The transcription factor Kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4) has the ability, along with other factors, to reprogram somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Here, we determined that KLF4 is expressed in kidney glomerular podocytes and is decreased in both animal models and humans exhibiting a proteinuric. Transient restoration of KLF4 expression in podocytes of diseased glomeruli in vivo, either by gene transfer or transgenic expression, resulted in a sustained increase in nephrin expression and a decrease in albuminuria. In mice harboring podocyte-specific deletion of
Kaori Hayashi, Hiroyuki Sasamura, Mari Nakamura, Tatsuhiko Azegami, Hideyo Oguchi, Yusuke Sakamaki, Hiroshi Itoh
KLF4 is expressed in glomerular podocytes, and its expression is decreased in proteinuric glomerular disease models.