Exogenous pentraxin-3 inhibits the reactive oxygen species-mitochondrial and apoptosis pathway in acute kidney injury

Hyung Ho Lee, Sook Young Kim, Joon Chae Na, Young Eun Yoon, Woong Kyu Han

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Pentraxin-3 (PTX3) is a long-form member of the pentraxin family of proteins that has been studied in inflammatory diseases and in various organs. We found that PTX3 protects kidney cells during ischemia and proinflammatory acute kidney injury. The aim of this study was to develop an in vitro experimental model of acute kidney injury and to analyze the protective mechanism of exogenous recombinant PTX3. In this study, cells of the HK-2 renal tubular cell line were treated with a calcium ionophore (A23187), which induced injury by increasing intracellular calcium concentrations and inducing calpain activity and the generation of reactive oxygen species. Exposure of cells to PTX3 significantly attenuated these effects. In addition, the activity of caspase-3 and PARP-1 were decreased in ischemic cells exposed to exogenous recombinant PTX3. PTX3 stabilized the mitochondrial membrane potential and suppressed apoptosis, resulting in the protection of renal tubular cells from ischemic injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0195758
JournalPloS one
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge funding by the "Dongwha Holdings" Faculty Research Assistance Program of Yonsei University College of Medicine with the grant agreement 6-2015-0064 to WKH. The funders had the decision to publish the manuscript.

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© 2018 Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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