A role for AMP-activated protein kinase in diabetes-induced renal hypertrophy

Myung Ja Lee, Denis Feliers, Meenalakshmi M. Mariappan, Kavithalakshmi Sataranatarajan, Lenin Mahimainathan, Nicolas Musi, Marc Foretz, Benoit Viollet, Joel M. Weinberg, Goutam Ghosh Choudhury, Balakuntalam S. Kasinath

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We tested the hypothesis that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an energy sensor, regulates diabetes-induced renal hypertrophy. In kidney glomerular epithelial cells, high glucose (30 mM), but not equimolar mannitol, stimulated de novo protein synthesis and induced hypertrophy in association with increased phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E binding protein 1 and decreased phosphorylation of eukaryotic elongation factor 2, regulatory events in mRNA translation. These high-glucose-induced changes in protein synthesis were phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, Akt, and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) dependent and transforming growth factor-β independent. High glucose reduced AMPK α-subunit theronine (Thr) 172 phosphorylation, which required Akt activation. Changes in AMP and ATP content could not fully account for high-glucose-induced reductions in AMPK phosphorylation. Metformin and 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1β-riboside (AICAR) increased AMPK phosphorylation, inhibited high-glucose stimulation of protein synthesis, and prevented high-glucose-induced changes in phosphorylation of 4E binding protein 1 and eukaryotic elongation factor 2. Expression of kinase-inactive AMPK further increased high-glucose-induced protein synthesis. Renal hypertrophy in rats with Type 1 diabetes was associated with reduction in AMPK phosphorylation and increased mTOR activity. In diabetic rats, metformin and AICAR increased renal AMPK phosphorylation, reversed mTOR activation, and inhibited renal hypertrophy, without affecting hyperglycemia. AMPK is a newly identified regulator of renal hypertrophy in diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F617-F627
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Protein synthesis
  • mRNA translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Physiology


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