Abstract: Liver glucokinase (GCK) deficient mice possess mild renal complications associated with diabetes. To investigate the progression of kidney disease and identify candidate genes involved in the pathogenesis of renal damage, we examined changes in tissue structure and gene expression in the kidneys of liver-specific GCK knockout (gckw/−) mice and age-matched normal wild-type control (gckw/w) mice as they aged. Suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) was used to identify candidate genes that showed a pattern of differential expression between kidneys of gckw/− and gckw/w mice at 60 weeks of age. Differential expression of the candidate genes was examined by real-time qPCR in liver-specific gckw/− and gckw/w mice at 16, 26, 40, 60, and 85 weeks of age. Among the candidate genes, only glutathione peroxidase-3 (GPX3) was confirmed to show differential expression by qPCR in the 60-week old mice, however two others genes, MALAT1 and KEG, showed significant changes at other ages. This study shows that liver-specific glucokinase deficient mice display changes in kidney morphology by 40 weeks of age, and that renal complication may be correlated with a reduction in GPX3 levels. Since decreased GPX3 mRNA expression was observed at 26 weeks, which is younger than the age when pathological changes can be seen in kidney biopsies, GPX3 may serve as an early marker for kidney damage.
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Xu, W.; Li, H.; Wang, R.; Lei, Z.; Mao, Y.; Wang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Guo, T.; Song, R.; Zhang, X.; Jin, L.; Li, Z.; Irwin, D.M.; Niu, G.; Tan, H. Differential Expression of Genes Associated with the Progression of Renal Disease in the Kidneys of Liver-Specific Glucokinase Gene Knockout Mice. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 6467-6486.
Xu W, Li H, Wang R, Lei Z, Mao Y, Wang X, Zhang Y, Guo T, Song R, Zhang X, Jin L, Li Z, Irwin DM, Niu G, Tan H. Differential Expression of Genes Associated with the Progression of Renal Disease in the Kidneys of Liver-Specific Glucokinase Gene Knockout Mice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(3):6467-6486.
Xu, Wei; Li, Hui; Wang, Rong; Lei, Zhen; Mao, Yiqing; Wang, Xi; Zhang, Yizhuang; Guo, Tingting; Song, Rongjing; Zhang, Xiaojing; Jin, Ling; Li, Zhixin; Irwin, David M.; Niu, Gang; Tan, Huanran. 2013. "Differential Expression of Genes Associated with the Progression of Renal Disease in the Kidneys of Liver-Specific Glucokinase Gene Knockout Mice." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 3: 6467-6486.