Interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during renal obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor

Brian A. Vanderbrink, Hiroshi Asanuma, Karen Hile, Honji Zhang, Richard C. Rink, Kirstan K. Meldrum

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Purpose: Interleukin-18 is a proinflammatory cytokine that is an important mediator of obstruction induced renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis independent of tumor necrosis factor-α and β1 activity. We hypothesized that interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor to increase interleukin-18 gene expression and protein production. Materials and Methods: Male C57BL6 interleukin-18 receptor knockout (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine) and control wild-type mice underwent unilateral ureteral obstruction or sham operation and were sacrificed 1 week after surgery. Renal cortical tissue samples were harvested and analyzed for interleukin-18 protein by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and for interleukin-18 and interleukin-18 receptor gene expression by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The specific cellular localization of interleukin-18 and interleukin-18 receptor expression during obstruction was assessed using dual labeling immunofluorescence staining. Results: Renal interleukin-18 receptor expression increased significantly in wild-type mice in response to obstruction but remained at sham operation levels in interleukin-18 receptor knockout mice. Similarly while interleukin-18 protein and gene expression were significantly increased in wild-type mice in response to obstruction, interleukin-18 levels and gene expression were significantly decreased during obstruction in knockout mice. Obstruction induced interleukin-18 and interleukin-18 receptor production were localized predominantly to tubular epithelial cells and to a lesser extent to the renal interstitium. Conclusions: Results reveal that interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop via interleukin-18 receptor during renal obstruction to stimulate interleukin-18 production and gene expression. The predominant cellular source of interleukin-18 production during renal obstruction appears to be tubular epithelial cells rather than infiltrating macrophages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1502-1508
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume186
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

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Interleukin-18 Receptors
Interleukin-18
Kidney
Gene Expression
Knockout Mice
Epithelial Cells
Ureteral Obstruction
Proteins

Keywords

  • epithelial cells
  • gene expression
  • interleukin-18
  • kidney
  • ureteral obstruction

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Vanderbrink, B. A., Asanuma, H., Hile, K., Zhang, H., Rink, R. C., & Meldrum, K. K. (2011). Interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during renal obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor. Journal of Urology, 186(4), 1502-1508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2011.05.046

Interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during renal obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor. / Vanderbrink, Brian A.; Asanuma, Hiroshi; Hile, Karen; Zhang, Honji; Rink, Richard C.; Meldrum, Kirstan K.

In: Journal of Urology, Vol. 186, No. 4, 01.10.2011, p. 1502-1508.

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Vanderbrink, BA, Asanuma, H, Hile, K, Zhang, H, Rink, RC & Meldrum, KK 2011, 'Interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during renal obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor', Journal of Urology, vol. 186, no. 4, pp. 1502-1508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2011.05.046
Vanderbrink, Brian A. ; Asanuma, Hiroshi ; Hile, Karen ; Zhang, Honji ; Rink, Richard C. ; Meldrum, Kirstan K. / Interleukin-18 stimulates a positive feedback loop during renal obstruction via interleukin-18 receptor. In: Journal of Urology. 2011 ; Vol. 186, No. 4. pp. 1502-1508.
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