Reference: Collinson EJ, et al. (2011) The Yeast Homolog of Heme Oxygenase-1 Affords Cellular Antioxidant Protection via the Transcriptional Regulation of Known Antioxidant Genes. J Biol Chem 286(3):2205-14

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) degrades heme and protects cells from oxidative challenge. This antioxidant activity is thought to result from HO-1's enzymatic activity, manifested by a decrease in the concentration of the pro-oxidant substrate heme, and an increase in the antioxidant product bilirubin. Using a global transcriptional approach, and yeast as a model, we show that HO-1 affords cellular protection via upregulation of transcripts encoding enzymes involved in cellular antioxidant defense, rather than via its oxygenase activity. Like mammalian cells, yeast responds to oxidative stress by expressing its HO-1 homolog and, compared with the wild type, heme oxygenase null-mutant cells have increased sensitivity towards oxidants that is rescued by over-expression of human HO-1 or its yeast homolog. Increased oxidant sensitivity of heme oxygenase null-mutant cells is explained by a decrease in the expression of the genes encoding gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase, glutathione peroxidase, catalase and methionine sulfoxide reductase, since over-expression of any of these genes affords partial, and over-expression of all four genes provides complete, protection to the null mutant. Genes encoding antioxidant enzymes represent only a small portion of the 480 differentially expressed transcripts in heme oxygenase null mutants. Transcriptional regulation may be explained by the nuclear localization of heme oxygenase observed in oxidant-challenged cells. Our results challenge the notion that HO-1 functions simply as a catabolic and antioxidant enzyme. They indicate much broader functions for HO-1, the unraveling of which may help explain the multiple biological responses reported in animals as a result of altered HO-1 expression.

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Collinson EJ, Wimmer-Kleikamp S, Gerega SK, Yang YH, Parish CR, Dawes IW, Stocker R
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