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All-Trans Retinoic Acid Has a Potential Therapeutic Role for Diabetic Nephropathy

 Chul Sik Kim  ;  Jong Suk Park  ;  Chul Woo Ahn  ;  Kyung Rae Kim 
 Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.56(6) : 1597-1603, 2015 
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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on diabetic nephropathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured amounts of urinary albumin excretion (UAE) after administrating ATRA to Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats. In order to understand the mechanism of action for ATRA, we administrated ATRA to examine its inhibitory action on the production of transforming growth factor-β₁ (TGF-β₁), protein kinase C (PKC), and reactive oxidative stress (ROS) in cultured rat mesangial cells (RMCs). RESULTS: After 16 weeks of treatment, UAE was lower in the ATRA-treated OLETF rats than in the non-treated OLETF rats (0.07±0.03 mg/mgCr vs. 0.17±0.15 mg/mgCr, p<0.01). After incubation of RMCs in media containing 30 or 5 mM of glucose, treatment with ATRA showed time- and dose-dependent decreases in TGF-β₁ levels and ROS. Moreover, ATRA treatment showed a dose-dependent decrease in PKC expression. CONCLUSION: ATRA treatment suppressed UAE and TGF-β₁ synthesis, which was mediated by significant reductions in PKC activity and ROS production. Our results suggest that ATRA has a potential therapeutic role for diabetic nephropathy.
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김경래(Kim, Kyung Rae)
박종숙(Park, Jong Suk) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5385-1373
안철우(Ahn, Chul Woo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3733-7486
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