FIH-1-modulated HIF-1α C-TAD promotes acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease progression via regulating KLF5 signaling.

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Incomplete recovery from episodes of acute kidney injury (AKI) can predispose patients to develop chronic kidney disease (CKD). Although hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a master regulator of the response to hypoxia/ischemia, the role of HIF-1α in CKD progression following incomplete recovery from AKI is poorly understood. Here, we investigated this issue using moderate and severe ischemia/reperfusion injury (I/RI) mouse models. We found that the outcomes of AKI were highly associated with the time course of tubular HIF-1α expression. Sustained activation of HIF-1α, accompanied by the development of renal fibrotic lesions, was found in kidneys with severe AKI. The AKI to CKD progression was markedly ameliorated when PX-478 (a specific HIF-1α inhibitor, 5 mg· kg-1·d-1, i.p.) was administered starting on day 5 after severe I/RI for 10 consecutive days. Furthermore, we demonstrated that HIF-1α C-terminal transcriptional activation domain (C-TAD) transcriptionally stimulated KLF5, which promoted progression of CKD following severe AKI. The effect of HIF-1α C-TAD activation on promoting AKI to CKD progression was also confirmed in in vivo and in vitro studies. Moreover, we revealed that activation of HIF-1α C-TAD resulted in the loss of FIH-1, which was the key factor governing HIF-1α-driven AKI to CKD progression. Overexpression of FIH-1 inhibited HIF-1α C-TAD and prevented AKI to CKD progression. Thus, FIH-1-modulated HIF-1α C-TAD activation was the key mechanism of AKI to CKD progression by transcriptionally regulating KLF5 pathway. Our results provide new insights into the role of HIF-1α in AKI to CKD progression and also the potential therapeutic strategy for the prevention of renal diseases progression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Li, Z-L; Wang, B; Lv, L-L; Tang, T-T; Wen, Y; Cao, J-Y; Zhu, X-X; Feng, S-T; Crowley, SD; Liu, B-C

Published Date

  • March 3, 2021

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 33658705

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-7254

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41401-021-00617-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States