Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1) is an important mediator for macrophage recruitment in atherosclerosis and various glomerulonephritis. However, the role of MCP-1 and its receptor CCR2 in the progression of diabetic nephropathy remains unknown. Using a type 1 diabetic nephropathy model that shows noticeable glomerulosclerosis, we examined the role of MCP-1/CCR2 by propagermanium (Pro; CCR2 antagonist) treatment, and confirmed it by transfection of plasmids carrying the 7ND (a mutant of MCP-1) gene. We measured the mesangial matrix expansion, type IV collagen (Col4), transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 positive area, and macrophage infiltration in glomeruli after 12 weeks. Mesangial matrix expansion and macrophage infiltration were increased in diabetic mice and inhibited by Pro or 7ND-treatment. Increased glomerular expression of Col4 and TGF-β1 in diabetic mice was also ameliorated. Thus blocking the MCP-1/CCR2 pathway ameliorated glomerulosclerosis, indicating that the MCP-1/CCR2 pathway plays a crucial role in the progression of diabetic nephropathy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Sep 7|
- Diabetic nephropathy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology