Role of extracellular nucleotide phosphohydrolysis in intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury

Melanie L. Hart, Martina Henn, David Köhler, Doris Kloor, Michel Mittelbronn, Iris C. Gorzolla, Gregory L. Stahl, Holger K. Eltzschig

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Extracellular adenosine has been implicated as an innate antiinflammatory metabolite, particularly during conditions of limited oxygen availability such as ischemia. Because extracellular adenosine generation is primarily produced via phosphohydrolysis from its precursor molecule adenosine-monophosphate (AMP) through the enzyme ecto-5′-nucleotidase (CD73), we examined the contribution of CD73-dependent adenosine production in modulation of intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. Following transcriptional and translational profiling of intestinal tissue that revealed a prominent induction of murine CD73, we next determined the role of CD73 in protection against intestinal IR injury. Interestingly, pharmacological inhibition or targeted gene deletion of CD73 significantly enhanced not only local intestinal injury, but also secondary organ injury, following IR as measured by intestinal and lung myeloperoxidase, aspartate and alanine aminotransferase, interleukin (IL) -1, IL-6, and histological injury. To confirm the role of CD73 in intestinal adenosine production, we measured adenosine tissue levels and found that they were increased with IR injury. In contrast, CD73-deficient (cd73-/-) mice had lower adenosine levels at baseline and no increase with IR injury. Finally, reconstitution of cd73-/- mice or treatment of wild-type mice with soluble 5′-nucleotidase was associated with significantly lower levels of injury. These data reveal a previously unrecognized role of CD73 in attenuating intestinal IR-mediated injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2784-2797
Number of pages14
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenosine receptor
  • CD73
  • HIF
  • Hypoxia
  • Hypoxia-inducible factor


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