Glucose Metabolism in Acute Kidney Injury and Kidney Repair

Lu Wen, Ying Li, Siyao Li, Xiaoru Hu, Qingqing Wei, Zheng Dong

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The kidneys play an indispensable role in glucose homeostasis via glucose reabsorption, production, and utilization. Conversely, aberrant glucose metabolism is involved in the onset, progression, and prognosis of kidney diseases, including acute kidney injury (AKI). In this review, we describe the regulation of glucose homeostasis and related molecular factors in kidneys under normal physiological conditions. Furthermore, we summarize recent investigations about the relationship between glucose metabolism and different types of AKI. We also analyze the involvement of glucose metabolism in kidney repair after injury, including renal fibrosis. Further research on glucose metabolism in kidney injury and repair may lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets for the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number744122
JournalFrontiers in Medicine
StatePublished - Nov 29 2021


  • SGLTs
  • glucose metabolism
  • glycolysis (warburg effect)
  • kidney injury and repair
  • renal fibrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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