PAF-receptor antagonists, lovastatin, and the PTK inhibitor genistein inhibit H2O2 secretion by macrophages cultured on oxidized-LDL matrices

Indra Sethy-Coraci, Lara W. Crock, Samuel C. Silverstein

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Adhesion of mononuclear phagocytes (Macs) to extracellular matrices containing oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL) stimulates these cells to secrete reactive oxygen species (e.g., O2-, H 2O2) that are believed to promote atherogenesis. Current in vitro systems designed to measure Mac H2O2 secretion in response to oxLDL show that these cells secrete H2O2 for only a few hours after plating. The slow onset and chronicity of atherogenesis, however, suggested to us that Mac ROS secretion might be sustained for much longer periods when Macs are maintained in an environment resembling that in the intima of arteries undergoing atherogenesis. The findings reported here confirm this suggestion. They show that Macs maintained on collagen IV matrices containing oxLDL in medium containing human plasma-derived serum secrete H 2O2 continuously and in large amounts for at least 11 days. Using this system we tested the effects of compounds known to attenuate atherogenesis in vivo. Platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor antagonists, lovaslatin, and the isoflavone protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) inhibitor genistein each reduced H2O2 secretion by Macs maintained on oxLDL-containing matrices by ∼60%. Lovastatin's inhibitory effect was blocked completely by addition of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate to the medium. We conclude that matrix-bound and oxidized lipoproteins stimulate Macs to produce H2O2 continuously and in large quantities via a pathway that involves PAF receptors and PTK and is reversibly blocked by inhibitors of protein prenylation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1166-1174
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mononuclear phagocytes
  • Platelet-activating factor
  • Statins


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