META060 attenuates TNF-α-activated inflammation, endothelial-monocyte interactions, and matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression, and inhibits NF-κB and AP-1 in THP-1 monocytes

Anuradha Desai, Gary Darland, Jeffrey S Bland, Matthew L Tripp, Veera R Konda
Atherosclerosis 2012, 223 (1): 130-6

BACKGROUND: Cytokine-induced monocyte-endothelial interaction and vascular inflammation play a critical role in atherogenesis. A modified hop extract, META060, was identified as an inhibitor of inflammatory mediators in human rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts.

OBJECTIVE: To determine how META060 may impact the initial stages of atherosclerosis, we investigated the effects of META060 in endothelial and monocyte cell models.

METHODS: and results: TNF-α (10 ng/mL)-activated human monocytic THP-1 cells adhered to human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs); pre-treatment of cells with META060 (10 μg/mL) significantly inhibited cell adhesion. META060 (1-20 μg/mL) inhibited TNF-α-induced expression of inflammatory mediators including IL-1β, MCP-1 and RANTES in HAECs and THP-1 cells. TNF-α- or LPS-mediated MMP-9 protein levels (measured by an immunoassay) and enzyme activity (determined by zymography) were inhibited by META060 in a dose-dependent manner. Data from transcription factor screening assays showed that META060 selectively inhibited NF-κB and AP-1 in THP-1 cells, suggesting that META060 regulated inflammatory markers through gene regulation.

CONCLUSION: META060 inhibited monocyte-endothelial cell interactions and suppressed multiple biomarkers of inflammation in both a monocytic cell line and an endothelial cell line. MMP-9 expression and activity also were inhibited. These effects resulted in part from META060's inhibition of transcription factors NF-κB and AP-1. META060 may have beneficial effects for prevention or treatment of cardiovascular diseases by ameliorating inflammation and plaque destabilization, which are hallmarks of atherosclerosis.

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