Molecule link to diabetic kidney disease
Edinburgh scientists have identified a key molecule linked to kidney disease in people with diabetes.
Blocking the protein prevents kidney damage associated with diabetes in rats and mice, the study also found.
Edinburgh University scientists said the findings could lead to new therapies.
Diabetes results in high levels of blood sugar and affects 415 million people globally. It is the leading cause of kidney failure.
About 40% of people with diabetes eventually develop kidney disease.
The protein, called P2X7R, plays an important role in inflammation and the immune system and has previously been linked to kidney diseases not associated with diabetes.