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Chromogranin A regulates renal function by triggering Weibel-Palade body exocytosis
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2009 (English)In: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, ISSN 1046-6673, Vol. 20, no 7, 1623-1632 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Chromogranin A (CHGA), a protein released from secretory granules of chromaffin cells and sympathetic nerves, triggers endothelin-1 release from endothelial cells. CHGA polymorphisms associate with an increased risk for ESRD, but whether altered CHGA-endothelium interactions may explain this association is unknown. Here, CHGA led to the release of endothelin-1 and Weibel-Palade body exocytosis in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells. In addition, CHGA triggered secretion of endothelin-1 from glomerular endothelial cells and TGF-beta1 from mesangial cells cocultured with glomerular endothelial cells. In humans, plasma CHGA correlated positively with endothelin-1 and negatively with GFR. GFR was highly heritable in twin pairs, and common promoter haplotypes of CHGA predicted GFR. In patients with progressive hypertensive renal disease, a CHGA haplotype predicted rate of GFR decline. In conclusion, these data suggest that CHGA acts through the glomerular endothelium to regulate renal function.

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2009. Vol. 20, no 7, 1623-1632 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-124355DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2008111148ISI: 000267775400027PubMedID: 19520754OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-124355DiVA: diva2:317380
Available from: 2010-05-03 Created: 2010-05-03 Last updated: 2010-07-19Bibliographically approved

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