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Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Feb 1;46(3):406-13. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2008.10.037. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

Inhibition of the mitochondrial permeability transition by cyclosporin A prevents pyrazole plus lipopolysaccharide-induced liver injury in mice.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA.


Previous results showed that pyrazole potentiates lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced liver injury in mice. Mechanisms involved the overexpression of cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1), oxidative stress, and activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). The current study was carried out to test the hypothesis that the mitochondria permeability transition (MPT) plays a role in this pyrazole plus LPS toxicity. Mice were injected intraperitoneally with pyrazole for 2 days, followed by a challenge with LPS with or without treatment with cyclosporin A (CsA), an inhibitor of the MPT. Serum alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase were increased by pyrazole plus LPS treatment, and CsA treatment could attenuate these increases. CsA also prevented pyrazole plus LPS-induced hepatocyte necrosis. Formation of 4-hydroxynonenal protein adducts and 3-nitrotyrosine protein adducts in liver tissue was increased by the pyrazole plus LPS treatment, and CsA treatment blunted these increases. Swelling, cytochrome c release from mitochondria to the cytosol, and lipid peroxidation were increased in mitochondria isolated from the pyrazole plus LPS-treated mice, and CsA treatment prevented these changes. CsA did not prevent the increased levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), pp38 MAPK, and p-JNK2. In conclusion, although CsA does not prevent elevations in upstream mediators of the pyrazole plus LPS toxicity (iNOS, TNF-alpha, CYP2E1, MAPK), it does protect mice from the pyrazole plus LPS-induced liver toxicity by preventing the MPT and release of cytochrome c and decreasing mitochondrial oxidative stress. These results indicate that mitochondria are the critical targets of pyrazole plus LPS in mediating liver injury.

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