Angiotensin ii induces renal oxidant stress in vivo and heme oxygenase-1 in vivo and in vitro

Eric N. Haugen, Anthony J. Croatt, Karl A. Nath

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Background: Angiotensin II is strongly incriminated in progressive renal injury. There is recent evidence that angiotensin II induces oxidative stress in vitro. We examined the capacity of angiotensin II to induce oxidative stress in vivo and the functional significance of such stress. The capacity of angiotensin II to induce the oxidant-sensitive gene heme oxygenase (HO) in vivo and in vitro was also examined. Methods: Angiotensin II was administered via mini-osmotic pumps to rats maintained on standard diets. Indices of oxidative stress, including thiobarbituric acid reactive substance, carbonyl protein content, and HO activity, were determined. Indices of oxidative stress and functional markers were also determined in the DOCA salt model. The effect of angiotensin II was studied in rats maintained on antioxidant- deficient diets so as to examine the functional significance of oxidative stress induced by angiotensin II. We also explored the inductive effect of angiotensin II on HO in vivo and whether such actions occur in vitro. Results: Angiotensin II administered in vivo increased kidney content of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances protein carbonyl content, and HO activity. These indices were not present in the kidney of rats treated with DOCA salt for three weeks. Such oxidative stress was functionally significant, since the administration of angiotensin II to rats maintained on a prooxidant diet demonstrated increased proteinuria and decreased creatinine clearance. The stimulatory effect on HO activity was due to induction of HO-1 mRNA, with HO-2 mRNA remaining unchanged. Expression of HO-1 was localized to the renal proximal tubules in vivo. We also demonstrate that angiotensin II at concentrations of 10-8 and 10-7 mol/L induces expression of HO-1 mRNA in LLC-PK1 cells. Conclusions: Angiotensin II induces oxidative stress in vivo, which contributes to renal injury. This study also demonstrates that angiotensin II induces renal HO activity caused by upregulation of HO-1 in renal proximal tubules. Finally, angiotensin II directly induces HO-1 in renal proximal tubular epithelial cells in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalKidney international
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Chronic renal injury
  • Hemodynamics
  • Renal tubule
  • Systemic hypertension, proteinuria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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