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Renal Tubule Nedd4-2 Deficiency Stimulates Kir4.1/Kir5.1 and Thiazide-Sensitive NaCl Cotransporter in Distal Convoluted Tubule

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Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

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BACKGROUND: The potassium channel Kir4.1 forms the Kir4.1/Kir5.1 heterotetramer in the basolateral membrane of the distal convoluted tubule (DCT) and plays an important role in the regulation of the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC). Kidney-specific deletion of the ubiquitin ligase Nedd4-2 increases expression of NCC, and coexpression of Nedd4-2 inhibits Kir4.1/Kir5.1

METHODS: We used electrophysiology studies, immunoblotting, immunostaining, and renal clearance to examine Kir4.1/Kir5.1 activity in the DCT and NCC expression/activity in wild-type mice and mice with kidney-specific knockout of Nedd4-2, Kir4.1, or both.

RESULTS: Deletion of Nedd4-2 increased the activity/expression of Kir4.1 in the DCT and also, hyperpolarized the DCT membrane. Expression of phosphorylated NCC/total NCC and thiazide-induced natriuresis were significantly increased in the Nedd4-2 knockout mice, but these mice were normokalemic. Double-knockout mice lacking both Kir4.1/Kir5.1 and Nedd4-2 in the kidney exhibited increased expression of the epithelial sodium channel

CONCLUSIONS: Nedd4-2 regulates Kir4.1/Kir5.1 expression/activity in the DCT and modulates NCC expression by Kir4.1-dependent and Kir4.1-independent mechanisms. Basolateral Kir4.1/Kir5.1 activity in the DCT partially accounts for the stimulation of NCC activity/expression induced by deletion of Nedd4-2.

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