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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 1271-1278

The key target of neuroprotection after the onset of ischemic stroke: secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1

1 School of Medicine, Jishou University, Jishou, Hunan Province; Department of Neurology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China
2 School of Medicine, Jishou University, Jishou, Hunan Province; College of Biology and Environmental Science, Jishou University, Jishou, Hunan Province, China
3 Department of Neurology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China

Date of Acceptance25-Mar-2015
Date of Web Publication26-Aug-2015

Correspondence Address:
Zhi-ping Hu
Department of Neurology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province
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Source of Support: This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 81171239., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1673-5374.162760

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The regulatory mechanisms of cytoplasmic Ca 2+ after myocardial infarction-induced Ca 2+ overload involve secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 and the Golgi apparatus and are well understood. However, the effect of Golgi apparatus on Ca 2+ overload after cerebral ischemia and reperfusion remains unclear. Four-vessel occlusion rats were used as animal models of cerebral ischemia. The expression of secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 in the cortex and hippocampus was detected by immunoblotting, and Ca 2+ concentrations in the cytoplasm and Golgi vesicles were determined. Results showed an overload of cytoplasmic Ca 2+ during ischemia and reperfusion that reached a peak after reperfusion. Levels of Golgi Ca 2+ showed an opposite effect. The expression of Golgi-specific secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 in the cortex and hippocampus decreased before ischemia and reperfusion, and increased after reperfusion for 6 hours. This variation was similar to the alteration of calcium in separated Golgi vesicles. These results indicate that the Golgi apparatus participates in the formation and alleviation of calcium overload, and that secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 tightly responds to ischemia and reperfusion in nerve cells. Thus, we concluded that secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 plays an essential role in cytosolic calcium regulation and its expression can be used as a marker of Golgi stress, responding to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. The secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1 can be an important neuroprotective target of ischemic stroke.

Keywords: nerve regeneration; brain injury; global cerebral ischemia; Golgi apparatus; Golgi stress; cytoplasmic Ca 2+ ; homeostasis; Golgi Ca 2+ ; Ca 2+ pump; secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1; neural protection; NSFC grant; neural regeneration

How to cite this article:
Li Lh, Tian Xr, Hu Zp. The key target of neuroprotection after the onset of ischemic stroke: secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1. Neural Regen Res 2015;10:1271-8

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Li Lh, Tian Xr, Hu Zp. The key target of neuroprotection after the onset of ischemic stroke: secretory pathway Ca 2+ -ATPase 1. Neural Regen Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2017 Dec 12];10:1271-8. Available from: http://www.nrronline.org/text.asp?2015/10/8/1271/162760

Li-hua Li#, Xiang-rong Tian#
# These authors contributed equally to this work.
Acknowledgments: We thank Dr. Fei Gao from the School of Medicine of Jishou University in China for his help in establishing the animal model.
Author contributions: ZPH designed this study. LHL and XRT performed the experiments. XRT analyzed data. LHL wrote the paper. All authors approved the final version of the paper.
Conflicts of interest: None declared.

  Introduction Top

The function of the Golgi apparatus in secretion and protein modification has long been known and is one of the earliest discoveries in the cell. These functions are important for biochemical reactions in neuronal cells, but it was not known whether the Golgi apparatus also played a role in cell signaling. In the early 1990s, experiments using electron-probe and fluorescence-marked confocal microscopy indicated that a high concentration of Ca 2+ was present in the Golgi apparatus (Chandra et al., 1991; Xue et al., 1994; Pezzati et al., 1997). In recent years, IP3R, sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca 2+ -ATPase (SERCA) and secretory pathway Ca 2+ ATPase (SPCA) have been demonstrated to sequentially localize on Golgi apparatus membranes and are involved in Golgi apparatus Ca 2+ release and uptake (Wuytack et al., 2003; Missiaen et al., 2007). Various physiological and pathological implications induced by Golgi apparatus Ca 2+ remodeling have been discovered and it is now widely accepted that the Golgi apparatus acts as an intracellular Ca 2+ store and participates in the regulation of cytosolic Ca 2+ .

