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      Biochemical Renal Manifestations Induced by Consecutive Administration of Gentamicin in Rats

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          In the present study, we investigated the generation of lipid peroxides and changes in total phospholipid levels in the kidney tissue of rats with acquired resistance to gentamicin (GM). GM resistance was induced in Sprague-Dawley male rats by subcutaneously administering each rat a dose of 80 mg/kg/day of GM for 40 consecutive days. Twelve days after the GM administration, serum urea nitrogen peaked at 35 mg/dl. The urinary creatinine excretion progressively decreased, beginning 4 days after the start of GM administration. The fractional excretion of sodium progressively increased, beginning 4 days after the start of GM administration, peaking on the 10th day. However, despite the continuation of GM administration, the urinary creatinine excretion gradually increased, and the serum urea nitrogen concentrations recovered to previous levels after 21 days. We also analyzed the relationship between the acquired resistance to GM and changes in the reduced glutathione content and glutathione peroxidase activity. Simultaneously, we investigated sequential changes in the activities of phospholipase A<sub>2</sub> and phospholipase C, which release peroxidized membrane phospholipids into the cytoplasm via hydrolysis, as well as the relationship between changes in the kidney tissue phospholipid composition (sphingomyelin/phosphatidylcholine ratio) and renal function. We found that (1) the kidney tissue glutathione content rapidly decreased after GM administration before subsequently increasing and being maintained at a higher level; (2) the glutathione peroxidase activity showed a persistent decrease after GM administration; (3) the kidney tissue phospholipase A<sub>2</sub> activity decreased after GM administration, while the phospholipase C activity exhibited a sustained increase from 21 days, and (4) the spingomyelin/phosphatidylcholine ratio decreased on the 4th day before stabilizing when acquired resistance was obtained. Based on these findings, we conclude that an increased supply of reduced glutathione and the induction of an antioxidase, substituting for glutathione peroxidase, may play a significant role in the acquisition of resistance to acute renal failure which occurs with continuous GM administration. Improved membrane fluidity, achieved by maintenance of the membrane phospholipid composition by increased phospholipase C activity, may be an additional factor contributing to the recovery of the renal function.

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            We examined the hypothesis that lipid peroxidation participates in the pathogenesis of aminoglycoside-induced nephrotoxicity. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected subcutaneously with gentamicin, 100 mg/kg per day, for 1-4 days. Twenty-four or forty-eight hours after the last injection the rats were killed and the renal cortex was processed for total phospholipids, malondialdehyde (MDA), phospholipid fatty acid composition, superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione. Gentamicin induced a significant increase in total renal cortical phospholipids which was evident after a single injection and by the third injection reached a plateau 17% above the baseline level. MDA, an end product of lipid peroxidation, increased from 0.674 +/- 0.021 nmole/mg protein in the control group to 0.931 +/- 0.053 nmole/mg protein (P less than 0.001) 48 hr after the fourth injection. As another index of lipid peroxidation, we determined the shift from polyunsaturated to saturated fatty acids of renal cortical phospholipids. By the second injection of gentamicin we detected a significant decline of arachidonic acid (20:4) present in phospholipid. By the fourth injection, arachidonic acid had fallen 48% below control and was accompanied by reciprocal increases of more saturated fatty acids including linoleic (18:2), oleic (18:1) and palmitic (16:0) acids. The number of double bonds per mole of fatty acid declined from a baseline value of 1.62 +/- 0.01 to 1.20 +/- 0.02 (P less than 0.001) by the fourth injection of drug. Superoxide dismutase showed no consistent alteration, whereas catalase activity (k) fell from the control value of 0.221 +/- 0.007 min to 0.155 +/- 0.009 min (P less than 0.01) by the third injection, where k is the first-order rate constant. Total and reduced glutathione declined after the fourth injection of gentamicin accompanied by a shift to oxidized glutathione with an increase in the ratio of oxidized to total glutathione. These data support the conclusion that accelerated lipid peroxidation occurs early in the course of gentamicin administration and raise the possibility that lipid peroxidation is a proximal event in the injury cascade of gentamicin nephrotoxicity.
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                S. Karger AG
                November 1998
                02 November 1998
                : 80
                : 3
                : 331-339
                1st Department of Internal Medicine, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
                45194 Nephron 1998;80:331–339
                © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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