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The role of toll-like receptor 9 in chronic stress-induced apoptosis in macrophage.

Xiang Y, Yan H, Zhou J, Zhang Q, Hanley G, Caudle Y, LeSage G, Zhang X, Yin D - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been shown to play an essential role in modulating immune responses and cell survival.We have recently shown that TLR9 deficiency protects against lymphocyte apoptosis induced by chronic stress.TLR9 deficiency was also found to reverse elevation of plasma IL-1β, IL-10 and IL-17 levels and decrease of plasma IFN-γ level under the condition of chronic stress.

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Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614, United States of America; Department of Pharmacology, Shandong University School of Medicine, Jinan, People's Republic of China.

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Emerging evidence implied that chronic stress has been exerting detrimental impact on immune system functions in both humans and animals. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been shown to play an essential role in modulating immune responses and cell survival. We have recently shown that TLR9 deficiency protects against lymphocyte apoptosis induced by chronic stress. However, the exact role of TLR9 in stress-mediated change of macrophage function remains unclear. The results of the current study showed that when BALB/c mice were treated with restraint stress (12 h daily for 2 days), the number of macrophages recruited to the peritoneal cavity was obviously increased. Results also demonstrated that the sustained effects of stress elevated cytokine IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-10 production yet diminished IFN-γ production from macrophage, which led to apoptotic cell death. However, TLR9 deficiency prevented the chronic stress-mediated accumulation of macrophages. In addition, knocking out TLR9 significantly abolished the chronic stress-induced imbalance of cytokine levels and apoptosis in macrophage. TLR9 deficiency was also found to reverse elevation of plasma IL-1β, IL-10 and IL-17 levels and decrease of plasma IFN-γ level under the condition of chronic stress. These results indicated that TLR9-mediated macrophage responses were required for chronic stress-induced immunosuppression. Further exploration showed that TLR9 deficiency prevented the increment of p38 MAPK phosphorylation and reduction of Akt/Gsk-3β phosphorylation; TLR9 deficiency also attenuated the release of mitochondrial cytochrome c into cytoplasm, caused upregulation of Bcl-2/Bax protein ratio, downregulation of cleavage of caspase-3 and PARP, as well as decreased TUNEL-positive cells in macrophage of stressed mice. Collectively, our studies demonstrated that deficiency of TLR9 maintained macrophage function by modulating macrophage accumulation and attenuating macrophage apoptosis, thus preventing immunosuppression in restraint-stressed mice.

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A deficiency of TLR9 is resistant to stress-induced macrophage apoptosis TLR9 knockout mice or wild type BALB/c mice aged 6 to 8 weeks were subjected to a 12 h physical restraint daily.After 2 d stress, mice were sacrificed by cervical dislocation, and the macrophages were harvested, purified and cultured (5 × 105 cells/well) on culture plates for 24 hours. Apoptotic cells (dark brown color cells) were determined by TUNEL assay. Photographs of representative TUNEL-stained cells are shown at the top. Magnification 200×. The bar graph shows the percentage of apoptotic cells. Means and SEs were calculated from 7 mice per group. *p < 0.05, **p< 0.01 compared with indicated groups.
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pone.0123447.g004: A deficiency of TLR9 is resistant to stress-induced macrophage apoptosis TLR9 knockout mice or wild type BALB/c mice aged 6 to 8 weeks were subjected to a 12 h physical restraint daily.After 2 d stress, mice were sacrificed by cervical dislocation, and the macrophages were harvested, purified and cultured (5 × 105 cells/well) on culture plates for 24 hours. Apoptotic cells (dark brown color cells) were determined by TUNEL assay. Photographs of representative TUNEL-stained cells are shown at the top. Magnification 200×. The bar graph shows the percentage of apoptotic cells. Means and SEs were calculated from 7 mice per group. *p < 0.05, **p< 0.01 compared with indicated groups.

Mentions: Our recent study showed that chronic stress induces lympocyte apoptosis [2]. We also reported that chronic stress promotes cell apoptosis through TLR9 [12]. To determine whether TLR9 is associated with stress-induced macrophages apoptosis, wild type and TLR9 knockout mice were subjected to stress as described previously, peritoneal macrophages were then harvested and cultured for 24 hours and TUNEL assay was performed to detect cell apoptosis. We found that a large amount of wild type macrophages were undergoing apoptosis after restraint stress, whereas only a few apoptotic cells were detected in the TLR9 deficient macrophages following stress challenge (Fig 4). Therefore, stress-induced macrophage apoptosis requires TLR9.


