Branched-chain amino acids augment neither albuminuria nor albumin synthesis in nephrotic rats

George Kaysen, Hamoudi Al-Bander, Victor I. Martin, Hardin Jones, Florence N. Hutchison

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Both albuminuria (UalbV) and albumin synthesis (AlbSyn) are modulated by dietary protein in nephrotic rats, but the agent(s) linking diet to altered UalbV and AlbSyn is unknown. Others have reported that branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) cause neither increased renal blood flow nor glomerular filtration rate (GFR) normally induced by dietary protein nor increased blood glucagon thought to be necessary for protein-mediated effects on renal hemodynamics. The effect of BCAA on UalbV is unknown. Because BCAA increase AlbSyn in tissue culture and after a fast, it is possible that feeding BCAA may increase AlbSyn but not UalbV in nephrosis. Nephrotic rats were fed either 8.5% casein (LP); 21% casein (NP); 8.5% casein supplemented with valine, leucine, and isoleucine to the total amount provided by a 21% casein diet (2.37%) (LBC); or 8.5% casein plus 12.5% BCAA providing a diet isonitrogenous to 21% casein (HBC). UalbV and AlbSyn were significantly greater in NP compared with LP, LBC, or HBC and were the same in the latter three groups. Glucagon was infused into nephrotic rats fed 8.5% casein either subcutaneously or intraperitoneally in quantities sufficient to increase plasma levels to over 10 times control but had no effect on UalbV. The ability of dietary protein to increase AlbSyn or UalbV is not a result of total α-amino nitrogen intake but is a result of the specific amino acid composition of the diet and must result entirely from the effect of one or more non-BCAA. Increased blood glucagon alone has no effect on UalbV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology
Issue number2 29-2
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Corticosterone
  • Glucagon
  • Heymann nephritis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Permselectivity
  • Proteinuria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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