Hepatocyte-specific deletion of heme oxygenase-1 disrupts redox homeostasis in Basal and oxidative environments

Takashi Mamiya, Fumiki Katsuoka, Aki Hirayama, Osamu Nakajima, Akira Kobayashi, Jonathan M. Maher, Hirofumi Matsui, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Masayuki Yamamoto, Tomonori Hosoya

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is the rate-limiting enzyme of heme catabolism and has been assumed to be important in cellular response against oxidative stress through modification of the pro-oxidant heme into less toxic catabolites that behave as antioxidants. However, the precise mechanisms involved and the physiological significance of such activity remain to be clarified. To elucidate roles HO-1 plays in vivo, hepatocyte-specific conditional knockout (CKO) mice of HO-1 gene were generated by site-specific recombination using albumin-promoter-driven Cre-loxP system. in livers of HO-1 CKO mice HO-1 protein level decreased to approximately 30% of control mouse livers. The HO-1 CKO mice are viable, exhibit normal growth curves over six months, and show no histological and serological abnormalities. We found that several cytoprotective genes, such as NAD(P)H dehydrogenase quinone 1 and glutathione S-transferase P1, showed markedly elevated expression, suggesting the increase of oxidative stress in HO-1 CKO mice even under quiescent conditions. In vivo electron paramagnetic resonance studies demonstrated that signal decay times of nitroxyl radicals were significantly longer in livers of HO-1 CKO mice than that of control mice, indicating that radical scavenging activity was significantly compromised in the mutant liver. HO-1 CKO mice were susceptible to carbon tetrachloride hepatotoxicity. These results provide the first in vivo evidence that HO-1 acts to protect cells against the oxidative stress in both basal conditions and upon chemical insult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-339
Number of pages9
JournalTohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Heme oxygenase-1
  • In vivo EPR
  • Oxidative stress
  • Reactive oxygen species


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