Mol. Cells 2014; 37(8): 585~591
Indacaterol Inhibits Tumor Cell Invasiveness and MMP-9 Expression by Suppressing IKK/NF-κB Activation
Su Ui Lee1,4, Kyung-Seop Ahn1,4, Min Hee Sung1, Ji-Won Park1, Hyung Won Ryu1, Hyun-Jun Lee2, Sung-Tae Hong3,*, and Sei-Ryang Oh1,*
1Natural Medicine Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chungbuk 363-883, Korea, 2Targeted Medicine Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chungbuk 363-883, Korea, 3Department of Biological Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701, Korea, 4These authors contributed equally to this work.
*Correspondence: (SRO); (STH)
Received April 2, 2014; Revised July 8, 2014; Accepted July 15, 2014.; Published online August 18, 2014.
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The β2 adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) is a G protein-coupled transmembrane receptor expressed in the human respiratory tract and widely recognized as a pharmacological target for treatments of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Although a number of ADRB2 agonists have been developed for use in asthma therapy, indacaterol is the only ultra-long-acting inhaled β2-agonist (LABA) approved by the FDA for relieving the symptoms in COPD patients.

The precise molecular mechanism underlying the pharmacological effect of indacaterol, however, remains unclear. Here, we show that β-arrestin-2 mediates the internalization of ADRB2 following indacaterol treatment. Moreover, we demonstrate that indacaterol significantly inhibits tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-induced NF-κB activity by reducing levels of both phosphorylated-IKK and -IκBα, thereby decreasing NF-κB nuclear translocation and the expression of MMP-9, an NF-κB target gene. Subsequently, we show that indacaterol significantly inhibits TNF-α/NF-κB-induced cell invasiveness and migration in a human cancer cell line. In conclusion, we propose that indacaterol may inhibit NF-κB activity in a β-arrestin2-dependent manner, preventing further lung damage and improving lung function in COPD patients.

Keywords: ADRB2, indacaterol, invasion, MMP-9, NF-κB

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are two diseases that commonly cause inflammation and hyperactivity in the airways. Asthma is associated with intermittent and reversible airway obstruction, whereas COPD results in generally progressive and irreversible lung damage such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Moreover, the prevalence of COPD in patients diagnosed with lung cancer is 40?70% (Loganathan et al., 2006). These mean that COPD has also been associated with worsening severity stages of lung function failure (Sekine et al., 2012; Vestbo et al., 1996). Given that COPD causes progressive damage in the lungs, it is possible that chemicals or drugs that improve lung function may be good candidates for COPD treatment. Combination treatments using various bronchodilators with distinct mechanisms of action have provided good outcomes in the management of COPD in the past (Tashkin and Ferguson, 2013). However, the development of monotherapeutics with good efficacy and safety is necessitated by the need to offer patients more convenient and effective treatments.

The β2 adrenergic receptor (β2 adrenoreceptor; ADRB2) is a transmembrane G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) located on airway smooth muscle cells. Since ADRB2 activation facilitates respiration, the receptor is widely recognized as a pharmacological target for controlling bronchoconstriction associated with asthma and COPD (Johnson, 2006). For this reason, ADRB2 agonists have been developed as drugs to relieve dyspnea in severe asthma and COPD patients. These drugs are classified into two main classes: short-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists (SABAs) and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists (LABAs), according to their duration of action and the degree of agonism. In particular, LABAs such as formoterol and salmeterol effectively relieve symptoms and improve lung functions in patients with COPD receiving combination treatment incorporating a corticosteroid (Welte, 2009). However, there are major limitations in using the corticosteroid-combined treatments for COPD patients, since these therapies are not always completely effective and have side effects such as osteoporosis and pneumonia (Hanania et al., 1995). Therefore, recent studies have increasingly focused on the development of novel LABAs with longer duration of action (Tashkin and Ferguson, 2013). Interestingly, indacaterol (Fig. 1A, an ultra-LABA) has been recently approved by U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a once-daily, inhaled monotherapy providing symptom relief for COPD patients (Naline et al., 2007). However, the molecular mechanism underlying the pharmacological effects of indacaterol remains unclear.

Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a key cytokine for activating NF-κB signaling that is involved in a number of inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and COPD (Matera et al., 2010). In effect, animal models overexpressing TNF-α exhibit an induction of pathological features associated with COPD, such as inflammatory cell infiltration into the lungs, pulmonary fibrosis, and emphysema (Lundblad et al., 2005). Generally, increased TNF-α activates the IκB-kinase (IKK) complex, composed of two kinases (IKKα and IKKβ) and a regulatory subunit NF-κB-essential modulator (NEMO). Activated IKK subsequently stimulates NF-κB by phosphorylating the inhibitor of NF-κBα (IκBα) at Ser32 and Ser36, resulting in IκBα ubiquitination and degradation (Ghosh et al., 1998). NF-κB, a heterodimer of p65 and p50, is one of the most important transcription factors and plays an essential role in most immune and inflammatory responses, as well as in regulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9, also called gelatinase B, 92 kDa) production.

Interestingly, MMP-9, induced by the TNF-α signal, is recognized as a potential target gene involved in emphysema associated with COPD (Finlay et al., 1997), since selective inhibitors of MMP-9 prevent smoke-induced increases in small airway wall thickness in a guinea pig model (Churg et al., 2007), and are also known to be an important regulatory molecule involved in the regulation of migration and invasion behavior of various cancer cells (Ling et al., 2011). Furthermore, recent studies showed that ADRB2-stimulated β-arrestins binds to IκBα to inhibit NF-κB activity (Gao et al., 2004). Taken together, these reports suggest that indacaterol may associate with TNF-α signaling components and have led us to focus on the effect of indacaterol on the NF-κB pathway.

In our current study evaluating the molecular mechanism of the pharmacological effect of indacaterol, we show that β- arrestin2 (β-arr2) is required to mediate the internalization of ADRB2 by indacaterol treatment. Moreover, we demonstrate that indacaterol treatment significantly inhibits TNF-α-induced MMP-9 expression and its enzymatic activity by blocking the IKK/NF-κB activation pathway. Subsequently, we show that indacaterol significantly inhibits TNF-α-induced migration and invasion of human fibrosarcoma cells. These results collectively suggest that indacaterol is a promising candidate drug with potential for use in improving lung function in the treatment of COPD by inhibiting the expression of NF-κB-response genes such as MMP-9.


Cell culture and reagents

Indacaterol was purchased from Zhiyu Biotechnology (China). The drug was dissolved in DMSO for cell culture experiments. TNF-α (Sigma, USA) was used at 10 ng/ml HeLa (CCL-2), HEK293 (CRL-1573), and HT1080 (CCL-121) cells were obtained from the American Type Culture Collection. Cells were maintained in Dulbeccoed in Dulbeccotential for use EM, HyClone, USA) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (100 units/ml penicillin and 100 andml streptomycin) (FBS, Gibco) at 37°C, in a humidified 5% CO2 atmosphere.

Establishment of a stable cell line for high-content assay

Human ADRB2 fused to green fluorescent protein (GFP) was cloned into pIRESpuro3 (Clontech, USA) vector and transfected into HeLa cells using Lipofectamine 2000 (Invitrogen, USA) according to the manufacturer’s protocols. Transfected cells were selected as previously described (Lee et al., 2013) and spot formation of ADRB2-GFP signal was analyzed using Spot Detector BioApplication assay with the Cellomics? ArrayScan? VTI HCS reader (ThermoFisher, USA). Significance was determined by Student’s t-test, with differences considered significant with p < 0.01.

