Trapping of oxidized LDL in lysosomes of Kupffer cells is a trigger for hepatic inflammation
Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 33, Issue 7, pages 1056–1061, August 2013
How to Cite
Liver Int. 2013: 33: 1056–1061
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 16 MAR 2013 05:42PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 5 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 2012
- The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Grant Numbers: 916.76.070, 016.126.327, Dutch GI/Liver Foundation, WO 08-16, 09-46, 11-35
- Kupffer cells;
Background & Aims
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by steatosis and inflammation. The transition from steatosis towards NASH represents a key step in pathogenesis, as it will set the stage for further severe liver damage. Under normal conditions, lipoproteins that are endocytosed by Kupffer cells (KCs) are easily transferred from the lysosomes into the cytoplasm. Oxidized LDL (oxLDL) that is taken up by the macrophages in vitro is trapped within the lysosomes, while acetylated LDL (acLDL) is leading to normal lysosomal hydrolysis, resulting in cytoplasmic storage. We have recently demonstrated that hepatic inflammation is correlated with lysosomal trapping of lipids. So far, a link between lysosomal trapping of oxLDL and inflammation was not established. We hypothesized that lysosomal trapping of oxLDL in KCs will lead to hepatic inflammation.
Ldlr−/− mice were injected with LDL, acLDL and oxLDL and sacrificed after 2, 6 and 24 h.
Electron microscopy of KCs demonstrated that after oxLDL injection, small lipid inclusions were present inside the lysosomes after all time points and were mostly pronounced after 6 and 24 h. In contrast, no lipid inclusions were present inside KCs after LDL or acLDL injection. Hepatic expression of several inflammatory genes and scavenger receptors was higher after oxLDL injections compared with LDL or acLDL.
These data suggest that trapping of oxLDL inside lysosomes of KCs in vivo is causally linked to increased hepatic inflammatory gene expression. Our novel observations provide new bases for prevention and treatment of NASH.