Anti-inflammatory effect of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) in microglial cells.
ABSTRACT Our aim was to study how different SERMs modulate the inflammatory responses induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or unmethylated CpG-oligonucleotides in mouse and rat microglial cells.
Inflammatory responses of mouse N9 microglial cells and rat primary hippocampal microglia to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposure were recorded by the secretion of nitric oxide (NO) and cytokine IL-6 in two models where SERM was added either 24 h before LPS addition or simultaneously or even after the LPS exposure. The responses of 17beta-estradiol, tamoxifen, raloxifene and ICI 182.780 were compared. Responses were recorded by ELISA, Northern and EMSA assays.
SERMs but not 17beta-estradiol induced a significant, concentration-dependent anti-inflammatory response both in rat primary microglial cells and in mouse N9 microglial cells. The response was observed both in NO and IL-6 secretion as well as in total IL-6 mRNA expression. We have recently observed that histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors can potentiate the LPS-induced inflammatory response. Raloxifene and tamoxifen inhibited the potentiation of LPS response induced by trichostatin A, an HDAC inhibitor, in N9 microglia. A SERM-induced anti-inflammatory response was observed in acute models where SERM was added simultaneously or even up to 6 h later than LPS exposure. In contrast, the pretreatment of N9 microglia with tamoxifen or raloxifene for 30 h before LPS exposure did not provide any protection against the LPS response. We also observed that the raloxifene-induced protection in N9 microglia was connected to a decline of LPS-induced DNA binding activity of AP-1 but not that of NF-kappaB transcription factors.
Our results show that tamoxifen, raloxifene and ICI 182.780 induce an anti-inflammatory response in acute models of mouse and rat microglial cells. It seems that this response is not estrogen receptor-mediated but, probably, is attributable to some SERM-induced modulation of LPS-activated pro-inflammatory signalling cascades.
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ABSTRACT: Following brain injury, microglia assume a reactive-like state and secrete pro-inflammatory molecules that can potentiate damage. A therapeutic strategy that may limit microgliosis is of potential interest. In this context, selective estrogen receptor modulators, such as raloxifene and tamoxifen, are known to reduce microglia activation induced by neuroinflammatory stimuli in young animals. In the present study, we have assessed whether raloxifene and tamoxifen are able to affect microglia activation after brain injury in young and aged animals in time points relevant to clinics, which is hours after brain trauma. Volume fraction of MHC-II(+) microglia was estimated according to the point-counting method of Weibel within a distance of 350 μm from the lateral border of the wound, and cellular morphology was measured by fractal analysis. Two groups of animals were studied: (1) young rats, ovariectomized at 2 months of age; and (2) aged rats, ovariectomized at 18 months of age. Fifteen days after ovariectomy animals received a stab wound brain injury and the treatment with estrogenic compounds. Our findings indicate that raloxifene and tamoxifen reduced microglia activation in both young and aged animals. Although the volume fraction of reactive microglia was found lower in aged animals, this was accompanied by important changes in cell morphology, where aged microglia assume a bushier and hyperplasic aspect when compared to young microglia. These data suggest that early regulation of microglia activation provides a mechanism by which selective estrogen receptors modulators (SERMs) may exert a neuroprotective effect in the setting of a brain trauma.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 07/2014; 6:132. · 2.84 Impact FactorThis article is viewable in ResearchGate's enriched formatRG Format enables you to read in context with side-by-side figures, citations, and feedback from experts in your field.
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ABSTRACT: Growing evidence shows that steroid hormones, especially 17β-estradiol (E2), protect neuronal cells by attenuating excess activation of microglia. However, the use of E2 in the clinic is controversial because of its peripheral actions in reproductive organs and its potential to increase risk for endometrial cancer and breast cancer. Selective estrogen-receptor modulators (SERMs) bind to estrogen receptors (ERs), but their effects as ER agonists or antagonists are dependent on the target tissue. SERMs pose very little cancer risk as a result of their anti-estrogen action in reproductive organs, but their action in the brain is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of SERMs tamoxifen (Tam) and raloxifene (Rlx) on microglial activation and subsequent neuronal injury. Tam and Rlx suppressed the increases in proinflammatory cytokines and chemokine expression that were induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in rat primary microglia cultures. The microglial-conditioned media pretreated with Tam or Rlx significantly attenuated cellular injury in SH-SY5Y cells elicited by microglial-conditioned media treated with LPS alone. Rat primary microglia expressed ERα and ERβ primarily in the nucleus, and thus we examined the involvement of ERs in the suppressive action of Tam and Rlx on microglial activation using a pure ER antagonist, ICI182,780. Pretreatment with ICI182,780 abolished the suppressive effects of SERMs on microglial activation, as well as their protective action on SH-SY5Y cells. A luciferase assay using a vector with 3 estrogen response elements (EREs) revealed that Tam and Rlx activated ERE-mediated transcription in rat primary microglia. Taken together, these results suggest that Tam and Rlx suppress microglial activation and subsequent neuronal cell death via an ER-mediated transcription pathway. SERMs could represent a novel therapeutic strategy for disorders of the central nervous system based on their ability to suppress neuroinflammation.The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 10/2014; · 4.05 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) is a nuclear enzyme that modifies histone tails. To help elucidate the biological function of PRMT6 in vivo, we generated transgenic mice that ubiquitously express PRMT6 fused to the hormone-binding portion of the estrogen receptor (ER*). The ER*-PRMT6 fusion is unstable and cytoplasmic, but upon systemic treatment with tamoxifen, it becomes stabilized and translocates into the nucleus. As a result, a dramatic increase in the H3R2me2a histone mark is observed. We found that one consequence of induced ER*-PRMT6 activation is increased IL-6 levels. IL-6 expression is regulated by the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) transcription factor, and PRMT6 functions as a coactivator of this pathway. We show that PRMT6 directly interacts with RelA, and that its overexpression enhances the transcriptional activity of an ectopic NF-κB reporter and endogenously regulates NF-κB target genes. PRMT6 is recruited, by RelA, to selective NF-κB target promoters upon TNF-α stimulation. Moreover, ER*-PRMT6 activation causes RelA accumulation in the nucleus. In summary, we observe that PRMT6 is recruited to chromatin at selective NF-κB target promoters, where it likely impacts the histone code and/or methylates other chromatin-associated proteins to facilitate transcription.Nucleic Acids Research 06/2014; · 8.81 Impact Factor