Aldosterone activates NF-kappaB in the collecting duct.

Foundation for Medical Research, University of Geneva, 64 Avenue de la Roseraie, CH-1211, Geneva 4, Switzerland.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (Impact Factor: 9.47). 12/2008; 20(1):131-44. DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2008020232
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ABSTRACT Besides its classical effects on salt homeostasis in renal epithelial cells, aldosterone promotes inflammation and fibrosis and modulates cell proliferation. The proinflammatory transcription factor NF-kappaB has been implicated in cell proliferation, apoptosis, and regulation of transepithelial sodium transport. The effect of aldosterone on the NF-kappaB pathway in principal cells of the cortical collecting duct, a major physiologic target of aldosterone, is unknown. Here, in both cultured cells and freshly isolated rat cortical collecting duct, aldosterone activated the canonical NF-kappaB signaling pathway, leading to increased expression of several NF-kappaB-targeted genes (IkappaBalpha, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, monocyte chemoattractant protein 1, IL-1beta, and IL-6). Small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of the serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase SGK1, a gene induced early in the response to aldosterone, but not pharmacologic inhibition of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and p38 kinase, attenuated aldosterone-induced NF-kappaB activation. Pharmacologic antagonism or knockdown of the mineralocorticoid receptor prevented aldosterone-induced NF-kappaB activity. In addition, activation of the glucocorticoid receptor inhibited the transactivation of NF-kappaB by aldosterone. In agreement with these in vitro findings, spironolactone prevented NF-kappaB-induced transcriptional activation observed in cortical collecting ducts of salt-restricted rats. In summary, aldosterone activates the canonical NF-kappaB pathway in principal cells of the cortical collecting duct by activating the mineralocorticoid receptor and by inducing SGK1.

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