Hideharu Abe

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Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) plays critical roles in mesangial cell (MC) proliferation in mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis. We showed previously that Smad1 contributes to PDGF-dependent proliferation of MCs, but the mechanism by which Smad1 is activated by PDGF is not precisely known. Here we examined the role of c-Src tyrosine kinase in(More)
Prolonged exposure to hyperglycemia is now recognized as the most significant causal factor of diabetic complications. Excessive advanced glycation end products (AGEs) as a result of hyperglycemia in tissues or in the circulation may critically affect the progression of diabetic nephropathy. In diabetic nephropathy, glomerulosclerosis is a typical(More)
Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1) is an important mediator for macrophage recruitment in atherosclerosis and various glomerulonephritis. However, the role of MCP-1 and its receptor CCR2 in the progression of diabetic nephropathy remains unknown. Using a type 1 diabetic nephropathy model that shows noticeable glomerulosclerosis, we examined the role(More)
The important clinical problems of diabetic nephropathy are both proteinuria and decrease of renal function. Pathological analysis showed decrease of GFR was correlated to degree of mesangial expansion but not thickening of GBM nor the other findings in human type 1 diabetic nephropathy. From the perspective in renal dysfunction, mesangial matrix expansion(More)
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the most important chronic kidney disease. We previously reported that Smad1 transcriptionally regulates the expression of extracellular matrix in DN. Phenotypic change in mesangial cells (MCs) is a key pathologic event in the progression of DN. The aim of this study is to investigate a novel mechanism underlying chondrogenic(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly being recognized as a predictor for both end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular disease. The present study, conducted on individuals from a community in Arita, Japan, was designed to evaluate biomarkers that can be used to determine the associated factors for CKD. METHODS This study involved 1554(More)
OBJECTIVE We reported that Smad1 is a key transcriptional factor for mesangial matrix expansion in diabetic nephropathy. In this study, we examined whether urinary Smad1 in an early phase of diabetes can predict later development of glomerulosclerosis in diabetic nephropathy and how an angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker (ARB) can modulate structural(More)
BACKGROUND Gas6 is a growth factor that causes proliferation of mesangial cells in the development of glomerulonephritis. Gas6 can bind to three kinds of receptors; Axl, Dtk, and Mer. However, their expression and functions are not entirely clear in the different glomerular cell types. Meanwhile, representative cell cycle regulatory protein p27 has been(More)
OBJECTIVE Using European descent Czech populations, we performed a study of SLC2A9 and SLC22A12 genes previously identified as being associated with serum uric acid concentrations and gout. This is the first study of the impact of non-synonymous allelic variants on the function of GLUT9 except for patients suffering from renal hypouricemia type 2. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic nephropathy, leading to end-stage renal disease, has a considerable impact on public health and the social economy. However, there are few national registries of diabetic nephropathy in Japan. The aims of this prospective cohort study are to obtain clinical data and urine samples for revising the clinical staging of diabetic nephropathy,(More)