Elżbieta Latawiec

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Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare congenital red-cell aplasia characterized by anemia, bone-marrow erythroblastopenia, and congenital anomalies and is associated with heterozygous mutations in the ribosomal protein (RP) S19 gene (RPS19) in approximately 25% of probands. We report identification of de novo nonsense and splice-site mutations in another(More)
The podocytes are highly differentiated cells playing a key role in glomerular filtration. Vasoactive factors including angiotensin II (Ang II) and cyclic guanosine 5' monophosphate (cGMP) are synthesized by these cells upon stimulation as well as in the basal state. In this study we have tested whether angiotensin II affects the total synthesis of cGMP in(More)
The presence of a well-developed contractile apparatus is the feature determining major roles of podocytes in the renal glomeruli. Receptors for a variety of vasoactive hormones are expressed in these cells; however, most of the signaling pathways are still unknown and remain to be elucidated. Angiotensin II (Ang II) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP),(More)
The nonmetabolizable glucose analogue [(3)H]-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((3)H-2DG) was used to study glucose transport in cultured rat podocytes. Intracellular accumulation of (3)H-2DG was linear up to 20 min and was inhibited by cytochalasin B (80% inhibition) and by phlorizin (20% inhibition). Pretreatment with insulin stimulated the (3)H-2DG uptake 1.5-fold. A(More)
Podocyte injury is associated with progression of many renal diseases, including diabetic nephropathy. In this study we examined whether aldose reductase (AR), the enzyme implicated in diabetic complications in different tissues, is modulated by high glucose and osmolarity in podocyte cells. AR mRNA, protein expression, and activity were measured in mouse(More)
Podocytes may be direct target for glucocorticoid therapy in glomerular proteinuric disease. Permeability of podocytes largely depends on their capacity to migrate which involves the contractile apparatus in their foot processes. In this study, we examined the effect of synthetic glucocorticoid dexamethasone (DEX) on the ability of podocytes to produce(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies show that mechanical stress modifies both morphology and protein expression in podocytes. Ambient glucose is another factor modulating protein synthesis in these cells. In diabetes, podocytes experience elevated glucose concentrations as well as mechanical strain generated by high intracapillary pressures. Both these factors are(More)
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