Effect of H-7 on cultured human trabecular meshwork cells.

PubMed ID: 11436001

Author(s): Liu X, Cai S, Glasser A, Volberg T, Polansky JR, Fauss DJ, Brandt CR, Geiger B, Kaufman PL. Effect of H-7 on cultured human trabecular meshwork cells. Mol Vis. 2001 Jun 27;7:145-53. PMID 11436001

Journal: Molecular Vision, Volume 7, Jun 2001

PURPOSE To determine the effect of the serine-threonine kinase inhibitor H-7, which blocks actomyosin contractility and increases outflow facility in live monkeys, on morphology, cytoskeleton, and cellular adhesions of human trabecular meshwork (HTM) cells in culture.

METHODS Cultured HTM cells were videographically recorded and evaluated before and after exposure to H-7 at different concentrations. The subcellular distribution of the actin-based cytoskeleton and associated anchor proteins including vinculin, paxillin, and beta-catenin, as well as phosphotyrosine-containing proteins were evaluated by fluorescence immunocytochemistry and digital fluorescence microscopy.

RESULTS H-7 induced pronounced but reversible HTM cell thickening toward the cell center and deterioration of the actin cytoskeletal network. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) and cell-cell adhesions were also affected, but the beta-catenin-rich, vinculin-containing adherens junctions were clearly more resistant than focal contacts. Phosphotyrosine labeling in focal contacts was highly sensitive to H-7.

CONCLUSIONS H-7 induces alterations in cell shape, actin cytoskeleton, and associated focal adhesions in cultured HTM cells, which may be responsible for the effects of H-7 on outflow facility in live monkey eyes.