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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2012, Article ID 171383, 10 pages
Research Article

Age-Associated Molecular Changes in the Kidney in Aged Mice

Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 137-040, Republic of Korea

Received 14 September 2012; Revised 30 November 2012; Accepted 11 December 2012

Academic Editor: Pinar Atukeren

Copyright © 2012 Ji Hee Lim 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. Aging is a multifactorial process characterized by a progressive decline in physiological function. Decreased kidney function is associated with cardiovascular disease and mortality. Therefore, increasing our insight into kidney aging by understanding the anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic changes of aging in the kidney is important to prevent disastrous outcomes in elderly people. Methods. Male two-, 12-, and 24-month-old C57/BL6 mice were used in this study. We measured histological change, oxidative stress, and aging-related protein expression in the kidneys. Results. Twenty-four-month-old mice displayed increased albuminuria. Creatinine clearance decreased with aging, although this was not statistically significant. There were increases in mesangial volume and tubulointerstitial fibrosis in 24-month-old mice. There were also increases in F4/80 expression and in apoptosis detected by TUNEL assay. Urine isoprostane excretion increased with aging and SOD1 and SOD2 were decreased in 24-month-old mice. Oxidative stress may be mediated by a decrease in Sirt1, PGC-1α, ERR-1α, and PPARα expression. Klotho expression also decreased. Conclusions. Our results demonstrate that Sirt1 was decreased with aging and may relate to changed target molecules including PGC-1α/ERR-1α signaling and PPARα. Klotho can also induce oxidative stress. Pharmacologically targeting these signaling molecules may reduce the pathologic changes of aging in the kidney.