Time-Dependent miRNA Profile during Septic Acute Kidney Injury in Mice

Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Jul 27;21(15):5316. doi: 10.3390/ijms21155316.


(1) Background: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced systemic inflammation is associated with septic acute kidney injury (AKI). We investigated the time-dependent miRNA expression changes in the kidney caused by LPS. (2) Methods: Male outbred NMRI mice were injected with LPS and sacrificed at 1.5 and 6 h (40 mg/kg i.p., early phase, EP) or at 24 and 48 h (10 mg/kg i.p., late phase, LP). The miRNA profile was established using miRCURY LNA™ microarray and confirmed with qPCR. Total renal proteome was analyzed by LC-MS/MS (ProteomeXchange: PXD014664). (3) Results: Septic AKI was confirmed by increases in plasma urea concentration and in renal TNF-α and IL-6 mRNA expression. Most miRNAs were altered at 6 and 24 h and declined by 48 h. In EP miR-762 was newly identified and validated and was the most elevated miRNA. The predicted target of miR-762, Ras related GTPase 1B (Sar1b) was downregulated. In LP miR-21a-5p was the most influenced miRNA followed by miR-451a, miR-144-3p, and miR-146a-5p. Among the potential protein targets of the most influenced miRNAs, only aquaporin-1, a target of miR-144-3p was downregulated at 24 h. (4) Conclusion: Besides already known miRNAs, septic AKI upregulated miR-762, which may regulate GTP signaling, and miR-144-3p and downregulated its target, aquaporin-1.

Keywords: aquaporin-1; cross-tolerance; miArray; miR-144-3p; miR-146a-5p; miR-21a; miR-451a; miR-762; septic acute kidney injury.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Kidney Injury / chemically induced
  • Acute Kidney Injury / metabolism*
  • Acute Kidney Injury / pathology
  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Lipopolysaccharides / toxicity
  • Male
  • Mice
  • MicroRNAs / biosynthesis*
  • Sepsis / chemically induced
  • Sepsis / metabolism*
  • Sepsis / pathology
  • Transcriptome*


  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • MicroRNAs