Distinct subpopulations of FOXD1 stroma-derived cells regulate renal erythropoietin

Hanako Kobayashi, Qingdu Liu, Thomas C. Binns, Andres A. Urrutia, Olena Davidoff, Pinelopi P. Kapitsinou, Andrew S. Pfaff, Hannes Olauson, Annika Wernerson, Agnes B. Fogo, Guo Hua Fong, Kenneth W. Gross, Volker H. Haase*

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Abstract

Renal peritubular interstitial fibroblast-like cells are critical for adult erythropoiesis, as they are the main source of erythropoietin (EPO). Hypoxia-inducible factor 2 (HIF-2) controls EPO synthesis in the kidney and liver and is regulated by prolyl-4-hydroxylase domain (PHD) dioxygenases PHD1, PHD2, and PHD3, which function as cellular oxygen sensors. Renal interstitial cells with EPO-producing capacity are poorly characterized, and the role of the PHD/HIF-2 axis in renal EPO-producing cell (REPC) plasticity is unclear. Here we targeted the PHD/HIF-2/EPO axis in FOXD1 stroma-derived renal interstitial cells and examined the role of individual PHDs in REPC pool size regulation and renal EPO output. Renal interstitial cells with EPO-producing capacity were entirely derived from FOXD1-expressing stroma, and Phd2 inactivation alone induced renal Epo in a limited number of renal interstitial cells. EPO induction was submaximal, as hypoxia or pharmacologic PHD inhibition further increased the REPC fraction among Phd2-/- renal interstitial cells. Moreover, Phd1 and Phd3 were differentially expressed in renal interstitium, and heterozygous deficiency for Phd1 and Phd3 increased REPC numbers in Phd2-/- mice. We propose that FOXD1 lineage renal interstitial cells consist of distinct subpopulations that differ in their responsiveness to Phd2 inactivation and thus regulation of HIF-2 activity and EPO production under hypoxia or conditions of pharmacologic or genetic PHD inactivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1926-1938
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Volume126
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2016

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