NADPH oxidase promotes NF-κB activation and proliferation in human airway smooth muscle


Journal Article

Evidence is rapidly accumulating that low-activity-reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidases homologous to that in phagocytic cells generate reactive oxygen species as signaling intermediates in both endothelium and vascular smooth muscle. We therefore explored the possibility of such an oxidase regulating growth of airway smooth muscle (AWSM). Proliferation of human AWSM cells in culture was inhibited by the antioxidants catalase and N-acetylcysteine, and by the flavoprotein inhibitor diphenylene iodonium (DPI). Membranes prepared from human AWSM cells generated superoxide anion (O 2-) measured by superoxide dismutase-inhibitable lucigenin chemiluminescence, with et distinct preference for NADPH instead of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide as substrate. Chemiluminescence was also inhibited by DPI, suggesting the presence of a flavoprotein containing oxidase generating O 2- as a signaling molecule for cell growth. Examination of human AWSM cells by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction consistently demonstrated transcripts with sequences identical to those reported for p22 phox. Transfection with p22 phox antisense oligonucleotides reduced human AWSM proliferation. Inhibition of NADPH oxidase activity with DPI prevented serum-induced activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), and overexpression of a superrepressor form of the NF-κB inhibitor IκBα significantly reduced human AWSM growth. These findings suggest that an NADPH oxidase containing p22 phox regulates growth-factor responsive human AWSM proliferation, and that the oxidase signals in part through activation of the prototypical redox-regulated transcription factor NF-κB.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brar, SS; Kennedy, TP; Sturrock, AB; Huecksteadt, TP; Quinn, MT; Murphy, TM; Chitano, P; Hoidal, JR

Published Date

  • July 2, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 282 / 4 26-4

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-0605

Citation Source

  • Scopus