Tanshinone IIA Restores Dynamic Balance of Autophagosome/Autolysosome in Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity via Targeting Beclin1/LAMP1.
ABSTRACT: Clinical use of the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) is largely limited due to its severe cardiotoxicity. Dysregulation of autophagy is implicated in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity (DIC). Prior studies have indicated that Beclin1 and lysosomal-associated membrane proteins-1 (LAMP1) are critical mediators of autophagy. In this work, by assessing autophagic flux in a DOX-stimulated H9C2 model, we observed autolysosome accumulation caused by interruption of autolysosome degradation. Tanshinone IIA (TSA) is a well-known small molecule that exerts impressive cardioprotective effects on heart failure. Here, we investigated the regulation of TSA in DOX-treated zebrafish, mice, and H9C2 models. Results demonstrated that TSA remarkably improved heart function and reversed pathological changes in vivo, while TSA restored autophagic flux by promoting autolysosome degradation and autophagosome formation. Further experiments demonstrated that these effects were mediated through upregulation of Beclin1 and LAMP1. The mTOR agonist MHY1485 was shown to abrogate the effect of TSA via the UNC-51-like kinase 1 (ULK1)-Beclin1/TFEB-LAMP1 signaling pathway in vitro, demonstrating that TSA protects against DIC by promoting autophagy via the Beclin1/LAMP1 signaling pathway. We further employed a U87 model to assess whether TSA would compromise the antitumor activity of DOX. Intriguingly, the co-treatment of TSA was able to synergistically inhibit proliferative activity. Collectively, in this study we uncover the novel insight that TSA is able to reduce the cardiotoxicity of DOX without compromising antitumor activity.
Project description:Autophagy has a fundamental role in maintaining cell homeostasis. Although autophagy has been implicated in glaucomatous pathology, how it regulates retinal ganglion cell (RGC) injury is largely unknown. In the present work, we found that biphasic autophagy in RGCs occurred in a mouse model of chronic ocular hypertension (COH), accompanied by activation of Rac1, a member of the Rho family. Rac1 conditional knockout (Rac1 cKO) in RGCs attenuated RGC apoptosis, in addition to blocking the increase in the number of autophagosomes and the expression of autophagy-related proteins (Beclin1, LC3-II/I, and p62) in COH retinas. Electron micrograph and double immunostaining of LAMP1 and LC3B showed that Rac1 cKO accelerated autolysosome fusion in RGC axons of COH mice. Inhibiting the first autophagic peak with 3-methyladenine or Atg13 siRNA reduced RGC apoptosis, whereas inhibiting the second autophagic peak with 3-MA or blocking autophagic flux by chloroquine increased RGC apoptosis. Furthermore, Rac1 cKO reduced the number of autophagosomes and apoptotic RGCs induced by rapamycin injected intravitreally, which suggests that Rac1 negatively regulates mTOR activity. Moreover, Rac1 deletion decreased Bak expression and did not interfere with the interaction of Beclin1 and Bcl-2 or Bak in COH retinas. In conclusion, autophagy promotes RGC apoptosis in the early stages of glaucoma and results in autophagic cell death in later stages. Rac1 deletion alleviates RGC damage by regulating the cross talk between autophagy and apoptosis through mTOR/Beclin1-Bak. Interfering with the Rac1/mTOR signaling pathway may provide a new strategy for treating glaucoma.
Project description:Doxorubicin (DOX) is widely used as a first-line chemotherapeutic drug for various malignancies. However, DOX causes severe cardiotoxicity, which limits its clinical uses. Oxidative stress is one of major contributors to DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. While autophagic flux serves as an important defense mechanism against oxidative stress in cardiomyocytes, recent studies have demonstrated that DOX induces the blockage of autophagic flux, which contributes to DOX cardiotoxicity. The present study investigated whether nicotinamide riboside (NR), a precursor of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)+, prevents DOX cardiotoxicity by improving autophagic flux. We report that administration of NR elevated NAD+ levels, and reduced cardiac injury and myocardial dysfunction in DOX-injected mice. These protective effects of NR were recapitulated in cultured cardiomyocytes upon DOX treatment. Mechanistically, NR prevented the blockage of autophagic flux, accumulation of autolysosomes, and oxidative stress in DOX-treated cardiomyocytes, the effects of which were associated with restoration of lysosomal acidification. Furthermore, inhibition of lysosomal acidification or SIRT1 abrogated these protective effects of NR during DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Collectively, our study shows that NR enhances autolysosome clearance via the NAD+/SIRT1 signaling, thereby preventing DOX-triggered cardiotoxicity.
