Send to

Choose Destination
Glia. 2009 Aug 1;57(10):1031-45. doi: 10.1002/glia.20827.

P2 receptor-mediated stimulation of the PI3-K/Akt-pathway in vivo.

Author information

Rudolf-Boehm-Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.


ATP acts as a growth factor as well as a toxic agent by stimulating P2 receptors. The P2 receptor-activated signaling cascades mediating cellular growth and cell survival after injury are only incompletely understood. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to identify the role of the phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3-K/Akt) and the mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal regulated protein kinase (MAPK/ERK) pathways in P2Y receptor-mediated astrogliosis after traumatic injury and after microinfusion of ADP beta S (P2Y(1,12,13) receptor agonist) into the rat nucleus accumbens (NAc). Mechanical damage and even more the concomitant treatment with ADP beta S, enhanced P2Y(1) receptor-expression in the NAc, which could be reduced by pretreatment with the P2X/Y receptor antagonist PPADS. Quantitative Western blot analysis indicated a significant increase in phosphorylated (p)Akt and pERK1/2 2 h after ADP beta S-microinjection. Pretreatment with PPADS or wortmannin abolished the up-regulation of pAkt by injury alone or ADP beta S-treatment. The ADP beta S-enhanced expression of the early apoptosis marker active caspase 3 was reduced by PPADS and PD98059, but not by wortmannin. Multiple immunofluorescence labeling indicated a time-dependent expression of pAkt and pMAPK on astrocytes and neurons and additionally the colocalization of pAkt, pMAPK, and active caspase 3 with the P2Y(1) receptor especially at astrocytes. In conclusion, the data show for the first time the involvement of PI3-K/Akt-pathway in processes of injury-induced astroglial proliferation and anti-apoptosis via activation of P2Y(1) receptors in vivo, suggesting specific roles of P2 receptors in glial cell pathophysiology in neurodegenerative diseases.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Publication type, MeSH terms, Substances

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center