Cell Apoptosis and Autophagy in Renal Fibrosis

  • Xing-Chen Zhao
  • Man J. Livingston
  • Xin-Ling LiangEmail author
  • Zheng DongEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1165)


Renal fibrosis is the final common pathway of all chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal diseases. Autophagy, a highly conserved lysosomal degradation pathway, plays important roles in maintaining cellular homeostasis in all major types of kidney cells including renal tubular cells as well as podocytes, mesangial cells and endothelial cells in glomeruli. Autophagy dysfunction is implicated in the pathogenesis of various renal pathologies. Here, we analyze the pathological role and regulation of autophagy in renal fibrosis and related kidney diseases in both glomeruli and tubulointerstitial compartments. Further research is expected to gain significant mechanistic insights and discover pathway-specific and kidney-selective therapies targeting autophagy to prevent renal fibrosis and related kidney diseases.


Autophagy Renal fibrosis Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis Diabetic kidney disease Acute kidney injury Podocytes Proximal tubular epithelial cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of NephrologyGuangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical SciencesGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Medical College of GeorgiaAugusta University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical CenterAugustaUSA

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