Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1b as a therapeutic target for graves' orbitopathy in an in vitro model

Hyeong Ju Byeon, Ji Young Kim, Jaesang Ko, Eun JigLee, Kikkawa Don, Jin Sook Yoon

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Graves' orbitopathy (GO) is characterised in early stages by orbital fibroblast inflammation, which can be aggravated by oxidative stress and often leads to fibrosis. Protein tyrosine protein 1B (PTP1B) is a regulator of inflammation and a therapeutic target in diabetes. We investigated the role of PTP1B in the GO mechanism using orbital fibroblasts from GO and healthy non-GO subjects. After 24 hours of transfection with PTPN1 siRNA, the fibroblasts were exposed to interleukin (IL)-1ß, cigarette smoke extract (CSE), H2O2, and transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß stimulations. Inflammatory cytokines and fibrosis-related proteins were analysed using western blotting and/or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) release was detected using an oxidant-sensitive fluorescent probe. IL-1ß, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a, bovine thyroid stimulating hormone (bTSH), high-affinity human stimulatory monoclonal antibody of TSH receptor (M22), and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) significantly increased PTP1B protein production in GO and non-GO fibroblasts. PTPN1 silencing significantly blocked IL-1ß-induced inflammatory cytokine production, CSE- and H2O2-induced ROS synthesis, and TGF-ß-induced expression of collagen Ia, a-smooth muscle actin (SMA), and fibronectin in GO fibroblasts. Silencing PTPN1 also decreased phosphorylation levels of Akt, p38, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress response proteins in GO cells. PTP1B may be a potential therapeutic target of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-fibrotic treatment of GO.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0237015
JournalPloS one
Issue number8 August
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

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Funding Information:
Research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (NRF-2016M3A9E9941746). JSY received the grant ( The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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