In neurons, as a Ca 2+ store, the Golgi apparatus probably takes part in the modification of calcium signaling in several neuronal diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Huntington's disease (Fan et al., 2008). Lin et al. (2007) proved that CALNUC, a Ca 2+ binding protein located in the Golgi apparatus, blocks the biosynthesis of beta-amyloid precursor protein. Experiments by Demestre and colleagues (2006) indicated that the alleviated role of ALS-IgG is related to improving Ca 2+ concentration in endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. Moreover, IP3R, a release factor of calcium on Golgi apparatus cisternae, is probably involved in the pathological process of Huntington's disease (Fan et al., 2008; McCue et al., 2012; Pressler et al., 2013; Wong et al., 2013; Kienzle et al., 2014). However, there have been few investigations into the role of calcium signaling regulated by Golgi apparatus in ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) (Shull et al., 2011; Vandecaetsbeek et al., 2011).

In 1982, Krino first elucidated the phenomenon of delayed neuronal death following ischemia in the gerbil hippocampus. Cell death at the site of ischemia and its penumbra is recognized as the predominant cause of cerebral IRI (Ferrer and Planas, 2003). It is well known that calcium overload is the vital signal for cell death and is also the prominent event in cerebral IRI (Uematsu et al., 1988). Although the Golgi apparatus, which is widely distributed in neurons, executes a vital role in Ca 2+ signaling, it is not clear how their function in cytosolic Ca 2+ regulation is involved in cerebral IRI. Thus, it is necessary to assess the role of Golgi apparatus in cytosolic Ca 2+ regulation in cerebral IRI.

As previously reviewed (Li et al., 2013), there are several types of Ca 2+ regulators present on the Golgi apparatus membrane and in the Golgi apparatus cisternae. These include calcium channels, calcium pumps, calcium binding proteins and other calcium regulating proteins. Among the Golgi apparatus Ca 2+ regulators, SPCA, as a Ca 2+ pump, is specifically located on the cisternae/network of trans-Golgi and secretory vesicles (Antebi and Fink, 1992; Durr et al., 1998). Its function is to maintain the relative Ca 2+ homeostasis in trans-Golgi compartments and to participate in the intra-Golgi transportation (Lissandron, 2010; Micaroni and Mironov, 2010; Zak et al., 2011). Its role in Ca 2+ regulation in the Golgi apparatus was elucidated unambiguously during clinical research of pathological mechanisms of  Hailey-Hailey disease More Details and other diseases by inducing cell death (Hu et al., 2000; Sudbrak et al., 2000; Behne et al., 2003; Van Baelen, 2004). Thus, we hypothesized that SPCA1 in Ca 2+ regulation should be the essential factor of Golgi apparatus stress in cerebral ischemia and reperfusion.

By using the four-vessel occlusion rat as a model, we detected the expression of SPCA1 and concentration of Ca 2+ in cytoplasm and Golgi vesicles of nerve cells in the cortex of rat cerebrum. We also focused on the relationship between expression of SPCA1 and cytoplasmic/Golgi Ca 2+ concentration during ischemia and reperfusion. Based on these determinations, we can accurately explain calcium alterations in Golgi apparatus stress related to cerebral IRI, which gives further insight into possible treatments for ischemic stroke.

  Materials and Methods Top


One hundred and twenty healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats (Hunan Silaike Jingda Co., Animal license SCXK (Xiang) 2009-0004), weighing 200 ± 28 g and aged approximately 4 months were used in this study. All surgical procedures and postoperative care were performed in accordance with Guidelines of the Animal Care and Use Committee in Central South University in China.

Rats were divided into four groups: control, sham operation, ischemia and reperfusion. Five subgroups [3 hours (R3 h), 6 hours (R6 h), 24 hours (R24 h), 3 days (R3 d) and 7 days (R7 d)] were set in the reperfusion group (Li et al., 2012). Rats in the control group were fed at room temperature and had no treatments. Rats of the sham operation group were only subjected to the operation so as to expose the vertebral arteries and carotid arteries. Rats in the ischemia group were executed to occlude the carotid arteries for 20 minutes. The blood fluid of carotid arteries was recovered in the reperfusion sub groups at different time points.

