We investigated the molecular mechanisms responsible for the induction of apoptosis in mouse mono-cytic macrophage cell line J774A.1 stimulated by 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC). Cell apoptosis was detected by Annexin V-propidium iodide (PI) staining. The DNA-binding activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) was assessed by electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA). Results showed that 7-KC-stimulation in J774A.1 cells activated NF-κB, which is involved in cell apoptosis, in a time- and dose-dependent manners. 7-KC was also found to increase the binding activity of NF-κB to specific DNA binding sites, a possible mechanism for the induction of the cell apoptosis. Moreover, these effects were partially inhibited by pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an NF/cB inhibitor. Taken together, 7-KC may be an important factor in atherosclerosis due to the ability of 7-KC to induce cell apoptosis, which is at least partially mediated through the activation of NF-κB.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)