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Abstract Reductions in the blood supply produce considerable injury if the duration of ischemia is prolonged. Paradoxically, restoration of perfusion to ischemic organs can exacerbate tissue damage and extend the size of an evolving infarct. Being highly metabolic organs, the heart and brain are particularly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). While the pathogenetic mechanisms contributing to I/R-induced tissue injury and infarction are multifactorial, the relative importance of each contributing factor remains unclear. However, an emerging body of evidence indicates that the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by mitochondria plays a critical role in damaging cellular components and initiating cell death. In this review, we summarize our current understanding of the mechanisms whereby mitochondrial ROS generation occurs in I/R and contributes to myocardial infarction and stroke. In addition, mitochondrial ROS have been shown to participate in preconditioning by several pharmacologic agents that target potassium channels (e.g., ATP-sensitive potassium (mKATP) channels or large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (mBKCa) channels) to activate cell survival programs that render tissues and organs more resistant to the deleterious effects of I/R. Finally, we review novel therapeutic approaches that selectively target mROS production to reduce postischemic tissue injury, which may prove efficacious in limiting myocardial dysfunction and infarction and abrogating neurocognitive deficits and neuronal cell death in stroke.

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Title: Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species: A double edged sword in ischemia/reperfusion vs preconditioning

Authors: Theodore Kalogeris, Yimin Bao, Ronald J. Korthuis PII: S2213-2317(14)00071-8 DOI: 10.1016/j.redox.2014.05.006 Reference: REDOX 175

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Please cite this article as: Kalogeris Theodore, Bao Yimin, Korthuis Ronald J., Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species: A double edged sword in ischemia/reperfusion vs preconditioning, Redox Biology (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2014.05.006

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Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species: A Double Edged Sword in Ischemia/Reperfusion Versus Preconditioning

Theodore Kalogeris, Yimin Bao, and Ronald J. Korthui

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Reductions in the blood supply produce considerable injury if the duration of ischemia is prolonged. Paradoxically, restoration of perfusion to ischemic organs can exacerbate tissue damage and extend the size of an evolving infarct. Being highly metabolic organs, the heart and brain are particularly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). While the pathogenetic mechanisms contributing to I/R-induced tissue injury and infarction are multifactorial, the relative importance of each contributing factor remains unclear. However, an emerging body of evidence indicates that the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by mitochondria plays a critical role in damaging cellular components and initiating cell death. In this review, we summarize our current understanding of the mechanisms whereby mitochondrial ROS generation occurs in I/R and contributes to myocardial infarction and stroke. In addition, mitochondrial ROS have been shown to participate in preconditioning by several pharmacologic agents that target potassium channels (eg, ATP-sensitive potassium (mKATP) channels or large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (mBKCa) channels to activate cell survival programs that render tissues and organs more resistant to the deleterious effects of I/R. Finally, we review novel therapeutic approaches that selectively target mROS production to reduce postischemic


Acute coronary artery disease and stroke are the number one and third leading causes, respectively, of death and disability among Americans and in most westernized cultures. Ischemia caused by vascular obstruction in the cerebral circulation is the most common cause of stroke, although increased microvascular permeability and intracerebral hemorrhage can also result in decreased perfusion. If diagnosed in a timely manner, significant I/R injury can be avoided by prompt treatment with thrombolytic agents or by physical removal of the obstruction using angioplasty approaches. Neurons or myocytes that are supplied by vessels downstream from the occlusion die from prolonged ischemia and comprise the infarcted region of the tissue that is termed the ischemic core. The cells in this region never regain function and are dead prior to therapeutic intervention in the brain or progress irreversibly to death in the case of severe cardiac ischemia. Of greater clinical interest are cells that die in a delayed manner after reperfusion is initiated. This population of neural or myocyte cells surrounds the ischemic core and is referred to as the penumbra in stroke and area-at-risk in myocardial I/R. These jeopardized cells are not fully reliant on blood flow from the occluded artery, with modest perfusion maintained by collateral blood vessels that provides resistance to ischemic damage. Although penumbral neurons or at-risk myocytes do not succumb to the initial ischemia-induced cell death, they progress to death during reperfusion in a delayed manner that resembles apoptosis. The delayed onset of death provides a window of opportunity for therapeutic intervention. Recognition of this initial penumbral resistance to cell death led to the concept that treatments targeting these cells be initiate prior to or in the first hours after recanalization of the obstructed vessel.

While significant progress has been made with regard to identifying ROS as key mediators of both detrimental and protective responses in I/R, therapeutic antioxidant management of I/R syndromes such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and circulatory arrest has proven disappointingly ineffective (Andreadou et al 2009, Bath et al 2009, Jaxa-Chamiec et al 2009, Vivekananthan et al, 2003). This is

most likely due to a number of factors including the fact that untargeted application of antioxidants may not differentiate between detrimental vs beneficial ROS generation. However, recent breakthroughs regarding use of targeted antioxidant therapies to enhance therapeutic efficacy of treatments to ameliorate oxidative stress in I/R injury have rekindled interest in use of agents that modify oxidative stress in I/R. Particularly promising developments have arisen with regard to targeted delivery of therapeutic agents to the mitochondria, as a means to reduce ROS-dependent I/R injury. The aim of this review is to summarize evidence supporting a role for mitochondrially-derived ROS in the pathogenesis of I/R injury and for their participation in the beneficial protective actions of preconditioning. We begin with a generalized review of the multifactorial pathogenetic mechanisms of I/R injury, followed by a brief description of mitochondrial sources of ROS, before moving on to a review of the evidence supporting a pivotal role for mitochondrial oxidants in heart and brain injury induced by I/R. We conclude this review with a brief discussion regarding the roles for mitochondrial ROS as redox signaling molecules that underlie metabolic and flow-dependent vasodilation and finish with a summary of work implicating mitochondrial oxidant generation as an essential trigger for activation of cell survival programs that enhance tolerance to I/R, which again emphasizes the Jekyll and Hyde nature of

mitochondrial ROS production. From this discussion, it will be apparent that mitochondrial ROS can


exert detrimental or beneficial effects, a double-edged sword that is probably explained by the type of oxidant, the amount of ROS produced, and the subcellular site of their production in these two very different situations (preconditioning vs I/R).