Establishment of animal models

Rats from ischemia group and reperfusion groups were used to establish animal models according to the method of four-vessel occlusion supplied by Pulsineli et al. (1988). All rats were intraperitoneally anesthetized with hydro-chloro-aldehyde (10% w/v, 400 mg/kg). Subsequently, the first operation was carried out to assure complete occlusion of the vertebral arteries by electrocauterization through the alar foramina of the first cervical vertebra. Twenty-four hours later, the second operation was taken to control the occlusion and reperfusion of the parallel common carotid arteries. Animals from the ischemia group received four-vessel occlusion and were sacrificed immediately. Animals from the reperfusion groups received four-vessel occlusion, then reperfusion for 3, 6, 24 hours and 3, 7 days, and then were sacrificed as soon as possible. Whole brains of these rats in various groups and subgroups were peeled out immediately.

To verify model establishment, complete vertebral artery occlusion in 100% of the rats could be assured by direct visualization of the bony perimeter of the tunnel in which the vertebral arteries travel.

Fluorescence in situ detection of SPCA1

Five brain sections from different groups were fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde (w/v) for 72 hours. The temporal lobe and hippocampus were embedded in wax, sliced into coronal sections, and then subjected to immuno-detection. To detect SPCA1, fluorescent direct monoclonal antibody against SPCA1 was used: anti-SPCA1 (1:400; Sigma-Aldrich Inc., St. Louis, MO, USA). Direct immunostaining procedures in separated neuronal cells were performed as previously described in Short Protocol of Molecular Biology (Ausubel et al., 2008). Sections were incubated with direct fluorescent monoclonal antibody of SPCA1 in 10 mM phosphate buffer (mouse monoclonal, 1:400; pH 7.0) at 4°C overnight. A drop of buffer containing this antibody was coated on the specimen for 30 minutes at 37°C, followed by three washes in PBS (10 mM, pH 7.0) for 3 minutes. Immunofluorescence images were observed using a Leica DM 3000 microscope (Leica Microsystem, Wetzlar, Hassium, Germany).

Western blot assay of SPCA1

Five pieces of brains from different groups were homogenized in the high-speed homogenizer at 3,500 ×g to extract the total protein and to detect the protein of SPCA1 by western blot assay. The total extracted proteins were resolved by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. After western blot assay (Trans-blot SD semi-dry transfer cell, Bio-Rad), blots on nitrocellulose membrane were detected with mouse polyclonal antibodies against SPCA1 (Sigma-Aldrich Inc.) at 37°C for 3 hours in dilution 1:400. After being washed with 0.05% PBS-Tween, the membranes were incubated with a goat anti-mouse secondary antibody conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (1:3,000, Sigma-Aldrich Inc.) at 37°C for 1 hour and washed again with PBS-Tween. Last, the membranes were visualized with diaminobenzidine (BB0124, Bio Basic Canada Inc., Markham, Ontario, Canada) and detected by 2500R Doc Imaging System (Tannon Inc., Shanghai, China). β-Actin was used as a housekeeper reference (actin monoclonal antibody fetch from Beyotime Biotech Inc., Cat. No. AA128; Nantong, China). Five animals per experimental group/subgroup were analyzed. To reduce differences among animals, sample loading on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and variability due to staining detection, western blot assay was performed for each reperfusion time point per animal in triplicate. The results were documented by gel imaging system (Tannon Inc., Shanghai, China).

Fluorescent spectrophotometer detection of Ca 2+ in neuronal cytoplasm and Golgi vesicles

Nerve cell preparation

Five brain sections from different groups were used to separate neuronal cells to determine the calcium concentration of cytoplasm and Golgi vesicles. The nerve cell was prepared according to the method of Dildy et al. (1989) and Brethes et al. (1987), and Ca 2+ in cytoplasm and Golgi vesicles was detected. The prepared rat brain was washed in 4°C pre-cold Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (Life Tech Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA) to detach the meninx and was rewashed three times in deionized water. The brain was cut into tiny pieces and digested in 0.1% (w/v) trypsin solution for 10 minutes, and homogenized at 37°C for 30 minutes. The digestion was blocked by 4°C pre-cold Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM, Life Tech Inc.). The homogenate was centrifuged at 2,000 × g for 20 minutes and the precipitates were resuspended for cytoplasmic Ca 2+ determination.

