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Puromycin aminonucleoside nephrosis (PAN), a rat model of human minimal change nephropathy, is characterized by extensive flattening of glomerular epithelial cell (podocyte) foot processes and by severe proteinuria. For comparison of expression of glomerular membrane proteins of normal and PAN rats, a membrane protein fraction of isolated rat glomeruli was(More)
Podocalyxin is the major sialoprotein in the glycocalyx of glomerular podocytes. Here we report on its extraglomerular localization, using a monospecific antibody which was obtained by affinity purification of IgG on nitrocellulose transfers of glomerular podocalyxin. By indirect immunofluorescence, podocalyxin was found in the blood vessels of several(More)
Passive Heymann nephritis (PHN) is a model of human membranous nephropathy that is characterized by formation of granular subepithelial immune deposits in the glomerular capillary wall which results in complement activation. This is causally related to damage of the filtration barrier and subsequent proteinuria. The local accumulation of injurious reactive(More)
The transmembrane component of the dystroglycan complex, a heterodimer of alpha- and beta-dystroglycan, was recently localized at the basal cell membrane domain of podocytes, and it was speculated that it serves as a device of the podocyte for maintaining the complex podocyte foot process architecture, and for regulating the exact position of its ligands,(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the production of glomerular damage in passive Heymann nephritis (PHN), an experimental form of membranous nephropathy with neutrophil-independent proteinuria. Immunohistochemistry with monoclonal antibodies specific for cytochrome b558 (a major component of the oxidoreductase complex of the respiratory(More)
Glomerular visceral epithelial cells are endowed with a sialic acid-rich surface coat (the "glomerular epithelial polyanion"), which in rat tissue contains the sialoprotein podocalyxin. We have identified a major membrane sialoprotein in human glomeruli that is similar to rat podocalyxin in its sialic acid-dependent binding of wheat germ agglutinin and in(More)
Several recent studies have focused on similarities between glomerular podocytes and neurons because the two cells share a specialized cytoskeletal organization and several expression-restricted proteins, such as nephrin and synaptopodin. In neurons, the small guanosine triphosphatase Rab3A and its effector rabphilin-3A form a complex required for the(More)
Passive Heymann nephritis (PHN) is a model of human membranous nephropathy that is characterized by formation of granular subepithelial immune deposits in the glo-merular capillary wall which results in complement activation. This is causally related to damage of the filtration barrier and subsequent proteinuria. The local accumulation of injurious reactive(More)
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