AGEs in human lens capsule promote the TGFβ2-mediated EMT of lens epithelial cells:Implications for age-associated fibrosis

Raghavan, Cibin, Smuda, Mareen, Smith, Andrew, Howell, Scott, Smith, Dawn, Singh, Annapurna, Gupta, Pankaj, Glomb, Marcus, Wormstone, Ian ORCID: and Nagaraj, Ram (2016) AGEs in human lens capsule promote the TGFβ2-mediated EMT of lens epithelial cells:Implications for age-associated fibrosis. Aging Cell, 15 (3). 465–476. ISSN 1474-9718

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Proteins in basement membrane (BM) are long-lived and accumulate chemical modifications during aging; advanced glycation end-product (AGE) formation is one such modification. The human lens capsule is a BM secreted by lens epithelial cells. In this study, we have investigated the effect of aging and cataracts on the AGE levels in the human lens capsule and determined their role in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of lens epithelial cells. EMT occurs during posterior capsule opacification (PCO), also known as secondary cataract formation. Wefound age-dependent increases in several AGEs and significantly higher levels in cataractous lens capsules than in normal lens capsules measured by LC-MS/MS. The TGFβ2-mediated upregulation of the mRNA levels (by qPCR) of EMT-associated proteins was significantly enhanced in cells cultured on AGE-modified BM and human lens capsule compared with those on unmodified proteins. Such responses were also observed for TGFβ1. In the human capsular bag model of PCO, the AGE content of the capsule proteins was correlated with the synthesis of TGFβ2-mediated a-smooth muscle actin (αSMA). Taken together, our data imply that AGEs in the lens capsule promote the TGFβ2-mediated fibrosis of lens epithelial cells during PCO and suggest that AGEs in BMs could have a broader role in aging and diabetes-associated fibrosis.

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Additional Information: Copyright 2016 The Authors. Aging Cell published by the Anatomical Society and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Uncontrolled Keywords: advanced glycation endproducts,basement membrane,epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition,fibrosis,lens epithelial cells,posterior capsular opacification,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Cells and Tissues
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 13:30
DOI: 10.1111/acel.12450


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