2014.03.03,Professor Sun Fei Published a paper in Scientific Reports

  • 2014.03.03,Professor Sun Fei Published a paper entitled:“Interleukin-6 disrupts blood-testis barrier through inhibiting protein degradation or activating phosphorylated ERK in Sertoli cells” in Scientific Reports
    Author:Zhang Huijuan、Yin Yimeng、Wang Guishuan、Liu Zhimin、Liu Lin、Sun Fei


    It has been recently ascribed to several inflammatory cytokines (i.e. TGF-β3, TNF-α, and IL-1) a functional role in regulating Sertoli cell blood-testis barrier (BTB) dynamics. In the testis, IL-6 inhibits meiotic DNA synthesis during the seminiferous epithelium cycle, reduces sperm motility and influences the secretion of transferrin and inhibin B by Sertoli cells. Also, it has been shown that IL-6 affects tight junction permeability in Sertoli cells, but, little is known about its role in regulating the BTB. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which IL-6 affects BTB dynamics. We show that IL-6 perturbs the integrity of the BTB, and alters the normal localization and steady-state levels of BTB integral membrane proteins. We demonstrated that IL-6 regulates the BTB by inhibiting the degradation of BTB constitutive proteins and activating ERK-MAPK pathways. Our results provide mechanistic insight into the roles of IL-6 in regulating BTB dynamics.
    DOI: 10.1038/srep04260
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