AN NLRP3 specific inflammasome inhibitor attenuates crystal-induced kidney fibrosis in mice.

Ludwig-Portugall I, Bartok E, Dhana E, Evers BD, Primiano MJ, Hall JP, Franklin BS, Knolle PA, Hornung V, Hartmann G, Boor P, Latz E, Kurts C. Kidney Int. 2016 Sep 90(3): 525-39.

Intrarenal crystal formation activates the Nlrp3 inflammasome in myeloid cells and triggers a profound inflammatory response. Here, we studied whether a specific inhibitor of the Nlrp3 inflammasome, CP-456,773, can prevent kidney fibrosis in a murine model of crystal nephropathy induced by diets rich in oxalate or adenine. Inflammasome activation in renal dendritic cells and the resulting interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18 production were markedly reduced by CP-456,773 treatment both ex vivo and in vivo. We directly visualized intrarenal inflammasome activation and its inhibition by CP-456,773 in vivo by adoptive transfer of bone marrow cells transduced with interleukin-1β-Gaussia luciferase, a proteolytic luciferase-based reporter for inflammasome activation, into irradiated mice. CP-456,773 treatment strongly attenuated kidney fibrosis when given early in the genesis of crystal nephropathy, but was unable to reverse established crystal-induced fibrosis. The urinary IL-18 concentration appeared to be a useful noninvasive biomarker for renal inflammasome activation. Finally, NLRP3 inhibition did not compromise adaptive immune responses as previously reported for the global inhibition of IL-1 signaling. Thus, early NLRP3 inhibition by CP-456,773 may be an effective treatment for crystal nephropathy. Use of iGLuc transfected cells introduces a novel imaging technique for inflammasome activation in mice.
doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2016.03.035