ABSTRACT: Renal ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) is an important cause of acute renal failure. Cellular and molecular responses of the kidney to IRI are complex and not fully understood. beta1 integrins localize to the basal surface of tubular epithelium interacting with extracellular matrix components of the basal membrane, including collagen IV. Whether preservation of tubular epithelium integrity could be a therapeutic approach for IRI was assessed. The effects of HUTS-21 mAb administration, which recognizes an activation-dependent epitope of beta1 integrins, in a rat model of IRI were investigated. Preischemic HUTS-21 administration resulted in the preservation of renal functional and histopathologic parameters. Analyses of activated beta1 integrins expression and focal adhesion kinase phosphorylation suggest that its deactivation after IRI was prevented by HUTS-21 treatment. Moreover, HUTS-21 impaired the inflammatory response in vivo, as indicated by inhibition of proinflammatory mediators and the absence of infiltrating cells. Ex vivo adhesion assays using reperfused kidneys revealed that HUTS-21 induced a significant increase of epithelial cell attachment to collagen IV. In conclusion, the data provide evidence that HUTS-21 has a protective effect in renal IRI, preventing tubular epithelial cell detachment by preserving activated beta1 integrins functions.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 03/2005; 16(2):374-82. · 9.66 Impact Factor