Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Free Radic Biol Med. 2007 May 1;42(9):1350-8. Epub 2007 Jan 24.

Endogenous production of reactive oxygen species is required for stimulation of human articular chondrocyte matrix metalloproteinase production by fibronectin fragments.

Author information

  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Section of Rheumatology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, USA.


The objective of the present study was to determine if reactive oxygen species (ROS) are required as secondary messengers for fibronectin fragment-stimulated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) production in human articular chondrocytes. Cultured cells were stimulated with 25 microg/ml of the alpha5beta1 integrin-binding 110-kDa fibronectin fragment (FN-f) in the presence and absence of various antioxidants including Mn(III) tetrakis(4-benzoic acid)porphyrin (MnTBAP). FN-f stimulation significantly increased intracellular levels of ROS in articular chondrocytes. Pretreatment of cells with 250 microM MnTBAP or 40 mM N-acetyl-L-cysteine, but not inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase, completely prevented FN-f-stimulated MMP-3, -10, and -13 production. MnTBAP also blocked FN-f-induced phosphorylation of the MAP kinases and NF-kappaB-associated proteins and blocked activation of an NF-kappaB promoter-reporter construct. Overexpression of catalase, superoxide dismutase, or glutathione peroxidase also inhibited FN-f-stimulated MMP-13 production. Preincubation of chondrocytes with rotenone, an inhibitor of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, or nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), a selective 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor, partially prevented FN-f-stimulated MMP-13 production and decreased MAP kinase and NF-kappaB phosphorylation. These results show that increased production of ROS but not nitric oxide as obligatory secondary messengers in the chondrocyte FN-f signaling pathway leads to the increased production of MMPs, including MMP-13.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center