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β3-Adrenoceptor activation upregulates apolipoprotein A-I expression in HepG2 cells, which might further promote cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells

Authors Gao XQ, Li YF, Jiang ZL

Received 13 December 2016

Accepted for publication 25 January 2017

Published 3 March 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 617—627


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Tuo Deng

Xia-qing Gao,1,2 Yan-fang Li,1,2 Zhi-li Jiang1,2

1Department of Cardiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, 2Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Vessel Diseases, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of β3-adrenoceptor (β3-AR) activation on HepG2 cells and its influence on cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells.
Materials and methods: HepG2 cells were cultured and treated with the β3-AR agonist, BRL37344, and antagonist, SR52390A, and the expression of apolipoprotein (Apo) A-I, ApoA-II, ApoB, and β3-AR in the supernatants and cells was determined. The expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ and PPARα in the HepG2 cells was also assessed. Next, using the RAW264.7 macrophage foam cell model, we also assessed the influence of the HepG2 cell supernatants on lipid efflux. The cholesterol content of the foam cells was also measured, and the cholesterol efflux from the macrophages was examined by determining 3H-labeled cholesterol levels. Expression of ATP-binding cassette transporter (ABC) A1 and ABCG1 of the macrophage foam cells was also assessed.
Results: β3-AR activation increased ApoA-I expression in both the HepG2 cells and the supernatants; PPARγ expression was upregulated, but PPARα expression was not. Treatment with GW9662 abolished the increased expression of ApoA-I induced by the β3-AR agonist. The HepG2 cell supernatants decreased the lipid accumulation and increased the cholesterol efflux from the macrophage foam cells. ABCA1 expression, but not ABCG1 expression, increased in the macrophage foam cells treated with BRL37344-treated HepG2 cell supernatants.
Conclusion: Activation of β3-AR in HepG2 cells upregulates ApoA-I expression, which might further promote cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells. PPARγ might be required for the induction of ApoA-I expression.

Keywords: β3-adrenoceptor, HepG2 cell, macrophage foam cell, atherosclerosis, cholesterol efflux, reverse cholesterol transport

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