The role of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and its modification by dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibition are uncertain. Therefore, we studied this independent of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) signaling using two Akita diabetic mouse models, the diabetic-resistant C57BL/6-Akita and diabetic-prone KK/Ta-Akita. Increased SDF-1 expression was found in glomerular podocytes and distal nephrons in the diabetic-prone mice, but not in kidneys from diabetic-resistant mice. The DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin, but not the GLP-1R agonist liraglutide, further augmented renal SDF-1 expression in both Glp1r(+/+) and Glp1r(-/-) diabetic-prone mice. Along with upregulation of renal SDF-1 expression, the progression of albuminuria, glomerulosclerosis, periglomerular fibrosis, podocyte loss, and renal oxidative stress was suppressed in linagliptin-treated Glp1r(+/+) diabetic-prone mice. Linagliptin treatment increased urinary sodium excretion and attenuated the increase in glomerular filtration rate which reflects glomerular hypertension and hyperfiltration. In contrast, selective SDF-1 receptor blockade with AMD3100 reduced urinary sodium excretion and aggravated glomerular hypertension in the Glp1r(+/+) diabetic-prone mice. Thus, DPP-4 inhibition, independent of GLP-1R signaling, contributes to protection of the diabetic kidney through SDF-1-dependent antioxidative and antifibrotic effects and amelioration of adverse renal hemodynamics.
Keywords: DPP-4 inhibition; SDF-1; diabetic nephropathy.
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