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Abstract: FR-PO1004

Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 Promotes Renal Interstitial Fibrosis Through Downregulation of Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase 1 Mediated Gluconeogenesis

Session Information

  • CKD: Pathobiology - I
    November 04, 2022 | Location: Exhibit Hall, Orange County Convention Center‚ West Building
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: CKD (Non-Dialysis)

  • 2203 CKD (Non-Dialysis): Mechanisms


  • Wang, Yanzhe, Shuguang Hospital, ShangHai, China
  • Wu, Ming, Shuguang Hospital, ShangHai, China
  • Ye, Chaoyang, Shuguang Hospital, ShangHai, China

Renal fibrosis is the common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to the end stage of renal failure. The methyltransferase enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) has been identified as a therapeutic target to inhibit renal interstitial fibrosis. However, the mechanism underlying the role of EZH2 in renal fibrosis is not completely understood.


Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO), unilateral ischemia-reperfusion injury (UIRI) mouse models were established. PCR, cleavage under targets and tagmentation (CUT&Tag) and Western blotting was performed to evaluate the expression of EZH2 and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase 1 (PCK1).


By using EZH2 inhibitor 3-DZNeP and Ezh2 conditional knockout mice, we confirmed the pro-fibrotic effect of EZH2 in unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). Through RNA sequence and cleavage under targets and tagmentation (CUT&Tag) sequence analysis, we found that the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase 1 (PCK1), a critical enzyme in gluconeogenesis, is negatively regulated by EZH2 in fibrotic kidneys, which was further confirmed by quantitative PCR, CUT&Tag and Western blotting. We further showed that deletion or inhibition of EZH2 inhibited renal fibrosis and enhanced PCK1 expression and activity in unilateral ischemia-reperfusion injury (UIRI) and folic acid induced mouse nephropathy. Moreover, the dysregulated production of renal glucose and lactate in mouse UUO kidneys was restored after EZH2 inhibition by 3-DZNeP. Finally, inhibition of PCK1 by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA) abrogated the anti-fibrotic effect of 3-DZNeP in UUO kidneys.


We conclude that EZH2 promotes renal interstitial fibrosis through inhibition of PCK1 mediated gluconeogenesis.