Surprise Discovery Shows Chronic Heart Dysfunction Protects against Acute Kidney Injury

Article title: Activation of hypoxia-sensing pathways promotes renal ischemic preconditioning following myocardial infarction

Authors: Andrew S. Terker, Kensuke Sasaki, Juan Pablo Arroyo, Aolei Niu, Suwan Wang, Xiaofeng Fan, Yahua Zhang, Sochinwechi Nwosisi, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Raymond C. Harris

From the authors: “These data show that while chronic cardiac injury following [myocardial infarction] protected against acute kidney injury via activation of hypoxia-sensing pathways, it worsened chronic kidney injury. The results further our understanding of cardiorenal signaling mechanisms and have implications for the treatment of heart failure patients with associated renal disease.”

This study is highlighted as one of April’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.