Diabetic renal disease is characterized by accumulation of extracellular matrix, glomerulosclerosis, and tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is implicated in these changes, as it contributes to new matrix synthesis and is increased in the diabetic kidney. CTGF also inhibits mesangial matrix degradation through up-regulation of the tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1 (TIMP-1). In a non-human primate model of diabetes, we determined whether the level of renal CTGF protein before development of albuminuria correlated with renal matrix and TIMP-1 changes and whether renal CTGF predicts progression to albuminuria.
Journal of Diabetes and its Complications – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2008
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