Dissecting Molecular Mechanisms Underlying H2O2-induced Apoptosis of Mouse Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell: Role of Mst1 Inhibition
Background Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) has been shown to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) increases the apoptosis of BM-MSCs, leading to poor survival and engraft efficiency. Thus, improving the ability of BM-MSCs to scavenge ROS may considerably enhance the effectiveness of transplantation therapy. Mammalian Ste20-like kinase 1 (Mst1) is a pro-apoptotic molecule which increases ROS production. The aim of this study is
... m of this study is to uncover whether Mst1 inhibition enhanced the tolerance of BM-MSCs under H2O2 condition and the underlying mechanisms. Methods Mst1 expression in BM-MSCs was inhibited via transfection with adenoviruses expressing a short hairpin (sh) RNA directed against Mst1 (Ad-sh-Mst1) and exposure to H2O2. Cell viability was detected by Cell counting Kit 8 (CCK‑8) assay, and cell apoptosis was analyzed by Annexin V-FITC/PI, Caspase 3 Activity Assay kits, and pro caspase 3 expression. ROS level was evaluated by the ROS probe DCFH-DA, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) assay, SOD1/2, CAT, and GPx expression. Autophagy was assessed using transmission electron microscopy, stubRFP-sensGFP-LC3 lentivirus and autophagy-related protein expression. The autophagy/Keap1/Nrf2 signal in H2O2-treated BM-MSC/sh-Mst1 was also measured. Results Mst1 inhibition reduced ROS production, increased antioxidant enzyme SOD1/2, CAT, GPx expression, maintained ΔΨm, and alleviated cell apoptosis in H2O2-treated BM-MSCs. In addition, this phenomenon was closely correlated with the autophagy/Keap1/Nrf2 signal pathway. The autophagy inhibitor, the antioxidant pathway Keap1/Nrf2, was also blocked when autophagy was inhibited by 3-MA. However, Keap1 or Nrf2 knockout via siRNA had no effect on autophagy activation or suppression. Conclusion Mst1 inhibition mediates the cytoprotective benefit of mBM-MSCs against H2O2 oxidative stress injury. The underlying mechanisms involve autophagy activation and the Keap1/Nrf2 signal pathway.