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Nicotine suppresses tunicamycin-induced, but not thapsigargin-induced, expression of GRP78 during ER stress-mediated apoptosis in PC12 cells.

Authors: Sasaya, H  Utsumi, T  Shimoke, K  Nakayama, H  Matsumura, Y  Fukunaga, K  Ikeuchi, T 
Citation: Sasaya H, etal., J Biochem. 2008 Aug;144(2):251-7. Epub 2008 May 13.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18477628
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1093/jb/mvn063

We previously reported that nicotine protected against tunicamycin (Tm)-induced ER stress-mediated apoptosis, but not thapsigargin (Tg)-induced apoptosis in PC12 cells. In the present study, we report that the expression of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) was suppressed by nicotine in Tm-treated PC12 cells. Interestingly, the GRP78 expression was not changed by nicotine in Tg-treated cells. Moreover, nicotine reduced the activation of caspase-12 in Tm-treated cells, but not in Tg-treated cells. These results suggest that nicotine prevented Tm-induced ER stress-mediated apoptosis by attenuating an early stage of Tm-induced ER stress. It was possible that the suppression of GRP78 expression by nicotine was achieved through the suppression of the Ire1-XBP1 and/or ATF6 pathways. We observed that nicotine suppressed the Tm-induced, but not Tg-induced, splicing of XBP1 mRNA, and also suppressed the Tm-induced, but not Tg-induced, production of cleaved ATF6 in PC12 cells. These results indicate that the suppression of Ire1-XBP1 and ATF6 pathways contributes to the suppression of GRP78 expression by nicotine in Tm-treated PC12 cells, suggesting that nicotine suppresses a common step upstream of both the Ire1-XBP1 and ATF6 pathways which are required for the expression of GRP78 during Tm-induced ER stress.


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Created: 2009-07-17
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