Background and objectives: Microvesicles and exosomes are involved in the pathogenesis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. However, it is unclear whether they also contribute to medullary sponge kidney, a sporadic kidney malformation featuring cysts, nephrocalcinosis, and recurrent kidney stones. We addressed this knowledge gap by comparative proteomic analysis.
Design, setting, participants, & measurements: The protein content of microvesicles and exosomes isolated from the urine of 15 patients with medullary sponge kidney and 15 patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease was determined by mass spectrometry followed by weighted gene coexpression network analysis, support vector machine learning, and partial least squares discriminant analysis to compare the profiles and select the most discriminative proteins. The proteomic data were verified by ELISA.
Results: A total of 2950 proteins were isolated from microvesicles and exosomes, including 1579 (54%) identified in all samples but only 178 (6%) and 88 (3%) specific for medullary sponge kidney microvesicles and exosomes, and 183 (6%) and 98 (3%) specific for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease microvesicles and exosomes, respectively. The weighted gene coexpression network analysis revealed ten modules comprising proteins with similar expression profiles. Support vector machine learning and partial least squares discriminant analysis identified 34 proteins that were highly discriminative between the diseases. Among these, CD133 was upregulated in exosomes from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and validated by ELISA.
Conclusions: Our data indicate a different proteomic profile of urinary microvesicles and exosomes in patients with medullary sponge kidney compared with patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The urine proteomic profile of patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease was enriched of proteins involved in cell proliferation and matrix remodeling. Instead, proteins identified in patients with medullary sponge kidney were associated with parenchymal calcium deposition/nephrolithiasis and systemic metabolic derangements associated with stones formation and bone mineralization defects.
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Keywords: Calcification, Physiologic; Cell Proliferation; Cell-Derived Microparticles; Cysts; Discriminant Analysis; Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay; Exosomes; Flow Cytometry; Kidney Calculi; Least-Squares Analysis; Mass Spectrometry; Medullary Sponge Kidney; Nephrocalcinosis; Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant; Proteomics; Support Vector Machine; autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease; calcium; proteomics.
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