- Research article
- Open Access
Mining kidney toxicogenomic data by using gene co-expression modules
© The Author(s). 2016
- Received: 17 December 2015
- Accepted: 29 September 2016
- Published: 10 October 2016
Acute kidney injury (AKI) caused by drug and toxicant ingestion is a serious clinical condition associated with high mortality rates. We currently lack detailed knowledge of the underlying molecular mechanisms and biological networks associated with AKI. In this study, we carried out gene co-expression analyses using DrugMatrix—a large toxicogenomics database with gene expression data from rats exposed to diverse chemicals—and identified gene modules associated with kidney injury to probe the molecular-level details of this disease.
We generated a comprehensive set of gene co-expression modules by using the Iterative Signature Algorithm and found distinct clusters of modules that shared genes and were associated with similar chemical exposure conditions. We identified two module clusters that showed specificity for kidney injury in that they 1) were activated by chemical exposures causing kidney injury, 2) were not activated by other chemical exposures, and 3) contained known AKI-relevant genes such as Havcr1, Clu, and Tff3. We used the genes in these AKI-relevant module clusters to develop a signature of 30 genes that could assess the potential of a chemical to cause kidney injury well before injury actually occurs. We integrated AKI-relevant module cluster genes with protein-protein interaction networks and identified the involvement of immunoproteasomes in AKI. To identify biological networks and processes linked to Havcr1, we determined genes within the modules that frequently co-express with Havcr1, including Cd44, Plk2, Mdm2, Hnmt, Macrod1, and Gtpbp4. We verified this procedure by showing that randomized data did not identify Havcr1 co-expression genes and that excluding up to 10 % of the data caused only minimal degradation of the gene set. Finally, by using an external dataset from a rat kidney ischemic study, we showed that the frequently co-expressed genes of Havcr1 behaved similarly in a model of non-chemically induced kidney injury.
Our study demonstrated that co-expression modules and co-expressed genes contain rich information for generating novel biomarker hypotheses and constructing mechanism-based molecular networks associated with kidney injury.
- Acute kidney injury
- Kidney co-expression modules
- Gene signature
- Frequently co-expressed genes
- AKI pathways
- Cd44 ectodomain
- AKI networks
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a clinically relevant disorder associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality . It reportedly occurs in ~20 % of hospitalized patients and in 30–60 % of critically ill intensive care patients [2, 3], increases mortality in military-relevant burn causalities , and often progresses to chronic kidney disease . In the United States, the annual costs for hospital-acquired AKI are estimated to be greater than $10 billion , and recent epidemiological studies show a trend towards increasing occurrence of AKI [6–8]. The lack of suitable biomarkers is a major hurdle in timely diagnosis of AKI, especially because drug-induced AKI is often reversible as long as drug use is discontinued.
Functional markers, such as serum creatinine, blood-urea-nitrogen, and the volume of urine output, are currently used to diagnose AKI [2, 9]. These markers have low sensitivity, lack specificity, result in delayed diagnosis, and hence, contribute to poor clinical outcomes [2, 10]. Developing suitable pre-clinical markers that could aid in earlier identification of AKI will also help reduce the cost and time associated with advanced drug development . The Predictive Safety Testing Consortium recently addressed this issue and developed the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved AKI biomarker panel for use in pre-clinical studies . While this is a major advance in the field, our current knowledge of molecular mechanisms and networks associated with AKI remains incomplete , and the search for new clinical AKI biomarkers is ongoing [9, 14]. Thus, identifying new molecular-level insights of kidney injury will help us to not only understand the disease process but also to identify new candidate biomarkers.
Extraction of network and pathway information by using in vivo gene expression datasets from thousands of chemical exposures and disease conditions can provide detailed insight into molecular injury mechanisms and identify the corresponding mechanism-based biomarkers [15–20]. The diversity and complexity of the in vivo response require specialized techniques to extract interpretable biological information. Here, we used the Iterative Signature Algorithm (ISA) to generate gene co-expression modules associated with AKI [21, 22]. Co-expressed genes are hypothesized to participate in biological processes and pathways that are linked together, though not necessarily through gene co-regulation. The bi-clustering methodology identifies gene modules that are clustered together under a subset of conditions, such that modules that can be specifically associated with kidney disease conditions can be hypothesized to be linked to kidney injury mechanisms. In this formulation, individual genes can participate in more than one module, because the same gene will respond differently to different stimuli, leading to co-expression with different sets of genes . This is consistent with the concept of a molecular toxicity pathway, in which a limited number of pathways are differentially activated in response to different injury conditions.
We investigated the DrugMatrix toxicogenomics database, which contains chemically induced gene expression changes and associated clinical chemistry and organ-specific histopathology endpoints in male Sprague Dawley rats [24, 25]. The DrugMatrix kidney Affymetrix dataset has ~60 million in vivo gene expression data points associated with diverse chemical exposures. We have previously used DrugMatrix liver data to identify modules and networks associated with liver fibrosis and experimentally validated the identified liver fibrosis gene signature [26–28]. Fielden et al. utilized part of the DrugMatrix kidney data to develop a predictive gene signature for kidney injury , but to our best knowledge, there are no reports on identifying co-expression modules associated with kidney injury from toxicogenomic data. Thus, our goal in this study was to identify co-expression modules associated with AKI. Our study was based on two major hypotheses: 1) a bi-clustering approach should be able to identify toxicity-relevant co-expression modules in an unsupervised manner, and 2) genes consistently co-expressed with known biomarker candidates should identify biological networks associated with kidney injuries. We identified AKI-relevant modules that were activated in chemical exposure conditions causing kidney injury and which contained well-known AKI-relevant genes such as Havcr1, Clu, and Tff3. We used the genes in these modules to 1) generate a signature for predicting kidney injury that performed better than well-known AKI biomarkers, and 2) identify pathways and networks of extracellular matrix (ECM)-receptor interactions, glutathione metabolism, and p53 signaling pathways associated with kidney injury. Our network analysis identified the involvement of immunoproteasomes in AKI. To expand on the knowledge and pathways associated with the well-known AKI gene Havcr1 [also known as the kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM1)], we identified genes that were frequently co-expressed with Havcr1 under conditions that cause kidney injury. We also confirmed that the expression pattern of these genes was present in an independent dataset probing rat kidney injuries due to ischemia, not chemical exposures. These results illustrate the potential of our approach to identify molecular networks associated with toxic injury and as a potential source for biomarkers.
