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Lysosomal membrane permeabilization induces cell death in a mitochondrion-dependent fashion
Journal of Experimental Medicine
  • Patricia Boya
  • Karine Andreau
  • Delphine Poncet
  • Naoufal Zamzami
  • Jean-Luc Perfettini
  • Didier Metivier
  • David M. Ojcius, University of the Pacific
  • Marja Jäättelä
  • Guido Kroemer
ORCiD
David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1084/jem.20021952
Publication Date
5-1-2003
Abstract
A number of diseases are due to lysosomal destabilization, which results in damaging cell loss. To investigate the mechanisms of lysosomal cell death, we characterized the cytotoxic action of two widely used quinolone antibiotics: ciprofloxacin (CPX) or norfloxacin (NFX). CPX or NFX plus UV light (NFX*) induce lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP), as detected by the release of cathepsins from lysosomes. Inhibition of the lysosomal accumulation of CPX or NFX suppresses their capacity to induce LMP and to kill cells. CPX- or NFX-triggered LMP results in caspase-independent cell death, with hallmarks of apoptosis such as chromatin condensation and phosphatidylserine exposure on the plasma membrane. LMP triggers mitochondrial membrane permeabilization (MMP), as detected by the release of cytochrome c. Both CPX and NFX* cause Bax and Bak to adopt their apoptotic conformation and to insert into mitochondrial membranes. Bax−/− Bak−/− double knockout cells fail to undergo MMP and cell death in response to CPX- or NFX-induced LMP. The single knockout of Bax or Bak (but not Bid) or the transfection-enforced expression of mitochondrion-targeted (but not endoplasmic reticulum–targeted) Bcl-2 conferred protection against CPX (but not NFX*)-induced MMP and death. Altogether, our data indicate that mitochondria are indispensable for cell death initiated by lysosomal destabilization.
Citation Information
Patricia Boya, Karine Andreau, Delphine Poncet, Naoufal Zamzami, et al.. "Lysosomal membrane permeabilization induces cell death in a mitochondrion-dependent fashion" Journal of Experimental Medicine Vol. 197 Iss. 10 (2003) p. 1323 - 1334 ISSN: 0022-1007
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david-ojcius/148/