General Concepts of I/R Injury

In tissue subjected to ischemia followed by reperfusion (I/R), pathologic mechanisms are elicited that produce reversible cell injury and dysfunction, which can progress to irreversible damage if the nature and extent of ischemia is prolonged or if the pathologic sequelae to reperfusion are of sufficient

magnitude (reviewed in Kalogeris et al, 2012). This damage is referred to as I/R injury and can be divided into three phases (Figure 1). During ischemia (the first phase of injury), interruption of the blood supply to an organ causes a reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the affected tissues. This disrupts ATP generation via oxidative phosphorylation, causing cells to alter their metabolism and impairs energy-dependent cellular function. Reduced ATP availability limits ion pumps in cell membranes, resulting in calcium overload, structural disorganization, and apoptotic, necroptotic, and necrotic cell death. In addition, ischemia induces conformational changes in enzymes such as xanthine oxidase and elicits the formation of proinflammatory mediators and expression of adhesion molecules that promote leukocyte/endothelial cell adhesive interactions. These latter processes do not directly contribute to injury during the ischemic phase, but rather set the stage for the second stage of I/R, wherein tissue injury is exacerbated of when the blood supply is re-established (Figure 1). Paradoxically, the lack of oxygen during ischemia and the replenishment of oxygen during reperfusion both contribute to the total injury sustained by tissues subjected to I/R. The clinical outcome is also determined by a third phase of ROS production that occurs during post-reperfusion repair that is characterized by tissue remodeling and adaptation (Figur

Increased generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been suggested as a major contributor to the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying ischemia, reperfusion, and the later post-reperfusion phase is I/R injury (Figure 1). As a second paradox, ROS appear to exert both detrimental and beneficial effects in I/R, causing damage that leads to neurocognitive defects in stroke and contribute to the expansion of infarct size as a result of their production during ischemia and reperfusion while subserving a signaling function to promote fibrosis, angiogenesis, and vascular remodeling during the repair phase (Figure 1). Moreover, ROS signaling promotes the activation of cell survival programs when the heart or brain (or other organs) are exposed to preconditioning stimuli (such as short bouts of ischemia, moderate ethanol ingestion, or a wide variety of pharmacologic agents) prior to the onset of prolonged I/R. The double-

edged sword effects of I/R-induced ROS generation may be related to species of ROS produced, the amount of oxidants generated, and the subcellular location and cellular source of their production under a given set of conditions, as well as at what time during the three phases of responses to I/R they are formed.

Reperfusion represents the second phase of I/R injury and precipitates the generation of ROS that is fueled by the reintroduction of molecular oxygen to the tissues (Figure 1). Xanthine oxidase- and phagocyte NADPH oxidase-derived oxidants can damage virtually every biomolecule found in cells and tissues. Although essential for cell survival, re-establishing the blood supply to ischemic tissues also delivers blood-borne formed elements (platelets and leukocytes), which become activated and establish adhesive interactions with the walls of postcapillary venules (Figure 1). Upon transmigration into the tissues, these activated leukocytes release their cytotoxic arsenal of ROS and hydrolytic enzymes to exacerbate parenchymal cell injury. ROS induce tissue dysfunction by directly damaging cells via a number of mechanisms including peroxidation of cell membrane and organelle lipids, oxidizing DNA, activation of matrix metalloproteinases and calpains, osmotic cell lysis, induction of no-reflow, and causing opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (Figure 1). ROS may also induce cell ' r " ..... " ' echanisms by interacting with NO, fatty acids or free iron to form

producing even more cellular damage than superoxide or hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen-derived ROS also act to enhance the inflammatory response to reperfusion via formation of oxidant-dependent proinflammatory mediators and upregulation cytokine/chemokine and adhesion molecule expression (Figure 1). Thus, while there is cellular demand for replenishment of oxygen which is met by reestablishing the blood supply, the reintroduction of molecular oxygen tissues results in ROS formation that is detrimental to the reperfused tissues. The divergent roles of oxygen in the first two phases of I/R injury are referred to as the oxygen paradox.

hydroxyl radicals, respectively, each of which are capable of

A second ROS paradox arises in later phases of reperfusion, where ROS generation affects several tightly regulated processes that promote organ repair and survival (Figure 1). This third phase constitutes the reparative phase of I/R injury and involves ROS-dependent generation of growth factors that promote angiogenesis, induce proliferation and differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells to effect vascular remodeling, and promote the activation of matrix metalloproteinases and other factors that contribute to fibrosis, tissue remodeling and formation of scar tissue. Interestingly, hypoxia induces transport of mitochondria to perinuclear regions by a microtubule-dependent mechanism, where they

Cells are equipped with a wide variety of oxidant-producing enzymes including xanthine oxidase, NADPH oxidases (Nox), and cyclooxygenases/lipoxygenases. The mitochondria also produce ROS from respiratory chain components, as well as by activation of mitochondrially localized monoamine oxidase, the growth factor adaptor Shc (p66Shc), cytochrome b5 reductase, dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium (mKATP) and large-conductance, calcium activated potassium (BKCa) channels, and the Nox isoform designated Nox4. Superoxide normally produced in mitochondria is scavenged by manganese-superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD or SOD-2) localized in the matrix. In addition, copper/zinc-SOD (Cu/ZN-SOD or SOD-1), which is typically considered a cytoplasmic isoform, is

also located in mitochondria between its inner and outer membranes. These SODs dismutate also located in mitochondria between its inner and outer membranes. These SODs dismutate

superoxide to less reactive hydrogen peroxide, which can be further metabolized to water and oxygen by the catalytic activity of catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Mitochondrial uncoupling proteins also serve to reduce the production of ROS by causing mitochondrial depolarization, which reduces the potential driving electron transfer and by allowing protons to reenter the matrix, thereby bypassing ATP synthase.

angiogenesis (Al-Mehdi et al 2012).

increase nuclear ROS levels to enhance

Mitochondria play a central role in the development of reperfusion injury because the recovery of pH, oxidative stress, and calcium overload induces abrupt opening of mitochondria permeability transition pores (mPTP), high conductance megachannels that are localized to contact sites between the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes. When opened, mPTPs permits communication between the cytoplasm and the mitochondrial matrix. While low pH during ischemia prevents opening of the megachannel, oxidative opening of the mPTP is critical to reperfusion injury (Figure 1). Depending on a complex balance among cellular inducers and antagonists, the open probability of the mPTP can be transient or long-lived. Short-term opening is involved in cardioprotection that involves transient ROS formation (see below). In contrast, long-lasting mPTP opening, which is facilitated by restoration of pH, calcium overload and the burst of ROS formation at the onset of reperfusion, is followed by profound and irreversible alterations in cellular bioenergetics. Sustained pore formation results in increased mitochondrial permeability to ions and other solutes up to molecular weights of 1.5 kD and collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential. This is rapidly followed by ATP and NAD+ depletion, release of accumulated mitochondrial calcium, matrix swelling and outer mitochondrial membrane rupture, which in turn results in loss of pyridine nucleotides, release of pro-apoptotic factors, and further inhibits electron flow through the electron transport chain. The massive release of ROS during reperfusion requires the involvement of the mPTP in a ROS-induced ROS release positive feedback loop (Zorov et al 2006). It is widely believed that mPTP is thus a major causative event in reperfusion injury and cell death. This concept is consistent with the observation that cardioprotective interventions all seem to intersect at inhibition of the mPTP as an end-effector of enhanced tolerance to I/R.