Golgi vesicle preparation

Golgi vesicles were isolated according to Graham's protocol (Graham, 1997). First, rat brains were washed in pre-chilled dextran-homogenized medium and homogenized at approximately 3,500 × g for 1 minute. The homogenate was centrifuged at 4°C, 5,000 × g for 15 minutes. The upper supernatant was discarded and the yellow precipitate in the remaining upper layer was mildly retrieved by a glass stick and resuspended in 5-mL dextran-homogenized medium. The suspension was set to 10-mL 1.2 M sucrose gradient and was centrifuged at 4°C, 100,000 × g for 30 minutes. Golgi vesicles were present in the upper layer of the gradient suspension.

Fluorescent spectrophotometer detection of Ca 2+

The specimen of nerve cells and Golgi vesicles were resuspended in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium with Fura-2/AM. Subsequently, the suspension was incubated at 37°C for 60 minutes and then centrifuged at 2,000 × g for 5 minutes. The supernatant was resuspended in 5-mL Hank's Balanced Salt Solution to detect the Ca 2+ concentration.

The sample in Hank's Balanced Salt Solution was detected in the fluorescent spectrophotometer (HITACH F-7000), and the excited wavelength was 380 nm. The real-time fluorescence (F) was detected at 510 nm. The maximum fluorescence (F max ) was determined after adding Triton X-100 and the minimum fluorescence (F min ) was measured after appending 20 mM ethylenebis(oxyethylenenitrilo)tetraacetic acid, followed by the manipulation of Triton. In addition, before formal determination, fluorescent wave scanning was taken to verify whether the maximum excited wavelength could reach 380 nm.

Calcium concentration was calculated by the following formula: [Ca 2+ ] = Kd × (F-Fmin )/(Fmax -F), and Kd in this formula is the constant of 224 nM.

Statistical analysis

The data were evaluated as the mean ± SEM, and analyzed by SPSS 13.0 software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA). Statistical comparisons of calcium concentration of cytoplasm/Golgi vesicles and fluorescent density of SPCA1 antibodies from different groups or subgroups were performed by one-way analysis of variance respectively. The least significance difference test was used for post hoc testing. A value of P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

  Results Top

Ca 2+ concentration changes in neuronal cytoplasm during global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion

Calcium detection in isolated nerve cells showed that cytoplasmic Ca 2+ increased rapidly in ischemia and early reperfusion and then slightly but appreciably declined. After reperfusion of 3 hours, the Ca 2+ labeled by Fura-2/AM was at its maximum value, 1,695.5 nM, which was eight times higher than the control (P = 0.001). Calcium overload was sustained and the concentration remained twice higher than the control (P = 0.003) until the time of reperfusion for 7 days. Although calcium overload remained to the time of reperfusion for 7 days, there was an obvious alleviation in late reperfusion ([Figure 1]A).
Figure 1 Changes in Ca2+ concentration in cytoplasm and separated Golgi vesicles in nerve cells during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion.
(A) Changes in cytoplasmic Ca2+, which increased rapidly during ischemia and early reperfusion and then slightly but appreciably declined. (B) Changes in Golgi Ca2+, which showed an opposite trend to cytoplasmic Ca2+. C: Control group; S: sham operation group; I: ischemia group; R: reperfusion group; h: hours; d: days. The data are expressed as the mean ± SEM (calculated from data of five pieces of brain section) and one-way analysis of variance followed by the least significance difference test was used.

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Ca 2+ concentration changes in neuronal Golgi vesicles during global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion

Calcium determination in isolated Golgi vesicles of nerve cells showed that Ca 2+ decreased rapidly during ischemia and early reperfusion and then sharply increased. When reperfusion was prolonged, the Ca 2+ labeled by Fura-2/AM achieved 14.35 μM, the minimum value, which is only one quarter of the control or sham operation (P = 0.005). In the late phase of reperfusion, from 6 to 24 hours, the calcium content of Golgi vesicles was elevated to a much higher level than control or sham operation group. Over reperfusion for 7 days, it recovered to the original state ([Figure 1]B and [Figure 2]).
Figure 2 Data of fluorescent density of SPCA1 primary antibody during ischemia and reperfusion as detected by fluorescence immunohistochemistry.
*P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, vs. C and S. The data are expressed as the mean ± SEM (calculated from data of five pieces of brain section) and one-way analysis of variance and the least significance difference test were used. C: Control group; S: sham operation group; I: ischemia group; R: reperfusion group; SPCA1: secretory pathway Ca2+ ATPase 1; h: hours; d: days.

