Role of TNF-associated cytokines in renal tubular cell apoptosis induced by hyperoxaluria
Çetinel, Cihangir Ali
Ekici Doğan, Asiye Işın
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CitationHoruz, R., Göktaş, C., Çetinel, C. A., Akça, O., Aydın, H., Ekici Doğan, A. I. ... Sarıca, K. (2013). Role of TNF-associated cytokines in renal tubular cell apoptosis induced by hyperoxaluria. Urolithiasis, 41(3), 197-203. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00240-013-0559-6
Crystal-cell interaction has been reported as one of the most crucial steps in urinary stone formation. Hyperoxaluria-induced apoptotic changes in renal tubular epithelial cells is the end-stage of this interaction. We aimed to evaluate the possible pathways responsible in the induction of apoptosis within the involved cells by assessing the receptoral expression of three different pathways. 16 male Spraque-Dowley rats were divided into two groups: Group 1 (n:8) received only distilled water; Group 2 (n:8) received 0.75 % ethylene glycol (EG) in their daily water to induce hyperoxaluria for 2 weeks. After 24 h urine collection, all animals were euthenized and right kidneys were removed and fixed for immunohistochemical evaluation. Oxalate and creatinine levels (in 24 h-urine) and FAS, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and TRAIL receptor-2 expressions (in tissue) have been assessed. In addition to TNF (p = 0.0007) expression; both FAS (p = 0.0129 ) and FASL (p = 0.032) expressions significantly increased in animals treated with EG. The expressions of TRAIL (p = 0.49) and TRAIL-R2 (p = 0.34) receptors did not change statistically after hyperoxaluria induction. Although a positive correlation with cytokine expression density and 24 h-urinary oxalate expression (mg oxalate/mg creatinine) has been assessed with TNF (p = 0.04, r = 0.82), FAS (p = 0.05, r = 0.80), FAS-L (p = 0.04, r = 0.82); no correlation could be demonstrated between TRAIL and TRAIL R2 expressions. Our results indicate that apoptosis induced by oxalate is possibly mediated via TNF and FAS pathways. However, TRAIL and TRAIL-R2 seemed to have no function in the cascade. Correlation with urinary oxalate levels did further strengthen the findings.