Abstract 226: Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Maintains Endothelial NO Release after Inhibition of NADPH Oxidase 4
The NADPH oxidase isoform NOX4 mainly produces H2O2. Previously we could show, that NOX4 is the major endothelial NOX isoform and constitutively active. Regulation of NOX4 and formation of reactive oxygen species is involved in NO release. The transcription factor NRF2 is a key mediator of cellular adaptation to redox stress. Therefore, regulation of NOX4 on the transcriptional level by NRF2 might be directly linked to NO release and endothelial function. Besides endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), a role of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in endothelial NO and H2O2 release has been proposed. In this study, endothelial cells (HUVEC) were constantly exposed to high laminar shear stress (24 h, 30 dyn/cm°). Application of shear stress stimulated NO formation and induced elongation of endothelial cells in the direction of flow. Lentiviral overexpression of NOX4 strongly increased H2O2 release, while downregulation using shNOX4 decreased H2O2 release. Furthermore, application of shear stress caused downregulation of NOX4 as well as upregulation of eNOS and antioxidative response via NRF2 and its target genes NQO-1 and HMOX-1. H2O2 can increase NO release by eNOS. We could show that downregulation of NOX4 leads to upregulation of eNOS mRNA and protein expression accompanied by attenuation of NRF2 pathway under flow conditions. Determination of NO release confirmed these results. This supports a compensatory mechanism maintaining a stable NO release after NOX4 inhibition in response to flow. Attenuation of NRF2 by shNRF2 inhibited shear stress-dependent induction of NRF2 and its target genes. In addition, shNRF2 enhanced the shear stress-dependent downregulation of NOX4. Finally, we detected a stable mRNA and protein expression of nNOS in endothelial cells, unaffected by flow. Interestingly, downregulation of NOX4 as well as of NRF2 resulted in strong induction of nNOS expression.
In conclusion, our data suggest an important role of H2O2 production by NADPH oxidase 4 in maintaining NO release and endothelial function in response to flow. Inactivation of NADPH oxidase 4 attenuates NRF2 pathway and increases neuronal nitric oxide synthase as compensatory mechanisms.
Author Disclosures: C. Brunssen: None. C. Eickholt: None. H. Langbein: None. H. Langbein: None. M. Brux: None. C. Goettsch: None. W. Goettsch: None. H. Morawietz: None.
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