Mechanisms of the proteinuria induced by Rho GTPases.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Podocytes are highly differentiated cells that play an important role in maintaining glomerular filtration barrier integrity; a function regulated by small GTPase proteins of the Rho family. To investigate the role of Rho A in podocyte biology, we created transgenic mice expressing doxycycline-inducible constitutively active (V14 Rho) or dominant-negative Rho A (N19 Rho) in podocytes. Specific induction of either Rho A construct in podocytes caused albuminuria and foot process effacement along with disruption of the actin cytoskeleton as evidenced by decreased expression of the actin-associated protein synaptopodin. The mechanisms of these adverse effects, however, appeared to be different. Active V14 Rho enhanced actin polymerization, caused a reduction in nephrin mRNA and protein levels, promoted podocyte apoptosis, and decreased endogenous Rho A levels. In contrast, the dominant-negative N19 Rho caused a loss of podocyte stress fibers, did not alter the expression of either nephrin or Rho A, and did not cause podocyte apoptosis. Thus, our findings suggest that Rho A plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier under basal conditions, but enhancement of Rho A activity above basal levels promotes podocyte injury.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, L; Ellis, MJ; Gomez, JA; Eisner, W; Fennell, W; Howell, DN; Ruiz, P; Fields, TA; Spurney, RF

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1075 - 1085

PubMed ID

  • 22278020

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3352980

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-1755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ki.2011.472


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States