Int J Biol Sci 2018; 14(9):992-999. doi:10.7150/ijbs.24558
An Inhibitor of Casein Kinase 1ε/δ (PF670462) Prevents the Deterioration of Dextran Sodium Sulfate-induced Ulcerative Colitis Caused by UVB Eye Irradiation
1. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Suzuka University of Medical Science, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
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Hiramoto K, Yamate Y, Kasahara E, Sato EF. An Inhibitor of Casein Kinase 1ε/δ (PF670462) Prevents the Deterioration of Dextran Sodium Sulfate-induced Ulcerative Colitis Caused by UVB Eye Irradiation. Int J Biol Sci 2018; 14(9):992-999. doi:10.7150/ijbs.24558. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v14p0992.htm
Although we previously reported the exacerbation of dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced ulcerative colitis by ultraviolet (UV) B eye irradiation, we do not yet understand the mechanism behind this phenomenon. In this study, we examined the relationship between the deterioration of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis and clock genes. We induced a mouse model of ulcerative colitis by administering DSS for 5 days, and administered UVB eye irradiation on each day of the DSS treatment period. The DSS-induced ulcerative colitis was deteriorated by the UVB eye irradiation. The levels of Clock, brain and muscle arnt-like protein 1 (Bmal1), reverse orientation c-erb A gene (Rev-Erb)α, RAR-related orphan receptor gamma (RORγt), and interleukin (IL)-17 in the colon were increased by UVB eye irradiation in the DSS-treated mice (UVB/DSS-treated mice). Conversely, the nuclear factor, interleukin 3 regulated (NFIL-3) levels in the colon were lower after UVB eye irradiation. The Casein Kinase 1ε/δ inhibitor (PF670462) administration, which is a Clock/Bmal1 inhibitor (PER2 activator), inhibited the deterioration caused by UVB eye irradiation. These results suggest that the UVB eye irradiation-mediated exacerbation of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis depends on IL-17 produced in response to alterations in clock genes.
Keywords: Ultraviolet B, DSS-induced ulcerative colitiss, Clock genes, IL-17
Ultraviolet (UV) rays have many effects on a living body, including activation of the immune system. For example, UV irradiation can induce photo-immunosuppression (1, 2) or skin cancer (3). The inhibitory action of UV irradiation on the immune system in the skin is thought to be mediated by regulatory T cells, which are induced by UV (4), decreases in the numbers and function of Langerhans cells (LCs) (5,6), and the production of inhibitory cytokines and prostaglandin E2 by keratinocytes (7). Furthermore, there are many reports on the relationship between UV exposure and allergic diseases. In the atopic dermatitis (AD), the increase in active oxygen upon exposure to UV irradiation exacerbates atopic symptoms (8). On the other hand, radiation with narrow-band UVB (311 nm ± 2 nm) is used to control AD by reducing the numbers of LCs, which are responsible for inducing the allergic reactions (9). Therefore, narrow-band UVB is used to treat AD and psoriasis.
We previously reported a deterioration of the autoimmune disease ulcerative colitis caused by UVB eye irradiation in the dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse model (10). UVB eye irradiation stimulates the secretion of the hormone proopiomelanocortin (POMC), the precursor to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), by the brain; the hormone increases inflammatory cytokine and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) expression in the colon, resulting in the exacerbation of ulcerative colitis. However, this mechanism does not fully explain the deterioration of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis upon exposure to UVB eye irradiation.
The clock genes are involved in many inflammatory diseases. For example, increases in period circadian regulator 2 (PER2) and decreases in Clock/brain and muscle arnt-like protein 1 (Bmal1) can inhibit an immunoglobulin E (IgE)-dependent allergy (11). Clock genes are also related to pollinosis or asthma (12,13). Thus, the circadian rhythm clock genes are involved in the deterioration of allergy symptoms. Therefore, the inflammation by an allergy may be controllable by changing expression of Bmal1, Clock, or PER2. Casein Kinase 1ε/δ (CK1ε/δ) is an essential component of the biological clock, phosphorylateing PER proteins. Consequently, by using CK1ε/δ inhibitor, PER2 is activated and, as a result, Clock/Bmal1 is inhibited (14). From this, in this experiment, in order to observe a function of clock genes, we used CK1ε/δ inhibitor. In addition, the circadian rhythm clock genes have a close relationship with the UV in sunlight (15). However, the relationship between the clock genes and the effects of UVB eye irradiation on ulcerative colitis is not clear.
