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The pattern-recognition receptor nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain–containing protein 1 promotes production of inflammatory mediators in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts

Yokota, K;Miyazaki, T;Hemmatazad, H;Gay, RE;Kolling, C;Fearon, U;Suzuki, H;Mimura, T;Gay, S;Ospelt, C;

Pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs), such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (NOD-2), have been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to analyze the expression, regulation, and function of the PRR NOD-1 in RA synovial fibroblasts (RASFs), and to examine its interaction with other PRRs. Expression of NOD-1 was analyzed by immunohistochemistry in synovial tissue from RA patients, psoriatic arthritis patients, gout patients, and osteoarthritis (OA) patients. RASFs and human monocyte-derived macrophages (HMDMs) were stimulated with L-alanyl–D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelic acid, palmitoyl-3-cysteine-serine-lysine-4, poly(I-C), lipopolysaccharide, heat-inactivated bacteria, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), or interleukin-1 (IL-1). Expression levels of IL-6, CCL5, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), NODs, and TLRs were measured by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and/or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. NOD-1 and NOD-2 were silenced with target-specific small interfering RNA. Phosphorylation of IL-1 receptor-associated kinase 1 (IRAK-1) was measured by Western blotting. Expression of NOD-1 protein was significantly increased in RA synovium compared to OA synovium. The basal expression of NOD-1 was similar in RASFs, OASFs, healthy control peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and healthy control HMDMs. Stimulation of RASFs with TLR-3 up-regulated the expression of NOD-1. Expression of IL-6, CCL5, MMPs, TLR-2, and NOD-2 was significantly up-regulated in RASFs by stimulation with the NOD-1 ligand. A synergistic effect on IL-6 production was observed in cells stimulated with NOD-1 and TLR-2 ligands or NOD-1 and TLR-4 ligands. Silencing of NOD-1, but not NOD-2, decreased the levels of IL-6 in RASFs after stimulation with TLR-2 and IL-1, and blocked the phosphorylation of IRAK-1. NOD-1 is strongly expressed in different cell types in the synovial tissue of patients with RA. These results indicate that NOD-1, either alone or interacting with other inflammatory mediators, can play an important role in the chronic and destructive inflammation of the joints in RA.

  • PubMed ID: 22143988