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Early Cellular Responses of Purine Nucleoside-mediated Protection of Hypoxia-induced Injuries of Neuronal PC12 Cells

Bettina Tomaselli1, Valerie Podhraski1, Günther Böck1 and Gabriele Baier-Bitterlich1
  • 1 Medical University of Innsbruck Fritz Pregl Str. 3, Austria


Hypoxia in brain may lead to cell death by apoptosis and necrosis. In parallel adenosine, a powerful endogenous neuroprotectant is formed. We wanted to investigate the effect of adenosine and its purine nucleoside relatives, inosine and guanosine on early cellular responses to hypoxia. O2-sensitive neuronal PC12-cells were subjected to chemical hypoxia induced with rotenone, an inhibitor of mitochondrial complex I. Loss of viability after hypoxic insult was impressively rescued by adenosine, guanosine and inosine. PC12-cells mainly express the A2A adenosine receptor. Its inhibition with a specific antagonist (CSC) induced cell death of PC12-cells, which could be salvaged by adenosine but not with guanosine or inosine. We have previously demonstrated the important role of mitogen activated protein kinases 1/2 (p42/44 MAPK) in purine-mediated rescue. In this study we were interested in the involvement of protein kinases whose activities mediate these processes, including protein kinase A (PKA), phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3-K) and protein kinase C-related kinases (PRK 1/2). Pharmacological inhibition of PKA and PI3-K increased hypoxia-induced toxicity and likewise also affected the rescue by purine nucleosides. Nerve growth factor (NGF) and purine nucleosides induced an activation of PRK 1/2, which to our knowledge indicates for the first time that these kinases are potentially involved in purine nucleoside-mediated rescue of hypoxic neuronal cells. Results suggest that A2A receptor expressing cells are mainly dependent on the purine nucleoside adenosine for their rescue after hypoxic insult. In addition to PKA, PI3-K is an important effector molecule in A2A-mediated signaling and for the rescue of PC12-cells after hypoxic insult.

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Volume 1 No. 3, 2005, 160-166


Submitted On: 31 March 2005 Published On: 30 September 2005

How to Cite: Tomaselli, B., Podhraski, V., Böck, G. & Baier-Bitterlich, G. (2005). Early Cellular Responses of Purine Nucleoside-mediated Protection of Hypoxia-induced Injuries of Neuronal PC12 Cells. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 1(3), 160-166.

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  • Hypoxia
  • neuronal cell death
  • adenosine
  • neuroprotection
  • phosphoinositide 3-kinase
  • protein kinase C-related kinases
  • mitogen activated protein kinases