2004 Volume 66 Issue 7 Pages 883-886
The ICR-derived glomerulonephritis (ICGN) mouse, a novel inbred mouse strain with a hereditary nephrotic syndrome, develops severe anemia associated with chronic renal failure. To reveal the pathogenic mechanism of anemia in ICGN mice, we subcutaneously administered recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO; 5 IU/mouse/day) or saline for 5 days to ICGN mice. In terminal-stage ICGN mice with severe anemia, rhEPO significantly increased hematocrit (Ht), red blood cells (RBC) and hemoglobin levels. Endogenous EPO levels in peripheral blood were reduced by rhEPO injection. No histopathological changes in bone marrow and kidneys were induced by rhEPO injection. Insufficiency of EPO may cause anemia in ICGN mice.