Physiologic regulation of systemic klotho levels by renal casr signaling in response to casr ligands and pho

Joonho Yoon, Zhenan Liu, Eunyoung Lee, Liping Liu, Silvia Ferre, Johanne Pastor, Jianning Zhang, Orson W. Moe, Audrey N. Chang, R. Tyler Miller

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Background: The kidney is the source of sKlotho and kidney-specific loss of Klotho leads to a phenotype resembling the premature multi-organ failure phenotype in Klothohypomorphic mice (kl/kl mice). Klotho and the Ca-sensing receptor (CaSR) are highly expressed in the distal convoluted tubule (DCT). The physiologic mechanisms that regulate sKlotho levels are unknown. Methods: We measured sKlotho in WT and tubule-specific CaSR-/-(TS-CaSR-/-) mice treated with calcimimetics, alkali, or acid, and Klotho shed from minced mouse kidneys, as well as from HEK-293 cells expressing the CaSR and Klotho, in response to calcimimetics, calcilytics, alkalotic and acidic pH, and ADAM protease inhibitors. The CaSR, Klotho, and ADAM10 were imaged in mouse kidneys and cell expression systems using confocal microscopy. Results: The CaSR, Klotho, and ADAM10 co-localize on the baso-lateral membrane of the DCT. Calcimimetics and HCO3 increase serum sKlotho levels in WT but not in CaSR-/-mice and acid pH suppresses sKlotho levels in WT mice. In minced kidneys and cultured cells, CaSR activation with high Ca, calcimimetics, or alkali increase shed Klotho levels via ADAM10, as demonstrated using the ADAM10 inhibitor GI254023X and siRNA. In cultured cells the CaSR, Klotho, and ADAM10 form cell surface aggregates that disperse following CaSR activation. Conclusions: We identify a novel physiologic mechanism for regulation of sKlotho levels by the renal CaSR-ADAM10-Klotho pathway. We show that CaSR activators, including alkali, increase renal CaSR-stimulated Klotho shedding and predict that this mechanism is relevant to the effects of acidosis and alkali therapy on CKD progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • ADAM10
  • Calcium sensing receptor
  • Distal convoluted tubule
  • Kidney
  • Klotho

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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