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International journal of cardiology

Gremlin-1 inhibits macrophage migration inhibitory factor-dependent monocyte function and survival.


PMID 25194861

Abstract

Monocyte migration and their differentiation into macrophages critically regulate vascular inflammation and atherogenesis and are governed by macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). Gremlin-1 binds to MIF. Current experimental evidences present Gremlin-1 as a potential physiological agent that might counter-regulate the inflammatory attributes of MIF. We found that Gremlin-1 inhibited MIF-dependent monocyte migration and adhesion to activated endothelial cells in flow chamber perfusion assay in vitro and to the injured carotid artery of WT and ApoE-/- mice in vivo as deciphered by intravital microscopy. Intravenous administration of Gremlin-1, but not of control protein, significantly reduced leukocyte recruitment towards the inflamed carotid artery of ApoE-/- mice. Besides, leukocytes from MIF-/- when administered into ApoE-/- mice showed lesser adhesion as compared to wild type. In the presence of Gremlin-1 however, adhesion of wild type, but not of MIF-/- leukocytes, to the carotid artery was significantly inhibited as compared to control. Gremlin-1 also inhibited the MIF-induced differentiation of monocytes into macrophages. Gremlin-1 substantially inhibited the anti-apoptotic impact of MIF on monocytes against BH3 mimetic ABT-737-induced apoptosis as verified by Annexin V-binding, caspase 3 activity, and mitochondrial depolarization. Therefore Gremlin-1 can modulate MIF dependent monocyte adhesion, migration, differentiation and survival.