Nitric oxide donors suppress chemokine production by keratinocytes in vitro and in vivo

Maria Laura Giustizieri, Cristina Albanesi, Claudia Scarponi, Ornella De Pità, Giampiero Girolomoni

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Nitric oxide (NO) is involved in the modulation of inflammatory responses. In psoriatic skin, NO is highly produced by epidermal keratinocytes in response to interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α. In this study, we investigated whether the NO donors, S-nitrosoglutathione (GS-NO) and NOR-1, could regulate chemokine production by human keratinocytes activated with interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-a. In addition, we studied the effects of the topical application of a GS-NO ointment on chemokine expression in lesional psoriatic skin. NO donors diminished in a dose-dependent manner and at both mRNA and protein levels the IP-10, RANTES, and MCP-1 expression in keratinocytes cultured from healthy patients and psoriatic patients. In contrast, constitutive and induced interleukin-8 production was unchanged. GS-NO-treated psoriatic skin showed reduction of IP-10, RANTES, and MCP-1, but not interleukin-8 expression by keratinocytes. Moreover, the number of CD14+ and CD3+ cells infiltrating the epidermis and papillary dermis diminished significantly. NO donors also down-regulated ICAM-1 protein expression without affecting mRNA accumulation in vitro, and suppressed keratinocyte ICAM-1 in vivo. Finally, NO donors inhibited nuclear factor-κB and STAT-1, but not AP-1 activities in transiently transfected keratinocytes. These results define NO donors as negative regulators of chemokine production by keratinocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1418
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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