Protein kinase Cδ mediates methamphetamine-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity in mice via activation of microsomal epoxide hydrolase

Eun Joo Shin, Ji Hoon Jeong, Garima Sharma, Naveen Sharma, Dae Joong Kim, Duc Toan Pham, Quynh Dieu Trinh, Duy Khanh Dang, Seung Yeol Nah, Guoying Bing, Hyoung Chun Kim

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We previously demonstrated that activation of protein kinase Cδ (PKCδ) is critical for methamphetamine (MA)-induced dopaminergic toxicity. It was recognized that microsomal epoxide hydrolase (mEH) also induces dopaminergic neurotoxicity. It was demonstrated that inhibition of PKC modulates the expression of mEH. We investigated whether MA-induced PKCδ activation requires mEH induction in mice. MA treatment (8 mg/kg, i.p., × 4; 2 h interval) significantly enhanced the level of phosphorylated PKCδ in the striatum of wild type (WT) mice. Subsequently, treatment with MA resulted in significant increases in the expression of cleaved PKCδ and mEH. Treatment with MA resulted in enhanced interaction between PKCδ and mEH. PKCδ knockout mice exhibited significant attenuation of the enhanced mEH expression induced by MA. MA-induced hyperthermia, oxidative stress, proapoptotic potentials, and dopaminergic impairments were attenuated by PKCδ knockout or mEH knockout in mice. However, treating mEH knockout in mice with PKCδ inhibitor, rottlerin did not show any additive beneficial effects, indicating that mEH is a critical mediator of neurotoxic potential of PKCδ. Our results suggest that MA-induced PKCδ activation requires mEH induction as a downstream signaling pathway and that the modulation of the PKCδ and mEH interaction is important for the pharmacological intervention against MA-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110761
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT ( #NRF-2019R1I1A3A01063609 and #NRF-2019R1A2C4070161 ), Republic of Korea. Garima Sharma, Naveen Sharma, Duc Toan Pham, and Quynh Dieu Trinh were supported by the BK21 PLUS program . The English in this document has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English ( ).

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  • Dopamine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oxidative stress
  • PKCδ knockout mice
  • Proapoptosis
  • mEH knockout mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Toxicology


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