Research Paper Volume 11, Issue 19 pp 8294—8312
β-arrestin-2 enhances intestinal epithelial apoptosis in necrotizing enterocolitis
- 1 Department of General Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Shanghai, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200000, China
Received: May 23, 2019 Accepted: September 21, 2019 Published: October 14, 2019https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102320
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Apoptosis among intestinal epithelial cells contributes to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a severe intestinal disease that particularly affects premature infants. β-arrestin-2, an important regulator of G-protein-coupled receptors, is expressed in intestinal epithelial cells, where its activation promotes apoptosis. We found that β-arrestin-2 was overexpressed in both human and murine NEC samples. β-arrestin-2-deficient mice were protected from endoplasmic reticulum stress and NEC development. The endoplasmic reticulum-resident chaperone BiP was found to promote intestinal epithelial cell survival. Pretreatment of intestinal epithelial cells or mice with the BiP inhibitor HA15 increased cell apoptosis and promoted NEC development. β-arrestin-2 bound to BiP and promoted its polyubiquitination and degradation, thereby facilitating the release of the pro-apoptotic molecule BIK from BiP. Silencing β-arrestin-2 downregulated apoptosis by increasing BiP levels, which suppressed endoplasmic reticulum stress. This study suggests that β-arrestin-2 induces NEC development by inhibiting BiP, thereby triggering apoptosis in response to endoplasmic reticulum stress. Thus, novel therapeutic strategies to inhibit β-arrestin-2 may enhance the treatment of NEC.