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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-250365


The aim of the present study is to investigate how cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP) 2C8-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) regulate the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling pathway and protect against oxidative stress-induced endothelial injuries in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. In this study, cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were transfected with CYP2C8 or pretreated with exogenous EETs (1 μmol/L) before TNF-α (20 ng/mL) stimulation. Apoptosis and intracellular ROS production were determined by flow cytometry. The expression levels of ROS-associated NAD(P)H subunits gp91 and p47, the anti-oxidative enzyme catalase (CAT), Nrf2, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) were detected by Western blotting. The results showed that CYP2C8-derived EETs decreased apoptosis of HUVECs treated with TNF-α. Pretreatment with 11, 12-EET also significantly blocked TNF-α-induced ROS production. In addition, 11, 12-EET decreased oxidative stress-induced apoptosis. Furthermore, the ability of 11, 12-EET to protect cells against TNF-α-induced apoptosis via oxidative stress was abrogated by transient transfection with Nrf2-specific small interfering RNA (siRNA). In conclusion, CYP2C8-derived EETs prevented TNF-α-induced HUVECs apoptosis via inhibition of oxidative stress associated with the Nrf2 signaling.

8,11,14-Eicosatrienoic Acid , Metabolism , Pharmacology , Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing , Genetics , Metabolism , Apoptosis , Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases , Genetics , Metabolism , Atherosclerosis , Genetics , Metabolism , Pathology , Catalase , Genetics , Metabolism , Cytochrome P-450 CYP2C8 , Genetics , Metabolism , Gene Expression Regulation , Heme Oxygenase-1 , Genetics , Metabolism , Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells , Cell Biology , Metabolism , Humans , Membrane Glycoproteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Models, Biological , NADPH Oxidase 2 , NADPH Oxidases , Genetics , Metabolism , NF-E2-Related Factor 2 , Genetics , Metabolism , Nitric Oxide Synthase Type III , Genetics , Metabolism , RNA, Small Interfering , Genetics , Metabolism , Reactive Oxygen Species , Metabolism , Signal Transduction , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha , Metabolism , Pharmacology