Tubuloglomerular feedback: New concepts and developments

J. Schnermann, T. Traynor, T. Yang, L. Arend, Y. G. Huang, A. Smart, J. P. Briggs

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Luminal [NaCI] at the macula densa (MD) has two established effects: regulation of glomerular arteriolar resistance through tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) and control of renin secretion. TGF acts as a minute-to- minute stabilizer of distal salt delivery, thereby minimizing the impact of random perturbations in filtration and absorption forces on NaCI excretion. During long-lasting perturbations of MD [NaCI], control of renin secretion becomes the dominant function of the MD. The potentially maladaptive effect of TGF under chronic conditions is prevented by TGF adaptations permitting adjustments in glomerular filtration rate to occur. TGF adaptation is mechanistically coupled to the endpoint targeted by chronic deviations in MD [NaCI], the rate of local and systemic angiotensin II generation. Studies of TGF in transgenic mice are expected to provide further insights into the mechanisms mediating between luminal [NaCI] and afferent arterioles. TGF responses are virtually abolished in mice in which either the AT(1A) gene or the angiotensin converting enzyme gene is rendered nonfunctional by homologous recombination. In contrast, TGF responses are unaltered in nitric oxide synthase I knockout mice. Thus, an intact renin-angiotensin system appears to be critical for the TGF signaling pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S40-S45
JournalKidney International, Supplement
Issue number67
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Juxtaglomerular apparatus
  • Micropuncture
  • Nitric oxide synthase
  • Renin- angiotensin system
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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Schnermann, J., Traynor, T., Yang, T., Arend, L., Huang, Y. G., Smart, A., & Briggs, J. P. (1998). Tubuloglomerular feedback: New concepts and developments. Kidney International, Supplement, 54(67), S40-S45.