[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the role of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the response of macrophages to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) using RAW 264.7 cells and their ρ(o) cells lacking mitochondria. Mitochondrial density, respiratory activity and related proteins in ρ(o) cells were significantly lower than those in RAW cells. LPS rapidly stimulated mitochondrial ROS prior to cytokine secretion, such as TNF-α and IL-6, from RAW 264.7 cells by activating the MAPK pathway, while the response was attenuated in ρ(o) cells. Exposure of ρ(o) cells to H(2)O(2) partially restored the secretion of cytokines induced by LPS. These results suggest that mitochondrial density and/or the respiratory state contribute to intracellular oxidative stress, which is responsible for the stimulation of LPS-induced MAPK signaling to enhance cytokine release from macrophages.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although chemotherapy is an important method for the treatment of patients with cancer, its efficacy is limited because of different sensitivities of tumor cells to anticancer agents and/or side effects on normal tissues. The present work demonstrates that mitochondria play a crucial role in the apoptosis of cancer cells induced by anticancer agents that interact with DNA but not with the cytoskeleton. Agents that interact with DNA selectively enhanced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondria, released cytochrome c, and activated caspase-9 and caspase-3 to induce apoptosis of mesothelioma H2052 cells but not their ρ(0) cells, which lack mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The sensitivity of a variety of cells to the agents showed positive correlation with the amounts of their mitochondria. In contrast, agents that selectively affect the cytoskeleton activated caspase-8 and caspase-3 and equally induced apoptosis of both H2052 and their ρ(0) cells by a mitochondria-independent mechanism. The results suggest that mtDNA is a potential target for the anticancer agents that interact with DNA to induce ROS-dependent apoptosis of cancer cells, whereas agents that affect the cytoskeleton induce cell death by a mitochondria- and ROS-independent mechanism. The present observation is important for the selection of medicine for chemotherapy of patients with cancer.
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 03/2011; 337(3):838-45. · 3.89 Impact Factor