TGFß1 downregulates neurite outgrowth, expression of calcium transporters and mitochondrial dynamics of in vitro cerebellar granule cells

Authors: Katarína Jašková 1    Michaela Pavlovičová 1    Michal Cagalinec 2    Dana Jurkovičová 3    Ľubica Lacinová 1   
1 Institute of Molecular Physiology and Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vlárska 5, 833 34 Bratislava, Slovakia    2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu, Ravila 19, 504 11 Tartu, Estonia    3 KRD Molecular Technologies Ltd.,Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 05 Bratislava, Slovakia   
Year: 2014
Section: Cellular metabolism, physiology, molecular biology and genetics
Abstract No.: 1016
ISBN: 978-80-970712-6-4

Acute injury to central nervous system (CNS) triggers neurodegenerative processes that can result in serious damage or complete loss of function. After injury, production of transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) increases and initiates creation of a fibrotic scar that prevents normal growth, plasticity, and recovery of damaged neurons [1]. Administration of TGFβ1 antagonists can prevent its pathological effects [2]. To define consequences of increased TGFβ1 release on calcium signaling, neuronal plasticity, excitability, and mitochondrial dynamics in CNS neurons we directly exposed a rat primary culture of cerebellar granule neurons to TGFβ1. We focused on changes in expression of intracellular calcium transporters, especially inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) type 1, mitochondrial dynamics, and membrane excitability. TGFβ1 significantly decreased the gene and protein expression of IP3R1 and the gene expression of additional intracellular calcium transporters such as IP3R2, ryanodine receptor type 1 (RyR1), RyR2, and SERCA2. Altered calcium signaling suppressed neurite outgrowth and significantly decreased the length of the mitochondria and the frequency of mitochondrial fusion. The resting membrane potential of cerebellar granule neurons was hyperpolarized and slow after depolarization of single action potential was suppressed. LY364947, a blocker of TGFβ1 receptor I [2], prevented these effects, and IP3 receptor blocker 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2APB) mimicked them. After CNS injury TGFβ1 downregulates intracellular calcium levels and alters calcium signaling within injured neurons. We suggest that in our model TGFβ1 may trigger both neurodegenerative and neuroprotective events through IP3-induced calcium signaling.

This work was supported by grant VEGA 2/0097/11 and by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract No. APVV-0212-10.
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