Reactive oxygen species-mediated endoplasmic reticulum stress contributes to aldosterone-induced apoptosis in tubular epithelial cells.

Research paper by Wei W Ding, Lei L Yang, Minmin M Zhang, Yong Y Gu

Indexed on: 28 Jan '12Published on: 28 Jan '12Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications


Apoptosis contributes to tubular epithelial cell death and atrophy in aldosterone (Aldo)-induced renal injury. This study aimed to determine mechanisms underlying Aldo-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in tubular epithelial cells. Intracellular ROS generation was evaluated by 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate fluorescence. Apoptosis was detected by annexin V/propidium iodide staining and flow cytometry. ER stress induced protein and mRNA were evaluated by Western blot and real-time PCR, respectively. Aldo promoted tubular epithelial cell apoptosis, increased intracellular ROS production and induced ER stress, as evidenced by increased expression of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and CAAT/enhancer-binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Additionally, siRNA knockdown of CHOP and antioxidant N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) attenuated ER stress-mediated apoptosis. NAC also could inhibit Aldo-induced expression of GRP78 and CHOP. Altogether, these observations suggest that Aldo induces apoptosis via ROS-mediated, CHOP-dependent activation in renal tubular epithelial cells.