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Chronic estradiol administration in vivo promotes the proinflammatory response of macrophages to TLR4 activation: involvement of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway.

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Abstract

Short-term exposure to 17beta-estradiol (E2) in vitro has been reported to decrease the production of proinflammatory cytokines by LPS-activated macrophages through estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha)-dependent activation of the PI3K pathway. In the present study, we confirm that in vitro exposure of mouse peritoneal macrophages to E2 enhanced Akt phosphorylation and slightly decreased LPS-induced cytokine production. In striking contrast, we show that chronic administration of E2 to ovariectomized mice markedly increases the expression of IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-12p40, and inducible NO synthase by resident peritoneal macrophages in response to LPS ex vivo. These results clearly indicate that short-term E2 treatment in vitro does not predict the long-term effect of estrogens in vivo on peritoneal macrophage functions. We show that this in vivo proinflammatory effect of E2 was mediated through ERalpha. Although the expression of components of the LPS-recognition complex remained unchanged, we provided evidences for alterations of the TLR4 signaling pathway in macrophages from E2-treated mice. Indeed, E2 treatment resulted in the inhibition of PI3K activity and Akt phosphorylation in LPS-activated macrophages, whereas NF-kappaB p65 transcriptional activity was concomitantly increased. Incubation of macrophages with the PI3K inhibitor wortmanin enhanced proinflammatory cytokine gene expression in response to TLR4 activation, and abolishes the difference between cells from placebo- or E2-treated mice, demonstrating the pivotal role of the PI3K/Akt pathway. We conclude that the macrophage activation status is enhanced in vivo by E2 through ERalpha and, at least in part, by the down-modulation of the PI3K/Akt pathway, thereby alleviating this negative regulator of TLR4-signaling.
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hal-00321739 , version 1 (15-09-2008)

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  • HAL Id : hal-00321739 , version 1
  • PUBMED : 18523261

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Bertrand Calippe, Victorine Douin-Echinard, Muriel Laffargue, Henrik Laurell, Vanessa Rana-Poussine, et al.. Chronic estradiol administration in vivo promotes the proinflammatory response of macrophages to TLR4 activation: involvement of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway.. Journal of Immunology, 2008, 180 (12), pp.7980-8. ⟨hal-00321739⟩
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