Deubiquitinase inhibitor PR-619 reduces Smad4 expression and suppresses renal fibrosis in mice with unilateral ureteral obstruction
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Deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) remove ubiquitin from their substrates and, together with ubiquitin ligases, play an important role in the regulation of protein expression. Although transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1-Smad signaling is a central pathway of renal fibrosis, the role of DUBs in the expression of TGF-β receptors and Smads during the development of renal fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we investigated whether PR-619, a pan-DUB inhibitor, suppresses fibrosis in mice with unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and TGF-β1-stimulated normal rat kidney (NRK)-49F cells, a rat renal fibroblast cell line. Either the vehicle (dimethyl sulfoxide) or PR-619 (100 μg) was intraperitoneally administered to mice after UUO induction once a day for 7 days. Administration of PR-619 attenuated renal fibrosis with downregulation of mesenchymal markers, extracellular matrix proteins, matrix metalloproteinases, apoptosis, macrophage infiltration, and the TGF-β1 mRNA level in UUO mice. Although type I TGF-β receptor (TGF-βRI), Smad2, Smad3, and Smad4 protein expression levels were markedly increased in mice with UUO, administration of PR-619 suppressed only Smad4 expression but not TGF-βRI, Smad2, or Smad3 expression. PR-619 also had an inhibitory effect on TGF-β1-induced α-smooth muscle actin expression and reduced Smad4 levels in NRK-49F cells. Our results indicate that PR-619 ameliorates renal fibrosis, which is accompanied by the reduction of Smad4 expression.
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP16K09618 (https://www.jsps.go.jp/j-grantsinaid/).
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