TLR4 is a negative regulator in noninfectious lung inflammation

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Department of Pathology; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Acute Lung Injury; Animals; Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid; Cell Membrane Permeability; Cells, Cultured; Down-Regulation; Hyaluronic Acid; Inflammation Mediators; Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein; Interleukin-1beta; Lung; Mice; Mice, Inbred C3H; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Molecular Weight; Pulmonary Alveoli; Signal Transduction; Toll-Like Receptor 4


Immunology and Infectious Disease


Low m.w. hyaluronan (LMW HA) has been shown to elicit the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines in various cells in vitro. However, the effects of this molecule in vivo are unknown. In this study, we report that intratracheal administration of LMW HA (200 kDa) causes inflammation in mouse lung. A lack of TLR4 is associated with even stronger inflammatory response in the lung as shown by increased neutrophil counts and elevated cytokine and chemokine concentrations. We also demonstrate that TLR4 anti-inflammatory signaling is dependent upon a MyD88-independent pathway. TLR4-mediated IL-1R antagonist production plays a negative regulatory role in LMW HA (200 kDa) induced lung inflammation. These data provide a molecular level explanation for the function of TLR4 in LMW HA (200 kDa)-induced lung inflammation, as inhibition of the beta form of pro-IL-1 promotes an anti-inflammatory response.

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J Immunol. 2010 May 1;184(9):5308-14. Epub 2010 Mar 31. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)

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