Bardoxolone methyl (BARD) ameliorates ischemic AKI and increases expression of protective genes Nrf2, PPAR, and HO-1

Department of Internal Medicine, Nephrology Division, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390-8856, USA.
AJP Renal Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.25). 02/2011; 300(5):F1180-92. DOI: 10.1152/ajprenal.00353.2010
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Ischemic acute kidney injury (AKI) triggers expression of adaptive (protective) and maladaptive genes. Agents that increase expression of protective genes should provide a therapeutic benefit. We now report that bardoxolone methyl (BARD) ameliorates ischemic murine AKI as assessed by both renal function and pathology. BARD may exert its beneficial effect by increasing expression of genes previously shown to protect against ischemic AKI, NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ), and heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1). Although we found that BARD alone or ischemia-reperfusion alone increased expression of these genes, the greatest increase occurred after the combination of both ischemia-reperfusion and BARD. BARD had a different mode of action than other agents that regulate PPARγ and Nrf2. Thus we report that BARD regulates PPARγ, not by acting as a ligand but by increasing the amount of PPARγ mRNA and protein. This should increase ligand-independent effects of PPARγ. Similarly, BARD increased Nrf2 mRNA; this increased Nrf2 protein by mechanisms in addition to the prolongation of Nrf2 protein half-life previously reported. Finally, we localized expression of these protective genes after ischemia and BARD treatment. Using double-immunofluorescence staining for CD31 and Nrf2 or PPARγ, we found increased Nrf2 and PPARγ on glomerular endothelia in the cortex; Nrf2 was also present on cortical peritubular capillaries. In contrast, HO-1 was localized to different cells, i.e., tubules and interstitial leukocytes. Although Nrf2-dependent increases in HO-1 have been described, our data suggest that BARD's effects on tubular and leukocyte HO-1 during ischemic AKI may be Nrf2 independent. We also found that BARD ameliorated cisplatin nephrotoxicity.

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    • "PPAR-␥ agonists might be helpful to reduce renal ischemia/ reperfusion injury because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects (Giaginis et al., 2008; Reel et al., 2013; Singh et al., 2013). More specifically, activation of PPAR-␥ significantly contributes toward vitamin D mediated protection against AKI (Kapil et al., 2013) and activates the HO-1 gene (Wu et al., 2011). Stimulation of PPAR-␥ is associated with a decreased systemic/renal oxidative stress and decreased mitochondrial injury by stimulating renal Klotho expression, which could protect against ischemic renal failure in the aging kidney (Zhang et al., 2008). "
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    • "detoxification of reactive oxygen species) (Liby & Sporn, 2012). Previous studies have shown that bardoxolone methyl and its analog, RTA 405 (or CDDO-ethyl amide), ameliorate murine ischemic acute kidney injury and attenuate renal interstitial inflammation and fibrosis in mice with protein overload proteinuria (Wu et al., 2011). It is now recognized that rodent-specific adverse metabolite formation precludes chronic dosing of bardoxolone methyl in rodents, and therefore, analogs where such adverse metabolite formation does not occur must be used for longer term studies (Reisman et al., 2012, 2013). "
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    • "By our new classification scheme, such MPB renoprotective agents would potentially include the new synthetic oleanane triterpenoid and antioxidant inflammation modulator bardoxolone methyl [1,81,82,83,84], as well as the non-specific phosphor-diesterase inhibitor pentoxifylline, which suppresses the production of some factors of inflammatory response [85,86,87]. Bardoxolone methyl is an antioxidant inflammation modulator and the most potent known inducer of Nrf2 to enter clinical trials [84]. "
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