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Clin Cosmet Investig Dent. 2011 Jan 19;3:1-8. doi: 10.2147/CCIDEN.S16066. Print 2011.

Oxidized galectin-1 reduces lipopolysaccharide-induced increase of proinflammatory cytokine mRNA in cultured macrophages.

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  • 1Department of Orthodontics, Kanagawa Dental College, Yokosuka.



Periodontitis is prevalent in older humans. Limiting the inflammation associated with periodontitis may provide a therapy for this condition, because Gram-negative bacteria expressing lipopolysaccharide (LPS) have a key role in initiation of inflammation by activating macrophage functions. Because oxidized galectin-1 regulates macrophage functions in other systems, we sought to establish whether this galectin-1 mRNA is expressed in the oral cavity, and whether it could dampen LPS-induced macrophage activation in vitro.


Using the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), we measured galectin-1 mRNA expression to clarify its localization to rat gingival tissues and studied the effect of Porphyromonas gingivalis challenge on galectin-1 expression. Next, we tested the effects of adding oxidized galectin-1 to cultured LPS-activated peritoneal macrophages on mRNA expression of proinflammatory factors by RT-PCR and real-time RT-PCR.


We established that galectin-1 mRNA is expressed in gingival tissues and also showed that galectin-1 mRNA was significantly increased by challenge with P. gingivalis, indicating that galectin-1 may regulate oral inflammation. On the other hand, LPS 100 ng/mL in serum-containing medium induced macrophages to upregulate mRNA associated with a proinflammatory response, ie, interleukins 1β and 6, and inducible nitric oxide synthase. We showed that application of 0.1-10 ng/mL of oxidized galectin-1 to LPS-treated macrophages reduced the intense LPS- induced increase by serum in proinflammatory mRNA expression in a concentration-dependent manner. Furthermore, application of oxidized galectin-1 10 ng/mL to LPS-treated macrophages in serum-free medium also showed a similar effect on LPS activity.


Oxidized galectin-1 restricts the proinflammatory actions of LPS, and this protein could limit the negative effects of inflammation.


galectin-1; inflammation; lipopolysaccharide; macrophage; periodontitis; proinflammatory factors

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