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Current Neurovascular Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2026
ISSN (Online): 1875-5739

Deletion of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Induced CHOP Protects Microvasculature Post-Spinal Cord Injury

Author(s): Janelle M. Fassbender, Sujata Saraswat-Ohri, Scott A. Myers, Mark J. Gruenthal, Richard L. Benton and Scott R. Whittemore

Volume 9, Issue 4, 2012

Page: [274 - 281] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/156720212803530627


Trauma introduces damaging stressors that compromise protein, lipid, and nucleic acid integrity. Aggregates of unfolded and misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) triggers the ER stress response (ERSR)/unfolded protein response (UPR) leading to activation of three signaling pathways mediated by PERK, ATF6, and IRE1. Initially, the ERSR/UPR is pro-homeostatic as it globally slows translation while increasing translation of chaperone proteins and inducing ER-associated degradation. If the cellular stress is not controlled, apoptosis is subsequently induced through several mechanisms, of which the most well-described is CHOP. Following spinal cord injury (SCI), mice deficient in CHOP signaling show increased spared white matter and enhanced locomotor recovery by 6 weeks. At 24 hours after SCI, ATF4 and CHOP are upregulated in under perfused microvessels. We observed vascular protection 3 days post-SCI and a significant decrease in macrophage infiltration by the end of the first week. These results suggest that modulating ER-stress signaling in endothelial cells and macrophages may protect against vascular injury and attenuate inflammation post-SCI.

Keywords: Angiogenesis, CHOP, endoplasmic reticulum stress, endothelial cell, inflammation, spinal cord injury, (TRAF2), (HAECs), (PERK), (ECs)

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