to volume removal. Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that inadequate removal of excess volume plays a major role in a subset of patients with CAPD hypertension.  (+info)

(8/954) The renal endothelin system in the Prague hypertensive rat, a new model of spontaneous hypertension.

In a new model of spontaneous hypertension, namely the Prague hypertensive rat (PHR), hypertension is transferred with a kidney transplanted from the PHR to its normotensive counterpart (PNR) by an as yet unknown mechanism. One candidate may be endothelin (ET), since this potent vasoconstrictor affects vascular tone, renal haemodynamics and renal excretory function, and all members of this peptide family are located within the kidney and act in an autocrine/paracrine fashion. In the present study we investigated, in the renal tissue of PHRs and PNRs: (1) preproET-1 and preproET-3 mRNAs as well as ET-1 and ET-3 peptide distribution, (2) endothelin-converting enzyme (ECE)-1 mRNA expression, and (3) ET receptors and their characteristics in membranes of glomeruli and papillae. In addition, plasma ET concentration and urinary ET excretion were determined. Quantitative measurements by competitive reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction revealed ET-1 mRNA levels in the renal cortex from PHRs and PNRs of 1.09+/-0.13 and 1. 29+/-0.18 amol/microgram of total RNA respectively, and in red medulla of 2.72+/-0.82 and 3.30+/-0.68 amol/microgram respectively. In contrast, renal papilla from PHRs showed significantly lower levels of preproET-1 mRNA (1.81+/-0.64 amol/microgram of total RNA, compared with 4.25+/-0.82 amol/microgram in PNRs; each n=5; P<0.05). The ET-1 peptide concentration in papillary tissue was also significantly lower in PHRs than in PNRs (120.2+/-30.8 and 491.3+/-53.4 fmol/mg of protein respectively; n=5; P<0.01), whereas it was similar in cortex and medulla from PHRs and PNRs. The preproET-3 mRNA content in renal tissue was much lower than that of preproET-1 mRNA. It was significantly higher in red medulla from PHRs compared with that from PNRs (0.25+/-0.05 and 0.13+/-0.02 amol/microgram of total RNA respectively; P<0.05), but was similar in papillae of PHRs and PNRs (0.04+/-0.02 and 0.05+/-0.01 amol/microgram respectively; n=5). Cortical preproET-3 mRNA was at the lower limit of detection. Similarly, the ET-3 peptide concentration was slightly but significantly higher in the red medulla of PHRs compared with PNRs (15.4+/-2.0 and 8.8+/-0.8 fmol/mg of protein respectively; n=5; P<0. 05), whereas no differences in ET-3 peptide concentration were found in papillae from PHRs and PNRs. ECE-1 mRNA levels were similar in the renal cortex, red medulla and papillae from PHRs and PNRs, ranging between 0.34+/-0.03 and 0.56+/-0.12 amol/microgram of total RNA. Of the total ET receptors in glomerular membranes, 39% were ETA receptors, whereas papillary membranes contained exclusively ETB receptors. PHRs and PNRs showed similar Bmax and Kd values for ET-1 in renal glomerular membranes (Bmax, 6.5+/-1.3 and 4.9+/-1.2 pmol/mg of protein respectively; Kd, 0.69+/-0.10 and 0.56+/-0.10 nM respectively) and papillary membranes (Bmax, 9.7+/-1.1 and 11.3+/-1. 6 pmol/mg of protein respectively; Kd, 0.30+/-0.04 and 0.42+/-0.07 nM respectively). Plasma ET-1/2 concentrations (10.4+/-1.3 and 12. 2+/-1.2 fmol/ml in PHRs and PNRs respectively) and urinary ET-1 excretion (3.1+/-0.3 and 3.0+/-0.2 pmol/24 h in PHRs and PNRs respectively) were similar in hypertensive and normotensive rats. In summary, although tissue levels of preproET-3 mRNA were very low in the kidney, significantly greater amounts of preproET-3 mRNA and ET-3 peptide were found in medullary tissue from PHRs compared with PNRs, a finding that awaits further investigation. In contrast, the preproET-1 mRNA content and ET-1 peptide concentration were significantly lower in papillary tissue from PHRs compared with PNRs. Decreased synthesis of ET-1, which normally antagonizes the action of [Arg8]vasopressin, may allow increased water (and sodium) reabsorption at the level of the inner medullary collecting duct. This intrinsic defect of the kidney in the PHR may contribute to hypertension in this model, and may transmit high blood pressure on transplantation of the 'hypertensive' kidney i  (+info)