Evidence for a ligand receptor system mediating the biologic effects of glycated albumin in glomerular mesangial cells

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1995 Feb 15;207(2):521-8. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1995.1219.


Mesangial cells cultured with albumin modified by Amadori glucose adducts exhibit decreased proliferation in association with increased elaboration of Type IV collagen. To test the hypothesis that this modulation of mesangial cell biology is linked to ligand binding, we examined renal glomerular mesangial cells for the expression of receptors that interact with Amadori-modified albumin. Murine mesangial cells bound glycated albumin in a dose-dependent and saturable manner, displaying high and low affinity binding sites. Binding of glycated but not nonglycated albumin was inhibited by monoclonal antibodies that specifically react with albumin containing fructosyllysine groups. LDL containing Amadori glucose adducts did not compete with glycated albumin for binding. These results are consistent with ligand selectively of the binding sites for an Amadori-modified sequence within an albumin domain and suggest that a ligand receptor system mediates the effects of glycated albumin on mesangial cell proliferation and matrix production.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chromatography, Affinity
  • Chromatography, Ion Exchange
  • Fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate
  • Glomerular Mesangium / cytology
  • Glomerular Mesangium / drug effects
  • Glomerular Mesangium / metabolism*
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Albumin / metabolism*
  • Serum Albumin / isolation & purification
  • Serum Albumin / metabolism
  • Serum Albumin / pharmacology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Receptors, Albumin
  • Serum Albumin
  • glycosylated serum albumin
  • Fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate