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Methamphetamine (METH) is a commonly abused psychostimulant that can induce severe neurotoxicity. Cardiovascular injury caused by METH has recently gained increasing attention; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. As autophagy has been shown to be associated with cell injury, the association between autophagy and METH-mediated cell apoptosis was investigated in the present study. METH treatment significantly increased the expression of two key autophagy proteins, i.e., Beclin-1 and LC3-II, in the cardiomyocyte cell line H9C2. Furthermore, according to western blot and flow cytometry analyses, METH contributed to cell injury and markedly enhanced cleaved-caspase 3 and PARP expression. In addition, the corresponding AKT-mTOR survival pathway axis was appeared deactivated. The autophagic activity was closely associated with METH-mediated cell injury because rapamycin, which is an autophagy inducer, markedly attenuated METH-induced cell injury, while 3-Methyladenine (3-MA), which is an autophagy inhibitor, and bafilomycinA1 (Baf-A1), which is a blocker of autophagosome-lysosome fusion, markedly exacerbated METH-induced cell injury. Notably, defective autophagosome-lysosome fusion might be partially involved in the METH-induced enhancement of LC3-II expression and cell injury. However, the underlying mechanisms require further investigation.
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Name: Toxicology letters
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A tumor necrosis factor receptor family member that is specific for RANK LIGAND and plays a role in bone homeostasis by regulating osteoclastogenesis. It also expressed on DENDRITIC CELLS where is plays a role in regulating dendritic cell survival. Signaling by the activated receptor occurs through its association with TNF RECEPTOR-ASSOCIATED FACTORS.
An autophagy related protein that is similar to UBIQUITIN-ACTIVATING ENZYME E1. It functions in CYTOPLASM to VACUOLE transport (Cvt) and AUTOPHAGY by activating ATG12 PROTEIN for its conjugation with ATG5 PROTEIN, as well as the conjugation of ATG8 FAMILY PROTEINS with phosphatidylethanolamine for ATG8 association to Cvt vesicles and AUTOPHAGOSOME membranes. It is also required for the nitrogen starvation response in yeast, MITOPHAGY; and autophagic cell death induced by CASPASE 8 inhibition.
A secreted tumor necrosis factor receptor family member that has specificity for TNF-RELATED APOPTOSIS-INDUCING LIGAND. It plays a modulating role in activation of APOPTOSIS signaling.
A member of the TNF receptor family that was initially identified as a DEXAMETHASONE-induced protein from a T-CELL line. It may play a role in regulating APOPTOSIS and modulating immune response by T-lymphocytes. Signaling by the activated receptor occurs through its association with TNF RECEPTOR-ASSOCIATED FACTORS.