Na+/Ca2+ exchange inhibitor, KB-R7943, attenuates contrast-induced acute kidney injury

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Intracellular Ca2+ overload is considered to be a key factor in contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). The Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) system is one of the main pathways of intracellular Ca2+ overload. We investigated the effects of KB-R7943, an inhibitor of the reverse mode of NCX, on CI-AKI in a rat model.


Rats were divided into control group, CI-AKI group and pretreatment groups (with KB-R7943 dose of 5 or 10 mg/kg). CI-AKI was induced by diatrizoate administration in rats with cholesterol-supplemented diet for 8 weeks. Renal function and renal hemodynamics were determined 1 day following contrast medium administration. Renal histopathology was observed by light microscope. Renal tubular apoptosis was examined by TUNEL. Renal endothelin-1 (ET-1) was measured by radioimmunoassay. Renal malondialdehyde (MDA) and catalase (CAT) were measured as oxidative markers.


Levels of serum creatinine (Scr), renal ET-1, MDA and CAT, and resistance index (RI) of renal blood vessels increased significantly in CI-AKI rats. The increases in Scr and RI of renal blood vessels induced by diatrizoate were suppressed significantly and dose-dependently by pretreatment with KB-R7943. Histopathological and TUNEL results showed that the contrast medium-induced severe renal tubular necrosis and apoptosis were significantly and dose-dependently attenuated by KB-R7943. KB-R7943 significantly suppressed the increment of renal ET-1 content and MDA and CAT level induced by contrast medium administration.


Activation of the reverse mode of NCX, followed by ET-1 overproduction and increased oxidative stress, seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of CI-AKI. The inhibitor of the reverse mode of NCX, KB-R7943, has renoprotective effects on CI-AKI.

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