IL-33 induction and signaling are controlled by glutaredoxin-1 in mouse macrophages

Ellen O. Weinberg, Beatriz Ferran, Yuko Tsukahara, Michaela M.S. Hatch, Jingyan Han, Colin E. Murdoch, Reiko Matsui

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Interleukin (IL)-33 is an interleukin-1 like cytokine that enhances Th2 responses and mediates mucosal immunity and allergic inflammation but the mechanism regulating endogenous IL-33 production are still under investigation. In macrophages, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration resulted in marked induction of IL-33 mRNA that was blunted in macrophages from glutaredoxin-1 (Glrx) knockout mice and in RAW264.7 macrophages with Glrx knockdown by siRNA. Glutaredoxin-1 is a small cytosolic thioltransferase that controls a reversible protein thiol modification, S-glutationylation (protein-GSH adducts), thereby regulating redox signaling. In this study, we examined the mechanism of Glrx regulation of endogenous IL-33 induction in macrophages. Glrx knockdown resulted in impaired de-glu-tathionylation of TRAF6, which is required for TRAF6 activation, and inhibited downstream IKKβ and NF-κB activation. Inhibitors of NF-κB suppressed IL-33 induction and chromatin IP sequencing data analysis confirmed that IL-33 is an NF-κB-responsive gene. Since TRAF6-NF-κB activation is also essential for IL-33 signaling through its receptor, ST2L, we next tested the involvement of Glrx in exogenous IL-33 responses in RAW264.7 cells. Recombinant IL-33 (rIL-33) administration induced IL-33 mRNA expression in RAW264.7 macrophages, and this was inhibited by Glrx knockdown. Interestingly, rIL-33-induced IL-33 protein was identified as the 20 kDa cleaved form whereas LPS-induced IL-33 protein was identified as full-length IL-33, which may be less active than the cleaved form. In a clinically-relevant mouse model of asthma, intra-tracheal cockroach antigen treatment induced Glrx protein in wild type mouse lungs but Glrx induction was attenuated in IL-33 knockout mouse lungs, suggesting that IL-33 may regulate Glrx induction in vivo in response to allergen challenge. In summary, our data reveal a novel mechanism by which Glrx controls both LPS- and IL-33-mediated NF-κB activation leading to IL-33 production, and paracrine IL-33 can induce Glrx to further regulate inflammatory reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0210827
Number of pages15
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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