Deficiency of TNFR1 protects myocardium through SOCS3 and IL-6 but not p38 MAPK or IL-1β

Meijing Wang, Troy Markel, Paul Crisostomo, Christine Herring, Kirstan K. Meldrum, Keith D. Lillemoe, Daniel R. Meldrum

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Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) plays an important role in the development of heart failure. There is a direct correlation between myocardial function and myocardial TNF levels in humans. TNF may induce local inflammation to exert tissue injury. On the other hand, suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins have been shown to inhibit proinflammatory signaling. However, it is unknown whether TNF mediates myocardial inflammation via STAT3/SOCS3 signaling in the heart and, if so, whether this effect is through the type 1 55-kDa TNF receptor (TNFR1). We hypothesized that TNFR1 deficiency protects myocardial function and decreases myocardial IL-6 production via the STAT3/SOCS3 pathway in response to TNF. Isolated male mouse hearts (n = 4/group) from wild-type (WT) and TNFR1 knockout (TNFR1KO) were subjected to direct TNF infusion (500 pg·ml-1·min-1 × 30 min) while left ventricular developed pressure and maximal positive and negative values of the first derivative of pressure were continuously recorded. Heart tissue was analyzed for active forms of STAT3, p38, SOCS3 and SOCS1 (Western blot analysis), as well as IL-1β and IL-6 (ELISA). Coronary effluent was analyzed for lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity. As a result, TNFR1KO had significantly better myocardial function, less myocardial LDH release, and greater expression of SOCS3 (percentage of SOCS3/GAPDH: 45 ±- 4.5% vs. WT 22 ±- 6.5%) after TNF infusion. TNFR1 deficiency decreased STAT3 activation (percentage of phospho-STAT3/STAT3: 29 -± 6.4% vs. WT 45 ±- 8.8%). IL-6 was decreased in TNFR1KO (150.2 ±- 3.65 pg/mg protein) versus WT (211.4 -± 26.08) mice. TNFR1 deficiency did not change expression of p38 and IL-1β following TNF infusion. These results suggest that deficiency of TNFR1 protects myocardium through SOCS3 and IL-6 but not p38 MAPK or IL-1β.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H1694-H1699
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007


  • Cytokines
  • Inflammation
  • Ischemia
  • Reperfusion
  • Signaling
  • Suppressors of cytokine signaling
  • Tumor necrosis factor receptor type 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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