The Antidiabetic Agent Sodium Tungstate Induces Abnormal Glycogen Accumulation in Renal Proximal Tubules from Diabetic IRS2-Knockout Mice.

Author(s) Bertinat, R.; Westermeier, F.; Silva, P.; Gatica, R.; Oliveira, J.Moitinho; Nualart, F.; Gomis, R.; Yáñez, A.J.
Journal J Diabetes Res
Date Published 2018

The kidney is an insulin-sensitive organ involved in glucose homeostasis. One major effect of insulin is to induce glycogen storage in the liver and muscle. However, no significant glycogen stores are detected in normal kidneys, but diabetic subjects present a characteristic renal histopathological feature resulting from extensive glycogen deposition mostly in nonproximal tubules. The mechanism of renal glycogen accumulation is yet poorly understood. Here, we studied in situ glycogen accumulation in the kidney from diabetic IRS2-knockout mice and the effect of the insulin-mimetic agent sodium tungstate (NaW). IRS2-knockout mice displayed hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. NaW only normalized glycemia. There was no evident morphological difference between kidneys from untreated wild-type (WT), NaW-treated WT, and untreated IRS2-knockout mice. However, NaW-treated IRS2-knockout mice showed tubular alterations resembling clear cells in the cortex, but not in the outer medulla, that were correlated with glycogen accumulation. Immunohistochemical detection of the gluconeogenic enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, mostly expressed by renal proximal tubules, showed that altered tubules were of proximal origin. Our preliminary study suggests that IRS2 differentially regulates glycogen accumulation in renal tubules and that NaW treatment in the context of IRS2 ablation induces abnormal glycogen accumulation in cortical proximal tubules.

DOI 10.1155/2018/5697970
Keywords Animals; Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental; Diabetic Nephropathies; Glycogen; Hypoglycemic Agents; Insulin; Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins; Insulin Resistance; Kidney; Kidney Tubules, Proximal; Male; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase (ATP); Signal Transduction; Tungsten Compounds
ISSN 2314-6753
Citation J Diabetes Res. 2018;2018:5697970.

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