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Kidney Int Suppl. 1998 Sep;67:S189-91.

Different activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases in experimental proliferative glomerulonephritis.

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Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. bokemeyer@uni-bonn.de

Abstract

Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases are critical for cell signaling goals such as cellular proliferation and induction of apoptosis. We examined whether MAP kinases, as a point of convergence for multiple extracellular stimuli, are activated in proliferative glomerulonephritis (GN) in vivo. Accelerated crescentic anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) GN was induced in rats preimmunized with rabbit IgG by administration of rabbit anti-rat GBM serum. Whole cortical tissue and isolated glomeruli were then subjected to kinase activity assays and Western blot analysis. Cortical activity of the archetypal MAP kinase, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), was increased significantly one, three, and seven days after induction of GN. In contrast, activation of MAP kinases with antiproliferative actions, stress-activated protein kinase, and p38 MAP kinase was detectable only in the early stages of proliferative GN (days one and three), implying that different MAP kinases serve distinct roles in the pathogenesis of GN.

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