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      Lycium Barbarum polysaccharide protects HaCaT cells from PM2.5-induced apoptosis via inhibiting oxidative stress, ER stress and autophagy


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          Objectives: Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) is a natural polysaccharide extracted from Lycium barbarum that has anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and anti-aging effects, and plays a role in the prevention and treatment of various diseases. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effect of LBP on particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5)-induced skin damage.

          Methods: Cell viability was analyzed by MTT and LDH assays. Apoptosis was analyzed by Annexin V-FITC/PI staining. Oxidative stress/damage were assessed by intracellular ROS levels, MDA content and SOD activity. The intracellular protein expression was analyzed by Western blot. Mitochondrial damage was assayed by mitochondrial membrane potential with JC-1 probe. LC3-GFP adenovirus was transfected into HaCaT cells to analyze intracellular autophagosome levels.

          Results: In PM2.5-treated HaCaT cells, LBP pretreatment reduced PM2.5-induced cytotoxicity, ameliorated cell morphology and reduced cell apoptosis. LBP also inhibited the expression levels of GRP78 and CHOP, reduced the conversion of LC3I to LC3II, inhibited Bax protein and activated Bcl-2 protein. Furthermore, LBP inhibited PM2.5-induced mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) and mitochondrial damage. PM2.5-induced autophagy was regulated by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress.

          Conclusion: LBP protects skin cells from PM2.5-induced cytotoxicity by regulating the oxidative stress-ER stress-autophagy-apoptosis signaling axis, revealing that LBP has a great potential for the skin protection.


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            Protein handling, modification and folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are tightly regulated processes that determine cell function, fate and survival. In several tumour types, diverse oncogenic, transcriptional and metabolic abnormalities cooperate to generate hostile microenvironments that disrupt ER homeostasis in malignant and stromal cells, as well as infiltrating leukocytes. These changes provoke a state of persistent ER stress that has been demonstrated to govern multiple pro-tumoural attributes in the cancer cell while dynamically reprogramming the function of innate and adaptive immune cells. Aberrant activation of ER stress sensors and their downstream signalling pathways have therefore emerged as key regulators of tumour growth and metastasis as well as response to chemotherapy, targeted therapies and immunotherapy. In this Review, we discuss the physiological inducers of ER stress in the tumour milieu, the interplay between oncogenic signalling and ER stress response pathways in the cancer cell and the profound immunomodulatory effects of sustained ER stress responses in tumours.
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              Cell death induced by endoplasmic reticulum stress.

              The endoplasmic reticulum is an organelle with multiple functions. The synthesis of transmembrane proteins and proteins that are to be secreted occurs in this organelle. Many conditions that impose stress on cells, including hypoxia, starvation, infections and changes in secretory needs, challenge the folding capacity of the cell and promote endoplasmic reticulum stress. The cellular response involves the activation of sensors that transduce signaling cascades with the aim of restoring homeostasis. This is known as the unfolded protein response, which also intersects with the integrated stress response that reduces protein synthesis through inactivation of the initiation factor eIF2α. Central to the unfolded protein response are the sensors PERK, IRE1 and ATF6, as well as other signaling nodes such as c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK) and the downstream transcription factors XBP1, ATF4 and CHOP. These proteins aim to restore homeostasis, but they can also induce cell death, which has been shown to occur by necroptosis and, more commonly, through the regulation of Bcl-2 family proteins (Bim, Noxa and Puma) that leads to mitochondrial apoptosis. In addition, endoplasmic reticulum stress and proteotoxic stress have been shown to induce TRAIL receptors and activation of caspase-8. Endoplasmic reticulum stress is a common feature in the pathology of numerous diseases because it plays a role in neurodegeneration, stroke, cancer, metabolic diseases and inflammation. Understanding how cells react to endoplasmic reticulum stress can accelerate discovery of drugs against these diseases.

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                Redox Rep
                Redox Rep
                Redox Report : Communications in Free Radical Research
                Taylor & Francis
                7 February 2022
                7 February 2022
                : 27
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                : 32-44
                [a ]School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University , Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China
                [b ]Lanzhou University Second Hospital , Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China
                [c ]Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences , Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China
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                [CONTACT ] Changjun Lin linc@ 123456lzu.edu.cn School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University , Lanzhou 730000, People’s Republic of China
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                Inorganic & Bioinorganic chemistry
                pm2.5,lycium barbarum polysaccharide (lbp),antioxidant,oxidative damage,endoplasmic reticulum (er) stress,autophagy,apoptosis,mitochondrial damage


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