Hemoglobin-induced endothelial cell permeability is controlled, in part, via a myeloid differentiation primary response gene-88-dependent signaling mechanism.

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The release of hemoglobin (Hb) with hemolysis causes vascular dysfunction. New evidence implicates Hb-induced NF-κB and hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) activation, which may be under the control of a Toll-like receptor (TLR)-signaling pathway. Nearly all TLR-signaling pathways activate the myeloid differentiation primary response gene-88 (MyD88) that regulates NF-κB. We hypothesized that the differing transition states of Hb influence endothelial cell permeability via NF-κB activation and HIF regulation through a MyD88-dependent pathway. In cultured human dermal microvascular endothelial cells (HMECs-1), we examined the effects of Hb in the ferrous (HbFe(2+)), ferric (HbFe(3+)), and ferryl (HbFe(4+)) transition states on NF-κB and HIF activity, HIF-1α and HIF-2α mRNA up-regulation, and monolayer permeability, in the presence or absence of TLR4, MyD88, NF-κB, or HIF inhibition, as well as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. Our data showed that cell-free Hb, in each transition state, induced NF-κB and HIF activity, up-regulated HIF-1α and HIF-2α mRNA, and increased HMEC-1 permeability. The blockade of either MyD88 or NF-κB, but not TLR4, attenuated Hb-induced HIF activity, the up-regulation HIF-1 and HIF-2α mRNA, and HMEC-1 permeability. The inhibition of HIF activity exerted less of an effect on Hb-induced monolayer permeability. Moreover, SOD and catalase attenuated NF-κB, HIF activity, and monolayer permeability. Our results demonstrate that Hb-induced NF-κB and HIF are regulated by two mechanisms, either MyD88 activation or Hb transition state-induced ROS formation, that influence HMEC-1 permeability.

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Cited Authors

  • Lisk, C; Kominsky, D; Ehrentraut, S; Bonaventura, J; Nuss, R; Hassell, K; Nozik-Grayck, E; Irwin, DC

Published Date

  • October 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 619 - 626

PubMed ID

  • 23713977

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5455457

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-4989

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1044-1549

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1165/rcmb.2012-0440oc


  • eng