Korean J Nephrol.  2004 May;23(3):385-395.

The Study on the Expression of Angiopoietin-1, Angiopoietin-2, and Tie2 in Mouse Kidney Maturation

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chonbuk National niversity Medical School, Chonju, Korea. parksk@chonbuk.ac.kr


The Angiopoietin-1 (Ang1), Angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) and Tie2 have essential role in angiogenesis in development. Ang1 and Ang2 are ligands which binds to their receptor, Tie2. METHODS: Expression of these proteins was sought during mouse kidney maturation from embryonic day 16 (E16) to 28 days postnatal (P28). RESULTS: Using RNase protection assay and Western blot, these three molecules were expressed throughout the experimental period with peak levels at P28 (Ang1), P14 (Ang2) and P7 (Tie2). By immunohistochemical analysis, Ang1 protein was found to localize to condensing renal mesenchymal cells, and tubules. Ang2 proteins were detected in differentiating outer medullary tubules and the vasa recta bundle area. Tie2 protein was detected in a portion of glomerular tufts and cortical interstitium, and medulla including vessels in the vasa recta. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that Ang1, Ang2 and Tie2 proteins are expressed in renal development.


Angiopoietin-1; Angiopoietin-2; Tie2; Kidney
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