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Diabetic nephropathy is a major cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide. The current studies were performed to determine the later stages of the progression of renal disease in type II diabetic mice (BKS; db/db). Methodology was developed for determining glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in conscious, chronically instrumented mice using continuous(More)
Combination therapy of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition and AT(1) receptor blockade has been shown to provide greater renoprotection than ACE inhibitor alone in human diabetic nephropathy, suggesting that ACE-independent pathways for ANG II formation are of major significance in disease progression. Studies were performed to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND Our laboratory has previously demonstrated the importance of a cytoskeletal-based survival signaling pathway using in vitro models of ischemia/reperfusion (IR). However, the importance of this pathway in mediating stress-elicited survival signaling in vivo is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS The essential cytoskeletal signaling pathway member focal(More)
Angiotensin type 1A (AT(1A)) and 1B (AT(1B)) receptor deletion (AT1DKO) results in renal microvascular disease, tubulointerstitial injury, and reduced blood pressure. To test the hypothesis that renal preglomerular responses to angiotensin (ANG) II are mediated by AT(1A) and AT(1B) receptors, experiments were performed in AT1DKO mice using the in vitro(More)
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