Mitochondrial Sources of ROS

Mitochondria are the main source of cellular ROS (Lee et al., 2012) and contain a number of enzymes that convert molecular oxygen to superoxide or its derivative hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) (Figure

2). However, the mitochondrial electron transport chain in the inner membrane, also known as the respiratory chain, is the most important source of the intracellular ROS production. Indeed, it has been estimated that 95% of ROS generated in normal (ie, non-ischemic) cells are derived from electron leak from the respiratory chain enzyme complexes (Turrens, 1997). The proton motive force represents the potential energy driving proton movement into the mitochondrial matrix for ATP synthesis. It describes an electrochemical gradient that consists of a mitochondrial membrane potential and a proton gradient, which represent sources for mitochondrial ROS generation. For an extensive and excellent discussion of factors involved in superoxide formation by the complexes comprising the electron transport chain, the reader is directed to a recent review of this topic by Chen and Zweier (2014). Importantly, the electron transport chain proteins are rich in iron sulfur clusters and heme groups, providing cofactors necessary to form highly reactive hydroxyl radicals from hydrogen peroxide.

Most oxygen consumed by aerobic eukaryotic cells is reduced to water through 4 steps of single electron reduction by the terminal cytochrome c oxidase of mitochondrial respiratory chain. A small proportion (0.1%-2%) of consumed oxygen can also be reduced partially by one or two electrons in the mid-pathway of respiratory chain to generate superoxide or H2O2 as normal metabolic products of oxygen during respiration (Nohl et al., 2004; Murphy, 2009). Superoxide is generated mainly in complexes I and III (Navarro and Boveris, 2007) (Figure 2). Ubisemiquinone at the Qo site of Q cycle in complex III appears to be a major site of superoxide production (Liu, 1999; Forquer et al., 2006). Although electron leak also occurs at complex I of the respiratory chain, the precise generating site(s) for superoxide formation within this supercomplex has not been established (Andreyev et al., 2005; Nohl et al., 2004).

In addition to complexes I and III of the electron transport chain, other mitochondrial components are likely to contribute to ROS generation, such as growth factor adapter Shc (p66Shc), nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase-4 (Nox4), monoamine oxidase (MAO), mitochondrial

BKCa and mKATP channels, cytochrome b5 reductase, and dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (Figure 2). However, the activity of all these enzymes is significantly lower than that of enzymes of respiratory chain in the inner mitochondrial membrane (Skulachev, 2007).

Recent studies have suggested that the 66-kilodalton isoform of the growth factor adapter Shc (p66Shc) is a novel pathway of ROS production through mitochondrial respiratory chain. p66Shc functions as a redox enzyme implicated in mitochondrial ROS generation and translation of oxidative signals into apoptosis (Giorgio et al., 2005; Cosentino et al., 2008) (Figure 2). Several chronic stimuli have been shown to activate protein kinase C f3II (PKCPII) isoform to induce Ser-36 phosphorylation of p66Shc, allowing transfer of the adaptor protein from the cytosol to the mitochondrial intermembrane space (Paneni et al., 2012; Shi et al., 2011). Once translocated, p66Shc utilizes reducing equivalents of the mitochondrial electron transfer chain through the oxidation of cytochrome c to make H2O2 directly without formation of superoxide. Redox-defective mutants of p66Shc are unable to induce mitochondrial ROS generation and swelling in vitro or to mediate mitochondrial apoptosis in vivo (Giorgio et al., 2005; Camici et al., 2007).

Nox enzymes generate ROS as the product of their natural catalytic cycle. When fully assembled, they are the _oUnd ^ « ^ ^ from NAD(P)H to thus

producing superoxide (Grivennikova and Vinogradov, 2013). Nox4 is the most ubiquitous of these oxidases outside of phagocytic leukocytes (which use the Nox2 isoform to generate ROS in the respiratory burst) and is a major source of ROS in many cell types, but its role in physiologic signaling and pathologic states is perhaps the most controversial (Figure 2). This Nox isoform is localized to the outer mitochondrial membrane, and like p66Shc, it produces H2O2 (Frazziano et al., 2014). As has been recently reviewed, Nox4 may function to control the redox set-point and thus influence cellular metabolism. This Nox isoform has also been shown to play important roles in cell differentiation,

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migration, growth, apoptosis, and senescence, as well as participating in proinflammatory responses and oxygen sensing (Lassègue et al., 2012).

MAO is another prominent source of mitochondrial ROS. This enzyme is localized to the outer mitochondrial membrane, where it is involved in the oxidative breakdown of key neurotransmitters (catecholamines) and generates H2O2 (Kaldercic et al 2014) (Figure 2). MAO plays the major role in the development of oxidative stress of the nervous system and heart. When the heart is subjected to chronic neurohumonal and/or peripheral hemodynamic stress, the attendant abundance of circulating/tissue monoamines fuels MAO-derived H2O2 production and has been shown to play in I/R injury (Kaludercic et al., 2011). Recent results demonstrate that MAO is an important determinant of redox balance in human atrial myocardium as well (Anderson et al., 2014).

Overproduction of ROS by mitochondria plays a role in the pathogenesis of myocardial I/R and stroke via impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilator mechanisms, disrupted excitation-contraction coupling, generation of arrhythmias, direct damage to biomolecules that result in necrosis, necroptosis

ty transition, and via contributions to cardiac

enhanced electron leak at complexes I and III are major oxidant sources in I/R (Lee et al 2012, Paradies et al 2004, Chen et al 2010). Both ischemia- and reperfusion-induced defects in the electron transport chain leads to increased ROS production in both subsarcolemmal and interfibrillary mitochondria of the the heart (Chen et al 2006 and 2008). This appears to be mediated by oxidant-induced disruption of cardiolipin-respiratory chain superassemblies in complexes I-III, which further increases electron leakage fueling superoxide generation (Chen et al 2010, Gadicherla et al 2012, Zweier et al 1987, Zweier et al 1987, Petrosillo et al 2003, Lee et al 2012, Liu et al 2009, Paradies et al 2014) (Figures 2 and 3). This is

Mitochondrial ROS and the Pathogenesis of I/R

Overexuberant liberation of ROS secondary to

exacerbated by peroxynitrite-mediated protein nitration of complex I and III at specific sites (Liu et al

2009, Petrosillo et al 2003, Lee et al 2012). ROS leakage from the electron transport chain can also

activate a mitochondrial anion channel (IMAC) that releases ROS into the cytoplasm and simultaneously

contributes to mitochondrial permeability transition (Aon et al, 2003). Aquaporin-8 is expressed on the

inner mitochondrial membrane in hepatic (and perhaps other) cells, where it also acts to facilitate the diffusional transport of H2O2 (Marchissio et al 2012).

