Intestinal paracellular transport or paracellular permeation in-between intestinal epithelial cells is regulated by tight junctions. Patients with Crohn's disease (CD) have a defective intestinal tight junction (TJ) barrier, manifested by an increase in paracellular permeability. The defective intestinal TJ barrier is an important pathogenic factor of CD that allows increased paracellular permeation of toxic luminal antigens, leading to intestinal inflammation. Tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?), a pro-inflammatory cytokine, has been shown to play a central role in the intestinal inflammation process of CD. An important pro-inflammatory action of TNF-? is to cause a functional opening of the intestinal TJ barrier, leading to an increase in paracellular permeation of noxious luminal antigens. The TNF-? induced increase in intestinal paracellular permeability has been postulated to be an important mechanism contributing to the intestinal TJ barrier defect in CD and other inflammatory conditions of the gut. The broad objectives of this grant proposal are to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the TNF-? induced increase in intestinal TJ permeability and to determine the potential therapeutic targets to prevent the TNF-? induced defect in TJ barrier and subsequent development of intestinal inflammation. To achieve these objectives, we intend to use both in-vitro (consisting of filter-grown Caco-2 intestinal epithelial cells) and in-vivo (mouse intestinal perfusion system) model systems. Our preliminary studies suggested that the TNF-? induced increase in intestinal epithelial TJ permeability was regulated in part by ERK 1/2 and p38 signaling cascade induced increase in myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) gene activity and microRNA induced down-regulation of occludin gene expression. Based on our preliminary studies, we advance a novel hypothesis that the TNF-? induced increase in intestinal TJ permeability is mediated in part by ERK1/2 and p38 signaling cascade induced activation of MLCK gene and modulation of microRNA expression. The proposed specific aims are to: 1) elucidate the intracellular and the molecular processes that mediate the TNF-? induced increase in MLCK gene activity and intestinal TJ permeability;2) delineate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the TNF-? induced down- regulation of occludin gene and protein expression;and 3) delineate the mechanisms involved in TNF-? induced increase in intestinal permeability in-vivo and determine the therapeutic implications of targeted preservation of TJ barrier function in TNF-? induced intestinal inflammation.
Patients with Crohn's disease have a leaky gut, characterized by an increase in intestinal permeability to harmful antigens in the intestinal lumen. The studies proposed in this grant application seek to provide novel insight into the cellular processes that lead to the leaky gut of Crohn's disease. These studies also seek to identify potential therapeutic targets and strategies to induce therapeutic re-tightening or normalization of leaky gut in Crohn's disease.
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