Kidney atrophy vs hypertrophy in diabetes: which cells are involved?

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One of the first structural changes in diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the renal enlargement. These changes resulted in renal hypertrophy in both glomerular and tubular cells. Shrink in the kidney size, which described as kidney atrophy resulted from the loss of nephrons or abnormal nephron function and lead to loss of the kidney function. On the other hand, increase in kidney size, which described as hypertrophy resulted from increase in proximal tubular epithelial and glomerular cells size. However overtime, tubular atrophy and tubulointerstitial fibrosis occurs as subsequent changes in tubular cell hypertrophy, which is associated with the infiltration of fibroblast cells into the tubulointerstitial space. The rate of deterioration of kidney function shows a strong correlation with the degree of tubulointerstitial fibrosis. A consequence of long-standing diabetes/hyperglycemia may lead to major changes in renal structure that occur but not specific only to nephropathy. Identifying type of cells that involves in renal atrophy and hypertrophy may help to find a therapeutic target to treat diabetic nephropathy. In summary, the early changes in diabetic kidney are mainly includes the increase in tubular basement membrane thickening which lead to renal hypertrophy. On the other hand, only renal tubule is subjected to apoptosis, which is one of the characteristic morphologic changes in diabetic kidney to form tubular atrophy at the late stage of diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1683-1687
Number of pages5
JournalCell Cycle
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 18 2018


  • Kidney atrophy
  • diabetes
  • kidney hypertrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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