Overexpression of alpha-Synuclein Promotes Both Cell Proliferation and Cell Toxicity in Human SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells

Publication date: Available online 22 January 2020Source: Journal of Advanced ResearchAuthor(s): Noela Rodríguez-Losada, Javier de la Rosa, María Larriva, Rune Wendelbo, José A. Aguirre, Javier S. Castresana, Santiago J. BallazAbstractAlpha-Synuclein (aSyn) is a chameleon-like protein. Its overexpression and intracellular deposition defines neurodegenerative α-synucleinopathies including Parkinsońs disease. Whether aSyn up-regulation is the cause or the protective reaction to α-synucleinopathies remains unresolved. Remarkably, the accumulation of aSyn is involved in cancer. Here, the neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line was genetically engineered to overexpress aSyn at low and at high levels. aSyn cytotoxicity was assessed by the MTT and vital-dye exclusion methods, observed at the beginning of the sub-culture of low-aSyn overexpressing neurons when cells can barely proliferate exponentially. Conversely, high-aSyn overexpressing cultures grew at high rates while showing enhanced colony formation compared to low-aSyn neurons. Cytotoxicity of aSyn overexpression was indirectly revealed by the addition of pro-oxidant rotenone. Pretreatment with partially reduced graphene oxide, an apoptotic agent, increased toxicity of rotenone in low-aSyn neurons, but, it did not in high-aSyn neurons. Consistent with their enhanced proliferation, high-aSyn neurons showed elevated levels of SMP30, a senescence-marker protein, and the mitosis Ki-67 marker. High-aSyn o...
Source: Journal of Advanced Research - Category: Research Source Type: research

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Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Inorganica Chimica Acta - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Molecules - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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