Modulation of endoplasmic reticulum stress response in gut-origin encephalopathy: Impact of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 manipulation.

Citation:
Zaky, D. A., W. Wadie, W. M. Eldehna, A. M. El Kerdawy, D. M. Abdallah, and H. S. El Abhar, "Modulation of endoplasmic reticulum stress response in gut-origin encephalopathy: Impact of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 manipulation.", Life sciences, vol. 252, pp. 117654, 2020.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Septic encephalopathy, the most frequent complication of sepsis, is orchestrated by a complex interplay of signals that leads to high mortality rates among intensive care unit patients. However, the role of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) in endoplasmic reticulum stress response (ERSR), during septic encephalopathy, is still elusive.

AIM: This study was aimed to examine the effect of an in-house designed/synthesized VEGFR2 antagonist, named WAG4S, on septic encephalopathy using cecal ligation and perforation (CLP).

MAIN METHODS: Rats were intraperitoneally injected with WAG-4S (1 mg/kg/d) for 7 days post-CLP.

KEY FINDINGS: In septic animals, VEGFR2 antagonism declined the expression of cortical p-VEGFR2 and p-mammalian target of rapamycin complex-1 (p-mTORC1). It also worsened the behavioral and histopathological alterations beyond CLP. However, and contrary to CLP, WAG-4S decreased the p-protein kinase R-like ER kinase (p-PERK) and eukaryotic initiation factor-2α (p-eIF2α) expression. Moreover, VEGFR2 blockade upregulated the mRNA expression of activating transcription factor-4 (ATF4), binding immunoglobulin protein/glucose-regulated protein-78 (Bip/GRP78), growth arrest and DNA damage-34 (GADD34) and spliced X-box binding protein-1 (XBP1s) above CLP. Similarly, it boosted inositol requiring enzyme-1α (IRE1α) activation and redox imbalance. In the same context, WAG-4S augmented the protein levels of CLP-induced ERSR apoptotic markers, namely C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP/GADD153), c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and caspase-3.

SIGNIFICANCE: In conclusion, the PERK/eIF2α axis inhibition, during septic encephalopathy, is VEGFR2-independent, whereas the activated IRE1α/XBP1s/CHOP/JNK/caspase-3 cue promotes the ERSR execution module through VEGFR2 inhibition. This has turned VEGFR2 into a potential therapeutic target for ameliorating such an ailment.