Send to

Choose Destination
Ren Fail. 2018 Nov;40(1):314-322. doi: 10.1080/0886022X.2018.1456938.

Cisplatin-induced oxidative stress stimulates renal Fas ligand shedding.

Author information

a Department of Physiology , University of Tennessee Health Science Center , Memphis , TN , USA.
b Department of Ophthalmology , University of Tennessee Health Science Center , Memphis , TN , USA.
c Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology , University of Tennessee Health Science Center , Memphis , TN , USA.


Acute kidney injury (AKI), a significant complication of cisplatin chemotherapy is associated with reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent renal cell death, but the cellular targets of ROS in cisplatin nephrotoxicity are not fully resolved. Here, we investigated cisplatin-induced oxidative renal damage and tested the hypothesis that ROS-dependent shedding of death activator Fas ligand (FasL) occurs in cisplatin nephropathy. We show that intraperitoneal injection of sulfobutyl ether-β-cyclodextrin (Captisol™)-solubilized cisplatin elevated the level of lipid peroxidation product malondialdehyde in mouse kidneys and urinary concentration of oxidative DNA damage biomarker 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine. Cisplatin increased mouse kidney-to-body weight ratio and the plasma or urinary levels of predictive biomarkers of AKI, including creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, microalbumin, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin, and cystatin C. Histological analysis and dUTP nick end labeling of kidney sections indicated tubular injury and renal apoptosis, respectively in cisplatin-treated mice. Whereas the plasma concentration of soluble FasL (sFasL) was unaltered, urinary sFasL was increased ∼4-fold in cisplatin-treated mice. Real-time quantitative live-cell imaging and lactate dehydrogenase assay showed that cisplatin stimulated caspase 3/7 activation and cytotoxicity in a human proximal tubule epithelial cell line which were attenuated by inhibitors of the FasL/Fas system and poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase-1. Moreover, TEMPOL, an intracellular free radical scavenger mitigated cisplatin-induced renal oxidative stress and injury, AKI biomarker and urinary sFasL elevation, and proximal tubule cell death. Our findings indicate that cisplatin-induced oxidative stress triggers the shedding of membrane-bound FasL to sFasL in the kidney. We demonstrate that cisplatin elicits nephrotoxicity by promoting FasL/Fas-dependent oxidative renal tubular cell death.


Fas ligand; Renal tubules; captisol; cisplatin; nephrotoxicity; oxidative damage

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Taylor & Francis Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center