Exposure to far-infrared ray (FIR) has been shown to exert beneficial effects on cardiovascular and emotional disorders. However, the precise underlying mechanism mediated by FIR remains undetermined. Since restraint stress induces cardiovascular and emotional disorders, the present study investigated whether exposure to FIR affects acute restraint stress (ARS) in mice. c-Fos-immunoreactivity (IR) was significantly increased in the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) and dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus (DMH) in response to ARS. The increase in c-Fos-IR parallels that in oxidative burdens in the hypothalamus against ARS. Exposure to FIR significantly attenuated increases in the c-Fos-IR, oxidative burdens and corticosterone level. ARS elicited decreases in GSH/GSSG ratio, cytosolic Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD-1), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and glutathione reductase (GR) activities. FIR-mediated attenuation was particularly observed in ARS-induced decrease in GPx, but not in SOD-1 or GR activity. Consistently, ARS-induced decreases in GPx-1-immunoreactivity in PVN and DMH, and decreases in GPx-1 expression in the hypothalamus were significantly attenuated by FIR. ARS-induced significant increases in phosphorylation of JAK2/STAT3, and nuclear translocation and DNA-binding activity of NFκB were observed in the hypothalamus. Exposure to FIR selectively attenuated phosphorylation of JAK2/STAT3, but did not diminish nuclear translocation and DNA-binding activity of NFκB, suggesting that JAK2/STAT3 constitutes a critical target for FIR-mediated pharmacological potential. ARS-induced increase in c-Fos-IR in the PVN and DMH of non-transgenic mice was significantly attenuated by FIR exposure or JAK2/STAT3 inhibitor AG490. GPx-1 overexpressing transgenic mice significantly protected increases in the c-Fos-IR and corticosterone level induced by ARS. However, neither FIR exposure nor AG490 significantly affected attenuations by genetic overexpression of GPx-1. Moreover, AG490 did not exhibit any additional positive effects against the attenuation by genetic overexpression of GPx-1 or FIR exposure. Our results indicate that exposure to FIR significantly protects ARS-induced increases in c-Fos-IR and oxidative burdens via inhibition of JAK2/STAT3 signaling by induction of GPx-1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Cell Biology