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Suppression of Etk/Bmx Protects Against Ischemic Brain Injury

Authors: Chen, Kai-Yun; Wu, Chung-Che; Chang, Cheng-Fu; Chen, Yuan-Hao; Chiu, Wen-Ta; Lou, Ya-Hsin; Chen, Yen-Hua; Shih, Hsiu-Ming; Chiang, Yung-Hsiao

Source: Cell Transplantation, Volume 21, Number 1, January 2012 , pp. 345-354(10)

Publisher: Cognizant Communication Corporation

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Etk/Bmx (epithelial and endothelial tyrosine kinase, also known as BMX), a member of the Tec (tyrosine kinase expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma) family of protein-tyrosine kinases, is an important regulator of signal transduction for the activation of cell growth, differentiation, and development. We have previously reported that activation of Etk leads to apoptosis in MDA-MB-468 cells. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of Etk in neuronal injury induced by H2O2 or ischemia. Using Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry, we found that treatment with H2O2 significantly enhanced phosphorylation of Etk and its downstream signaling molecule Stat1 in primary cortical neurons. Inhibiting Etk activity by LFM-A13 or knocking down Etk expression by a specific shRNA increased the survival of primary cortical neurons. Similarly, at 1 day after a 60-min middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) in adult rats, both phosphorylated Etk and Stat1 were coexpressed with apoptotic markers in neurons in the penumbra. Pretreatment with LFM-A13 or an adenoviral vector encoding the kinase deletion mutant Etkk attenuated caspase-3 activity and infarct volume in ischemic brain. All together, our data suggest that Etk is activated after neuronal injury. Suppressing Etk activity protects against neurodegeneration in ischemic brain.

Keywords: Apoptosis; Cerebral ischemia; Etk/Bmx; Stat1

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Neurosurgery, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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