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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Aug 30;296(4):847-56.

Redox regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and IkappaB-alpha/NF-kappaB nuclear translocation and activation.

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Oxygen Signaling Group, Center for Research into Human Development, Tayside Institute of Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK [corrected].

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  • Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Feb 7;301(2):625..


Reduction-oxidation (redox) state constitutes such a potential signaling mechanism for the regulation of an inflammatory signal associated with oxidative stress. Exposure of alveolar epithelial cells to ascending DeltapO(2) regimen+/-reactive oxygen species (ROS)-generating systems induced a dose-dependent release of interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha. Similarly, the Escherichia coli-derived lipopolysaccharide-endotoxin (LPS) up-regulated cytokine biosynthesis in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Irreversible inhibition of gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of glutathione (GSH), by L-buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO), induced the accumulation of ROS and augmented DeltapO(2) and LPS-mediated release of cytokines. Analysis of the molecular mechanism implicated revealed an inhibitory-kappaB (IkappaB-alpha)/nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB)-independent pathway in mediating redox-dependent regulation of inflammatory cytokines. BSO stabilized cytosolic IkappaB-alpha and down-regulated its phosphorylation, thereby blockading NF-kappaB activation, yet it augmented cytokine secretion. Glutathione depletion is associated with the augmentation of oxidative stress-mediated inflammatory state in a ROS-dependent mechanism and the IkappaB-alpha/NF-kappaB pathway is redox-sensitive but differentially involved in regulating redox-dependent regulation of cytokines.

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