Low doses of cadmium chloride and methallothionein-1-bound cadmium display different accumulation kinetics and induce different genes in cells of the human nephron
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Basel :S. Karger
Nephron extra. - Basel, 2011, currens
, p. 24-37
University of Antwerp
Background/Aims: The present study was conducted to investigate the renal tubular handling of inorganic cadmium (Cd2+) by exposing primary human tubular cell cultures to physiologically relevant doses of cadmium chloride (CdCl2). Furthermore, the cellular accumulation of Cd2+ was compared to that of metallothionein-1-bound Cd (Cd7MT-1). Finally, this study aimed to investigate the effect of the accumulation of Cd (both Cd2+ and Cd7MT-1) in renal cells on the expression of genes relevant to nephrotoxic processes. Methods: Cd concentration was measured using atomic absorption spectrometry. mRNA expression was evaluated by quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Results: Cd2+ accumulated into human tubular cells in a concentration- and time-dependent way. Furthermore, cellular accumulation of Cd2+ was different from the cellular accumulation of Cd7MT-1, indicative for different uptake routes. Finally, mRNA expression of the genes encoding the anti-oxidative proteins metallothionein-1 (MT-1) and heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1) as well as the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax) were upregulated by CdCl2 and not by Cd7MT1. Conclusion: In the presence of physiologically relevant Cd concentrations, tubular accumulation of the element in its inorganic form is different from that of Cd7MT-1. Furthermore, the tubular accumulation of inorganic Cd induces mRNA expression of genes of which the protein products may play a role in Cd-associated renal toxicity.