In addition to complexes I and III, insufficient oxygen delivery during ischemia results in increased

electron leakage that is mediated by hypoxia- and ß1-adrenergic-mediated, mitochondrial protein kinase A/cAMP-dependent reduction in the activity of complex IV of the electron transport chain, which can interact with residual oxygen to produce superoxide (Spear et al 2007, Lee et al 2012, Chandel et al 1997, Chen and Zweier 2014). Owing to the significant depletion of ADP during early reperfusion, the reintroduction of molecular oxygen greatly enhances electron leakage thereby markedly increasing ROS production that overwhelms oxidant scavenging capacity, peroxidizes membrane lipid components, damages mitochondrial DNA, and inactivates electron transport chain proteins, effects that are markedly reduced by treatment with a free radical spin trap prior to ischemia (Zao et al 2009). Overproduction of ROS via t tron transport chain and other sources establishes a vicious positive

feedback loop that induces mitochondrial permeability transition and ROS-induced ROS production (Zorov et al 2000, Zorov et al 2007, Davidson et al 2012).

Global and focal cerebral ischemia induce different modes of cell death. Brief periods of global cerebral ischemia cause delayed neuronal cell death by apoptosis. In contrast, most cells in the ischemic core die by necrosis after focal cerebral ischemia, while cell death in the ischemic penumbral region occurs by mechanisms dependent on activation of apoptotic signaling. Like cardiac myocytes, neurons are long-lived cells that are highly dependent upon oxidative metabolism. As a consequence, neural tissue is predisposed to cumulative injury by endogenously produced ROS, even under non-pathological

conditions, as evidenced by progressive accumulation of lipofuscin granules, a pigment composed of a mixture of proteins and lipid oxidation products, in neuronal lysosomes as we age (Brunk and Terman, 2002). Moreover, long term treatment with dinitrophenol, administered at a dose that produces mild mitochondrial uncoupling, has been shown to reduce brain markers of accumulated oxidative stress and increase survival times (Caldeira de Silva et al, 2008).

Following induction of focal stroke, cell death in the ischemic penumbral region becomes evident between 24 and 72 hours after reperfusion is initiated. During reperfusion, mitochondria (and other oxidant producing enzyme systems) use oxygen as a substrate to generate ROS, resulting in an immediate increase of multiple markers of oxidative damage, which then remain elevated for several days (Seet et al, 2011). More definitive support for the importance of ROS generation in penumbral cell death is derived from studies demonstrating that antioxidant treatment ameliorates cell injury and death in animal models of stroke (Dirnagl and ladecola, 1999; Endres et al; 1998; Hall et al 1990; Phillis and Clough-Helfman 1990; Wang et al 2011; Figueira et al 2013). In addition to well-established roles for phagocytic NADPH oxidases, NOS, and cyclooxygenase/lipoxygenase pathways for ROS/RNOS generation in cerebral I/R injury, a growing body of evidence supports formation of mitochondrial oxidants as another contributing factor in neuronal cell death in stroke. For example, ROS generation is enhanced in mitochondria after cerebral I/R and occurs at time points prior to overt neuronal death (Friberg et al 2002; Kim et al, 2002; Piantadosi and Zhang 1996, Seet et al 2011). Postischemic impaired function of respiratory chain complexes I-IV and ATP synthase is a likely major cause of enhanced mitochondrial ROS production in stroke (Moro et al 2005, Niatsetskaya et al 2012). Increased calcium concentrations in the mitochondrial matrix induce oxidative stress that contributes to the MPT in brain mitochondria exposed to hypoxia/reoxygenation and high calcium (Schild and Reiser 2005). Moreover, high calcium exposure, as occurs in I/R, reversibly inhibits the elimination of hydrogen peroxide in brain mitochondria (Tretter et al 2011).

In addition to the respiratory chain complexes, it also appears that NADPH oxidases (Nox) represent important oxidant sources in postischemic tissues (Figures 2 and 3). Pharmacologic Nox inhibition prevents glial cell activation, neuronal cell degeneration, and behavioral deficits induced by experimentally-induced cerebral I/R and reduces myocardial infarct size, effects most often attributed to phagocytic Nox2 (Wang and Korthuis, Kalogeris et al 2012). Reductions in blood-brain-barrier disruption, lipid peroxidation, protein nitration, and oxidative DNA damage after I/R have been reported in mice deficient in Nox2 or p47phox expression after exposure to cerebral I/R (Chen et al 2009, Chen et al 2011, Kahles et al 2007, Kahles and Brandes 2013, Walder et al 1997, Radermacher et al 2012). Similar findings have been reported for non-selective Nox inhibitors, apocynin and diphenyliodonium, in adult brain. On the other hand, inhibition of Nox activity fails to prevent perinatal brain injury in newborn animals (Doverhag et al 2008). Inhibitor studies using apocynin and/or diphenyliodonium should be interpreted with caution because the former exhibits antioxidant properties while the latter is a general flavoprotein inhibitor (Huemiller et al 2008, Wind et al 2010, Altenhofer et al 2014,Hong et al 2006, Kleinschnitz et al 2010, Vallet et al 2005). However, use of a more selective general Nox inhibitor, VAS2870, administered at 2 and 12 hours after restoration of cerebral blood flow, decreased infarct size, edema, ROS levels, tissue nitration, and apoptosis in wild-type mice subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (Kleinshnitz et al 2010).

In addition to phagocytic Nox2, mitochondrial Nox4 may also participate in stroke, with some evidence supporting for a pre-eminent role for this isoform (Figures 2 and 3). This is in part related to the fact that Nox4 is the most abundantly expressed isoform in the brain and is found in endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle cells, with particularly prominent expression and activity exhibited by these cells in the cerebral vasculature that varies by gender (Lassegue and Griendling 2010, Wingler et al 2001, Miller et al 2005, 2007). This isoform is unique amongst the Nox family in that it only interacts with p22phox, is constitutively active but can be further activated by angiotensin II, TNF-a, certain growth

factors and the binding protein PolDip2, and produces hydrogen peroxide as its major product (Bedard and Krause 2007). Since angiotensin II and TNFa are expressed during I/R, it is likely that these proinflammatory stimuli participate in upregulating Nox4 activity during I/R. In addition, siRNAmediated downregulation of HIF-1a expression limits the effect of hypoxia to increase Nox4 mRNA while HIFla overexpression increases Nox4 mRNA and protein levels, observations which suggest that hypoxia should increase Nox4. Indeed, the rapid stabilization and activation of HIFs under conditions of low oxygen may be the primary initiating event for the upregulation on Nox4 and other isoforms in ischemia, which is augmented by proinflammatory signaling molecules described above. Importantly, Nox4 appears to be localized in mitochondria (as well as the plasma membrane, endoplasmic reticulum, and nucleus) (Block et al 2009), and as such could represent an important source of mitochondrial ROS in I/R.