Data collection and preprocessing
We used data from DrugMatrix, a publicly available toxicogenomics database that contains matched gene expression and histopathology data from Sprague Dawley rats after exposure to a range of chemicals at different doses and time intervals . We downloaded the DrugMatrix data from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences  server and focused on the kidney data generated using the Affymetrix rat 230 2.0 GeneChip array. We followed the pre-processing protocol as described in our earlier study [26, 31]. Briefly, we used the R/BioConductor package affy to perform robust multi-array average quantile normalization and the BioConductor package ArrayQualityMetrics to assess the quality of the microarray data [32–34]. We renormalized the data after removing 97 arrays that failed on at least one of the three statistical tests in ArrayQualityMetrics and were thus identified as outliers. We used the MAS5calls function in the affy package to obtain the “Present/Absent” calls for each probe set and removed the probe sets that were found to be “Absent” in all replicates across all chemical exposures .
We used the BioConductor genefilter package to remove genes without EntrezIDs or with low variance across chemical exposures . After calculating the average intensity across the replicates of a chemical exposure condition, we computed log-ratios for each gene between treatments and their corresponding controls. In the current analysis, we focused on chemical exposures with greater than 1-day time-points. This resulted in a final log-ratio matrix of 9,222 genes and 220 chemical exposure conditions.
Generation of gene co-expression modules and module clusters
We used the ISA implemented in the R/BioConductor package eisa to generate gene co-expression modules . The three key parameters of this algorithm are 1) starter seeds, 2) gene threshold, and 3) condition threshold. We used the R hierarchical clustering package Hclust along with the dynamicTreeCut package and generated 216 gene clusters . In line with our previous work, random gene sets were added to the hierarchical gene clusters and expanded to ~15,000 gene sets . We used both the hierarchical gene clusters and expanded gene sets as the starter seeds.
The ISA uses gene and condition threshold parameters for module generation. These two parameters affect the size and stringency of the modules; i.e., the higher their values, the smaller and more highly correlated are the modules, whereas the smaller their values, the larger and less-correlated the modules . We varied the parameter combination from 2.0 to 4.0 in increments of 0.5, and used 25 combinations of these two parameters to generate the modules; i.e., for a gene threshold of 2.0, we analyzed the modules at condition thresholds of 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. For each threshold combination, we normalized the log-ratio matrix, generated modules, filtered redundant modules, and ensured module robustness by using the ISAnormalize, ISAiterate, ISAunique, and ISAFilterRobust functions, respectively. We filtered out gene modules with more than 200 genes and an intra-module correlation of <0.4. Finally, we merged the modules generated by using all threshold combinations and removed any redundant modules with the ISAunique function. Using this procedure, we generated 137 gene co-expression modules. Additional file 1: Script S1 provides the R script used to generate the ISA modules.
Module cluster characterization
We collected 57 genes with direct evidence of association with AKI from the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD) , 25 of which mapped to the co-expression modules. We used Fisher’s exact test to calculate the enrichment of these genes in each module cluster. In this process, we identified two module clusters (MC7 and MC11) that were activated in kidney injury conditions and enriched with known AKI-relevant genes. We refer to these two module clusters as the AKI-relevant module clusters and their component genes as the AKI-relevant gene set.
Generation of gene signature to predict kidney injury
We utilized the AKI-relevant gene set and generated gene signatures to predict the future occurrence of kidney injury, using the R package randomForest . Fielden et al. reported chemical exposures that did not show histopathological kidney injury at 5-day exposure but did show kidney injury at 29-day exposure . Our training set, based on these definitions, consisted of 14 nephrotoxic chemical exposures at early time points and 30 non-nephrotoxic chemical exposures . We used the AKI-relevant gene set and developed a random forest-based classifier model, using 1,001 trees and default settings. To analyze model performance, we used the standard model evaluation parameters, such as sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve (AUC) for the receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curve. The ROCR package was used to generate the AUC-ROC curve . We generated the final model by using the top 30 genes identified in the initial run. We separately created models with the Havcr1 and Clu genes, using the same parameters as those above. We utilized an independent external dataset from the Toxicogenomics Project-Genomics Assisted Toxicity Evaluation System [TG-GATEs] to evaluate the 30-gene signature . We processed 4- and 8-day high dose kidney exposures from TG-GATEs, using the same procedure as that described above for processing the DrugMatrix dataset.
Functional enrichment analysis
We utilized the AKI-relevant gene set and carried out functional enrichment analyses of Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG)/Reactome pathways and Gene Ontology-Biological Process (GO-BP) terms. We used the BioConductor package clusterProfiler with default settings for KEGG and GO-BP enrichment analysis , and the REVIGO webserver with the default semantic similarity measure (SimRel) to cluster and summarize the enriched GO-BP terms . We employed the ReactomePA package for Reactome pathway enrichment analysis .
Protein-protein interaction network analysis
We converted the rat Affymetrix probe IDs to human gene IDs using the BioConductor/R packages annotate and biomaRt . The R script used for the conversion of probe IDs to human gene IDs is provided in additional information (Additional file 3: Script S2). We used the high-confidence human protein-protein interaction (PPI) network with 14,862 unique nodes generated by using interaction detection based on the shuffling approach . We used Cytoscape 3.2.1 to map the AKI-relevant gene set to the PPI network, and extracted the connected component as an AKI-relevant sub-network (AKI-SN) . We first analyzed whether the AKI-SN was obtained by random chance using by two statistical significance tests [26, 50]. Our null hypothesis was that the observed number of nodes (AKI-SNnodes) and edges (AKI-SNedges) in AKI-SN are obtained by random chance. In the first analysis, we randomly selected 158 proteins from the human PPI network 1,000 times and counted the number of nodes (Rnodes) and edges (Redges) of the largest connected component. We calculated the number of times that Rnodes ≥ AKI-SNnodes (Nrandnode). Similarly, we computed the number of times that Redges ≥ AKI-SNedges (Nrandedge). We then calculated the probability of randomly obtaining a sub-network with a number of nodes comparable to that of AKI-SN by P = Nrandnode /1,000, and the probability of randomly obtaining a sub-network with a number of edges comparable to that of AKI-SN by P = Nrandedges /1,000. In the second analysis, we scrambled the human PPI network while preserving the average node degree and mapped AKI-SN nodes to the randomized network. This process was also repeated 1,000 times. As in the first test, we extracted the largest connected component, counted the number of nodes and edges, and calculated the probability of obtaining AKI-SN parameters by random chance.
