IL-17 Induces Expression of Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule Through Signalling Pathway of NF-κB, but not Akt1 and TAK1 in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells


Correspondence to: Dr S. Yu, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR 72467, USA. E-mail:


Interleukin-17 (IL-17) plays an important role in several autoimmune diseases. IL-17 can induce the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM-1) in aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs), which is important for the development of atherosclerosis. However, the signalling pathway of IL-17-induced VCAM-1 expression remains unclear. In this study, we reported that IL-17-induced expression of VCAM-1 in SMCs is dependent on NF-κB, but independent of Akt1 and TAK1. This is because knocking down Akt1 or TAK1 by siRNA did not reduce IL-17-induced activation of NF-κB and expression of VCAM-1, whereas knocking down NF-κB by siRNA markedly inhibited IL-17-mediated upregulation of VCAM-1 expression. In addition, IL-17-induced expression of VCAM-1 is partially dependent on activation of ERK1/2. Therefore, these signalling pathways of IL-17-mediated upregulation of VCAM-1 expression might be therapeutic targets for treatment of IL-17-mediated inflammation.