Die HIF-abhängige Regulation von Histon-Lysin-Demethylasen in der Niere

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Doctoral Thesis
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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Medizinische Fakultät
Issue Date
Schönau, Carlotta E.

Mammalian cells are extremely sensitive to changes in oxygen levels. The adaption to hypoxic conditions is mediated by hypoxia inducible factors (HIF). HIF are transcription factors which induce gene expression affecting i.e. angiogenesis, erythropoiesis, cell metabolism and proliferation. In addition to these direct effects HIF are known to induce the expression of genes encoding for epigenetic modifiers i.e. some Jumonji C histone lysine demethylases (JmjC KDMs), which enzymatically modify chromatin. KDM4B is a member of this family of enzymes. KDM4B activity induces, among others, genes such as LOX (lysyl oxidase), LOXL2 (lysyl oxidase-like 2), PDGFß (platelet-derived growth factor β) and SMAD3 (mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 3) which are known to play a role in fibrotic pathways. HIF are also involved in fibrotic processes i.e. in acute kidney injury (AKI) related renal fibrosis. However, their exact role in the development of renal fibrosis remains unclear. This work aims to analyse the HIF dependent regulation of several JmjC KDMs in the kidney, focusing on the role of KDM4B in the regulation of profibrotic genes. To address this, KDM expression levels were detected in primary human renal cells and murine tissues in which HIF was pharmacological stabilized. Small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) mediated knock down experiments were used to analyse the KDM4B dependent regulation of profibrotic genes in the kidney. I detected HIF dependent regulation of several KDMs in renal cells and in kidney tissue. KDM4B knock down in renal cells resulted in a decrease of gene expression of some profibrotic genes. These results show that JmjC KDMs may play a role in the renal adaption to hypoxia mediated by the HIF signalling pathway. A KDM4B dependent regulation of profibrotic genes in the kidney seems plausible indicating an interplay between HIF and KDM4B.

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