In this study, we examined the role of the clock genes in the deterioration of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis caused by UVB eye irradiation.
Materials and methods
The male C57BL/6J mice (8-week-old) were purchased from SLC (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan). The mice were housed under specific-pathogen-free conditions and individually in cages in an air-conditioned room maintained at 23 ± 1°C with a 12-h light and 12-h dark cycle (lights on at 8:00 AM). Mice were divided to three groups (control group, DSS-treated group, and UVB/DSS treated group). Each group consisted of at least six mice. All experimental procedures described in his study were conducted according to the recommendations of the guide for the care and use of laboratory animals of Suzuka University of Medical Science (approval number: 34). All surgeries were performed under pentobarbital anesthesia, and all efforts were made to minimize suffering.
The UVB source comprised a bank of sunlamps (FL20SE sunlamp, Toshiba, Tokyo, Japan) that there energy in the UVB range (280-320 nm) with an emission peak at 305 nm. During the experimental period, the eye of mice was locally exposed UVB at a dose of 1.0 kJ/m2/day (irradiation time: 60 s/day) with light nembutal anesthesia. We irradiated to mice at zeitgeber time (ZT)2 (10). The rest of the body surface without eye was protected from irradiation with aluminum foil. The procedure was described in detail in previous our studies (16, 17). In the control group, the eye of mice was irradiated with visible light (FL20SD light source; wavelength: 400-700 nm, Toshiba, Tokyo, Japan).
For inducing ulcerative colitis, we administered 5.0% (w/v) DSS (molecular weight: 36,000-50,000 Da; MP Biomedicals, Solon, OH, USA) drinking water of mice in the DSS-treated group for five consecutive days. The development of colitis was monitored in each mouse by observing the condition of its feces. The severity of colitis was determined by the feces condition and post mortem colon length. The fecal condition score was determined using two parameters: stool consistency (0 = negative; 1 = soft; 2 = very soft, but formed; 3 = liquid) and fecal bleeding (0 = negative; 1 = faintly blue; 2 = moderately blue; 3 = dark blue; 4 = blood visible using the guaiac paper test). The sum of two parameters was considered to be the individual disease activity score (18).
4-[1-Cyclohexyl-4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-imidazol-5-yl]-2-pyrimidinamine dihydrochloride (PF670462) treatment
We used 4-[1-Cyclohexyl-4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-imidazol-5-yl]-2-pyrimidinamine dihydrochloride (PF670462, Abcam, Tokyo, Japan) to inhibit Clock/Bmal1 activity in mice. PF670462 is a potent, selective Casein Kinase 1ε (CK1ε) and CK1δ inhibitor and PER2 activator. We subcutaneously administered PF670462 (50 mg/kg/day) suspended in saline on each day of the experiment (14).
Western blotting analysis
We obtained the colon samples of mice at five days (at morning), and these were homogenized in Lysis Buffer (Kurabo, Osaka, Japan). The mixture was centrifuged at 8,000 g for 10 minutes. The supernatant from each sample was then isolated and stored at -80°C until analysis. We performed western blotting as previously described (19). Briefly, the supernatant was determined by protein assay. Equal amounts of protein were applied to 12% sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel and separated by electrophoresis. The membranes were incubated at room temperature for 1 hour with primary antibodies against Clock (1:500; Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA), Bmal1 (1:1,000; Abcam), reverse orientation c-erb A gene (Rev-Erb)α (1:1,000; Medical & Biological Laboratories; Nagoya, Aichi, Japan), nuclear factor, interleukin 3 regulated (NFIL-3) (1:1,000; Cell Signaling Technology, Danvers, MA, USA), the Th17 cell marker RAR-related orphan receptor gamma (RORγt; 1:100; Biorbyt, Cambridge, UK) and interleukin (IL)-17 (1:1,000; Aviva Systems Biology, San Diego, CA, USA) or β-actin (1:5,000; Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA). The membranes were washed and incubated with a horseradish peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibody (Novex, Frederick, MD, USA). The immune complexes were detected using ImmunoStar Zeta regent (Wako, Osaka, Japan), and the images were acquired using the Multi-Gauge software program (Fujifilm, Greenwood, SC, USA).
