Proteomic analysis of renal calculi indicates an important role for inflammatory processes in calcium stone formation

Michael L. Merchant, Timothy D. Cummins, Daniel W. Wilkey, Sarah A. Salyer, David W. Powell, Jon B. Klein, Eleanor D. Lederer

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Even though renal stones/calculi occur in ∼10% of individuals, they are an enormous economic burden to the entire US health system. While the relative metabolic composition of renal calculi is generally known, there is no clear understanding of the genetics of renal stone formation, nor are there clear prognostic indicators of renal stone formation. The application of proteomics to the analysis of renal calculi axiomatically holds that insight into renal stone pathobiology can be gained by a more comprehensive understanding of renal calculus protein composition. We analyzed isolated renal stone matrix proteins with mass spectrometric and immunohistochemical methods identifying 158 proteins with high confidence, including 28 common proteins. The abundant proteins included those identified previously in stones and proteins identified here for the first time, such as myeloid lineage-specific, integral membrane and lipid regulatory proteins. Pathway analyses of all proteins identified suggested that a significant fraction of the most abundant matrix proteins participate in inflammatory processes. These proteomic results support the hypothesis that stone formation induces a cellular inflammatory response and the protein components of this response contribute to the abundant stone matrix proteome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F1254-F1258
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Inflammation
  • Kidney stones
  • Lipoprotein
  • Osteopontin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology


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