Involvement of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in lipopolysaccharide-induced iNOS and COX-2 expression in J774 macrophages

B. C. Chen, Y. H. Chen, W. W. Lin

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Abstract

Both the nitrite and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) release caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in J774 macrophages are inhibited by SB 203580, a specific p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor, in a concentration-dependent manner. The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) for nitrite and PGE2 responses was 1 μM and 0.5 μM, respectively. Inhibition was marked following simultaneous treatment with SB 203580 and LPS, and was much reduced when SB 203580 was added 6 hr after LPS treatment. In parallel, LPS induction of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) proteins and their steady-state levels of mRNA were reduced by SB 203580. LPS activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), activator protein-1 (AP-1) and p38 MAPK was also inhibited by SB 203580. These results suggest a crucial role of p38 MAPK in regulation of the transcriptional level of endotoxin LPS- induced iNOS and COX-2 protein expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalImmunology
Volume97
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases
Nitric Oxide Synthase
Lipopolysaccharides
Macrophages
Nitrites
Dinoprostone
Inhibitory Concentration 50
NF-kappa B
Transcription Factor AP-1
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Endotoxins
Proteins
SB 203580
Messenger RNA

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Involvement of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in lipopolysaccharide-induced iNOS and COX-2 expression in J774 macrophages. / Chen, B. C.; Chen, Y. H.; Lin, W. W.

In: Immunology, Vol. 97, No. 1, 1999, p. 124-129.

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