Autophagy potentially protects against 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells.Environ Toxicol. 2016 Sep; 31(9):1068-79.ET
The environmental toxicant TCDD may elicit cytotoxic effects by inducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Autophagy is one of the first lines of defense against oxidative stress damage. Herein, we investigated whether autophagy played a regulatory role in TCDD-induced neurotoxicity. Here, we showed that TCDD exposure caused marked autophagy in SH-SY5Y cells, whose dose range was close to that inducing apoptosis. Electron microscopic and Western blot analyses revealed that TCDD induced autophagy at a starting dose of approximate 100 nM. Interestingly, 100-200 nM TCDD exposure resulted in obviously decreased cell viability and evident apoptotic phenotype. Furthermore, the levels of pro-apoptotic molecules, Bax and cleaved-PARP, increased significantly, whereas Bcl2 declined after exposed to 100 nM TCDD. In addition, the apoptosis was verified using flow cytometrical analysis. These data strongly suggested that TCDD induced both autophagy and apoptosis at a similar dose range in SH-SY5Y cells. Interestingly, pretreatment with ROS scavenger, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), could effectively block both TCDD-induced apoptosis and autophagy. More surprisingly, inhibition of autophagy with 3-methyladenine (3MA), remarkably augmented TCDD-induced apoptosis. The findings implicated that the onset of autophagy might serve as a protective mechanism to ameliorate ROS-triggered cytotoxic effects in human SH-SY5Y neuronal cells under TCDD exposure. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Environ Toxicol 31: 1068-1079, 2016.