Manganese superoxide dismutase-mediated inside-out signaling in HaCaT human keratinocytes and SKH-1 mouse skin

Aaron K. Holley, Yong Xu, Teresa Noel, Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu, Ines Batinic-Haberle, Daret K. St. Clair

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Aims: Inside-out signaling occurs when changes in organellar activity lead to alterations in cell signaling that culminate at the cell surface. Mitochondria are vital signaling platforms in cells that participate in radiation-induced inside-out signaling. However, the importance of the reactive oxygen species (ROS)-scavenging ability of mitochondria through manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is not established. Here, we used MnSOD heterozygous knockout and transgenic SKH-1 hairless, albino mice and MnSOD knockdown and overexpressing HaCaT human keratinocytes to study the effects of MnSOD on ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced inside-out signaling. Results and Innovation: There is an inverse correlation between MnSOD expression and UV-induced activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), as determined by phosphorylation at Tyr1068, both in vitro and in vivo, which correlates with increased ROS production (as measured by dihydroethidium fluorescence). EGFR activation is dependent on Nox4 expression and Src kinase activation, with Src activation upstream of Nox4 in regulation of EGFR activation. Enhanced EGFR activation in MnSOD knockdown cells is abrogated by treatment with the SOD mimetic MnTnBuOE-2-PyP5+. Conclusions: Our data demonstrate that the ROS-scavenging ability of mitochondria, through the expression of MnSOD, is important for UV-induced inside-out signaling. Decreased MnSOD expression enhances UV-induced activation of different oncogenic signaling pathways through an inside-out signaling-mediated mechanism. Inhibition of inside-out signaling by MnTnBuOE-2-PyP5+ mimics the effect of endogenous MnSOD, suggesting that pharmacological intervention by SOD mimetics could play an important role in the prevention of aberrant cell signaling, which may contribute to carcinogenesis and may prove valuable for the treatment or prevention of cancer in the future. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 20, 2347-2360.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2347-2360
Number of pages14
JournalAntioxidants and Redox Signaling
Issue number15
StatePublished - May 20 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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