Chronic inhibition of nuclear factor kappa B attenuates aldosterone/salt-induced renal injury.

Research paper by Wei W Ding, Lei L Yang, Minmin M Zhang, Yong Y Gu

Indexed on: 13 Mar '12Published on: 13 Mar '12Published in: Life Sciences


Recent studies suggested that nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of renal injury. This study investigated whether NF-κB inhibition attenuates progressive renal damage in aldosterone/salt-induced renal injury and its mechanisms.Adult male rats were uninephrectomized and treated with one of the following for 4 weeks: vehicle (0.5% ethanol, subcutaneously); vehicle/1% NaCl (1% NaCl in drinking solution); aldosterone/1% NaCl (1% NaCl in drinking solution and aldosterone, 0.75 μg/h, subcutaneously); or aldosterone/1%NaCl+pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an inhibitor of NF-κB (100 mg/kg/day, by gavage). The activity of NF-κB was measured by EMSA and immunohistochemistry, CTGF and ICAM-1 were measured by Western blot and real-time PCR, and TGF-β and CTGF were measured by immunohistochemistry.Rats that received aldosterone/1% NaCl exhibited hypertension and severe renal injury. Renal cortical mRNA levels of CTGF, TGF-β, ICAM-1 and collagen IV, protein expression of CTGF and ICAM-1, and NF-κB-DNA binding activity were significantly upregulated in rats that received aldosterone/1% NaCl. Treatment with PDTC significantly decreased the percentage of cells positive for CTGF and TGF-β; mRNA levels of CTGF, TGF-β, ICAM-1 and collagen IV, and protein levels of CTGF and ICAM-1 were also inhibited by PDTC.These data suggest that the NF-κB signal pathway plays a role in the progression of aldosterone/salt-induced renal injury.

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