More direct support for a role for the Nox4 isoform in stroke is provided by the observations that, Nox4 mRNA is upregulated in stroke models. Importantly, Nox4 knockout mice demonstrated the same reductions in injury as VAS2870-treated wild-type mice, and the degree of protection afforded by Nox4 deficiency was not augmented by VAS2870 treatment. Taken together, these latter observations strongly support the notion that mitochondrial Nox4 is a major contributor to the reperfusion component of cerebral I/R injury. In addition to this evidence, recent work indicates that Nox4 overexpression specifically in endothelium exacerbates stroke-induced infarct size by a mechanism that involves Nox4-dependent suppression of eNOS (Arimura et al 2012). On the other hand, infarct size was smaller in endothelial-specific Nox4-deficient mice compared to wild-type animals (Radermacher et al 2013).

There is evidence suggesting that Nox4-derived oxidants may also play a role in the repair processes that arise days after reperfusion is established following cerebral ischemia. This notion is based on the observation that ROS derived from Nox4 are key signaling molecules mediating cell proliferation and

differentiation (Griendling et al 2000, Cave et al 2006, Clempus et al 2007, Cucoranu et al 2005, Deliri and McNamara 2007). For example, siRNA knockdown of Nox4 inhibits tube formation and wound healing responses in cultured endothelial cells and limits cell migration and proliferation induced by VEGF (Craige et al 2011, Datla et al 2007). Thus, activation of Nox4 during latter stages of reperfusion may promote angiogenesis to facilitate perfusion of previously ischemic tissues. Moreover, Nox4 activity may influence vascular smooth muscle differentiation and proliferation in response to hypoxia (Diebold et al 2010, Sturrock et al 2006). Because Nox4-dependent ROS production stimulates proliferation and differentiation of cardiac fibroblasts into myofibroblasts, which may lead to fibrosis, cardiac remodeling and heart failure, activation of this Nox isoform may not be entirely beneficial in the setting of myocardial I/R (Cucoranu et al 2005, Maejima et al 2011). Thus, while Nox4-derived ROS are important for postischemic angiogenesis, these oxidants may also be detrimental owing to effects to promote hypertrophy or dilatation of the ventricles. These divergent effects probably arise as a result of site and/or amount of their production. Since the effects of Nox4 deficiency vs overexpression, induced during the recovery phase of reperfusion, have not been evaluated in postischemic heart and brain, it is unclear whether this mitochondrial oxidant source contributes in beneficial or detrimental ways.

likely require site-specific ablation or overexpression studies.

Interplay between different ROS sources also appears to play a role in I/R (Elahi et al 2009, Cave et al 2006, Dikolov 2011). Nox-dependent ROS production can trigger mitochondrial dysfunction which in turn provokes oxidant production. The converse is also true, mitochondrial ROS production can activate NADPH oxidases (Dikolov 2011, Gustaffson and Gottlieb 2008, Zorov et al 2005). Thus, mitochondrial ROS-induced ROS release synergistically increases postischemic oxidative stress. The generation of ROS by mitochondria also demonstrates spatial heterogeneity within the organelle and among mitochondria in a cell (Jou 2008). Following oxidative insult, as occurs in I/R, ROS generation preferentially localizes in

mitochondrial regions that progress to swelling and eventually rupture. In addition, fatal oxidative insults result in massive augmentation of ROS formation in nearly all of mitochondria in the affected cell. However, mild oxidative stress, as might occur in with preconditioning stimuli, induces a more heterogeneous ROS formation that is limited to small numbers of mitochondria (Jou 2008), consistent with the signaling function of compartmentalized elements of the cell survival program that is activated

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by these stimuli.

Excessive ROS formation during reperfusion facilitates opening of the mPTP which in turn favors ROS

formation by inhibiting the respiratory chain secondary to mPTP-induced loss of cytochrome C and pyridine nucleotides (Zorov 2008). Mitochondrial DNA is also particularly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of ROS-induced ROS release during reperfusion owing to the lack of protection of mitochondrial DNA by histones, limited capacity of DNA repair mechanisms, and proximity to the production site for ROS-induced ROS. Thus, I/R-induced ROS production induces mitochondrial DNA rearrangement and fragmentation followed by disruption of mitochondrial structure, function, and eventual lysis.

The susceptibility of mitochondrial DNA to oxidative modification in circulating leukocytes is of considerable potential interest as his may provide reliable marker of mitochondrial dysfunction that could be exploited as a diagnostic indicator for I/R. Oxidative inactivation of mitochondrial aconitase, which predisposes the enzyme to produce hydroxyl radicals and thus contribute to I/R injury, suggests that disrupted activity of this enzyme could also be used as a marker for myocardial infarction. Oxidants generated by mitochondria (and other sources) interact with NO to produce peroxynitrite and other reactive nitrogen species which in turn contribute to the formation of nitrotyrosine residues on proteins, which not only contribute to cell dysfunction by disrupting protein function, but also serve as a surrogate marker for oxidative stress.

Mitochondrially-Directed Antioxidants Reduce I/R Injury

Discovery of the important roles for mitochondrial ROS generation in the pathogenesis of I/R injury fueled an intense interest in development of pharmacologic agents and other therapeutic approaches that specifically target the mitochondria and effectively reduce postischemic tissue and organ damage (Jou 2008, Mukhopadhyay et al 2012, Dhanasekaran et al 2005, Sheu et al 2006, Adlam et al 2005, Hobbs et al 2008, Chen et al 2008, Walters et al 2012, Smith et al 2011, Smith and Murphy 2011). Treatment with mitoquinone (MitoQ) or mito-phenyl tert-butylnitrone (Mito-PBN), which contain the antioxidants coenzyme Q (quinone) or PBN, respectively, attached to a lipophilic triphenylphosphonium cation that allows these derivatives to accumulate in mitochondria owing to its negative A^m, limits postischemic inflammation and injury. Mimetics of Mn-SOD target mitochondria to inhibit ROS-dependent damage and apoptosis. A series of NO-based and vitamin E molecules, which are linked to the triphenylphosphonium mitochondrial targeting moiety, have been developed to actively sequester these antioxidants in mitochondria and exert cardioprotection in I/R models. A more recent focus for protection is aldehyde dehydrogenase-2, a mitochondrial enzyme that detoxifies aldehydes that have been implicated in myocardial I/R. A small molecule activator of this enzyme, Alda1, has been shown to reduce postischemic injury. Gene therapy approaches that target upregulation of mitochondrial antioxidant enzymes such as Mn-SOD or matrix peroxiredoxins or overexpressing pro-survival molecules such as aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (in addition to other extramitochondrial targets) hold particular promise as novel approaches to render cells, tissues and organs resistant to the deleterious effects of I/R as does use of microRNAs to modulate mitochondrial redox status in postischemic tissues (Navarro-Yepes et al 2014, Ouyang et al 2014).

