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Ischemic acidosis causes apoptosis in coronary endothelial cells through activation of caspase-12.

Authors: Kumar, S  Kasseckert, S  Kostin, S  Abdallah, Y  Schafer, C  Kaminski, A  Reusch, HP  Piper, HM  Steinhoff, G  Ladilov, Y 
Citation: Kumar S, etal., Cardiovasc Res. 2007 Jan 1;73(1):172-80. Epub 2006 Sep 29.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:17083921
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.cardiores.2006.09.018

OBJECTIVE: Myocardial ischemia has been shown to induce apoptosis of endothelial cells (EC). However, the mechanism of this endothelial injury is still poorly understood. To analyse the signaling pathway of ischemia-induced EC apoptosis was the aim of the present study. METHODS: The primary culture of rat coronary EC was exposed to simulated ischemia (glucose-free anoxia at pH(o) 6.4). Apoptosis was defined by staining of nuclei with Hoechst-33342 and TUNEL. Cytosolic Ca2+ and pH were measured with Fura-2 and BCECF, respectively. RESULTS: Apoptosis (29.2+/-1.7% of cells) induced by exposure to simulated ischemia for 2 h was accompanied by cytosolic Ca2+ overload (1090+/-52 nmol/l) and acidosis (pHi = 6.52+/-0.13). Simulated ischemia had no significant effect on caspase-8 cleavage, but induced cleavage of caspase-3 and caspase-12 and led to a slight release of cytochrome C. Prevention of cytosolic acidosis (anoxia at pH(o) 7.4) had no effect on cytochrome C release, but significantly reduced apoptosis, attenuated cytosolic Ca2+ overload, and prevented cleavage of caspase-12. A similar effect was achieved by inhibition of Ca2+ release channels in the endoplasmic reticulum with ryanodine and xestospongin C. Knock-down of caspase-12 with small interfering RNA suppressed caspase-3 activation and reduced apoptotic cell number by about 70%. CONCLUSION: Acidosis, rather than anoxia, is an important trigger of apoptosis in EC under simulated ischemia. The main pathway of the simulated ischemia-induced apoptosis consists of the Ca2+ leak from the ER followed by activation of caspase-12 and caspase-3.


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Created: 2009-07-17
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RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.