Renal phosphate wasting in the absence of adenylyl cyclase 6

Robert A Fenton, Fiona Murray, Jessica A Dominguez Rieg, Tong Tang, Moshe Levi, Timo Rieg

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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) enhance phosphate excretion by the proximal tubule of the kidney by retrieval of the sodium-dependent phosphate transporters (Npt2a and Npt2c) from the apical plasma membrane. PTH activates adenylyl cyclase (AC) through PTH 1 receptors and stimulates the cAMP/PKA signaling pathway. However, the precise role and isoform(s) of AC in phosphate homeostasis are not known. We report here that mice lacking AC6 (AC6(-/-)) have increased plasma PTH and FGF-23 levels compared with wild-type (WT) mice but comparable plasma phosphate concentrations. Acute activation of the calcium-sensing receptor or feeding a zero phosphate diet almost completely suppressed plasma PTH levels in both AC6(-/-) and WT mice, indicating a secondary cause for hyperparathyroidism. Pharmacologic blockade of FGF receptors resulted in a comparable increase in plasma phosphate between genotypes, whereas urinary phosphate remained significantly higher in AC6(-/-) mice. Compared with WT mice, AC6(-/-) mice had reduced renal Npt2a and Npt2c protein abundance, with approximately 80% of Npt2a residing in lysosomes. WT mice responded to exogenous PTH with redistribution of Npt2a from proximal tubule microvilli to intracellular compartments and lysosomes alongside a PTH-induced dose-response relationship for fractional phosphate excretion and urinary cAMP excretion. These responses were absent in AC6(-/-) mice. In conclusion, AC6 in the proximal tubule modulates cAMP formation, Npt2a trafficking, and urinary phosphate excretion, which are highlighted by renal phosphate wasting in AC6(-/-) mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2822-2834
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number12
Early online date22 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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