GSK3beta mediates renal response to vasopressin by modulating adenylate cyclase activity.

Rao R, Patel S, Hao C, Woodgett J, Harris R
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 21 (3): 428-37

PMID: 20056751 · PMCID: PMC2831860 · DOI:10.1681/ASN.2009060672

Glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK3beta), a serine/threonine protein kinase, is a key target of drug discovery in several diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer disease. Because lithium, a potent inhibitor of GSK3beta, causes nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, GSK3beta may play a crucial role in regulating water homeostasis. We developed renal collecting duct-specific GSK3beta knockout mice to determine whether deletion of GSK3beta affects arginine vasopressin-dependent renal water reabsorption. Although only mildly polyuric under normal conditions, knockout mice exhibited an impaired urinary concentrating ability in response to water deprivation or treatment with a vasopressin analogue. The knockout mice had reduced levels of mRNA, protein, and membrane localization of the vasopressin-responsive water channel aquaporin 2 compared with wild-type mice. The knockout mice also expressed lower levels of pS256-AQP2, a phosphorylated form crucial for membrane trafficking. Levels of cAMP, a major regulator of aquaporin 2 expression and trafficking, were also lower in the knockout mice. Both GSK3beta gene deletion and pharmacologic inhibition of GSK3beta reduced adenylate cyclase activity. In summary, GSK3beta inactivation or deletion reduces aquaporin 2 expression by modulating adenylate cyclase activity and cAMP generation, thereby impairing responses to vasopressin in the renal collecting duct.

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Adenylyl Cyclases Animals Antidiuretic Agents Aquaporin 2 Cells, Cultured Colforsin Cyclic AMP Deamino Arginine Vasopressin Female Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 beta Kidney Concentrating Ability Kidney Tubules, Collecting Male Mice Mice, Inbred C57BL Mice, Knockout RNA, Messenger Water-Electrolyte Balance Water Deprivation

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