Role of the autotaxin-lysophosphatidic acid axis in glaucoma, aqueous humor drainage and fibrogenic activity.

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Ocular hypertension due to impaired aqueous humor (AH) drainage through the trabecular meshwork (TM) is a major risk factor for glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness. However, the etiology of ocular hypertension remains unclear. Although autotaxin, a secreted lysophospholipase D and its catalytic product lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) have been shown to modulate AH drainage through TM, we do not have a complete understanding of their role and regulation in glaucoma patients, TM and AH outflow. This study reports a significant increase in the levels of autotaxin, lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), LPA and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in the AH of Caucasian and African American open angle glaucoma patients relative to age-matched non-glaucoma patients. Treatment of human TM cells with dexamethasone, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) increased the levels of autotaxin protein, a response that was mitigated by inhibitors of glucocorticoid receptor, NF-kB and SMAD3. Dexamethasone, TNF-α, IL-1β and LPC treatment of TM cells also led to an increase in the levels of CTGF, fibronectin and collagen type 1 in an autotaxin dependent manner. Additionally, in perfused enucleated mouse eyes, autotaxin and LPC were noted to decrease, while inhibition of autotaxin was increased aqueous outflow through the TM. Taken together, these results provide additional evidence for dysregulation of the autotaxin-LPA axis in the AH of glaucoma patients, reveal molecular insights into the regulation of autotaxin expression in TM cells and the consequences of autotaxin inhibitors in suppressing the fibrogenic response and resistance to AH outflow through the TM.

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Cited Authors

  • Ho, LTY; Osterwald, A; Ruf, I; Hunziker, D; Mattei, P; Challa, P; Vann, R; Ullmer, C; Rao, PV

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

  • Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis

Volume / Issue

  • 1866 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 165560 -

PubMed ID

  • 31648019

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6863611

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-260X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbadis.2019.165560


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands