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Nephron filtration rate and proximal tubular fluid reabsorption in the Akita mouse model of type I diabetes mellitus

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DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.2-83.v1
  • Research Article
  • Articles
  • Diabetes & Obesity
  • Hemodynamics
  • Vasc. Biology & Hypertension Sec. To Kidney Dis.
  • Hereditary
  • Genetic & Developmental Aspects Of Nephrology
  • Mineral Metabolism & The Kidney
  • Renal Function & Transport Physiology
  • Biology
  • Medicine


An increase of glomerular filtration rate (hyperfiltration) is an early functional change associated with type I or type II diabetes mellitus in patients and animal models. The causes underlying glomerular hyperfiltration are not entirely clear. There is evidence from studies in the streptozotocin model of diabetes in rats that an increase of proximal tubular reabsorption results in the withdrawal of a vasoconstrictor input exerted by the tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) mechanism. In the present study, we have used micropuncture to assess single nephron function in wild type (WT) mice and in two strains of type I diabetic Ins2+/- mice in either a C57Bl/6 (Akita) or an A1AR-/- background (Akita/A1AR-/-) in which TGF is non-functional. Kidney glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of anesthetized mice was increased by 25% in Akita mice and by 52% in Akita/A1AR-/-, but did not differ between genotypes when corrected for kidney weight. Single nephron GFR (SNGFR) measured by end-proximal fluid collections averaged 11.8 ± 1 nl/min (n=17), 13.05 ± 1.1 nl/min (n=23; p=0.27), and 15.4 ± 0.84 nl/min (n=26; p=0.009 compared to WT; p=0.09 compared to Akita) in WT, Akita, and Akita/A1AR-/- mice respectively. Proximal tubular fluid reabsorption was not different between WT and diabetic mice and correlated with SNGFR in all genotypes. We conclude that glomerular hyperfiltration is a primary event in the Akita model of type I diabetes, perhaps driven by an increased filtering surface area, and that it is ameliorated by TGF to the extent that this regulatory system is functional.

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