Author(s): Rodgers K, McMahon B, Mitchell D, Sadlier D, Godson C
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Abstract Lipoxins (LXs), endogenously produced eicosanoids, possess potent anti-inflammatory, pro-resolution bioactivities. We investigated the potential of LXA(4) (1 to 10 nmol/L) to modify the effects of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced gene expression in human renal mesangial cells (hMCs). Using oligonucleotide microarray analysis we profiled pro-fibrotic cytokines and matrix-associated genes induced in response to PDGF. LXA(4) modulated the expression of many PDGF-induced genes, including transforming growth factor-beta1, fibronectin, thrombospondin, matrix metalloproteinase 1, and several collagens. Analysis of both transcript and protein levels confirmed these findings. Because the activated glomerulus is frequently a source of injurious mediators that contribute to tubulointerstitial damage, we investigated the effect of hMC-secreted products on the integrity of renal proximal tubular epithelial cells using an in vitro model of progressive renal disease. Cell supernatant from PDGF-stimulated hMCs caused morphological and genetic changes in proximal tubular epithelial cells, consistent with a pro-fibrotic phenotype. Interestingly, supernatant from cells pre-exposed to LXA(4) and PDGF did not induce these effects. These results suggest a novel role for LXA(4) as a potent modulator of matrix accumulation and pro-fibrotic change and suggest a potential protective role in progressive renal disease.
This article was published in Am J Pathol
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research