Mitochondrial ROS as Signaling Molecules: Preconditioning and Cell Survival in I/R

While excess mitochondrial oxidant generation is well known to exert detrimental effects via mitochondrial dysfunction and energetic decline, a growing body of recent evidence has established that

generation of ROS at low levels by this organelle can serve as signals mediating physiological responses. For example, acetylcholine and flow-induced coronary vasodilation is mediated by activation of large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channels that are triggered by H2O2 derived from complex I and III in the endothelial electron transport chain (Zhang and Gutterman, 2007, Liu et al 2003, Zhang et al 2012). In addition, graded production of H2O2 by myocardial mitochondria serves as a metabolic vasodilator to couple oxygen consumption to coronary blood flow by activation of redox- and 4-aminopyridine-sensitive voltage-dependent potassium (Kv) channels and has also been implicated in the regulation of coronary collateral flow (Saitoh et al 2006, Saitoh et al 2007, Rogers et al 2007).

Recent work has established that mitochondrially centered mechanisms play an important role in promoting the activation of cell survival programs mediating preconditioning via mechanisms that involve ROS signaling (Figure 3). Preconditioning refers to a phenomenon where transient exposure of cells, tissues, or organs to a sublethal stress (such as short bouts of ischemia prior to or at the onset of reperfusion, or ischemic pre- or postconditioning, respectively) or a variety of pharmacologic agents (eg, KATP and BKCa channel activators) enhances tolerance to potentially lethal I/R. Mitochondrial specific targets include respiratory chain enzyme complexes, oxidative phosphorylation, and KATP and BKCa channels localized on the inner mitochondrial membrane. For example, ROS production by the respiratory chain has been shown to activate mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channels (mKATP) (Fornazari et al 2008), which play a role in protection against stroke-induced damage in the brain (Busija et al 2008). When activated by preconditioning stimuli, these mKATP channels allow potassium to flow into mitochondria to produce depolarization and alkalinization of the mitochondrial matrix, which in turn appears to activate cell survival signaling in both acute (early) and late preconditioning in MI and stroke by inducing downstream ROS production (Penna et al 2009, Boengler et al 2011, Busija et al 2008). While ROS scavenging and mKATP channel inhibitors reduce the cardioprotection afforded by ischemic pre- and postconditioning or that induced by the mitoKATP opener diazoxide, exogenous

generation of ROS at the onset of reperfusion fails to confer protection (Penna et al 2007). These latter results suggest that the type of ROS, their concentration, and/or compartmental localization of their production is critical to triggering tolerance to I/R, consistent with a mitochondrial site as a source for ROS generation that precipitates preconditioning.

Abundant evidence supports a role for PKG- and Akt-dependent phosphorylation in the opening of mitoKATP and subsequent ROS formation secondary to matrix alkalinization in pharmacologic preconditioning. According to this scenario, acetylcholine- or bradykinin-induced PKG activation results in phosphorylation of a protein on the outer mitochondrial membrane which is coupled to mKATP activation on the inner mitochondrial membrane by a step that involves PKC-s activation. ROS generation secondary to mitoKATP channel activation then activates a second pool of PKC which inhibits opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) to prevent cell death (Oldenburg et al 2004, Penna et al 2009, Daiber 2010, Costa et al 2008

The demonstration that preconditioning with dizoxide, a mitoKATP activator, invoked protection against subsequent I/R-induced neuronal injury and death provided some of the first evidence that mitoKATP channels participate in activation of cell survival programs in stroke (Gidday 2006). This agent causes generation of ROS at low levels by mechanism which some have attributed to its ability to inhibit complexes I and III of the electron transport chain to provoke preconditioning (Liu et al 1998, Liu

2009, Wojtovich et al 2009, Heinzel et al 2005, Lacza et al 2003; Busija et al 2005). Others have presented evidence the mitochondrial connexin-43 (Cx43) plays an important role in mKATP-dependent oxidant signaling invoked by pharmacologic preconditioning with diazoxide, bradykinin or acetylcholine in the heart (Heinzel et al 2005, Oldenburg et al 2002, 2004, Krieg et al 2003, Rottlaender et al 2010). On the other hand, mitochondrial oxidant production is also invoked by preconditioning with a S-opioid agonist or endothelin-1. However, Cx43 knockdown did not affect ROS

production by mitochondria induced by these preconditioning stimuli, but did abolish downstream cardioprotective signaling events (Ishikawa et al 2012).

ROS production has also been shown to enhance mitoKATP channel activation and thus enhance mitochondrial membrane depolarization and confer preconditioning (Lacza et al 2003, Busija et al 2005). While these results clearly indicate that ROS signaling can activate mitoKATP to enhance preconditioning, treatment with BMS-191095, which activates mitoKATP but does not increase mitochondrial ROS production, also effectively reduces cerebral I/R injury (Gaspar et al 2008). These results indicate that mitoKATP channel activation, independent of ROS production, can invoke tolerance to lethal I/R. However, it is important to note that when the electron transport chain is inhibited, as occurs in I/R, superoxide can interact with NO to produce peroxynitrite. The reactive nitrogen species potently activates mKATP and may trigger preconditioning induced by short bouts of ischemia (Busija et al 2008). Moreover, respiratory chain inhibition results in decreased ATP production, thereby increasing the ADP/ATP ratio, which favors mKATP channel opening and activation of cell survival mechanisms.

The observation that drugs acting on mitoKATP channels can trigger oxidant-dependent cell survival signaling that limits I/R injury suggests the possibility that pharmacologic agents or interventions targeting other mitochondrial potassium channels could also elicit preconditioning. Indeed, it is well-established that activation of large conductance, calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa), either by pharmacologic agents or secondary to ischemic preconditioning, elicit tolerance to prolonged I/R (Cao et al 2005, Liu et al 2012, Shintani et al 2004, Wang et al 2004, Xu et al 2002, Stowe et al 2006, Wang et al 2008, Wang et al 2010, Zuidema et al 2010). Recent work indicates that treatment with the BKCa channel activator NS-1619 protected mitochondrial function in cardiac I/R by a mechanism mediated by superoxide generation (Stowe et al 2006) but is independent of NO production (Wang et al 2004). In the Stowe study, it was assumed that BKCa channels localized on the inner mitochondrial membrane were responsible for superoxide generation because NS-1619 treatment was dependent on superoxide

production and was associated with reduced mitochondrial calcium accumulation and improved redox state (ie, normalized NADH) in I/R. In a subsequent study, this group directly demonstrated that NS-1619 increases mitochondrial oxidant production and presented evidence showing that the mechanism for BKCa channel-induced superoxide production was driven by increased mitochondrial matrix potassium secondary to channel opening which in turn elevates matrix H+ by enhanced but submaximal K+/H+ exchange, thereby stabilizing mitochondrial membrane potential despite increased respiration.

These conditions allow increased direct electron transfer to oxygen thereby generating superoxide

(Heinen et al 2006).

