Author(s): Nadatani Y, Watanabe T, Tanigawa T, Machida H, Okazaki H,
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Abstract Release of high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) from damaged cells, which is involved in many types of tissue injuries, activates inflammatory pathways by stimulating multiple receptors, including Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), TLR4, and receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE). Our objective was to determine the role of HMGB1 in nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-induced damage of the small intestine. Oral indomethacin (10 mg/kg) induced damage to the small intestine and was associated with increases in intestinal HMGB1 expression and serum HMGB1 levels. In wild-type mice, recombinant human HMGB1 aggravated indomethacin-induced small intestinal damage; enhanced the mRNA expression levels of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), monocyte chemotactic protein 1, and KC; activated nuclear factor kappa B; and stimulated phosphorylation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases p38, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). In contrast, blocking HMGB1 action with neutralizing antibodies prevented damage and inhibited both inflammatory cytokine overexpression and activation of these intracellular signaling pathways. TLR2-knockout (KO) and RAGE-KO mice exhibited high sensitivities to indomethacin-induced damage, similar to wild-type mice, whereas TLR4-KO mice exhibited less severe intestinal damage and lower levels of TNF-α mRNA expression. Exogenous HMGB1 aggravated the damage in TLR2- and RAGE-KO mice but did not affect the damage in TLR4-KO mice. Thus, our results suggest that HMGB1 promotes NSAID-induced small intestinal damage through TLR4-dependent signaling pathways. Copyright © 2012 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Am J Pathol
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta