Hyperosmotic stress-dependent NFκB activation is regulated by reactive oxygen species and IGF-1 in cultured cardiomyocytes

Verónica Eisner, Alfredo Criollo, Clara Quiroga, Claudio Olea-Azar, Juan Francisco Santibañez, Rodrigo Troncoso, Mario Chiong, Guillermo Díaz-Araya, Rocío Foncea, Sergio Lavandero

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We have recently shown that hyperosmotic stress activates p65/RelB NFκB in cultured cardiomyocytes with dichotomic actions on caspase activation and cell death. It remains unexplored how NFκB is regulated in cultured rat cardiomyocytes exposed to hyperosmotic stress. We study here: (a) if hyperosmotic stress triggers reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and in turn whether they regulate NFκB and (b) if insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) modulates ROS production and NFκB activation in hyperosmotically-stressed cardiomyocytes. The results showed that hyperosmotic stress generated ROS in cultured cardiac myocytes, in particular the hydroxyl and superoxide species, which were inhibited by N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Hyperosmotic stress-induced NFκB activation as determined by IκBα degradation and NFκB DNA binding. NFκB activation and procaspase-3 and -9 fragmentation were prevented by NAC and IGF-1. However, this growth factor did not decrease ROS generation induced by hyperosmotic stress, suggesting that its actions over NFκB and caspase activation may be due to modulation of events downstream of ROS generation. We conclude that hyperosmotic stress induces ROS, which in turn activates NFκB and caspases. IGF-1 prevents NFκB activation by a ROS-independent mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4495-4500
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Aug 7 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Cecilia Hidalgo for her critical review of this manuscript. We are indebted to Dr. M. Karin (University of California, San Diego) for his donation of 2xNFκB reporter gene. We specially thank F. Albornoz for technical assistance. This work was supported in part by FONDAP Grant 15010006, SOCHICAR Grant and Graduate Grant UCH 76 (2001) and 106 (2002). V.E., A.C. and C.Q hold a PhD fellowship from CONICYT, Chile.


  • Cardiomyocyte
  • Caspase
  • Hyperosmotic stress
  • IGF-1
  • NFκB
  • Reactive oxygen species


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