Reactive oxidants and myeloperoxidase and their involvement in neutrophil extracellular traps

Centre for Free Radical Research, Department of Pathology, University of Otago Christchurch Christchurch, New Zealand.
Frontiers in Immunology 11/2012; 3:424. DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2012.00424
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Neutrophils release extracellular traps (NETs) in response to a variety of inflammatory stimuli. These structures are composed of a network of chromatin strands associated with a variety of neutrophil-derived proteins including the enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO). Studies into the mechanisms leading to the formation of NETs indicate a complex process that differs according to the stimulus. With some stimuli an active nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase is required. However, assigning specific reactive oxygen species involved downstream of the oxidase is a difficult task and definitive proof for any single oxidant is still lacking. Pharmacological inhibition of MPO and the use of MPO-deficient neutrophils indicate active MPO is required with phorbol myristate acetate as a stimulus but not necessarily with bacteria. Reactive oxidants and MPO may also play a role in NET-mediated microbial killing. MPO is present on NETs and maintains activity at this site. Therefore, MPO has the potential to generate reactive oxidants in close proximity to trapped microorganisms and thus effect microbial killing. This brief review discusses current evidence for the involvement of reactive oxidants and MPO in NET formation and their potential contribution to NET antimicrobial activity.

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    • "Some studies were undertaken to establish the clear role of different oxidants in NETosis. Due to difficulties with targeting appropriate cell compartment using oxidant scavengers and enzymes inhibitors, and multiple reactions involved in the generation of ROS, there are no apparent conclusions (Parker and Winterbourn 2012). Yet, it has been shown that mitochondrial ROS are not involved in NETosis (Kirchner et al. 2012). "
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    • "@BULLET− ) and hypochlorite (OCl − ) produced by the enzymes NADPH oxidase and myeloperoxidase (MPO) [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]. Although ROS production and activity of NADPH oxidase and MPO have been claimed as being essential in the formation of NETs in response to several biological and chemical stimuli, it has also been reported that some microorganisms (S. aureus, L. donovani) and certain stimuli (MIP-2) are able to induce NETs in a ROS independent manner [11] [12] [13]. "
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    • "And so an EBV infection, probably with a heavy viral load in cells, could potentially cause excessive NETosis activity and extracellular release of modified chromatin. Once NETosis is initiated, cytoplasmic granules merge with the neutrophil's nucleus, releasing enzymes into the nucleus to modify the chromatin in preparation for extracellular release of the chromatin (Parker and Winterbourn, 2013). In addition, generation of ROS by NADPH oxidase activity adds to the denaturation of chromatin. "
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