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Fluorescence in situ detection of SPCA1

Direct fluorescence in situ detection of SPCA1 demonstrated that SPCA1 was widely expressed in cerebral tissues including cortex and hippocampus neurons ([Figure 3]) and showed an obvious change in response to ischemia and reperfusion ([Figure 4]A-H). When ischemia and early reperfusion occurred, the fluorescent density of SPCA1 primary antibodies was much weaker than the control, in particular, the density was at its lowest point during reperfusion ([Figure 4]C and D). After cerebral ischemia had ended, at reperfusion for approximately 6 hours, the fluorescent density increased to almost 200% of the control (P < 0.01; [Figure 2] and [Figure 4]E). Although the level of fluorescent density increased rapidly, it recovered to the normal level slowly ([Figure 4]F-H).
Figure 3 Broad expression of SPCA1 in the brain (immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscope).
(A) Image of specimen without SPCA1 antibody, used as a reference. No fluorescent signals are detected. (B, C) SPCA1 expression in the brain, particularly in the cortex and hippocampus neurons, at 6 hours after reperfusion. SPCA1-immunoreactive cells show blue fluorescence. SPCA1: Secretory pathway Ca2+ ATPase 1.

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Figure 4 Fluorescent immunoreactivity of SPCA1 during ischemia and reperfusion (immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscope).
SPCA1 expression was analyzed by fluorescence in situ immunohistochemistry. Neuronal cells expressing SPCA1 are marked by blue fluorescence. (A, B) Images of control and sham operation groups; (C) ischemia group; (D-H) reperfusion group, R3 h, R6 h, R24 h, R3 d and R7 d. SPCA1-immu­noreactive cells show blue fluorescence. Scale bars: 20 μm. R: Reperfusion; SPCA1: secretory pathway Ca2+ ATPase 1; h: hours; d: days.

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Protein expression of SPCA1

Western blot assay for SPCA1 protein provided a similar but alternative process to immunohistological detection. Protein expression of SPCA1 manifested a low-high-low tendency during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion ([Figure 5]). The lowest state occurred in the phase of reperfusion and the highest state occurred in the adjacent 6 hours.
Figure 5 Western blot assay of SPCA1 during ischemia and reperfusion.
In C and S, almost no difference was detected in SPCA1 expression. In I and R3 h, an obvious decline occurred. In R6 h, a dramatic increase appeared. After R24 h, the expression decreased very slowly. C: Con­trol group; S: sham operation group; I: ischemia group; R: reperfusion group; SPCA1: secretory pathway Ca2+ ATPase 1; h: hours; d: days.

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  Discussion Top

Golgi regulation of neuronal cytoplasmic calcium during ischemia and reperfusion

Calcium overload and subsequent sustained calcium levels cause neuronal cell death and are essential events of cerebral IRI (Krino, 1982; Li et al., 2013). Generally, calcium overload is attributed to the release of inner and outer Ca 2+ stores. On one hand, reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species produced by oxidative stress should attack cell membranes and inner membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, and cause the leakage of Ca 2+ into the cytoplasm (Penna et al., 2009). On the other hand, opening of Ca 2+ channels on the cell membrane and endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria should also release Ca 2+ into the cytoplasm (Murphy and Steenbergen, 2008; Senkal et al., 2011).

Traditionally, the inner Ca 2+ store, which can regulate cytoplasmic calcium concentration, refers to endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, but the Golgi apparatus can condense a high level of calcium and act as a store in cytoplasm and its role in calcium regulation is not clear (Wuytack, 2003; Vandecaetsbeek, 2011). The Golgi apparatus contains IP3R, SERCA and the high-affinity pump SPCA (Pinton et al., 1998), and thus it is reasonable to assume it takes part in cytoplasmic regulation.

