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An in vivo model was used to investigate the role of cathepsins in mouse intestine after mechanical manipulation. Inspection of different intestine segments by immunofluorescence microscopy provided evidence for a local release of cathepsin B from cells of individual gut sections shortly after traumatic injury. Densitometry of immunoblots ruled out alterations in cathepsin B expression levels. Because similar results were obtained with both mouse and rat intestine trauma models, we were interested in identifying potential targets of released cathepsin B in early post-traumatic phases. Immunoblotting revealed initial declines followed by an increase in protein levels of claudin-1 and E-cadherin, indicating that tight junctions and cell-cell adhesions were only transiently compromised by surgical trauma. Apical aminopeptidase N and dipeptidyl peptidase IV were only slightly affected, whereas basolateral low-density lipoprotein receptors were strongly up-regulated in response to trauma. As potential targets of cathepsin B released from injured cells, we identified collagen IV and laminin of the basement membrane that was damaged during initial post-traumatic stages. Because increased collagen IV expression was observed in the intestine of cathepsin B-deficient animals, we propose a direct role of cathepsin B in that it contributes to acute post-traumatic extracellular matrix damage and may thereby facilitate onset of post-operative ileus.

Original publication

DOI

10.1515/BC.2009.055

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biol Chem

Publication Date

05/2009

Volume

390

Pages

481 - 492

Keywords

Animals, Cathepsin B, Collagen Type IV, Gene Deletion, Gene Expression, Intestinal Mucosa, Intestine, Small, Male, Mice, Traumatology