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Psychological stress induced zinc accumulation and up-regulation of ZIP14 and metallothionein in rat liver
- Xue Tian†1,
- Yuanyuan Zheng†2,
- Yingjie Li†1,
- Zhilei Shen1,
- Liping Tao1,
- Xiao Dou1,
- Jianxin Qian3Email author and
- Hui Shen1Email author
© Tian et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Received: 3 May 2013
- Accepted: 13 February 2014
- Published: 18 February 2014
Zinc is necessary for normal liver function; and vice versa, the liver plays a central role in zinc homeostasis. The aim of present study is to assess the effects of repeated psychological stress (PS) on the zinc metabolism and related mechanism involved in zinc homeostasis in rat liver.
In present study, we used communication box to create PS model and investigated the serum corticosterone (CORT), zinc level in serum and liver, liver metallothionein (MT) content and ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 (ZIP14) mRNA expression.
The results showed that the serum CORT level increased and serum zinc level decreased significantly after 7 d and 14 d PS treatment. Meanwhile, zinc and MT contents in liver were elevated after 14 d PS exposure, while those in 7 d PS exposure group did not change. ZIP14 mRNA was expressed markedly at 7 d after the onset of PS, while Zip14 mRNA expression in the liver after 14 d PS exposure reached normal level compared with control group.
The results suggest that PS exposure could induce hypozincemia, which might be related to liver zinc accumulation because of high level of MT through glucocorticoid-mediated MT synthesis and ZIP14 expression induced by interleukin-6.
- Psychological stress
Zinc plays critical roles as a co-factor in numerous transcription factors and in a wide variety of biochemical processes and functions for over 300 different enzymes. It is an essential nutrient necessary for various biochemical and physiological functions, including growth, development, and sexual maturity in males and so on. Zinc deficiency results in growth retardation, immune dysfunctions, and cognitive impairment . Zinc is necessary for normal liver function; and vice versa, the liver plays a central role in Zn homeostasis. The liver represents a fast-exchangeable zinc pool with an important role in the metabolism of zinc and other trace elements . Consequently, liver diseases affect zinc levels, whereas zinc deficiency could participate in their pathogenesis  and reduced hepatic zinc levels have been correlated with impaired liver function and regeneration . Zinc also plays an important role in the therapy for several liver diseases and has been shown to attenuate or protect against a variety of hepatotoxins such as carbon tetrachloride, bromobenzene, and several metals [5–7]. It is also becoming clear that clinical and biochemical manifestations of zinc deficiency often occur when some stress is placed on organism. In liver disease, this stress may occur through increased gut permeability with endotoxemia, infections such as spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, or release of stress hormones .
Recently, psychological stress (PS) has attracted much attention because its significant negative effects can increase the risk of various diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular neurodegenerative diseases, and aging [9–11]. It has been suggested that PS is associated with increased oxidant production and oxidative damage; thus, long-term exposure to PS may increase the risk of many diseases [9–11]. The etiology of these diseases has been linked to oxidative damage of DNA, proteins, and lipids, which are catalyzed by reactive oxygen species [12, 13]. It has been shown that PS exposure strengthens the oxidative reactions within the brain and plasma of rats [14, 15]. Our previous studies demonstrated that after repeated PS exposure, serum iron level decreased and iron significantly accumulated in the apical poles of villous enterocytes, liver, spleen, cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and striatum in rats [14, 16, 17]. More interesting, in the further study, we investigated the effect of zinc supplementation on the iron metabolism, erythropoiesis, and oxidative stress status in PS-induced rats. Compared to PS-treated rats with normal diet, the PS-treated rats with zinc supplementation showed increased serum iron, while iron contents in liver, spleen, and regional brain decreased . The effect of PS on zinc metabolism is not fully characterized.
