Targeting the AGE-RAGE axis improves renal function in the context of a healthy diet low in advanced glycation end-product content

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  • Vicki Thallas-Bonke
  • Melinda T Coughlan
  • Adeline Ly Tan
  • Brooke E Harcourt
  • Philip E Morgan
  • Davies, Michael J.
  • Leon A Bach
  • Mark E Cooper
  • Josephine M Forbes

AIM: Mouse chow is commonly high in advanced glycation end-products, known contributors to diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study was to evaluate if targeting of the AGE-RAGE axis was still effective in the context of a diet low in AGE content, which is more comparable to diets consumed by individuals with type 1 diabetes.

METHODS: C57BL/6J wild-type and mice deficient in the receptor for AGEs (RAGE-KO) consumed a diet low in AGE content. Groups of mice were given (i) vehicle; (ii) streptozotocin; or (iii) streptozotocin + AGE lowering therapy (alagebrium chloride) and followed for 24 weeks.

RESULTS: Diabetic mice had high urinary albumin excretion rates, hyperfiltration and release of urinary Kim-1, not seen in diabetic RAGE-KO mice. Diabetic mice also had renal fibrosis, measured by glomerulosclerosis, tubulointerstitial expansion, TGF-β1 and glomerular collagen-IV deposition which almost all improved by RAGE-KO or alagebium. Diabetic mice had a greater renal burden of AGEs and increased expression of renal specific PKC-α phosphorylation, which was improved in RAGE-KO mice, or those treated with alagebrium.

CONCLUSION: Diabetic mice given a low-AGE diet still developed renal disease, which could be attenuated by targeting of the AGE-RAGE axis.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Animals, Diet, Glycosylation End Products, Advanced, Kidney, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Receptors, Immunologic

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