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    ABSTRACT: Availability of L-arginine, the exclusive substrate for nitric oxide synthases, plays an important role in kidney ischemia/reperfusion injury. The endogenous L-arginine derivatives asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetrical dimethylarginine (SDMA) block cellular L-arginine uptake competitively, thereby inhibiting the production of nitric oxide. ADMA also blocks nitric oxide synthase activity directly. Here, we investigate the pathomechanistic impact of ADMA/SDMA on ischemic acute kidney injury. Rats were subject to bilateral renal ischemia (60 minutes)/reperfusion (24 hours) injury. Impairment of renal function was determined with inulin clearance (glomerular filtration rate) and para-aminohippurate (PAH) clearance (renal plasma flow). L-arginine, ADMA, and SDMA levels were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. L-arginine was extracted from renal tissue and analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and protein and messenger RNA expressions were determined by Western blot and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Renal function deteriorated severely after ischemia/reperfusion injury, as demonstrated by inulin and PAH clearance. Serum ADMA and SDMA increased, but tissue expression of specific ADMA or SDMA synthesizing and metabolizing enzymes (protein arginine methyltransferases and dimethyl arginine dimethylaminohydrolases) did not alter. Serum L-arginine increased as well, whereas intracellular L-arginine concentration diminished. Renal messenger RNA expression of cationic amino acid transporters, which mediate L-arginine uptake, remained unchanged. In serum, the ratio of L-arginine to ADMA did not alter after ischemia/reperfusion injury, whereas the ratios of L-arginine to SDMA and ADMA to SDMA decreased. A marked increase in serum SDMA, especially when accompanied by a diminished L-arginine-to-SDMA ratio, might reflect competitive inhibition of cellular L-arginine uptake by SDMA. As a consequence, a pathologic renal L-arginine deficiency in ischemic acute kidney injury results.
    Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine. 05/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Renal organic cation transporters are downregulated by nitric oxide (NO) in rat endotoxemia. NO generated by inducible NO synthase (iNOS) is substantially increased in the renal cortex after renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Therefore, we investigated the effects of iNOS-specific NO inhibition on the expression of the organic cation transporters rOct1 and rOct2 (Slc22a1 and Slc22a2, respectively) after I/R injury both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo, N(6)-(1-iminoethyl)-L-lysine (L-NIL) completely inhibited NO generation after I/R injury. Moreover, L-NIL abolished the ischemia-induced downregulation of rOct1 and rOct2 as determined by qPCR and Western blotting. Functional evidence was obtained by measuring the fractional excretion (FE) of the endogenous organic cation serotonin. Concordant with the expression of the rate-limiting organic cation transporter, the FE of serotonin decreased after I/R injury and was totally abolished by L-NIL. In vitro, ischemia downregulated both rOct1 and rOct2, which were also abolished by L-NIL; the same was true for the uptake of the organic cation MPP. We showed that renal I/R injury downregulates rOct1 and rOct2, which is most probably mediated via NO. In principle, this may be an autocrine effect of proximal tubular epithelial cells. We conclude that rOct1, or rOct1 and rOct2 limit the rate of the renal excretion of serotonin.
    AJP Renal Physiology 08/2011; 301(5):F997-F1004. · 4.42 Impact Factor