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Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2019 Feb;39(2):156-169. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.312206.

Loss of 2 Akt (Protein Kinase B) Isoforms in Hematopoietic Cells Diminished Monocyte and Macrophage Survival and Reduces Atherosclerosis in Ldl Receptor-Null Mice.

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1
From the Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine (V.R.B., L.D., Y.Z., J.M.M., K.C.V., M.F.L.), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.
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Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (J.M.M., K.C.V.), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.
3
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Corvallis (S.A.R.).
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Department of Pharmacology (M.F.L.), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.

Abstract

Objective- Macrophages express 3 Akt (protein kinase B) isoforms, Akt1, Akt2, and Akt3, which display isoform-specific functions but may be redundant in terms of Akt survival signaling. We hypothesize that loss of 2 Akt isoforms in macrophages will suppress their ability to survive and modulate the development of atherosclerosis. Approach and Results- To test this hypothesis, we reconstituted male Ldlr-/- mice with double Akt2/Akt3 knockout hematopoietic cells expressing only the Akt1 isoform (Akt1only). There were no differences in body weight and plasma lipid levels between the groups after 8 weeks of the Western diet; however, Akt1only→ Ldlr-/- mice developed smaller (57.6% reduction) atherosclerotic lesions with more apoptotic macrophages than control mice transplanted with WT (wild type) cells. Next, male and female Ldlr-/- mice were reconstituted with double Akt1/Akt2 knockout hematopoietic cells expressing the Akt3 isoform (Akt3only). Female and male Akt3only→ Ldlr-/- recipients had significantly smaller (61% and 41%, respectively) lesions than the control WT→ Ldlr-/- mice. Loss of 2 Akt isoforms in hematopoietic cells resulted in markedly diminished levels of white blood cells, B cells, and monocytes and compromised viability of monocytes and peritoneal macrophages compared with WT cells. In response to lipopolysaccharides, macrophages with a single Akt isoform expressed low levels of inflammatory cytokines; however, Akt1only macrophages were distinct in expressing high levels of antiapoptotic Il10 compared with WT and Akt3only cells. Conclusions- Loss of 2 Akt isoforms in hematopoietic cells, preserving only a single Akt1 or Akt3 isoform, markedly compromises monocyte and macrophage viability and diminishes early atherosclerosis in Ldlr-/- mice.

KEYWORDS:

apoptosis; atherosclerosis; interleukin 10; macrophages; mice, knockout; monocytes; protein kinase B

PMID:
30567482
PMCID:
PMC6344270
[Available on 2020-02-01]
DOI:
10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.312206

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