The (Pro)renin receptor (P)RR/Atp6ap2 is a cell surface protein capable of binding and nonproteolytically activate prorenin. Additionally, (P)RR is associated with H+-ATPases and alternative functions in H+-ATPase regulation as well as inWnt signalling have been reported. Kidneys express very high levels of H+-ATPases which are involved in multiple functions such as endocytosis, membrane protein recycling as well as urinary acidification, bicarbonate reabsorption, and salt absorption. Here, we wanted to localize the (P)RR/Atp6ap2 along the murine nephron, exmaine whether the (P)RR/Atp6ap2 is coregulated with other H+-ATPase subunits, and whether acute stimulation of the (P)RR/Atp6ap2 with prorenin regulates H+- ATPase activity in intercalated cells in freshly isolated collecting ducts. We localized (P)PR/ Atp6ap2 along the murine nephron by qPCR and immunohistochemistry. (P)RR/Atp6ap2 mRNA was detected in all nephron segments with highest levels in the collecting systemcoinciding with H+-ATPases. Further experiments demonstrated expression at the brush border membrane of proximal tubules and in all types of intercalated cells colocalizing with H+- ATPases. In mice treated with NH4Cl, NaHCO3, KHCO3, NaCl, or the mineralocorticoid DOCA for 7 days, (P)RR/Atp6ap2 and H+-ATPase subunits were regulated but not co-regulated at protein and mRNA levels. Immunolocalization in kidneys from control, NH4Cl or NaHCO3 treated mice demonstrated always colocalization of PRR/Atp6ap2 with H+-ATPase subunits at the brush border membrane of proximal tubules, the apical pole of type A intercalated cells, and at basolateral and/or apicalmembranes of non-type A intercalated cells. Microperfusion of isolated cortical collecting ducts and luminal application of prorenin did not acutely stimulate H+-ATPase activity. However, incubation of isolated collecting ducts with prorenin non-significantly increased ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Our results suggest that the PRR/Atp6ap2 may form a complex with H+-ATPases in proximal tubule and intercalated cells but that prorenin has no acute effect on H+-ATPase activity in intercalated cells.,
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Daryadel, A., Bourgeois, S., Figueiredo, M. F. L., Moreira, A. G., Kampik, N. B., Oberli, L., … Wagner, C. (2016). Colocalization of the (Pro)renin receptor/Atp6ap2 with H+-AT pases in mouse kidney but prorenin does not acutely regulate intercalated cell H+-ATPase activity. PLoS ONE, 11(1). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147831