Renal fibrosis is the common pathological hallmark of chronic kidney disease, and SET domain containing lysine methyltransferase 7 (SETD7) promote considerably renal fibrosis. However, the signaling mechanisms underlying SETD7 driving renal fibrosis are not fully understood. Here, we investigated the role of SETD7 in M2 macrophages-myofibroblasts transition and the myeloid fibroblasts activation in folic acid and obstruction-induced renal fibrosis. Mice treated with PFI-2, an inhibitor of SETD7, presented less bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts, fewer CD206+/α-smooth muscle actin+ cells and developed less renal fibrosis (P<0.01). Furthermore, SETD7 inhibition reduced the infiltration of inflammatory cells and decreased the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines in the kidneys after folic acid treatment (P<0.01). Finally, SETD7 inhibition suppressed the accumulation of NF-κB p65+ cells in folic acid nephropathy (P<0.01). Taken together, SETD7 mediates M2 macrophages-myofibroblasts transition, bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts activation, and inflammation response in the development of renal fibrosis.
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