Hypertensive Nephropathy: Unveiling the Possible Involvement of Hemichannels and Pannexons

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Lucero, Claudia
Prieto, Juan
Marambio, Lucas
Balmazabal, Javiera
Alvear, Tanhia
Vega, Matías
Barra, Paola
Retamal, Mauricio
Orellana, Juan
Gómez, Gonzalo
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Hypertension is one of the most common risk factors for developing chronic cardiovascular diseases, including hypertensive nephropathy. Within the glomerulus, hypertension causes damage and activation of mesangial cells (MCs), eliciting the production of large amounts of vasoactive and proinflammatory agents. Accordingly, the activation of AT1 receptors by the vasoactive molecule angiotensin II (AngII) contributes to the pathogenesis of renal damage, which is mediated mostly by the dysfunction of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) signaling. Similarly, inflammation entails complex processes, where [Ca2+]i also play crucial roles. Deregulation of this second messenger increases cell damage and promotes fibrosis, reduces renal blood flow, and impairs the glomerular filtration barrier. In vertebrates, [Ca2+]i signaling depends, in part, on the activity of two families of large-pore channels: hemichannels and pannexons. Interestingly, the opening of these channels depends on [Ca2+]i signaling. In this review, we propose that the opening of channels formed by connexins and/or pannexins mediated by AngII induces the ATP release to the extracellular media, with the subsequent activation of purinergic receptors. This process could elicit Ca2+ overload and constitute a feed-forward mechanism, leading to kidney damage.
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Ca2+ dynamics , Connexin 43 hemichannel , Gap junctions , Hypertensive nephropathy , Inflammation , Oxidative stress , Pannexins 1 channels
Lucero CM, Prieto-Villalobos J, Marambio-Ruiz L, Balmazabal J, Alvear TF, Vega M, Barra P, Retamal MA, Orellana JA, Gómez GI. Hypertensive Nephropathy: Unveiling the Possible Involvement of Hemichannels and Pannexons. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Dec 14;23(24):15936. doi: 10.3390/ijms232415936