We next computed the properties of the network, such as its degree and betweenness centrality. In the PPI network, nodes represent proteins and edges represent the interactions/connections between them. The degree represents the number of interactions associated with the protein. Proteins with a large degree are known as hub proteins . Earlier studies have shown that hub proteins tend to be the essential or key protein in the network . The betweenness centrality (also known as traffic) is a measure of the number of shortest paths through the node and represents the capacity of the node to communicate with other components of the network . We used the NetworkAnalyzer option in Cytoscape 3.2.1 to compute the degree and betweenness centrality of the AKI-SN . We used the MCODE program in Cytoscape to identify the most inter-connected nodes in the AKI-SN .
The Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA; QiagenBioinformatics, Redwood City, CA) software package was used to determine the gene-function relationships and sub-anatomical location of the genes and proteins identified in the sub-networks. The genes identified in the sub-network analysis were associated with the disease or function annotations filtered by the search term “renal” in order to determine the gene-to-function relationships in discrete anatomical locations of the kidney. Only PubMed identifications (PMIDs) with significant associations curated by IPA were included in the anatomical mapping.
Identification of frequently co-expressed genes
Of the 137 gene co-expression modules, 21 contained the Havcr1 gene. We created a correlation matrix for each of the 21 modules and selected the 20 % of genes that were most correlated with Havcr1. We counted the number of occurrences of each gene across the list of the 21 most correlated gene sets, and genes that occurred more than twice were denoted as “frequently co-expressed genes.” We tested whether these frequently co-expressed genes could be obtained by random chance. For this, we shuffled the gene labels in the log-ratio matrix and carried out the entire analysis from the ISA module generation to identify frequently co-expressed genes. Subsequently, we analyzed whether the procedure was robust with respect to noise. We repeated the entire analysis excluding either 5 % of the chemical exposures or 10 % of chemical exposures and calculated the genes frequently co-expressed with Havcr1.
We further evaluated the relevance of frequently co-expressed genes with Havcr1, using an external dataset (GSE58438) collected from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). In this dataset, ischemic kidney injury was produced by clamping the renal artery . This dataset contains five control replicates and five replicates of animals collected at 1 and 5 days after ischemic kidney injury. We matched the frequently co-expressed genes and calculated the Spearman correlation between the average log-ratios derived from chemical exposures that produced kidney injury in the DrugMatrix database and those derived from this external dataset.
Identification of AKI-relevant modules
Phenotypes and chemical exposure classes used in the analysis of module cluster activation
Kidney-cortex, tubule, necrosis
Epithelial growth factor receptor kinase inhibitors
Estrogen receptor modulators
Enrichment of known acute kidney injury (AKI)-relevant genes in module clusters
No. of genes in module cluster
No. of AKI genes
ALB, AMBP, CYP2C19, CYP2C9, CYP2D6, FABP1, GSTP1
B2M, CD44, GPNMB, G6PD, GSTP1, HAVCR1, TFF3
A2M, CLU, CD44, GPNMB, GAS6, HAVCR1, LCN2, SPP1, TNFRSF12A, TFF3
A2M, EPO, GSTM2, LCN2, SPP1
To our best knowledge, this study is the first module-based analysis of a large public repository of kidney toxicogenomic data. Our unsupervised approach is an advantage in that, unlike standard differential gene expression analysis, co-expression modules are not associated a priori with any injury phenotype. The modules we generated represent a compendium of gene co-expression patterns in rat kidney tissue after exposure to diverse toxicants (Additional file 4: Table S2). We used disease-relevant genes post hoc to prioritize modules rather than following previously published methods that use known disease-relevant genes to guide the co-expression analysis a priori . Our module activation calculations and enrichment analyses did not influence the gene/condition composition of the modules because they were performed after we generated the modules. As such, the module genes, i.e., genes co-expressed with known AKI-relevant genes, can be hypothesized to participate in biological processes/disease mechanisms relevant to kidney-specific injuries. When we analyzed the chemical exposures that define the modules in AKI-relevant module clusters, the results included well-known nephrotoxic chemicals/drugs (e.g., cisplatin, lead-II-acetate, calcitriol, cholecalciferol, netilmicin, vancomycin, and oxaliplatin; Additional file 7: Table S5) . We used the AKI-relevant gene set to carry out two separate analyses: 1) identification of gene signatures by using a supervised classification approach; and 2) identification of the pathways and networks associated with AKI.
Generation of predictive gene signature for AKI
We used the AKI-relevant gene set along with the random forest approach to generate gene signatures that could predict the future onset of AKI. Although the nephrotoxicants in our training data did not show any kidney injury at 3 to 5 days of exposure, they are known to produce kidney injury after 28 days of exposure . Thus, the task is to use the data at early time points to predict the probability of injury before the injury actually occurs. We used the random forest approach to predict the probability of later injury on the basis of the data at early time points. The random forest approach is an ensemble-based decision-tree model that has been widely used in the analysis of omics data [57–60]. The main advantages of this approach are its ability to 1) handle problems with small sample sizes and a large number of variables and 2) provide a measure of variable importance . In the random forest approach, each tree is generated with a random subset of the data and a prediction is made for the left-out data that are not used in the tree generation. This out-of-bag (OOB) testing provides an error estimate and is equivalent to cross-validation analysis . Our random forest approach identified the top 30 genes that provide the best classification accuracy with the variable importance measure (i.e., the mean decrease in accuracy; see Additional file 8: Table S6).
