SULT4A1 protects against oxidative-stress induced mitochondrial dysfunction in neuronal cells

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  • Sulfotransferase 4A1 (SULT4A1), a member of cytosolic sulfotransferases (SULT), is exclusively expressed in neurons with no known function. Severe phenotype and early postnatal death in SULT4A1 knockout mice revealed that SULT4A1 is an essential neuronal protein. Localization of SULT4A1 in different cytosolic compartments, including mitochondria, suggests multiple roles for this protein. We observed that knockdown of SULT4A1 results in the accumulation of reactive oxygen species in primary cortical neurons, suggesting a potential role of SULT4A1 in regulating redox homeostasis. Expression of SULT4A1 in the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells revealed a defused but nonuniform staining pattern in the cytoplasm, with increased density around mitochondria. Subcellular fractionation of SULT4A1 expressing SH-SY5Y cells confirms the presence of SULT4A1 in mitochondrial fractions. SULT4A1 expressing cells display significant protection against H2O2-mediated defects in mitochondrial function and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Expression of SULT4A1 in SH-SY5Y cells also protects against H2O2-induced cell death. These data indicate that SULT4A1 protects mitochondria against oxidative damage and may serve as a potential pharmacological target in neural diseases involving mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress.
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  • Hossain MI; Marcus JM; Lee JH; Garcia PL; Gagné JP; Poirier GG; Falany CN; Andrabi SA
  • Start Page

  • 949
  • End Page

  • 953
  • Volume

  • 47
  • Issue

  • 9