Activation of guanylate cyclase C signaling pathway protects intestinal epithelial cells from acute radiation-induced apoptosis
ABSTRACT Uroguanylin (UGN) is a peptide hormone that binds to and activates the intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) transmembrane receptor guanylate cyclase C (GC-C), which in turn increases intracellular cGMP. Gene targeting of murine UGN or GC-C results in significantly lower levels of cGMP in IECs. On the basis of effects of cGMP in nonintestinal systems, we hypothesized that loss of GC-C activation would increase intestinal epithelial apoptosis following radiation-induced injury. We first compared apoptosis from the proximal jejunum of C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) and GC-C knockout (KO) mice 3 h after they received 5 Gy of gamma-irradiation. We then investigated whether supplementation via intraperitoneal injection of 1 mM 8BrcGMP would mitigate radiation-induced apoptosis in these experimental animals. Identical experiments were performed in BALB/c UGN WT and KO mice. Apoptosis was assessed by quantitating morphological indications of cell death, terminal dUTP nick-end labeling, and cleaved caspase 3 immunohistochemistry. Both UGN KO and GC-C KO mice were more susceptible than their WT littermates in this in vivo model of apoptotic injury. Furthermore, cGMP supplementation in both GC-C and UGN KO animals ameliorated radiation-induced apoptosis. Neither WT strain demonstrated significant alteration in apoptotic susceptibility as a result of cGMP supplementation before radiation injury. These in vivo findings demonstrate increased radiosensitivity of IECs in UGN and GC-C KO mice and a role for cGMP as a primary downstream mediator of GC-C activation in the protection of these IECs from radiation-induced apoptosis.
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ABSTRACT: Guanylyl cyclase C (GCC) is the receptor specifically expressed by intestinal cells for the paracrine hormones guanylin and uroguanylin and diarrheagenic bacterial heat-stable enterotoxins. This tissue-specific receptor coordinates lineage-dependent regulation of epithelial homeostasis, and its disruption contributes to intestinal tumorigenesis. It coordinates regenerative and metabolic circuits by restricting the cell cycle and proliferation and programming metabolic transitions central to organizing the dynamic crypt-surface axis. Further, mice deficient in GCC signaling are more susceptible to colon cancer induced by Apc mutations or the carcinogen azoxymethane. Moreover, guanylin and uroguanylin are gene products most commonly lost, early, in colon cancer in animals and humans. The role of GCC as a tumor suppressing receptor regulating proliferation and metabolism, together with the universal loss of guanylin and uroguanylin in tumorigenesis, suggests a model in which colorectal cancer is a paracrine hormone deficiency syndrome. In that context, activation of GCC reverses the tumorigenic phenotype by limiting growth of colorectal cancer cells by restricting progression through the G1/S transition and reprogramming metabolic circuits from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation, limiting bioenergetic support for rapid proliferation. These observations suggest a pathophysiological hypothesis in which GCC is a lineage-dependent tumor suppressing receptor coordinating proliferative homeostasis whose dysregulation through hormone loss contributes to neoplasia. The correlative therapeutic hypothesis suggests that colorectal cancer is a disease of hormone insufficiency that can be prevented or treated by oral supplementation with GCC ligands.Current Molecular Pharmacology 11/2009; 2(3):285-92. DOI:10.2174/1874467210902030285
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ABSTRACT: Injury to the small bowel from ionizing radiation occurs commonly in patients undergoing cancer therapy and less commonly in instances of accidental radiation overexposure. Several lines of evidence now suggest that dynamic interactions between the host's enteric microbiota and innate immune system are important in modulating the intestinal response to radiation. Here, we will review recent developments in the area of acute radiation enteropathy and examine the current state of knowledge regarding the impact of host-microbial interactions in the process. There is promise in the development and testing of new clinical biomarkers including serum citrulline. Toll-like receptor agonists and innate immune system signaling pathways including nuclear factor-kappa B profoundly alter intestinal epithelial cell apoptosis and crypt survival after radiation exposure. Germ-free conditions, probiotics and antibiotics are each identified as modifiers of disease development and course. A human study suggested that luminal microbiota composition may influence the host's intestinal response to radiation and may change in those developing postradiation diarrhea. New knowledge implies that investigations aimed at deciphering the microbiome-host interactions before and after small bowl radiation injury may eventually allow prediction of disease course and offer opportunities for the development of novel therapeutic or prophylactic strategies.Current opinion in gastroenterology 03/2010; 26(2):88-94. DOI:10.1097/MOG.0b013e3283361927 · 3.66 Impact Factor