Mesangial cell abnormalities in spontaneously hypertensive rats before the onset of hypertension.


To identify kidney biosynthetic abnormalities that may precede the onset of hypertension, we studied the expression of fibronectin (FN) and collagen IV (Coll IV) in young SHR (4 weeks of age) whose systolic blood pressure was normal and similar to that of age-matched control WKY rats. In isolated glomeruli the level of FN protein assessed by immunoblotting… (More)


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