Journal Article

<i>Cox-2</i> deletion in myeloid and endothelial cells, but not in epithelial cells, exacerbates murine colitis.

Tomo-o Ishikawa, Masanobu Oshima and Harvey R. Herschman

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 32, issue 3, pages 417-426
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Cox-2 deletion in myeloid and endothelial cells, but not in epithelial cells, exacerbates murine colitis.

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Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases are at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Pharmacological inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX) function exacerbates symptoms in colitis patients. Animal models of colitis using Cox-2-knockout mice and COX inhibitors also indicate that COX-2 has a protective role against colon inflammation. However, because conventional Cox-2 deletion and COX-2 inhibitors eliminate COX-2 function in all cells, it has not been possible to analyze the role(s) of COX-2 in different cell types. Here, we use a Cox-2flox conditional knockout mouse to analyze the role of COX-2 expression in distinct cell types in the colon in response to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. We generated Cox-2 conditional knockouts in myeloid cells with LysMCre knock-in mice, in endothelial cells with VECadCreERT2 transgenic mice and in epithelial cells with VillinCre transgenic mice. When treated with DSS to induce colitis, both myeloid cell-specific and endothelial cell-specific Cox-2-knockout mice exhibited greater weight loss, increased clinical scores and decreased epithelial cell proliferation after DSS injury when compared with littermate controls. In contrast, epithelial-specific Cox-2 knockouts and control littermates did not differ in response to DSS. These results suggest that COX-2 expression in myeloid cells and endothelial cells, but not epithelial cells, is important for protection of epithelial cells in this murine colitis model.

Journal Article.  6547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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