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Journal of molecular neuroscience : MN

Endoplasmic reticulum stress is involved in the lidocaine-induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells.


PMID 25522790

Abstract

Lidocaine has been indicated to promote apoptosis and to promote endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. However, the mechanism underlining ER stress-mediated apoptosis is unclear. In the present study, we investigated the promotion to ER stress in the lidocaine-induced apoptosis in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. Firstly, we confirmed that lidocaine treatment induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells, time-dependently and dose-dependently, via MTT cell viability assay and annexin V/FITC apoptosis detection with a FACScan flow cytometer. And the anti-apoptosis Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL were downregulated, whereas the apoptosis-executive caspase 3 was promoted through Western blot assay and caspase 3 activity assay. Moreover, the ER stress-associated binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP), PKR-like ER kinase (PERK), activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) were also upregulated at both mRNA and protein levels by lidocaine treatment. On the other hand, downregulation of the ER stress-associated BiP by RNAi method not only blocked the lidocaine-promoted ER stress but also attenuated the lidocaine-induced SH-SY5Y cell apoptosis. In conclusion, the present study confirmed the involvement of ER stress in the lidocaine-induced apoptosis in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. Our study provides a better understanding on the mechanism of lidocaine's neurovirulence.