University: We Make Lives Better

Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Balakuntalam Kasinath, M.D.


Balakuntalam Kasinath, M.D.

Department of Medicine - Renal Diseases
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Phone: 210-567-4707


Kidney function robustly declines with age in humans and many animals. Dr. Kasinath's research investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying structural and functional changes in the kidney with age. A second interest of the laboratory is determining how aging interacts with diseases such as diabetes -- the number one cause of kidney failure in the United States -- to accelerate the deterioration of kidney function. The laboratory employs both in vitro and in vivo models in its research.

Selected Publications

1. Rapamycin Increases Mortality in db/db Mice, a Mouse Model of Type 2 Diabetes.

Sataranatarajan K, Ikeno Y, Bokov A, Feliers D, Yalamanchili H, Lee HJ, Mariappan MM, Tabatabai-Mir H, Diaz V, Prasad S, Javors MA, Ghosh Choudhury G, Hubbard GB, Barnes JL, Richardson A, Kasinath BS. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Oct 5. pii: glv170. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26442901

2. Tadalafil Integrates Nitric Oxide-Hydrogen Sulfide Signaling to Inhibit High Glucose-induced Matrix Protein Synthesis in Podocytes.

Lee HJ, Feliers D, Mariappan MM, Sataranatarajan K, Choudhury GG, Gorin Y, Kasinath BS.J Biol Chem. 2015 May 8;290(19):12014-26. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.615377. Epub 2015 Mar 9. PMID:25752605

3. Activation of glycogen synthase kinase 3β ameliorates diabetes-induced kidney injury.

Mariappan MM, Prasad S, D'Silva K, Cedillo E, Sataranatarajan K, Barnes JL, Choudhury GG, Kasinath BS. J Biol Chem. 2014 Dec 19;289(51):35363-75. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.587840. Epub 2014 Oct 22. PMID:25339176

4. Hydrogen sulfide to the rescue in obstructive kidney injury.

Kasinath BS. Kidney Int. 2014 Jun;85(6):1255-8. doi: 10.1038/ki.2013.529. PMID: 24875544


BarshopINSTITUTElogo _Converted_
The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

15355 Lambda Drive
San Antonio, Texas  78245
P: 210-562-6140 F: 210-562-6150

Copyright © 2018
UT Health San Antonio

The University of Texas Health Science Center
Accessibility | Public/Personal Information | Site Information | Web Privacy

Links from web sites affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center's web site ( to other web sites do not constitute or imply university endorsement of those sites, their content, or products and services associated with those sites.

Site Developed by Toolbox Studios, Inc.