Besides Havcr1, the literature includes reports of associations between the genes in our signature and AKI. Guca2a, a gene that codes for guanylate cyclase 2a, was upregulated in gentamicin-induced kidney toxicity . The protein encoded by gene Ugt2b7 [uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT)], one of the two most abundantly expressed renal UGTs, is known to play a significant role in glucuronidation of drugs and endogenous mediators associated with inflammation . The gene Ly96 (lymphocyte antigen 96) encodes a protein that interacts with toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a key mediator in nephrotoxicity. Tlr4 -/- mice are less prone to ischemic kidney injury than are wild-type littermates [63, 64]. TLRs induce the expression of PVR (also known as CD155), another gene present in our gene signature . TLR4 signaling can lead to activation of interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) . IRF1 promotes inflammation after ischemic AKI . Furthermore, the Map4k4 gene in our signature encodes a kinase involved in the TNF-signaling pathway, which is also known to play a role in kidney injury . Irf6 in our signature is functionally related to TLR4 signaling but has not previously been associated with AKI; it may represent a novel biomarker of kidney injury. Thus, the literature provides supporting evidence that all of the genes in our signature are relevant to predicting kidney injury.
Functional enrichment analysis
KEGG pathway enrichment for the acute kidney injury (AKI)-relevant gene set
Cell adhesion molecules
Cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway
Cysteine and methionine metabolism
p53 signaling pathway
RIG-Ic-like receptor signaling pathway
Metabolism of xenobiotics by cytochrome P450
Reactome pathway enrichment for the acute kidney injury (AKI)-relevant gene set
Extracellular matrix organization
Degradation of the extracellular matrix
Cell junction organization
Gene Ontology (GO)-biological process (BP) term enrichment for acute kidney injury (AKI)-relevant gene seta
Response to virus
Immune system process
Response to external stimulus
Response to stimulus
Response to biotic stimulus
Response to cytokine
Regulation of viral process
Response to interferon-beta
Response to organic substance
Viral genome replication
Response to chemical
Regulation of symbiosis
Cellular response to interferon-beta
Response to interferon-alpha
Glutathione metabolic process
Nucleobase-containing small molecule metabolic process
Positive regulation of cell-killing
PPI network analysis
Next, we identified the highly interconnected regions in AKI-SN (Additional file 14: Figure S2). The most interconnected regions in disease-specific networks have been shown to capture disease-associated candidate genes . The most interconnected region in AKI-SN contained the protein products of genes Psmb8 (LMP7), Psmb9 (LMP2), Psmb10 (MECL1), and Tap1, which are involved in antigen processing and presentation (see the red star and circle in Fig. 6). The proteins of Psmb8, Psmb9, and Psmb10 form the immunoproteasome—an alternative form of the normal constitutive proteasome—which is induced by interferon (IFN)-γ and TNF-α . Immunoproteasomes are more efficient than constitutive proteasomes at eliminating damaged cellular proteins under severe stress or other pathological conditions, and are considered as promising drug targets in certain cancers and auto-immune diseases [93, 94]. Interferon regulatory factor-1 (IRF1) is a transcription factor that regulates the IFN-γ-mediated upregulation of immunoproteasome sub-units . The protein product of the gene Irf1 mapped to the AKI-SN (located in the nucleus region of Fig. 6), and was upregulated together with the immunoproteasome sub-units present in the network. As immunoproteasomes are promising drug targets, we further evaluated the expression of immunoproteasome sub-units across all 220 chemical exposures. We found that immunoproteasomes were upregulated by confirmed nephrotoxicants (e.g., lead-II-acetate, lead-IV-acetate, netilmicin, cisplatin, vancomycin, cholecalciferol, neomycin, gentamicin, and 2-amino-nitro-phenol; Additional file 15: Table S11). Analysis of chemical exposures associated with downregulation of immunoproteasome gene expression showed an interesting class effect: Anticancer drugs such as methotrexate as well as anthracycline anticancer agents, such as doxorubicin, daunorubicin, and epirubicin, were associated with diminished expression of genes related to immunoproteasomes.
The AKI-SN also contained regulatory elements of immunoproteasomes related to the TLR and TNF signaling pathways. The Irf-class of transcription factors are master regulators of TLRs and RIG-1 signaling pathways . Genes of this class (e.g., Irf1, Irf6, and Irf9) mapped to the AKI-SN network in the nucleus. Components SPP1, LBP, and CCL5 of the TLR signaling pathway , located in the extracellular region and plasma membrane, were also upregulated. The presence of the TNF signaling pathway  in our network revealed a sequential connection between TNFRSF1A in the plasma membrane (marked with a blue star in Fig. 6) and BIRC3, RIPK3, and CASP3 in the cytosol. The bulk of these components showed strong upregulation, indicative of a strong and persistent immune and inflammatory response to the chemical insults. Our results are concordant with earlier studies that have documented potential immunoproteasome involvement in patients with IgA nephropathy  and patients rejecting renal transplants .
Frequently co-expressed genes with Havcr1
Publicly available toxicogenomic datasets are valuable resources that help in data mining and identifying networks, mechanisms, and biomarkers associated with a disease. In this analysis, we studied the rat kidney toxicogenomic data from DrugMatrix and identified co-expression modules associated with kidney injury. Our work provides a compendium of kidney co-expression modules and is the first such analysis of kidney toxicogenomic data. We used the co-expression modules to identify a 30-gene signature that predicted the future onset of kidney injury from early gene transcription data. Although some of the genes in our signature are associated with the mechanism of AKI, we also identified genes such as Irf6 as potentially novel candidates for AKI. Systems-level analyses identified pathways and networks associated with AKI. We identified AKI-relevant pathways, such as ECM receptor interaction and the RIG-1 signaling pathway, and showed that co-expression module-based approaches can identify additional information not obtainable by standard differential gene expression analysis. We identified an AKI-relevant protein interaction sub-network that mapped many known genes involved in AKI. Our network analysis revealed the involvement of immunoproteasomes in AKI and identified new genes, such as Isg15 and Anxa7, not previously associated with this disease. Finally, we used our co-expression modules to identify the frequently co-expressed genes with known biomarker Havcr1. Overall, our analyses show the potential utility of using co-expression modules in characterizing molecular mechanisms involved in AKI and identifying novel mechanism-based biomarker candidates.
The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the U.S. Army or of the U.S. Department of Defense. Citations of commercial organizations or trade names in this report do not constitute an official Department of the Army endorsement or approval of the products or services of these organizations. This paper has been approved for public release with unlimited distribution. The authors were supported by the Military Operational Medicine Research Program and the U.S. Army’s Network Science Initiative, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC, http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil), Ft. Detrick, MD.
Availability of data and materials
The data sets supporting the results of this article are included within the article and its additional files.
