Genetic deletion of vasohibin-2 exacerbates ischemia-reperfusion-induced acute kidney injury

Hiromasa Miyake, Katsuyuki Tanabe, Satoshi Tanimura, Yuri Nakashima, Tomoyo Morioka, Kana Masuda, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Yasufumi Sato, Jun Wada

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Acute kidney injury (AKI) has been increasingly recognized as a risk factor for transition to chronic kidney disease. Recent evidence suggests that endothelial damage in peritubular capillaries can accelerate the progression of renal injury. Vasohibin-2 (VASH2) is a novel proangiogenic factor that promotes tumor angiogenesis. However, the pathophysiological roles of VASH2 in kidney diseases remain unknown. In the present study, we examined the effects of VASH2 deficiency on the progression of ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury-induced AKI. I/R injury was induced by bilaterally clamping renal pedicles for 25 min in male wild-type (WT) and Vash2 homozygous knockout mice. Twenty-four hours later, I/R injury-induced renal dysfunction and tubular damage were more severe in VASH2-deficient mice than in WT mice, with more prominent neutrophil infiltration and peritubular capillary loss. After induction of I/R injury, VASH2 expression was markedly increased in injured renal tubules. These results suggest that VASH2 expression in renal tubular epithelial cells might be essential for alleviating I/R injury-induced AKI, probably through protecting peritubular capillaries and preventing inflammatory infiltration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4545
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Ischemia-reperfusion
  • Oxidative stress
  • Peritubular capillaries
  • Vasohibin-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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