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Föller, M; Kasinathan, R S; Koka, S; Huber, S M; Schuler, B; Vogel, J; Gassmann, M; Lang, F (2007). Enhanced susceptibility to suicidal death of erythrocytes from transgenic mice overexpressing erythropoietin. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 293(3):R1127-R1134.

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Eryptosis, a suicidal death of mature erythrocytes, is characterized by decrease of cell volume, cell membrane blebbing, and breakdown of cell membrane asymmetry with phosphatidylserine exposure at the cell surface. Triggers of eryptosis include increased cytosolic Ca2 activity, which could result from activation of Ca2-permeable cation
channels. Ca2 triggers phosphatidylserine exposure and activates Ca2-sensitive K channels, leading to cellular K loss and cell shrinkage. The cation channels and thus eryptosis are stimulated by Cl removal and inhibited by erythropoietin. The present experiments explored eryptosis in transgenic mice overexpressing erythropoietin(tg6). Erythrocytes were drawn from tg6 mice and their wild-type
littermates (WT). Phosphatidylserine exposure was estimated from annexin binding and cell volume from forward scatter in fluorescenceactivated cell sorting (FACS) analysis. The percentage of annexin binding was significantly larger and forward scatter significantly smaller in tg6 than in WT erythrocytes. Transgenic erythrocytes were significantly more resistant to osmotic lysis than WT erythrocytes.
Cl removal and exposure to the Ca2 ionophore ionomycin (1 M)increased annexin binding and decreased forward scatter, effects larger in tg6 than in WT erythrocytes. The K ionophore valinomycin(10 nM) triggered eryptosis in both tg6 and WT erythrocytes and abrogated differences between genotypes. An increase of extracellular K concentration to 125 mM blunted the difference between tg6 and WT erythrocytes. Fluo-3 fluorescence reflecting cytosolic Ca2 activity was larger in tg6 than in WT erythrocytes. In conclusion, circulating erythrocytes from tg6 mice are sensitized to triggers of eryptosis but more resistant to osmotic lysis, properties at least partially due to enhanced Ca2 entry and increased K channel


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:22 Mar 2009 12:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:03
Publisher:American Physiological Society
Publisher DOI:10.1152/ajpregu.00110.2007
Official URL:http://ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/reprint/293/3/R1127
PubMed ID:17567717

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