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Role of renal epithelial cells in the initiation of calcium oxalate stones.
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PMID:  15499208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Normal urinary environment is inhibitory to crystallization. Occasional crystals are internalized by the renal epithelial cells and sequestered to lysosomes or externalized into the interstitium to be handled by the inflammatory cells. Elevated levels of oxalate and calcium oxalate crystals, however, provoke renal cells to increase the synthesis of osteopontin, bikunin, heparan sulfate proteoglycan, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and prostaglandin E(2), which are known mediators of the inflammatory processes and extracellular matrix production. Osteopontin and bikunin are also modulators of crystallization. Exposed renal epithelial cells are often injured and go through apoptosis and/or necrosis initiating a cascade of events leading to further crystallization, crystal retention and development of stone nidi. Reactive oxygen species are produced during the interactions between the oxalate/crystals and renal cells and are responsible for the various cellular responses. Calcium oxalate crystal deposition in the rat kidneys also activates the renin-angiotensin system. Both oxalate and calcium oxalate crystals selectively activate p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in the exposed tubular cells. Extracellular environment changes from one that inhibits crystal nucleation, growth, aggregation and retention to that, which promotes these processes.
Saeed R Khan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nephron. Experimental nephrology     Volume:  98     ISSN:  1660-2129     ISO Abbreviation:  Nephron Exp. Nephrol.     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-22     Completed Date:  2006-03-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101159770     Medline TA:  Nephron Exp Nephrol     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e55-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright (c) 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville 32610-0275, USA. <>
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MeSH Terms
Calcium Oxalate / metabolism*
Cell Membrane / physiology
Cell Proliferation
Disease Models, Animal
Epithelial Cells / physiology*
Kidney / cytology*,  physiology
Kidney Calculi / physiopathology*
Signal Transduction
Reg. No./Substance:
25454-23-3/Calcium Oxalate

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