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Variable effects of the mitoK(ATP) channel modulators diazoxide and 5-HD in ATP-depleted renal epithelial cells. Mol Cell Biochem 2010 Feb;335(1-2):211-22



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2-s2.0-75949109368   5 Citations


The role of mitochondrial K(ATP) (mitoK(ATP)) channels in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury is controversial with studies showing both protective and deleterious effects. In this study, we compared the effects of the putative mitoK(ATP) opener, diazoxide, and the mitoK(ATP) blocker, 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD) on cytotoxicity and apoptosis in tubular epithelial cells derived from rat (NRK-52E) and pig (LLC-PK1) following in vitro ischemic injury. Following ATP depletion-recovery, there was a significant increase in cytotoxicity in both NRK cells and LLC-PK1 cells although NRK cells were more sensitive to the injury. Diazoxide treatment attenuated cytotoxicity in both cell types and 5-HD treatment-increased cytotoxicity in the sensitive NRK cells in a superoxide-dependant manner. The protective effect of diazoxide was also reversed in the presence of 5-HD in ATP-depleted NRK cells. The ATP depletion-mediated increase in superoxide was enhanced by both diazoxide and 5-HD with the effect being more pronounced in the cells undergoing 5-HD treatment. Further, ATP depletion-induced activation of caspase-3 was decreased by diazoxide in NRK cells. In order to determine the signaling pathways involved in apoptosis, we examined the activation of Erk and JNK in ATP-depleted NRK cells. Diazoxide-activated Erk in ATP-depleted cells, but did not have any effect on JNK activation. In contrast, 5-HD did not impact Erk levels but increased JNK activation even under controlled conditions. Further, the use of a JNK inhibitor with 5-HD reversed the deleterious effects of 5-HD. This study demonstrates that in cells that are sensitive to ATP depletion-recovery, mitoK(ATP) channels protect against ATP depletion-mediated cytotoxicity and apoptosis through Erk- and JNK-dependant mechanisms.

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Nilakantan V, Liang H, Mortensen J, Taylor E, Johnson CP


Christopher P. Johnson MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adenosine Triphosphate
Decanoic Acids
Epithelial Cells
Hydroxy Acids
LLC-PK1 Cells
Potassium Channels
Reperfusion Injury
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