Abstract Hyperoxia-induced lung injury adversely affects ICU patients and neonates on ventilator assisted breathing. The underlying culprit appears to be reactive oxygen species (ROS) -induced lung damage. The major contributor of hyperoxia-induced ROS is activation of the multiprotein enzyme complex NADPH oxidase (Nox). Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) signaling is known to be involved in hyperoxia mediated ROS generation; however, the mechanism(s) of S1P-induced NADPH oxidase activation is unclear. Here, we investigated various steps in the S1P signaling pathway mediating ROS production in response to hyperoxia in lung endothelium. Of the two closely related sphingosine kinases (SphKs)1 and 2, which synthesize S1P from sphingosine, only Sphk1 -/- mice conferred protection against hyperoxia-induced lung injury. S1P is metabolized predominantly by S1P lyase and partial deletion of Sgpl1 (Sgpl1+/-) in mice accentuated lung injury. Hyperoxia stimulated S1P accumulation in human lung microvascular endothelial cells (HLMVECs), and down-regulation of S1P transporter spinster homolog 2 (Spns2) or S1P receptors S1P1 & 2, but not S1P3, using specific siRNA attenuated hyperoxia-induced p47phox translocation to cell periphery and ROS generation in HLMVECs. These results suggest a role for Spns2 and S1P1&2 in hyperoxia mediated ROS generation. In addition, p47phox (phox: phagocyte oxidase) activation and ROS generation was also reduced by PF543, a specific SphK1 inhibitor in HLMVECs. Our data indicate a novel role for Spns2 and S1P1&2 in the activation of p47phox and production of ROS involved in hyperoxia mediated lung injury in neonatal and adult mice.
- Sphingosine kinase
- Sphingosine 1 phosphate
- S1P receptors
- NADPH oxidase
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