Ultrastructural analysis of the Fisher to Lewis rat model of chronic allograft nephropathy

Hamar, Péter and Lipták, Péter and Heemann, Uwe and Iványi, Béla (2005) Ultrastructural analysis of the Fisher to Lewis rat model of chronic allograft nephropathy. Transplant International, 18 (7). pp. 863-870. ISSN 0934-0874 (print), 1432-2277 (online)

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Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) is the leading cause of graft loss following kidney transplantation. One factor contributing to CAN is chronic alloimmune injury. However, the involvement of alloantigen-dependent and -independent factors in CAN is unclear. The pathomechanism of CAN has been extensively studied by utilizing the Fischer-to-Lewis (F344-to-LEW) rat model. Transplant capillaropathy (circumferential multiplication of the peritubular capillary basement membrane) and transplant glomerulopathy (reduplication of the glomerular basement membrane) have recently been validated clinicopathologically as ultrastructural indicators of chronic alloimmune injury. To investigate the presence of these markers, F344-to-LEW kidneys were examined by electron and light microscopy 32, 40 and 52 weeks after implantation. F344 rats with or without 30-min ischemia of the left kidney following right nephrectomy served as controls. All transplanted rats displayed marked proteinuria. On electron microscopy, transplant capillaropathy, transplant glomerulopathy, and T-cell cytotoxicity (indicator of ongoing cellular rejection) were absent. On light microscopy, the arteries were devoid of intimal fibrosis. Focal-segmental glomerulopathy resembling hyperfiltration injury was encountered, with mild interstitial infiltration, fibrosis, and tubular atrophy. The proteinuria and kidney pathology were more severe in transplanted than in ischemic or uninephrectornized rats. Because chronic-active rejection could not be detected between weeks 32 and 52, we propose that the alloantigen-dependent initial graft injury subsides, but induces the late events: glomerular hyperfiltration, proteinuria, and glomerulosclerosis. Accordingly, the model-in the late phase - is suitable to investigate alloantigen-independent factors of CAN and lacks markers of allo antigen-dependent processes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia > QR180 Immunology / immunológia
R Medicine / orvostudomány > RB Pathology / patológia, kórtan
R Medicine / orvostudomány > RZ Other systems of medicine / orvostudomány egyéb területei
Depositing User: Erika Bilicsi
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 13:21
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 07:04

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