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The kidneys are exposed to hypoxic conditions during development. Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), an important mediator of the response to hypoxia, is believed to have an important role in development. However, the relationship between HIF and branching morphogenesis has not been elucidated clearly. In this study, we examined whether HIF regulates kidney development. We harvested kidneys from day 13 rat embryos (E13K5) and cultured the organs under normoxic (20% 02/5% CO2) or hypoxic (5% 02/5% CO2) conditions. We evaluated the kidneys based on morphology and gene expression. El3K5 cultured under hypoxic conditions had significantly more ureteric bud (UB) branching than the E13Ks cultured under normoxic conditions. In addition, the mRNA levels of GDNF and GDNF receptor (GFR-alpha l), increased under hypoxic conditions in E13K5. When we cultured E13Ks( with the HIF-1 alpha inhibitor digoxin or with siRNA targeting HIF-l alpha under hypoxic conditions, we did not observe increased UB branching. In addition, the expression of GDNF and GFR-alpha 1 was inhibited under hypoxic conditions when the kidneys were treated with siRNA targeting HIF-1 alpha. We also elucidated that hypoxia inhibited UB cell apoptosis and promoted the expression of FGF7 mRNA levels in metanephric mesenchymal (MM) cells in vitro. These findings suggest that hypoxic condition has important roles in inducing branching morphogenesis during kidney development. Hypoxia might mediate branching morphogenesis via not only GDNF/Ret but also FGF signaling pathway.
Ureteric bud branching
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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