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Interleukin-4 induces 15-lipoxygenase-1 expression in human orbital fibroblasts from patients with Graves disease. Evidence for anatomic site-selective actions of Th2 cytokines.

Chen B, Tsui S, Boeglin WE, Douglas RS, Brash AR, Smith TJ
J Biol Chem. 2006 281 (27): 18296-306

PMID: 16675443 · DOI:10.1074/jbc.M603484200

Orbital fibroblasts orchestrate tissue remodeling in Graves disease, at least in part, because they exhibit exaggerated responses to proinflammatory cytokines. A hallmark of late stage orbital disease is vision-threatening fibrosis, the molecular basis of which remains uncertain. We report here that the Th2 cytokines, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, can induce in these cells the expression of 15-lipoxygenase-1 (15-LOX-1) and in so doing up-regulate the production of 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid. IL-4 increases 15-LOX-1 protein levels through pretranslational actions. The increased steady-state 15-LOX-1 mRNA is independent of ongoing protein synthesis and involves very modestly increased gene promoter activity. Importantly, IL-4 substantially enhances 15-LOX-1 transcript stability, activity that localizes to a 293-bp sequence of the 3'-untranslated region. IL-4 activates Jak2 in orbital fibroblasts. Interrupting signaling through that pathway, either with the specific chemical inhibitor, AG490, or by transiently transfecting the cells with a Jak2 dominant negative mutant kinase, attenuates the 15-LOX-1 induction. Interferongamma, a Th1 cytokine, could block this induction by attenuating IL-4-dependent mRNA stabilization. 15-LOX-1 protein and its mRNA were undetectable in IL-4-treated dermal fibroblasts, despite comparable levels of cell surface IL-4 receptor and phosphorylated Jak2 and STAT6. Our findings suggest that orbital connective tissues may represent a site of localized 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid generation resulting from cell type-specific 15-LOX-1 mRNA stabilization by IL-4. These results may have relevance to the pathogenesis of orbital Graves disease, an inflammatory autoimmune condition that gives way to extensive fibrosis associated with a Th2 response.

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Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase Autoimmunity Dexamethasone Enzyme Induction Fibroblasts Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic Graves Disease Humans Interferon-gamma Interleukin-4 Interleukin-13 Orbit Organ Specificity Th2 Cells

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