A dual role of 12/15-lipoxygenase in LPS-induced acute renal inflammation and injury

Ahmed A. Elmarakby, Ahmed Salah Ibrahim, Mohamed A. Katary, Nehal M. Elsherbiny, Mohamed El-Shafey, Ahmed M. Abd-Elrazik, Rafik A. Abdelsayed, Krishna Rao Maddipati, Mohamed Al-Shabrawey

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Recent studies suggest a potential role of bioactive lipids in acute kidney injury induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The current study was designed to determine the profiling activities of various polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) metabolizing enzymes, including lipoxygenases (LO), cyclooxygenase, and cytochrome P450 in the plasma of LPS-injected mice using LC-MS. Heat map analysis revealed that out of 126 bioactive lipids screened, only the 12/15-LO metabolite, 12-HETE, had a significant (2.24 ± 0.4) fold increase relative to control (P = 0.0001) after Bonferroni Correction (BCF α = 0.003). We then determined the role of the 12/15-LO in LPS-induced acute kidney injury using genetic and pharmacological approaches. Treatment of LPS injected mice with the 12/15-LO inhibitor, baicalein, significantly reduced levels of renal injury and inflammation markers including urinary thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARs), urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), renal interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). Similarly, knocking-out of 12/15-LO reduced levels of renal inflammation and injury markers elicited by LPS injection. Next, we tested whether exogenous supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as a substrate would divert the role of 12/15-LO from being pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory via increased production of the anti-inflammatory metabolite. DHA treatment restored the decreased in plasma level of resolvin D2 (RvD2) and reduced renal injury in LPS-injected mice whereas DHA treatment failed to provide any synergistic effects in reducing renal injury in LPS injected 12/15-LO knock-out mice. The ability of RvD2 to protect kidney against LPS-induced renal injury was further confirmed by exogenous RvD2 which significantly reduced the elevation in renal injury in LPS injected mice. These data suggest a double-edged sword role of 12/15-LO in LPS-induced acute renal inflammation and injury, depending on the type of substrate available for its activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1669-1680
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • 12/15-lipoxygenase
  • Baicalein
  • DHA
  • Inflammation
  • LPS
  • Renal injury
  • Resolvin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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