Autophagy protects the rotenone-induced cell death in α-synuclein overexpressing SH-SY5Y cells

Department of Biochemistry and Neurobiology and Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, 92 Chilam-Dong, Jinju, GyeongNam 660-751, Republic of Korea.
Neuroscience Letters (Impact Factor: 2.03). 03/2010; 472(1):47-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2010.01.053
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Loss of dopaminergic cells induced by alpha-synuclein accumulation in substantia nigra causes the development of Parkinson's disease (PD). To date, although autophagy has been implicated in the pathology of PD, the molecular mechanism is still unclear. To study the role of autophagy in PD pathogenesis, we established stable SH-SY5Y cell lines overexpressing wild-type or mutant alpha-synuclein proteins (A30P or A53T). Overexpression of mutant alpha-synuclein induced some protein aggregates and cell death in the absence of drug. LC3-II protein, a critical marker for autophagy, was produced in an autophagy-dependent manner. The rotenone-induced cell death was interrupted by autophagy stimulation. Autophagy activation also restored the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) impaired by rotenone in mutant alpha-synuclein expressing cells. Additionally, autophagy activation significantly relieved rotenone-induced ROS accumulation and HIF-1alpha expression in neuronal cells expressing mutant alpha-synuclein proteins. These findings indicate that autophagy plays an important scavenger role against harmful influence of toxic protein aggregates produced in rotenone-treated cells.

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    • "Basal expression of autophagy acts as one of the cytoprotective mechanisms and participates in maintaining homeostasis (Hara et al., 2006; Dadakhujaev et al., 2010). Also in diseased conditions, autophagy enhancement is known to play a role as protective mechanism. "
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    • "Recent studies have implicated macroautophagy, from here on referred to as " autophagy " , in the pathophysiology of PD (Lynch- Day et al., 2012). Still, there is an ongoing debate if alpha-synuclein itself would inhibit (Winslow and Rubinsztein, 2011; Winslow et al., 2010) or activate autophagy (Choubey et al., 2011; Stefanis et al., 2001; Xilouri et al., 2009) and whether increased autophagy would be protective (Dadakhujaev et al., 2010; Spencer et al., 2009) or harmful (Choubey et al., 2011; Li et al., 2011) for neurons. We report here that wild-type alpha-synuclein readily kills the human postmitotic dopaminergic neurons derived from primary precursor cells, and that pharmacologic activation of autophagy with trifluoperazine (10-[3-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl) propyl]-2- (trifluoromethyl) phenothiazine) provides protection by reducing one specific oligomeric alpha-synuclein species. "
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    • "To investigate the potential role of autophagy enhancement, we performed an MTS assay by pretreating cells with 100 nM rapamycin prior to FPN treatment in accordance with a previous study (Dadakhujaev et al., 2010). In this study, we used rapamycin as an autophagy inducer. "
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