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The Role of Inflammasome-Dependent and Inflammasome-Independent NLRP3 in the Kidney

Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical School, Seoul 02447, Korea
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University of Medicine, Incheon 22212, Korea
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Cells 2019, 8(11), 1389;
Received: 1 August 2019 / Revised: 23 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 5 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanisms of Inflammasome Activation)
Cytoplasmic nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) forms an inflammasome with apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD (ASC) and pro-caspase-1, which is followed by the cleavage of pro-caspase-1 to active caspase-1 and ultimately the activation of IL-1β and IL-18 and induction of pyroptosis in immune cells. NLRP3 activation in kidney diseases aggravates inflammation and subsequent fibrosis, and this effect is abrogated by genetic or pharmacologic deletion of NLRP3. Inflammasome-dependent NLRP3 mediates the progression of kidney diseases by escalating the inflammatory response in immune cells and the cross-talk between immune cells and renal nonimmune cells. However, recent studies have suggested that NLRP3 has several inflammasome-independent functions in the kidney. Inflammasome-independent NLRP3 regulates apoptosis in tubular epithelial cells by interacting with mitochondria and mediating mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production and mitophagy. This review will summarize the mechanisms by which NLRP3 functions in the kidney in both inflammasome-dependent and inflammasome-independent ways and the role of NLRP3 and NLRP3 inhibitors in kidney diseases. View Full-Text
Keywords: NLRP3; inflammasome; kidney; NLRP3 inhibitor NLRP3; inflammasome; kidney; NLRP3 inhibitor
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Kim, Y.G.; Kim, S.-M.; Kim, K.-P.; Lee, S.-H.; Moon, J.-Y. The Role of Inflammasome-Dependent and Inflammasome-Independent NLRP3 in the Kidney. Cells 2019, 8, 1389.

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