Article ID: 1342-22
Uromodulin, also known as the Tamm-Horsfall protein, is predominantly expressed in epithelial cells of the kidney. It is secreted mainly in the urine, although small amounts are also found in serum. Uromodulin plays an important role in maintaining renal homeostasis, particularly in salt/water transport mechanisms and is associated with salt-sensitive hypertension. It also regulates urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and the immune response in the kidneys or extrarenal organs. Uromodulin has been shown to be associated with the renal function, age, nephron volume, and metabolic abnormalities and has been proposed as a novel biomarker for the tubular function or injury. These findings suggest that uromodulin is a key molecule underlying the mechanisms or therapeutic approaches of chronic kidney disease, particularly nephrosclerosis and diabetic nephropathy, which are causes of end-stage renal disease. This review focuses on the current understanding of the role of uromodulin from a biological, physiological, and pathological standpoint.