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See detailEffect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on amyloid-beta formation and macrophage activation after platelet phagocytosis.
Jans, Dominique ULg; Martinet, Wim; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2004), 43(3), 462-70

Recently, we showed that platelet phagocytosis occurs in human atherosclerotic plaques and leads to foam cell formation. Platelet phagocytosis, resulting in macrophage activation and iNOS induction, was ... [more ▼]

Recently, we showed that platelet phagocytosis occurs in human atherosclerotic plaques and leads to foam cell formation. Platelet phagocytosis, resulting in macrophage activation and iNOS induction, was associated with the formation of amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta) via proteolytic cleavage of platelet-derived amyloid precursor protein (APP), possibly by secretases. To test the involvement of gamma-secretase in this process, we used indomethacin, ibuprofen, and sulindac sulfide, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) known to alter the gamma-secretase cleaving site of APP, on their ability to inhibit macrophage activation evoked by platelet phagocytosis. J774 macrophages were incubated with human platelets or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) with or without NSAIDs. Nitrite was quantified as a measure for inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) activity. Indomethacin, ibuprofen, sulindac sulfide, and meloxicam concentration-dependently reduced nitrite production by macrophages incubated with platelets, but did not alter LPS-induced iNOS activity or platelet uptake. However, acetylsalicylic acid and naproxen, two NSAIDs without effect on the gamma-secretase cleaving site of APP, did not affect nitrite production in either platelet- or LPS-stimulated macrophages. Surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass-spectrometry demonstrated time-dependent formation of Abeta-containing peptides after platelet phagocytosis, which could be inhibited by indomethacin. In conclusion, these results point to the involvement of gamma-secretase in macrophage activation following platelet phagocytosis. [less ▲]

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