Dendritic cell protection from cisplatin nephrotoxicity is independent of neutrophils

Raghu K. Tadagavadi, Guofeng Gao, Wei Wei Wang, Manuel Rovira Gonzalez, W. Brian Reeves

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Scopus citations


Cisplatin is a very effective chemotherapeutic agent used against a wide range of solid tumors. A major adverse effect of cisplatin therapy is acute kidney injury (AKI). Neutrophils are reported to infiltrate and exacerbate injury in a wide range of sterile inflammatory models of tissue injury. Here, we studied the kinetics of neutrophil infiltration into kidneys and their role in cisplatin-mediated AKI. Mice treated with cisplatin showed an increase in circulating neutrophils 24 and 48 h after cisplatin administration. Cisplatin treatment caused an increase in kidney leukocytes with neutrophils accounting for the majority of the infiltrating leukocytes. The extent of neutrophil infiltration coincided with the severity of kidney injury and renal dysfunction. To examine the functional relevance of infiltrating neutrophils in cisplatin nephrotoxicity, we depleted neutrophils using a neutrophil-specific antibody (anti-Ly-6G). This antibody resulted in greater than 90% depletion of neutrophils in both the blood and kidney. Of note, depletion of neutrophils had no impact on the extent of cisplatin-induced AKI as compared to non-depleted mice. Earlier, we reported that dendritic cell depletion in CD11c-DTRtg mice causes exacerbation of AKI and a dramatic increase in renal neutrophils. Thus, we also examined the role of neutrophils in dendritic cell-depleted mice treated with cisplatin. Dendritic cell depletion exacerbated AKI in spite of neutrophil depletion. These data demonstrate that cisplatin nephrotoxicity is not mediated by neutrophils and that dendritic cells protect kidneys via neutrophil-independent mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3245-3256
Number of pages12
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 19 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cisplatin
  • Dendritic cells
  • Kidney injury
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Neutrophils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology


Dive into the research topics of 'Dendritic cell protection from cisplatin nephrotoxicity is independent of neutrophils'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this