Enhancement of Antibody-Induced Arthritis via Toll-Like Receptor 2 Stimulation Is Regulated by Granulocyte Reactive Oxygen Species

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The suppressive role of phagocyte nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase (NOX2) complex-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) in adaptive immunity-driven arthritis models is well established. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of NOX2 complex-derived ROS In a model of innate immunity-driven arthritis and to identify the ROS-regulated innate receptors that control arthritis. We used collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA), which is a T and B lymphocyte-independent model of the effector phase of arthritis and is induced by well-defined monoclonal arthritogenic antibodies and enhanced by injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). CAIA was induced in both wild-type and Ncf1 mutant mice that lack phagocyte oxidative burst, and stimulated with LPS and other agents to activate innate immune responses. We found that both LPS and lipomannan enhanced CAIA more potently in the presence of functional phagocyte ROS production than in its absence. The ROS-dependent enhancement of CAIA was regulated by TLR2, but not by TLR4 stimulation, and was driven by granulocytes, whereas macrophages did not contribute to the phenotype. In addition, we report that collagen-induced arthritis was not affected by the functionality of the TLR4. We report that TLR2 signaling as an important ROS-regulated proinflammatory pathway leads to severe neutrophil-dependent inflammation in murine CAIA and conclude that the TLR2 pathway is modulated by phagocyte ROS to stimulate the development of arthritis. (Am J Pathol 2012,181: 141-150; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2012.03.031)


  • Tiina Kelkka
  • Malin Hultqvist
  • Nandakumar Kutty Selva
  • Rikard Holmdahl
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  • Cell and Molecular Biology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Medical Inflammation Research (013212019)