Canonical transient receptor potential 1 channel is involved in contractile function of glomerular mesangial cells.
ABSTRACT Contractility of mesangial cells (MC) is tightly controlled by [Ca(2+)](i). Ca(2+) influx across the plasma membrane constitutes a major component of mesangial responses to vasoconstrictors. Canonical transient receptor potential 1 (TRPC1) is a Ca(2+)-permeable cation channel in a variety of cell types. This study was performed to investigate whether TRPC1 takes part in vasoconstrictor-induced mesangial contraction by mediating Ca(2+) entry. It was found that angiotensin II (AngII) evoked remarkable contraction of the cultured MC. Downregulation of TRPC1 using RNA interference significantly attenuated the contractile response. Infusion of AngII or endothelin-1 in rats caused a decrease in GFR. The GFR decline was significantly reduced by infusion of TRPC1 antibody that targets an extracellular domain in the pore region of TRPC1 channel. However, the treatment of TRPC1 antibody did not affect the AngII-induced vasopressing effect. Electrophysiologic experiments revealed that functional or biologic inhibition of TRPC1 significantly depressed AngII-induced channel activation. Fura-2 fluorescence-indicated that Ca(2+) entry in response to AngII stimulation was also dramatically inhibited by TRPC1 antibody and TRPC1-specific RNA interference. These results suggest that TRPC1 plays an important role in controlling contractile function of MC. Mediation of Ca(2+) entry might be the underlying mechanism for the TRPC1-associated MC contraction.
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ABSTRACT: Bardoxolone methyl, a synthetic triterpenoid, improves the estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. Since the contractile activity of mesangial cells may influence glomerular filtration, we evaluated the effect of the synthetic triterpenoid RTA 405, with structural similarity to bardoxolone methyl, on GFR in rats and on mesangial cell contractility in freshly isolated glomeruli. In rats, RTA 405 increased basal GFR, assessed by inulin clearance, and attenuated the angiotensin II-induced decline in GFR. RTA 405 increased the filtration fraction, but did not affect arterial blood pressure or renal plasma flow. Glomeruli from RTA 405-treated rats were resistant to angiotensin II-induced volume reduction ex vivo. In cultured mesangial cells, angiotensin II-stimulated contraction was attenuated by RTA 405, in a dose- and time-dependent fashion. Further, Nrf2-targeted gene transcription (regulates antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective responses) in mesangial cells was associated with decreased basal and reduced angiotensin II-stimulated hydrogen peroxide and calcium ion levels. These mechanisms contribute to the GFR increase that occurs following treatment with RTA 405 in rats and may underlie the effect of bardoxolone methyl on the estimated GFR in patients.Kidney International advance online publication, 12 December 2012; doi:10.1038/ki.2012.393.Kidney International 12/2012; · 7.92 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The present study was carried out to investigate the protective effects of tempol on renal function and the underlying mechanism in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. The diabetic rats were randomly divided into the model group (without tempol) and tempol group (1 mM tempol in drinking water for 6 weeks). Nondiabetic rats were served as the Control group. The mRNA expression of canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6), transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, and type IV collagen (Col IV) were examined. The malondialdehyde (MDA) level, activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in renal tissues were measured to assess redox status in kidneys. We found that tempol significantly reduced 24-h urine output and urine albuminuria excretion in the diabetic rats. Compared with the model group, the concentration of MDA was significantly lower in the tempol group. In addition, diabetes decreased activities of SOD and GSH-Px and these responses were prevented by tempol treatment. Moreover, in diabetic rats, the mRNA expression levels of TGF-β1 and Col IV were upregulated. TRPC6 mRNA expression level was down-regulated in diabetic kidneys. However, all of these diabetic effects were significantly suppressed by tempol treatment. These results suggest that chronic treatment of diabetic rats with tempol can protect kidneys, possibly by reducing expression of TGF-β1, Col IV, and upregulating TRPC6 expression level.Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 05/2012; 119(2):167-76. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Urotensin II (UII), a vasoactive peptide modulates renal hemodynamics. However, the physiological functions of UII in glomerular cells are unclear. In particular, whether UII alters mesangial tone remains largely unknown. The present study investigates the physiological effects of UII on intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+) ]i ) and contraction in glomerular mesangial cells (GMCs). This study also tested the hypothesis that the regulator of G-protein signaling (RGS) controls UII receptor (UTR) activity in GMCs. RT-PCR, Western immunoblotting, and immunofluorescence revealed UTR expression and localization in cultured murine GMCs. Mouse UII (mUII) stimulated [Ca(2+) ]i elevation in GMCs in the absence and presence of extracellular Ca(2+) . mUII also caused a reduction in planar GMC surface area. mUII-induced [Ca(2+) ]i elevation and contraction in GMCs were attenuated by SB 657510, a UTR antagonist, araguspongin B, an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor antagonist, thapsigargin, a sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) -ATPase inhibitor, and La(3+) , a store-operated Ca(2+) channel blocker, but not nimodipine, an L-type Ca(2+) channel blocker. In situ proximity ligation assay indicated molecular proximity between endogenous RGS2 and UTR in the cells. Treatment of GMCs with mUII increased plasma membrane association of RGS2 by ∼ 2-fold. mUII also increased the interaction between RGS2 and UTR in the cells. siRNA-mediated knockdown of RGS2 in murine GMCs increased mUII-induced [Ca(2+) ]i elevation and contraction by ∼ 35 and 31%, respectively. These findings indicate that mUII induces [Ca(2+) ]i elevation and contraction in murine GMCs. Data also suggest that UTR activation stimulates RGS2 recruitment to GMC plasma membrane as a negative feedback mechanism to regulate UTR signaling. J. Cell. Physiol. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Journal of Cellular Physiology 09/2013; · 4.22 Impact Factor