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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor suppresses glomerular transforming growth factor beta receptor expression in experimental diabetes in rats.

AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Activation of the renal transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) axis has been suggested to play a part in the development of diabetic nephropathy by a direct stimulatory effect of hyperglycaemia or through the activation of the renin-angiotensin system. Our aim was to evaluate the involvement of the renin-angiotensin system by examining the effects of ACE-inhibition on intrarenal changes in all three TGF-beta isoforms and receptors in experimental diabetes in vivo. METHODS: Immunocytochemistry, western blotting and ribonuclease protection assays were carried out for each TGF-beta isoform and receptor on kidney from non-diabetic and streptozotocin-diabetic rats after treatment with the ACE inhibitor, enalapril, for 30 days. RESULTS: Enalapril partially prevented the renal hypertrophy and fully prevented the increase in urinary albumin excretion rate in diabetic animals. The glomerular TGF-beta Type II Receptor mRNA and protein concentrations increased over 30 days in untreated diabetic animals compared with non-diabetic controls, while enalapril-treated diabetic animals showed a normalisation of TGF-beta Type II Receptor mRNA and protein. CONCLUSION/INTERPRETATION: The ACE-inhibition had pronounced inhibitory effects on the increased expression of the glomerular TGF-beta Type II Receptor in the diabetic kidney required for intracellular signalling through this growth factor axis. This suggests a new mechanism of action of the ACE-inhibition in regulating the development of diabetic nephropathy.[1]


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