Lipid metabolism enzyme 5-LOX and its metabolite LTB4 are capable of activating transcription factor NF-κB in hepatoma cells.
ABSTRACT The issue that lipid metabolism enzyme and its metabolites regulate transcription factors in cancer cell is not fully understood. In this study, we first report that the lipid metabolism enzyme 5-Lipoxygenase (5-LOX) and its metabolite leukotriene B4 (LTB4) are capable of activating nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) in hepatoma cells. We found that the treatment of MK886 (an inhibitor of 5-LOX) or knockdown of 5-LOX was able to downregulate the expression of NF-κB p65 at the mRNA level and decreased the phosphorylation level of inhibitor κBα (IκBα) in the cytoplasm of hepatoma HepG2 or H7402 cells, which resulted in the decrease of the level of nuclear NF-κB p65. These were confirmed by immunofluorescence staining in HepG2 cell. Moreover, the above treatments were able to decrease the transcriptional activity of NF-κB in the cells. The LTB4, one of metabolites of 5-LOX, is responsible for 5-LOX-activated NF-κB in a dose-dependent manner. Thus, we conclude that the lipid metabolism enzyme 5-LOX and its metabolite LTB4 are capable of activating transcription factor NF-κB in hepatoma cells. Our finding provides new insight into the significance of lipid metabolism in activation of transcription factors in cancer.
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ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: We assessed whether tetramethylpyrazine (TMP), an active ingredient of Ligusticum wallichii Franchat, attenuates atherosclerosis (AS) development in rabbits and protects endothelial cells injured by ox-LDL. METHODS: In vivo, rabbits subjected to atherosclerosis were treated with TMP (75 and 150 mg/kg) by oral gavage for 12 weeks. In vitro, rat aortic endothelial cells (RAECs) were stimulated by ox-LDL. RESULTS: TMP treatment with 75 and 150 mg/kg significantly reduced the relative atherosclerosis area ratio in the aorta (0.41 ± 0.042, 0.27 ± 0.047 vs. 0.66 ± 0.058 in AS), the ratio of intimal/medial thickness (0.54 ± 0.09, 0.39 ± 0.07 vs. 1.1 ± 0.3 in AS) and the number of monocytes in intimal (10.1 ± 2.8, 8.2 ± 2.0 vs. 14.1 ± 4.9 counts/mm(2) in AS). TMP also decreased levels of TC (15 ± 4.2 to 6.1 ± 1.2 mmol/L), TG (1.8 ± 0.3 to 1.08 ± 0.24 mmol/L), LDL-C (20.1 ± 4.3 to 10.2 ± 1.6 mmol/L) and increased HDL-C levels (0.40 ± 0.08 to 0.85 ± 0.17 mmol/L) in atherosclerosis rabbit plasma. TMP decreased the MCP-1 (187.3 ± 38.4 to 86.1 ± 17.2 pg/ml) and ICAM-1 (350.6 ± 43.7 to 260.6 ± 46.1 pg/ml) levels in plasma and inhibited LOX-1 expression in the rabbit aortas. Moreover, our in vitro study revealed that TMP suppressed monocyte adhesion to RAECs, inhibited RAEC migration, and down-regulated MCP-1 and ICAM-1 expression in ox-LDL-injured RAECs. Likewise, TMP inhibited LOX-1 and 5-LOX expression, and prevented nuclear accumulation of RelA/p65 and IκB degradation in ox-LDL-injured RAECs. Furthermore, TMP suppressed ox-LDL-induced activations of p-ERK, p-p38, and p-JNK MAPK. CONCLUSION: TMP produces a tangible protection in atherosclerosis and endothelial cells. TMP might be a potential protective agent for atherosclerosis.Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy 01/2013; · 2.67 Impact Factor