Project description:Doxorubicin (DOX) is an effective chemotherapeutic drug in the treatment of various types of cancers. However, its clinical application has been largely limited by potential development of cardiotoxicity. Previously we have shown that ultra-violet radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG), an autophagy-related protein, is essential for the maintenance of autophagic flux in the heart under physiological conditions. Here, we sought to determine the role of UVRAG-mediated autophagy in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Mouse models of acute or chronic DOX-induced cardiotoxicity were established. UVRAG deficiency exacerbated DOX-induced mortality and cardiotoxicity manifested by increased cytoplasmic vacuolization, enhanced collagen accumulation, elevated serum activities of lactate dehydrogenase and myocardial muscle creatine kinase, higher ROS levels, aggravated apoptosis and more depressed cardiac function. Autophagic flux was impaired in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. UVRAG deficiency aggravated impaired autophagic flux in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Intermittent fasting restored autophagy and ameliorated pathological alterations of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Collectively, our data suggest that UVRAG deficiency exacerbates DOX-induced cardiotoxicity, at least in part, through aggravation of DOX-induced impaired autophagic flux. Intermittent fasting, which restores blunted autophagic flux and ameliorates pathology in the mouse models of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity, may be used as a potential preventive or therapeutic approach for DOX cardiotoxicity.
Project description:Myocyte apoptosis and oxidative stress key critical roles in the process of doxorubicin (DOX)?induced cardiotoxicity. However, how apoptosis and oxidative stress arise in DOX?induced heart injury remains largely unknown. Cathepsin B (CTSB) is a typical lysosomal cysteine protease that is associated with apoptosis, inflammatory responses, oxidative stress and autophagy. The present study aimed to investigate the role of CTSB in DOX?induced heart injury and its potential mechanism. H9C2 cells were infected with adenovirus or transfected with small interfering RNA to overexpress or knock down CTSB, respectively, and then stimulated with DOX. DOX induced increased CTSB expression levels in H9C2 cells. DOX?induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis and oxidative stress were attenuated by CTSB knockdown but aggravated by CTSB overexpression in vitro. Mechanistically, the present study showed that CTSB activated the NF??B pathway in response to DOX. In summary, CTSB aggravated DOX?induced H9C2 cell apoptosis and oxidative stress via NF??B signalling. CTSB constitutes a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of DOX?induced cardiotoxicity.
Project description:Doxorubicin (Dox) is a cytotoxic drug widely incorporated in various chemotherapy protocols. Severe side effects such as cardiotoxicity, however, limit Dox application. Mechanisms by which Dox promotes cardiac damage and cardiomyocyte cell death have been investigated extensively, but a definitive picture has yet to emerge. Autophagy, regarded generally as a protective mechanism that maintains cell viability by recycling unwanted and damaged cellular constituents, is nevertheless subject to dysregulation having detrimental effects for the cell. Autophagic cell death has been described, and has been proposed to contribute to Dox-cardiotoxicity. Additionally, mitophagy, autophagic removal of damaged mitochondria, is affected by Dox in a manner contributing to toxicity. Here we will review Dox-induced cardiotoxicity and cell death in the broad context of the autophagy and mitophagy processes.
Project description:Doxorubicin (Dox) is a highly effective anticancer drug but cause acute ventricular dysfunction, and also induce late-onset cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Despite extensive studies, the pathogenic sequelae leading to the progression of Dox-associated cardiomyopathy remains unknown. We assessed temporal changes in autophagy, mitochondrial dynamics, and bioenergetics in mouse models of acute and chronic Dox-cardiomyopathy. Time course study of acute Dox-treatment showed accumulation of LC3B II in heart lysates. Autophagy flux assays confirmed that the Dox-induced accumulation of autophagosomes occurs due to blockage of the lysosomal degradation process. Dox-induced autophagosomes and autolysosome accumulation were confirmed in vivo by using GFP-LC3 and mRFP-GFP-LC3 transgenic (Tg) mice. Mitochondria isolated from acute Dox-treated hearts showed significant suppression of oxygen consumption rate (OCR). Chronic Dox-cardiotoxicity also exhibited time-dependent accumulation of LC3B II levels and increased accumulation of green puncta in GFP-LC3 Tg hearts. Mitochondria isolated from chronic Dox-treated hearts also showed significant suppression of mitochondrial OCR. The in vivo impairment of autophagic degradation process and mitochondrial dysfunction data were confirmed in vitro using cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes. Both acute and chronic Dox-associated cardiomyopathy involves a multifocal disease process resulting from autophagosomes and autolysosomes accumulation, altered expression of mitochondrial dynamics and oxidative phosphorylation regulatory proteins, and mitochondrial respiratory dysfunction.
Project description:The anticancer therapy of doxorubicin (Dox) has been limited by its acute and chronic cardiotoxicity. In addition to a causative role of oxidative stress, autophagy appears to play an important role in the regulation of Dox-induced cardiotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Accordingly, we explored a role of nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor 2 (Nrf2) in Dox-induced cardiomyopathy with a focus on myocardial oxidative stress and autophagic activity. In wild type (WT) mice, a single intraperitoneal injection of 25?mg/kg Dox rapidly induced cardiomyocyte necrosis and cardiac dysfunction, which were associated with oxidative stress, impaired autophagy, and accumulated polyubiquitinated protein aggregates. However, these Dox-induced adverse effects were exaggerated in Nrf2 knockout (Nrf2(-/-)) mice. In cultured cardiomyocytes, overexpression of Nrf2 increased the steady levels of LC3-II, ameliorated Dox-induced impairment of autophagic flux and accumulation of ubiquitinated protein aggregates, and suppressed Dox-induced cytotoxicity, whereas knockdown of Nrf2 exerted opposite effects. Moreover, the exaggerated adverse effects in Dox-intoxicated Nrf2 depleted cardiomyocytes were dramatically attenuated by forced activation of autophagy via overexpression of autophagy related gene 5 (Atg5). Thus, these results suggest that Nrf2 is likely an endogenous suppressor of Dox-induced cardiotoxicity by controlling both oxidative stress and autophagy in the heart.
