Mice deficient in pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) show increased susceptibility to in vivo renal ischemia/reperfusion injury

Peter Szakaly, Eszter Laszlo, Krisztina Kovacs, Boglarka Racz, Gabriella Horvath, Andrea Ferencz, Andrea Lubics, Peter Kiss, Andrea Tamas, Reka Brubel, Balazs Opper, Akemichi Baba, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Jozsef Farkas, Attila Matkovits, Tamas Magyarlaki, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Dora Reglodi

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Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide with well-known cytoprotective effects. We have reported earlier that PACAP decreases mortality and the degree of tubular atrophy in a rat model of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury. Recently, we have shown that kidney cultures isolated from PACAP deficient mice show increased susceptibility to renal oxidative stress. Based on these previous studies, we raised the question whether PACAP deficient mice display increased sensitivity to in vivo kidney ischemia/reperfusion. PACAP-/- mice underwent 45 or 60min of renal ischemia followed by 2weeks reperfusion. Kidneys were processed for histological analysis. Sections stained with PAS-haematoxylin were graded for the following parameters: degree of tubular dilation, Bowmann's capsule dilation, lymphocyte and macrophage infiltration, thyroidization and the disappearance of the PAS-positive glycocalyx from under the brush border. In other sets of experiments, tissue cytokine expression and the level of the endogenous antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) were also determined after 60min ischemia/reperfusion. Our results show that while intact kidneys were not different between wild-type and PACAP deficient mice, marked differences were observed in the histological structures in groups that underwent ischemia/reperfusion. PACAP deficient mice had a worse histological outcome, with significantly higher histological scores for all tested parameters. Cytokine expression was also markedly different between wild-type and PACAP deficient mice. In addition, the level of SOD was significantly lower in PACAP-/- animals after ischemia/reperfusion. In conclusion, the lack of endogenous PACAP leads to higher susceptibility to in vivo renal ischemia/reperfusion, suggesting that PACAP has an endogenous renoprotective effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2011



  • Cytokine
  • Histology
  • Kidney
  • Mouse
  • Nephroprotection
  • PACAP knockout
  • Superoxide dismutase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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