Quantification of TSLP, TNF-α and IL-6 levels in plasma using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
Blood samples were taken on the fifth day after the start of DSS treatment. The plasma levels of TSLP, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and IL-6 were determined using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits (TSLP and TNF-α: R&D Systems, Minneapolis, MN, USA; IL-6: BioLegend, San Diego, CA, USA) in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions. The optical densities of the wells were measured with a microplate reader (Molecular Devices, Sunnyvale, CA, USA).
All data are presented as the mean ± standard deviation (SD). Results were statistically analyzed using Microsoft Excel 2010, and with one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey's post hoc test using SPSS, version 20 (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA). The differences were considered statistically significant at p<0.05.
Effect of UVB eye irradiation on DSS-treated mice
Diarrhea and fecal bleeding were observed after DSS treatment in the UVB/DSS-treated mice. The disease activity scores of the UVB/DSS-treated mice were higher than those of the DSS-treated mice (Fig. 1A and 1D). DSS treatment also resulted in decreases in body weight and colon length. The average colon length of the UVB/DSS-treated mice was shorter than that of the DSS-treated mice (Fig. 1B and 1C).
Effect of UVB eye irradiation on the plasma levels of TSLP, IL-6, and TNF-α in DSS-treated mice
We performed ELISAs to measure the plasma levels of TSLP, IL-6, and TNF-α in the DSS-treated mice after 5 days of treatment. The plasma levels of TSLP, IL-6, and TNF-α were increased by DSS treatment. In the UVB/DSS-treated mice, the levels of TSLP and IL-6 were higher than in the DSS-treated mice (Fig. 2).
Effects of UVB eye irradiation on the expression of Clock, Bmal1, Rev-Erbα, NFIL3, RORγt, and IL-17 in DSS-treated mice
Next, we measured the expression of the clock genes, IL-17, and the Th17 transcription factor RORγt, in order to investigate the cause of the increase in TSLP. In the UVB/DSS-treated mice, the expression of the clock genes Clock, Bmal1, and Rev-Erbα was higher than in DSS-treated mice (Fig. 3). On the contrary, in the UVB/DSS-treated mice, the expression of NFIL3 was lower than in the DSS-treated mice. The expression of RORγt and IL-17 was higher in the UVB/DSS-treated mice than in the DSS-treated mice.
Effect of UVB eye irradiation on the DSS-treated mice after PF670462 administration
The PF670462/UVB/DSS-treated mice had lower disease activity scores than the UVB/DSS-treated mice (Fig. 4). However, PF670462 did not lower the disease activity scores of UVB/DSS-treated mice to those of the DSS-treated mice.
Effects of UVB eye irradiation on the expression of Bmal1, Clock, Rev-Erbα, NFIL3, IL-17, and RORγt in the DSS-treated mice after PF670462 administration
The expression of Bmal1, Clock and Rev-Erbα in the PF670462/UVB/DSS-treated mice was lower than in the UVB/DSS-treated mice (Fig. 5). The expression of NFIL3 in the PF670462/UVB/DSS-treated mice was higher than in the UVB/DSS-treated mice, and similar to that in the DSS-treated mice. Furthermore, the expression of RORγt and IL-17 in the PF670462/UVB/DSS-treated mice was lower than in the UVB/DSS-treated mice, but not reduced to the levels in the DSS-treated mice.
The effects of UVB eye irradiation on DSS-induced ulcerative colitis. The length of the large intestine (A, B). The body weights (C) and colitis scores (D) over the course of the experiment. The values represent the mean ± SD derived from 6 animals (B) or the mean and pooled standard error of the mean (C, D). *p<0.05 (DSS vs. UVB/DSS).(Click on the image to enlarge.)
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Analysis of the plasma TSLP, IL-6, and TNF-α concentrations after UVB/DSS-treatment. The values represent the mean ± SD derived from 6 animals. *p<0.05 (DSS vs. UVB/DSS).(Click on the image to enlarge.)
Western blot analysis of Bmal1, Clock, Rev-Erbα, NFIL3, RORγt, and IL-17 in the colon. The values represent the mean ± SD derived from 6 animals. *p<0.05 (DSS vs. UVB/DSS).(Click on the image to enlarge.)
