Author(s): Sarang Z, Krsknyi K, Pallai A, Dur E, Melino G,
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Abstract Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) is a protein crosslinking enzyme with several additional biochemical functions. Loss of TG2 in vivo results in impaired phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and altered proinflammatory cytokine production by macrophages engulfing apoptotic cells leading to autoimmunity. It has been proposed that TG2 acts as an integrin β(3) coreceptor in the engulfment process, while altered proinflammatory cytokine production is related to the lack of latent TGFβ activation by TG2 null macrophages. Here we report that TG2 null macrophages respond to lipopolysaccharide treatment by elevated IL-6 and TNFα production. Though TGFβ has been proposed to act as a feed back regulator of proinflammatory cytokine production in LPS-stimulated macrophages, this phenomenon is not related to the lack of active TGFβ production. Instead, in the absence of TG2 integrin β(3) maintains an elevated basal Src family kinase activity in macrophages, which leads to enhanced phosphorylation and degradation of the IκBα. Low basal levels of IκBα explain the enhanced sensitivity of TG2 null macrophages to signals that regulate NF-κB. Our data suggest that TG2 null macrophages bear a proinflammatory phenotype, which might contribute to the enhanced susceptibility of these mice to develop autoimmunity and atherosclerosis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Immunol Lett
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology