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Lab Invest. 2010 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print]

RETRACTED: Blockade of TNF-α signaling suppresses the AREG-mediated IL-6 and IL-8 cytokines secretion induced by anti-Ro/SSA autoantibodies.

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Laboratory of Cell Biology, Department of Human Anatomy and Histology, University of Bari Medical School, Bari, Italy.


The aim of this study was to analyze the Furin-TNF-α-converting enzyme (TACE)-amphiregulin (AREG)-IL-6/IL-8 secretion pathway in non-neoplastic human salivary gland epithelial cells (SGECs) stimulated with anti-Ro/SSA autoantibodies (Abs). We examined whether anti-Ro/SSA Abs-mediated TACE activation is responsible for AREG activation. As recent studies have demonstrated that AREG could induce proinflammatory cytokines secretion in epithelial cells, we discuss how TACE-mediated AREG shedding, caused by anti-Ro/SSA Abs treatment, could have a critical role in TNF-α-induced IL-6 and IL-8 secretion by SGEC. Furthermore, the effects of TNF-α blockade on AREG expression and TNF-α-AREG-mediated IL-6 and IL-8 secretion were evaluated. We have discovered that the upregulation of AREG occurs through TNF-α produced after anti-Ro/SSA Abs uptake via Fcγ receptors. Biological drug adalimumab and the gene silencing technique were used to study the AREG-IL-6/IL-8 secretion pathway, demonstrating that (i) adalimumab-mediated TNF-α blocking and TNF-α gene silencing provoke a significant decrease of proinflammatory cytokines production and AREG expression in anti-Ro/SSA Abs-treated SGEC; (ii) AREG gene silencing has a potent inhibitory effect on TNF-α-induced IL-6 and IL-8 secretion in SGEC treated with anti-Ro/SSA Abs; (iii) an inspection of the kinetics of cytokine production after exogeni TNF-α and AREG addition, and the use of cycloheximide in the presence of exogenous TNF-α as stimulant, clarified that TNF-α induces IL-6 and IL-8 secretion through AREG.Laboratory Investigation advance online publication, 20 September 2010; doi:10.1038/labinvest.2010.168.

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