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Analytical Cellular Pathology
Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 175-181

Identification of Type VI Collagen Synthesizing Cells in Human Diabetic Glomerulosclerosis Using Renal Biopsy Sections

Mohammed Shawkat Razzaque,1 Takehiko Koji,2 Takashi Harada,3 and Takashi Taguchi1

1Second Department of Pathology, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan
2Third Department of Anatomy, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan
3Second Department of Medicine, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan

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Although the role of extracellular matrices in the development of glomerulosclerosis has been discussed widely, the cellular origin of type VI collagen in diabetic nephropathy (DN) has remained relatively unexplored. This study reports the distribution and cellular origin of type VI collagen in DN. Type VI collagen‐specific oligonucleotide probes and monoclonal antibody were used to assess the relative expression of mRNA for \alpha1 (VI) chain and its translated protein in paraffin‐embedded renal biopsy sections of DN. By immunohistochemistry, compared to the control, increased deposition of type VI collagen was noted in the diffuse and nodular lesions of diabetic glomeruli. For cellular localization of type VI collagen mRNA, paraffin‐embedded renal sections of the control and DN were hybridized in situ with digoxigenin (Dig)‐labeled antisense oligo‐DNA probe complementary to a part of \alpha1 (VI) mRNA. In comparison to the control kidney sections, increased numbers of intraglomerular cells (both mesangial and epithelial cells) were positive for α1 (VI) mRNA in renal biopsy sections of DN. From the results, we conclude that overexpression of type VI collagen by intraglomerular cells with its increased deposition might significantly contribute to the glomerulosclerosis found in DN.