Renata Kozyraki

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BACKGROUND Several studies have indicated the central role of the megalin/cubilin multiligand endocytic receptor complex in protein reabsorption in the kidney proximal tubule. However, the poor viability of the existing megalin-deficient mice precludes further studies and comparison of homogeneous groups of mice. METHODS Megalin- and/or cubilin-deficient(More)
During brain development, the embryonic cerebrospinal fluid (E-CSF) allows brain expansion and promotes neuroepithelial cell survival, proliferation or differentiation. Previous analyses of E-CSF content have revealed a high protein concentration and the presence of membranous particles. The role of these particles in the E-CSF remains poorly investigated.(More)
Oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) of the optic nerve are generated in the preoptic area, from where they migrate to colonize it entirely. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) induces the proliferation of these cells as well as influencing their migration, acting through its canonical receptor (Ptc-1). However, the multiligand receptor megalin (or LRP-2) is also(More)
The synthesis and release of the neurotrophic factor oleic acid requires internalization of albumin into the astrocyte, which is mediated by megalin. In this study, we show that the binding and internalization of albumin involve its interaction with megalin, caveolin-1, caveolin-2 and cavin, but not with clathrin in astrocytes from primary culture. Electron(More)
Although several heavy metal toxins are delivered to the kidney on the carrier protein metallothionein (MT), uncertainty as to how MT enters proximal tubular cells limits treatment strategies. Prompted by reports that MT-I interferes with renal uptake of the megalin ligand beta(2)-microglobulin in conscious rats, we tested the hypothesis that megalin binds(More)
Myopia is a common ocular disorder generally due to increased axial length of the eye-globe. Its extreme form high myopia (HM) is a multifactorial disease leading to retinal and scleral damage, visual impairment or loss and is an important health issue. Mutations in the endocytic receptor LRP2 gene result in Donnai-Barrow (DBS) and Stickler syndromes, both(More)
Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome (IGS) is a rare genetic disorder characterised by juvenile megaloblastic anaemia. IGS is caused by mutations in either of the genes encoding the intestinal intrinsic factor-vitamin B12 receptor complex, cubam. The cubam receptor proteins cubilin and amnionless are both expressed in the small intestine as well as the proximal(More)
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