Differential expression of extracellular-Signal-Regulated kinase 5 (ERK5) in normal and degenerated human nucleus pulposus tissues and cells

W. Liang, D. Fang, Dongping Ye, L. Zou, Y. Shen, L. Dai, Jiake Xu

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Abstract

Extracellular-signal-regulated kinase 5 (ERK5) is a member of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family and regulates a wide variety of cellular processes such as proliferation, differentiation, necrosis, apoptosis and degeneration. However, the expression of ERK5 and its role in degenerated human nucleus pulposus (NP) is hitherto unknown. In this study, we observed the differential expression of ERK5 in normal and degenerated human nucleus pulposus tissues by using immunohistochemical staining and Western blot. Treatment of NP cells with Pro-inflammatory cytokine, TNF-a decreased ERK5 gene expression as well as NP marker gene expression; including the type II collagen and aggrecan. Suppression of ERK5 gene expression in NP cells by ERK5 siRNA resulted in decreased gene expression of type II collagen and aggrecan. Furthermore, inhibition of ERK5 activation by BIX02188 (5 lM) decreased the gene expression of type II collagen and aggrecan in NP cells. Our results document the expression of ERK5 in degenerated nucleus pulposus tissues, and suggest a potential involvement of ERK5 in human degenerated nucleus pulposus. ©2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-470
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume449
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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