Microgravity (micro-g) environments have been shown to elicit dysregulation of specific genes in a wide assay of cell types. It is known that the activation of transcription factors and molecular signaling pathways influence various physiological outcomes associated with stress and adaptive responses. Nuclear factor-kappa B is one of the most prevailing oxidation-sensitive transcription factors. It is hypothesized that simulated microgravity would activate and its downstream transcriptional networks, thus suggesting a role for in microgravity induced muscle atrophy. To investigate the activation of in a rat cardiac cell line (H9c2) under micro-g, rotating wall vessel bioreactors were used to simulate micro-g conditions. Western blotting revealed that mean nuclear translocation of p65 subunit was 69% for micro-g and 46% for unit-g dynamic control as compared with a 30 min positive control . The results from western blots were confirmed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, which showed 66% for micro-g and 45% for dynamic control as compared with positive control . These results show significant differential translocation of p65 under simulated micro-g. These results may be expanded upon to explain physiological changes such as muscle atrophy and further identify the regulatory pathways and effector molecules activated under exposure to micro-g.
Differential Translocation of Nuclear Factor-KappaB in a Cardiac Muscle Cell Line Under Gravitational Changes
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Kwon, O., Tranter, M., Jones, W. K., Sankovic, J. M., and Banerjee, R. K. (May 8, 2009). "Differential Translocation of Nuclear Factor-KappaB in a Cardiac Muscle Cell Line Under Gravitational Changes." ASME. J Biomech Eng. June 2009; 131(6): 064503. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3128718
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