Some experiments showed that the zinc concentration in the liver was significantly higher in mice at 12 h after the onset of restraint stress than that without stress. The interleukin-6 (IL-6) protein level in the serum was transiently elevated at 3 h after the onset of restraint stress, and the IL-6-responsive zinc transporter ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 (ZIP14) mRNA in the liver was expressed markedly at 6 h . These results suggest that ZIP14 plays a major role in the mechanism responsible for accumulation of zinc in the liver under restraint stress. Zinc homeostasis is coordinated via regulation by proteins involved in uptake, excretion, and intracellular storage or trafficking of zinc. These proteins are metallothioneins (MTs) and transmembrane transporters, which include ZIP and cation diffusion facilitator (CDF) families [20, 21]. MTs belong to a family of low molecular weight, cysteine-rich intracellular proteins that bind transition metals, including zinc and cadmium , and their biological roles include the detoxification of harmful metals and the homeostasis of essential metals . The most prominent characteristic of MT is its inducibility not only by metals such as zinc, cadmium, and copper but also by various factors such as hormones, cytokines, organic chemicals, starvation, and physical stress . The roles of MT and zinc transporters in zinc homeostasis in liver after PS exposure have been poorly understood.
The aim of present study is to assess the effects of repeated PS on the zinc metabolism and related mechanism involved in the homeostasis of zinc in liver.
Fifty male Sprague-Dawley rats (Shanghai-BK Co., Ltd. Shanghai, China), 8 weeks old, weighing 200 ± 20 g, were housed individually in cages at a temperature of 25 ± 1°C, a humidity of 55 ± 5% in a 12-h light/dark cycle, and were given normal chow and free access to water. All animal treatments were strictly in accordance with international ethical guidelines and the National Institutes of Health Guide concerning the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the experiments were carried out with the approval of the Committee of Experimental Animal Administration of the University. The zinc content in diet was 50 mg/kg. After 3 d adaption, the rats were divided into three groups randomly: control group, PS group and foot shock group. The control and PS groups were subdivided into two subgroups: 7 d group and 14 d group (10 rats in every subgroup).
PS model was created in rats by a communication box as described previously [14, 16–18]. Briefly, a communication box was divided into room A and room B with a transparent acrylic board. Room A included ten little rooms with a plastic board-covered floor and room B included ten little rooms with a metal grid-exposed floor for electric insulation. Rats in room B were randomly given electrical shock (0.6 mA for 1 s) for 30 min (60 times) through the floor and exhibited nociceptive stimulation-evoked responses, such as jumping up, defecation, and crying; rats in room A were only exposed to the responses of rats in room B to establish PS model. PS was given to rats for 30 min every morning (10:00–10:30) for 14 days. At the end of the exposure, the rats were kept in the cages for another 4 min before they were taken out. Animals in the control group were only kept in the cages for 4 min without receiving any stress. During the experiment, weight was monitored.
At the end of PS exposure, all rats were deeply anesthetized by intraperitoneal injection of 7% chloral hydrate. Blood samples were collected from the heart followed by centrifuging at 3,000 × g for 15 min, and the supernatants were obtained and stored at -80°C for further determination. Then the rats were perfused through the left cardiac ventricle with ice-cold phosphate-buffered saline (pH 7.4). The liver was quickly removed and snaps frozen in liquid nitrogen, and kept in a -80°C freezer till use.
Corticosterone (CORT) and MT measurement
CORT in serum and MT in liver were analyzed using commercially available ELISA kits (R&D Systems, Inc., USA). Liver was homogenized and lysed for ELISA. Total protein concentration was determined by the method described by Lowry et al. with bovine serum albumin as the standard.
Determination of zinc contents in liver and serum
Each liver sample was weighed and wet-acid digested with a concentrated nitric/perchloric acid mixture (4:1 ratio) for 24 h. An aliquot of each sample was analyzed using a zinc flame or graphite atomic absorption spectrophotometer (Z-8100, Hitachi, Tokyo, Japan). Serum zinc concentration was also measured using the blood obtained from rats in the same manner. The zinc contents were expressed as micrograms zinc per gram tissue or milliliter serum.