Activation of uncoupling proteins has been reported to elicit cardioprotection in I/R (Bodyak et al 2007, Hoerter et al 2004, Sack et al 2006). It is of interest to note that transient inhibition of complex I at reperfusion exerts cardioprotective effects via reduced ROS production (Aldakkak et al 2008, Shiva et al 2007), an observation suggesting that postconditioning-induced tolerance to prolonged I/R would not be triggered by mild ROS production during staccato reperfusion. However, ROS have been shown to be important initiators of this form of conditioning (Vinten-Johansen et al, 2012).

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mPTP opening in the initial minutes of reperfusion, thereby allowing time for ROS-induced activation of cell survival programs. The ROS formed in the early minutes of acidic reperfusion or during the short bouts of intermittent reperfusion during postconditioning activates PKC-s isoforms, critical kinases in the signaling cascade that act to reduce the probability of mPTP opening after pH normalizes as reperfusion progresses (Cohen et al 2008, Penna et al 2006). In contrast, transient opening of the mPTP may also induce modest and short-lived ROS production that precipitates preconditioning, a concept supported by the observations that antioxidant treatment during bouts of preconditioning I/R and pharmacologic inhibition or genetic ablation of cyclophilin D attenuates both preconditioning induced oxidant

production and protection (Hausenloy et al 2005, Hausenloy et al 2009, Lim et al 2007, Penna et al 2009, Petronilli et al 1999, Tsusumi et al 2007, Yao et al 2010).

Summary and Perspectives

From the aforementioned discussion, it appears the mitochondrial ROS generation plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction and stroke. Although complexes I and III of the electron transport chain are the best studied sources of mitochondrial ROS generation in I/R and may be responsible for much of the oxidative stress exhibited by postischemic cells, recent evidence indicates that deglutathionylated complex II and phosphorylated complex IV are also important sources for ROS formation in I/R.

As discussed by Chen and Zweier (2014), identification of specific redox domains in the respiratory chain supercomplexes that are involved in overexuberant ROS generation in mitochondria during ischemia and reperfusion, how oxidant- and nitrosative-dependent post-translational modifications at specific sites may exacerbate ROS production (ROS-induced ROS release) in animal models of I/R, and how electron transport chain driven superoxide production provokes aconitase to produce hydroxyl

radicals are important areas for future investigation. radicals are important areas for future investigation.

Postischemic ROS generation via the electron transport chain may also enhance oxidative stress via mitochondrial ROS-induced ROS release that may also involve induction of hydroxyl radical formation by the Krebs cycle enzyme aconitase and activation of Nox4. I/R can also be associated with an overabundance of circulating/tissue monoamines, which in turne fuels H2O2 production by monoamine oxidase. The growth factor adapter Shc (p66Shc) is a novel pathway of ROS production in I/R but evaluation of its contribution to postischemic tissue injury has only just begun.

Despite the preponderance of evidence supporting a role for mitochondria as an intracellular source of ROS in the pathogenesis of I/R injury, recent work demonstrating that directed sarcolemmal

stabilization uncouples increased oxidative stress from cellular damage and stress challenges this paradigm and provides an attractive explanation for the failure of anti-oxidant therapies to limit postischemic tissue injury. In an elegant series of experiments, Martindale and Metzer (2014) demonstrated that reperfusion induced intracellular oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation, membrane instability and swelling that induced Ca2+ influx and mitochondrial membrane depolarization. Directed stabilization of the outer membrane with synthetic copolymers consisting of tandem linear arrays of polyethylene oxide/polypropylene oxide moieties reduced postischemic necrosis, apoptosis, hypercontracture and mitochondrial dysfunction without disrupting intracellular oxidative stress or lipid peroxidation. Moreover, these investigators further demonstrated that dystrophin deficiency, which increases fragility of cardiac and other cell membranes and is associated with increased oxidative stress as shown by others (Dudley et al 2006 Armstrong et al 2006, Kyoi et al 2003, Rodriguez et al 2005), increased susceptibility to myocardial I/R, an effect that mitigated by copolymer treatment. On the other hand, restoration of membrane dystrophin contributes to the cardioprotective effects of ischemic preconditioning (Kyoi et al 2003, Kyoi et al 2006). Taken together, these observations suggest that I/R-induced, oxidant-mediated lipid peroxidation was insufficient by itself to induce cardiac injury and cell death when sarcolemmal membrane integrity was maintained, suggesting that ROS production is not the major factor responsible for the Ca2+ dysregulation that ultimately results in cell death in

postischemic myocardium. Rather, it appears that sarcolemmal compromise that limits its ability to maintain a barrier between the intra- and extracellular compartments may be the decisive irreversible event that leads to cell death in I/R.

Since the copolymers do not exhibit free radical scavenging capacity and are restricted to engaging the sarcolemmal surface by their ampiphilic structure (Wang et al 2012), these studies challenge the paradigm that intracellular oxidant generation from sources such as mitochondria play the decisive role in the pathogenesis of I/R injury. However, it is possible that oxidants generated from intracellular

sources such as mitochondria may target the extracellular face of sarcolemmal membrane after transmembrane egress via anion channels. Membrane packing or altered mobility induced by copolymer binding could limit diffusion of oxidant species into the bilayer, providing an alternate mechanistic rationale to reconcile a role for intracellular oxidant generation, membrane fragility, and cell death. Alternatively, stabilization of the outer cell membrane may alter cytoskeletal interactions which in turn may modify or disrupt mitochondrial trafficking such that these organelles are directed away from intracellular sites such as the nucleus that are particularly vulnerable to ROS attack, thereby allowing elevated intracellular ROS production to persist but limiting its intracellular consequences. The effectiveness of mitochondrially-targeted antioxidant treatments, which presumably do not act via membrane stabilization, in reducing I/R injury in preclinical I/R models appear to support important roles for mitochondrial ROS as a decisive contributor to postischemic injury, suggesting that alternate explanations for the protective effects afforded by copolymer treatment should be explored.

While it seems clear that overexuberant ROS production by mitochondria may contribute to I/R, it is also appears that production of hydrogen peroxide by this organelle serves as an important signaling element that couples cellular metabolism to blood flow and as a mediator of flow-dependent vasodilation in the coronary circulation. Mitochondrial ROS generation also appears to play a critical role in evoking the expression of cell survival programs that mitigate postischemic tissue injury and cell death by a variety of pre- and postconditioning stimuli. The cardioprotective mechanisms induced by preconditioning clearly involve activation of mitochondrial KATP and BKCa channels, which produce membrane alkalinization and ROS generation by respiratory chain supercomplexes, which in turn activate downstream signaling elements to induce expression of cardioprotective proteins that limit I/R injury and cell death. Thus, production of ROS by mitochondria can exert counterbalancing effects on tissue cells, with a low flux of mitochondrial oxidants serving signaling functions to regulate vascular caliber to meet metabolic demands. In addition, mitochondrial ROS production at signaling levels and

perhaps localized at specific subcellular sites within mitochondria or other organelles activate cell survival programs to enhance tolerance to ischemia. On the other hand, overproduction of mitochondrial oxidants leads to ROS-induced ROS release to exacerbate oxidative stress that promotes mitochondrial permeability transition, which in turn precipitates swelling that can progress to cell lysis and death during I/R.


