Multiparametric MRI detects longitudinal evolution of folic acid-induced nephropathy in mice

Kai Jiang, Tristan A. Ponzo, Hui Tang, Prasanna K. Mishra, Slobodan I. Macura, Lilach O. Lerman

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The rodent model of folic acid (FA)-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) provides a useful model for studying human AKI, but little is known about longitudinal changes in renal hemodynamics and evolution of renal fibrosis in vivo. In this work, we aimed to longitudinally assess renal structural and functional changes using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ten adult mice were injected with FA, after which a multiparametric MRI was used to measure kidney volume, hypoxia index R2*, magnetization transfer ratio (MTR), perfusion, T1, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) at 2 wk posttreatment. Then five mice were euthanized for histology, and the other five underwent MRI again at 4 wk, followed by histology. Control mice (n = 5) were injected with vehicle and studied with MRI at 2 wk. Trichrome and hematoxylin-eosin staining were performed to assess FA-induced tissue injuries. Whereas kidney size and oxygenation showed progressive deterioration, a transient impairment in renal perfusion and normalized GFR slightly improved by 4 wk. Kidney fluid content, as reflected by T1, was prominent at 2 wk and tended to regress at 4 wk, consistent with observed tubular dilation. Trichrome staining revealed patchy necrosis and mild interstitial fibrosis at 2 wk, which exacerbated at 4 wk. MTR detected increased fibrosis at 4 wk. In conclusion, multiparametric MRI captured the longitudinal progression in kidney damage evolving within the first month after treatment with folic acid and may provide a useful tool for assessment of therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F1252-F1260
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Folic acid-induced nephropathy
  • Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging
  • Renal fibrosis
  • Renal structure and function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology


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