Mar 5, 2016

SIRT1 exerts protective effects against paraquat-induced injury in mouse type II alveolar epithelial cells by deacetylating NRF2 in vitro

International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Ying-Wei DingZhongqiu Lu


Silent information regulator 2-related enzyme 1 (SIRT1), a protein deacetylase, is known to strongly protect cells against oxidative stress-induced injury. The nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (NRF2)-antioxidant response element (ARE) antioxidant pathway plays important regulatory roles in the antioxidant therapy of paraquat (PQ) poisoning. In the present study, we investigated whether the SIRT1/NRF2/ARE signaling pathway plays an important role in lung injury induced by PQ. For this purpose, mouse type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECs‑II) were exposed to various concentrations of PQ. The overexpression or silencing of SIRT1 was induced by transfecting the cells with a SIRT1 overexpression vector or shRNA targeting SIRT1, respectively. The protein expression levels of SIRT1 and NRF2 were measured by western blot analysis. The superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities, as well as the glutathione (GSH) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were measured using respective kits. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) activity was also determined by ELISA. In addition, cell apoptosis was determined by flow cytometry. The protein stability of NRF2 was analyzed using cycloheximide and its acetylation in the cells was also determined. Th...Continue Reading

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