The effects of PF670462 on the colitis score and length of the large intestine in UVB/DSS-treated mice. PF670462 is PER2 activator. The values represent the mean ± SD. *p<0.05.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
The effects of PF670462 on the expression of Bmal1, Clock, Rev-Erbα, NFIL3, RORγt, and IL-17 in the colons of the UVB/DSS-treated mice. The values represent the mean ± SD derived from 6 animals. *p<0.05 (DSS vs. UVB/DSS).(Click on the image to enlarge.)
In this study, UVB eye irradiation exacerbated DSS-induced ulcerative colitis in mice by inducing increases in the levels of TSLP, IL-6, and TNF-α in plasma, and IL-17 in the colon. UVB eye irradiation increased the expression of the clock genes Clock, Bmal1, and Rev-Erbα, in the colon, but decreased the expression of NFIL3. An antagonist of Clock/Bmal1 inhibited the UVB eye irradiation-induced deterioration of the colitis.
We reported in a previous study that UVB eye irradiation exacerbated DSS-induced ulcerative colitis (10). ACTH, secreted from the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, was increased by UVB eye irradiation, as was the expression of melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R) in the colon. ACTH signaled through the receptor to induce the secretion of corticosterone, and induced the secretion of inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-18, IL-6, and histamine. However, treatment with RU486, a glucocorticoid receptor antagonist, only partially inhibited the UVB eye irradiation-mediated deterioration of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis. These findings indicated that additional mechanisms mediated the effects of UVB eye irradiation in DSS-induced ulcerative colitis.
Light regulates the circadian rhythms of animals, thereby regulating allergy. In the examination of a circadian rhythm, the time of a sampling becomes important. In this study, we obtained colon samples at morning (ZT2-4), because there is a report that the levels of Bmal, Clock and Rev-Erbaα were remarkably high at morning (20). In addition, since we examined in this time on our previous study, we also done at the same time (10). NFIL3 controls the function of inflammatory immune cells, and the expression of NFIL3 inhibits inflammatory bowel disease (21,22). Furthermore, the intestines of NFIL3-deficient mice are characterized by increased numbers of Th17 cells compared to those in wild type mice, as well as the development of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (23). In this study, the increased expression of Clock/Bmal1 and Rev-Erbα in DSS-treated mice upon UVB eye irradiation decreased the expression of NFIL3, which increased the expression of RORγt, the Th17 transcription factor. Therefore, we hypothesized that UVB eye irradiation increased Th17 cell differentiation (23). In this study, we observed similar alterations in the expression of the clock genes and RORγt. Furthermore, the amelioration of the effects of UVB eye irradiation by the inhibition of Clock/Bmal1 (CK1ε/δ inhibitor: PF670462) was accompanied by increased expression of PER2. The expression of the clock gene did not change with single administrations of CK1ε/δ inhibitor (data not shown). However, the period of the circadian rhythm is extended by the administration of CK1ε/δ inhibitor (14). Because in this study we do not see only one point of the period, but detailed investing is required. Thus, variations in the clock genes caused by UVB eye irradiation appear to influence the symptoms of DSS-induced colitis. However, we do not yet understand the detailed relationship between UVB eye irradiation and the clock genes. In addition, since the clock genes are regulated by circadian rhythms, the timing of the radiation is likely to be important. Therefore, further study is necessary to determine the relationship between UVB eye irradiation and clock genes, with particular consideration given to the time course of UVB irradiation (morning, afternoon and evening).
DSS-induced ulcerative colitis appears to be exacerbated by UVB eye irradiation via regulation of a hormone of pituitary gland origin (10) and clock genes (Fig. 6). Clock genes are not only affected by UVB eye irradiation, but also by disturbances in lifestyle and physical stress. Therefore, the factors that alter the expression of clock genes are also likely to directly affect ulcerative colitis. In modern society, the alteration of clock genes is frequently observed in perturbed states. Therefore, correcting disturbances to the clock genes may form the basis of treatments for various diseases.
The mechanism of UVB eye irradiation-mediated exacerbation of DSS-induced ulcerative colitis.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 18K11085.
The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.
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Corresponding author: Keiichi Hiramoto, Ph.D; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Suzuka University of Medical Science, 3500-3 Minamitamagakicho, Suzuka, Mie 513-8670, Japan; Tel: +81-59-340-0575; Fax: +81-59-368-127; E-mail: hiramotoac.jp