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Authors Cima RR, Dubach JM, Wieland AM, Walsh BM, Soybel DI
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Journal Am. J. Physiol. Gastrointest. Liver Physiol. Volume: 290 Issue: 2 Pages: G250-61
Publish Date 2006 Feb
PubMed ID 16002562
Abstract

During acute exacerbations of inflammatory bowel diseases, oxidants are generated through the interactions of bacteria in the lumen, activated granulocytes, and cells of the colon mucosa. In this study we explored the ability of one such class of oxidants, represented by monochloramine (NHCl), to serve as agonists of Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) accumulation within the colonocyte. Individual colon crypts prepared from Sprague-Dawley rats were mounted in perfusion chambers after loading with fluorescent reporters fura 2-AM and fluozin 3-AM. These reporters were characterized, in situ, for responsiveness to Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) in the cytoplasm. Responses to different concentrations of NHCl (50, 100, and 200 microM) were monitored. Subsequent studies were designed to identify the sources and mechanisms of NHCl-induced increases in Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) in the cytoplasm. Exposure to NHCl led to dose-dependent increases in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) in the range of 200-400 nM above baseline levels. Further studies indicated that NHCl-induced accumulation of Ca(2+) in the cytoplasm is the result of release from intracellular stores and basolateral entry of extracellular Ca(2+) through store-operated channels. In addition, exposure to NHCl resulted in dose-dependent and sustained increases in intracellular Zn(2+) concentration ([Zn(2+)](i)) in the nanomolar range. These alterations were neutralized by dithiothreitol, which shields intracellular thiol groups from oxidation. We conclude that Ca(2+)- and Zn(2+)-handling proteins are susceptible to oxidation by chloramines, leading to sustained, but not necessarily toxic, increases in [Ca(2+)](i) and [Zn(2+)](i). Under certain conditions, NHCl may act not as a toxin but as an agent that activates intracellular signaling pathways.

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