Toll-like receptor 4 mediates lipopolysaccharide-induced muscle catabolism via coordinate activation of ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy-lysosome pathways

Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
The FASEB Journal (Impact Factor: 5.04). 01/2011; 25(1):99-110. DOI: 10.1096/fj.10-164152
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Cachectic muscle wasting is a frequent complication of many inflammatory conditions, due primarily to excessive muscle catabolism. However, the pathogenesis and intervention strategies against it remain to be established. Here, we tested the hypothesis that Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a master regulator of inflammatory muscle catabolism. We demonstrate that TLR4 activation by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces C2C12 myotube atrophy via up-regulating autophagosome formation and the expression of ubiquitin ligase atrogin-1/MAFbx and MuRF1. TLR4-mediated activation of p38 MAPK is necessary and sufficient for the up-regulation of atrogin1/MAFbx and autophagosomes, resulting in myotube atrophy. Similarly, LPS up-regulates muscle autophagosome formation and ubiquitin ligase expression in mice. Importantly, autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine completely abolishes LPS-induced muscle proteolysis, while proteasome inhibitor lactacystin partially blocks it. Furthermore, TLR4 knockout or p38 MAPK inhibition abolishes LPS-induced muscle proteolysis. Thus, TLR4 mediates LPS-induced muscle catabolism via coordinate activation of the ubiquitin-proteasome and the autophagy-lysosomal pathways.

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    • "Another possibility is the participation of p38MAPK that is has been recently described to be involved in the transcriptional upregulation of Mas in dorsal root ganglia neurons (Cao et al. 2013). Interestingly, p38 MAPK has been found to be a key player in skeletal muscle atrophy induced by immobilization, AngII treatment and LPS (Doyle et al. 2011; Eley et al. 2008; Kim et al. 2009). Thus, we can speculate that p38MAPK could participate of the Mas upregulation in the atrophic models used for us. "
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    • "Studies dealing with LPS provide controversial results on the activation of this pathway. While LPS increases Akt phosphorylation state in C2C12 cell culture [6], LPS administration in vivo seems to repress Akt [21,39]. Here we show a drastic dephosphorylation of both Akt and FoxO3 with LPS administration, which was not reversed by epoxomicin treatment. "
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