Connective tissue growth factor and fibronectin secretion in renal tubular epithelial cells induced by TGF-β1: Suppressive effects of troglitazone

Authors

  • Jia-li Wei,

    1. Department of Nephrology, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Middle Ren-Min Road No. 86, Changsha, Hunan 410011, PR China
    Search for more papers by this author
    • Jiali Wei and Fuyou Liu contributed equally to this work.

  • You-ming Peng,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Nephrology, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Middle Ren-Min Road No. 86, Changsha, Hunan 410011, PR China
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Fuyou Liu

    1. Department of Nephrology, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Middle Ren-Min Road No. 86, Changsha, Hunan 410011, PR China
    Search for more papers by this author
    • Jiali Wei and Fuyou Liu contributed equally to this work.


Corresponding author. Tel.: +86 139 7318 9719. pengym104@yahoo.com.cn

Abstract

Although some studies have suggested that troglitazone could retard the progression of glomerulosclerosis, its effects on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis have not been completely clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of troglitazone on the secretion of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and fibronectin (FN) in human renal proximal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). The mRNA of CTGF and FN were measured by semi-quantitative RT-PCR. CTGF and FN protein were detected by Western blot and ELISA, respectively. Our results revealed that troglitazone could inhibit CTGF and FN expression in a dose-dependent manner in human renal proximal tubular epithelial cells induced by TGF-β1, which may be one of the mechanisms of troglitazone contributing to retard the progression of renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis.

Ancillary