Title: Proteasome-dependent regulation of signal transduction in retinal pigment epithelial cells
Authors: Fernandes, Alexandre F. 
Guo, Weimin 
Zhang, Xinyu 
Gallagher, Matthew 
Ivan, Mircea 
Taylor, Allen 
Pereira, Paulo 
Shang, Fu 
Keywords: Age-related macular degeneration;Angiogenesis;Signal transduction;Retinal pigment epithelium;Ubiquitin;Proteasome;Hypoxia-inducible factor;Vascular endothelial growth factor;Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Experimental Eye Research. 83:6 (2006) 1472-1481
Abstract: As in many other types of cells, retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells have an active ubiquitin-proteasome pathway (UPP). However, the function of the UPP in RPE remains to be elucidated. The objective of this study is to determine the role of the UPP in controlling the levels and activities of transcription factors hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and NF-[kappa]B. We inhibited the UPP with proteasome-specific inhibitors and determined the activation of HIF and NF-[kappa]B as well as the expression and secretion of pro-angiogenic factors. HIF-1[alpha] was not detectable in ARPE-19 cells under normal culture conditions. However, when proteasome activity was inhibited, HIF-1[alpha] accumulated in RPE in a time-dependent manner. Consistent with accumulation of HIF-1[alpha] in the cells, levels of mRNA for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) in RPE were up to 7-fold higher upon inhibition of the proteasome. Proteasome inhibition was also associated with a 2-fold increase in levels of mRNA for angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1). ARPE-19 cells secrete significant levels of VEGF under normal culture conditions. Inhibition of proteasome activity increased the secretion of VEGF by 2-fold. In contrast to the increase in HIF activity, NF-[kappa]B activation was reduced by proteasome inhibition. In addition, the expression and secretion of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) by RPE were substantially attenuated by the inhibition of proteasome activity. These data demonstrate that the UPP plays an important role in modulating the activities of HIF and NF-[kappa]B in the RPE. Consequences of an impairment of the UPP include accumulation of HIF-1[alpha] and diminished NF-[kappa]B activation, which lead to enhanced expression and secretion of pro-angiogenic factors and attenuated expression of MCP-1. Taken together, these data predict that the impairment of the UPP could lead to the development of AMD-related phenotypes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/4732
Rights: openAccess
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