Soluble epoxide hydrolase in podocytes is a significant contributor to renal function under hyperglycemia

Ahmed Bettaieb, Shinichiro Koike, Ming Fo Hsu, Yoshihiro Ito, Samah Chahed, Santana Bachaalany, Artiom Gruzdev, Miguel Calvo-Rubio, Kin Sing Stephen Lee, Bora Inceoglu, John D. Imig, Jose M. Villalba, Darryl C. Zeldin, Bruce D. Hammock, Fawaz Haj

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Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of renal failure, and podocyte dysfunction contributes to the pathogenesis of DN. Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH, encoded by Ephx2) is a conserved cytosolic enzyme whose inhibition has beneficial effects on renal function. The aim of this study is to investigate the contribution of sEH in podocytes to hyperglycemia-induced renal injury. Materials and methods: Mice with podocyte-specific sEH disruption (pod-sEHKO) were generated, and alterations in kidney function were determined under normoglycemia, and high-fat diet (HFD)- and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemia. Results: sEH protein expression increased in murine kidneys under HFD- and STZ-induced hyperglycemia. sEH deficiency in podocytes preserved renal function and glucose control and mitigated hyperglycemia-induced renal injury. Also, podocyte sEH deficiency was associated with attenuated hyperglycemia-induced renal endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, inflammation and fibrosis, and enhanced autophagy. Moreover, these effects were recapitulated in immortalized murine podocytes treated with a selective sEH pharmacological inhibitor. Furthermore, pharmacological-induced elevation of ER stress or attenuation of autophagy in immortalized podocytes mitigated the protective effects of sEH inhibition. Conclusions: These findings establish sEH in podocytes as a significant contributor to renal function under hyperglycemia. General significance: These data suggest that sEH is a potential therapeutic target for podocytopathies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects
StateAccepted/In press - 2017



  • Autophagy
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Endoplasmic reticulum stress
  • Knockout mice
  • Podocyte
  • Soluble epoxide hydrolase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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Bettaieb, A., Koike, S., Hsu, M. F., Ito, Y., Chahed, S., Bachaalany, S., Gruzdev, A., Calvo-Rubio, M., Lee, K. S. S., Inceoglu, B., Imig, J. D., Villalba, J. M., Zeldin, D. C., Hammock, B. D., & Haj, F. (Accepted/In press). Soluble epoxide hydrolase in podocytes is a significant contributor to renal function under hyperglycemia. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects.