The aim is to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the PM2.5-induced autophagy in human lung cancer epithelial cells (A549). The effects of the PM2.5 on morphological and biochemical markers of autophagy in A549 were analyzed by electron microscopy, GFP-LC3 puncta was observed by confocal fluorescence microscope. The effects of phosphorylation of AMPK, mTOR, AKT, ERK, JNK, and p53 on LC3II in A549 were observed following PM2.5 exposure; the role of autophagy in PM2.5-induced apoptosis was examined using 3-methyladenine and rapamycin. PM2.5 induced morphological and biochemical markers of autophagy in A549. Phosphorylation of AMPK and dephosphorylation of mTOR were observed following PM2.5 treatment, and AMPK inhibitor blocked LC3B-II expression. In addition, we demonstrated that PM2.5-induced autophagy confers a pro-survival role in host defense.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 30 2015|
- Oxidative stress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)