Ischemia-reperfusion is closely associated with tissue damage in various organs, including kidney. Despite clinical investigations, useful therapy for renal ischemia-reperfusion injury is not available so far. This study evaluated therapeutic effects of gene therapy expressing an amino-terminal deletion mutant of MCP-1 called 7ND to inhibit monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1/CCR2 signaling in vivo on renal ischemia-reperfusion injury. 7ND gene was transferred into the femoral muscle of Balb/c mice. Renal artery and vein of the left kidney were occluded with a vascular clamp for 60 min. A large number of infiltrated cells were observed, as was marked acute tubular necrosis in outer medulla after renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in control mice, while these lesions were significantly decreased in 7ND gene-transfected mice. Macrophages in the interstitial region, most of which were CCR2-positive, were markedly decreased in 7ND gene-transfected mice after reperfusion. Although macrophages infiltrated around MCP-1-positive cells in control mice, the smaller number of F4/80-positive cells could infiltrate into the neighbor of MCP-1-positive cells in 7ND-treated mice. These results provide evidence that gene therapy by 7ND is potentially a powerful therapeutic approach to inhibit MCP-1/CCR2 signaling, resulting in rescue from renal ischemia-reperfusion injury.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Nephrology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 2003|
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