Mesangial Cells and Renal Fibrosis

  • Jing-Hong ZhaoEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1165)


The main cellular constituents in glomerular mesangium are mesangial cells, which account for approximately 30–40% of the total cells in the glomerulus. Together with the mesangial matrix, mesangial cells form the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in the glomerulus, whose main function is to perform the filtration. Under the pathologic conditions, mesangial cells are activated, leading to hyperproliferation and excess extracellular matrix (ECM). Moreover, mesangial cells also secrete several kinds of inflammatory cytokines, adhesion molecules, chemokines, and enzymes, all of which participate in the process of renal glomerular fibrosis. During the past years, researchers have revealed the roles of mesangial cells and the associated signal pathways involved in renal fibrosis. In this section, we will discuss how mesangial cells are activated and its contributions to renal fibrosis, as well as the molecular mechanisms and novel anti-fibrotic agents. Full understanding of the contributions of mesangial cells to renal fibrosis will benefit the clinical drug developing.


Mesangial cell Glomerulosclerosis Renal fibrosis TGF-β 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nephrology, Xinqiao HospitalArmy Medical UniversityChongqingChina

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