Interleukin-18 alters protein expressions of neurodegenerative diseases-linked proteins in human SH-SY5Y neuron-like cells

Elina M Sutinen, Minna A Korolainen, Jukka Hayrinen, Irina Alafuzoff, Steven Petratos, Antero Salminen, Hilkka S Soininen, Tuula A Pirttila, Johanna O Ojala

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Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress (OS) are present in Alzheimer s disease (AD) brains in addition to neuronal loss, Amyloid-? (A?) plaques and hyperphosphorylated tau-protein neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Previously we showed that levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-18 (IL-18), are elevated in post-mortem AD brains. IL-18 can modulate the tau kinases, Cdk5 and GSK3?, as well as A?-production. IL-18 levels are also increased in AD risk diseases, including type-2 diabetes and obesity. Here, we explored other IL-18 regulated proteins in neuron-like SH-SY5Y cells. Differentiated SH-SY5Y cells, incubated with IL-18 for 24, 48, or 72 h, were analyzed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE). Specific altered protein spots were chosen and identified with mass spectrometry (MS) and verified by western immunoblotting (WIB). IL-18 had time-dependent effects on the SH-SY5Y proteome, modulating numerous protein levels/modifications. We concentrated on those related to OS (DDAH2, peroxiredoxins 2, 3, and 6, DJ-1, BLVRA), A?-degradation (MMP14, TIMP2), A?-aggregation (Septin-2), and modifications of axon growth and guidance associated, collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2). IL-18 significantly increased antioxidative enzymes, indicative of OS, and altered levels of glycolytic a- and ?-enolase and multifunctional 14-3-3? and -e, commonly affected in neurodegenerative diseases. MMP14, TIMP2, a-enolase and 14-3-3e, indirectly involved in A? metabolism, as well as Septin-2 showed changes that increase A? levels. Increased 14-3-3? may contribute to GSK3? driven tau hyperphosphorylation and CRMP2 Thr514 and Ser522 phosphorylation with the Thr555-site, a target for Rho kinase, showing time-dependent changes. IL-18 also increased caspase-1 levels and vacuolization of the cells. Although our SH-SY5Y cells were not aged, as neurons in AD, our work suggests that heightened or prolonged IL-18 levels can drive protein changes of known relevance to AD pathogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 16
Number of pages16
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Issue number(Art. No. 214)
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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