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Resveratrol protects against early polymicrobial sepsis-induced acute kidney injury through inhibiting endoplasmic reticulum stress-activated NF-κB pathway

Nian Wang, Li Mao, Liu Yang, Jiang Zou, Ke Liu, Meidong Liu, Huali Zhang, Xianzhong Xiao and Kangkai Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:36449-36461. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16860

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Nian Wang1, Li Mao1, Liu Yang1, Jiang Zou1, Ke Liu1, Meidong Liu1, Huali Zhang1, Xianzhong Xiao1, Kangkai Wang1

1Department of Pathophysiology, Xiangya School of Medicine, Translational Medicine Center of Sepsis, Central South University, Changsha, 410078, Hunan, China

Correspondence to:

Kangkai Wang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: sepsis, acute kidney injury, endoplasmic reticulum stress, inositol-requiring enzyme 1, nuclear factor-κB

Received: November 10, 2016     Accepted: March 26, 2017     Published: April 05, 2017


Resveratrol, a polyphenol compound derived from various edible plants, protects against sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) via its anti-inflammatory activity, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, a rat model of sepsis was established by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), 30 mg/kg resveratrol was intraperitoneally administrated immediately after the CLP operation. HK-2 cells treated by 1 μg/ml lipopolysaccharide, 0.2 μM tunicamycin, 2.5 mM irestatin 9389 and 20 μM resveratrol were used for in vitro study. The results demonstrated that resveratrol significantly improved the renal function and tubular epithelial cell injury and enhanced the survival rate of CLP-induced rat model of sepsis, which was accompanied by a substantial decrease of the serum content and renal mRNA expressions of TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6. In addition, resveratrol obviously relieved the endoplasmic reticulum stress, inhibited the phosphorylation of inositol-requiring enzyme 1(IRE1) and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) in the kidney. In vitro studies showed that resveratrol enhanced the cell viability, reduced the phosphorylation of NF-κB and production of inflammatory factors in lipopolysaccharide and tunicamycin-induced HK-2 cells through inhibiting IRE1 activation. Taken together, administration of resveratrol as soon as possible after the onset of sepsis could protect against septic AKI mainly through inhibiting IRE1-NF-κB pathway-triggered inflammatory response in the kidney. Resveratrol might be a readily translatable option to improve the prognosis of sepsis.

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