Gregory, J. L. et al. Reduced leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in the inflamed microcirculation of macrophage migration inhibitory factor-deficient mice. Arthritis Rheum. 50, 3023-3034

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.76). 09/2004; 50(9):3023-34. DOI: 10.1002/art.20470
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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a proinflammatory cytokine with established roles in a range of inflammatory conditions. However, it is not known whether MIF influences inflammation via the direct promotion of leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions. Therefore, the aim of these experiments was to investigate the ability of MIF to regulate leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in the inflamed microvasculature.
Intravital microscopy was used to examine postcapillary venules in the cremaster muscle and synovium of wild-type and MIF(-/-) mice. Leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions (rolling, adhesion, emigration) were compared under a range of inflammatory conditions.
In cremasteric postcapillary venules of MIF(-/-) mice, lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced leukocyte rolling, adhesion, and emigration were significantly reduced relative to that in wild-type mice. Similar responses were observed in response to tumor necrosis factor alpha and histamine. Examination of the synovial microvasculature following exposure to carrageenan revealed that leukocyte rolling and adhesion in synovial postcapillary venules and leukocyte entry into the joint space were also reduced significantly in MIF(-/-) mice. In each of these models, the level of P-selectin-dependent rolling was reduced in MIF(-/-) mice. Despite this, no difference in P-selectin expression was observed following LPS treatment. However, microvascular shear forces were elevated in MIF(-/-) mice, raising a possible mechanism to explain the reduced interactions in these animals.
MIF(-/-) mice consistently displayed a reduction in P-selectin-dependent rolling, suggesting that MIF exerts proinflammatory effects, in part, via the promotion of P-selectin-mediated rolling. Together, these data indicate that MIF promotes interactions between leukocytes and endothelial cells, thereby enhancing the entry of leukocytes into sites of inflammation.

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    • "Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a cytokine with versatile functions including promotion of immune response, regulation of glucose metabolism and glucocorticoid action. MIF predominantly stimulates cell of innate immune system such as macrophages to exert their antimicrobial function (Roger et al., 2013; Stojanovic et al., 2011) or neutrophils to reach the site of microbial attack (Gregory et al., 2004). Also, MIF-deficient mice exert strong anti-inflammatory phenotype since their activated immune cells express or secrete lower amounts of proinflammatory mediators (IFN-γ, IL-17, IL-23, IL-1β) and higher levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines (Gao et al., 2011; Stojanovic et al., 2009). "
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)-deficient mice develop glucose intolerance and hyperglycemia, but remain entirely responsive to exogenous insulin in adult age. Furthermore, as a consequence of MIF deficiency, the immune response in these mice is predominantly anti-inflammatory. Since MIF is a natural counter-regulator of glucocorticoid action, and it is known that excessive concentration of glucocorticoids contribute both to beta cell dysfunction and immunosuppression, we hypothesized that MIF absence enables elevation of glucocorticoids which in turn caused the observed condition. Our results confirm that MIF-knockout (MIF-KO) mice possess higher levels of circulating corticosterone, but lower expression of glucocorticoid receptor in pancreatic islets, liver and adipose tissue to the one observed in wild type (WT) mice. A significant up-regulation of glucocorticoid receptor expression was however noticed in MIF-deficient lymph node cells. The inhibition of glucocorticoid receptor by RU486 improved tolerance to glucose in MIF-KO mice and restored euglycemia. Although RU486 treatment did not alter the level of glucose receptor GLUT2, it enhanced insulin secretion and up-regulated insulin-triggered Akt phosphorylation within hepatic tissue. Finally, inhibition of glucocorticoid receptor changed anti-inflammatory phenotype of MIF-KO lymphocytes toward a physiological profile. Our results indicate that deregulated glucocorticoid secretion and glucocorticoid receptor expression in the absence of MIF possibly contributes to the development of glucose intolerance and immunosuppression in MIF-KO mice. However, since MIF-KO mice respond normally to insulin and their beta cell function is within physiological range, additional cause for glucose intolerance could be sought in the possible malfunction of their insulin.
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    • "In the present study, we demonstrated that the genetic variants of MIF, including the 7-repeat variant of the CATT STR, the C allele of the G-173C SNP, and the haplotype composed of the two alleles, are associated with an increase in the severity of carotid plaques in patients with ischemic stroke. MIF has been shown to participate in critical steps of the development of atherosclerotic lesions, including promoting leukocyte adhesion and infiltration [25], uptake of oxidized low-density lipoprotein [26], cytokine secretion [11], the expression of matrix metalloproteinases [27], T cell activation , [12] and the migration of vascular smooth muscle cells [28]. The expression of MIF in the lesions is up-regulated along with the progression of atherosclerosis [10]. "
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    • "In response to a variety of stimuli, MIF is released from preformed intracellular stores through an ABC transporter-dependent export pathway [15]. MIF promotes the production of a number of proinflammatory moieties, such as TNF-α, IL-6, IL-12 and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and it is required for normal leukocyte influx into inflamed tissues 9,16,17. Elevated serum levels of MIF were detected in many infectious and inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthrits [18], sepsis [19], vasculopathy [20], viral hepatitis [21], HIV infection [22] and malaria [23], indicating that MIF is implicated in pathogenesis. "
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