Induction of cyclooxygenase-2 in macrophages by catalase: Role of NF-κB and PI3K signaling pathways Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Catalase
  • Isoenzymes
  • Macrophages
  • NF-kappa B
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases
  • Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases


  • Induction of COX-2 by catalase in smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells, and neuronal cells has been previously reported. However, the mechanism by which catalase up-regulates COX-2 remains poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effect of catalase on induction of COX-2 in macrophages. The addition of catalase into Raw 264.7 macrophages induced COX-2 expression that was correlated with increased COX-2 transcription and mRNA stability. Catalase also induced activation of NF-kappaB, PI3K, ERKs, p38s, or JNKs. Catalase-induced COX-2 expression was abrogated by treatment of MG-132 (a NF-kappaB inhibitor) or LY294002 (a PI3K inhibitor), but not by treatment of PD98059 (an ERK inhibitor), SB203580 (a p38 inhibitor), or SP600125 (a JNK inhibitor). Moreover, inhibition of PI3K by LY294002 caused partial decrease of catalase-induced COX-2 transcription and steady-state COX-2 transcript levels, but not COX-2 mRNA stability. Together, these results suggest that catalase induces the expression of COX-2 in Raw 264.7 macrophages, and the induction is related with activation of NF-kappaB transcription factor and PI3K signaling pathway.

publication date

  • April 2, 2004



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.02.060

PubMed ID

  • 15020231

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 398

end page

  • 406


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