PURPOSE. We sought to determine the role of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) in the pathogenesis of Graves' orbitopathy(GO). METHODS. Expression of the GSK-3β gene in whole orbital tissue explants was compared between GO and non-GO donors using quantitative real-time PCR (RT-PCR). The expression of proinflammatory molecules in the presence of the GSK-3β inhibitor CHIR 99021 was analyzed using RT-PCR, western blot, and ELISA. Adipogenic differentiation was identified using Oil Red O staining, and the levels of peroxisome proliferator activator gamma (PPARγ ) and CCAAT-enhancer-binding proteins (C/EBPs) α and β were determined by western blot. RESULTS. The expression of GSK-3β was significantly higher in GO tissues than in control tissues. The addition of CHIR 99021 led to a decrease in the active form of the kinase in which the Y216 residue is phosphorylated. When GO and non-GO fibroblasts were stimulated with IL-1β or TNF-α, IL-6, IL-8, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1), and monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1) showed increased production, which was blunted when CHIR 99021 was added. The activation of Akt, PI3K, nuclear factor (NF)-κB, Erk, Jnk, and p38 kinase by IL-1β and TNF-α was diminished with CHIR 99021 in GO cells. A decrease in lipid droplets and expression of PPARγ and c/EBPα and-β was noted in fibroblasts treated with CHIR 99021 during adipocyte differentiation. The inhibition of Wnt and β-catenin in adipogenesis was reversed by CHIR 99021. CONCLUSIONS. GSK-3β plays a significant role in GO pathogenesis. The inhibition of the kinase attenuated the proinflammatory cytokines production and fibroblast differentiation into adipocytes. GSK-3β may be a potential target for anti-inflammatory and antiadipogenic treatment of GO.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sensory Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience