Abstract: TH-PO1062

Alteration of Renal Claudins in Rats with Hypercalciuria

Session Information

Category: Mineral Disease

  • 1201 Mineral Disease: Ca/Mg/PO4


  • Kim, Gheun-Ho, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Oh, Il hwan, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)

Ninety-eight to 99% of the filtered load of calcium is reabsorbed by the renal tubules. Whereas most of the calcium reabsorption passively occurs in the proximal tubule through tight junctions, the distal nephron has been known as the major site for regulation of calcium excretion. Claudins form the conductive and selective part of the tight junctions along the nephron and may be involved in regulatory events in the control of calcium transport. This study was undertaken to test if the renal expression of claudins are altered in the different settings of hypercalciuria.


Male Spraugue-Dawley rats were used for three different animal protocols: CaCO3, NaCl, and NH4Cl loading. The rats were randomly divided into control (n=6) and treated (n=6) group in each experiment, and a daily fixed amount of food flurry was given to each rat. The control diet contained 0.8% calcium and 0.3% NaCl, and the treated diet had additional CaCO3 (6%), NaCl (7%), or NH4Cl (7.2 mmol/220 g BW) for 7 days. Plasma and urine data were followed, and kidneys were harvested for immunoblotting and qPCR analysis at the end of our animal experiment.


Hypercalciuria was successfully induced by CaCO3, NaCl, and NH4Cl loading, and fractional excretion of calcium was significantly increased by the loading of CaCO3 (5.00 ± 0.92 vs. 0.27 ± 0.08%, P < 0.05), NaCl (2.07 ± 0.57 vs. 0.25 ± 0.27%, P < 0.05), and NH4Cl (0.90 ± 0.36 vs. 0.27 ± 0.12%, P < 0.05). The abundance of claudin-2 protein was not significantly altered by CaCO3 or NaCl loading, but both claudin-2 protein (85 ± 9 vs. 100 ± 11%, P < 0.05) and mRNA (49 ± 23 vs. 100 ± 17%, P < 0.05) expression were significantly decreased by NH4Cl loading. In response to CaCO3 loading, the protein abundance of claudin-4 (47 ± 17 vs. 100 ± 12 %, P<0.05) and occludin (59 ± 17 vs. 100 ± 25%, P<0.05) were decreased, suggestive of changes in distal nephron. Interestingly, claudin-7 protein was decreased by NaCl loading (29 ± 14 vs. 100 ± 34%, P<0.05).


We confirmed that hypercalciuria in metabolic acidosis is associated with claudin-2 down-regulation in the proximal tubule. However, hypercalciuria induced by high calcium or salt intake was not accompanied by claudin-2 dysregulation. Further studies are required to investigate the regulatory role of paracellular calcium transport in the distal nephron.