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E-GEOD-54255 - Gene expression data from precision cut human liver slices treated to diclofenac

Released on 22 January 2014, last updated on 3 June 2014
Homo sapiens
Samples (10)
Array (1)
Protocols (7)
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important clinical problem. Here we used a genomics approach to establish the critical drug-induced toxicity pathways that act in synergy with the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) to cause cell death of liver HepG2 cells. Transcriptomics of the cell injury stress response pathways initiated by two hepatoxicants, diclofenac and carbamazepine, revealed the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress/translational initiation signaling and Nrf2 antioxidant signaling as two major affected pathways, which was similar to that observed for the majority of ~80 DILI compounds in primary human hepatocytes. The ER stress was primarily related to PERK and ATF4 activation and subsequent expression of CHOP, which was all independent of TNFα signaling. Identical ATF4 dependent transcriptional programs were observed in primary human hepatocytes as well as primary precision cut human liver slices. Targeted RNA interference studies revealed that while ER stress signaling through IRE1α and ATF6 acted cytoprotective, activation of the ER stress protein kinase PERK and subsequent expression of CHOP was pivotal for the onset of drug/TNF-induced apoptosis. While inhibition of the Nrf2-dependent adaptive oxidative stress response enhanced the drug/TNF cytotoxicity, Nrf2 signaling did not affect CHOP expression. Both hepatotoxic drugs enhanced expression of the translational initiation factor EIF4A1, which was essential for CHOP expression and drug/TNF-mediated cell killing. Our data support a model in which enhanced drug-induced translation initiates PERK-mediated CHOP signaling in an EIF4A1 dependent manner, thereby sensitizing towards caspase-8-dependent TNF induced apoptosis. Liver slices (diameter 4 mm, thickness 250 µm) were pre-incubated at 37°C for 1h individually in a well containing 1.3 ml Williams’ medium E with glutamax-1 (Gibco, Paisley, UK), supplemented with 25 mM D-glucose and 50 µg/ml gentamicin (Gibco, Paisley, UK) (WEGG medium) in a 12-well plate with shaking (90 times/min) under saturated carbogen atmosphere.
Experiment type
transcription profiling by array 
Steven Wink <>, Bob van de Water, Bram Herpers, Erik Danen, Geny Groothuis, Giulia Benedetti, Hans de Bont, John Meerman, Lisa Fredriksson, Mackenzie Hadi, Marjo de Graauw, Mirjam Luijten
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-54255.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-54255.sdrf.txt
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Array designA-GEOD-13158.adf.txt