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      P2X 7 Receptors Are Expressed during Mouse Nephrogenesis and in Collecting Duct Cysts of the cpk/cpk Mouse


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          Background: Purinergic receptors are cell-surface molecules that bind extracellular nucleotides, notably ATP. The P2X family includes seven nonselective ion channels with one member, P2X<sub>7</sub>, implicated in cytolytic pore formation and cell death. Materials and Methods: We sought P2X<sub>7</sub> expression in mouse nephrogenesis and cpk/cpk renal cyst growth, conditions in which both proliferation and apoptosis are prominent. Results: P2X<sub>7</sub> immunolocalized to condensed metanephric mesenchyme: both proliferation and apoptosis were detected in this compartment, assessed by proliferating cell nuclear antigen expression and propidium iodide-stained pyknotic nuclei respectively. Later in nephrogenesis, P2X<sub>7</sub> was detected in collecting ducts, a pattern persisting to maturity. A mesenchymal to epithelial shift of P2X<sub>7</sub> expression was also documented in ureter development. In cpk/cpk kidneys, P2X<sub>7</sub>-expressing collecting duct cysts dominated histology from two weeks until four weeks after birth, when animals die from uremia. In polycystic kidneys pyknotic nuclei were rarely identified in P2X<sub>7</sub>-expressing epithelia, but were detected between cysts, consistent with a non-apoptotic role for P2X<sub>7</sub> in cyst enlargement. Conclusion: P2X<sub>7</sub> is expressed during normal nephrogenesis and in a model of congenital polycystic kidney disease. Further experiments are necessary to define possible functions of P2X<sub>7</sub> in these settings.

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            There are seven P2X receptor cDNAs currently known. Six homomeric (P2X1, P2X2, P2X3, P2X4, P2X5, P2X7) and three heteromeric (P2X2/P2X3, P2X4/P2X6, P2X1/P2X5) P2X receptor channels have been characterized in heterologous expression systems. Homomeric P2X1 and P2X3 receptors are readily distinguishable by their rapid desensitization, the agonist action of alpha beta methyleneATP, and the block by 2',3'-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-ATP. P2X2 receptors are unique among homomeric forms in their potentiation by low pH. Homomeric P2X4 receptors are much less sensitive to antagonism by suramin and pyridoxal 5-phosphate-6-azo-2',4'-disulfonic acid. Homomeric P2X7 receptors are the only form in which 2',3'-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)-ATP is more potent than ATP. The heteromeric P2X2/P2X3 receptor resembles P2X2 in slow desensitization kinetics and potentiation by low pH and is similar to P2X3 with respect to agonism by alpha beta methyleneATP and block by 2',3'-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-ATP. Other agonists, antagonists, and ions that can be used to differentiate among the receptors are discussed.
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              Human leukocytes can express the P2X(7) purinergic receptor, an ionic channel gated by extracellular ATP, for which the physiological role is only partially understood. Transfection of P2X(7) cDNA into lymphoid cells that lack this receptor sustains their proliferation in serum-free medium. Increased proliferation of serum-starved P2X(7) transfectants is abolished by the P2X(7) receptor blocker oxidized ATP or by the ATP hydrolase apyrase. Both wild type and P2X(7)-transfected lymphoid cells release large amounts of ATP into the culture medium. These data suggest the operation of an ATP-based autocrine/paracrine loop that supports lymphoid cell growth in the absence of serum-derived growth factors.

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                Nephron Exp Nephrol
                Cardiorenal Medicine
                S. Karger AG
                09 January 2002
                : 10
                : 1
                : 34-42
                aCentre for Nephrology, Institute of Urology and Nephrology, Middlesex Hospital, bNephro-Urology Unit, Institute of Child Health and cAutonomic Neuroscience Unit, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, London, UK
                49896 Exp Nephrol 2002;10:34–42
                © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Original Paper

                Cardiovascular Medicine,Nephrology
                Congenital polycystic kidney disease,Immunolocalization of P2X7 ,<italic>cpk/cpk</italic> mice,P2X7 receptors,Western blotting,Mouse nephrogenesis


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