Mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species mediate heme oxygenase-1 expression in sheared endothelial cells s

Zhaosheng Han, Saradhadevi Varadharaj, Randy J. Giedt, Jay L. Zweier, Hazel H. Szeto, B. Rita Alevriadou

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Bovine aortic endothelial cells (ECs) respond to nitric oxide (NO) donors by activating the redox-sensitive NF-E2-related factor 2/antioxidant response element pathway and up-regulating heme oxygenase (HO)-1 expression. EC exposure to steady laminar shear stress causes a sustained increase in NO, a transient increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS), and activation of the HO-1 gene. Because ste.ady laminar flow increases the mitochondrial superoxide (O 2 - production, we hypothesized that mitochondria-derived ROS play a role in shear-induced HO-1 expression. Flow (10 dynes/cm 2, 6 h)- induced expression of HO-1 protein was abolished when BAECs were preincubated and sheared in the presence of either N G-nitro-L- arginine methyl ester or N-acetyl-L-cysteine, suggesting that either NO or ROS up-regulates HO-1. Ebselen and diphenylene iodonium blocked HO-1 expression, and uric acid had no effect. The mitochondrial electron transport chain inhibitors, myxothiazol, rotenone, or antimycin A, and the mi-tochondria-targeted ant.ioxidant peptide, Szeto-Schiller (SS)- 31, which scavenges O 2 -, hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2), peroxyni- trite, and hydroxyl radicals, markedly inhibited the increase in HO-1 expression. These data collectively suggest that mito- chondrial H 2O 2 mediates the HO-1 induction. MitoSOX and 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin (DCF) fluorescence showed that mitochondrial O 2 - levels and intracellular peroxides, respectively, are higher in sheared ECs compared with static controls and, in part, dependent on NO. SS-31 significantly inhibited both the shear-induced MitoSOX and DCF fluorescence signals. Either phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase or mitogen-activated protein ki- nase cascade inhibitors blocked the HO-1 induction. In conclusion, under shear, EC mitochondria-derived H2O2 diffuses to the cytosol, where it initiates oxidative signaling leading to HO-1 up-regulation and maintenance of the atheroprotective EC status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular Medicine


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