2Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow, Russia; E-mail: Chistyakof@gmail.com
3Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, 117997 Moscow, Russia
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Received June 30, 2017; Revision received August 7, 2017
Investigation of molecular mechanisms of proinflammatory stimuli signaling in astrocytes is important for understanding their role in pathogenesis of central nervous system diseases as well as in functioning of the innate immunity system in non-immune cells. Here we show that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation of primary rat astrocytes led to conventional inflammatory response: increase in both proinflammatory (tumor necrosis factor, TNFα; prostaglandin E2, PGE2) and antiinflammatory marker (interleukin 10, IL-10) levels. The protein level of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) was also increased. Rosiglitazone strengthened LPS-induced mRNA expression of COX-2 and IL-10 but not TNFα. Rosiglitazone is an agonist of nuclear receptor PPARγ, but its impact on IL-10 expression was not influenced by a PPARγ antagonist, GW9662, suggesting PPARγ-independent effect of rosiglitazone. The degradation of mRNA is one of the steps of inflammation regulation and might be affected by small molecules. In experiments with actinomycin D, we found that mRNA half-lives of IL-10, COX-2, and TNFα in naive astrocytes were 70, 44, and 19 min, respectively. LPS stimulation caused 2-fold increase in IL-10 and COX-2 mRNA decay rates, whereas addition of rosiglitazone restored them to the initial level. TNFα decay rate was not changed by these stimulations. This suggests that mRNA decay rate could be regulated by small molecules. Moreover, rosiglitazone could be used as a substance stimulating the resolution of inflammation without influence on proinflammatory signals. These results open new perspectives in the search for inflammation resolution modulators.
KEY WORDS: rosiglitazone, inflammatory response, astrocytes, mRNA stability