Mutsumi Kayaba

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The slit diaphragm connecting the adjacent foot processes of glomerular epithelial cells (podocytes) is the final barrier of the glomerular capillary wall and serves to prevent proteinuria. Podocytes are understood to be terminally differentiated cells and share some common features with neurons. Neurexin is a presynaptic adhesion molecule that plays a role(More)
BACKGROUND The precise pathogenic mechanism and role of angiotensin II (Ang II) action in the development of proteinuria in minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) is uncertain. METHODS The glomerular expressions of the slit diaphragm (SD) molecules nephrin, podocin and NEPH1 in rat puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) nephropathy, a mimic of MCNS, were(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors reduce glomerular injury and proteinuria, indicating that angiotensin II (Ang II) is involved in glomerular diseases. Although the local RAS is reported to play an essential role in maintaining local tissue functions, the role of the local RAS in regulating glomerular function is not well(More)
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