Chaperone Proteins Involved in Troglitazone-Induced Toxicity in Human Hepatoma Cell Lines
AbstractAbstract Troglitazone (TRO), an effective thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agent, was reported to produce idiosyncratic hepatotoxic effects in some individuals. In contrast, rosiglitazone (RSG), in the same group of agents, has no significant toxic effects and now is widely used. In this study, human hepatoma (HepG2) cell lines were exposed to various doses of TRO as well as RSG (0, 25, 50, and 75 μM) for 48 h. Cell lysates were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis, and the gels were stained with coomassie brilliant blue to compare the spot profiles. The greatest protein expression at a MW of 75 kDa and isoelectric point of 5 was specifically increased with TRO treatments of 50 and 75 μM. The spot was identified as a mixture of immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP) and, to a lesser extent, protein disulfide isomerase-related protein (PDIrp). Immunoblot analyses showed that the BiP protein was dose-dependently increased by TRO treatment and, to a lower degree, by RSG. These effects were also correlated with the high induction of BiP mRNA by TRO (50 and 75 μM) and the lower induction by RSG. However, both treatments showed no significant effects on PDIrp expression. The toxic effects of TRO in relation to the overexpression of BiP were also demonstrated in HLE cells, another human hepatoma cell line. In HLE cells, the inhibition of BiP expression by small interference RNA rendered cells more susceptible to the toxic effects of TRO. These results suggest that the overexpression of BiP is a defense mechanism of the endoplasmic reticulum in response to TRO-induced toxicity.