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      Reversible Angiotensin II-Mediated Albuminuria in Rat Kidneys Is Dynamically Associated with Cytoskeletal Organization

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          Angiotensin II (ANG II) is intimately involved in normal renal function, and is estimated to exist at a normal physiological range of 6–10 n M within the renal tubules. The potential role that intrarenal ANG II may play in renal disease was assessed by perfusing isolated rat kidneys with or without excess intratubular levels of ANG II, which may mimic changes in the intrarenal RAS under pathological conditions. The effects of increased systemic ANG II were also determined by infusing rats with ANG II by osmotic pump. In isolated perfused kidneys, ANG II significantly and specifically increased the fractional clearance of albumin to clinical levels, as determined by using radiolabelled albumin. This effect was reversible, as removing ANG II from the perfusate caused the albumin fractional clearance to decrease to pre-ANG II exposure levels. The increase in fractional clearance of albumin was not correlated with renal hemodynamic changes, nor glomerular permeability alterations as measured by the fractional clearance of 36 Å Ficoll and immunoglobulin G. Immunochemical analysis using anti-α-tubulin antibody of perfused kidney sections revealed that ANG II caused a marked disruption of tubular epithelial cytoskeletal components, through disassembly and reorganization of α-tubulin. This disruption was reversible. In vivo, osmotic pump delivery of ANG II at less potent dosage caused a proteinuria (Biuret) and an albuminuria (radioimmunoassay) in rats, from as early as 2 days after pump implantation. These results demonstrate that ANG II may reversibly induce clinical levels of albuminuria. These data point to an important role for renal tubules and the intratubular lumen concentrations of ANG II in the renal processing of albumin.

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            Changes in podocyte number and morphology have been implicated in the pathogenesis of proteinuria and the progression of human and experimental kidney disease. This study sought to examine podocyte foot process and slit pore architecture in experimental diabetic nephropathy and to determine whether such changes were modified with renoprotective intervention by blockade of the renin-angiotensin system. The number of filtration slits per 100 microm of glomerular basement membrane was assessed by transmission electron microscopy and quantitated histomorphometrically in control animals and in rats with 24 weeks of streptozotocin-induced diabetes. Diabetic rats were either untreated or received the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor ramipril, or the angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonist, valsartan. When compared with control animals, diabetes was associated with a decrease in the number of slit pores per unit length of glomerular basement membrane, indicative of podocyte foot process broadening. Both ramipril and valsartan attenuated these ultrastructural changes to a similar degree. These differences remained after correcting for glomerular volume as a possible confounding variable. Preservation of podocyte architecture could contribute to the renoprotective effects of renin-angiotensin system blockade in diabetic nephropathy.
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              Effects of an ACE inhibitor/calcium antagonist combination on proteinuria in diabetic nephropathy.

              The degree of proteinuria in patients with diabetes correlates strongly with both an increase in progression of nephropathy as well as cardiovascular events. Moreover, post hoc analyses of recent clinical trials support the concept that reductions of blood pressure and proteinuria correlate with a slowed progression of nephropathy. Both angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and the nondihydropyridine calcium antagonists, (non-DHPCAs) reduce both arterial pressure and proteinuria in those with diabetic nephropathy. The present randomized, open label, parallel group designed study tests the hypothesis that, at similar levels of blood pressure, the combination of an ACE inhibitor, trandolapril (T) with the non-DHPCA, verapamil (V) produces a greater reduction in proteinuria over either agent alone at one year. Thirty-seven participants, mean age 59.6 +/- 5.8 years, with nephropathy (baseline creatinine 1.4 +/- 0.3 mg/dl and proteinuria of 1342 +/- 284 mg/dl) secondary to type 2 diabetes completed the study. Doses of drug were titrated in each group over eight weeks to achieve a goal blood pressure of < 140/90 mm Hg. All participants were counseled to ingest a sodium diet of < 120 mEq/day. Proteinuria reduction from baseline was significantly greater in the T+V group compared to either T alone (-33 +/- 8%, T vs. -62 +/- 10%, T+V; P < 0.001) or V alone (-27 +/- 8%, V vs. -62 +/- 10%, T+V; P < 0.001). No significant differences in either glomerular filtration rate, arterial pressure, fasting blood glucose or urinary sodium excretion were noted at one year. The mean daily dose of the individual components of T+V (2.9 +/- 0.8 mg, T/219 +/- 21.1 mg V) was significantly lower than the dose of either T alone 5.5 +/- 1.1 mg/day (P < 0.01) or V alone 314.8 +/- 46.3 mg, given in two divided doses (P < 0.01). These data support the concept that the combination of an ACE inhibitor with a non-DHPCA reduce proteinuria to a greater extent than either agent alone. This added antiproteinuric effect occurs at lower doses of each drug and is independent of further reductions in arterial pressure. These findings could have ramifications for slowing renal disease progression in patients with nephropathy from type 2 diabetes.

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                Nephron Physiol
                Nephron Physiology
                S. Karger AG
                February 2003
                20 February 2003
                : 93
                : 2
                : p51-p60
                aDepartment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University, Clayton, Vic., and bEndocrine Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Vic., Australia
                68528 Nephron Physiol 2003;93:p51–p60
                © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

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