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Faculty Detail    
Assistant Professor
Campus Address ZRB 614 Zip 0007
Phone  (205) 996-1537
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Graduate  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2010  PhD 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Nephrology Research & Training Center Associate Professor
Center  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders Associate Professor
Primary  Medicine  Med - Nephrology Associate Professor
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Instructor

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
Society for Redox Biology and Medicine     
International Society of Nephrology     
American Society of Nephrology     

Research/Clinical Interest
Mechanisms of injury and repair during Acute Kidney Injury
AKI is a common unavoidable consequence, occurring in nearly 2% of all hospitalized patients. Therapy for AKI has remained elusive over the past few decades, underscoring the urgent need for identification of potential therapeutic targets. Following injury, the cascade of events leading to endothelial dysfunction, tubular epithelial injury and activation of tissue-resident and infiltrating macrophages consists of coordinated action of cytokines/chemokines and reactive oxygen species. In this connection, we have previously demonstrated that expression of H-ferritin (FtH) in the kidney is imperative for protection against AKI. FtH is an anti-oxidant that catalyzes the conversion of the potentially toxic ferrous ion to ferric ion and allows for safe incorporation of iron into the ferritin shell and thereby attenuating participation of free iron in ROS generation. My current research efforts are aimed at determining the mechanisms of ferritin mediated cytoprotection and cross-talk between the tubules and resident/infiltrating immune cells during injury. Toward these efforts, we have generated cell-specific ferritin knockout mice to evaluate their effect on injury-mediated inflammation and recovery responses during sepsis and AKI. We elucidate differential regulation of the omics - transcriptome, proteome and metabolome to identify key pathways that are modulated during injury. These studies will provide significant and multi-faceted understanding of the major cellular components (tubular epithelium and macrophages) that are involved in the injury mediated responses following AKI and therefore, provide a potential repertoire of targeted therapeutics for AKI and other immunologically driven diseases.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Mitochondria and reactive oxygen species: physiology and pathophysiology.
Bolisetty S, Jaimes EA.
Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Mar 19;14(3):6306-44.  
Mitochondria-targeted heme oxygenase-1 decreases oxidative stress in renal epithelial cells.
Bolisetty S, Traylor A, Zarjou A, Johnson MS, Benavides GA, Ricart K, Boddu R, Moore RD, Landar A, Barnes S, Darley-Usmar V, Agarwal A.
Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2013 Aug 1;305(3):F255-64. 
Adaptive responses to tissue injury: role of heme oxygenase-1.
Agarwal A, Bolisetty S.
Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2013;124:111-22.  
Proximal tubule H-ferritin mediates iron trafficking in acute kidney injury.
Zarjou A, Bolisetty S, Joseph R, Traylor A, Apostolov EO, Arosio P, Balla J, Verlander J, Darshan D, Kuhn LC, Agarwal A.
J Clin Invest. 2013 Oct;123(10):4423-34 
Heme Oxygenase-1 Regulates Myeloid Cell Trafficking in AKI.
Hull TD, Kamal AI, Boddu R, Bolisetty S, Guo L, Tisher CC, Rangarajan S, Chen B, Curtis LM, George JF, Agarwal A.
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Sep;26(9):2139-51.  
Heme oxygenase-1 protects corexit 9500A-induced respiratory epithelial injury across species.
Li FJ, Duggal RN, Oliva OM, Karki S, Surolia R, Wang Z, Watson RD, Thannickal VJ, Powell M, Watts S, Kulkarni T, Batra H, Bolisetty S, Agarwal A, Antony VB.
PLoS One. 2015 Apr 2;10(4):e0122275.  
Macrophage and epithelial cell H-ferritin expression regulates renal inflammation.
Bolisetty S, Zarjou A, Hull TD, Traylor AM, Perianayagam A, Joseph R, Kamal AI, Arosio P, Soares MP, Jeney V, Balla J, George JF, Agarwal A.
Kidney Int. 2015 Jul;88(1):95-108. 
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 deficiency is protective in rhabdomyolysis-induced kidney injury.
Boddu R, Hull TD, Bolisetty S, Hu X, Moehle MS, Daher JP, Kamal AI, Joseph R, George JF, Agarwal A, Curtis LM, West AB.
Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Jul 15;24(14):4078-93.  
Heme Attenuation Ameliorates Irritant Gas Inhalation-Induced Acute Lung Injury. Aggarwal S, Lam A, Bolisetty S, Carlisle MA, Traylor A, Agarwal A, Matalon S.
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2016 Jan 10;24(2):99-112. 
Proximal tubule-targeted heme oxygenase-1 in cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury. Bolisetty S, Traylor A, Joseph R, Zarjou A, Agarwal A.
Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2016 Mar 1;310(5):F385-94. 

Ferritin, iron, heme oxygenase, macrophages, inflammation, acute kidney injury, sepsis