Involvement of retinoic acid-inducible gene-I in inflammation of rheumatoid fibroblast-like synoviocytes


T. Imaizumi, Departments of Vascular Biology, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine, 5 Zaifu-cho, Hirosaki 036-8562, Japan.


Interferon (IFN)-γ is a major cytokine that regulates T helper 1-type immune reactions and serves as an important mediator in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. Retinoic acid-inducible gene-I (RIG-I) is an IFN-γ-inducible gene and known to be involved in the inflammatory and immune reactions. In the present study, we found high levels of RIG-I expression in synovial tissues of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), while the expression in osteoarthritis tissues was low. Treatment of cultured fibroblast-like synoviocytes with IFN-γ markedly induced the expression of RIG-I. Knockdown of RIG-I in fibroblast-like synoviocytes, with specific siRNA, resulted in the inhibition of the IFN-γ-induced expression of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10)/IFN-γ-inducible protein-10 (IP-10), a chemokine with chemotactic activity towards T cells. These findings suggest that RIG-I may play an important role in the pathogenesis of synovial inflammation in RA, at least in part, by regulating the IFN-γ-induced expression of CXCL10/IP-10.