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Abstract: TH-PO096

Cisplatin-Induced AKI Is Attenuated in Hepatic Sulfotransferase (Sult) 1a1-Deficient Mice by Suppressing Production of Indoxyl Sulfate (IS) and Oxidative Stress

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Category: Acute Kidney Injury

  • 103 AKI: Mechanisms


  • Fujino, Rika, Kumamoto University Hospital, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Matsushita, Keisuke, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences , Kumamoto, Japan
  • Gunda, Nao, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences , Kumamoto, Japan
  • Jono, Hirofumi, Kumamoto University Hospital, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Saito, Hideyuki, Kumamoto University Hospital, Kumamoto, Japan

The toxicological process leading to cisplatin-induced AKI is caused by several mechanisms, including inflammatory responses, oxidative stress and apoptosis in renal tubules. We have reported that IS, a sulfate-conjugated uremic solute, accumulates extensively in serum and kidney of animal models of cisplatin AKI. IS is derived from the liver through metabolic process by hepatic CYP2A6/2E1 and Sult1a1, however, pathophysiological role of Sult1a1 in cisplatin AKI has not been elucidated. We generated the Sult1a1 gene-deficient mice (Sult1a1-/-), and evaluated the toxico-pharmacological role of IS in cisplatin AKI.


C57BL/6 mice (WT) and Sult1a1-/- were treated with cisplatin (20 mg/kg) by intraperitoneal injection. In additional experiments, Sult1a1-/- were treated with IS after cisplatin administration. Gene expression of Sult1a1 and other Sult species were determined by qRT-PCR. IS and indoxyl-β-D-glucuronide (IG) levels were determined by LC-MS/MS. Accumulation of IS and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), an oxidative stress marker, in renal tissue were examined immunohistochemically. BUN, serum creatinine, Kim-1 and Ngal were determined. Cisplatin concentration in serum and kidney was measured as the 194Pt levels using ICP-MS.


Sult1a1 mRNA expression was not detected in the liver of Sult1a1-/-, and was significantly elevated (5.9-fold) in WT liver with cisplatin AKI, whereas mRNA expression of other Sult gene family members were not significantly differed between WT and Sult1a1-/- after cisplatin treatment. In cisplatin-treated Sult1a1-/-, kidney injury markers, renal IS level and 4-HNE accumulation were markedly reduced compared with those in WT kidney. IG concentrations in serum and kidney were elevated in cisplatin-treated Sult1a1-/-, suggesting that glucuronidation serves as an alternative detoxification pathway for indoxyl. Administration of IS to cisplatin-treated Sult1a1-/- reproduced severe AKI as observed in WT. Renal accumulation of 194Pt showed no significant difference between Sult1a1-/- and WT.


IS could be one of exacerbation factors in cisplatin AKI by accelerating oxidative stress. Hepatic Sult1a1 was the enzyme responsible for deriving IS, suggesting a potent preventive target for cisplatin nephropathy.


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