Project description:Helicobacter pylori-derived CagA, a type IV secretion system effector, plays a role as an oncogenic driver in gastric epithelial cells. However, upon delivery into gastric epithelial cells, CagA is usually degraded by macroautophagy/autophagy. Hence, the induction of autophagy in H. pylori-infected epithelial cells is an important host-protective ability against gastric carcinogenesis. However, the mechanisms by which autophagosome-lysosome fusion is regulated, are unknown. Here, we report that enhancement of LAMP1 (lysosomal associated membrane protein 1) expression is necessary for autolysosome formation. LAMP1 expression is induced by nuclear translocated LRP1 (LDL receptor related protein 1) intracellular domain (LRP1-ICD) binding to the proximal LAMP1 promoter region. Nuclear translocation of LRP1-ICD is enhanced by H. pylori infection. In contrast, CAPZA1 (capping actin protein of muscle Z-line alpha subunit 1) inhibits LAMP1 expression via binding to LRP1-ICD in the nuclei. The binding of CAPZA1 to LRP1-ICD prevents LRP1-ICD binding to the LAMP1 proximal promoter. Thus, in CAPZA1-overexpressing gastric epithelial cells infected with H. pylori, autolysosome formation is inhibited and CagA escapes autophagic degradation. These findings identify CAPZA1 as a novel negative regulator of autolysosome formation and suggest that deregulation of CAPZA1 expression leads to increased risk of gastric carcinogenesis. Abbreviations: CagA: cytotoxin-associated gene A; CAPZA1: capping actin protein of muscle Z-line alpha subunit 1; ChIP: chromatin immunoprecipitation; GTF2I: general transcription factor IIi; HDAC: histone deacetylase; LAMP1: lysosomal associated membrane protein 1; LRP1: LDL receptor related protein 1; LRP1-ICD: CagA intracellular domain; qPCR: quantitative polymerase chain reaction; VacA: vacuolating cytotoxin.
Project description:The clinical use of doxorubicin is limited by cardiotoxicity. Histopathological changes include interstitial myocardial fibrosis and the appearance of vacuolated cardiomyocytes. Whereas dysregulation of autophagy in the myocardium has been implicated in a variety of cardiovascular diseases, the role of autophagy in doxorubicin cardiomyopathy remains poorly defined.Most models of doxorubicin cardiotoxicity involve intraperitoneal injection of high-dose drug, which elicits lethargy, anorexia, weight loss, and peritoneal fibrosis, all of which confound the interpretation of autophagy. Given this, we first established a model that provokes modest and progressive cardiotoxicity without constitutional symptoms, reminiscent of the effects seen in patients. We report that doxorubicin blocks cardiomyocyte autophagic flux in vivo and in cardiomyocytes in culture. This block was accompanied by robust accumulation of undegraded autolysosomes. We go on to localize the site of block as a defect in lysosome acidification. To test the functional relevance of doxorubicin-triggered autolysosome accumulation, we studied animals with diminished autophagic activity resulting from haploinsufficiency for Beclin 1. Beclin 1(+/-) mice exposed to doxorubicin were protected in terms of structural and functional changes within the myocardium. Conversely, animals overexpressing Beclin 1 manifested an amplified cardiotoxic response.Doxorubicin blocks autophagic flux in cardiomyocytes by impairing lysosome acidification and lysosomal function. Reducing autophagy initiation protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity.
Project description:Group A Streptococcus (GAS) can invade epithelial cells; however, these bacteria are targeted and eventually destroyed by autophagy. Members of the Nod-like receptor (NLR) family are thought to be critical for the autophagic response to invasive bacteria. However, the intracellular sensors within host cells that are responsible for bacterial invasion and the induction of autophagy are largely unknown. Thus, our aim was to examine the role of one such NLR, namely NLRX1, in invasion and autophagy during GAS infection. We found that GAS invasion was markedly increased in NLRX1 knockout cells. This led to the potentiation of autophagic processes such as autophagosome and autolysosome formation. NLRX1 was found to interact with Beclin 1 and UVRAG, members of Beclin1 complex, and knockout of these proteins inhibited invasion and autophagy upon GAS infection. Especially, NLRX1 interacted with Beclin 1 via its NACHT domain and this interaction was responsible for the NLRX1-mediated inhibition of invasion and autophagic processes including autophagosome and autolysosome formation during GAS infection. These findings demonstrate that NLRX1 functions as a negative regulator to inactivate the Beclin 1-UVRAG complex, which regulates invasion and autophagy during GAS infection. Thus, our study expands our knowledge of the role of NLRX1 during bacterial invasion and autophagy and could lead to further investigations to understand pathogen-host cell interactions, facilitating novel targeted therapeutics.