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CaMKII is involved in cadmium activation of MAPK and mTOR pathways leading to neuronal cell death.

Authors: Chen, S  Xu, Y  Xu, B  Guo, M  Zhang, Z  Liu, L  Ma, H  Chen, Z  Luo, Y  Huang, S  Chen, L 
Citation: Chen S, etal., J Neurochem. 2011 Dec;119(5):1108-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2011.07493.x. Epub 2011 Oct 20.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:21933187
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1111/j.1471-4159.2011.07493.x

Cadmium (Cd), a toxic environmental contaminant, induces neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, we have shown that Cd elevates intracellular free calcium ion ([Ca(2+) ](i) ) level, leading to neuronal apoptosis partly by activating mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. In this study, we show that the effects of Cd-elevated [Ca(2+) ](i) on MAPK and mTOR network as well as neuronal cell death are through stimulating phosphorylation of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII). This is supported by the findings that chelating intracellular Ca(2+) with 1,2-bis(o-aminophenoxy) ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid tetra(acetoxymethyl) ester or preventing Cd-induced [Ca(2+) ](i) elevation using 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate blocked Cd activation of CaMKII. Inhibiting CaMKII with KN93 or silencing CaMKII attenuated Cd activation of MAPK/mTOR pathways and cell death. Furthermore, inhibitors of mTOR (rapamycin), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (SP600125) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (U0126), but not of p38 (PD169316), prevented Cd-induced neuronal cell death in part through inhibition of [Ca(2+) ](i) elevation and CaMKII phosphorylation. The results indicate that Cd activates MAPK/mTOR network triggering neuronal cell death, by stimulating CaMKII. Our findings underscore a central role of CaMKII in the neurotoxicology of Cd, and suggest that manipulation of intracellular Ca(2+) level or CaMKII activity may be exploited for prevention of Cd-induced neurodegenerative disorders.


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