Expression of the IL-2R in Human Podocytes and the Effect of Activation on Autophagy and Apoptosis
Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Background: Interleukin 2 (IL-2) treatment is associated with proteinuria. Materials and Methods: A conditionally immortalized human podocyte cell line was used to investigate expression of the podocyte specific marker podocin, IL-2R alpha (IL-2Rα), apoptosis marker Bax, and autophagy markers LC3I AND LC3II, determined by quantitative immunoblotting, following 24, 48, and 72 hours of IL-2 stimulation, comparing them to unstimulated cells. Results: Podocin was expressed at all time points. IL-2Rα expression was increased after 24 and 72 hrs (p = 0.0014, p = 0.0139) and decreased after 48 hours (p = 0.0445). Bax, LC3I, and LC3II were increased after 24 hrs (p = 0.0094, p = 0.0016, p = 0.0004) and 48 hrs (p = 0.0072, p = 0.0024, p = 0.0087). Conclusion: Human podocytes express the IL-2R and activation results in increased autophagy and apoptosis.
Taylor and Francis Group
Stewart, Tyrus; Zea, Arnold; and Aviles, Diego, "Expression of the IL-2R in Human Podocytes and the Effect of Activation on Autophagy and Apoptosis" (2020). School of Graduate Studies Faculty Publications. 22.