Lipoteichoic acid induces HO-1 expression via the TLR2/MyD88/c-Src/NADPH oxidase pathway and Nrf2 in human tracheal smooth muscle cells

I. Ta Lee, Shyi Wu Wang, Chiang Wen Lee, Chia Chi Chang, Chih Chung Lin, Shue Fen Luo, Chuen Mao Yang*

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Abstract

Heme oxygenase (HO)-1 is a stress-inducible rate-limiting enzyme in heme degradation that confers cytoprotection against oxidative injury and provides a vital function in maintaining tissue homeostasis. Increasing reports have indicated that lipoteichoic acid (LTA) exerts as LPS as an immune system-stimulating agent and plays a role in the pathogenesis of severe inflammatory responses induced by Gram-positive bacterial infection. We report that LTA is an inducer of HO-1 expression mediated through the signaling pathways in human tracheal smooth muscle cells (HTSMCs). LTA-induced HO-1 protein levels, mRNA expression, and promoter activity were attenuated by transfection with dominant negative mutants of TLR2 and MyD88, by pretreatment with the inhibitors of c-Src (PP1), NADPH oxidase (diphenylene iodonium chloride (DPI) and apocynin (APO)), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) or by transfection with small interfering RNAs of Src and NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). LTA-stimulated translocation of p47 phox and Nrf2 or ROS production was attenuated by transfection with dominant negative mutants of TLR2, MyD88, and c-Src and by pretreatment with DPI or APO. Furthermore, LTA-induced TLR2, MyD88, TNFR-associated factor (TRAF)6, c-Src, and p47phox complex formation was revealed by immunoprecipitation using an anti-TLR2 or anti-c-Src Ab followed by Western blot analysis against an anti-TLR2, anti-MyD88, anti-TRAF6, anti-c-Src, or anti-p47phox Ab. These results demonstrated that LTA-induced ROS generation was mediated through the TLR2/MyD88/TRAF6/c-Src/NADPH oxidase pathway, in turn initiates the activation of Nrf2, and ultimately induces HO-1 expression in HTSMCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5098-5110
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume181
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 01 10 2008

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