Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 382, Issue 1–2, pp 263–272 | Cite as

UVB irradiation-induced dysregulation of plasma membrane calcium ATPase1 and intracellular calcium homeostasis in human lens epithelial cells

  • Qiuxin Wu
  • Dadong Guo
  • Hongsheng Bi
  • Daoguang Wang
  • Yuxiang Du


Ultraviolet B (UVB) could lead to the apoptosis of human lens epithelial cell and be hypothesized to be one of the important factors of cataractogenesis. In the human lens, Ca2+-ATPase is a major determinant of calcium homeostasis. Plasma membrane calcium ATPase1 (PMCA1) is a putative “housekeeping” isoform and is widely expressed in all tissues and cells, which plays an important role in calcium homeostasis. However, the effects of UVB-irradiation on the expression of PMCA1 and the cellular calcium homeostasis are still unclear. In the present study, we cultured human lens epithelial cells (HLE B-3) in vitro and investigated the effects of UVB irradiation on the expression of PMCA1 and the intracellular calcium homeostasis using real-time cell electronic sensing system, flow cytometry, fluo-3/AM probes, real-time quantitative PCR, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay techniques. We found that UVB irradiation could induce human lens epithelial cell death, cause intracellular calcium ion (Ca2+) elevation, inhibit Ca2+-ATPase activity and decrease the expression of PMCA1 at gene and protein levels, suggesting that the downregulation of PMCA1 and the disruption of calcium homeostasis may play important roles in UVB-induced HLE B-3 cell apoptosis.


Ultraviolet B Calcium homeostasis Plasma membrane calcium ATPase1 Apoptosis Human lens epithelial cell 



This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong province (ZR2010HM032).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qiuxin Wu
    • 1
  • Dadong Guo
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hongsheng Bi
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Daoguang Wang
    • 1
  • Yuxiang Du
    • 1
  1. 1.Shandong University of Traditional Chinese MedicineJinanChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine for Prevention and Therapy of Ocular Diseases in Universities of ShandongEye Institute of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese MedicineJinanChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine for Prevention and Therapy of Ocular Diseases of Shandong ProvinceEye Institute of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese MedicineJinanChina
  4. 4.Affiliated Eye Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese MedicineJinanChina

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