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Exosomes are nanometer-scale, cell-derived vesicles that contain various molecules including nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. These vesicles can release their cargo into adjacent or distant cells and mediate intercellular communication and cellular function. Here we examined the regulation of epithelial sodium channels in mpkCCD cells and distal tubule Xenopus 2F3 cells by exosomes isolated from proximal tubule LLC-PK1 cells. Cultured mpkCCD cells were stained with CTX coupled to a green fluorophore in order to label the cell membranes and freshly isolated exosomes from LLC-PK1 cells were labeled with the red lipophilic dye PKH26 in order to visualize uptake of exosomes into the cells. Single-channel patch clamp recordings showed the open probability of ENaC in Xenopus 2F3 cells and in freshly isolated split-open tubules decreased in response to exogenous application of exosomes derived from LLC-PK1 proximal tubule cells. Active GAPDH was identified within exosomes derived from proximal tubule LLC-PK1 cells. The effect on ENaC activity in Xenopus 2F3 cells was blunted after application of exosomes transfected with the GAPDH inhibitor heptelidic acid. Also, we show GAPDH and ENaC subunits associate in mpkCCD cells. These studies examine a potential role for exosomes in the regulation of ENaC activity and examine a possible mechanism for communication from proximal tubule cells to distal tubule and collecting duct cells.

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Kishore Kumar Jella, Ling Yu, Qiang Yue, Daniel Friedman, Billie J Duke, Abdel A Alli. Exosomal GAPDH from Proximal Tubule Cells Regulate ENaC Activity. PloS one. 2016;11(11):e0165763

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PMID: 27802315

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