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    Keywords: PROTEIN ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; PROGRESSION ; inactivation ; NEPHROPATHY ; 2 PARTS ; MANNOSE-BINDING LECTIN ; VASCULAR COMPLICATIONS ; CD59
    Abstract: Coagulation and complement regulators belong to two interactive systems constituting emerging mechanisms of diabetic nephropathy. Thrombomodulin (TM) regulates both coagulation and complement activation, in part through discrete domains. TM's lectin like domain dampens complement activation, while its EGF-like domains independently enhance activation of the anti-coagulant and cytoprotective serine protease protein C (PC). A protective effect of activated PC in diabetic nephropathy is established. We hypothesised that TM controls diabetic nephropathy independent of PC through its lectin-like domain by regulating complement. Diabetic nephropathy was analysed in mice lacking TM's lectin-like domain (TMLeD/LeD) and controls (TMwt/wt). Albuminuria (290 mug/mg vs. 166 mug/mg, p=0.03) and other indices of experimental diabetic nephropathy were aggravated in diabetic TMLeD/LeD mice. Complement deposition (C3 and C5b-9) was markedly increased in glomeruli of diabetic TMLeD/LeD mice. Complement inhibition with enoxaparin ameliorated diabetic nephropathy in TMLeD/LeD mice (e.g. albuminuria 85 mug/mg vs. 290 mug/mg, p〈0.001). In vitro TM's lectin-like domain cell-autonomously prevented glucose-induced complement activation on endothelial cells and - notably - on podocytes. Podocyte injury, which was enhanced in diabetic TMLeD/LeD mice, was reduced following complement inhibition with enoxaparin. The current study identifies a novel mechanism regulating complement activation in diabetic nephropathy. TM's lectin-like domain constrains glucose-induced complement activation on endothelial cells and podocytes and ameliorates albuminuria and glomerular damage in mice.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23014597
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