Growth hormone (GH) resistance in CKD is partly due to increased expression of SOCS2, a GH signaling negative regulator. In SOCS2 absence, body growth is exaggerated. However, GH overexpression in mice causes glomerulosclerosis. Accordingly, we tested whether lack of SOCS2 improves body growth, but accelerates kidney damage in CKD. Methods: Eight-week-old mutant SOCS2-deficient high growth (HG) and normal wild-type mice (N) underwent 5/6 nephrectomy (CKD) or sham operation (C) and were sacrificed after 12 weeks, generating 4 groups: C-N, C-HG, CKD-N, CKD-HG. Results: Somatic growth, inhibited in CKD-N, increased significantly in CKD-HG. Liver p-STAT5, a key intracellular signal of GH receptor (GHR) activation, was decreased in CKD-N but not in CKD-HG. Serum Cr as well as histopathological scores of renal fibrosis were similar in both CKD groups. Kidney fibrogenic (TGF-β and collagen type IV mRNA) and inflammatory precursors (IL6, STAT3, and SOCS3 mRNA) were similarly increased in C-HG, CKD-HG, and CKD-N versus C-N. Renal GHR mRNA was decreased in C-HG, CKD-HG, and CKD-N versus C-N. Kidney p-STAT5 was decreased in CKD-N but not elevated in CKD-HG. Conclusions: CKD-related growth retardation is overcome by SOCS2 silencing, in association with increased hepatic STAT5 phosphorylation. Renal insufficiency is not worsened by SOCS2 absence, as kidney GHR and STAT5 are not upregulated. This may be due to elevated kidney proinflammatory cytokines and their mediators, phospho-STAT3 and SOCS3, which may counteract for the absence in SOCS2 and explain the renal safety of prolonged GH therapy in CKD.
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