Hypusine Modification of the Ribosome-binding Protein eIF5A, a Target for New Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Understanding the Action of the Inhibitor GC7 on a Murine Macrophage Cell Line

Author(s): Oedem Paulo de Almeida Jr, Thais Regina Toledo, Danuza Rossi, Daniella de Barros Rossetto, Tatiana Faria Watanabe, Fabio Carrilho Galvao, Alexandra Ivo Medeiros, Cleslei Fernando Zanelli, Sandro Roberto Valentini

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 20 , Issue 2 , 2014

Become EABM
Become Reviewer
Call for Editor


Inflammation is part of an important mechanism triggered by the innate immune response that rapidly responds to invading microorganisms and tissue injury. One important elicitor of the inflammatory response is the Gram-negative bacteria component lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which induces the activation of innate immune response cells, the release of proinflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin 1 and tumor necrosis factor  (TNF-α), and the cellular generation of nitric oxide (NO) by the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). Although essential to the immune response, uncontrolled inflammatory responses can lead to pathological conditions, such as sepsis and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, identifying cellular targets for new anti-inflammatory treatments is crucial to improving therapeutic control of inflammation-related diseases. More recently, the translation factor eIF5A has been demonstrated to have a proinflammatory role in the release of cytokines and the production of NO. As eIF5A requires and essential and unique modification of a specific residue of lysine, changing it to hypusine, eIF5A is an interesting cellular target for anti-inflammatory treatment. The present study reviews the literature concerning the anti-inflammatory effects of inhibiting eIF5A function. We also present new data showing that the inhibition of eIF5A function by the small molecule GC7 significantly decreases TNF-α release without affecting TNF-α mRNA levels. We discuss the mechanisms by which eIF5A may interfere with TNF-α mRNA translation by binding to and regulating the function of ribosomes during protein synthesis.

Keywords: eIF5A, hypusine modification inhibitor, CG7, TNF-α, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2014
Page: [284 - 292]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/13816128113199990036
Price: $65

Article Metrics

PDF: 116