Antiinflammatory effects of dexamethasone are partly dependent on induction of dual specificity phosphatase 1

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  • Sonya M. Abraham
  • Toby Lawrence
  • Anna Kleiman
  • Paul Warden
  • Mino Medghalchi
  • Jan Tuckermann
  • Jeremy Saklatvala

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  • Imperial College London
  • Fritz-Lipmann-Institute


Glucocorticoids (GCs), which are used in the treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, inhibit the expression of many inflammatory mediators. They can also induce the expression of dual specificity phosphatase 1 (DUSP1; otherwise known as mitogen-activated protein kinase [MAPK] phosphatase 1), which dephosphorylates and inactivates MAPKs. We investigated the role of DUSP1 in the antiinflammatory action of the GC dexamethasone (Dex). Dex-mediated inhibition of c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38 MAPK was abrogated in DUSP1 -/- mouse macrophages. Dex-mediated suppression of several proinflammatory genes (including tumor necrosis factor, cyclooxygenase 2, and interleukin 1α and 1β) was impaired in DUSP1-/- mouse macrophages, whereas other proinflammatory genes were inhibited by Dex in a DUSP1-independent manner. In vivo antiinflammatory effects of Dex on zymosan-induced inflammation were impaired in DUSP1-/- mice. Therefore, the expression of DUSP1 is required for the inhibition of proinflammatory signaling pathways by Dex in mouse macrophages. Furthermore, DUSP1 contributes to the antiinflammatory effects of Dex in vitro and in vivo. JEM


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1883-1889
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2006

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