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Cyclosporin A Aggravates Calcification of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Under High-Glucose Conditions with a Calcifying Medium

Dae Hee Kim, Keon Cheol Lee, Sang Youb Han

Clinical Research Center, Inje University, Ilsan-Paik Hosptial, Goyang, South Korea

Ann Transplant 2018; 23:112-118

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.908168

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Published: 2018-02-13

BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification (VC) progresses substantially even after kidney transplantation, and is a predictor of morbidity and mortality. However, the effect of cyclosporin A (CsA) on VC has not been reported in diabetic kidney transplant patients. In this study, we evaluated the effect of CsA on the VC of mouse vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) under high glucose (HG).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: To demonstrate the effect of CsA (1.0 ┬Ámol/L) and HG (30 mM) in the induction of the VC of the VSMCs, we determined alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, microscopic morphology of calcification, the expressions of the calcification and inflammation-related genes, and the intracellular calcium concentrations in VSMCs.
RESULTS: Calcification was observed 14 days after exposure to a calcifying medium (sodium phosphate monobasic and dibasic mixture). On microscopic morphology, CsA alone did not induce calcification under HG conditions, but clearly increased calcification under HG with a calcifying medium. ALP activity increased under HG with CsA or a calcifying medium compared to HG conditions alone. CsA increased ALP activity under low glucose (LG, 5.5 mM) with a calcifying medium, but markedly increased under HG with a calcifying medium. CsA significantly increased the mRNA expressions of the calcification markers (core binding factor-alpha 1, bone morphologic proteins 2) as well as those of the inflammatory marker (interleukin 6), under HG with a calcifying medium. Intracellular calcium concentrations were unchanged in CsA alone but significantly increased with the presence of a calcifying medium under both LG and HG conditions.
CONCLUSIONS: Considering the effect of CsA on VC, the vascular adverse effects of CsA need to be verified in diabetic transplant patients in the future.

Keywords: Cyclosporine, Diabetes Complications, Myocytes, Smooth Muscle, Transplantation, vascular calcification