Quantification of ZIP14 mRNA levels
Total RNA was extracted using Trizol reagent (Invitrogen) following the manufacturers' recommendations. All RNA samples were treated with ten units of RNAse-free DNAse I (Promega) according to manufacturer's recommendations, and 1 μg RNA was then reverse transcribed into cDNA with 2.5 pmol oligo(dT)18 primer and 5 U avian myeloblastosis virus reverse transcriptase XL (TaKaRa) in 25 μl reaction mixture at 42°C for 40 min according to manufacturer's recommendations. The ZIP14 mRNA level was quantified by the real-time PCR technique using a Thermal Cycler Dice Real Time System (Rotor-gene 3000) with rat ZIP14 primer Forward: 5′-AAGGAAAATGAGCAGACAGAGG-3′, Reverse: 5′-AGAAAAGGTAGAAACCCCCAAA-3′; GAPDH primer Forward: 5′-GGCTCTCTGCTCCTCCCTGTTCTAG -3′, Reverse: 5′-CGTCCGATACGGCCAAATCCGT -3′ and a SYBR Premix Ex Taq kit (Takara).
All results were expressed as means ± SD. Statistical analysis was carried out by using SPSS 11.0. One-way ANOVA, correcting for differences in sample variance, was used to determine whether differences were statistically significant in groups. A P value less than 0.05 was a considered statistically significant difference.
Body weight gain
CORT content in serum
Zinc contents in serum and liver
MT level in liver
ZIP14 mRNA expression in liver
Multiple biological macromolecules and physical cell events involve zinc as a structural component or as a major regulator. As a consequence, zinc is a metal that is essential for several aspects of normal development and health. The occurrence of zinc deficiency and the prevention of oxidative damage by zinc supplementation have been observed in various cells and tissues. A decrease in zinc availability is associated with an increase in cellular oxidants, alterations in the antioxidant defense components, and increased oxidation parameters [25, 26]. Zinc has a variety of effects on biological activities that might explain this hepatoprotective action. These are the following: (1) Zinc stabilizes membranes and inhibits lipid peroxidation; (2) Zinc induces hepatic MT, which is rich in SH groups and binds certain toxic metals; (3) Zinc is required for P450 activity, which is important in toxic drug metabolism; (4) Zinc improves the protein synthesis function of liver; and (5) the hepatoprotective action of zinc administration against oxidative stress was imposed through the regulation of the metabolism of superoxide dismutase, MT and reduced glutathione [27, 28]. Liver disease, especially alcoholic liver disease, has been associated with hypozincemia and zinc deficiency . Besides, liver cirrhosis is frequently accompanied by malnutrition and zinc deficiency, a state closely associated with the development of ascites . The administration of branched amino acids and zinc leads to an increase of zinc and albumin levels in the serum  and an improvement in nutrition state . The substrates albumin and zinc stimulate each other reciprocally. Zinc is a very important factor in albumin synthesis and albumin is the primary transport medium for zinc . In present study, we observed decreased serum zinc level and increased liver zinc level after 7 d and 14 d PS exposure. It is well known that zinc absorption is regulated by a number of factors. Zinc intake also could affect zinc absorption in the small intestine. In this study, the standard diet contained 50 mg/kg zinc was given to exclude the factors related to feeding. No significant differences for diet uptake and body weight gain were detected between the control and PS groups. In our previous study, we found that PS could induce the decreased iron absorption, and then hypoferremia occurred . In order to clarify the detail mechanism of hypozincemia induced by PS, further studies should be carried out, which regard effects on zinc absorption in rats treated by PS exposure. Besides, the elevated hepatic zinc concentration in these rats indicated that PS changed zinc distribution, limited the transportation and utilization of zinc. Therefore, we proposed that liver zinc accumulation might be one of the reasons to aggravate hypozincemia in rats after PS exposure. Furthermore, the results support the use of supplementation of zinc and branched amino acids in liver cirrhosis patients with ascites.
