Consequences of Glomerular Hyperfiltration: The Role of Physical Forces in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Kidney Disease in Diabetes and Obesity

Avry Chagnac, Boris Zingerman, Benaya Rozen-Zvi, Michal Herman-Edelstein
2019 Nephron  
Glomerular hyperfiltration is associated with glomerular and tubular hypertrophy. Hyperfiltration is mainly due to an increase in glomerular capillary pressure, which increases tensile stress applied to the capillary wall structures. In addition, the increased ultrafiltrate flow into Bowman's space heightens shear stress on the podocyte foot processes and body surface. These mechanical stresses lead to an increase in glomerular basement membrane (GBM) length and to podocyte hypertrophy. The
more » ... ypertrophy. The ability of the podocyte to grow being limited, a mismatch develops between the GBM area and the GBM area covered by foot processes, leading to podocyte injury, detachment of viable podocytes, adherence of capillaries to parietal epithelium, synechia formation and segmental sclerosis. Mechanical stress is also applied to post-filtration structures, resulting in dilation of glomerular and tubular urinary spaces, increased proximal tubular sodium reabsorption by hypertrophied epithelial cells and activation of mediators leading to tubulointerstitial inflammation, hypoxia and fibrosis Key Messages: GH-related mechanical stress leads to both adaptive and maladaptive glomerular and tubular changes. These flow-related effects play a central role in the pathogenesis of glomerular disease. Attenuation of hyperfiltration is thus an important therapeutic target in diabetes and obesity-induced CKD.
doi:10.1159/000499486 pmid:30947190 fatcat:nhjapthy4fhallv2jcsifju4zy