MDMA, DLI, JDS, and AW conceived and designed the experiments, MDMA performed the experiments, and MDMA, DLI, JDS, and AW wrote the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
- Charlton JR, Portilla D, Okusa MD. A basic science view of acute kidney injury biomarkers. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2014;29(7):1301–11. doi:10.1093/ndt/gft510.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Xie HG, Wang SK, Cao CC, Harpur E. Qualified kidney biomarkers and their potential significance in drug safety evaluation and prediction. Pharmacol Ther. 2013;137(1):100–7. doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2012.09.004.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Molitoris BA. Therapeutic translation in acute kidney injury: the epithelial/endothelial axis. J Clin Invest. 2014;124(6):2355–63. doi:10.1172/JCI72269.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Stewart IJ, Tilley MA, Cotant CL, Aden JK, Gisler C, Kwan HK, et al. Association of AKI with adverse outcomes in burned military casualties. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012;7(2):199–206. doi:10.2215/CJN.04420511.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Togel F, Westenfelder C. Recent advances in the understanding of acute kidney injury. F1000Prime Rep. 2014;6:83. 10.12703/P6-83.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Siew ED, Davenport A. The growth of acute kidney injury: a rising tide or just closer attention to detail? Kidney Int. 2015;87(1):46–61. doi:10.1038/ki.2014.293.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Xue JL, Daniels F, Star RA, Kimmel PL, Eggers PW, Molitoris BA, et al. Incidence and mortality of acute renal failure in Medicare beneficiaries, 1992 to 2001. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006;17(4):1135–42. doi:10.1681/ASN.2005060668.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Waikar SS, Liu KD, Chertow GM. Diagnosis, epidemiology and outcomes of acute kidney injury. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2008;3(3):844–61. doi:10.2215/CJN.05191107.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Murray PT, Mehta RL, Shaw A, Ronco C, Endre Z, Kellum JA, et al. Potential use of biomarkers in acute kidney injury: report and summary of recommendations from the 10th Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative consensus conference. Kidney Int. 2014;85(3):513–21. doi:10.1038/ki.2013.374.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Bonventre JV, Vaidya VS, Schmouder R, Feig P, Dieterle F. Next-generation biomarkers for detecting kidney toxicity. Nat Biotechnol. 2010;28(5):436–40. doi:10.1038/nbt0510-436.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Fuchs TC, Hewitt P. Biomarkers for drug-induced renal damage and nephrotoxicity-an overview for applied toxicology. AAPS J. 2011;13(4):615–31. doi:10.1208/s12248-011-9301-x.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Dieterle F, Sistare F, Goodsaid F, Papaluca M, Ozer JS, Webb CP, et al. Renal biomarker qualification submission: a dialog between the FDA-EMEA and Predictive Safety Testing Consortium. Nat Biotechnol. 2010;28(5):455–62. doi:10.1038/nbt.1625.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Naughton CA. Drug-induced nephrotoxicity. Am Fam Physician. 2008;78(6):743–50.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kashani K, Al-Khafaji A, Ardiles T, Artigas A, Bagshaw SM, Bell M, et al. Discovery and validation of cell cycle arrest biomarkers in human acute kidney injury. Crit Care. 2013;17(1):R25. doi:10.1186/cc12503.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Gaiteri C, Ding Y, French B, Tseng GC, Sibille E. Beyond modules and hubs: the potential of gene coexpression networks for investigating molecular mechanisms of complex brain disorders. Genes Brain Behav. 2014;13(1):13–24. doi:10.1111/gbb.12106.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Jiang J, Jia P, Zhao Z, Shen B. Key regulators in prostate cancer identified by co-expression module analysis. BMC Genomics. 2014;15:1015. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1015.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Zhang J, Xiang Y, Ding L, Keen-Circle K, Borlawsky TB, Ozer HG, et al. Using gene co-expression network analysis to predict biomarkers for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. BMC Bioinformatics. 2010;11 Suppl 9:S5. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-11-S9-S5.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Feng Y, Hurst J, Almeida-De-Macedo M, Chen X, Li L, Ransom N, et al. Massive human co-expression network and its medical applications. Chem Biodivers. 2012;9(5):868–87. doi:10.1002/cbdv.201100355.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Zhou Y, Xu J, Liu Y, Li J, Chang C, Xu C. Rat hepatocytes weighted gene co-expression network analysis identifies specific modules and hub genes related to liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. PLoS One. 2014;9(4):e94868. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094868.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Feala JD, Abdulhameed MD, Yu C, Dutta B, Yu X, Schmid K, et al. Systems biology approaches for discovering biomarkers for traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2013;30(13):1101–16. doi:10.1089/neu.2012.2631.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ihmels J, Bergmann S, Barkai N. Defining transcription modules using large-scale gene expression data. Bioinformatics. 2004;20(13):1993–2003. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bth166.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Bergmann S, Ihmels J, Barkai N. Iterative signature algorithm for the analysis of large-scale gene expression data. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2003;67(3 Pt 1):031902.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ihmels JH, Bergmann S. Challenges and prospects in the analysis of large-scale gene expression data. Brief Bioinform. 2004;5(4):313–27.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ganter B, Snyder RD, Halbert DN, Lee MD. Toxicogenomics in drug discovery and development: mechanistic analysis of compound/class-dependent effects using the DrugMatrix database. Pharmacogenomics. 2006;7(7):1025–44. doi:10.2217/14622422.214.171.1245.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Natsoulis G, Pearson CI, Gollub J, P Eynon B, Ferng J, Nair R, et al. The liver pharmacological and xenobiotic gene response repertoire. Mol Syst Biol. 2008;4:175.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- AbdulHameed MD, Tawa GJ, Kumar K, Ippolito DL, Lewis JA, Stallings JD, et al. Systems level analysis and identification of pathways and networks associated with liver fibrosis. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e112193. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112193.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ippolito DL, AbdulHameed MD, Tawa GJ, Baer CE, Permenter MG, McDyre BC, et al. Gene expression patterns associated with histopathology in toxic liver fibrosis. Toxicol Sci. 2016;149(1):67–88. doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfv214.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Tawa GJ, AbdulHameed MD, Yu X, Kumar K, Ippolito DL, Lewis JA, et al. Characterization of chemically induced liver injuries using gene co-expression modules. PLoS One. 2014;9(9):e107230. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107230.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Fielden MR, Eynon BP, Natsoulis G, Jarnagin K, Banas D, Kolaja KL. A gene expression signature that predicts the future onset of drug-induced renal tubular toxicity. Toxicol Pathol. 2005;33(6):675–83. doi:10.1080/01926230500321213.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- DrugMatrix. National Toxicology Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC. 2014. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/drugmatrix/index.html. Accessed 7 May 2014.
