Isabel Devesa

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The processing of pro-interleukin-1beta depends on activation of caspase-1. Controversy has arisen whether Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands alone can activate caspase-1 for release of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta). Here we demonstrate that human blood monocytes release processed IL-1beta after a one-time stimulation with either TLR2 or TLR4 ligands,(More)
TLRs may contribute to the progression of rheumatoid arthritis through recognition of microbial or host-derived ligands found in arthritic joints. Here, we show that TLR2 and TLR4, but not TLR9, are involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune arthritis and play distinct roles in the regulation of T cells and cytokines. We investigated the involvement of(More)
OBJECTIVE CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) are a novel class of anti-inflammatory agents. We have examined the possible therapeutic effects of CORM-3 in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). METHODS Arthritis was induced in DBA-1/J mice by type II collagen. Animals were treated with CORM-3 (5 and 10 mg/kg/day, intraperitoneally) or the inactive compound(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an inducible rate-limiting enzyme which catalyzes group heme into carbon monoxide, iron and bilirubin. In the recent years, HO-1 expression has been reported as an important protective endogenous mechanism against physical, chemical and biological stress. In this regard, induction of this enzyme has shown beneficial effects in(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin (IL)-1beta has an important role in antifungal defense mechanisms. The inflammasome is thought to be required for caspase-1 activation and processing of the inactive precursor pro-IL-1beta. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pathways of IL-1beta production induced by Candida albicans in human monocytes. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist-deficient (IL-1Ra-/-) mice spontaneously develop an inflammatory and destructive arthritis due to unopposed excess IL-1 signaling. In this study, the role of Th17 cells and the effect of neutralization of IL-17, IL-1, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) were investigated in this IL-1-driven murine arthritis(More)
OBJECTIVE Heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1) can be induced by inflammatory mediators as an adaptive response. The objective of the present study was to determine the consequences of HO-1 modulation in the murine collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model. METHODS DBA/1J mice were treated with an inhibitor of HO-1, tin protoporphyrin IX (SnPP), or with an inducer of(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether synovial interleukin-17 (IL-17) expression promotes tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-induced joint pathologic processes in vivo, and to analyze the surplus ameliorative value of neutralizing IL-17 in addition to TNF during collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). METHODS Adenoviral vectors were used to induce overexpression of IL-17(More)
Rat adjuvant arthritis is an experimental model widely used to evaluate etiopathogenetic mechanisms in chronic inflammation. We have examined the participation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in this experimental arthritis. In this study, an increased nitric oxide (NO) production in the paw preceded the upregulation of HO-1, whereas selective inhibition of(More)
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules can counteract inflammatory responses. The aim of this study was to investigate whether tricarbonylchloro(glycinate)ruthenium (II) (CORM-3) is able to control the effector phase of experimental arthritis. Arthritis was induced in C57Black-6 mice by an intraperitoneal injection of serum from arthritic K/BxN mice. CORM-3(More)