The American journal of pathology

Klotho Ameliorates Kidney Injury and Fibrosis and Normalizes Blood Pressure by Targeting the Renin-Angiotensin System.

PMID 26475416


Loss of Klotho and activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) are common pathological findings in chronic kidney diseases. However, whether these two events are intricately connected is poorly understood. We hypothesized that Klotho might protect kidneys by targeted inhibition of RAS activation in diseased kidneys. To test this hypothesis, mouse models of remnant kidney, as well as adriamycin nephropathy and unilateral ureteral obstruction, were utilized. At 6 weeks after 5/6 nephrectomy, kidney injury was evident, characterized by elevated albuminuria and serum creatinine levels, and excessive deposition of interstitial matrix proteins. These lesions were accompanied by loss of renal Klotho expression, up-regulation of RAS components, and development of hypertension. In vivo expression of exogenous Klotho through hydrodynamic-based gene delivery abolished the induction of multiple RAS proteins, including angiotensinogen, renin, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and angiotensin II type 1 receptor, and normalized blood pressure. Klotho also inhibited β-catenin activation and ameliorated renal fibrotic lesions. Similar results were obtained in mouse models of adriamycin and obstructive nephropathy. In cultured kidney tubular epithelial cells, Klotho dose-dependently blocked Wnt1-triggered RAS activation. Taken together, these results demonstrate that Klotho exerts its renal protection by targeted inhibition of RAS, a pathogenic pathway known to play a key role in the evolution and progression of hypertension and chronic kidney disorders.

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Creatinine, anhydrous, ≥98%