- AbdulHameed MD, Ippolito DL, Wallqvist A. Predicting rat and human pregnane X receptor (PXR) activators using Bayesian classification models. Chem Res Toxicol. 2016. doi:10.1021/acs.chemrestox.6b00227.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gentleman RC, Carey VJ, Bates DM, Bolstad B, Dettling M, Dudoit S, et al. Bioconductor: open software development for computational biology and bioinformatics. Genome Biol. 2004;5(10):R80. doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-10-r80.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Gautier L, Cope L, Bolstad BM, Irizarry RA. affy--analysis of Affymetrix GeneChip data at the probe level. Bioinformatics. 2004;20(3):307–15. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btg405.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Kauffmann A, Gentleman R, Huber W. arrayQualityMetrics--a bioconductor package for quality assessment of microarray data. Bioinformatics. 2009;25(3):415–6. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btn647.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Gentleman R, Carey V, Huber W, Hahne F. Genefilter: methods for filtering genes from microarray experiments. 2015. R package version 1.50.0.Google Scholar
- Csardi G, Kutalik Z, Bergmann S. Modular analysis of gene expression data with R. Bioinformatics. 2010;26(10):1376–7. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btq130.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Langfelder P, Zhang B, Horvath S. Defining clusters from a hierarchical cluster tree: the dynamic tree Cut package for R. Bioinformatics. 2008;24(5):719–20. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btm563.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Dice LR. Measures of the amount of ecologic association between species. Ecology. 1945;26(3):297–302.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Oghabian A, Kilpinen S, Hautaniemi S, Czeizler E. Biclustering methods: biological relevance and application in gene expression analysis. PLoS One. 2014;9(3):e90801. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090801.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Davis AP, Murphy CG, Johnson R, Lay JM, Lennon-Hopkins K, Saraceni-Richards C, et al. The comparative toxicogenomics database: update 2013. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013;41(Database issue):D1104–14. doi:10.1093/nar/gks994.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Liaw A, Wiener M. Classification and Regression by randomForest. R News. 2002;2(3):18–22.Google Scholar
- Sing T, Sander O, Beerenwinkel N, Lengauer T. ROCR: visualizing classifier performance in R. Bioinformatics. 2005;21(20):3940–1. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bti623.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ambroise C, McLachlan GJ. Selection bias in gene extraction on the basis of microarray gene-expression data. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002;99(10):6562–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.102102699.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yu G, Wang LG, Han Y, He QY. clusterProfiler: an R package for comparing biological themes among gene clusters. OMICS. 2012;16(5):284–7. doi:10.1089/omi.2011.0118.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Supek F, Bosnjak M, Skunca N, Smuc T. REVIGO summarizes and visualizes long lists of gene ontology terms. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e21800. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021800.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yu G, He QY. ReactomePA: an R/Bioconductor package for reactome pathway analysis and visualization. Mol Biosyst. 2016;12(2):477–9. doi:10.1039/c5mb00663e.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Durinck S, Spellman PT, Birney E, Huber W. Mapping identifiers for the integration of genomic datasets with the R/Bioconductor package biomaRt. Nat Protoc. 2009;4(8):1184–91. doi:10.1038/nprot.2009.97.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yu X, Wallqvist A, Reifman J. Inferring high-confidence human protein-protein interactions. BMC Bioinformatics. 2012;13:79. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-79.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Shannon P, Markiel A, Ozier O, Baliga NS, Wang JT, Ramage D, et al. Cytoscape: a software environment for integrated models of biomolecular interaction networks. Genome Res. 2003;13(11):2498–504. doi:10.1101/gr.1239303.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Wallqvist A, Memisevic V, Zavaljevski N, Pieper R, Rajagopala SV, Kwon K, et al. Using host-pathogen protein interactions to identify and characterize Francisella tularensis virulence factors. BMC Genomics. 2015;16(1):1106. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2351-1.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Azuaje F, Devaux Y, Wagner DR. Coordinated modular functionality and prognostic potential of a heart failure biomarker-driven interaction network. BMC Syst Biol. 2010;4:60. doi:10.1186/1752-0509-4-60.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ideker T, Sharan R. Protein networks in disease. Genome Res. 2008;18(4):644–52. doi:10.1101/gr.071852.107.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Assenov Y, Ramirez F, Schelhorn SE, Lengauer T, Albrecht M. Computing topological parameters of biological networks. Bioinformatics. 2008;24(2):282–4. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btm554.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Bader GD, Hogue CW. An automated method for finding molecular complexes in large protein interaction networks. BMC Bioinformatics. 2003;4:2.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Speir RW, Stallings JD, Andrews JM, Gelnett MS, Brand TC, Salgar SK. Effects of valproic acid and dexamethasone administration on early bio-markers and gene expression profile in acute kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury in the rat. PLoS One. 2015;10(5):e0126622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126622.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Aid-Pavlidis T, Pavlidis P, Timmusk T. Meta-coexpression conservation analysis of microarray data: a “subset” approach provides insight into brain-derived neurotrophic factor regulation. BMC Genomics. 2009;10:420. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-420.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Chen X, Ishwaran H. Random forests for genomic data analysis. Genomics. 2012;99(6):323–9. doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2012.04.003.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ippolito DL, Lewis JA, Yu C, Leon LR, Stallings JD. Alteration in circulating metabolites during and after heat stress in the conscious rat: potential biomarkers of exposure and organ-specific injury. BMC Physiol. 2014;14:14. doi:10.1186/s12899-014-0014-0.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Statnikov A, Wang L, Aliferis CF. A comprehensive comparison of random forests and support vector machines for microarray-based cancer classification. BMC Bioinformatics. 2008;9:319. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-9-319.