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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 5985903, 10 pages
Research Article

Valproic Acid Prevents Renal Dysfunction and Inflammation in the Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Model

1Laboratory of Cellular, Genetic, and Molecular Nephrology, Renal Division, University of São Paulo, 01246-903 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Center for Cellular and Molecular Studies and Therapy (NETCEM), University of São Paulo, 01246-903 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Received 27 December 2015; Revised 29 February 2016; Accepted 27 March 2016

Academic Editor: Peter A. McCullough

Copyright © 2016 Elerson C. Costalonga et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is a major contributor to acute kidney injury (AKI). At present, there are no effective therapies to prevent AKI. The aim of this study was to analyse whether valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor with anti-inflammatory properties, prevents renal IRI. Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups: SHAM rats were subjected to a SHAM surgery, IRI rats underwent bilateral renal ischemia for 45 min, and IRI + VPA rats were treated with VPA at 300 mg/kg twice daily 2 days before bilateral IRI. Animals were euthanized at 48 hours after IRI. VPA attenuated renal dysfunction after ischemia, which was characterized by a decrease in BUN (mg/dL), serum creatinine (mg/dL), and FENa (%) in the IRI + VPA group (, , and , resp.) compared with the IRI group (, , and , resp.; ). Additionally, significantly lower acute tubular necrosis grade and number of apoptotic cells were found in the IRI + VPA group compared to the IRI group (). Furthermore, VPA treatment reduced inflammatory cellular infiltration and expression of proinflammatory cytokines. These data suggest that VPA prevents the renal dysfunction and inflammation that is associated with renal IRI.