bims-stacyt Biomed News
on Paracrine crosstalk between cancer and the organism
Issue of 2020‒06‒14
two papers selected by
Cristina Muñoz Pinedo
L’Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge


  1. Cells. 2020 Jun 05. pii: E1414. [Epub ahead of print]9(6):
    Zegeye MM, Andersson B, Sirsjö A, Ljungberg LU.
      Sprouting angiogenesis is the formation of new capillaries from existing vessels in response to tissue hypoxia due to growth/development, repair/healing, and also chronic inflammation. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the effect of IL-6, a pleiotropic cytokine with both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory functions, in regulating the sprouting angiogenic response of endothelial cells (ECs). We found that activation of IL-6 trans-signaling inhibited the migration, proliferation, and tube formation ability of ECs. In addition, inhibition of the autocrine IL-6 classic-signaling by depleting endogenous IL-6 from ECs impaired their tube formation ability. At the molecular level, we found that IL-6 trans-signaling in ECs upregulated established endogenous anti-angiogenic factors such as CXCL10 and SERPINF1 while at the same time downregulated known endogenous pro-angiogenic factors such as cKIT and CXCL8. Furthermore, prior activation of ECs by IL-6 trans-signaling alters their response to vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), causing an increased p38, but decreased Erk1/2 phosphorylation. Collectively, our data demonstrated the dual facets of IL-6 in regulating the sprouting angiogenic function of ECs. In addition, we shed light on molecular mechanisms behind the IL-6 trans-signaling mediated impairment of endothelial sprouting angiogenic response.
    Keywords:  HUVECs; IPA; Matrigel; VEGF-A signaling; cytokine; neoangiogenesis
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3390/cells9061414
  2. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis. 2020 Jun 05. pii: S0925-4439(20)30204-0. [Epub ahead of print] 165857
    Hernández A, Reyes D, Geng Y, Arab JP, Cabrera D, Sepulveda R, Solis N, Buist-Homan M, Arrese M, Moshage H.
      BACKGROUND: The transition from steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a key issue in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Observations in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) suggest that hypoxia contributes to progression to NASH and liver fibrosis, and the release of extracellular vesicles (EVs) by injured hepatocytes has been implicated in NAFLD progression.AIM: To evaluate the effects of hypoxia on hepatic pro-fibrotic response and EV release in experimental NAFLD and to assess cellular crosstalk between hepatocytes and human hepatic stellate cells (LX-2).
    METHODS: HepG2 cells were treated with fatty acids and subjected to chemically induced hypoxia using the hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α) stabilizer cobalt chloride (CoCl2). Lipid droplets, oxidative stress, apoptosis and pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic-associated genes were assessed. EVs were isolated by ultracentrifugation. LX-2 cells were treated with EVs from hepatocytes. The CDAA-fed mouse model was used to assess the effects of intermittent hypoxia (IH) in experimental NASH.
    RESULTS: Chemical hypoxia increased steatosis, oxidative stress, apoptosis and pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic gene expressions in fat-laden HepG2 cells. Chemical hypoxia also increased the release of EVs from HepG2 cells. Treatment of LX2 cells with EVs from fat-laden HepG2 cells undergoing chemical hypoxia increased expression pro-fibrotic markers. CDAA-fed animals exposed to IH exhibited increased portal inflammation and fibrosis that correlated with an increase in circulating EVs.
    CONCLUSION: Chemical hypoxia promotes hepatocellular damage and pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic signaling in steatotic hepatocytes both in vitro and in vivo. EVs from fat-laden hepatocytes undergoing chemical hypoxia evoke pro-fibrotic responses in LX-2 cells.
    Keywords:  Extracellular vesicles; Hypoxia; Liver fibrosis; Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbadis.2020.165857