The role of autophagy in unilateral ureteral obstruction rat model

Department of Anatomy and MRC for Cell Death Disease Research Center, Bucheon Saint Mary’s Hospital, Sosa-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Geoynggi-do, 420-717 Korea.
Nephrology (Impact Factor: 2.08). 11/2011; 17(2):148-59. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2011.01541.x
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Autophagy is a cellular process of degradation of damaged cytoplasmic components and regulates cell death or proliferation. Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) is a model of progressive renal fibrosis in the obstructed kidney. And UUO is followed by compensatory cellular proliferation in the contralateral kidney. We investigate the role of autophagy in the obstructed kidney and contralateral kidney after UUO.
To obtain the evidence and the patterns of autophagy during UUO, the rats were sacrificed 3, 7 and 14 days after UUO. To examine the efficacy of the autophagy inhibitors, 3-methyladenine (3-MA), the rats were treated daily with intraperitoneal injection of 3-MA (30 mg/kg per day) for 7 days.
After UUO, autophagy was induced in the obstructed kidney in a time-dependent manner. Inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA enhanced tubular cell apoptosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis in the obstructed kidney after UUO. In the contralateral kidney, autophagy was also induced and prolonged during UUO. Inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA increased the protein expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen significantly in the contralateral kidney after UUO. The Akt-mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathway was involved in the induction of autophagy after UUO in both kidneys.
Our present results support that autophagy induced by UUO has a renoprotective role in the obstructed kidney and regulatory role of compensatory cellular proliferation in the contralateral kidney through Akt-mTOR signalling pathway.

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    • "However, a growing body of evidence supports the hypothesis that autophagy has a protective effect against fibrosis in various tissues [25] [26]. Autophagy in the kidney plays a cytoprotective role by promoting intracellular degradation of type 1 collagen in response to TGF-b without altering the type I collagen mRNA level [27], and provides protection against tubular cell apoptosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis after unilateral urethral obstruction [28]. However, Hernadez-Gea et al. reported that autophagy induced fibrogenesis in mouse mesangial cell as well as in HSCs [24]. "
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    • "Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) is a classical model of progressive renal fibrosis. Autophagy is induced in obstructed kidney after UUO induction, and inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA enhances tubulointerstitial fibrosis, indicating a renoprotective role of autophagy in renal fibrosis [31, 32]. In a TGF-beta overexpression transgenic mouse model which exhibits widespread peritubular fibrosis, tubular cells decomposition is induced by autophagy [33]. "
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