Five-lipoxygenase products in glomerular immune injury

Kamal F. Badr

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Leukocyte infiltration, proliferation, and activation are central pathogenetic components of immune injury in the glomerulus. Initial cellular infiltration by polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) is a consequence of the deposition of immune complexes at discreet sites in the glomerulus. This is often followed by macrophage/monocyte infiltration, as well as proliferation of resident mesangial macrophages. Activated leukocytes constitute a rich source of lipid-derived bioactive autacoids, in particular, oxygenated metabolites of arachidonic acid. Here, we assess the role of the five-lipoxygenase (5-LO) family of eicosanoids, in particular, leukotrienes D4 and B4 (LTD4 and LTB4) in mediating functional and structural deterioration during immune inflammatory reactions in the glomerulus. LTD4 and other peptidyl LT appear to play a central role in the reductions in GFR in the acute phases of injury by virtue of their potent vasoactive properties, in particular, their capacity to reduce the glomerular capillary ultrafiltration coefficient, likely through contraction of smooth muscle elements in glomerular mesangial cells. The latter cells possess specific receptors for LTD4 in both humans and rat and contract in vitro when exposed to LTD4 after receptor-mediated activation of phospholipase C. LTB4, a nonvasoconstrictor LT, is released in the early phases of immune injury, likely from leukocyte sources as well as from transcellular metabolism of its precursor, LTA4, by the enzyme LTA4-hydrolase in glomerular mesangial and endothelial cells. LTB4, a potent promoter of PMN attraction, adhesion, and activation exacerbates glomerular functional impairment and structural damage by amplifying PMN-dependent mechanisms of injury. In their totality, 5-LO products of arachidonic acid contribute to the impairment of the normal glomerular filtration and sieving functions that attend acute inflammatory injury in the renal glomerulus and to the subsequent progression of glomerular destruction. This is highlighted by the significant degree of protection afforded by the selective inhibition of arachidonate 5-LO in vivo in acute and chronic models of experimental glomerulonephritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-915
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Arachidonic acid
  • Glomerular nephritis
  • Leukotrienes
  • Lipoxines
  • Ultrafiltration coefficient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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