Zhou R, Tardivel A, Thorens B et al.Thioredoxin-interacting protein links oxidative stress to inflammasome activation. Nat Immunol 11:136-140

Department of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Epalinges, Switzerland.
Nature Immunology (Impact Factor: 20). 12/2009; 11(2):136-40. DOI: 10.1038/ni.1831
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The NLRP3 inflammasome has a major role in regulating innate immunity. Deregulated inflammasome activity is associated with several inflammatory diseases, yet little is known about the signaling pathways that lead to its activation. Here we show that NLRP3 interacted with thioredoxin (TRX)-interacting protein (TXNIP), a protein linked to insulin resistance. Inflammasome activators such as uric acid crystals induced the dissociation of TXNIP from thioredoxin in a reactive oxygen species (ROS)-sensitive manner and allowed it to bind NLRP3. TXNIP deficiency impaired activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome and subsequent secretion of interleukin 1beta (IL-1beta). Akin to Txnip(-/-) mice, Nlrp3(-/-) mice showed improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. The participation of TXNIP in the NLRP3 inflammasome activation may provide a mechanistic link to the observed involvement of IL-1beta in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.

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    • "There is renewed interest in the investigation of tissue alarm signals and such signals have been recently coined ''DAMPS'' (damage/danger associated molecular patterns (Bianchi, 2007), ''danger signals'' (Matzinger, 1994, 1998), and ''hidden-self recognition signals'' (Kono et al., 2010b; Kono and Rock, 2008; Rock and Kono, 2008; Rock et al., 2011). The literature supports several endogenous molecules that can function as alarm signals when released into the extracellular environment, including high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1 (Aneja et al., 2008; Orlova et al., 2007), uric acid (Bianchi, 2007; Kono et al., 2010a; Rock and Kono, 2008), ATP (Ferrari et al., 2006; Mariathasan et al., 2006), glucose (Zhou et al., 2010), and heat shock proteins (Asea et al., 2000; Bethke et al., 2002; Breloer et al., 2001; Campisi et al., 2003; Chen et al., 1999; Colaco, 1998; Fleshner et al., 2002; Habich et al., 2002; Moseley, 1998; Ohashi et al., 2000; Rock and Kono, 2008; Todryk et al., 2000; Vabulas et al., 2002). DAMPs, danger signals or hidden recognition signals share several important common features. "

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    • "Inflammasome can be activated in the liver in both liver-resident cells (Kupffer cells, hepatic stellate cells, sinusoidal endothelial cells), and immune cells (monocytes, macrophages , dendritic cells, natural killer cells) contributing to the apoptotic or necrotic demise of hepatocytes (Brenner et al., 2013). Several inflammasome complexes exist and among them, the NALP-3 inflammasome has been shown recently to be directly activated by the presence of sustained amounts of ROS (Zhou et al., 2010). Furthermore , the oxidative damage produced by free radicals also promotes the activation of NALP-3 inflammasome (Martinon, 2010). "
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    • "Endogenous danger signals (DAMPs) Extracellular ATP ROS and channel formation Cruz et al. (2007) Hyluronan Not yet determined Glucose ROS Zhou et al. (2010) MSU ROS Pétrilli et al. (2007) CPPD Not yet determined A␤ ROS and lysosome rupture Parajuli et al. (2013), Halle et al. (2008) Environmental irritants Skin irritants and UV ROS Bossi et al. (2008) Silica ROS and lysosome rupture Dostert et al. (2008), Hornung et al. (2008) Asbestos ROS Dostert et al. (2008) Alum ROS and lysosome rupture Hornung et al. (2008) Endogenous Microbial Signals (MAMPs) "
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