JAK/STAT signaling in diabetic kidney disease

Front Cell Dev Biol. 2023 Aug 11:11:1233259. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2023.1233259. eCollection 2023.


Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is the most important microvascular complication of diabetes and the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) worldwide. The Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of the transcription (JAK/STAT) signaling pathway, which is out of balance in the context of DKD, acts through a range of metabolism-related cytokines and hormones. JAK/STAT is the primary signaling node in the progression of DKD. The latest research on JAK/STAT signaling helps determine the role of this pathway in the factors associated with DKD progression. These factors include the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), fibrosis, immunity, inflammation, aging, autophagy, and EMT. This review epitomizes the progress in understanding the complicated explanation of the etiologies of DKD and the role of the JAK/STAT pathway in the progression of DKD and discusses whether it can be a potential target for treating DKD. It further summarizes the JAK/STAT inhibitors, natural products, and other drugs that are promising for treating DKD and discusses how these inhibitors can alleviate DKD to explore possible potential drugs that will contribute to formulating effective treatment strategies for DKD in the near future.

Keywords: JAK/STAT signaling; diabetic kidney disease; etiology; inhibitor; treatment strategy.

Publication types

  • Review

Grants and funding

This work was supported by the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (ZR2021MH088).