Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) release and its effects on pro-inflammatory cytokine production have been controversial. In this study, we investigated whether Hsp70 could be released from monocytes and activates matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) gene expression. Hsp70 overexpression in human monocytic cell line U937 was found to increase PMA-induced MMP-9 expression and enhance cell motility. Hsp70 cDNA transfectants released Hsp70 protein into culture supernatants, and a part of released Hsp70 subsequently was bound to the surface of U937 cells. Addition of culture medium containing the extracelluar Hsp70 led to an increase not only in proMMP-9 secretion, but also the invasiveness of U937 cells through Matrigel or human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVEC) in vitro. Immunodepletion of Hsp70 abolished its effect on MMP-9 expression. The released Hsp70 activated nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and activating protein-1 (AP-1), which led to the activation of MMP-9 transcription. Taken together, these results suggest that extracellular Hsp70 induces the expression of MMP-9 gene through activation of NF-κB and AP-1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Biochemistry