The Expression of Tristetraprolin and Its Relationship with Urinary Proteins in Patients with Diabetic NephropathyReportar como inadecuado




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Objective

Tristetraprolin TTP, also known as zinc finger protein 36, is an RNA binding protein that has a significant role in regulating the expression of mRNAs containing AU-rich elements. We postulated that TTP might regulate interleukin IL-6 and IL-18 expression in diabetes. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that the levels of TTP are correlated with nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Methods

Eighty-seven patients 61.3±9.6 years old who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and 41 age and sex matched healthy control subjects were enrolled. The diabetes patients were classified into those without proteinuria, with microalbuminuria, and with clinical proteinuria groups according to the ratio of urinary excretion of albumin-creatinine ACR.

Results

Serum and urinary levels of IL-6 and IL-18 were significantly elevated, but those of TTP were significantly decreased in patients with diabetes as compared with control subjects. In addition, serum and urinary levels of IL-6 and IL-18 were significantly higher, but those of TTP were significantly lower in patients with proteinuria than in patients without proteinuria or with microalbuminuria. There was a significant correlation between serum TTP and IL-6-IL-18 correlation coefficients of -0.572 and -0.685, P < 0.05.

Conclusion

These results show that diabetes with clinical proteinuria is accompanied by decreased urinary and serum level of TTP and increased levels of IL-6 and IL-18. Decreased TTP expression might occur prior to the increase in IL-6 and IL-18, and decrease of TTP might provide an earlier marker for glomerular dysfunction than IL-6 and IL-18.



Autor: Fengxun Liu , Jia Guo , Qian Zhang, Dongwei Liu, Lu Wen, Yang Yang, Liu Yang, Zhangsuo Liu

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/



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