Urological Research

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 211–220

Taurine protected kidney from oxidative injury through mitochondrial-linked pathway in a rat model of nephrolithiasis

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00240-009-0197-1

Cite this article as:
Li, C.Y., Deng, Y.L. & Sun, B.H. Urol Res (2009) 37: 211. doi:10.1007/s00240-009-0197-1


Hyperoxaluria and crystal deposition induce oxidative stress (OS) and renal epithelial cells injury, both mitochondria and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase are considered as the main sources of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Taurine is known to have antioxidant activity and shows renoprotective effect. We investigate the effect of taurine treatment on renal protection, and the putative source of ROS, in a rat model of calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis. Rats were administered with 2.5% (V/V) ethylene glycol + 2.5% (W/V) ammonium chloride (4 ml/day), with restriction on intake of drinking water (20 ml/day) for 4 weeks. Simultaneous treatment with taurine (2% W/W, mixed with the chow) was performed. At the end of the study, indexes of OS and renal injury were assessed. Renal tubular ultrastructure changes were analyzed under transmission electron microscopy. Crystal deposition in kidney was scored under light microscopy. Angiotensin II in kidney homogenates was determined by radioimmunoassay. Expression of NADPH oxidase subunits p47phox and Nox-4 mRNAs in kidney was evaluated by real time-polymerase chain reaction. The data showed that oxidative injury of the kidney occurred in nephrolithiasis-induced rats. Hyperplasia of mitochondria developed in renal tubular epithelium. The activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in mitochondria decreased and the mitochondrial membrane showed oxidative injury. Taurine treatment alleviated the oxidative injury of the kidney, improved SOD and GSH-Px activities, as well as the mitochondrial membrane injury, with lesser crystal depositions in the kidney. We could not detect statistical changes in the renal angiotensin II level, and the renal p47phox and Nox-4 mRNAs expression in those rats. The results suggest that mitochondria but not NADPH oxidase may account for the OS and taurine protected kidney from oxidative injury through mitochondrial-linked pathway in this rat model.


TaurineNephrolithiasisCalcium oxalateOxidative stressMitochondriaNADPH oxidase

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng Yang Li
    • 1
  • Yao Liang Deng
    • 1
  • Bing Hua Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical UniversityNanningChina