Activation of liver X receptors suppresses inflammatory gene expressions and transcriptional corepressor clearance in rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast like synoviocytes

Chong Hyeon Yoon, Yong Jin Kwon, Sang Won Lee, Yong Beom Park, Soo Kon Lee, Min Chan Park

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Objectives Liver X receptors (LXR) are nuclear receptors that play important roles in lipid metabolism and transport. LXR also suppress inflammatory responses in macrophages through a unique mechanism of transrepression. This study was performed to investigate whether the synthetic LXR agonist GW3965 can modulate the inflammatory status of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to identify the mechanism for their effect. Methods RA FLS were treated with 0.1 and 1 μM of GW3965, a synthetic LXR agonist. The mRNA expressions of pro-inflammatory mediators were measured using quantitative real-time PCR. Apoptotic cell death of RA FLS was assessed using TUNEL assay and determination of caspase- 3 activity by a colorimetric assay. The levels of transcriptional corepressors including NCoR and SMRT were determined using western blot analyses. Results Treatment of RA FLS with GW3965 induced dosedependent reductions in mRNA expression of proinflammatory mediators (IL-1β, IL-6, MMP-9, CCL-2, CCL-7, and COX-2). However, treatment with GW3965 at the concentration selected for this study had no effect on apoptosis of RA FLS. Decreased productions of NCoR and SMRT by LPS stimulation was attenuated by GW3965 treatment. Conclusions GW3965 treatment suppressed mRNA expressions of pro-inflammatory mediators from RA FLS and inhibited the clearance of transcriptional corepressors. These data suggest that LXR activation can be used as a therapeutic approach to reduce the synovial inflammation in RA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-199
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to Tae-Yeon Kim and Eunji Lee, Gangnam Severance Hospital Biomedical Research Center, for technical assistance, and to J. L. Collins, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline R&D, USA, for providing the GW3965 compound. GlaxoSmithKline had no role in study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation or manuscript preparation.

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This study was supported by a grant from the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (A100134) and a grant from the Yonsei University Research Fund [6-2010-0124].

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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