Neurochemical research

Anti-oxidation and Antiapoptotic Effects of Chondroitin Sulfate on 6-Hydroxydopamine-Induced Injury Through the Up-Regulation of Nrf2 and Inhibition of Mitochondria-Mediated Pathway.

PMID 26033682


The purpose of the study was to investigate the protective effect and molecular mechanism of chondroitin sulfate (CS) against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) induced toxicity in the human neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y. The results showed that CS could protect SH-SY5Y cells against 6-OHDA-induced injury. The subsequent mechanism study showed that the anti-oxidation of CS may partly be mediated through inhibiting the intracellular reactive oxygen species overproduction, recovering the reduction of nuclear NF-E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) expression and the reduction of antioxidants activity induced by 6-OHDA. Furthermore, CS pretreatment significantly attenuated 6-OHDA-induced cell apoptosis and nuclear condensation. 6-OHDA-induced dysfunctions, including the decrease of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm), increase of intracellular free Ca(2+), imbalance of Bcl-2/Bax ratio, release of Cyt-c from the mitochondria and activation of caspase-3 and caspase-9 were attenuated by CS pretreatment, which demonstrated that CS suppressed 6-OHDA-induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells possibly through mitochondria protection. These results suggest that CS exhibits anti-oxidation through the up-regulation of Nrf2 along with endogenous antioxidant, and reduces apoptosis via inhibiting the mitochondrial pathway to protect SH-SY5Y cells damaged by 6-OHDA.