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Drug Chem Toxicol. 2013 Apr;36(2):231-40. doi: 10.3109/01480545.2012.710625. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

Effect of sertraline on [Ca2+](i) and viability of human MG63 osteosarcoma cells.

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Department of Rehabilitation, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


The antidepressant, sertraline, has been shown to have diverse in vitro effects. This study examined whether sertraline altered [Ca(2+)](i) in MG63 human osteosarcoma cells by using fura-2 as a Ca(2+)-sensitive fluorescent dye. At 50-200 µM, sertraline induced a [Ca(2+)](i) rise in a concentration-dependent manner. Ca(2+) response was decreased by removing extracellular Ca(2+), suggesting that Ca(2+) entry and release contributed to the [Ca(2+)](i) signal. Sertraline-induced Ca(2+) entry was inhibited by nifedipine, La(3+), Gd(3+), and SK&F96365. When extracellular Ca(2+) was removed, pretreatment with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) pump inhibitor, thapsigargin, or 2,5-di-tert-butylhydroquinone (BHQ) abolished the sertraline-evoked [Ca(2+)](i) rise. Incubation with sertraline also abolished the thapsigargin or BHQ-induced [Ca(2+)](i) rise. Inhibition of phospholipase C (PLC) with U73122 abolished the sertraline-induced [Ca(2+)](i) rise. At 20-30 µM, overnight treatment with sertraline killed cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The cytotoxic effect of sertraline was not reversed by chelating cytosolic Ca(2+) with 1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (BAPTA). Annexin V/propidium iodide staining data demonstrate that sertraline (30 µM) evoked apoptosis. Sertraline (20 and 30 µM) also increased levels of reactive oxygen species. Together, in human osteosarcoma cells, sertraline evoked a [Ca(2+)](i) rise by inducing PLC-dependent Ca(2+) release from the ER and Ca(2+) entry by L-type Ca(2+) channels and store-operated Ca(2+) channels. Sertraline induced cell death that may involve apoptosis by mitochondrial pathways.

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