Involvement of H-Ras and reactive oxygen species in proinflammatory cytokine-induced matrix metalloproteinase-13 expression in human articular chondrocytes

Rasheed Ahmad, Judith Sylvester, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafarullah

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Proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) enhance degradation of cartilage-specific, type II collagen by matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13). We investigated the previously unknown role of H-Ras and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the cytokine induction of MMP-13 gene expression in human articular chondrocytes by using pharmacological inhibitors, RNA interference (RNAi) and antioxidants. Manumycin A, an inhibitor of H-Ras farnesylation by farnesyltransferase, suppressed IL-1β- and TNF-α-induced MMP-13 mRNA and protein expression. Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated H-Ras silencing down-regulated MMP-13 mRNA and protein induction by IL-1β and TNF-α. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NADPH oxidase/NOX) inhibitor, diphenyleneiodonium (DPI) suppressed cytokine-induced MMP-13 expression and superoxide production. Apocynin, another NOX inhibitor, also diminished MMP-13 induction. Deoxyglucose an antimetabolite of glucose metabolism reduced MMP-13 increase. Role of NOX-mediated ROS production was reaffirmed by the observation that the antioxidants, trolox, nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), quercetin and resveratrol downregulated cytokine-induced MMP-13 mRNA and protein expression. These results provide strong pharmacological and genetic evidence for the implication of H-Ras and NADPH oxidase-generated superoxide production in MMP-13 gene regulation by IL-1β and TNF-α. These proteins could be potentially targeted for therapeutic inhibition of MMP-13-driven cartilage erosion by using H-Ras and NOX inhibitors and antioxidants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2011



  • Antioxidants
  • Cartilage
  • Diphenyleneiodonium
  • Manumycin
  • Ras
  • RNA interference

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