Protein phosphatase-2A is activated in pig brain following cardiac arrest and resuscitation
Protein Phosphatase 2
Protein phosphatase-2A (PP-2A) interacts with several regulators of cell death pathways and is therefore a potential component of signaling pathways linking global cerebral ischemia to cell death. Using a novel procedure to quantify PP-2A activity, we find that cardiac arrest with resuscitation and reperfusion leads to activation of PP-2A by 1.6-fold in pig brain extract and by 3.4-fold after partial purification of PP-2A. This is the first demonstration of PP-2A activation in a clinically relevant model of transient global cerebral ischemia. These results suggest that inhibition of PP-2A activity may be neuroprotective in global cerebral ischemia.