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Griffith OL, Pepin F, Enache OM, Heiser LM, Collisson EA, Spellman PT, et al. A robust prognostic signature for hormone-positive node-negative breast cancer. Genome Med. 2013;5(10):92. doi:10.1186/gm496.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ozaki N, Matheis KA, Gamber M, Feidl T, Nolte T, Kalkuhl A, et al. Identification of genes involved in gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats--a toxicogenomic investigation. Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2010;62(5):555–66. doi:10.1016/j.etp.2009.07.004.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Knights KM, Rowland A, Miners JO. Renal drug metabolism in humans: the potential for drug-endobiotic interactions involving cytochrome P450 (CYP) and UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT). Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013;76(4):587–602. doi:10.1111/bcp.12086.PubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Pulskens WP, Teske GJ, Butter LM, Roelofs JJ, van der Poll T, Florquin S, et al. Toll-like receptor-4 coordinates the innate immune response of the kidney to renal ischemia/reperfusion injury. PLoS One. 2008;3(10):e3596. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003596.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Zhang B, Ramesh G, Uematsu S, Akira S, Reeves WB. TLR4 signaling mediates inflammation and tissue injury in nephrotoxicity. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2008;19(5):923–32. doi:10.1681/ASN.2007090982.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Kamran N, Takai Y, Miyoshi J, Biswas SK, Wong JS, Gasser S. Toll-like receptor ligands induce expression of the costimulatory molecule CD155 on antigen-presenting cells. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54406. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054406.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Wang Y, John R, Chen J, Richardson JA, Shelton JM, Bennett M, et al. IRF-1 promotes inflammation early after ischemic acute kidney injury. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2009;20(7):1544–55. doi:10.1681/ASN.2008080843.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Al-Lamki RS, Mayadas TN. TNF receptors: signaling pathways and contribution to renal dysfunction. Kidney Int. 2015;87(2):281–96. doi:10.1038/ki.2014.285.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Correa-Costa M, Azevedo H, Amano MT, Goncalves GM, Hyane MI, Cenedeze MA, et al. Transcriptome analysis of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury and its modulation by ischemic pre-conditioning or hemin treatment. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49569. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049569.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Pozzi A, Zent R. Integrins in kidney disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013;24(7):1034–9. doi:10.1681/ASN.2013010012.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Sharfuddin AA, Molitoris BA. Pathophysiology of ischemic acute kidney injury. Nat Rev Nephrol. 2011;7(4):189–200. doi:10.1038/nrneph.2011.16.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Jiang M, Dong Z. Regulation and pathological role of p53 in cisplatin nephrotoxicity. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2008;327(2):300–7. doi:10.1124/jpet.108.139162.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Hagos Y, Wolff NA. Assessment of the role of renal organic anion transporters in drug-induced nephrotoxicity. Toxins. 2010;2(8):2055–82. doi:10.3390/toxins2082055.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Scaduto Jr RC, Gattone 2nd VH, Grotyohann LW, Wertz J, Martin LF. Effect of an altered glutathione content on renal ischemic injury. Am J Physiol. 1988;255(5 Pt 2):F911–21.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Imaizumi T, Aizawa-Yashiro T, Watanabe S, Matsumiya T, Yoshida H, Tatsuta T, et al. TLR4 signaling induces retinoic acid-inducible gene-I and melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 in mesangial cells. J Nephrol. 2013;26(5):886–93. doi:10.5301/jn.5000254.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Xie Y, Sakatsume M, Nishi S, Narita I, Arakawa M, Gejyo F. Expression, roles, receptors, and regulation of osteopontin in the kidney. Kidney Int. 2001;60(5):1645–57. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1755.2001.00032.x.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Akcay A, Nguyen Q, Edelstein CL. Mediators of inflammation in acute kidney injury. Mediators Inflamm. 2009;2009:137072. doi:10.1155/2009/137072.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- McMahon BA, Koyner JL, Murray PT. Urinary glutathione S-transferases in the pathogenesis and diagnostic evaluation of acute kidney injury following cardiac surgery: a critical review. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2010;16(6):550–5. doi:10.1097/MCC.0b013e32833fdd9a.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Krensky AM, Ahn YT. Mechanisms of disease: regulation of RANTES (CCL5) in renal disease. Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2007;3(3):164–70. doi:10.1038/ncpneph0418.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Servais H, Ortiz A, Devuyst O, Denamur S, Tulkens PM, Mingeot-Leclercq MP. Renal cell apoptosis induced by nephrotoxic drugs: cellular and molecular mechanisms and potential approaches to modulation. Apoptosis. 2008;13(1):11–32. doi:10.1007/s10495-007-0151-z.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Vaidya VS, Ferguson MA, Bonventre JV. Biomarkers of acute kidney injury. Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol. 2008;48:463–93. doi:10.1146/annurev.pharmtox.48.113006.094615.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Devarajan P. Update on mechanisms of ischemic acute kidney injury. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006;17(6):1503–20. doi:10.1681/ASN.2006010017.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Cheng CW, Rifai A, Ka SM, Shui HA, Lin YF, Lee WH, et al. Calcium-binding proteins annexin A2 and S100A6 are sensors of tubular injury and recovery in acute renal failure. Kidney Int. 2005;68(6):2694–703. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1755.2005.00740.x.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Abed M, Balasaheb S, Towhid ST, Daniel C, Amann K, Lang F. Adhesion of annexin 7 deficient erythrocytes to endothelial cells. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56650. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056650.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yang L, Zhang LY, Wang C, Wang B, Wang XM, Zeng SM. Differential expression pattern of ISG15 in different tissue explants and cells induced by various interferons. Microbiol Immunol. 2012;56(3):163–70. doi:10.1111/j.1348-0421.2012.00419.x.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Chawla-Sarkar M, Lindner DJ, Liu YF, Williams BR, Sen GC, Silverman RH, et al. Apoptosis and interferons: role of interferon-stimulated genes as mediators of apoptosis. Apoptosis. 2003;8(3):237–49.