Acute bile duct ligation ameliorates ischemic renal failure

D. Rohan Jeyarajah, Mariusz L. Kielar, Xin J. Zhou, Ying Zhang, Christopher Y. Lu

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Background: Biliary obstruction affects the renal response to ischemia and also elicits a hepatic cytokine response. Using a murine model, we now test the hypothesis that these hepatic cytokines help determine the outcome of ischemic acute renal failure. Methods: C3H/HEN mice were subjected to bile duct ligation 24 h (ABDL) or 7 days (CBDL) prior to induction of acute ischemic renal failure (ARF). Serum creatinine (Scr), cytokine mRNA abundance, and renal histology were studied 24 h after renal ischemia. Results: ABDL prior to ARF resulted in amelioration of renal injury (Scr 0.7 ± 0.1 mg/dl compared to 2.5 ± 0.1 mg/dl in sham/ARF group, (mean ± SE, n = 11/group). CBDL exacerbated renal injury. Increased hepatic mRNA for interleukin-10 (IL10) and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL1RA) was detected in the ABDL/ARF group but not in the CBDL/ARF group. These data suggest that hepatic production of IL10 and IL1RA in response to ABDL ameliorates ischemic ARF, an effect that is lost after several days of BDL. Conclusion: Our data support the concept that hepatic cytokines modulate renal injury. This adds a new dimension in our understanding of renal injury in the setting of hepatic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)p28-p35
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 9 2003


  • Acute renal failure
  • Biliary obstruction
  • Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist
  • Interleukin-10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Nephrology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Urology


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