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J Mol Med (Berl). 2006 Sep;84(9):737-46. Epub 2006 Aug 10.

Blunted DOCA/high salt induced albuminuria and renal tubulointerstitial damage in gene-targeted mice lacking SGK1.

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Department of Physiology, University of Tübingen, Gmelinstr. 5, 72076, Tübingen, Germany.


Mineralocorticoids stimulate renal tubular Na(+) reabsorption, enhance salt appetite, increase blood pressure, and favor the development of renal fibrosis. The effects of mineralocorticoids on renal tubular Na(+) reabsorption and salt appetite involve the serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1 (SGK1). The kinase is highly expressed in fibrosing tissue. The present experiments thus explored the involvement of SGK1 in renal fibrosis. To this end, SGK1-knockout mice (sgk1 (-/-)) and their wild-type littermates (sgk1 (+/+)) were implanted with desoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-release pellets and offered 1% saline as drinking water for 12 weeks. The treatment led to significant increases in fluid and Na(+) intake and urinary output of fluid and Na(+) in sgk1 (+/+) mice, effects blunted in sgk1 (-/-) mice. Blood pressure increased within the first 7 weeks to a similar extent in both genotypes, but within the next 5 weeks, it increased further only in sgk1 (+/+) mice. Creatinine clearance did not change significantly but albuminuria increased dramatically in sgk1 (+/+) mice, an effect significantly blunted in sgk1 (-/-) mice. Histology after 12 weeks treatment revealed marked glomerular sclerosis and tubulointerstitial damage with interstitial fibrosis and inflammation in kidneys from sgk1 (+/+) mice, but not from sgk1 (-/-) mice. In conclusion, a lack of SGK1 protects against DOCA/high-salt-induced albuminuria and renal fibrosis.

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