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Liu M, Reimschuessel R, Hassel BA. Molecular cloning of the fish interferon stimulated gene, 15 kDa (ISG15) orthologue: a ubiquitin-like gene induced by nephrotoxic damage. Gene. 2002;298(2):129–39.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ferreira L, Quiros Y, Sancho-Martinez SM, Garcia-Sanchez O, Raposo C, Lopez-Novoa JM, et al. Urinary levels of regenerating islet-derived protein III beta and gelsolin differentiate gentamicin from cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury in rats. Kidney Int. 2011;79(5):518–28. doi:10.1038/ki.2010.439.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lewington AJ, Padanilam BJ, Martin DR, Hammerman MR. Expression of CD44 in kidney after acute ischemic injury in rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2000;278(1):R247–54.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Nishiyama J, Kobayashi S, Ishida A, Nakabayashi I, Tajima O, Miura S, et al. Up-regulation of galectin-3 in acute renal failure of the rat. Am J Pathol. 2000;157(3):815–23. doi:10.1016/S0002-9440(10)64595-6.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lopez-Novoa JM, Quiros Y, Vicente L, Morales AI, Lopez-Hernandez FJ. New insights into the mechanism of aminoglycoside nephrotoxicity: an integrative point of view. Kidney Int. 2011;79(1):33–45. doi:10.1038/ki.2010.337.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Chung AC, Lan HY. Chemokines in renal injury. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011;22(5):802–9. doi:10.1681/ASN.2010050510.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Barrenas F, Chavali S, Alves AC, Coin L, Jarvelin MR, Jornsten R, et al. Highly interconnected genes in disease-specific networks are enriched for disease-associated polymorphisms. Genome Biol. 2012;13(6):R46. doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-6-r46.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lei B, Abdul Hameed MD, Hamza A, Wehenkel M, Muzyka JL, Yao XJ, et al. Molecular basis of the selectivity of the immunoproteasome catalytic subunit LMP2-specific inhibitor revealed by molecular modeling and dynamics simulations. J Phys Chem B. 2010;114(38):12333–9. doi:10.1021/jp1058098.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ebstein F, Kloetzel PM, Kruger E, Seifert U. Emerging roles of immunoproteasomes beyond MHC class I antigen processing. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2012;69(15):2543–58. doi:10.1007/s00018-012-0938-0.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Namiki S, Nakamura T, Oshima S, Yamazaki M, Sekine Y, Tsuchiya K, et al. IRF-1 mediates upregulation of LMP7 by IFN-gamma and concerted expression of immunosubunits of the proteasome. FEBS Lett. 2005;579(13):2781–7. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2005.04.012.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Honda K, Taniguchi T. IRFs: master regulators of signalling by Toll-like receptors and cytosolic pattern-recognition receptors. Nat Rev Immunol. 2006;6(9):644–58. doi:10.1038/nri1900.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Valles PG, Lorenzo AG, Bocanegra V, Valles R. Acute kidney injury: what part do toll-like receptors play? Int J Nephrol Renovasc Dis. 2014;7:241–51. doi:10.2147/IJNRD.S37891.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Coppo R, Camilla R, Alfarano A, Balegno S, Mancuso D, Peruzzi L, et al. Upregulation of the immunoproteasome in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with IgA nephropathy. Kidney Int. 2009;75(5):536–41. doi:10.1038/ki.2008.579.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Ashton-Chess J, Mai HL, Jovanovic V, Renaudin K, Foucher Y, Giral M, et al. Immunoproteasome beta subunit 10 is increased in chronic antibody-mediated rejection. Kidney Int. 2010;77(10):880–90. doi:10.1038/ki.2010.15.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Thukral SK, Nordone PJ, Hu R, Sullivan L, Galambos E, Fitzpatrick VD, et al. Prediction of nephrotoxicant action and identification of candidate toxicity-related biomarkers. Toxicol Pathol. 2005;33(3):343–55. doi:10.1080/01926230590927230.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Mulay SR, Thomasova D, Ryu M, Anders HJ. MDM2 (murine double minute-2) links inflammation and tubular cell healing during acute kidney injury in mice. Kidney Int. 2012;81(12):1199–211. doi:10.1038/ki.2011.482.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lan HY, Yu XQ, Yang N, Nikolic-Paterson DJ, Mu W, Pichler R, et al. De novo glomerular osteopontin expression in rat crescentic glomerulonephritis. Kidney Int. 1998;53(1):136–45. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1755.1998.00748.x.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Guo G, Morrissey J, McCracken R, Tolley T, Liapis H, Klahr S. Contributions of angiotensin II and tumor necrosis factor-alpha to the development of renal fibrosis. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2001;280(5):F777–85.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ohtake Y, Tojo H, Seiki M. Multifunctional roles of MT1-MMP in myofiber formation and morphostatic maintenance of skeletal muscle. J Cell Sci. 2006;119(Pt 18):3822–32. doi:10.1242/jcs.03158.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Rosenberg ME, Girton R, Finkel D, Chmielewski D, Barrie 3rd A, Witte DP, et al. Apolipoprotein J/clusterin prevents a progressive glomerulopathy of aging. Mol Cell Biol. 2002;22(6):1893–902.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Wada T, Furuichi K, Sakai N, Iwata Y, Kitagawa K, Ishida Y, et al. Gene therapy via blockade of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 for renal fibrosis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2004;15(4):940–8.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Salvador JM, Hollander MC, Nguyen AT, Kopp JB, Barisoni L, Moore JK, et al. Mice lacking the p53-effector gene Gadd45a develop a lupus-like syndrome. Immunity. 2002;16(4):499–508.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yang L, Brooks CR, Xiao S, Sabbisetti V, Yeung MY, Hsiao LL, et al. KIM-1-mediated phagocytosis reduces acute injury to the kidney. J Clin Invest. 2015;125(4):1620–36. doi:10.1172/JCI75417.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Wu Z, Li Y, Li X, Ti D, Zhao Y, Si Y, et al. LRP16 integrates into NF-kappaB transcriptional complex and is required for its functional activation. PLoS One. 2011;6(3):e18157. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018157.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Vachon E, Martin R, Plumb J, Kwok V, Vandivier RW, Glogauer M, et al. CD44 is a phagocytic receptor. Blood. 2006;107(10):4149–58. doi:10.1182/blood-2005-09-3808.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lin YH, Yang-Yen HF. The osteopontin-CD44 survival signal involves activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt signaling pathway. J Biol Chem. 2001;276(49):46024–30. doi:10.1074/jbc.M105132200.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Okamoto I, Kawano Y, Murakami D, Sasayama T, Araki N, Miki T, et al. Proteolytic release of CD44 intracellular domain and its role in the CD44 signaling pathway. J Cell Biol. 2001;155(5):755–62. doi:10.1083/jcb.200108159.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar