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J Nephrol. 1999 Jan-Feb;12(1):18-23.

Growth hormone and somatostatin in glomerular injury.

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Service d'Explorations Fonctionnelles Multidisciplinaires and Inserm U489, Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France.


Among other neuropeptides and neurohormones, growth hormone (GH) and somatostatin (SRIF) have been shown to modulate the development of glomerular injury in various renal diseases. In particular, GH is implicated in the induction of glomerular hypertrophy and sclerosis in partial nephrectomy and diabetic nephropathy. While GH effects on glomerular hypertrophy are likely mediated by insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), GH effects on glomerular sclerosis are independent of IGF-I. Those effects rather require multiple signaling pathways functioning in series, e.g. angiotensin II binding preceding transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) release, or pro-inflammatory factor release preceding repair/scarring processes. In contrast with GH, SRIF administration prevents the development of glomerular lesions in experimental diabetes, partial nephrectomy and immune glomerulonephritis. Inhibitory effects of SRIF on glomerular hypotrophy may be through a decrease in GH secretion and/or IGF-I expression or through a direct blockade of glomerular cell proliferation. The mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of SRIF are most likely a deactivation of inflammatory cells related in part to an upregulated response of these cells to glucocorticoids. Additional studies will be required to further define the role of GH and SRIF in the development of glomerular injury and, hence, to identify new targets for a therapeutic approach in glomerular diseases.

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