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Experimental Diabetes Research
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 678381, 9 pages
Research Article

Mannan-Binding Lectin in Diabetic Kidney Disease: The Impact of Mouse Genetics in a Type 1 Diabetes Model

1Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital and The Medical Research Laboratories, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
2Center for Renal Translational Medicine, University of California, San Diego/VA Medical System, La Jolla, CA 92093-0711, USA
3Stereology and Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Centre for Stochastic Geometry and Advanced Bioimaging, Aarhus University Hospital, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
4Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Received 29 December 2011; Revised 31 January 2012; Accepted 1 February 2012

Academic Editor: Daisuke Koya

Copyright © 2012 Jakob Appel Østergaard et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Mannan-binding lectin (MBL) is involved in the development of diabetic nephropathy. MBL is a part of the innate immune system where it can activate the complement system. Serum MBL level predicts later renal impairment in diabetes patients. Direct involvement of MBL in the development of diabetic kidney disease is observed in one animal strain. However, this involvement may differ among the animal strains. We thus examined the impact of the genetic background on the role of MBL in diabetic nephropathy. Materials/Methods. C57BL/6JBomTac and 129S6/SvEvTac mice were compared. In both strains, experimental type 1 diabetes was induced in wild-type (WT) and MBL-knockout (MBL-KO) mice by streptozotocin. Nondiabetic WT and MBL-KO mice were used as controls. We tested if MBL modified the diabetes-induced kidney changes by two-way ANOVA allowing for interaction. Results. MBL aggravated diabetes-induced kidney growth and glomerulus enlargement in C57BL/6JBomTac mice. MBL did not modify diabetes effects on glomerular basement membrane thickness or mesangial volume in any strain. Diabetes-induced changes in renal gene transcription of growth factors and matrix components were unaffected by MBL. Conclusions. Strain-specific MBL effects were found on downstream diabetic kidney changes. This emphasizes the importance of genetic background in this model of diabetic complications.