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Expression of epidermal growth factor in the developing rat kidney

Title
Expression of epidermal growth factor in the developing rat kidney
Authors
Jung J.-Y.Song J.-H.Li C.Yang C.-W.Kang T.-C.Won M.-H.Jeong Y.-G.Han K.-H.Choi K.-B.Lee S.-H.Kim J.
Ewha Authors
최규복한기환
SCOPUS Author ID
최규복scopus; 한기환scopus
Issue Date
2005
Journal Title
American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
ISSN
0363-6127JCR Link
Citation
vol. 288, no. 1 57-1, pp. F227 - F235
Indexed
SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is important in mammalian renal development. In our study, we investigated the detailed distribution and the time of the first appearance of EGF in developing rat kidney. Kidneys from embryonic 18 (E18)- and 20-day-old (E20) fetuses, postnatal 1 (P1)-, 3 (P3)-, 1 (P7)-, 14 (P14)-, and 21-day-old (P21) pups, and adults were processed for immunohistochemistry and electronmicroscopy. In adult rat kidney, EGF immunoreactivity was found in distal tubule including the thick ascending limb (TAL) and portion 1 of distal convoluted tubule (DCT1), whereas no EGF immunoreactivity was seen in portion 2 of distal convoluted tubule (DCT2) and connecting tubule. In developing kidney, EGF-positive cells first appeared at P3 and were localized in the middle portion of the differentiating TAL of the corticomedullary junction. By P7, the abundance of EGF expression had dramatically increased in the medullary TAL. Between P14 and P21, EGF immunoreactivity was found in the TAL and the DCT for the first time. However, EGF-positive and EGF-negative cells were in the TAL in developing rat kidney. EGF-positive cells did not differ from negative cells in the expression of sodium transport proteins or in the proliferation rate at P3 and P7. In the TAL, smooth-surfaced cells had strong EGF immunoreactivity, but no EGF immunoreactivity was seen in the rough-surfaced cells with well-developed microvilli. Our results suggest that the expression of EGF in developing kidney plays an important role in the regulation of growth and differentiation of the loop of Henle during kidney development and that this may act in the paracrine mode.
DOI
10.1152/ajprenal.00058.2004
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