Effect of Exercise Training on Glomerular Filtration Rate of Mice with Various Degrees of Renal Mass Reduction

Department of Medicine A, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel.
American Journal of Nephrology (Impact Factor: 2.67). 02/1992; 12(3):174-8. DOI: 10.1159/000168441
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We studied the effect of repeated heavy physical activity on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in healthy, uninephrectomized and experimentally uremic mice. Exercise consisted of running uphill in the inner surface of a rotating cylinder in ideal environmental temperature. In the control groups, no extra physical activity was imposed. In sham-operated and nephrectomized mice, GFR rose significantly following training. By contrast, GFR did not change significantly in the exercised mice with experimental renal failure 24 h following the last exercise session. During the same period, no significant change was observed in GFR of any of the control groups. Following training in each experimental group, mean aortic blood pressure as well as fractional kidney weight (kidney weight/body weight) were not different from the respective controls. Our results indicate that the capacity to augment GFR by physical training is dependent upon the amount of remaining functional renal tissue.

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    • "The results of these studies suggest that low intensity, long duration exercise causes an increase in GFR following exercise. Conversely, Averbukh et al. (1992) did not support this trend in healthy mice. They noted that GFR did not alter significantly after training. "
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    • "Reduction of proteinuria is the most important goal of rehabilitation aimed at halting the progression of chronic nephropathy (Ruggenenti et al., 1998). Land-based exercise studies have shown no benefit on renal function, neither in clinical (Eidemak et al., 1997) nor in experimental (Averbukh et al., 1992; Bergamaschi et al., 1997) studies. In our study, proteinuria diminished significantly and the serum Cys-C decrease was reinforced by a small GFR improvement. "
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