The role of toll-like receptor 9 in chronic stress-induced apoptosis in macrophage.

Xiang Y, Yan H, Zhou J, Zhang Q, Hanley G, Caudle Y, LeSage G, Zhang X, Yin D - PLoS ONE (2015)

A deficiency of TLR9 is resistant to stress-induced macrophage apoptosis TLR9 knockout mice or wild type BALB/c mice aged 6 to 8 weeks were subjected to a 12 h physical restraint daily.After 2 d stress, mice were sacrificed by cervical dislocation, and the macrophages were harvested, purified and cultured (5 × 105 cells/well) on culture plates for 24 hours. Apoptotic cells (dark brown color cells) were determined by TUNEL assay. Photographs of representative TUNEL-stained cells are shown at the top. Magnification 200×. The bar graph shows the percentage of apoptotic cells. Means and SEs were calculated from 7 mice per group. *p < 0.05, **p< 0.01 compared with indicated groups.
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pone.0123447.g004: A deficiency of TLR9 is resistant to stress-induced macrophage apoptosis TLR9 knockout mice or wild type BALB/c mice aged 6 to 8 weeks were subjected to a 12 h physical restraint daily.After 2 d stress, mice were sacrificed by cervical dislocation, and the macrophages were harvested, purified and cultured (5 × 105 cells/well) on culture plates for 24 hours. Apoptotic cells (dark brown color cells) were determined by TUNEL assay. Photographs of representative TUNEL-stained cells are shown at the top. Magnification 200×. The bar graph shows the percentage of apoptotic cells. Means and SEs were calculated from 7 mice per group. *p < 0.05, **p< 0.01 compared with indicated groups.
Mentions: Our recent study showed that chronic stress induces lympocyte apoptosis [2]. We also reported that chronic stress promotes cell apoptosis through TLR9 [12]. To determine whether TLR9 is associated with stress-induced macrophages apoptosis, wild type and TLR9 knockout mice were subjected to stress as described previously, peritoneal macrophages were then harvested and cultured for 24 hours and TUNEL assay was performed to detect cell apoptosis. We found that a large amount of wild type macrophages were undergoing apoptosis after restraint stress, whereas only a few apoptotic cells were detected in the TLR9 deficient macrophages following stress challenge (Fig 4). Therefore, stress-induced macrophage apoptosis requires TLR9.

Bottom Line: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been shown to play an essential role in modulating immune responses and cell survival.We have recently shown that TLR9 deficiency protects against lymphocyte apoptosis induced by chronic stress.TLR9 deficiency was also found to reverse elevation of plasma IL-1β, IL-10 and IL-17 levels and decrease of plasma IFN-γ level under the condition of chronic stress.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614, United States of America; Department of Pharmacology, Shandong University School of Medicine, Jinan, People's Republic of China.

ABSTRACT
Emerging evidence implied that chronic stress has been exerting detrimental impact on immune system functions in both humans and animals. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been shown to play an essential role in modulating immune responses and cell survival. We have recently shown that TLR9 deficiency protects against lymphocyte apoptosis induced by chronic stress. However, the exact role of TLR9 in stress-mediated change of macrophage function remains unclear. The results of the current study showed that when BALB/c mice were treated with restraint stress (12 h daily for 2 days), the number of macrophages recruited to the peritoneal cavity was obviously increased. Results also demonstrated that the sustained effects of stress elevated cytokine IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-10 production yet diminished IFN-γ production from macrophage, which led to apoptotic cell death. However, TLR9 deficiency prevented the chronic stress-mediated accumulation of macrophages. In addition, knocking out TLR9 significantly abolished the chronic stress-induced imbalance of cytokine levels and apoptosis in macrophage. TLR9 deficiency was also found to reverse elevation of plasma IL-1β, IL-10 and IL-17 levels and decrease of plasma IFN-γ level under the condition of chronic stress. These results indicated that TLR9-mediated macrophage responses were required for chronic stress-induced immunosuppression. Further exploration showed that TLR9 deficiency prevented the increment of p38 MAPK phosphorylation and reduction of Akt/Gsk-3β phosphorylation; TLR9 deficiency also attenuated the release of mitochondrial cytochrome c into cytoplasm, caused upregulation of Bcl-2/Bax protein ratio, downregulation of cleavage of caspase-3 and PARP, as well as decreased TUNEL-positive cells in macrophage of stressed mice. Collectively, our studies demonstrated that deficiency of TLR9 maintained macrophage function by modulating macrophage accumulation and attenuating macrophage apoptosis, thus preventing immunosuppression in restraint-stressed mice.

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Related in: MedlinePlus