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Global Proteomic Analysis of Brain Tissues in Transient Ischemia Brain Damage in Rats

by Jiann-Hwa Chen 1,2,3, Hsing-Chun Kuo 4,5,6, Kam-Fai Lee 7 and Tung-Hu Tsai 1,8,9,*
Institute of Traditional Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
School of Medicine, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Department of Emergency Medicine, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan
Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Research Center, CGUST, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan
Research Center for Industry of Human Ecology, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
Department of Pathology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Chiayi, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan
School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
Department of Education and Research, Taipei City Hospital, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Ritva Tikkanen
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(6), 11873-11891;
Received: 7 April 2015 / Revised: 11 May 2015 / Accepted: 13 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry)
Ischemia-reperfusion injury resulting from arterial occlusion or hypotension in patients leads to tissue hypoxia with glucose deprivation, which causes endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and neuronal death. A proteomic approach was used to identify the differentially expressed proteins in the brain of rats following a global ischemic stroke. The mechanisms involved the action in apoptotic and ER stress pathways. Rats were treated with ischemia-reperfusion brain injuries by the bilateral occlusion of the common carotid artery. The cortical neuron proteins from the stroke animal model (SAM) and the control rats were separated using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) to purify and identify the protein profiles. Our results demonstrated that the SAM rats experienced brain cell death in the ischemic core. Fifteen proteins were expressed differentially between the SAM rats and control rats, which were assayed and validated in vivo and in vitro. Interestingly, the set of differentially expressed, down-regulated proteins included catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) and cathepsin D (CATD), which are implicated in oxidative stress, inflammatory response and apoptosis. After an ischemic stroke, one protein spot, namely the calretinin (CALB2) protein, showed increased expression. It mediated the effects of SAM administration on the apoptotic and ER stress pathways. Our results demonstrate that the ischemic injury of neuronal cells increased cell cytoxicity and apoptosis, which were accompanied by sustained activation of the IRE1-alpha/TRAF2, JNK1/2, and p38 MAPK pathways. Proteomic analysis suggested that the differential expression of CALB2 during a global ischemic stroke could be involved in the mechanisms of ER stress-induced neuronal cell apoptosis, which occurred via IRE1-alpha/TRAF2 complex formation, with activation of JNK1/2 and p38 MAPK. Based on these results, we also provide the molecular evidence supporting the ischemia-reperfusion-related neuronal injury. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ischemia-reperfusion; endoplasmic reticulum stress; proteomic approach; calretinin Ischemia-reperfusion; endoplasmic reticulum stress; proteomic approach; calretinin
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Chen, J.-H.; Kuo, H.-C.; Lee, K.-F.; Tsai, T.-H. Global Proteomic Analysis of Brain Tissues in Transient Ischemia Brain Damage in Rats. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 11873-11891.

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