Importance of Functional EGF Receptors in Recovery from Acute Nephrotoxic Injury

Zoufei Wang, Jiankang Chen, Su Wan Wang, Gilbert Moeckel, Raymond C. Harris

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Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated increased renal expression of EGF receptor (EGFR) and EGFR ligands in response to acute toxic or ischemic renal tubular injury and have indicated that exogenous administration of EGF accelerates recovery from such injury. However, no studies to date have proved definitively an essential role for EGFR-mediated responses in regeneration after tubule injury. To this end, waved-2 (wa-2) mice, which contain a point mutation in EGFR that reduces receptor tyrosine kinase activity by <90%, were studied. These mice have a mild phenotype (wavy coat, curly whiskers, and runted stature) and normally developed kidneys. Acute nephrotoxic injury was induced in wa-2 and wild-type mice with HgCl2. One day after HgCl2 injection, functional renal compromise was comparable in wild-type and wa-2 mice. However, the rates of recovery of serum blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels were markedly slower in wa-2 mice. Histologic evidence of tubular injury also was more severe and persisted longer in wa-2 mice. Furthermore, their kidneys demonstrated reduced levels of DNA synthesis and increased TdT-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling staining. These studies indicate that functional EGFR activity is an essential component of the kidney's ability to recover from acute injury and that EGFR may regulate genes involved in growth, repair, and cell survival in the kidney.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3147-3154
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor
Kidney
Wounds and Injuries
Mercuric Chloride
Vibrissae
Poisons
Blood Urea Nitrogen
Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
ErbB Receptors
Point Mutation
Epidermal Growth Factor
Regeneration
Creatinine
Cell Survival
Staining and Labeling
Phenotype
Injections
DNA
Growth
Serum

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Importance of Functional EGF Receptors in Recovery from Acute Nephrotoxic Injury. / Wang, Zoufei; Chen, Jiankang; Wang, Su Wan; Moeckel, Gilbert; Harris, Raymond C.

In: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Vol. 14, No. 12, 01.12.2003, p. 3147-3154.

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Wang, Zoufei ; Chen, Jiankang ; Wang, Su Wan ; Moeckel, Gilbert ; Harris, Raymond C. / Importance of Functional EGF Receptors in Recovery from Acute Nephrotoxic Injury. In: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2003 ; Vol. 14, No. 12. pp. 3147-3154.
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