Our results show changes in calcium content in Golgi vesicles during ischemia and reperfusion and indicate the changes are opposite to the calcium concentration in cytoplasm. At point of ischemia and during early reperfusion, the dramatic decline of Golgi vesicles suggests that the Golgi apparatus participates in establishing calcium overload of cytoplasm through the pathway of the only calcium channel, IP3R. In late reperfusion, the Ca 2+ concentration in Golgi vesicles recovers rapidly, which suggests that Golgi apparatus can "alleviate" the situation of calcium overload. This also provides evidence that the response of Golgi apparatus stress to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion can be realized in remodeling homeostasis of cytoplasmic Ca 2+ .

It is also a valuable question to study further: how does Ca 2+ -ATPase contribute to the "alleviating" role of the Golgi apparatus? The current four-vessel occlusion research model is too extreme to assess the "alleviating" role of Golgi apparatus accurately. Cells exposed to oxygen and glucose deprivation are probably a more appropriate choice.

Possible involvement of SPCA1 in Golgi apparatus stress to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion

Based on the discussion above, there is no doubt that Golgi apparatus stress in Ca 2+ regulation is involved in cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, and the "alleviating" role of Golgi apparatus is dependent on Ca 2+ -ATPase. As a pump with high affinity to Ca 2+ and located specifically on the Golgi apparatus membrane, SPCA probably participates in the Golgi apparatus stress to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. Furthermore, the conclusion that SPCA1 gene is housekeeping (Antebi et al., 1992; Wuytack et al., 2003; Missiaen et al., 2007) is also proved by our immunochemical observation of broad distribution in neuronal tissues. Its characteristics of housekeeping allow them to realize the function of Ca 2+ regulation in neuronal cells.

Pavlikova et al. (2009) proved that SPCA1 diminishes in ischemia and early reperfusion and increases in late reperfusion. Our immunochemistry and western blot assay of SPCA1 also demonstrated the following two points: (1) SPCA1 is sensitive to hypoxia and low sugar supply during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. During ischemia and early reperfusion, the expression of SPCA1 is obviously limited by hypoxia and low glucose supply. On the contrary, 6 hours after reperfusion, which is much earlier than Golgi Ca 2+ elevation, SPCA1 expression showed a recovery. (2) The expression of SPCA1 is consistent with the alteration of Ca 2+ in Golgi vesicle and opposite to cytoplasmic calcium. For example, when cytoplasmic Ca 2+ reached the peak, the expression level of SPCA1 arrived at its lowest point, which responded to Golgi apparatus calcium variation. Moreover, from reperfusion to 6 hours, when the activity of SPCA1 recovered rapidly, which caused the rapid rise of Ca 2+ in Golgi vesicles, cytoplasmic Ca 2+ declined quickly, though it maintained the situation of overload. According to this, it can be concluded that SPCA1 is tightly related to the cytoplasmic Ca 2+ regulation in the Golgi apparatus stress to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. In later reperfusion, the "alleviation" role of Golgi apparatus should certainly contribute to the activity of SPCA1.

Although the special role of SPCA1 on Golgi apparatus in cerebral ischemia and reperfusion has been well described here and in some other studies (Wuytack et al., 2002, 2003; Missiaen et al., 2007; Lehotský et al., 2009; Lissandron et al., 2010; Micaroni, 2012; Li et al., 2013), the function of SERCA, which is also located on the Golgi apparatus membrane and possesses higher calcium transport efficiency and lower calcium affinity, and its cooperation with SPCA1 has been not assessed. Studies of Golgi apparatus Ca 2+ regulation showed that SERCA provides a significant Ca 2+ uptake into Golgi apparatus cisternae (Wuytack et al., 2002; Dode et al., 2005), thus more attention should be paid to its potential impact, although it is mainly located on endoplasmic reticulum.

