Theophylline prevents NAD(+) depletion via PARP-1 inhibition in human pulmonary epithelial cells

H.J. Moonen*, L. Geraets, A. Vaarhorst, A. Bast, E.F. Wouters, G.J. Hageman

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Oxidative DNA damage, as occurs during exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), highly activates the nuclear enzyme poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 (PARP-1). This can lead to cellular depletion of its substrate NAD(+), resulting in an energy crisis and ultimately in cell death. Inhibition of PARP-1 results in preservation of the intracellular NAD(+) pool, and of NAD(+)-dependent cellular processes. In this study, PARP-1 activation by hydrogen peroxide decreased intracellular NAD(+) levels in human pulmonary epithelial cells, which was found to be prevented in a dose-dependent manner by theophylline, a widely used compound in the treatment of COPD. This enzyme inhibition by theophylline was confirmed in an ELISA using purified human PARP-1 and was found to be competitive by nature. These findings provide new mechanistic insights into the therapeutic effect of theophylline in oxidative stress-induced lung pathologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1805-1810
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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