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      Embryonic Renal Collecting Duct Cell Differentiation Is Influenced in a Concentration-Dependent Manner by the Electrolyte Environment

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          Background: During kidney development, the embryonic collecting duct (CD) epithelium develops into a heterogeneously composed epithelium consisting of principal and intercalated cells. It is unknown by which molecular mechanism the different cell types arise. We have experimental evidence that the electrolyte environment is involved in the process of terminal cell differentiation. Methods: Embryonic CD epithelia from neonatal rabbit kidneys were microsurgically isolated and maintained in gradient perfusion culture for 13 days under serum-free conditions. Controls were maintained in the same medium (Iscove’s modified Dulbecco’s medium; IMDM) on basal and luminal sides. Experimental series were performed with IMDM only on the basal side, while on the luminal side IMDM with increasing concentrations of NaCl was used. Finally, the development of principal and intercalated cell features was registered by immunohistochemical labeling with markers specific for adult CD cells. Results: Immunohistochemical markers show that the differentiation pattern is quite different when the embryonic CD epithelia are cultured in IMDM only as compared with specimens kept in IMDM supplemented with 3–24 mmol/l NaCl on the luminal cell side. First signs of changes in development were seen when low doses of 3–6 mmol/l NaCl were added. Conclusions: We conclude that facultative protein expression in embryonic CD epithelium is influenced by the electrolyte environment and starts to be upregulated after administration of unexpectedly low doses of 3–6 mmol/l NaCl added to the luminal perfusion culture medium and increases in a concentration-dependent manner.

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              Developmental expression of urine concentration-associated genes and their altered expression in murine infantile-type polycystic kidney disease.

               C Tian,  V Gattone,  R Maser (1998)
              Currently, there is little understanding of what factors regulate the development of urine concentrating capability in normal or polycystic kidney. The present study examined the developmental expression of genes associated with urine concentration in developing mice, including C57BL/6J-cpk/cpk mice with autosomal recessive-infantile (AR) polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Concentration of urine requires: 1) medullary collecting ducts (CD) located within a hypertonic interstitium, 2) CD cell expression of functional arginine vasopressin V2 receptors (AVP-V2R), and 3) the presence of appropriate CD water channels (aquaporins, AQP 2 and 3). An increase in urine osmolarity, normally seen between 1 and 3 weeks of age, was absent in cpk cystic mice. Aldose reductase mRNA expression (a gene upregulated by medullary hyperosmolarity) increased in normal mice, but remained low in the cystic kidney, suggesting the absence of a hypertonic medullary interstitium. AVP-V2R, AQP2, and AQP3 mRNA expression normally increase between 7 and 14 days. However, all were dramatically overexpressed even at 7 days of age in the cpk kidney in vivo, but decreased in vitro. Activation of the AVP-V2 receptor stimulates the production of cAMP, a substance known to promote cyst enlargement. To determine if CD cAMP, generated from increased AVP-V2Rs, was accelerating the PKD, cystic mice and their normal littermates were treated with OPC31260, a relatively specific AVP-V2R antagonist. OPC31260 treatment of cystic mice led to an amelioration of the cystic enlargement and azotemia. Treatment also decreased renal AQP2 mRNA but increased AVP-V2R and AQP3 mRNA expression in vivo. AVP upregulates the expression of AVP-V2R, AQP2, and AQP3 mRNAs in vitro. Renal EGF, known to inhibit AVP-V2R activity, downregulates AVP-V2R mRNA in vitro. Brief in vivo EGF treatment, known to decrease PKD in cpk mice, led to increased expression of AVP-V2R, AQP2, and AQP3 mRNAs at 2 weeks in both normal and cystic mice but no change was evident at 3 weeks of age. In conclusion, the development of urinary concentration ability correlates with the development of an increased medullary osmotic gradient which is diminished in murine ARPKD. However, CD genes associated with this process are overexpressed in vivo but underexpressed in vitro in the cystic kidney. The overexpression and/or overactivity of the AVP-V2R appears to contribute to the progression of PKD since an AVP-V2R antagonist inhibits cystic renal enlargement in the cpk mouse.

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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                April 2001
                07 May 2001
                : 21
                : 2
                : 165-175
                aDepartment of Anatomy, University of Regensburg, Germany; bDepartment of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, University of Nice, France
                46242 Am J Nephrol 2001;21:165–175
                © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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