IL‐1β reduces tonic contraction of mesenteric lymphatic muscle cells, with the involvement of cycloxygenase‐2 and prostaglandin E2 Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The lymphatic system maintains tissue homeostasis by unidirectional lymph flow, maintained by tonic and phasic contractions within subunits, 'lymphangions'. Here we have studied the effects of the inflammatory cytokine IL-1β on tonic contraction of rat mesenteric lymphatic muscle cells (RMLMC). EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We measured IL-1β in colon-conditioned media (CM) from acute (AC-CM, dextran sodium sulfate) and chronic (CC-CM, T-cell transfer) colitis-induced mice and corresponding controls (Con-AC/CC-CM). We examined tonic contractility of RMLMC in response to CM, the cytokines h-IL-1β or h-TNF-α (5, 10, 20 ng·mL(-1) ), with or without COX inhibitors [TFAP (10(-5)  M), diclofenac (0.2 × 10(-5)  M)], PGE2 (10(-5)  M)], IL-1-receptor antagonist, Anakinra (5 μg·mL(-1) ), or a selective prostanoid EP4 receptor antagonist, GW627368X (10(-6) and 10(-7)  M). KEY RESULTS: Tonic contractility of RMLMC was reduced by AC- and CC-CM compared with corresponding control culture media, Con-AC/CC-CM. IL-1β or TNF-α was not found in Con-AC/CC-CM, but detected in AC- and CC-CM. h-IL-1β concentration-dependently decreased RMLMC contractility, whereas h-TNF-α showed no effect. Anakinra blocked h-IL-1β-induced RMLMC relaxation, and with AC-CM, restored contractility to RMLMC. IL-1β increased COX-2 protein and PGE2 production in RMLMC.. PGE2 induced relaxations in RMLMC, comparable to h-IL-1β. Conversely, COX-2 and EP4 receptor inhibition reversed relaxation induced by IL-1β. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: The IL-1β-induced decrease in RMLMC tonic contraction was COX-2 dependent, and mediated by PGE2 . In experimental colitis, IL-1β and tonic lymphatic contractility were causally related, as this cytokine was critical for the relaxation induced by AC-CM and pharmacological blockade of IL-1β restored tonic contraction.

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  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Al-Kofahi, M., Becker, F., Gavins, F., Woolard, M. D., Tsunoda, I., Wang, Y., ... Alexander, J. S.

citation count

  • 21

publication date

  • July 2015