Hyperfiltration predicts long-term renal outcomes in humanized sickle cell mice

Academic Article


  • We previously reported that humanized sickle cell (HbSS) mice develop spontaneous nephropathy, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in sickle cell disease (SCD). Because sex-dependent protective mechanisms in SCD have been reported, we examined the course of nephropathy in male and female HbSS mice to determine contributors and/or predictors of disease severity. In male HbSS mice, glomerular filtration rate was characterized by a rapid onset of hyperfiltration and subsequent progressive decline of renal function over 20 weeks. Early tubular injury presented with increased excretion of kidney injury marker 1 (KIM-1), progressive loss of tubular brush border, and interstitial fibrosis that preceded the onset of glomerular damage, suggesting a tubuloglomerular mechanism of kidney injury in these mice. Additionally, we observed a strong association between the magnitude of hyperfiltration and the degree of long-term kidney injury in male HbSS mice. Unlike males, female HbSS mice did not demonstrate a significant loss of renal function or severe kidney damage during the time course of the study. These results suggest that magnitude of hyperfiltration predicts the onset of chronic kidney damage in male HbSS mice, whereas protective mechanisms in female HbSS mice delay the onset of SCD nephropathy.
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  • Blood Advances  Journal
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    Author List

  • Kasztan M; Fox BM; Lebensburger JD; Hyndman KA; Speed JS; Pollock JS; Pollock DM
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  • 1460
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  • 1475
  • Volume

  • 3
  • Issue

  • 9