, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 473–482 | Cite as

Rebamipide Suppresses Monosodium Urate Crystal-Induced Interleukin-1β Production Through Regulation of Oxidative Stress and Caspase-1 in THP-1 Cells

  • Seong-Kyu Kim
  • Jung-Yoon Choe
  • Ki-Yeun Park
Original Article


This study investigated the effect of rebamipide on activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in monosodium urate (MSU) crystal-induced interleukin-1β (IL-1β) production. Human monocyte cell line THP-1 and human umbilical venous endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used to assess the inflammatory response to MSU crystals. NADP/NADPH activity assays were used as a marker of ROS generation. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blotting were performed to evaluate levels of IL-1β, caspase-1, NLRP3, associated speck-like protein (ASC), nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), p65, IκBα, intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), and vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1). Experimental pharmaceuticals included rebamipide, colchicine, dexamethasone, and ascorbic acid. In THP-1 cells, treatment with MSU crystals increased NADP/NADPH ratios and IL-1β expression, and both of these responses were potently inhibited by addition of rebamipide. Rebamipide also attenuated enhanced expression of caspase-1 gene by MSU crystals (p < 0.05). Western blotting demonstrated that MSU crystals stimulated caspase-1 but not NLRP3 and ASC activation. Similarly, MSU crystals activated the NF-κB pathway, which in turn was blocked by rebamipide. Stimulation of HUVECs with MSU crystals increased expression of VCAM-1 and ICAM-1, which were markedly inhibited by both rebamipide and dexamethasone. This study demonstrated that rebamipide inhibits IL-1β activation through suppression of ROS-mediated NF-κB signaling pathways and caspase-1 activation in MSU crystal-induced inflammation.


uric acid interleukin-1β inflammasome inflammation rebamipide 



This work was supported by a grant from the Research Institute of Medical Science, Catholic University of Daegu (2015).

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest concerning this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of MedicineCatholic University of DaeguDaeguRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research CenterCatholic University of DaeguDaeguRepublic of Korea

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