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Oxalate exposure provokes HSP 70 response in LLC-PK1 cells, a line of renal epithelial cells: protective role of HSP 70 against oxalate toxicity

Abstract

We investigated the effects of oxalate on immediate early genes (IEGs) and stress protein HSP 70, commonly induced genes in response to a variety of stresses. LLC-PK1 cells were exposed to oxalate. Gene transcription and translation were monitored by Northern and Western blot analysis. RNA and DNA synthesis were assessed by [3H]-uridine and [3H]-thymidine incorporation, respectively. Oxalate exposure selectively increased the levels of mRNA encoding IEGs c-myc and c-jun as well as stress protein HSP 70. While expression of c-myc and c-jun was rapid (within 15 min to 2 h) and transient, HSP 70 expression was delayed (∼8 h) and stable. Furthermore, oxalate exposure resulted in delayed induction of generalized transcription by 18 h and reinitiation of the DNA synthesis by 24 h of oxalate exposure. Moreover, we show that prior induction of HSP 70 by mild hypertonic exposure protected the cells from oxalate toxicity. To the best of our knowledge this is the first study to demonstrate rapid IEG response and delayed heat-shock response to oxalate toxicity and protective role of HSP 70 against oxalate toxicity to renal epithelial cells. Oxalate, a metabolic end product, induces IEGs c-myc and c-jun and a delayed HSP 70 expression; While IEG expression may regulate additional genetic responses to oxalate, increased HSP 70 expression would serve an early protective role during oxalate stress.

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This work was supported in part by research grant to Dr. Koul from National Institutes of Health (NIH-DK-RO1-54084).

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Sweaty Koul and Meiyi Huang contributed equally to this work.

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Koul, S., Huang, M., Bhat, S. et al. Oxalate exposure provokes HSP 70 response in LLC-PK1 cells, a line of renal epithelial cells: protective role of HSP 70 against oxalate toxicity. Urol Res 36, 1–10 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00240-007-0130-4

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Keywords

  • LLC-PK1 cells
  • Immediate early genes
  • Heat shock protein
  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Oxalate toxicity
  • Gene expression