SIRT3 improves alveolar epithelial cell damage caused by bronchopulmonary dysplasia through deacetylation of FOXO1

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Lili Zang
Jinghan Chi
Sitong Bi
Yi Tao
Rong Wang
Lihua Li


apoptosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, forkhead box protein O1, oxidative stress, sirtuin 3


Background: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a serious and long-term lung condition commonly observed in premature babies. Sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) has been reported to reduce pulmonary injury and pulmonary fibrosis.

Objective: The present study investigated the specific role of SIRT3 in BPD by establishing hyperoxia-induced BPD rat and cell models. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was used to observe pathological changes in lung tissues.

Materials and methods: The expression levels of SIRT3 and forkhead box protein O1 (FOXO1), as well as its acetylation levels, were detected in hyperoxia-induced lung tissues and cells by Western blot analysis and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Levels of reactive oxygen species, superoxide dismutase, and malondialdehyde were assessed by using biochemical kits. Following SIRT3 overexpression, the levels of inflammatory cytokines were assessed by RT-qPCR. Apoptosis was determined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nickend labeling (TUNEL) and Western blot analysis. Upon FOXO1 knockout, cell inflammation, oxidative stress and apoptosis were evaluated again.

Results: Compared to the control group, the SIRT3 and FOXO1 expression levels were decreased and the FOXO1 acetylation levels were increased in hyperoxia-induced lung tissues and cells. In addition, SIRT3 reduced hyperoxia-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and apoptosis in A549 cells, and inhibited FOXO1 acetylation to activate FOXO1. However, FOXO1 knockdown reversed the effects of SIRT3 overexpression in hyperoxia-induced A549 cells.

Conclusion: SIRT3 relieved alveolar epithelial cell damage caused by BPD via deacetylation of FOXO1, suggesting that SIRT3 could be a therapeutic target in BPD.

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