Distinct oxylipin alterations in diverse models of cystic kidney diseases

Md Monirujjaman, Jessay G. Devassy, Tamio Yamaguchi, Nikhil Sidhu, Masanori Kugita, Melissa Gabbs, Shizuko Nagao, Jing Zhou, Amir Ravandi, Harold M. Aukema

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Cystic kidney diseases are characterized by multiple renal cysts and are the leading cause of inherited renal disease. Oxylipins are bioactive lipids derived from fatty acids formed via cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase and cytochrome P450 activity, and are important regulators of renal health and disease. Oxylipins are altered in nephronophthisis, a type of cystic kidney disease. To further investigate and to determine whether other cystic renal diseases share these abnormalities, a targeted lipidomic analysis of renal oxylipins was performed in orthologous models of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease 1 (Mx1Cre+ Pkd1flox/flox mouse) and 2 (Pkd2ws25/− mouse), autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (PCK rat) and nephronophthisis (jck/jck mouse). Kidney cyclooxygenase oxylipins were consistently higher in all diseased kidneys, even in very early stage disease. On the other hand, cytochrome P450 epoxygenase derived oxylipins were lower only in the autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease and nephronophthisis models, while lipoxygenase and cytochrome P450 hydroxylase derived oxylipins were lower only in nephronophthisis. Sex effects on renal oxylipin alterations were observed but they did not always coincide with sex effects on disease. For oxylipins with sex effects, arachidonic acid derived oxylipins formed via cyclooxygenases and lipoxygenases were higher in females, while oxylipins from other fatty acids and via cytochrome P450 enzymes were higher in males. The consistent and unique patterns of oxylipin alterations in the different models indicates the importance of these bioactive lipids in cystic renal diseases, suggesting that pharmacological agents (e.g. cyclooxygenase inhibitors) may be useful in treating these disorders, for which effective treatment remains elusive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1562-1574
Number of pages13
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 12-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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