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Characterization of renal interstitial fibroblast-specific protein 1/S100A4-positive cells in healthy and inflamed rodent kidneys


Le Hir, Michel; Hegyi, Ivan; Cueni-Loffing, Dominique; Loffing, Johannes; Kaissling, Brigitte (2005). Characterization of renal interstitial fibroblast-specific protein 1/S100A4-positive cells in healthy and inflamed rodent kidneys. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 123(4-5):335-346.

Abstract

Fibrosis is considered as a central factor in the loss of renal function in chronic kidney diseases. The origin of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts that accumulate in the interstitium of the diseased kidney is still a matter of debate. It has been shown that accumulation of myofibroblasts in inflamed and fibrotic kidneys is associated with upregulation of fibroblast-specific protein1 (FSP1, S100A4), not only in the renal interstitium but also in the injured renal epithelia. The tubular expression of FSP1 has been taken as evidence of myofibroblast formation by epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The identity of FSP1/S100A4 cells has not been defined in detail. We originally intended to use FSP1/S100A4 as a marker of putative EMT in a model of distal tubular injury. However, since the immunoreactivity of FSP1 did not seem to fit with the distribution and shape of fibroblasts or myofibroblasts, we undertook the characterization of FSP1/S100A4-expressing cells in the interstitium of rodent kidneys. We performed immunolabeling for FSP1/S100A4 on thin cryostat sections of perfusion-fixed rat and mouse kidneys with peritubular inflammation, induced by thiazides and glomerulonephritis, respectively, in combination with ecto-5′-nucleotidase (5′NT), recognizing local cortical peritubular fibroblasts, with CD45, MHC classII, CD3, CD4 and Thy1, recognizing mononuclear cells, with alpha smooth muscle actin (αSMA), as marker for myofibroblasts, and vimentin for intracellular intermediate filaments in cells of mesenchymal origin. In the healthy interstitium of rodents the rare FSP1/S100A4+ cells consistently co-expressed CD45 or lymphocyte surface molecules. Around the injured distal tubules of rats treated for 3-4 days with thiazides, FSP1+/S100A4+, 5′NT+, αSMA+, CD45+ and MHC classII+ cells accumulated. FSP1+/S100A4+ cells consistently co-expressed CD45. In the inflamed regions, αSMA was co-expressed by 5′NT+ cells. In glomerulonephritic mice, FSP1+/S100A4+ cells co-expressed Thy1, CD4 or CD3. Thus, in the inflamed interstitium around distal tubules of rats and of glomerulonephritic mice, the majority of FSP1+ cells express markers of mononuclear cells. Consequently, the usefulness of FSP1/S100A4 as a tool for detection of (myo)fibroblasts in inflamed kidneys and of EMT in vivo is put into question. In the given rat model the consistent co-expression of αSMA and 5′NT suggests that myofibroblasts originate from resident peritubular fibroblasts

Abstract

Fibrosis is considered as a central factor in the loss of renal function in chronic kidney diseases. The origin of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts that accumulate in the interstitium of the diseased kidney is still a matter of debate. It has been shown that accumulation of myofibroblasts in inflamed and fibrotic kidneys is associated with upregulation of fibroblast-specific protein1 (FSP1, S100A4), not only in the renal interstitium but also in the injured renal epithelia. The tubular expression of FSP1 has been taken as evidence of myofibroblast formation by epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The identity of FSP1/S100A4 cells has not been defined in detail. We originally intended to use FSP1/S100A4 as a marker of putative EMT in a model of distal tubular injury. However, since the immunoreactivity of FSP1 did not seem to fit with the distribution and shape of fibroblasts or myofibroblasts, we undertook the characterization of FSP1/S100A4-expressing cells in the interstitium of rodent kidneys. We performed immunolabeling for FSP1/S100A4 on thin cryostat sections of perfusion-fixed rat and mouse kidneys with peritubular inflammation, induced by thiazides and glomerulonephritis, respectively, in combination with ecto-5′-nucleotidase (5′NT), recognizing local cortical peritubular fibroblasts, with CD45, MHC classII, CD3, CD4 and Thy1, recognizing mononuclear cells, with alpha smooth muscle actin (αSMA), as marker for myofibroblasts, and vimentin for intracellular intermediate filaments in cells of mesenchymal origin. In the healthy interstitium of rodents the rare FSP1/S100A4+ cells consistently co-expressed CD45 or lymphocyte surface molecules. Around the injured distal tubules of rats treated for 3-4 days with thiazides, FSP1+/S100A4+, 5′NT+, αSMA+, CD45+ and MHC classII+ cells accumulated. FSP1+/S100A4+ cells consistently co-expressed CD45. In the inflamed regions, αSMA was co-expressed by 5′NT+ cells. In glomerulonephritic mice, FSP1+/S100A4+ cells co-expressed Thy1, CD4 or CD3. Thus, in the inflamed interstitium around distal tubules of rats and of glomerulonephritic mice, the majority of FSP1+ cells express markers of mononuclear cells. Consequently, the usefulness of FSP1/S100A4 as a tool for detection of (myo)fibroblasts in inflamed kidneys and of EMT in vivo is put into question. In the given rat model the consistent co-expression of αSMA and 5′NT suggests that myofibroblasts originate from resident peritubular fibroblasts

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 June 2005
Deposited On:23 Oct 2018 14:46
Last Modified:04 Nov 2018 06:49
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0948-6143
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00418-005-0788-z
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s004180050788z (Library Catalogue)

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