May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
Intracellular Localization of Optineurin in Response to Oxidative Stress in Rgc-5 Cells
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • M. Duong
    Pathology/Molec Med - HSC 1R1, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • A. K. Ball
    Pathology/Molec Med - HSC 1R1, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships M. Duong, None; A.K. Ball, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support NSERC, Rx&D CIHR, OGSST
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 238. doi:
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      M. Duong, A. K. Ball; Intracellular Localization of Optineurin in Response to Oxidative Stress in Rgc-5 Cells. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):238.

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Purpose:: A role for optineurin has been suggested in the neuroprotection of cells against insults, including oxidative stress. In fibroblasts, cytoplasmic optineurin has been reported to translocate to the nucleus following stress. Disruption of this nuclear translocation augments the oxidative stress-induced cell death. Our previous results demonstrated the high expression of optineurin in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) of the rat retina and in the RGC-5 cell line, suggesting the possibility of a similar role for optineurin in RGCs.

Methods:: RGC-5 cells were cultured in DMEM/F12 with 10% FBS and pen/strept. Prior to treatment, cells were differentiated for 24 hours with 1 µM staurosporine. Differentiated RGC-5 cells were treated with H2O2 for 24 hours. Reactive oxygen species production was measured using an H2DCF fluorescence assay following H2O2 treatment. Cell viability was measured using the MTT assay. Immunocytochemistry was performed to examine the expression of optineurin in RGC-5 cells. Nuclear translocation of the optineurin protein was examined with immunocytohemistry using antisera against optineurin and the nuclear dye Yo-Pro-1 and antisera directed against optineurin and the Golgi protein TGN-1. Western immunoblot analysis was also performed on nuclear and cytoplasmic fractions of H2O2 treated RGC-5 cells to examine the nuclear translocation of optineurin due to oxidative stress.

Results:: An EC50 of 9.5x10-4 M H2O2 was determined by measuring RGC-5 cell viability using the MTT assay after 24-hour exposure to increasing concentrations of H2O2. H2DCF fluorescence increased in a concentration dependent manner after exposure to H2O2. Immunocytochemical analysis determined if there was an H2O2 concentration-dependent nuclear translocation of optineurin from the Golgi apparatus in the cytosol to the nucleus of differentiated RGC-5 cells. Western immunoblot analysis was used to examine a shift in optineurin protein expression from the cytosolic protein fraction to the nuclear protein fraction following treatment of RGC-5 cells with H2O2.

Conclusions:: Differentiated RGC-5 cells are susceptible to H2O2 in a concentration-dependent manner and result in release of reactive oxygen species and cell death. In response to H2O2-mediated stress, optineurin can translocate from the cytosol to the nucleus. Similar to those previously reported in other cell types, including embryonic fibroblast cells and this suggests a mechanism for the neuroprotective functions of optineurin. These results provide evidence for an important role for optineurin on RGC survival.

Keywords: cell survival • oxidation/oxidative or free radical damage • protective mechanisms 

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