Inhibition of proteasome activity is involved in cobalt-induced apoptosis of human alveolar macrophages.
ABSTRACT Inhalation of particulate cobalt has been known to induce interstitial lung disease. There is growing evidence that apoptosis plays a crucial role in physiological and pathological settings and that the ubiquitin-proteasome system is involved in the regulation of apoptosis. Cadmium, the same transitional heavy metal as cobalt, has been reported to accumulate ubiquitinated proteins in neuronal cells. On the basis of these findings, we hypothesized that cobalt would induce apoptosis in the lung by disturbance of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. To evaluate this, we exposed U-937 cells and human alveolar macrophages (AMs) to cobalt chloride (CoCl(2)) and examined their apoptosis by DNA fragmentation assay, 4',6-diamidino-2'-phenylindol dihydrochloride staining, and Western blot analysis. CoCl(2) induced apoptosis and accumulated ubiquitinated proteins. Exposure to CoCl(2) inhibited proteasome activity in U-937 cells. Cobalt-induced apoptosis was mediated via mitochondrial pathway because CoCl(2) released cytochrome c from mitochondria. These results suggest that cobalt-induced apoptosis of AMs may be one of the mechanisms for cobalt-induced lung injury and that the accumulation of ubiquitinated proteins might be involved in this apoptotic process.
Article: Neuronal mdr-1 gene expression after experimental focal hypoxia: a new obstacle for neuroprotection?[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Neuronal damage after stroke-associated brain hypoxia is a leading cause of long-term disability and death. The refractoriness to therapeutic strategies for neuroprotection after 3 h post brain ischemia is poorly understood. P-glycoprotein (P-gp), the multidrug resistance gene (MDR-1) product is normally expressed at blood-brain-barrier. P-gp neuronal expression has been demonstrated in refractory epilepsy and after brain ischemia. In this report we investigated the hypoxia-induced neuronal P-gp expression after local injection of CoCl(2) (1-200 mM) in the fronto-parietal cortex of male adult rats (Bregma -1.30 mm) by stereotaxic surgery. P-gp immunostaining of brain slides was analyzed using specific monoclonal antibodies and double immunolabeling was done with specific astrocytic and neuronal markers. Five days after injection of 1 mM CoCl(2), P-gp expression surrounding the lesion site was observed in neurons, astrocytic end-foot on capillary blood vessels and endothelial cells on blood vessels. Higher CoCl(2) doses (200 mM) resulted in additional P-gp immunostaining of the entire astrocytic and neuronal cytoplasm. Electron microscopy (EM) studies showed alterations in neurons as early as 6 h after the CoCl(2) injection. P-gp expression in hypoxic neurons and astrocytic end-foot could potentially impair of drugs access to the brain parenchyma thus suggesting the presence of two P-gp-based pumping systems (one in astrocytes and other in the hypoxic neurons) that are able to behave as a previously unnoticed obstacle for pharmacological strategies of neuroprotection.Journal of the Neurological Sciences 08/2007; 258(1-2):84-92. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Breakpoint cluster region (Bcr) is a multi-domain protein that contains a C-terminal GTPase activating protein (GAP) domain for Rac. Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) regulates Bcr by direct binding to its GAP domain. Since TG2 has transglutaminase activity that has been implicated in the response to extreme stress, we investigated if Bcr can also act as a substrate for TG2. We here report that activation of TG2 by calcium caused the formation of covalently cross-linked Bcr. Abr, a protein related to Bcr but lacking its N-terminal oligomerization domain, was not cross-linked by TG2 even though it forms a complex with it. A Bcr mutant missing the first 62 amino acid residues remained monomeric in the presence of activated TG2, showing that this specific domain is necessary for the cross-linking reaction. Calcium influx induced by a calcium ionophore in primary human endothelial cells caused cross-linking of endogenous Bcr, which was inhibited by the TG2 inhibitor cystamine. Treatment of cells with cobalt chloride, a hypoxia-mimetic that causes cellular stress, also generated high molecular weight Bcr complexes. Cross-linked Bcr protein appeared in the TritonX-100-insoluble cell fraction and further accumulated in cells treated with a proteasome inhibitor. Bcr thus represents both an interacting partner under non-stressed conditions and a target of transglutaminase activity for TG2 during extreme stress.BMC Biochemistry 02/2011; 12:8. · 1.99 Impact Factor