J Nephropathol. 2019;8(2): e18.
doi: 10.15171/jnp.2019.18

Scopus ID: 85065882399
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Mitochondrial dysfunction and kidney disease 

Sultan Khalid Al Dalbhi 1 * , Fatimah Abdullah Alqarni 2, Nawaf Messad Bahatheq 3, Reem Saleh Alrasheed 4, Rufaydah Ali Alkhowaiter 4, Areej Abdulaziz Alnughaimshi 4

1 Division of Nephrology, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Division of Neurology, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding author: Sultan Al Dalbhi, Email addresses: saldalbhi_2014@hotmail.com, saldalbhi@psmmc.med.sa saldalbhi_2014@hotmail.com


Context: Mitochondria play a vital role in producing the energy needed for different cellular activities. The role of mitochondria in different diseases and the aging process is gradually being clarified. Different studies have suggested that mitochondrial dysfunction due to mutations in genes that maintain the integrity of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), mitophagy, and apoptosis can lead to many neurological and muscular phenotypes as well as diseases in other organ systems including liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart, and kidneys. We examined the current knowledge of mitochondrial dysfunction and its role in renal pathophysiology. Additionally, we examined how chronic kidney diseases can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction through oxidative stress accumulation, which can subsequently lead to other pathological complications.

Evidence Acquisitions: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Google Scholar, PubMed (NLM), LISTA (EBSCO), and Web of Science have been searched.

Results: The renal pathological manifestation of mitochondrial dysfunction includes tubular defects, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS), glomerular dysfunction, interstitial nephritis, and cystic kidney disease or renal tumors. These conditions can be caused by mutations in the nuclear genes that are involved in mtDNA replication and transcription or due to mtDNA mutations in the genes involved in the respiratory chain.

Conclusions: Clearly, mtDNA plays an important role in renal pathology, and mitochondria may serve as a potential therapeutic target to treat different renal pathologies. 

Keywords: Mitochondrial dysfunction, Kidney, Kidney disease, Renal pathology, Oxidative stress, Mitochondrial disease

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:

Mitochondria are essential to the bioenergetics of the body. Dysfunction thereof due to genetic mutations is associated with a wide array of diseases, including those of the kidneys. Tubular defects, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, glomerular dysfunction, interstitial nephritis, and cystic kidney disease or renal tumors are correlated with mitochondrial dysfunction and attributed to mutations in both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. Chronic kidney disease can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, creating a domino effect that leads to other pathological complications. Thus, mitochondria may serve as a potential therapeutic target to treat different renal pathologies.

Please cite this paper as: Al Dalbhi SK, Alqarni FA, Bahatheq NM, Alrasheed RS, Alkhowaiter RA, Alnughaimshi AA. Mitochondrial dysfunction and kidney disease. J Nephropathol. 2019;8(2):e18. DOI: 10.15171/jnp.2019.18. 

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Submitted: 28 Dec 2018
Accepted: 10 Feb 2019
ePublished: 28 Feb 2019
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