Abstract Title:

Zinc mitigates renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats by modulating oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and autophagy.

Abstract Source:

J Cell Physiol. 2018 May 15. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29761825

Abstract Author(s):

Najet Hadj Abdallah, Anna Baulies, Ahlem Bouhlel, Mohamed Bejaoui, Mohamed A Zaouali, Safa Ben Mimouna, Imed Messaoudi, José C Fernandez-Checa, Carmen García Ruiz, Hassen Ben Abdennebi

Article Affiliation:

Najet Hadj Abdallah


Oxidative stress is a major factor involved in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Exogenous zinc (Zn) was suggested as a potent antioxidant; however, the mechanism by which it strengthens the organ resistance against the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is not yet investigated. The present study aims to determine whether acute zinc chloride (ZnCl) administration could attenuate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, autophagy, and inflammation after renal I/R. Rats were subjected to either sham operation (Sham group, n = 6), or 1 hr of bilateral ischemia followed by 2 hr of reperfusion (I/R groups, n = 6), or they received ZnClorally 24 hr and 30 min before ischemia (ZnClgroup, n = 6). Rats were subjected to 1 hr of bilateral renal ischemia followed by 2 hr of reperfusion (I/R group, n = 6). Our results showed that ZnClenhances renal function and reduces cytolysis (p < 0,05). In addition, it increased significantly the activities of antioxidant enzymes (SOD, CAT, and GPX) and the level of GSH in comparison to I/R (p < 0,05). Interestingly, ZnCltreatment resulted in significant decreased ER stress, as reflected by GRP78, ATF-6,p-eIF-2α, XPB-1, and CHOP downregulaion. Rats undergoing ZnCltreatment demonstrated a low expression of autophagy parameters (Beclin-1 and LAMP-2), which was correlated with low induction of apoptosis (caspase-9, caspase-3, and p-JNK), and reduction of inflammation (IL-1ß, IL-6, and MCP-1) (p < 0,05). In conclusion, we demonstrated the potential effect of Zn supplementation to modulate ER pathway and autophagic process after I/R.

Study Type : Animal Study

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