Endotoxin-mediated nitric oxide synthesis inhibits IL-1β gene transcription in ANA-1 murine macrophages


Journal Article

On the basis of previous work demonstrating nitric oxide (NO)-mediated inhibition of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) DNA binding, we hypothesized that NO downregulates NF-κB-dependent interleukin-1β (IL-1β) production in an ANA-1 macrophage model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. In the presence of LPS (100 ng/ml), levels of IL-1β protein and mRNA were significantly upregulated with NO synthase inhibition. Using nuclear run-on analysis and transient transfection studies, IL-1β gene transcription and IL-1β promoter activity were also found to be increased with inhibition of NO production. Parallel transfection studies using an NF-κB long terminal repeat-reporter plasmid exhibited similar findings, suggesting an NO-mediated effect on NF-κB activity. Gel shift studies showed that LPS-associated NF- κB DNA binding was increased, both in the setting of NO synthase inhibition and in a reducing environment. Repletion of NO by addition of an S- nitrosothiol restored IL-1β protein synthesis, mRNA levels, gene transcription, promoter activity, and NF-κB DNA binding to levels noted in the presence of LPS alone. Our studies indicate that NO may regulate LPS- associated inflammation by downregulating IL-1β gene transcription through S-nitrosation of NF-κB.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schroeder, RA; Cai, C; Kuo, PC

Published Date

  • October 8, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 277 / 3 46-3

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-6143

Citation Source

  • Scopus