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      A 2A Adenosine Receptor Agonist and PDE 4 Inhibition Delays Inflammation but Fails to Reduce Injury in Experimental Obstructive Nephropathy


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          Background: Renal interstitial inflammation is a consequence of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). Following ischemia/reperfusion, adenosine reduces renal inflammation and injury, effects which are potentiated by type 4 phosphodiesterase inhibitors. We therefore studied the effects of A<sub>2A</sub> adenosine receptor agonist (ATL146e), and PDE4 inhibitor (rolipram) in mice subjected to UUO. Methods: Mice were subjected to UUO or sham operation, and received either vehicle or ATL146e + rolipram by osmotic minipump for 1 or 7 days. At 1, 3, 7, or 14 days after operation, renal macrophage infiltration, apoptosis, proliferation, tubular atrophy, and interstitial fibrosis were quantitated, and expressions of IL-6 and TGF-β mRNA were determined. Results: ATL146e + rolipram reduced macrophage infiltration by 40% after 3 days UUO (p < 0.05). Tubular apoptosis, tubular atrophy, and interstitial fibrosis were increased by 7 or 14 days UUO, but were unaffected by ATL146e + rolipram. However, cellular proliferation was increased by ATL146e + rolipram in the obstructed kidney. ATL146e + rolipram had no effect on the renal expression of IL-6 and TGF-β mRNA. Conclusions: A<sub>2A </sub>receptor activation and PDE4 inhibition transiently reduce renal macrophage infiltration, but do not ameliorate the renal response to UUO. We speculate that the persistent stimulus for inflammation triggered by UUO cannot be reversed by agents that suppress inflammatory cell activation alone.

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                Nephron Exp Nephrol
                Cardiorenal Medicine
                S. Karger AG
                July 2005
                15 April 2005
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                : 3
                : e113-e123
                aDepartment of Pediatrics, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany, and Departments of bPediatrics, cMedicine, and dMolecular Physiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., USA
                85057 Nephron Exp Nephrol 2005;100:e113–e123
                © 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Cardiovascular Medicine,Nephrology
                Adenosine,Unilateral ureteral obstruction,Phosphodiesterase,Inflammation,Macrophages


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