Cellular Origin and Functional Relevance of Collagen I Production in the Kidney

Simone Buchtler, Alexandra Grill, Stefanie Hofmarksrichter, Petra Stöckert, Gabriela Schiechl-Brachner, Manuel Rodriguez Gomez, Sophia Neumayer, Kathrin Schmidbauer, Yvonne Talke, Barbara M Klinkhammer, Peter Boor, Alexander Medvinsky, Kerstin Renner, Hayo Castrop, Matthias Mack

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract / Description of output

Background Interstitial fibrosis is associated with chronic renal failure. In addition to fibroblasts, bone marrow-derived cells and tubular epithelial cells have the capacity to produce collagen. However, the amount of collagen produced by each of these cell types and the relevance of fibrosis to renal function are unclear.Methods We generated conditional cell type-specific collagen I knockout mice and used (reversible) unilateral ureteral obstruction and adenine-induced nephropathy to study renal fibrosis and function.Results In these mouse models, hematopoietic, bone marrow-derived cells contributed to 38%-50% of the overall deposition of collagen I in the kidney. The influence of fibrosis on renal function was dependent on the type of damage. In unilateral ureteral obstruction, collagen production by resident fibroblasts was essential to preserve renal function, whereas in the chronic model of adenine-induced nephropathy, collagen production was detrimental to renal function.Conclusions Our data show that hematopoietic cells are a major source of collagen and that antifibrotic therapies need to be carefully considered depending on the type of disease and the underlying cause of fibrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1859-1873
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number7
Early online date29 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'Cellular Origin and Functional Relevance of Collagen I Production in the Kidney'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this