GSTO1-1 plays a pro-inflammatory role in models of inflammation, colitis and obesity

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Journal Article


D. Menon; A. Innes; A. J. Oakley; J. E. Dahlstrom; L. M. Jensen; A. Brüstle; P. Tummala; M. Rooke; M. G. Casarotto; J. B. Baell; N. Nguyen; Y. Xie; M. Cuellar; J. Strasser; J. L. Dahlin; M. A. Walters; G. Burgio; L. A. J. O'Neill; P. G. Board

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Sci Rep








Glutathione transferase Omega 1 (GSTO1-1) is an atypical GST reported to play a pro-inflammatory role in response to LPS. Here we show that genetic knockout of Gsto1 alters the response of mice to three distinct inflammatory disease models. GSTO1-1 deficiency ameliorates the inflammatory response stimulated by LPS and attenuates the inflammatory impact of a high fat diet on glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. In contrast, GSTO1-1 deficient mice show a more severe inflammatory response and increased escape of bacteria from the colon into the lymphatic system in a dextran sodium sulfate mediated model of inflammatory bowel disease. These responses are similar to those of TLR4 and MyD88 deficient mice in these models and confirm that GSTO1-1 is critical for a TLR4-like pro-inflammatory response in vivo. In wild-type mice, we show that a small molecule inhibitor that covalently binds in the active site of GSTO1-1 can be used to ameliorate the inflammatory response to LPS. Our findings demonstrate the potential therapeutic utility of GSTO1-1 inhibitors in the modulation of inflammation and suggest their possible application in the treatment of a range of inflammatory conditions.