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Oxyradical Stress Increases the Biosynthesis of 2-Arachidonoylglycerol: Involvement of NADPH Oxidase.

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2016 Oct 26:ajpcell.00251.2015. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00251.2015. [Epub ahead of print]


pm-2-site-207NADPH oxidase (Nox)-derived oxyradicals contribute to atherosclerosis by oxidizing low-density lipoproteins (LDL), leading to their phagocytosis by vascular macrophages. Endocanna-binoids, such as 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), might be an important link between oxidative stress and atherosclerosis. We hypothesized that 2-AG biosynthesis in macrophages is enhanced following ligation of oxidized LDL by scavenger receptors via a signal transduction pathway in-volving Nox-derived ROS that activates diacylglycerol lipase β (DAGLβ), the 2-AG biosynthetic enzyme. To test this idea, we challenged macrophage cell lines and murine primary macrophages with a xanthine oxidase system or with non-physiologic and physiologic Nox stimulants [phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and arachidonic acid (AA)]. Each stressor increased cellular su-peroxide levels and enhanced 2-AG biosynthetic activity in a Nox-dependent manner. Levels of cPLA2-dependent AA metabolites (eicosanoids) in primary macrophages were also dependent on Nox-mediated ROS. In addition, 2-AG levels in DAGL-overexpressing COS7 cells were atten-uated by inhibitors of Nox and DAGL. Furthermore, ROS induced by menadione (a redox cy-cling agent) or PMA could be partially attenuated by the cannabinoid 1/2 receptor agonist (WIN 55,212-2). Finally, cells that overexpress Nox2 components (Phox-COS7) synthesized larger amounts of 2-AG as compared to the parental COS7 cells. Together, the results suggest a positive correlation between heightened oxygen radical flux and 2-AG biosynthesis in macrophage cell lines and primary macrophages. Because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects associated with 2-AG, the increased levels of this bioactive lipid might be an adaptive response to oxidative stress. Thus, oxyradical stress may be counteracted by the enhanced endocannabinoid tone.


2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG); NADPH oxidase; atherosclerosis; endocannabinoids; macrophages

PMID: 27784678


DOI: 10.1152/ajpcell.00251.2015
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