Sodium nitrite potentiates renal oxidative stress and injury in hemoglobin exposed guinea pigs.

PMID 25891524


Methemoglobin-forming drugs, such as sodium nitrite (NaNO2), may exacerbate oxidative toxicity under certain chronic or acute hemolytic settings. In this study, we evaluated markers of renal oxidative stress and injury in guinea pigs exposed to extracellular hemoglobin (Hb) followed by NaNO2 at doses sufficient to simulate clinically relevant acute methemoglobinemia. NaNO2 induced rapid and extensive oxidation of plasma Hb in this model. This was accompanied by increased renal expression of the oxidative response effectors nuclear factor erythroid 2-derived-factor 2 (Nrf-2) and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), elevated non-heme iron deposition, lipid peroxidation, interstitial inflammatory cell activation, increased expression of tubular injury markers kidney injury-1 marker (KIM-1) and liver-fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP), podocyte injury, and cell death. Importantly, these indicators of renal oxidative stress and injury were minimal or absent following infusion of Hb or NaNO2 alone. Together, these results suggest that the exposure to NaNO2 in settings associated with increased extracellular Hb may potentiate acute renal toxicity via processes that are independent of NaNO2 induced erythrocyte methemoglobinemia.