Oridonin ameliorates noise-induced hearing loss by blocking NLRP3 – NEK7 mediated inflammasome activation
Int Immunopharmacol. 2021 Mar 23;95:107576. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107576. Online ahead of print.
Inflammation is involved in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), but the mechanism is still unknown. The NOD-like receptor family pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, which triggers the inflammatory cascade, has been implicated in several inflammatory diseases in response to oxidative stress. However, whether the NLRP3 inflammasome is a key factor for permanent NIHL is still unknown. In this study, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), western blot, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) demonstrated that the expression levels of activated caspase-1, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-18, and NLRP3 were significantly increased in the cochleae of mice exposed to broadband noise (120 dB) for 4 h, compared with the control group. These results indicate that the activation of inflammasomes in the cochleae of mice during the pathological process of NIHL as well as NLRP3, a sensor protein of reactive oxygen species (ROS), may be key factors for inflammasome assembly and subsequent inflammation in cochleae. Moreover, many recent studies have revealed that NEK7 is an important component and regulator of NLRP3 inflammasomes by interacting with NLRP3 directly and that these interactions can be interrupted by oridonin. Here, we further determined that treatment with oridonin could indeed interrupt the interaction between NLRP3 and NEK7 as well as inhibit the downstream inflammasome activation in mouse cochleae after noise exposure. Furthermore, we tested anakinra, another inflammatory inhibitor, and it was shown to partially alleviate the degree of hearing impairment in some frequencies in an NIHL mouse model. These discoveries suggest that inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasomes and the downstream signaling pathway may provide a new strategy for the clinical treatment of NIHL.
PMID:33770730 | DOI:10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107576
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Hearing Loss Treatment Report, Urgent Research, 2021-03-27T14:05:04+00:00, https://www.hearinglosstreatmentreport.com.