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      Fluorescent Labeling of Renal Cells in vivo


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          In vivo fluorescence imaging, using confocal or multiphoton microscopes, provides a powerful method to analyze kidney function in experimental animals. In this review, the preparation used for physiological studies in rats is described. A variety of fluorescent probes are available to study glomerular permeability, renal blood flow, peritubular capillary permeability, cell ion concentrations, tubule transport properties, and the functional status of renal cells. We have recently used micropuncture techniques and an adenovirus vector to accomplish gene transfer into kidney tubule and endothelial cells; this new methodology will allow the dynamic study of fluorescently-labeled proteins. Two examples of the use of two-photon fluorescence microscopy to study renal pathophysiology, namely polycystic kidney disease and renal ischemia, are presented. Software is available to quantify data collected from in vivo imaging experiments and to construct 3-dimensional images of renal structures. Two-photon or confocal microscopy offers many opportunities for a better understanding of kidney function in health and disease.

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          Cardiovascular disease is common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As renal function fails, many patients become progressively malnourished, as evidenced by reduced levels of albumin, prealbumin, and transferrin. Malnourished patients have increased levels of C reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and concomitant cardiovascular disease when they reach end stage. Many diseases that cause CKD, diabetes, and hypertension are also associated with cardiovascular disease. Thus the direct effect of renal failure per se directly contributing to the inflammation-malnutrition-atherosclerosis paradigm is not completely established in early stages of CKD. Some aspects of progressive renal failure, however, cause changes in plasma composition and endothelial structure and function that favor vascular injury. As renal function fails, hepatic apo A-I synthesis decreases and HDL levels fall. HDL is an important antioxidant and defends the endothelium from the effects of cytokines. Inflammation causes further structural and functional abnormalities in HDL. Apolipoprotein C III (apo C III), a competitive inhibitor of lipoprotein lipase is increased in CKD. Serum triglyceride levels increase as a result of accumulation of intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL) comprising VLDL and chylomicron remnants. These impede vascular relaxation and are associated with cardiovascular disease. Activation of the renin angiotensin axis is a component of many renal diseases and adaptation to loss of renal mass. Angiotensin II (AngII) activates NADPH oxidases, leading to production of the superoxide anion and decreased availability of nitric oxide (NO), further impairing vascular function. H(2)O(2), produced as a consequence of superoxide dismutation, stimulates vascular cell proliferation and hypertrophy. Leukocyte-derived myeloperoxidase functions as an "NO Oxidase" in the inflamed vasculature and contributes to decreased NO bioavailability and compromised vascular reactivity. The changes in lipoprotein composition and structure as well as AngII-mediated alterations in endothelial function amplify the effect of subsequent inflammatory events.
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              Defective proximal tubular fluid reabsorption in transgenic aquaporin-1 null mice

              To investigate the role of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) water channels in proximal tubule function, in vitro proximal tubule microperfusion and in vivo micropuncture measurements were done on AQP1 knockout mice. The knockout mice were generated by targeted gene disruption and found previously to be unable to concentrate their urine in response to water deprivation. Unanesthetized knockout mice consumed 2.8-fold more fluid than wild-type mice and had lower urine osmolality (505 ± 40 vs. 1081 ± 68 milliosmolar). Transepithelial osmotic water permeability (P f ) in isolated microperfused S2 segments of proximal tubule from AQP1 knockout [−/−] mice was 0.033 ± 0.005 cm/s (SE, n = 6 mice, 37°C), much lower than that of 0.15 ± 0.03 cm/s ( n = 8) in tubules from wild-type [+/+] mice ( P < 0.01). In the presence of isosmolar luminal perfusate and bath solutions, spontaneous fluid absorption rates (nl/min/mm tubule length) were 0.31 ± 0.12 (−/−, n = 5) and 0.64 ± 0.15 (+/+, n = 8). As determined by free-flow micropuncture, the ratios of tubular fluid-to-plasma concentrations of an impermeant marker TF/P in end proximal tubule fluid were 1.36 ± 0.05 (−/−, n = 8 mice [53 tubules]) and 1.95 ± 0.09 (+/+, n = 7 mice [40 tubules]) ( P < 0.001), corresponding to 26 ± 3% [−/−] and 48 ± 2% [+/+] absorption of the filtered fluid load. In collections of distal tubule fluid, TF/P were 2.8 ± 0.3 [−/−] and 4.4 ± 0.5 [+/+], corresponding to 62 ± 4% [−/−] and 76 ± 3% [+/+] absorption ( P < 0.02). These data indicate that AQP1 deletion in mice results in decreased transepithelial proximal tubule water permeability and defective fluid absorption. Thus, the high water permeability in proximal tubule of wild-type mice is primarily transcellular, mediated by AQP1 water channels, and required for efficient near-isosmolar fluid absorption.

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                Nephron Physiol
                Nephron Physiology
                S. Karger AG
                March 2006
                11 April 2006
                : 103
                : 2
                : p91-p96
                Departments of aMedicine and bCellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
                90626 Nephron Physiol 2006;103:p91–p96
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Microscopic Imaging

                Cardiovascular Medicine,Nephrology
                Fluorescence microscopy,Rat models,In vivo microscopy,Two-photon/multiphoton microscopy


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