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Cell Death Differ. 2004 Aug;11(8):897-905.

Involvement of a calcium-dependent dephosphorylation of BAD associated with the localization of Trpc-1 within lipid rafts in 7-ketocholesterol-induced THP-1 cell apoptosis.

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Inserm U498 Métabolisme des lipoprotéines humaines et interactions vasculaires/IFR 100 Inserm, CHU/Hôpital du Bocage, BP77908, 21079 Dijon Cedex, France.


7-Ketocholesterol is a component of oxidized LDL, which plays a central role in atherosclerosis. It is a potent inducer of cell death towards a wide number of cells involved in atherosclerosis. In this study, it is reported that 7-ketocholesterol treatment induces an increase of cytosolic-free Ca(2+) in THP-1 monocytic cells. This increase is correlated with the induction of cytotoxicity as suggested from experiments using the Ca(2+) channel blockers verapamil and nifedipine. This 7-ketocholesterol-induced apoptosis appears to be associated with the dephosphorylation of serine 75 and serine 99 of the proapoptotic protein Bcl-2 antagonist of cell death (BAD). We demonstrated that this dephosphorylation results mainly from the activation of calcium-dependent phosphatase calcineurin by the oxysterol-induced increase in Ca(2+). Moreover, this Ca(2+) increase appears related to the incorporation of 7-ketocholesterol into lipid raft domains of the plasma membrane, followed by the translocation of transient receptor potential calcium channel 1, a component of the store operated Ca(2+) entry channel, to rafts.

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