Peritoneal dialysis international : journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

SAHA Suppresses Peritoneal Fibrosis in Mice.

PMID 24584598


Long-term peritoneal dialysis causes peritoneal fibrosis in submesothelial areas. However, the mechanism of peritoneal fibrosis is unclear. Epigenetics is the mechanism to induce heritable changes without any changes in DNA sequences. Among epigenetic modifications, histone acetylation leads to the transcriptional activation of genes. Recent studies indicate that histone acetylation is involved in the progression of fibrosis. Therefore, we examined the effect of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, on the progression of peritoneal fibrosis in mice. Peritoneal fibrosis was induced by the injection of chlorhexidine gluconate (CG) into the peritoneal cavity of mice every other day for 3 weeks. SAHA, or a dimethylsulfoxide and saline vehicle, was administered subcutaneously every day from the start of the CG injections for 3 weeks. Morphologic peritoneal changes were assessed by Masson's trichrome staining, and fibrosis-associated factors were assessed by immunohistochemistry. In CG-injected mice, a marked thickening of the submesothelial compact zone was observed. In contrast, the administration of SAHA suppressed the progression of submesothelial thickening and type III collagen accumulation in CG-injected mice. The numbers of fibroblast-specific protein-1-positive cells and α-smooth muscle actin α-positive cells were significantly decreased in the CG + SAHA group compared to that of the CG group. The level of histone acetylation was reduced in the peritoneum of the CG group, whereas it was increased in the CG + SAHA group. Our results indicate that SAHA can suppress peritoneal thickening and fibrosis in mice through up-regulation of histone acetylation. These results suggest that SAHA may have therapeutic potential for treating peritoneal fibrosis.