Endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response are involved in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Anna Negroni, Enrica Prete, Roberta Vitali, Vincenzo Cesi, Marina Aloi, Fortunata Civitelli, Salvatore Cucchiara, Laura Stronati

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Background: Endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response have been recently associated with the development of inflammatory bowel diseases in adults. We aimed at assessing the involvement of these pathways also in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease by analysing the expression of the main genes involved in endoplasmic reticulum stress and correlating them with the degree of intestinal inflammation. Methods: Real-time PCR and Western blot analysis of the expression of the endoplasmic reticulum stress marker HSPA5 and of selected genes representing the three pathways of unfolded protein response (IRE-XBP1, PERK-ATF4, ATF6p90-p50) in inflamed and uninflamed biopsies from 28 inflammatory bowel disease paediatric patients and 10 controls. Results: HSPA5, PDIA4, as well as unspliced and spliced XBP1 mRNAs were significantly increased in patients' inflamed colonic mucosa compared to uninflamed mucosa and controls. HSPA5, PDIA4, ATF6, and phospho-IRE proteins were also upregulated, indicating the activation of the IRE-XBP1 and ATF6p90-p50 branches of unfolded protein response. A positive significant correlation between interleukin-8 levels, as a marker of inflammation, and upregulated genes was found in the inflamed colonic mucosa. Conclusion: A deregulation of the genes involved in the endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response pathways may be a key component of the inflammatory response in paediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease. © 2014 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788 - 794
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Medicine(all)

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