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Gene expression profiling of macrophages: implications for an immunosuppressive effect of dissolucytotic gold ions
Ryhov Hospital, Sweden .
Ryhov Hospital, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Helmholtz Centre Infect Research, Germany .
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Inflammation, ISSN 1476-9255, Vol. 9, no 43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Gold salts has previously been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis but have been replaced by biologicals such as TNF-alpha inhibitors. The mechanisms behind the anti-inflammatory effect of metallic gold ions are still unknown, however, recent data showed that charged gold atoms are released from pure metallic gold implants by macrophages via a dissolucytosis membrane, and that gold ions are taken up by local macrophages, mast cells and to some extent fibroblasts. These findings open the question of possible immunomodulatory effects of metallic gold and motivate efforts on a deeper understanding of the effect of metallic gold on key inflammatory cells as macrophages. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: Human macrophage cells (cell line THP-1) were grown on gold foils and intracellular uptake was analysed by autometallography. The impact of phagocytised gold ions on viability of THP-1 cells was investigated by trypan blue staining and TUNEL assay. The global gene expression profile of THP-1 cells after incorporation of gold ions was studied using microarray analysis comprising approximately 20,000 genes. The gene expression data was confirmed by measurement of secreted proteins. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: Autometallography showed intracellular uptake of gold ions into THP-1 cells. No significant effect on viability of THP-1 cells was demonstrated. Our data revealed a unique gene expression signature of dissolucytotic THP-1 cells that had taken up gold ions. A large number of regulated genes were functionally related to immunomodulation. Gold ion uptake induced downregulation of genes involved in rheumatoid arthritis such as hepatocyte growth factor, tenascin-C, inhibitor of DNA binding 1 and 3 and matrix metalloproteinase 13. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusion: The data obtained in this study offer new insights into the mode of action of gold ions and suggest for the investigation of effects on other key cells and a possible future role of metallic gold as implants in rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.

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BioMed Central , 2012. Vol. 9, no 43
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Gold, Macrophages, Inflammation, Rheumatoid arthritis
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87469DOI: 10.1186/1476-9255-9-43ISI: 000312597100001OAI: diva2:589464
Available from: 2013-01-18 Created: 2013-01-18 Last updated: 2014-03-05

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