Inflammation, 2017, Vol.40(4), pp.1319-1330
Acute lung injury (ALI) is a major complication soon after paraquat poisoning and rapidly progresses with high mortality. However, the specific mechanism underlying paraquat-induced ALI is still unclear. In this study, the mechanism underlying the protective effects of SP600125 on paraquat-induced ALI was investigated according to oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. The rats were randomly assigned into the control group (CON), the paraquat poisoning group (PQ), and the PQ + SP600125 group (SP). A549 cells were divided into the Con group, Pq group, and Sp group. H&E staining and detection of lung wet/dry ratio were employed to evaluate lung injury. Annexin V-PI staining was done to evaluate A549 cell apoptosis. Dihydroethidium fluorescence was used to measure reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the lungs and A549 cells. ELISA was performed to detect TNF-α and IL-6 in the supernatant of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and A549 cells. RT-qPCR was done to measure the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of TNF-α and IL-6 in the lungs and A549 cells. Western blotting assay was performed to detect the protein expression of phospho-JNK, total JNK, and cleaved caspase-3. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay was employed to detect the DNA binding activities of AP-1 and P-p65. JNK inhibitor SP600125 reduced JNK phosphorylation, downregulated cleaved caspase-3 protein level, decreased AP-1 transcriptional activity and ROS level, and reduced the transcription and expression of TNF-α and IL-6, which improved ALI and cell apoptosis after paraquat poisoning. Our results indicate that JNK/AP-1 mediates ALI as well as oxidative stress and inflammation deterioration secondary to paraquat poisoning.
acute lung injury ; c-Jun N-terminal kinase ; paraquat ; apoptosis
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