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Cytokines and Fas regulate apoptosis in murine renal interstitial fibroblasts

Laboratorio de Nefrología, Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (Impact Factor: 9.47). 01/1998; 8(12):1845-54.
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ABSTRACT Renal fibrosis is characterized by an increased number of fibroblasts and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix. Apoptotic cell death is a physiological mechanism to limit cell numbers, and an insufficient rate of death may contribute to fibroblast accumulation. However, little is known about the regulation of renal fibroblast survival. The authors have studied the interaction of cytokines and the Fas receptor in the regulation of apoptosis of renal fibroblasts and have observed that murine renal fibroblasts express Fas and the Fas ligand. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) and agonistic anti-Fas antibodies induce apoptosis of renal fibroblasts in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Serum contains survival factors for renal fibroblasts. Both serum deprivation and TNFalpha increase the sensitivity to Fas-induced death and the expression of fas mRNA and Fas receptor. By contrast, insulin-like growth factor-1 decreases apoptosis induced by both serum deprivation and Fas activation and partially prevents the increase in Fas receptor expression induced by serum deprivation. Murine renal fibroblasts express constitutively both fas ligand mRNA and cell-surface Fas ligand, but the authors could not demonstrate a role for Fas ligand in the autocrine regulation of fibroblast survival. These data suggest that Fas and other cytokines cooperate to regulate renal fibroblast apoptosis. Modulation of the Fas death-signaling pathway in renal fibroblasts could represent a new therapeutic target for renal fibrosis.

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