H(2)O(2)-induced O(2) production by a non-phagocytic NAD(P)H oxidase causes oxidant injury

J Biol Chem. 2001 Aug 3;276(31):29251-6. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M102124200. Epub 2001 May 17.


Non-phagocytic NAD(P)H oxidases have been implicated as major sources of reactive oxygen species in blood vessels. These oxidases can be activated by cytokines, thereby generating O(2), which is subsequently converted to H(2)O(2) and other oxidant species. The oxidants, in turn, act as important second messengers in cell signaling cascades. We hypothesized that reactive oxygen species, themselves, can activate the non-phagocytic NAD(P)H oxidases in vascular cells to induce oxidant production and, consequently, cellular injury. The current report demonstrates that exogenous exposure of non-phagocytic cell types of vascular origin (smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts) to H(2)O(2) activates these cell types to produce O(2) via an NAD(P)H oxidase. The ensuing endogenous production of O(2) contributes significantly to vascular cell injury following exposure to H(2)O(2). These results suggest the existence of a feed-forward mechanism, whereby reactive oxygen species such as H(2)O(2) can activate NAD(P)H oxidases in non-phagocytic cells to produce additional oxidant species, thereby amplifying the vascular injury process. Moreover, these findings implicate the non-phagocytic NAD(P)H oxidase as a novel therapeutic target for the amelioration of the biological effects of chronic oxidant stress.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Survival / drug effects*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Coronary Vessels / cytology
  • Coronary Vessels / enzymology
  • Coronary Vessels / physiology*
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / pharmacology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Male
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / deficiency
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / genetics
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / cytology
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / enzymology
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / physiology*
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • NADPH Oxidase 2
  • NADPH Oxidases / metabolism
  • Oxidants / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Rotenone / pharmacology
  • Superoxides / metabolism*
  • Transfection


  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Oxidants
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Rotenone
  • Superoxides
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases
  • CYBB protein, human
  • NADPH Oxidase 2
  • NADPH Oxidases