Special Issue "Renal Toxicology—Epidemiology and Mechanisms"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Toxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gary O. Rankin
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755, USA
Website: http://www.marshall.edu/bms/2012/08/30/gary-o-rankin-ph-d/
E-Mail: rankin@marshall.edu
Interests: nephrotoxicity mechanisms; renal bioactivation of toxicants; structure-toxicity relationships

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The kidney is a target for many types of chemicals including drugs, agricultural agents, industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants. While an important function of the kidney is to eliminate xenobiotics and their metabolites, the kidney also has the ability to accumulate and concentrate chemicals to toxic levels via renal transport systems and urinary concentrating mechanisms. The kidneys can also bioactivate chemicals via a variety of enzyme systems to toxic metabolites that cause acute and/or chronic renal injury. Recent studies on genetic polymorphisms are also beginning to provide some insight into nephrotoxic mechanisms. However, for many nephrotoxicants, the mechanisms and contributing renal factors that lead to renal injury are poorly understood. Epidemiological studies have also revealed increased renal injury due to exposure to therapeutic agents as well as chemicals in the environment, and provided insight into the nephrotoxic potential of various chemicals and susceptible human populations. Nonetheless, additional epidemiological information is needed for many renal toxicants. Articles in this special issue will address research directed toward defining mechanisms and contributing factors leading to renal toxicity. In addition, this special issue will address epidemiological information related to nephrotoxicity related to chemical exposure.

Prof. Dr. Gary O. Rankin
Guest Editor


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  • nephrotoxic mechanisms
  • bioactivation of nephrotoxicants
  • toxicogenomics
  • nephrotoxic epidemiology

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(9), 15358-15376; doi:10.3390/ijms150915358
Received: 25 June 2014; in revised form: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 18 August 2014 / Published: 1 September 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(5), 8979-8997; doi:10.3390/ijms15058979
Received: 7 April 2014; in revised form: 5 May 2014 / Accepted: 13 May 2014 / Published: 20 May 2014
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type: Review
Title: The Aging Kidney: Increased Susceptibility to Nephrotoxicity
Authors: Alan Parrish, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Abstract: Three decades have past since a series of studies indicated that the aging kidney was characterized by increased susceptibility to nephrotoxic injury. Data from these experimental models has been strengthened by clinical data demonstrating that the aging population has an increased incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI). Since then a number of studies have focused on age-dependent alterations in pathways that predispose the kidney to acute insult. This review will focus on the mechanisms that are altered by aging in the kidney that may increase susceptibility to injury, including alterations in blood flow, antioxidant status, apoptosis, inflammation and decreased repair.

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