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Tuesday 01 February 2005

GI262570, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor {gamma} agonist, changes electrolytes and water reabsorption from the distal nephron in rats.

By: Chen L, Yang B, McNulty JA, Clifton LG, Binz JG, Grimes AM, Strum JC, Harrington WW, Chen Z, Balon TW, Stimpson SA, Brown KK.

J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2005 Feb;312(2):718-25

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) agonists have been shown to have significant therapeutic benefits such as desirable glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients; however, these agents may cause fluid retention in susceptible individuals. Since PPARgamma is expressed selectively in distal nephron epithelium, we studied the mechanism of PPARgamma agonist-induced fluid retention using male Sprague-Dawley rats treated with either vehicle or GI262570 (farglitazar), a potent PPARgamma agonist. GI262570 (20 mg/kg/day) induced a plasma volume expansion. The plasma volume expansion was accompanied by a small but significant decrease in plasma potassium concentration. Small but significant increases in plasma sodium and chloride concentrations were also observed. These changes in serum electrolytes suggested an activation of the renal mineralocorticoid response system; however, GI262570-treated rats had lower plasma levels of aldosterone compared with vehicle-treated controls. mRNA levels for a group of genes involved in distal nephron sodium and water absorption are changed in the kidney medulla with GI262570 treatment. In addition, due to a possible rebound effect on epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) activity, a low dose of amiloride did not prevent GI262570-induced fluid retention. On the contrary, the rebound effect after amiloride treatment potentiated GI262570-induced plasma volume expansion. This is at least partially due to a synergistic effect of GI262570 and the rebound from amiloride treatment on ENaCalpha expression. In summary, our current data suggest that GI262570 can increase water and sodium reabsorption in distal nephron by stimulating the ENaC and Na,K-ATPase system. This may be an important mechanism for PPARgamma agonist-induced fluid retention.

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