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Figure 1. Mechanisms contributing to tissue injury in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Cellular hypoxia secondary to ischemia results in decreased ATP production, which in turn, disrupts ion pump function, leading to accumulation of Na+, Ca2+, and H+, with cellular acidification further promoted by a shift to anaerobic glycolysis for energy production. Activation and upregulated expression of enzymes capable of producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) and electron transport chain (ETC) dysfunction are also initiated during ischemia. These events set the stage for a burst of ROS generation when molecular oxygen is reintroduced to ischemic tissues when the blood supply is re-established. ROS-dependent expression of proinflammatory stimuli and expression of adhesion molecules by endothelial cells and leukocytes precipitates the infiltration and activation of neutrophils, T cells and monocytes. Phagocytic Nox2 activation results the respiratory burst of superoxide production that further magnifies the massive oxidative stress that directly damages virtually every biomolecule found in cells and induces the programmed cell death responses, apoptosis and necroptosis. Postischemic ROS generation also activates matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and other proteases that act to cleave proteins and receptors, thereby impairing their function. The net impact of these ROS-dependent events is opening of mitochondrial perr ' "" nsi tion pores (MPTP), which contributes to swelling and lysis of cells.

these cells in capillaries, an effect that is exacerbated by ROS-dependent endothelial cell swelling which in turn reduces their diameter when the blood supply is re-established. Thus, a nutritive perfusion impairment becomes prominent during reperfusion, despite repair of the precipitating ischemic event. In direct contrast to these catastrophic effects of ROS generation secondary to events occurring in ischemia and early reperfusion, oxidant production also occurs at later stages of reperfusion as tissue repair is initiated. However, ROS production occurs at lower levels that allow oxidant species to serve as signaling molecules that participate in transcriptional activation of growth factors and promote cell

Increases in leukoc

s induced by hypoxia and acidosis during ischemia leads to impaction of

proliferation, differentiation and migration. The net effect of these processes is tissue and vascular remodeling, including angiogenesis. While some of these repair processes help restore organ function, others such as tissue fibrosis contribute over time to eventual organ failure. The mechanisms depicted in this figure emphasize the concept that ROS generation play key roles in all three phases of ischemia/reperfusion injury and cell death.

Figure 2. Sources of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondria. The activity of the electron transport chain generates a relatively small flux of ROS under normal conditions, but its production can be greatly magnified by events occurring during ischemia and reperfusion. Complex I (NADH dehydrogenase) and complex III (coenzyme Q (CoQ) and cytochrome C oxidoreductase) both produce superoxide (O2-), which leads to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formation by spontaneous dismutation or via the enzymatic action of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). In the presence of transition metals, H2O2 can form the highly reactive hydroxyl radical (OH.) Superoxide can also interact with nitric oxide (NO) to form reactive nitrogen oxide species such as peroxynitrite (ONOO-), which produce cellular dysfunction by S-nitrosylating proteins. ROS generated by complex I are released into the mitochondrial

matrix, while superoxide produced by complex III can occur in both the mitochondrial matrix and the intermembrane

space betw een the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes. Other sources of intermembrane space between the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes. Other sources of mitochondrial superoxide are enzymes glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (G3PD), the growth factor adapter p66Shc, and NADPH oxidase-4 (Nox4), all of which are localized to the inner membrane. p-oxidation of fatty acids can also result in mitochondrial superoxide generation secondary to oxidation of electron transferring protein (ETF) by the catalytic activity of the electron transferring flavoprotein ubiquinone oxidoreductase (ETF-QOR), another enzyme expressed on the mitochondrial inner membrane. Monoamine oxidase (MAO), which is localized to the outer mitochondrial membrane, catalyzes the formation of H2O2 secondary to catecholamine metabolism. Not depicted are the

mitochondrial enzymes aconitase and dihydroorotate, which can produce superoxide, but their role in ischemia/reperfusion is uncertain.

The mitochondrial anion carrier, uncoupling protein-2 (UCP2), functions to separate oxidative phosphorylation from ATP synthesis with energy dissipated as heat, a phenomenon referred to as the mitochondrial proton leak. UCP2 acts to facilitate the transfer of anions from the inner to the outer mitochondrial membrane and the return transfer of protons from the outer to the inner mitochondrial membrane. They also reduce the mitochondrial membrane potential in mammalian cells. Although it was originally thought to play a role in nonshivering thermogenesis, obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis, it now appears that the main function of UCP2 is the control of mitochondria-derived ROS.

Figure 3. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by mitochondria (mitoROS) is a nexus for both

activation of cell survival programs that mediate the effect of conditioning stimuli to enhance tolerance to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and serves as a focal point for overexuberant ROS-induced ROS release that contributes to the pathogenesis of cell injury in I/R. On the one hand, ROS triggers the activation of cell survival programs in responses to a number of mildly noxious stimuli such as short bouts of ischemia or antecedent ethanol exposure or pharmacologic agents (ethanol or activators of mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium (mKATP) or large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channels. The enhanced tolerance to ischemia invoked by these mitoROS-dependent conditioning stimuli, which can be delivered before (preconditioning), during (preconditioning) or at the onset of reperfusion (postconditioning), activate protective protein kinases such as PKCs, the expression of prosurvival genes (eg, heme oxygenase-1) and mitochondrial antioxidant defenses (eg, MnSOD, aldehyde dehydrogenase-1 or ALDH2), as well as targeting the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) to maintain the channel in a closed state. On the other hand, overexuberant ROS generation at the onset of

reperfusion, driven by ROS-induced ROS release that is fueled by electron transport chain dysfunction, especially at complexes I and III, and enhanced activities of p66Shc, monoamine oxidase (MAO), and NADPH oxidase-4 (Nox4) in mitochondria, causes the MPTP to open, leading to swelling, cell disruption and death. Not depicted is the effect of oxidants to alter the balance of mitochondrial fission and fusion in conditioning and I/R, which emerging evidence has implicated as contributory to both processes. The dual nature of ROS as protective vs damaging species relates to the type of ROS, their concentration, and/or compartmental localization of their production is critical to triggering tolerance to I/R type and amount of oxidant produced, the subcellular location where they are generated.



NADPH oxidases Xanthine oxidase Dysfunctional ETC NOS uncoupling Monoamine oxidase


Overexuberant ROS production

Decreased ATP

Anaerobic Glycolysis

Ion pump Acidification


Ca2* and Na* overload

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Leukocyte and platelet activation/infiltration

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plugging Endothelial swelling


Cell/mitochondrial Swelling and rupture

Capillary no-reflow

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ROS production at

signaling levels

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Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain

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