Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech, Inc.
A variety of stress stimuli, including ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury, induce the transcriptional repressor ATF3 in the kidney. The functional consequences of this upregulation in ATF3 after renal I/R injury are not well understood. Here, we found that ATF3-deficient mice had higher renal I/R-induced mortality, kidney dysfunction, inflammation (number of infiltrating neutrophils, myeloperoxidase activity, and induction of IL-6 and P-selectin), and apoptosis compared with wild-type mice. Furthermore, gene transfer of ATF3 to the kidney rescued the renal I/R-induced injuries in the ATF3-deficient mice.