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Mouse HSF1 disruption perturbs redox state and increases mitochondrial oxidative stress in kidney. Antioxid Redox Signal 2005 Mar-Apr;7(3-4):465-71



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2-s2.0-14044270113   41 Citations


Increased synthesis of heat shock proteins (Hsps), mainly regulated by heat shock factor 1 (Hsf1), protects the heart against oxidative stress under pathophysiological conditions such as ischemia/reperfusion. To investigate whether Hsps might exert a similar protective effect under physiological conditions in the kidney, we first evaluated the HSF1-dependent expression of several Hsps, including Hsp25, alphaB-crystallin (alphaBC), Hsp70, and Hsp90. Unlike either alphaBC or Hsp70, protein expression of Hsp25 and Hsp90 was decreased 26% and 50%, respectively, in Hsf1 knockout compared with the wild-type mice. The effects of Hsp down-regulation on renal cellular redox status are presently unknown. Indeed, HSF1 deficiency caused a 37% decrease in renal cellular GSH/GSSG ratio, a marker of redox status, and a 40% increase in the rate of mitochondrial superoxide generation in Hsf1 knockout compared with wild-type mice. HSF1 disruption also increased mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening and induced greater mitochondrial membrane potential change (48% increase versus wild type). Thus, the present study demonstrates that Hsf1-dependent transcription of selective Hsps is required for normal renal homeostasis, which protects renal cells against oxidative stress under physiological conditions. The source of mitochondrial superoxide generation is discussed.

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Yan LJ, Rajasekaran NS, Sathyanarayanan S, Benjamin IJ


Ivor J. Benjamin MD Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

DNA-Binding Proteins
Heat Shock Transcription Factors
Heat-Shock Proteins
Heat-Shock Response
Mice, Knockout
Oxidative Stress
Reactive Oxygen Species
Transcription Factors
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