NYMC Faculty Publications

Potential Role of Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein in the Modulation of Pulmonary Arterial Smooth Muscle Superoxide by Hypoxia

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American Journal of Physiology.Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

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November 2019




Changes in reactive oxygen species and extracellular matrix seem to participate in pulmonary hypertension development. Since we recently reported evidence for chronic hypoxia decreasing expression of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) and evidence for this controlling loss of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle BMP receptor-2 (BMPR2) and contractile phenotype proteins, we examined if changes in superoxide metabolism could be an important factor in a bovine pulmonary artery (BPA), organoid cultured under hypoxia for 48hrs model. Hypoxia (3% oxygen) caused a depletion of COMP in BPA, but not in bovine coronary arteries. Knockdown of COMP by siRNA increased BPA levels of mitochondrial and extra-mitochondrial superoxide detected by MitoSOX and dihydroethidium (DHE) HPLC products. COMP siRNA treated BPA showed reduced levels of SOD2 and SOD3 and increased levels of NADPH oxidases NOX2 and NOX4. Hypoxia increased BPA levels of MitoSOX detected superoxide, and caused changes in NOX2 and SOD2 expression similar to COMP siRNA, and exogenous COMP (0.5muM) prevented the effects of hypoxia. In the presence of COMP, BMPR2 siRNA treated BPA showed increases in superoxide detected by MitoSOX and depletion of SOD2. Scavenging superoxide (0.5muM TEMPO or mitoTEMPO) maintained the expression of contractile phenotype proteins Calponin and SM22alpha decreased by 48hrs hypoxia (1% oxygen). Adenoviral delivery of BMPR2 to rat pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells prevented the depletion of Calponin and SM22alpha by COMP siRNA. Thus, COMP regulation of BMPR2 appears to have an important role in controlling hypoxia-elicited changes in BPA superoxide and its potential regulation of contractile phenotype proteins.