Cigarette smoking exposes the respiratory epithelium to highly toxic, reactive oxygen nitrogen species which damage lung proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the cell organelle in which all secreted and membrane proteins are processed. Accumulation of damaged or misfolded proteins in the ER, a condition termed ER stress, activates a complex cellular process termed the unfolded protein responses (UPR). The UPR acts to restore cellular protein homeostasis by regulating all aspects of protein metabolism including: protein translation and syntheses; protein folding; and protein degradation. However, activation of the UPR may also induce signaling pathways which induce inflammation and cell apoptosis. This review discusses the role of UPR in the respiratory epithelial cell response to cigarette smoke and the pathogenesis of lung diseases like COPD.
"ER stress is involved in respiratory diseases (Endo et al., 2005; Kelsen, 2012), particularly dysfunction of lung epithelial cells by asbestos or virus infection (Bitko and Barik, 2001; Liu et al., 2010). PERK is localized on the ER membrane and is phosphorylated when stress is imposed on the ER. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Formaldehyde (FA) is toxic to the respiratory system, and nitric oxide (NO) dysfunction stimulates the onset of respiratory diseases. The involvement of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH), the L-arginine analogue asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) degrading enzyme, in FA-induced cell death in lung epithelial cells has not been investigated. In this study, we assessed the effect of FA on DDAH expression and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in A549 cells. We also investigated the preventive effect of DDAH overexpression on ER stress and apoptosis in FA-induced cell death. FA decreased viability in A549 cells and decreased DDAH1 and DDAH2 mRNA and protein expression in a time-dependent manner (>4h). This coincided with increased phosphorylation of the ER stress proteins IRE1α, PERK, and eIF-2α, as well as increased expression of pro-apoptotic proteins such as Bax, C/EPB homologous protein (CHOP), cleaved PARP, and cleaved caspase-3, but decreased expression of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2. ADMA treatment mimicked the effect of FA. Overexpression of DDAH1, but not DDAH2, prevented FA-induced decreases in cell viability, phosphorylation of IRE1α, PERK, and eIF2α, and expression of CHOP. Effects of DDAH1 overexpression, but not DDAH2 overexpression, restored FA-induced increases in Bax, CHOP, cleaved PARP, cleaved caspase-3 and decreases in Bcl-2. In conclusion, FA induces apoptosis of lung epithelial cells via a decrease of DDAH 1 through ER stress.
Food and chemical toxicology: an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 10/2013; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.fct.2013.10.014 · 2.90 Impact Factor
"CSE highly induced the expression and secretion of CCN1 in lung epithelial cells, therefore, we next investigated the function of secreted CCN1 in lung epithelial cells after CS. Lung inflammation has been well documented after CSE exposure  and ER stress . IL-8 secretion is an important marker in early inflammation and is crucial for neutrophil recruitments . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Inflammation involves in many cigarette smoke (CS) related diseases including the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung epithelial cell released IL-8 plays a crucial role in CS induced lung inflammation. CS and cigarette smoke extracts (CSE) both induce IL-8 secretion and subsequently, IL-8 recruits inflammatory cells into the lung parenchyma. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which CSE triggers IL-8 release remain not completely understood. In this study, we identified a novel extracellular matrix (ECM) molecule, CCN1, which mediated CSE induced IL-8 secretion by lung epithelial cells. We first found that CS and CSE up-regulated CCN1 expression and secretion in lung epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro. CSE up-regulated CCN1 via induction of reactive oxygen spices (ROS) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. p38 MAPK and JNK activation were also found to mediate the signal pathways in CSE induced CCN1. CCN1 was secreted into ECM via Golgi and membrane channel receptor aquaporin4. After CSE exposure, elevated ECM CCN1 functioned via an autocrine or paracrine manner. Importantly, CCN1 activated Wnt pathway receptor LRP6, subsequently stimulated Wnt pathway component Dvl2 and triggered beta-catenin translocation from cell membrane to cytosol and nucleus. Treatment of Wnt pathway inhibitor suppressed CCN1 induced IL-8 secretion from lung epithelial cells. Taken together, CSE increased CCN1 expression and secretion in lung epithelial cells via induction of ROS and ER stress. Increased ECM CCN1 resulted in augmented IL-8 release through the activation of Wnt pathway.
PLoS ONE 07/2013; 8(7):e68199. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0068199 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Endoplasmic reticulum stress plays a critical role to restore the homeostasis of protein production in eukaryotic cells. This vital process is hence involved in many types of diseases including COPD. PERK, one branch in the ER stress signaling pathways, has been reported to activate NRF2 signaling pathway, a known protective response to COPD. Based on this scientific rationale, we aimed to identify PERK activators as a mechanism to achieve NRF2 activation. In this report, we describe a phenotypic screening assay to identify PERK activators. This assay measures phosphorylation of GFP-tagged eIF2α upon PERK activation via a cell-based LanthaScreen technology. To obtain a robust assay with sufficient signal to background and low variation, multiple parameters were optimized including GFP-tagged eIF2α BacMam concentration, cell density and serum concentration. The assay was validated by a tool compound, Thapsigargin, which induces phosphorylation of eIF2α. In our assay, this compound showed maximal signal window of approximately 2.5-fold with a pEC50 of 8.0, consistent with literature reports. To identify novel PERK activators through phosphorylation of eIF2α, a focused set of 8,400 compounds was screened in this assay at 10 µM. A number of hits were identified and validated. The molecular mechanisms for several selected hits were further characterized in terms of PERK activation and effects on PERK downstream components. Specificity of these compounds in activating PERK was demonstrated with a PERK specific inhibitor and in PERK knockout mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells. In addition, these hits showed NRF2-dependent anti-oxidant gene induction. In summary, our phenotypic screening assay is demonstrated to be able to identify PERK specific activators. The identified PERK activators could potentially be used as chemical probes to further investigate this pathway as well as the link between PERK activation and NRF2 pathway activation.
PLoS ONE 03/2015; 10(3):e0119738. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0119738 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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