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TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway of neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic injury in the immature brain.

Wang LW, Chang YC, Chen SJ, Tseng CH, Tu YF, Liao NS, Huang CC, Ho CJ - J Neuroinflammation (2014)

Bottom Line: Etanercept (a TNF-α inhibitor) and AS601245 (a JNK inhibitor) protected against LPS-sensitized HI brain injury.The TNFR1-knockout but not TNFR2-knockout pups had significant reduction in JNK activation, attenuation of microglial activation, BBB breakdown and cleaved caspase-3 expression, and showed markedly less cortical and white matter injury than the wild-type pups after LPS-sensitized HI.TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

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Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, 710, Taiwan. lanwan@ms67.url.com.tw.

ABSTRACT

Background: Hypoxic-ischemia (HI) and inflammation are the two major pathogenic mechanisms of brain injury in very preterm infants. The neurovascular unit is the major target of HI injury in the immature brain. Systemic inflammation may worsen HI by up-regulating neuroinflammation and disrupting the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Since neurons and oligodendrocytes, microvascular endothelial cells, and microglia may closely interact with each other, there may be a common signaling pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after injury in the immature brain. TNF-α is a key pro-inflammatory cytokine that acts through the TNF receptor (TNFR), and c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK) are important stress-responsive kinases.

Objective: To determine if TNFR1-JNK signaling is a shared pathway underlying neuroinflammation and neurovascular injury after lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

Methods: Postpartum (P) day-5 mice received LPS or normal saline (NS) injection before HI. Immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting and TNFR1- and TNFR2-knockout mouse pups were used to determine neuroinflammation, BBB damage, TNF-α expression, JNK activation, and cell apoptosis. The cellular distribution of p-JNK, TNFR1/TNFR2 and cleaved caspase-3 were examined using immunofluorescent staining.

Results: The LPS + HI group had significantly greater up-regulation of activated microglia, TNF-α and TNFR1 expression, and increases of BBB disruption and cleaved caspase-3 levels at 24 hours post-insult, and showed more cortical and white matter injury on P17 than the control and NS + HI groups. Cleaved caspase-3 was highly expressed in microvascular endothelial cells, neurons, and oligodendroglial precursor cells. LPS-sensitized HI also induced JNK activation and up-regulation of TNFR1 but not TNFR2 expression in the microglia, endothelial cells, neurons, and oligodendrocyte progenitors, and most of the TNFR1-positive cells co-expressed p-JNK. Etanercept (a TNF-α inhibitor) and AS601245 (a JNK inhibitor) protected against LPS-sensitized HI brain injury. The TNFR1-knockout but not TNFR2-knockout pups had significant reduction in JNK activation, attenuation of microglial activation, BBB breakdown and cleaved caspase-3 expression, and showed markedly less cortical and white matter injury than the wild-type pups after LPS-sensitized HI.

Conclusion: TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

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Inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity using AS601245 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury. AS601245 treatment at a dose of 20 mg/kg (n = 12) was more effective than 40 mg/kg (n = 11) in attenuating cortical injury (Nissl stain, upper panel), increasing myelination (MBP, middle panel), and decreasing astrogliosis (GFAP, lower panel) than vehicle treatment (n =15) on P17 after LPS-sensitized HI on P5. Scale bar = 200 μm for MBP and 100 μm for GFAP. Values are means ± SEM. ***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, *P < 0.05. GFAP, glial fibrillary acidic protein; MBP, myelin basic protein.
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Fig8: Inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity using AS601245 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury. AS601245 treatment at a dose of 20 mg/kg (n = 12) was more effective than 40 mg/kg (n = 11) in attenuating cortical injury (Nissl stain, upper panel), increasing myelination (MBP, middle panel), and decreasing astrogliosis (GFAP, lower panel) than vehicle treatment (n =15) on P17 after LPS-sensitized HI on P5. Scale bar = 200 μm for MBP and 100 μm for GFAP. Values are means ± SEM. ***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, *P < 0.05. GFAP, glial fibrillary acidic protein; MBP, myelin basic protein.

Mentions: The effect of JNK inhibition on LPS-sensitized HI injury was then examined using AS601245, an ATP-competitive inhibitor of JNK. Compared to vehicle, AS601245 treatment in the LPS + HI group at a dose of 20 mg/kg was more effective than a dose of 40 mg/kg in attenuating cortical damage, preserving MBP expression, and reducing astrogliosis on P17 (Figure 8).Figure 8


TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway of neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic injury in the immature brain.

