Ischemia disrupts myosin Iβ in renal tubules

Judy Boyd-White, Anjaiah Srirangam, Michael P. Goheen, Mark C. Wagner

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In these studies we have examined rat kidneys biochemically and microscopically to determine where myosin Iβ is located before, during, and after an acute ischemic injury. Myosin Iβ is present in multiple tubule segments including the brush border (BB) of the proximal tubule cell (PTC). Its distribution is severely altered by a 15-min renal artery clamp. Myosin Iβ is present in the urine during reflow and is found in the numerous cellular blebs arising from the damaged PTC and other tubules. Two hours of reflow result in a decrease in BB myosin Iβ staining and an increase in its cytoplasmic staining. Interestingly, the return of the F-actin in the BB precedes the return of the myosin Iβ, suggesting that this myosin I isoform may not play a role in rebuilding the microvilli after an ischemic injury. A nonstructural role for this myosin, such as transport or channel regulation, is supported by its presence in many tubule segments, all of which have transport and channel requirements but do not all contain microvilli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C1326-C1335
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number4 50-4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Actin
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Disease
  • Kidney
  • Motor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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