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Alpha2-Adrenergic-Agonist Brimonidine Stimulates Negative Feedback and Attenuates Injury-Induced Phospho-ERK and Dedifferentiation of Chicken Müller Cells
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience.
2015 (English)In: Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, ISSN 0146-0404, E-ISSN 1552-5783, Vol. 56, no 10, 5933-5945 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose:

Retinal injury induces Müller cell dedifferentiation by activating extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling. Stimulation of α2-adrenergic receptors protects against injury but also activates ERK in Müller cells. The purpose of this work was to study the effect of α2-adrenergic signaling on injury-induced ERK and Müller cell dedifferentiation. We tested the hypothesis that α2-stimulation triggers negative feedback regulation of the injury-induced ERK pathway that attenuates Müller cell dedifferentiation.

Methods:

Chicken retina injured by N-methyl-D-aspartate and cultured primary Müller cells were stimulated by the α2-adrenergic agonist brimonidine. Immunostaining, quantitative RT-PCR, and Western blot techniques in combination with receptor blockers were used for analysis of the cellular responses.

Results:

Alpha2-adrenergic receptor stimulation attenuated injury-induced ERK activation and dedifferentiation of Müller cells as seen by decreased phospho-ERK, expression of transitin, and retinal progenitor cell genes. The attenuation was concomitant with a synergistic upregulation of several negative ERK-signal feedback regulators including ERK-phosphatases, Raf1-, and growth factor receptor–binding proteins. The results were also seen in cultures of primary Müller cells.

Conclusions:

Alpha2-adrenergic signaling on Müller cells elicits an intracellular attenuation of the injury response that comprises negative ERK-signaling feedback leading to attenuated Müller cell dedifferentiation. The implications of this study are that adrenergic stress signals may directly modulate glial function in retina and that α2-adrenergic receptor pharmacology may be used to control glial injury response.

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2015. Vol. 56, no 10, 5933-5945 p.
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Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262700DOI: 10.1167/iovs.15-16816ISI: 000368426300032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262700DiVA: diva2:854937
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Swedish Research Council, M 12187
Available from: 2015-09-18 Created: 2015-09-18 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Modulation of the Progenitor Cell and Homeostatic Capacities of Müller Glia Cells in Retina: Focus on α2-Adrenergic and Endothelin Receptor Signaling Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modulation of the Progenitor Cell and Homeostatic Capacities of Müller Glia Cells in Retina: Focus on α2-Adrenergic and Endothelin Receptor Signaling Systems
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Müller cells are major glial cells in the retina and have a broad range of functions that are vital for the retinal neurons. During retinal injury gliotic response either leads to Müller cell dedifferentiation and formation of a retinal progenitor or to maintenance of mature Müller cell functions. The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate the intra- and extracellular signaling of Müller cells, to understand how Müller cells communicate during an injury and how their properties can be regulated after injury. Focus has been on the α2-adrenergic receptor (α2-ADR) and endothelin receptor (EDNR)-induced modulation of Müller cell-properties after injury.

The results show that α2-ADR stimulation by brimonidine (BMD) triggers Src-kinase mediated ligand-dependent and ligand-independent transactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in both chicken and human Müller cells. The effects of this transactivation in injured retina attenuate injury-induced activation and dedifferentiation of Müller cells by attenuating injury-induced ERK signaling. The attenuation was concomitant with a synergistic up-regulation of negative ERK- and RTK-feedback regulators during injury. The data suggest that adrenergic stress-signals modulate glial responses during retinal injury and that α2-ADR pharmacology can be used to modulate glial injury-response. We studied the effects of this attenuation of Müller cell dedifferentiation on injured retina from the perspective of neuroprotection. We analyzed retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival after α2-ADR stimulation of excitotoxically injured chicken retina and our results show that α2-ADR stimulation protects RGCs against the excitotoxic injury. We propose that α2-ADR-induced protection of RGCs in injured retina is due to enhancing the attenuation of the glial injury response and to sustaining mature glial functions. Moreover, we studied endothelin-induced intracellular signaling in Müller cells and our results show that stimulation of EDNRB transactivates EGFR in Müller cells in a similar way as seen after α2-ADR stimulation. These results outline a mechanism of how injury-induced endothelins may modulate the gliotic responses of Müller cells.

The results obtained in this thesis are pivotal and provide new insights into glial functions, thereby uncovering possibilities to target Müller cells by designing neuroprotective treatments of retinal degenerative diseases or acute retinal injury.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 73 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1201
Keyword
Alpha2-adrenergic receptor, Brimonidine, Brn3a, Dedifferentiation, Endothelin, EGFR, ERK1/2, Neuroprotection, NMDA, MIO-M1 human Müller cell, Müller cells, Retina, Retinal ganglion cells, Src-kinase, Transactivation.
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Neurosciences
Research subject
Medical Science
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281569 (URN)978-91-554-9527-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-19, B21, BMC, Husagatan 03, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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