New Methods to Treat Kidney Diseases

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The best trust in individuals with an acquired type of kidney disease that causes kidney failure is dialysis or a kidney transplant. Be that as it may, an investigation driven by Yale scientists uncovers a potential technique for growing new medication treatments for these patients.

Senior creator Barbara Ehrlich and her group utilized mouse models and human tissue tests to consider one of the two altered genes that lead to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). This type of kidney disease is the most normally acquired sort and hard to treat. The analysts concentrated their examination on estimating the creation of energy in kidney cells influenced by the disease. They found that when the gene for the protein called Polycystin 2 is off or missing, cell energy increase, prompting the development of cysts that harm the kidneys.

This YouTube Video demonstrates kidney cell organelle development: When elements between mitochondria (green) and endoplasmic reticulum (red) are disturbed, disease can emerge.

With this knowledge, the specialists have distinguished a promising methodology for treating the condition by focusing on the unusual surge in kidney cell energy and development. Having this novel focus for medications opens the entryway for growing new therapies that will help patients, they said.



Ivana Y. Kuo, et al., “Polycystin 2 regulates mitochondrial Ca2+ signaling, bioenergetics, and dynamics through mitofusin 2,” Sci. Signal. 07 May 2019: Vol. 12, Issue 580, eaat7397; DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aat7397

Mitochondria Play Exceptional Role in Killing Microbes

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Mitochondria ROS

Defense Pathway: When a macrophage engulfs a bacterium, it triggers a stress pathway in the endoplasmic reticulum (1). Mitochondria releases ROSs (2), ROSs are packaged into vesicles and transported to the phagosome (3). There, the degrading molecules help in killing the pathogen. At long last, the bacterial leftovers are degraded once the phagosome fuses with a lysosome (4).


A macrophage engulfs a bacterium, disguises it in a toxin filled vesicle called a phagosome, at that point carries the cellular remains to a lysosome for degradation. In any case, killing microbial intruders ends up being much increasingly unpredictable, with different organelles, for example, mitochondria—the primary source of energy generation in the cell—taking part simultaneously.

One bit of proof for mitochondria’s job surfaced in 2011, when scientists abridged the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)— exceptionally damaging particles that are by-products of digestion—in mouse macrophage mitochondria, and found that the immune cells turned out to be less powerful at eliminating microscopic organisms. After four years, immunologist Mary O’Riordan of the University of Michigan Medical School revealed another bit of the riddle when she presented mouse macrophages to the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. This seemed to initiate a specific stress pathway in the cells’ endoplasmic reticulum, which thus revved up creation of ROS.

To discover where the ROS were coming from, O’Riordan and her associates as of late removed macrophages from mice and utilized CRISPR-Cas9 to remove the gene encoding IRE1α, a stress detecting protein in the endoplasmic reticulum. At the point when the specialists presented these cells to S. aureus, they watched especially diminished generation of ROS in the macrophages’ mitochondria, and the cells were significantly less compelling at killing the microbes than were unaltered macrophages. The group at that point utilized fluorescent tests to envision the ROS hydrogen peroxide in regularly working macrophages and watched the compound making a trip from mitochondria to the phagosome. Extra tests demonstrated that this vehicle happens through vesicles that bud off from mitochondria and are moved to the phagosome. Macrophages lacking in Parkin, a gene associated with producing mitochondria-inferred vesicles, demonstrated less able to kill S. aureus and two different kinds of microorganisms.”


Abuaita, B. H., et al. (2018). “Mitochondria-derived vesicles deliver antimicrobial reactive oxygen species to control phagosome-localized Staphylococcus aureus.”  24(5): 625-636. e625.