GSK-3β/CREB axis mediates IGF-1-induced ECM/adhesion molecule expression, cell cycle progression and monolayer permeability in retinal capillary endothelial cells: Implications for diabetic retinopathy

Takhellambam S. Devi, Lalit P. Singh, Ken Ichi Hosoya, Tetsuya Terasaki

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Abstract

Various growth factors and cytokines are implicated in endothelial dysfunction and blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown in early diabetic retinopathy (DR). However, cellular and molecular mechanisms that may underlie the pathology of DR are not fully understood yet. We therefore examined the effect of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 on ECM/adhesion molecule expression, cell cycle regulation and monolayer permeability in an endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB2). We investigate whether the action of IGF-1 (1) involves glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK-3β) and cAMP responsive transcription factor (CREB) and (2) alters ECM/adhesion molecule gene expression. Treatment of TR-iBRB2 cell with IGF-1 (100. ng/ml for 0-24. h) increases phosphorylation of (i) Akt Thr308, and its substrates including GSK-3β at Ser9, which inactivates its kinase function, and (ii) CREB at Ser133 (activation). These phosphorylations correlate positively with enhanced expression of CREB targets such as ECM protein fibronectin and cell cycle progression factor cyclin D1. However, stable transfection of a mutant GSK3β(S9A) or a dominant negative K-CREB in TR-iBRB2 prevents IGF-1-induced fibronectin and cyclin D1 expression. Furthermore, IGF-1 reduces the level of intercellular adherence molecule VE-cadherin and increases monolayer permeability in TR-iBRB2 cells when measured by FITC-dextran leakage. The effect of IGF-1 on VE-cadherin and membrane permeability is absent in TR-iBRB2 cells expressing the GSK-3β(S9A). Similarly, K-CREB reverses IGF-1 down-regulation of VE-cadherin and up-regulation of fibronectin. These results indicate that GSK-3β/CREB axis alters ECM/adhesion molecule expression and cell cycle progression in retinal endothelial cells, and may potentially contribute to endothelial dysfunction and BRB leakage in DR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1088
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease
Volume1812
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep

Keywords

  • Cell cycle regulation
  • ECM/adhesion molecule expression
  • GSK-3β/CREB axis
  • IGF-1
  • Monolayer permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology

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