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α- and β-Adducin polymorphisms affect podocyte proteins and proteinuria in rodents and decline of renal function in human IgA nephropathy

  • Author(s): Ferrandi, M
  • Cusi, D
  • Molinari, I
  • Del Vecchio, L
  • Barlassina, C
  • Rastaldi, MP
  • Schena, FP
  • MacCiardi, F
  • Marcantoni, C
  • Roccatello, D
  • Peters, LL
  • Armelloni, S
  • Min, L
  • Giardino, L
  • Mattinzoli, D
  • Camisasca, C
  • Palazzo, F
  • Manunta, P
  • Ferrari, P
  • Bianchi, G
  • et al.

Adducins are cytoskeletal actin-binding proteins (α, β, γ) that function as heterodimers and heterotetramers and are encoded by distinct genes. Experimental and clinical evidence implicates α- and β-adducin variants in hypertension and renal dysfunction. Here, we have addressed the role of α- and β-adducin on glomerular function and disease using β-adducin null mice, congenic substrains for α- and β-adducin from the Milan hypertensive (MHS) and Milan normotensive (MNS) rats and patients with IgA nephropathy. Targeted deletion of β-adducin in mice reduced urinary protein excretion, preceded by an increase of podocyte protein expression (phospho-nephrin, synaptopodin, α-actinin, ZO-1, Fyn). The introgression of polymorphic MHS β-adducin locus into MNS (Add2, 529R) rats was associated with an early reduction of podocyte protein expression (nephrin, synaptopodin, α-actinin, ZO-1, podocin, Fyn), followed by severe glomerular and interstitial lesions and increased urinary protein excretion. These alterations were markedly attenuated when the polymorphic MHS α-adducin locus was also present (Add1, 316Y). In patients with IgA nephropathy, the rate of decline of renal function over time was associated to polymorphic β-adducin (ADD2, 1797T, rs4984) with a significant interaction with α-adducin (ADD1, 460W, rs4961). These findings suggest that adducin genetic variants participate in the development of glomerular lesions by modulating the expression of specific podocyte proteins.

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