Matrikines in kidney ageing and age-related disease

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Purpose of review
Matrikines are cell-signalling extracellular matrix fragments and they have attracted recent attention from basic and translational scientists, due to their diverse roles in age-related disease and their potential as therapeutic agents. In kidney, the matrix undergoes remodelling by proteolytic fragmentation, so matrikines are likely to play a substantial, yet understudied, role in ageing and pathogenesis of age-related diseases.

Recent findings
This review presents an up-to-date description of known matrikines with either a confirmed or highly anticipated role in kidney ageing and disease, including their point of origin, mechanism of cleavage, a summary of known biological actions and the current knowledge which links them to kidney health. We also highlight areas of interest, such as the prospect of matrikine cross-tissue communication, and gaps in knowledge, such as the unexplored signalling potential of many kidney disease-specific matrix fragments.

We anticipate that knowledge of specific matrikines, and their roles in controlling processes of kidney pathology, could be leveraged for the development of exciting new future therapies through inhibition or even with their supplementation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Pages (from-to)551-558
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Basement Membrane
  • Matrikines
  • Extracellular matrix (ECM)
  • Collagen


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