Author(s): Amura CR, Brodsky KS, Groff R, Gattone VH, Voelkel NF,
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Abstract Proliferation of cyst-lining epithelial cells is an integral part of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) cyst growth. Cytokines and growth factors within cyst fluids are positioned to induce cyst growth. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a pleiotropic growth factor present in ADPKD liver cyst fluids (human 1,128 +/- 78, mouse 2,787 +/- 136 pg/ml) and, to a lesser extent, in ADPKD renal cyst fluids (human 294 +/- 41, mouse 191 +/- 90 pg/ml). Western blotting showed that receptors for VEGF (VEGFR1 and VEGFR2) were present in both normal mouse bile ducts and pkd2(WS25/-) liver cyst epithelial cells. Treatment of pkd2(WS25/-) liver cyst epithelial cells with VEGF (50-50,000 pg/ml) or liver cyst fluid induced a proliferative response. The effect on proliferation of liver cyst fluid was inhibited by SU-5416, a potent VEGF receptor inhibitor. Treatment of pkd2(WS25/-) mice between 4 and 8 mo of age with SU-5416 markedly reduced the cyst volume density of the liver (vehicle 9.9 +/- 4.3\%, SU-5416 1.8 +/- 0.7\% of liver). SU-5416 treatment between 4 and 12 mo of age markedly protected against increases in liver weight [pkd2(+/+) 4.8 +/- 0.2\%, pkd2(WS25/-)-vehicle 10.8 +/- 1.9\%, pkd2(WS25/-)-SU-5416 4.8 +/- 0.4\% body wt]. The capacity of VEGF signaling to induce in vitro proliferation of pkd2(WS25/-) liver cyst epithelial cells and inhibition of in vivo VEGF signaling to retard liver cyst growth in pkd2(WS25/-) mice indicates that the VEGF signaling pathway is a potentially important therapeutic target in the treatment of ADPKD liver cyst disease.
This article was published in Am J Physiol Cell Physiol
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy