The Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Online ISSN : 1880-3989
Print ISSN : 0388-1350
ISSN-L : 0388-1350
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Lipopolysaccharide induced protection against sulfur mustard cytotoxicity in RAW264.7 cells through generation of TNF-α
Nahum AllonShira ChapmanYoav ShalemRachel BrandeisBen Avi WeissmanAdina Amir
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2010 Volume 35 Issue 3 Pages 345-355


Sulfur mustard (HD), a very potent alkylating agent and lipopolysacchride (LPS), are both well characterized inflammatory factors. We have found that concomitant exposure of murine macrophage cells (RAW264.7) to LPS and HD induced protection against HD induced cytotoxicity. Both HD and LPS induce release of inflammatory markers in RAW264.7 cells. However, there are marked differences in the repertoire of inflammatory factors released by the two toxins: While exposure to HD, induced a dose-dependant death of these cells, no significant change in survival rate was observed following LPS (1-100 ng/ml) exposure. Additionally, LPS elicited a robust nitric oxide (NO) and TNF-α secretion whereas HD was practically ineffective. Both toxins increased PGE2 secretion in a concentration dependent manner. Treatment of HD-exposed RAW264.7 cells with anti-inflammatory drugs such as dexamethazone (5 μM), voltaren (diclofenac) (8 μM) or doxycycline (5 μM), decreased the release of cytokines but had no effect on cell viability. Simultaneous application of LPS (100 ng/ml) and HD (20-100 μM) resulted in an amelioration of HD cytotoxicity. Adding the NO generator S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) or inhibiting NO production using L-NG-monomethyl Arginine, had no effect on cell viability.  Moreover, addition of PGE2 (20 ng/ml) failed to induce any changes in cell viability under basal or HD-induced toxicity. In contrast, TNF-α (20 ng/ml) provided remarkable protection against HD-induced cell death. These findings strongly suggest that LPS exerts its protective action against HD toxicity through the generation of TNF-α and may provide better understanding of the mechanism of cytoprotection.

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