Annexin A2: The Importance of Being Redox Sensitive

Patrícia A Madureira, David M Waisman

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Hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) is an important second messenger in cellular signal transduction. H(2)O(2)-dependent signalling regulates many cellular processes, such as proliferation, differentiation, migration and apoptosis. Nevertheless, H(2)O(2) is an oxidant and a major contributor to DNA damage, protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation, which can ultimately result in cell death and/or tumourigenesis. For this reason, cells have developed complex antioxidant systems to scavenge ROS. Recently, our laboratory identified the protein, annexin A2, as a novel cellular redox regulatory protein. Annexin A2 possesses a reactive cysteine residue (Cys-8) that is readily oxidized by H(2)O(2) and subsequently reduced by the thioredoxin system, thereby enabling annexin A2 to participate in multiple redox cycles. Thus, a single molecule of annexin A2 can inactivate several molecules of H(2)O(2). In this report, we will review the studies detailing the reactivity of annexin A2 thiols and the importance of these reactive cysteine(s) in regulating annexin A2 structure and function. We will also focus on the recent reports that establish novel functions for annexin A2, namely as a protein reductase and as a cellular redox regulatory protein. We will further discuss the importance of annexin A2 redox regulatory function in disease, with a particular focus on tumour progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3568-3594
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2013


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