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Title: 25-Hydroxycholesterol, 7beta-hydroxycholesterol and 7-ketocholesterol upregulate interleukin-8 expression independently of Toll-like receptor 1, 2, 4 or 6 signalling in human macrophages.
Authors: Erridge, C
Webb, DJ
Spickett, CM
First Published: Mar-2007
Citation: FREE RADIC RES, 2007, 41 (3), pp. 260-266
Abstract: Recent studies have shown that Toll-like receptor (TLR)- signalling contributes significantly to the inflammatory events of atherosclerosis. As products of cholesterol oxidation (oxysterols) accumulate within atherosclerotic plaque and have been proposed to contribute to inflammatory signalling in the diseased artery, we investigated the potential of 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC), 7beta-hydroxycholesterol (7beta-HC) and 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) to stimulate inflammatory signalling via the lipid-recognising TLRs 1, 2, 4 and 6. Each oxysterol stimulated secretion of the inflammatory chemokine interleukin-8 (IL-8), but not IkappaBalpha degradation or tumour necrosis factor-alpha release from monocytic THP-1 cells. Transfection of TLR-deficient HEK-293 cells with TLRs 1, 2, 4 or 6 did not increase sensitivity to the tested oxysterols. Moreover, blockade of TLR2 or TLR4 with specific inhibitors did not reduce 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) induced IL-8 release from THP-1 cells. We conclude that although the oxysterols examined in this study may contribute to increased expression of certain inflammatory genes, this occurs by mechanisms independent of TLR signalling.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10715760601070091
ISSN: 1071-5762
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cardiovascular Sciences

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