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Author Sapna, S. ♦ Shivakumar, K.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Diseases
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Cardiovascular Diseases ♦ Diseases
Subject Keyword Cardiology
Abstract Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 plays a key role in mediating inflammatory and immune responses. There is also increasing appreciation of the role of its soluble form, sICAM-1, in regulating inflammation. This study evaluated the effects of hypoxia and N-acetyl-L-cysteine on sICAM-1 production by adult rat cardiac fibroblasts. By ELISA, hypoxia was found to cause a 61% increase in sICAM-1 in cardiac fibroblast culture supernates. However, RT-PCR did not reveal a concomitant increase in cell surface ICAM-1 transcript levels, suggesting that the increase in sICAM-1 may involve post-transcriptional and/or post-translational mechanisms. Using pharmacological inhibitors, it was observed that p42/44 MAPK and PKC mediate the stimulatory effect of hypoxia on sICAM-1 production. Remarkably, N-acetyl-L-cysteine caused a 3-fold increase in sICAM-1 by p42/44 MAPK-, p38 MAPK- and PKC-independent mechanisms. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate, another potent antioxidant, also augmented sICAM-1. The findings presented in this communication underscore the link between redox status and sICAM-1 release from cardiac fibroblasts. Further, because hypoxia is a major component of myocardial ischemia and is pro-inflammatory, and both N-acetylcysteine and pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate are clinically used antioxidants, the observations may have clinical significance.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Volume Number 303
Issue Number 40910
Page Count 4
Starting Page 259
Ending Page 262