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Oxidative Stress-Induced Necrotic Cell Death via Mitochondira-Dependent Burst of Reactive Oxygen Species

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Oxidative stress is deeply involved in various brain diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, and ischemia/reperfusion injury. Mitochondria are thought to be the target and source of oxidative stress. We investigated the role of mitochondria in oxidative stress-induced necrotic neuronal cell death in a neuroblastoma cell line and a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion. The exogenous administration of hydrogen peroxide was used to study the role of oxidative stress on neuronal cell survival and mitochondrial function in vitro. Hydrogen peroxide induced nonapoptotic neuronal cell death in a c-Jun N-terminal kinase- and poly(ADP-ribosyl) polymerase-dependent manner. Unexpectedly, hydrogen peroxide treatment induced transient hyperpolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential and a subsequent delayed burst of endogenous reactive oxygen species (ROS). The inhibition of mitochondrial hyperpolarization by diphenylene iodonium or rotenone, potent inhibitors of mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I, resulted in reduced ROS production and subsequent neuronal cell death in vitro and in vivo. The inhibition of mitochondrial hyperpolarization can protect neuronal cells from oxidative stress-induced necrotic cell death, suggesting a novel method of therapeutic intervention in oxidative stress-induced neurological disease.

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Keywords: Cell death; hydrogen peroxide; mitochondria; oxidative stress

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Current Neurovascular Research (CNR) provides a cross platform for the publication of scientifically rigorous research that addresses disease mechanisms of both neuronal and vascular origins in neuroscience. The journal serves as an international forum for the publication of novel and pioneering original work as well as timely neuroscience research reviews in the disciplines of cell developmental disorders, plasticity, and degeneration that bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical discovery. CNR emphasizes the elucidation of disease mechanisms, both cellular and molecular, which can impact the development of unique therapeutic strategies for neuronal and vascular disorders.
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