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Cytokine. 2012 Jun;58(3):415-23. doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2012.03.009. Epub 2012 Apr 7.

The anti-inflammatory actions of IL-4 in human monocytes are not mediated by IL-10, RP105 or the kinase activity of RIPK2.

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  • 1Inflammation Laboratory, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia, GPO Box 855, West Perth 6872, Australia.


The anti-inflammatory actions of IL-4 in activated human monocytes may reflect transcriptional regulation of genes involved in TLR signaling pathways. Tailored gene arrays were conducted to profile the expression of 84 genes central to TLR-mediated signal transduction in human monocytes treated with the TLR4 ligand, LPS, with or without IL-4. In the first 3h, IL-4 down-regulated mRNA levels of LPS-induced inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, without altering mRNA levels of TLRs, TLR-related signaling molecules or multiple transcription factors. The down-regulation of inflammatory genes by IL-4 was preceded by an early up-regulation of IL-10 mRNA and protein and mRNA for receptor-interacting serine-threonine kinase 2 (RIPK2), the TLR homolog, RP105, and c-Maf, a transcription factor required for IL-10 gene expression. However, IL-4 still suppressed LPS-induced TNFα production in bone-marrow derived macrophages from IL10(-/-) mice, and in the presence of a neutralizing antibody to IL-10 in human monocytes. The up-regulation of RIPK2 and RP105 mRNA by IL-4 occurred independently of IL-10. IL-4 maintained the ability to suppress LPS-induced TNFα and enhance IL-10 production in the presence of RIPK2 kinase inhibitors. Further, IL-4 failed to up-regulate expression of RP105 at the cell surface. In conclusion, the anti-inflammatory actions of IL-4 occur independently of IL-10, RP105, and the kinase activity of RIPK2.

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