Chemokine expression in the monocytic cell line THP-1 in response to purified shiga toxin 1 and/or lipopolysaccharides. Academic Article uri icon


  • Infections with Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing bacteria are associated with bloody diarrhea and postdiarrheal sequelae, including hemolytic uremic syndrome and central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities. Stx-induced intestinal, renal, and CNS vascular lesions may involve a localized production of proinflammatory cytokines in target organs, as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) up-regulate Stx receptor globotriaosylceramide (Gb(3)) expression on vascular endothelial cells. However, leukocyte recruitment to injured sites may also exacerbate vascular damage. A cytokine macroarray analysis of transcripts derived from macrophage-like THP-1 cells treated with Stx1, lipopolysaccharides (LPS), or both demonstrated a consistent up-regulation of TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, and four genes encoding the chemokines interleukin-8 (IL-8), macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha (MIP-1alpha), MIP-1beta, and growth-related oncogene beta (GRO-beta). Real-time PCR analysis verified the macroarray results. Northern blot analyses after the addition of the transcriptional inhibitor actinomycin D revealed increased IL-8 mRNA stability in THP-1 cells treated with Stx1 or Stx1 plus LPS. Finally, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay data for Stx1- plus LPS-treated cells demonstrated a poor correlation between IL-8, MIP-1alpha, MIP-1beta, and GRO-beta mRNA levels and protein production, indicating a posttranscriptional regulatory effect. Our data suggest that in response to Stx1 and LPS, macrophages may be a source of chemokines that promote tissue damage through leukocyte recruitment and activation.

published proceedings

  • Infect Immun

author list (cited authors)

  • Harrison, L. M., van den Hoogen, C., van Haaften, W., & Tesh, V. L.

citation count

  • 55

complete list of authors

  • Harrison, Lisa M||van den Hoogen, Christel||van Haaften, Wilhelmina CE||Tesh, Vernon L

publication date

  • January 2005