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    Our general goal was to non-invasively evaluate kidney tubular dysfunction. We developed a strategy based on cysteine (Cys) disulfide stress mechanism that underlies kidney dysfunction. There is scarce information regarding the fate of Cys-disulfides (CysSSX), but evidence shows they might be detoxified in proximal tubular cells by the action of N-acetyltransferase 8 (NAT8). This enzyme promotes the addition of an N-acetyl moiety to cysteine-S-conjugates, forming mercapturates that are eliminated in urine. Therefore, we developed a strategy to quantify mercapturates of CysSSX in urine as surrogate of disulfide stress and NAT8 activity in kidney tubular cells. We use a reduction agent for the selective reduction of disulfide bonds. The obtained N-acetylcysteine moiety of the mercapturates from cysteine disulfides was monitored by fluorescence detection. The method was applied to urine from mice and rat as well as individuals with healthy kidney and kidney disease.


    Clara Gonçalves-Dias, Catarina O Sequeira, João B Vicente, M João Correia, Nuno R Coelho, Judit Morello, Alexandra M M Antunes, Karina Soto, Emília C Monteiro, Sofia A Pereira. A Mechanistic-Based and Non-invasive Approach to Quantify the Capability of Kidney to Detoxify Cysteine-Disulfides. Advances in experimental medicine and biology. 2021;1306:109-120

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    PMID: 33959909

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