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Microalbuminuria and early renal response to lethal dose Shiga toxin type 2 in rats

Authors Federico O, Oltra G, Gerhardt E, Hermes R, Cohen L, Damiano AE, Ibarra C, Lago NR, Zotta E

Received 26 October 2011

Accepted for publication 29 November 2011

Published 19 January 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 29—36


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Federico Ochoa1, Gisela Oltra1, Elizabeth Gerhardt1, Ricardo Hermes2, Lilian Cohen2, Alicia E Damiano3, Cristina Ibarra1, Nestor R Lago4, Elsa Zotta1
1Departamento de Fisiologia, Facultad de Medicina UBA, 2Laboratorio Análisis Clínicos, Hospital Juan A Fernández, 3Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 4Departamento de Patología, Facultad de Medicina UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: In Argentina, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) constitutes the most frequent cause of acute renal failure in children. Approximately 2%–4% of patients die during the acute phase, and one-third of the 96% who survive are at risk of chronic renal sequelae. Little information is available about the direct effect of Shiga toxin type 2 (Stx2) on the onset of proteinuria and the evolution of toxin-mediated glomerular or tubular injury. In this work, rats were injected intraperitoneally with recombinant Escherichia coli culture supernatant containing Stx2 (sStx2; 20 µg/kg body weight) to induce HUS. Functional, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry studies were carried out to determine alterations in slit diaphragm proteins and the proximal tubule endocytic system at 48 hours post-inoculation. We detected a significant increase in microalbuminuria, without changes in the proteinuria values compared to the control rats. In immunoperoxidase studies, the renal tubules and glomerular mesangium showed an increased expression of transforming growth factor ß1(TGF-ß1). The expression of megalin was decreased by immunoperoxidase and the cytoplasm showed a granular pattern of megalin expression by immunofluorescence techniques. Western blot analysis performed in the renal cortex from sStx2-treated and control rats using anti-nephrin and anti-podocalyxin antibodies showed a decreased expression of these proteins. We suggest that the alterations in slit diaphragm proteins and megalin expression could be related to the development of microalbuminuria in response to lethal doses of Stx2.

Keywords: microalbuminuria, nephrin, podocytes, podocalyxin, megalin, acute renal injury

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