Golgi apparatus regulation of Ca 2+ homeostasis and its response to cerebral IRI

Ca 2+ is a highly versatile intracellular signal that can regulate many different cellular functions (Berridge et al., 2000). The Ca 2+ -signaling system operates in many different ways to regulate cellular function. For example, it triggers exocytosis within microseconds, controls muscle contraction within milliseconds, operates over minutes to hours to drive events such as gene transcription and cell proliferation. In addition, all these actions contribute to calcium regulators, including organelles, factors and effectors (Carafoli et al., 2001; Berridge et al., 2003; Pavlikova et al., 2009). In any case, a constant intracellular store is required for intracellular Ca 2+ homeostasis variation during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion at least. Intracellular Ca 2+ homeostasis variation caused by Golgi apparatus which acts as an intracellular Ca 2+ store should be identified in this procedure. The Golgi apparatus is the intermediate organelle of the inner membrane system, which "links" to endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria (Dolman and Tepikin, 2006; Zanni et al., 2009; Micaroni et al., 2010; Pinchai et al., 2010). Roles of Golgi apparatus in Ca 2+ regulation are widely found in neural development and diseases. Sepúlveda et al. (2009) found that the establishment of neural polarity was dependent on the Golgi Ca 2+ homeostasis. Vanoevelen et al. (2007) had reviewed the disease in relation to Golgi apparatus calcium regulation. Therefore, we consider the Golgi apparatus a central point in cytoplasmic calcium signaling networks (Li et al., 2013). All these Golgi apparatus-related Ca 2+ signals can contribute to the Golgi-specific Ca 2+ pump, SPCA.

In our early study and review, Hu (2007) and Jiang et al. (2011) found that morphological changes of Golgi apparatus and its response to oxidative stress existed during cerebral IRI and that they were more or less related to the Golgi apparatus calcium regulatory effect.

Regarding morphological alteration, experiments by Zeng (2007) showed that there was no evidence of Golgi apparatus degradation in gerbils suffering from transient ischemia attack. This means Golgi apparatus degradation needs much more time and should be the terminal event of neuronal cell death in neurodegenerative disease (Fan et al., 2008). That is to say, morphological modification of Golgi apparatus results from cell death, but is not induced by apoptosis. With regards to control of Ca 2+ homeostasis, our results and the associated function of Golgi apparatus in Ca 2+ regulation discussed in neurodegenerative disease indicates that calcium overload in mild cerebral ischemia and reperfusion can be rescued by Golgi apparatus and other Ca 2+ -regulated organelles to avoid neuronal cell death. Both the morphological alteration and Ca 2+ homeostasis self-maintenance should be the exact explanation on the self-recovery of transient ischemia attack.

Oxidative stress is known to be the most direct response in the event of injury of cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. It not only induces and promotes calcium overload, but also can be enhanced by calcium overload. Jiang's review appropriately elucidated the role of SPCA on oxidative stress and argued that Golgi apparatus stress played an essential role, which is almost identical to endoplasmic reticulum stress (Jiang et al., 2011). Based on the function of SPCA in oxidative stress to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, it can be concluded that Golgi apparatus, especially the mature cisternae, can alleviate the calcium overload through declining the oxidative stress. Obviously, on account of discussion in self-repairing during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, neuronal protective drugs would be the best choice for clinical treatment for these diseases. It is interesting that SPCA played an important role in alleviation of cadmium toxicity in yeast for its function in decreasing the heavy metal ion concentration and declining the oxidative stress (Lauer Júnior et al., 2008).

Until now, there have been very few studies on the role of Golgi apparatus stress in neuronal ischemia injury, so the function of Golgi apparatus, especially the function of cytoplasmic calcium regulation in cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, is not so clear. In fact, the Ca 2+ regulation function of Golgi apparatus is usually ignored by many researchers. The possible involvement of Golgi apparatus stress in the pathology and pathophysiology of common cardio-cerebrovascular disease should be investigated, as it may afford a new angle to the therapy of these diseases.

In summary, the expression of SPCA1 responds to cerebral IRI. Calcium overload is sustained in all processes of ischemia and reperfusion in cerebral neuronal cells. However, the situation of Ca 2+ overload alleviated a little after reperfusion for 6 hours, and this is attributed to the regulatory role of Golgi apparatus. Moreover, based on the relationship between the expression of SPCA1 and calcium concentration in neuronal cytoplasm and Golgi apparatus, we can conclude that SPCA1, which is located on the Golgi apparatus membrane, may play an essential role in Golgi apparatus stress to cerebral IRI and alleviate calcium overload.[55]

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