Communication box is a common model to investigate the physical and physiological changes under PS [35, 36]. Without direct physical stress, the box can produce an experimental anxiety based on intraspecies emotion. In our study, serum CORT increased significantly after PS, which indicated that the emotional responses to foot shock activated the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in PS rats. Exposure to stress induces the synthesis of MT, which is low-molecular-weight proteins, rich in cysteine which confers them with a high capacity to bind heavy metal ions (zinc, cadmium, copper, silver, mercury, etc.) in biological systems . This induction is well correlated with the increase in stress-induced serum glucocorticoids as shown in present study . Moreover, adrenalectomy (ADX) had a general decreasing effect on basal MT level . The promoter region glucocorticoid response elements, metal response elements, the antioxidant response elements, and the elements activated by signal transducers and activators of transcription are present in the upstream of the chromosome that codes for MT gene, and are known to be involved in the expression of MT induced by glucocorticoids, zinc, activated oxygen, and cytokines . Zinc is a metal bound to MT. The decrease in serum zinc after exposure to PS may due partially to the significant increase in MT synthesis in the liver which was observed in present study, because zinc absorbed from the small intestine is transported to the liver and then redistributed to other tissues [40, 41]. Cell zinc uptake is facilitated by MT synthesis, which might be one of causes decreasing extracelluar zinc concentration. The present study suggests that exposure to PS decreases extracelluar zinc level through glucocorticoid-mediated MT synthesis. The relationship between stress and zinc signaling is an important issue.
Maintaining cellular zinc homeostasis is of crucial importance for the functions and effects of zinc . Zinc is a trace nutrient indispensable for organisms and its homeostasis is mostly regulated by zinc transporters and MT. Known eukaryotic zinc transporters are largely classified into two families, the ZIP and ZnT families, which are designated as “SLC39” and “SLC30” respectively. ZIP members facilitate zinc influx into the cytosol, while ZnT members facilitate its efflux from the cytosol [43, 44]. Zinc in the liver is stored in two forms: one from which it can be mobilized rapidly, and one with only slow mobilization. The regulatory process depends almost completely on hormonal control by insulin, glucagon and the glucocorticoids. Depending on the metabolic situation, these substances trigger a transient dysregulation of zinc metabolism with subsequent serum zinc deficiency and redistribution in various tissues, particularly in liver. Mediator substances have similar effects . There are tight interactions between MT, an acute–phase protein, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and zinc. IL-6, the most important proinflammatory cytokine regulating the acute–phase protein production regulates ZIP14 in liver and contributes to the zinc deficiency of acute–phase response . ZIP14, one of the ZIP family transporters, is involved in zinc uptake in cells. ZIP14 was localized in the plasma membrane of hepatocytes. The in vivo and in vitro experiments demonstrated that ZIP14 expression was up-regulated by turpentine-induced inflammation and lipopolysaccharide administration through IL-6, and that this zinc transporter most likely plays a major role in the mechanism responsible for hepatic zinc accumulation and hypozincemia that accompanied the acute-phase response to inflammation and infection. In addition, recent experiments suggest that signaling pathways activated by nitric oxide are factors in the upregulation of ZIP14, which in turn mediates hepatic zinc accumulation and hypozincemia during inflammation and sepsis . The physiological roles of ZIP14 are still speculative. In present study, ZIP14 mRNA expression was markedly up-regulated after 7 d PS exposure. IL-6 increased by PS mentioned in our previous study. These results suggest that ZIP14, an IL-6 responsive zinc transporter which facilitates extracelluar zinc into cytosol, was induced through IL-6 because of PS exposure, followed by the increase in the zinc concentration in the liver. After 14 d PS exposure, ZIP14 reached normal level, which was the result of zinc accumulation in liver induced by PS.
Collectively, PS exposure strongly induced a reduction in the serum zinc and liver zinc accumulation, which were correlated with up-regulation of ZIP14 mRNA through IL-6 and MT protein through CORT. However, the exact mechanism of these interactions needs to be further investigated.
This work was supported in part by the grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81001243), Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (no. 10ZR1437400) and Shanghai Health Bureau (no. 08GWQ012).
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