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Renal failure

L-Arginine attenuates the ethylene glycol induced urolithiasis in ininephrectomized hypertensive rats: role of KIM-1, NGAL, and NOs.


PMID 25682972

Abstract

Ethylene glycol (EG) exposure caused formation of calcium oxalate crystal that led to renal failure, which is associated with higher prevalence of hypertension. L-Arginine is known to have an antioxidant and nephro-protective potential. To evaluate the effect of L-arginine against EG-induced urolithiasis in uninephrectomized hypertensive rats. Uninephrectomized male Wistar rats (180-200 g) were used to induce urinary calculi through oral administration of EG (0.75%) in distilled water. Rats were treated with either distilled water (10 mg/kg, p.o.) or telmisartan (10 mg/kg, p.o.) or Cystone (500 mg/kg, p.o.) or L-arginine (250, 500, and 1000 mg/kg, p.o.) for 28 days. Various hemodynamic, biochemical, molecular, and histological parameters were assessed in kidney and heart. Rats treated with L-arginine (500 and 1000 mg/kg) significantly restored altered relative organ weight, urine output, urine density, urinary pH, and water intake. EG-induced alterations in electrocardiographic (QRS interval, HR, and ST height) and hemodynamic (SBP, DBP, MABP, and LVEDP) abnormalities were significantly restored by L-arginine (500 and 1000 mg/kg) treatment. It also significantly restored alteration in serum and urine biochemical parameters induced by EG. The elevated oxido-nitrosative stress was also significantly decreased by L-arginine (500 and 1000 mg/kg) treatment. It also significantly down-regulated EG-induced up-regulated renal KIM-1, NGAL, eNOS, and iNOs mRNA expressions. Histological aberrations induced in the renal and cardiac tissues were also ameliorated by l-arginine treatment. L-Arginine exerts its nephro- and cardio-protective potential in EG-induced urolithiasis in uninephrectomized hypertensive rats via modulation of KIM-1, NGAL, eNOS, and iNOs mRNA expression.