Scientific article

cpp32 messenger RNA neosynthesis is induced by fatal axotomy and is not regulated by athanatal Bcl-2 over-expression

Published inNeuroscience, vol. 90, no. 2, p. 653-664
Publication date1999-02

In vivo, neuronal over-expression of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 prevents axotomy-induced motoneuron death and prolongs life in a mouse model of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The mechanism of these protective effects is still unknown. We have examined, in situ, the influence of Bcl-2 over-expression on the messenger RNA level of two pro-apoptotic, bax and cpp32, and one anti-apoptotic, bcl-xl, regulators of neuronal death. In neonates wild-type mice, cpp32 mRNA was increased in axotomized, dying motoneurons. No changes in bax and bcl-xl messenger RNAs expression were detected. A similar course was observed in protected axotomized neonate motoneurons of transgenic mice over-expressing Bcl-2. In adult wild-type mice no motoneuron death was detected one week after axotomy: bax and cpp32 messenger RNAs were increased and bcl-xl messenger RNA was decreased. Four weeks after the lesion, 60% of the lesioned facial motoneurons had disappeared. In the remaining motoneurons only cpp32 messenger RNA expression was superior to control level. In Bcl-2 transgenic mice, no axotomy-induced facial motoneurons death was detected but the course of the neosynthesis of cell death genes messenger RNAs was similar to wild-type mice. Bax, Bcl-x and CPP32 immunoreactivity were increased in facial motoneurons after axotomy. Thus, fatal axotomy induces cell death genes bax and cpp32 messenger RNAs neosynthesis which is not prevented by athanatal Bcl-2 over-expression.

This suggests that the protective effect of Bcl-2 results from interactions with Bax and CPP32 at the post-translation level without repercussion at the messenger RNA level. Axotomy induces cell death messenger RNA neosynthesis potentially harmful at long-term despite Bcl-2 over-expression.

  • Apoptosis
  • Axotomy
  • Bax
  • Bcl-2
  • Cpp32
  • Motoneurons
Citation (ISO format)
GUARIN, Ernesto et al. <i>cpp32</i> messenger RNA neosynthesis is induced by fatal axotomy and is not regulated by athanatal Bcl-2 over-expression. In: Neuroscience, 1999, vol. 90, n° 2, p. 653–664. doi: 10.1016/S0306-4522(98)00445-X
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