HIF in nephrotoxicity during cisplatin chemotherapy: Regulation, function and therapeutic potential

Siyao Li, Lu Wen, Xiaoru Hu, Qingqing Wei, Zheng Dong

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Cisplatin is a highly effective, broad-spectrum chemotherapeutic drug, yet its clinical use and efficacy are limited by its side effects. Particularly, cancer patients receiving cisplatin chemotherapy have high incidence of kidney problems. Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) is the “master” transcription factor that is induced under hypoxia to trans-activate various genes for adaptation to the low oxygen condition. Numerous studies have reported that HIF activation protects against AKI and promotes kidney recovery in experimental models of cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). In contrast, little is known about the effects of HIF on chronic kidney problems following cisplatin chemotherapy. Prolyl hydroxylase (PHD) inhibitors are potent HIF inducers that recently entered clinical use. By inducing HIF, PHD inhibitors may protect kidneys during cisplatin chemotherapy. However, HIF activation by PHD inhibitors may reduce the anticancer effect of cisplatin in tumors. Future studies should test PHD inhibitors in tumor-bearing animal models to verify their effects in kidneys and tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number180
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2 2021


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cisplatin
  • HIF
  • Hypoxia
  • Nephrotoxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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