Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine, suppresses Toll-like receptor 4-mediated expression of adipose differentiation-related protein in macrophages

Jian Qiu Gu, Shoichiro Ikuyama, Ping Wei, Bin Fan, Jun Ichi Oyama, Toyoshi Inoguchi, Junji Nishimura

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Abstract

Adipose differentiation-related protein (ADRP) is highly expressed in macrophages and human atherosclerotic lesions. We demonstrated that Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-mediated signals, which are involved in atherosclerosis formation, enhanced the expression of ADRP in macrophages. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) enhanced the ADRP expression in RAW264.7 cells or peritoneal macrophages from wild-type mice, but not in macrophages from TLR4-deficient mice. Actinomycin D almost completely abolished the LPS effect, whereas cycloheximide decreased the expression at 12 h, indicating that the LPS-induced ADRP expression was stimulated at the transcriptional level and was also mediated by new protein synthesis. LPS enhanced the ADRP promoter activity, in part, by stimulating activator protein (AP)-1 binding to the Ets/AP-1 element. In addition, preceding the increase of the ADRP mRNA, LPS induced the expression of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1α, and interferon-β mRNAs, all of which stimulated the ADRP expression. Antibodies against these cytokines or inhibitors of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase and nuclear factor (NF)-κB suppressed the ADRP mRNA level. Thus TLR4 signals stimulate the ADRP expression both in direct and indirect manners. Pycnogenol (PYC), an extract of French maritime pine, suppressed the expression of ADRP and the above-mentioned cytokines. PYC suppressed the ADRP promoter activity and enhancer activity of AP-1 and NF-κB, whereas it did not affect the LPS-induced DNA binding of these factors. In conclusion, TLR4-mediated signals stimulate the ADRP expression in macrophages while PYC antagonizes this process. PYC, a widely used dietary supplement, might be useful for prevention of atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1390-E1400
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume295
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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