Implication of the ERK/MAPK pathway in antipsychotics-induced dopamine D2 receptor upregulation and in the preventive effects of (±)-α-lipoic acid in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells.

TitleImplication of the ERK/MAPK pathway in antipsychotics-induced dopamine D2 receptor upregulation and in the preventive effects of (±)-α-lipoic acid in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDeslauriers, J, Desmarais, C, Sarret, P, Grignon, S
JournalJ Mol Neurosci
Volume52
Issue3
Pagination378-83
Date Published2014 Mar
ISSN1559-1166
KeywordsAmisulpride, Antipsychotic Agents, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Survival, Haloperidol, Humans, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3, Neurons, Neuroprotective Agents, Receptors, Dopamine D2, RNA, Messenger, Sulpiride, Thioctic Acid, Up-Regulation
Abstract

Chronic administration of antipsychotics (APs) has been associated with dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) upregulation and tardive dyskinesia. We previously showed that haloperidol, a first-generation AP, exerted a more robust increase in D2R expression than amisulpride, a second-generation AP and that (±)-α-lipoic acid pre-treatment reversed the AP-induced D2R upregulation. We also demonstrated that the Akt/GSK-3β/β-catenin pathway is involved in the control of D2R expression levels, but is unlikely implicated in the preventive effects of (±)-α-lipoic acid since co-treatment with haloperidol and (±)-α-lipoic acid exerts synergistic effects on Akt/GSK-3β activation. These findings led us to examine whether the ERK/MAPK signaling pathway may be involved in D2R upregulation elicited by APs, and in its reversal by (±)-α-lipoic acid, in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. Our results revealed that haloperidol, in parallel with an elevation in D2R mRNA levels, induced a larger increase of ERK (p42/p44) phosphorylation than amisulpride. Pre-treatment with the selective ERK inhibitor U0126 attenuated haloperidol-induced increase in D2R upregulation. Furthermore, (±)-α-lipoic acid prevented AP-induced ERK activation. These results show that (1) the ERK/MAPK pathway is involved in haloperidol-induced D2R upregulation; (2) the preventive effect of (±)-α-lipoic acid on haloperidol-induced D2R upregulation is in part mediated by an ERK/MAPK-dependent signaling cascade. Taken together, our data suggest that (±)-α-lipoic acid exerts synergistic effects with haloperidol on the Akt/GSK-3β pathway, potentially involved in the therapeutic effects of APs, and antagonism of ERK activation and D2R upregulation, potentially involved in tardive dyskinesia and treatment resistance.

DOI10.1007/s12031-013-0158-6
Alternate JournalJ. Mol. Neurosci.
PubMed ID24203573