TLR4 and NLRP3 inflammasome activation in monocytes by N-propionyl cysteaminylphenol-maleimide-dextran (NPCMD)

Yu Mizote, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Shosuke Ito, Akiko Uenaka, Yoshihiro Ohue, Koji Kurose, Midori Isobe, Akira Ito, Yasuaki Tamura, Hiroyuki Honda, Toshiharu Yamashita, Satoshi Nohara, Mikio Oka, Kowichi Jimbow, Eiichi Nakayama

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Background: N-propionyl cysteaminylphenol-maleimide-dextran (NPCMD) is a toxic tyrosinase substrate developed to treat melanoma. Objective: We investigated the effect of NPCMD on innate immune responses in monocytes. Methods: CD14+ monocytes and a monocytic cell line, THP-1, were stimulated with NPCMD in vitro. Cytokines in the culture supernatants were determined by ELISA and flow cytometry. Results: NPCMD stimulated CD14+ monocytes and THP-1 cells to secrete TNFα, IL-6 and IL-8, but not IL-10 or IL-12. TNFα secretion from THP-1 cells stimulated with NPCMD was inhibited by addition of an anti-TLR4 mAb in culture. Moreover, NPCMD stimulated production of pro-IL-1β in CD14+ monocytes and monocytic cell line THP-1 cells and activated the NLRP3-inflammasome, resulting in production of mature IL-1β. Use of ASC and NLRP3-deficient THP-1 cell lines established involvement of the NLRP3 inflammasome in an IL-1β secretion in treatment with NPCMD. Inhibition of IL-1β secretion by an endocytosis inhibitor, cytochalasin B, and a lysosomal enzyme cathepsin B inhibitor, CA-074 Me, suggested the involvement of lysosomal rupture and leakage of cathepsin B into the cytosol in NLRP3 activation by NPCMD. Conclusion: The immunopotentiating effect of NPCMD mediated by TLR4 and NLRP3 inflammasome activation could be useful for eliciting effective adaptive immune responses against melanoma and other tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Dermatological Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology


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