Paraquat is a highly toxic prooxidant that triggers oxidative stress and multi-organ failure including that of the heart. To date, effective treatment of paraquat toxicity is still not established. Necroptosis, a newly discovered form of programmed cell death, was recently shown to be strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. Receptor interaction proteins 1 (RIP1), receptor interaction proteins 3 (RIP3), and mixed lineage kinase domain like (MLKL) are key proteins in the necroptosis pathway. Necrostatin-1 (Nec-1) is a specific inhibitor of necroptosis which acts by blocking the interaction between RIP1 and RIP3. In the present study, we studied the effect of Nec-1 on paraquat-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in the heart tissues using a mouse model. Our results revealed impaired contractile function, deranged intracellular Ca2+ handling and echocardiographic abnormalities in mice challenged with paraquat. We further found enhanced expressions of RIP1, RIP3, and MLKL along with overproduction of ROS in mice heart tissues. Nec-1 pre-treatment prevented cardiac contractile dysfunction in paraquat-challenged mice. Furthermore, Nec-1 reduced RIP1–RIP3 interaction, down-regulated the RIP1–RIP3–MLKL signal pathway, and dramatically inhibited the production of ROS. Collectively, these findings suggest that Nec-1 alleviated paraquat-induced myocardial contractile dysfunction through inhibition of necroptosis, an effect which was likely mediated via the RIP1–RIP3–MLKL signaling cascade. Further, ROS appeared to play an important role in this process. Thus, this process may represent a novel therapeutic strategy for the treatment of paraquat-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction.
Cardiovascular Toxicology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 3, 2018
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