Molecules Altering the Intracellular Thiol Content Modulate NF-kB and STAT-1/IRF-1 Signalling Pathways and IL-12 p40 and IL-27 p28 Production in Murine Macrophages

Alessandra Fraternale, Rita Crinelli, Anna Casabianca, Maria Filomena Paoletti, Chiara Orlandi, Elisa Carloni, Michaël Smietana, Anna Teresa Palamara, Mauro Magnani

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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the production of Th1 cytokines, namely IL-12 and IL-27, when the intra-macrophage redox state was altered by different chemical entities such as GSH-C4, which is reduced glutathione carrying an aliphatic chain, or I-152, a pro-drug of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and beta-mercaptoethylamine. We had already demonstrated that GSH-C4 and I-152 could shift the immune response towards Th1 in Ovalbumin-immunized mice as well as enhance Th1 response in HIV-1 Tat-immunized mice. Methodology/Principal Findings: By a new high performance liquid chromatography method, we found that 20 mM GSH-C4 provided a number of thiol species in the form of GSH, while 20 mM I-152 decreased GSH and increased the thiols in the form of NAC and I-152. Under these experimental conditions, GSH-C4 and I-152 enhanced and suppressed respectively the mRNA expression levels of IL-12 p40 induced by LPS/IFN-γ as assessed by Real-Time PCR. The protein production of IL-12 p40 was increased by GSH-C4 and decreased by I-152 as determined by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Western immunoblot and electrophoretic mobility shift assays revealed that Nuclear Factor -kB (NF-kB) activation was inhibited by I-152 and prolonged by GSH-C4. Twenty mM I-152 stimulated IL-27 p28 gene expression and sustained Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription (STAT)-mediated interferon regulator factor 1 (IRF-1) de novo synthesis. By contrast, 20 mM GSH-C4 did not exert any effect on IL-27 p28 gene expression. Conclusions and Significance: an increase in the intra-macrophage redox state by GSH-C4 and I-152 enhances Th1 cytokine production although the chemical structure and the intra-cellular metabolism influence differently signalling pathways involved in IL-27 or IL-12 production. GSH-C4 and I-152 may be used as Th1 immunomodulators in some pathologies and in ageing where GSH depletion may contribute to the Th1/Th2 imbalance, and in new immunization strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere57866
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2013

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Interleukin-27
STAT1 Transcription Factor
Macrophages
interleukin-12
interferons
Interleukin-12
thiols
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Interferons
macrophages
acetylcysteine
Molecules
mice
cytokines
Acetylcysteine
immunomodulators
gene expression
ovalbumin
Human immunodeficiency virus 1
chemical structure

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Molecules Altering the Intracellular Thiol Content Modulate NF-kB and STAT-1/IRF-1 Signalling Pathways and IL-12 p40 and IL-27 p28 Production in Murine Macrophages. / Fraternale, Alessandra; Crinelli, Rita; Casabianca, Anna; Paoletti, Maria Filomena; Orlandi, Chiara; Carloni, Elisa; Smietana, Michaël; Palamara, Anna Teresa; Magnani, Mauro.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 8, No. 3, e57866, 11.03.2013.

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Fraternale, Alessandra ; Crinelli, Rita ; Casabianca, Anna ; Paoletti, Maria Filomena ; Orlandi, Chiara ; Carloni, Elisa ; Smietana, Michaël ; Palamara, Anna Teresa ; Magnani, Mauro. / Molecules Altering the Intracellular Thiol Content Modulate NF-kB and STAT-1/IRF-1 Signalling Pathways and IL-12 p40 and IL-27 p28 Production in Murine Macrophages. In: PLoS One. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 3.
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