Phosphoinositol 3-kinase-gamma mediates antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody-induced glomerulonephritis


  • A. Schreiber
  • S. Rolle
  • L. Peripelittchenko
  • J. Rademann
  • W. Schneider
  • F.C. Luft
  • R. Kettritz


  • Kidney International


  • Kidney Int 77 (2): 118-128


  • Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) are associated with necrotizing crescentic glomerulonephritis (NCGN) and systemic vasculitis. We examined the role of phosphoinositol 3 kinase-gamma isoform (PI3Kgamma) in ANCA-activated neutrophil functions. Further, we tested whether its inhibition protects a mouse model of ANCA NCGN from developing NCGN. We transplanted bone marrow from wild-type mice or PI3Kgamma-deficient mice into myeloperoxidase-deficient mice immunized with myeloperoxidase. Bone marrow from PI3Kgamma(-/-) mice protected against development of the disease. Similarly, bone marrow transplanted from wild-type mice followed by treatment with the specific PI3Kgamma inhibitor AS605240 also protected these mice against NCGN in this model. AS605240 significantly abrogated myeloperoxidase- or proteinase 3-ANCA-stimulated superoxide production in vitro. Furthermore, ANCA-induced degranulation and GM-CSF-stimulated migration in a transwell assay of isolated human neutrophils were also abrogated by the drug. We found that PI3Kgamma plays a pivotal role in ANCA-induced NCGN and suggest that its specific inhibition may provide a novel treatment target.