Endothelial iron homeostasis regulates blood-brain barrier integrity via the HIF2α—Ve-cadherin pathway

Daniel Rand, Orly Ravid, Dana Atrakchi, Hila Israelov, Yael Bresler, Chen Shemesh, Liora Omesi, Sigal Liraz-Zaltsman, Fabien Gosselet, Taber S. Maskrey, Michal Schnaider Beeri, Peter Wipf, Itzik Cooper

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The objective of this study was to investigate the molecular response to damage at the blood brain barrier (BBB) and to elucidate critical pathways that might lead to effective treatment in central nervous system (CNS) pathologies in which the BBB is compromised. We have used a human, stem-cell derived in-vitro BBB injury model to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling BBB integrity. Chemical injury induced by exposure to an organophosphate re-sulted in rapid lipid peroxidation, initiating a ferroptosis-like process. Additionally, mitochondrial ROS formation (MRF) and increase in mitochondrial membrane permeability were induced, leading to apoptotic cell death. Yet, these processes did not directly result in damage to barrier functionality, since blocking them did not reverse the increased permeability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number311
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Blood-brain barrier
  • DFO
  • HIF2α
  • Iron
  • Ve-cadherin

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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