Wang LW, Chang YC, Chen SJ, Tseng CH, Tu YF, Liao NS, Huang CC, Ho CJ - J Neuroinflammation (2014)

Inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity using AS601245 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury. AS601245 treatment at a dose of 20 mg/kg (n = 12) was more effective than 40 mg/kg (n = 11) in attenuating cortical injury (Nissl stain, upper panel), increasing myelination (MBP, middle panel), and decreasing astrogliosis (GFAP, lower panel) than vehicle treatment (n =15) on P17 after LPS-sensitized HI on P5. Scale bar = 200 μm for MBP and 100 μm for GFAP. Values are means ± SEM. ***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, *P < 0.05. GFAP, glial fibrillary acidic protein; MBP, myelin basic protein.
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Fig8: Inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity using AS601245 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury. AS601245 treatment at a dose of 20 mg/kg (n = 12) was more effective than 40 mg/kg (n = 11) in attenuating cortical injury (Nissl stain, upper panel), increasing myelination (MBP, middle panel), and decreasing astrogliosis (GFAP, lower panel) than vehicle treatment (n =15) on P17 after LPS-sensitized HI on P5. Scale bar = 200 μm for MBP and 100 μm for GFAP. Values are means ± SEM. ***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, *P < 0.05. GFAP, glial fibrillary acidic protein; MBP, myelin basic protein.
Mentions: The effect of JNK inhibition on LPS-sensitized HI injury was then examined using AS601245, an ATP-competitive inhibitor of JNK. Compared to vehicle, AS601245 treatment in the LPS + HI group at a dose of 20 mg/kg was more effective than a dose of 40 mg/kg in attenuating cortical damage, preserving MBP expression, and reducing astrogliosis on P17 (Figure 8).Figure 8

Bottom Line: Etanercept (a TNF-α inhibitor) and AS601245 (a JNK inhibitor) protected against LPS-sensitized HI brain injury.The TNFR1-knockout but not TNFR2-knockout pups had significant reduction in JNK activation, attenuation of microglial activation, BBB breakdown and cleaved caspase-3 expression, and showed markedly less cortical and white matter injury than the wild-type pups after LPS-sensitized HI.TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, 710, Taiwan. lanwan@ms67.url.com.tw.

ABSTRACT

Background: Hypoxic-ischemia (HI) and inflammation are the two major pathogenic mechanisms of brain injury in very preterm infants. The neurovascular unit is the major target of HI injury in the immature brain. Systemic inflammation may worsen HI by up-regulating neuroinflammation and disrupting the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Since neurons and oligodendrocytes, microvascular endothelial cells, and microglia may closely interact with each other, there may be a common signaling pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after injury in the immature brain. TNF-α is a key pro-inflammatory cytokine that acts through the TNF receptor (TNFR), and c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK) are important stress-responsive kinases.

Objective: To determine if TNFR1-JNK signaling is a shared pathway underlying neuroinflammation and neurovascular injury after lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

Methods: Postpartum (P) day-5 mice received LPS or normal saline (NS) injection before HI. Immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting and TNFR1- and TNFR2-knockout mouse pups were used to determine neuroinflammation, BBB damage, TNF-α expression, JNK activation, and cell apoptosis. The cellular distribution of p-JNK, TNFR1/TNFR2 and cleaved caspase-3 were examined using immunofluorescent staining.

Results: The LPS + HI group had significantly greater up-regulation of activated microglia, TNF-α and TNFR1 expression, and increases of BBB disruption and cleaved caspase-3 levels at 24 hours post-insult, and showed more cortical and white matter injury on P17 than the control and NS + HI groups. Cleaved caspase-3 was highly expressed in microvascular endothelial cells, neurons, and oligodendroglial precursor cells. LPS-sensitized HI also induced JNK activation and up-regulation of TNFR1 but not TNFR2 expression in the microglia, endothelial cells, neurons, and oligodendrocyte progenitors, and most of the TNFR1-positive cells co-expressed p-JNK. Etanercept (a TNF-α inhibitor) and AS601245 (a JNK inhibitor) protected against LPS-sensitized HI brain injury. The TNFR1-knockout but not TNFR2-knockout pups had significant reduction in JNK activation, attenuation of microglial activation, BBB breakdown and cleaved caspase-3 expression, and showed markedly less cortical and white matter injury than the wild-type pups after LPS-sensitized HI.

Conclusion: TNFR1-JNK signaling is the shared pathway leading to neuroinflammation and neurovascular damage after LPS-sensitized HI in the immature brain.

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