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Toxicol Sci. 2008 Oct;105(2):322-30. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfn128. Epub 2008 Jul 3.

Double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase mediates induction of interleukin-8 expression by deoxynivalenol, Shiga toxin 1, and ricin in monocytes.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.


Translational inhibitors such as the trichothecene mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) and ribosomal inhibitory proteins (RIPs) induce mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-driven chemokine and cytokine production by a mechanism known as the ribotoxic stress response (RSR). Double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase (PKR) associates with the ribosome making it uniquely positioned to sense 28S ribosomal RNA damage and initiate the RSR. We have previously shown that PKR mediates DON-induced MAPK phosphorylation in macrophages and monocytes. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that PKR is essential for induction of interleukin (IL)-8 expression in monocytes by DON and two prototypical RIPs, ricin, and Shiga toxin 1 (Stx1). Preincubation of human monocytic U937 cells with the PKR inhibitors C16 and 2-aminopurine (2-AP) blocked DON-induced expression of IL-8 protein and mRNA. Induction of IL-8 expression was similarly impaired in U937 cells stably transfected with a dominant negative PKR plasmid (UK9M) as compared with cells transfected with control plasmid (UK9C). Nuclear factor-kappa B binding, which has been previously shown to be a requisite for DON-induced IL-8 transcription, was markedly reduced in UK9M cells as compared with UK9C cells. As observed for DON, ricin-, and Stx1-induced IL-8 expression was suppressed by the PKR inhibitors C16 and 2-AP as well as impaired in UK9M cells. Taken together, these data indicate that PKR plays a common role in IL-8 induction by DON and the two RIPs, suggesting that this kinase might be a critical factor in RSR.

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