Endogenous hydrogen peroxide regulates glutathione redox via nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 downstream of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase during muscle differentiation

Yan Ding, Jin Choi Kyu, Hwan Kim Jin, Xuezhe Han, Yuji Piao, Jin Hyun Jeong, Wonchae Choe, Insug Kang, Joohun Ha, Henry Jay Forman, Jinhwa Lee, Kyung Sik Yoon, Soo Kim Sung

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We reported previously that endogenous reactive oxygen species (ROS) function as myogenic signaling molecules. It has also been determined that excess ROS induce electrophile-response element (EpRE)-driven gene expression via activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). Nonetheless, the relationship between the metabolism of ROS (eg, H 2O2) through glutathione (GSH) up-regulation, GSH-dependent reduction of H2O2, and Nrf2-dependent gene regulation is not well established. Therefore, we attempted to determine whether H2O2 controls the intracellular GSH redox state via the Nrf2-glutamate-cysteine ligase (GCL)/glutathione reductase (GR)-GSH signaling pathway. In our experiments, enhanced H2O2 generation was accompanied by an increase in both total GSH levels and the GSH/GSSG ratio during muscle differentiation. Both GCL and GR transcriptional expression levels were markedly increased during muscle differentiation but reduced by catalase treatment. Nrf2 protein expression and nuclear translocation increased during myogenesis. The inhibition of GCL, GR, and Nrf2 both by inhibitors and by RNA interference blocked muscle differentiation. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulated the expression of the GCL C (a catalytic subunit) and GR genes via the induction of Nrf2 nuclear translocation and expression. In conclusion, endogenous H2O2 generated during muscle differentiation not only functions as a signaling molecule, but also regulates the GSH redox state via activation of the Nrf2-GCL/GR-GSH signaling pathway downstream of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1529-1541
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun


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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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