Capillary rarefaction and altered renal development: the imbalance between pro- and anti-angiogenic factors in response to angiotensin II inhibition in the developing rat kidney

Kee Hwan Yoo, Hyung-Eun Yim, Eun Soo Bae, Young Sook Hong

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Abstract

Proper and timely assembly of the kidney vasculature with their respective nephrons is crucial during normal kidney development. In this study, we investigated the effects of enalapril (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor) on angiogenesis-related gene expression and microvascular endothelium related to glomeular and tubular changes in the neonatal rat kidney. Enalapril-treated rats had higher tubular injury scores and lower glomerular maturity grades than those of untreated rats. In the enalapril-treated group, intrarenal angiopoietin-2, Tie-2, and thrombospondin-1 protein expression increased, whereas intrarenal angiopoietin-1 protein expression decreased. JG12-positive glomerular and peritubular capillary staining was reduced in the enalapril-treated rat kidney. The number of JG12-positive capillary endothelial cells was directly correlated with glomerular maturation grade and was inversely related with the tubular injury. Our findings suggest the imbalance between pro- and anti-angiogenic factors may be implicated in the loss of capillaries in associated with impaired nephrogenesis after angiotensin II blockade in the developing rat kidney.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Molecular Histology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Feb 13

Keywords

  • Angiopoietins
  • Neovascularization
  • Pathologic
  • Renin-angiotensin system
  • Thrombospondin-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology

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