Influence of hypoxia and reoxygenation on cytokine-induced production of proinflammatory mediators in articular cartilage.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Articular cartilage is an avascular tissue that functions at a lower oxygen tension than do most tissues. With mobilization, arthritic joints may undergo cycles of hypoxia and reoxygenation. The goal of this study was to determine the effects of hypoxia and reoxygenation on cytokine-induced nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) production in articular cartilage. METHODS: Porcine cartilage explants were incubated at 37 degrees C for 72 hours in either 1% O(2) (hypoxia) or 20% O(2) (normoxia) in media supplemented with interleukin-1alpha (IL-1alpha) or tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha), with or without the NO synthase 2 (NOS2) selective inhibitor 1400W. Culture media were then removed and replaced with freshly prepared media and incubated for a further 24 hours in normoxia. RESULTS: NO levels were significantly higher in explants supplemented with IL-1alpha and TNFalpha compared with controls, in both hypoxia and normoxia. Compared with normoxia, hypoxia decreased IL-1alpha- and TNFalpha-induced NO production significantly. Reoxygenation of hypoxic explants resulted in sustained significant NO production in response to either cytokine. However, comparably high levels of NO production were not sustained in explants cultured continuously in normoxia. Although IL-1alpha alone did not significantly increase PGE(2) production, significant PGE(2) superinduction occurred in cartilage stimulated with IL-1alpha and the NOS2 inhibitor 1400W compared with stimulation with IL-1alpha alone in hypoxia, but not in normoxia. CONCLUSION: Oxygen tension significantly affects cytokine-induced proinflammatory mediator production in articular cartilage. Furthermore, hypoxia alters NO mediation of PGE(2) production. Hypoxia and reoxygenation can affect cytokine-induced proinflammatory mediator production, suggesting that oxygen tension may influence inflammation associated with cartilage injury and disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cernanec, J; Guilak, F; Weinberg, JB; Pisetsky, DS; Fermor, B

Published Date

  • April 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 968 - 975

PubMed ID

  • 11953974

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-3591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/art.10213


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States