Protective effect of peptide GV1001 against renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in mice

Transplant Proc. 2014 May;46(4):1117-22. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2013.12.019.


Background: Ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) is a common complication after kidney transplantation. Peptide GV1001 is a peptide vaccine representing a 16-amino acid human telomerase reverse transcriptase sequence, which has been reported to possess potential antineoplastic and anti-inflammatory activity. This study aimed to investigate the potential effects of peptide GV1001 on renal IRI.

Methods: Peptide GV1001 was subcutaneously administered to C57BL6/J mice 30 minutes before and 12 hours after bilateral IRI. Sham operation and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) injection were used as controls. Blood and renal tissues were harvested at 1 day after IRI.

Results: Peptide GV1001 treatment significantly attenuated renal functional deterioration after IRI (peptide GV1001 group vs PBS group; blood urea nitrogen, P < .05; creatinine, P < .05). Peptide GV1001 treatment also attenuated renal tissue injury (tubular injury score; the peptide GV1001 group vs PBS group; P < .001). Renal apoptosis was also lower in the peptide GV1001 group. Immunohistochemical studies showed that IRI increased perirenal infiltration of both neutrophils and macrophages, and that peptide GV1001 significantly attenuated this process. Expression of interleukin-6 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 was significantly reduced by peptide GV1001 treatment.

Conclusions: Peptide GV1001 ameliorates acute renal IRI by reducing inflammation and apoptosis; therefore, it is promising as a potential therapeutic agent for renal IRI. The mechanisms of protection should be explored in further studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology*
  • Apoptosis / drug effects
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Cytoprotection
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Inflammation Mediators / metabolism
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Kidney / blood supply
  • Kidney / drug effects*
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / blood
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Macrophages / drug effects
  • Macrophages / metabolism
  • Macrophages / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Neutrophil Infiltration / drug effects
  • Peptide Fragments / administration & dosage
  • Peptide Fragments / pharmacology*
  • Reperfusion Injury / blood
  • Reperfusion Injury / pathology
  • Reperfusion Injury / prevention & control*
  • Telomerase / administration & dosage
  • Telomerase / pharmacology*
  • Time Factors


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Biomarkers
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Peptide Fragments
  • GV1001 peptide
  • Telomerase