Regulation of renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D-1-hydroxylase activity in the mouse after uninephrectomy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although renal hypertrophy occurs rapidly after uninephrectomy, restoring the majority of renal excretory function, it remains unknown whether similar compensatory mechanisms maintain 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D production (and calcium homeostasis). To address this issue we compared plasma calcitriol levels and renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD)-1-alpha-hydroxylase activity (in remnant kidneys) of mice at various times after uninephrectomy to similar observations obtained in sham-operated age- and sex-matched controls. At all times postoperatively, the uninephrectomized mice sustained plasma 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels no different from those of shams. Maintenance of calcitriol production occurred secondary to a significant increment of renal 25OHD-1 alpha-hydroxylase activity (per mg DNA) 1-3 days after surgery when renal mass/function remained markedly depressed. In contrast, 10 and 21 days postoperatively, when hypertrophy was complete, enhanced enzyme function was no longer apparent. Throughout this period a significant inverse linear correlation existed between renal 25OHD-1 alpha-hydroxylase and the renal mass as well as glomerular filtration rate and renal blood flow. The variance in enzyme activity resulted in maintenance of a stable renal 25OHD-1 alpha-hydroxylase (per animal or total kidney mass) at all times investigated postuninephrectomy. Such compensatory regulation of vitamin D metabolism after unilateral kidney extirpation may be an important factor contributing to the low morbidity/mortality in the renal donor.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Almond, JR; Bales, CW; Lobaugh, B; Klotman, PE; Drezner, MK

Published Date

  • May 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2118 - 2121

PubMed ID

  • 2707150

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-7227

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1210/endo-124-5-2118


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States