Macrophages in streptozotocin-induced diabetic nephropathy: potential role in renal fibrosis

Fiona Y Chow, David J Nikolic-Paterson, Robert C Atkins, Greg H Tesch

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Background. Renal fibrosis is central to the progression of diabetic nephropathy; however, the mechanisms responsible for fibroblast and matrix accumulation in this disease are only partially understood. Macrophages accumulate in diabetic kidneys, but it is unknown whether macrophages contribute to renal fibrosis. Therefore, we examined whether macrophage accumulation is associated with the progression of renal injury and fibrosis in type 1 diabetic nephropathy and whether macrophages exposed to the diabetic milieu could promote fibroblast proliferation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2987 - 2996
Number of pages10
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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