Pattern of cytokine and adhesion molecule mRNA in hapten-induced relapsing colon inflammation in the rat

Frank F. Sun, Pi Shiang Lai, Gang Yue, Kingsley Yin, Robert G. Nagele, Donald M. Tong, Raymond F. Krzesicki, Jia En Chin, Patrick Y.K. Wong

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We examined the mRNA expression of cytokines, chemokines, integrins, and selectins in colon lesions of rat colitis with a semi-quantitative RT-PCR assay. Rat colitis was induced by trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) in 50% ethanol. Within 24 h, an acute inflammation occurred with hyperemia, edema, necrosis and an intense infiltration of granulocytes in the mucosa. The lesion proceeded into a T-lymphocyte/monocyte-driven chronic inflammation for two weeks and healed in 6 weeks. An acute inflammation recurred at the same site when the recovered animals were systemically injected with TNBS. We isolated RNA from colon tissue at 24 h, 1, 2, 4, 6 weeks after TNBS treatment and from the relapsed animals. The mRNA for cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10 and the chemokines CINC, MIP-1α, MCP-1 were significantly (P < 0.05) elevated and persisted for 2 weeks, decreased in 6 weeks and increased again during relapse. IFNγ mRNA stayed at control levels initially, but increased dramatically in the second weeks of chronic inflammation as well as in relapse, The mRNA levels of adhesion molecules, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, the mucosal homing integrin β7 as well as P- and E-selectin were greatly enhanced between 1 and 3 weeks. The data showed that the chronically inflamed tissue expresses a time-dependent changing pattern of TH1 cytokines and adhesion molecules that maintain the infiltration and activation of inflammatory cells and tissue injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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