All-trans retinoic acid regulated prohibitin by retinoic acid receptor α in hypoxia-induced renal tubular epithelial cell injury

Tianbiao Zhou, Hong-Yan Li, Hongzhen Zhong, Zhiqing Zhong


All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is a critical component in cell processes such as cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis, and it is also crucial in the regulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition. Prohibitin (PHB) can regulate cell proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation. The current study investigated whether ATRA regulated PHB is induced by hypoxia/reoxygenation injury in renal tubular epithelial cells (RTEC), using gene interference treatments (knockdown or overexpression of RARα). Our results indicate that ATRA can augment the expression of RARα and PHB proteins and reduce the expression of TGF-β1, FN and Col-IV proteins. PHB expression was reduced in an ATRA treated RARα- group, and TGF-β1, FN and Col-IV were up-regulated compared to the ATRA treated RARα+ group. We postulate that ATRA can induce the PHB expression by RARα in hypoxia/reperfusion related RTEC injury.


All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA); RARα; Prohibitin; Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1); Renal tubular epithelial cells (RTEC); Oxidative stress; Extracellular matrix (ECM).

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