Early Heterogenic Response of Renal Microvasculature to Hemorrhagic Shock/Resuscitation and the Influence of NF-κB Pathway Blockade

Shock. 2019 Feb;51(2):200-212. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0000000000001126.


Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is associated with low blood pressure due to excessive loss of circulating blood and causes both macrocirculatory and microcirculatory dysfunction. Fluid resuscitation after HS is used in the clinic to restore tissue perfusion. The persistent microcirculatory damage caused by HS and/or resuscitation can result in multiple organ damage, with the kidney being one of the involved organs. The kidney microvasculature consists of different segments that possess a remarkable heterogeneity in functional properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the inflammatory responses of these different renal microvascular segments, i.e., arterioles, glomeruli, and postcapillary venules, to HS and resuscitation (HS/R) in mice and to explore the effects of intervention with a nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) inhibitor on these responses. We found that HS/R disturbed the balance of the angiopoietin-Tie2 ligand-receptor system, especially in the glomeruli. Furthermore, endothelial adhesion molecules, proinflammatory cytokines, and chemokines were markedly upregulated by HS/R, with the strongest responses occurring in the glomerular and postcapillary venous segments. Blockade of NF-κB signaling during the resuscitation period only slightly inhibited HS/R-induced inflammatory activation, possibly because NF-κB p65 nuclear translocation already occurred during the HS period. In summary, although all three renal microvascular segments were activated upon HS/R, responses of endothelial cells in glomeruli and postcapillary venules to HS/R, as well as to NF-κB inhibition were stronger than those in arterioles. NF-κB inhibition during the resuscitation phase does not effectively counteract NF-κB p65 nuclear translocation initiating inflammatory gene transcription.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cytokines / biosynthesis
  • Endothelial Cells / metabolism
  • Endothelial Cells / pathology
  • Kidney* / blood supply
  • Kidney* / metabolism
  • Kidney* / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Microcirculation*
  • Microvessels* / metabolism
  • Microvessels* / pathology
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Resuscitation*
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic* / metabolism
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic* / pathology
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic* / therapy
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Up-Regulation


  • Cytokines
  • NF-kappa B