Epidermal growth factors in the kidney and relationship to hypertension

Alexander Staruschenko, Oleg Palygin, Daria V. Ilatovskaya, Tengis S. Pavlov

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Members of the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-family bind to ErbB (EGFR)-family receptors that play an important role in the regulation of various fundamental cell processes in many organs including the kidney. In this field, most of the research efforts are focused on the role of EGF-ErbB axis in cancer biology. However, many studies indicate that abnormal ErbB-mediated signaling pathways are critical in the development of renal and cardiovascular pathologies. The kidney is a major site of the EGF-family ligands synthesis, and it has been shown to express all four members of the ErbB receptor family. The study of kidney disease regulation by ErbB receptor ligands has expanded considerably in recent years. In vitro and in vivo studies have provided direct evidence of the role of ErbB signaling in the kidney. Recent advances in the understanding of how the proteins in the EGF-family regulate sodium transport and development of hypertension are specifically discussed here. Collectively, these results suggest that EGF-ErbB signaling pathways could be major determinants in the progress of renal lesions, including its effects on the regulation of sodium reabsorption in collecting ducts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F12-F20
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • EGFR
  • ENaC
  • Epidermal growth factor
  • ErbB receptor
  • Salt-sensitive hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology


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