Renal ischemia–reperfusion injuries (IRIs) are one of the leading causes of acute kidney injuries (AKIs). Selenium, as an essential trace element, is able to antioxidant stress and reduces inflammatory responses. The regulation mechanism of selenomethionine, one of the major forms of selenium intake by humans, is not yet clear in renal IRIs. Therefore, we aimed to explore the key targets and related mechanisms of selenomethionine regulation in renal IRIs and provide new ideas for the treatment of selenomethionine with renal IRIs. We used transcriptome sequencing data from public databases as well as animal experiments to explore the key target genes and related mechanisms regulated by selenomethionine in renal IRI. We found that selenomethionine can effectively alleviate renal IRI by a mechanism that may be achieved by inhibiting the MAPK signaling pathway. Meanwhile, we also found that the key target of selenomethionine regulation in renal IRI might be selenoprotein GPX3 based on the PPI protein interaction network and machine learning. Through a comprehensive analysis of bioinformatic techniques and animal experiments, we found that Gpx3 might serve as a key gene for the regulation of selenomethionine in renal IRIs. Selenomethionine may exert a protective effect against renal IRI by up-regulating GPX3, inhibiting the MAPK signaling pathway, increased production of antioxidants, decreasing inflammation levels, mitigation of apoptosis in renal tubular epithelial cells, this reduces renal histopathological damage and protects renal function. Providing a theoretical basis for the mechanism of selenomethionine actions in renal IRIs.

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