ABSTRACT: Matrix metalloporoteinases (MMPs), which are dominantly regulated by tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMPs), play important roles in extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and are involved in the progression of kidney diseases. In glomeruli and tubulointerstitum of hereditary nephrotic (ICR-derived glomerulonephritis: ICGN) mouse kidneys, hyper-accumulation of ECM components occurred, and MMP activity decreased. In the present study, because lower levels of MMP activity may contribute to the progression of renal fibrosis in ICGN mice, Western blotting analysis and immunohistochemical staining for MMPs and TIMPs were performed to verify the expression levels of these proteins. Levels of MMP-2, MMP-9, MT1-MMP, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 in the kidneys were decreased in ICGN mice in comparison with normal ICR mice. These results indicate that small amounts and low levels of activity of MMPs cause the progression of renal fibrosis in ICGN mice.
Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 02/2005; 67(1):35-41. · 0.85 Impact Factor