Protein-protein interaction (PPI) assay with split luciferase

Human ADRB2 was amplified from human cDNA library and cloned into pcDNA3.1-CLuc containing C-terminal fragment of firefly luciferase (aa.1-416). Rat β-arrestin1 (β-arr1) and β-arrestin2 (β-arr2) were cloned into pcDNA3.1-NLuc containing the N-terminal fragment of firefly luciferase (aa. 398-550) (Lee et al., 2013). PCR primers were synthesized by Bioneer, Korea. All clones were verified by sequencing (Solgent, Korea).

To measure luciferase activity, cells were plated (1 × 104 cells/well) in 96-well plates and the plasmids were transfected using Lipofectamine 2000 (Invitrogen) according to the manufacture’s instruction. Luciferase activity was determined by OneGlo Luciferase Assay kit (Promega, USA). Cells treated with DMSO vehicle were used as a control.

Evaluation of mRNA expression levels

Total RNA was isolated using TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen), and first-strand cDNA was synthesized using Omniscript Reverse Transcriptase (Qiagen, USA). SYBR green-based quantitative PCR amplification was performed with CFX 96 Real-Time RTPCR Detection system (Bio-Rad) and the SYBR Green Master Mix (Bio-Rad). All reactions were run in triplicate. Data were expressed as GAPDH-normalized 2?ΔΔCT values. Significance was determined by Student’s t-test, and differences were considered significant with p < 0.01 (*) and p < 0.001 (**).

Western blot analysis

HT1080 cells (5 × 105 cells/well) were seeded on 6-well plates and incubated for 12 h. The incubation medium was changed to DMEM supplemented with 0.1% FBS, 100 units/ml penicillin, and 100 μg/ml streptomycin. Following 16 h of incubation, cells were pretreated with a range of concentrations of indacaterol for 2 h and treated with TNF-α (10 ng/ml) for 0.5 h. Proteins were homogenized in ice-cold buffer containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.0), 5 mM EDTA, 150 mM NaCl, 1% NP-40, 0.1% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), 1 mM PMSF, and one protease inhibitor cocktail tablet (Roche, Germany) and centrifuged at 10,000 × g for 15 min at 4°C. The supernatant was used as the cytoplasmic protein (Cyto) fraction and nuclear proteins (Nuc) were extracted using the NucBuster Protein Extraction kit (Novagen, Germany). Protein samples (20?30 μg) were prepared and loaded as previously described (Lee et al., 2010). At least 30 μg of whole-cell lysate and 20 μg of Cyto/Nuc fractions per lane were loaded for western blot analysis. Anti-GAPDH, anti-HDAC1, and anti-PCNA antibodies were purchased from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, (USA). Anti-MMP-9, anti-NF-κB, anti-phospho-IκBα, anti-IKKα/β, and anti-IKKβ antibodies were obtained from Cell Signaling Technology (USA). Protein bands were visualized using a LAS-4000 luminescent image analyzer and their intensity quantified by densitometry using Fuji Multi Gauge software.

Zymography assay

The enzyme activities of MMP-9 in conditioned medium were determined by gelatin zymography protease assay. Briefly, cells (2 × 105 cells/well) were seeded in 6-well plates and allowed to grow to 80% confluency. The cells were then maintained in serum-free medium for 12 h prior to designated treatments with indacaterol and TNF-α for 24 h. Conditioned media were collected, cleared by centrifugation, and mixed with 2hy protease assay. Briefly, cells (2 × 105 cells/well) were seeded in 6-well plates and allowed to grow to 80% confluency. The cells were then maintained in serum-freebated in renaturation buffer (2.5% Triton X-100) with gentle agitation at room temperature to remove SDS, followed by incubation in developing buffer (50 mM Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.4, and 10 mM CaCl2) overnight at 37°C to allow digestion of gelatin. Gels were then stained with Brilliant Blue R (Sigma-Aldrich) until clear bands corresponding to gelatin digestion appeared.

Cell invasion assay

Cell invasion assay was conducted using cell culture inserts (BD Biosciences, USA) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Briefly, culture inserts were coated with 200 μg/ml of Matrigel (BD Biosciences) for 2 h. Cells (1 × 104) suspended in 0.25 ml of 0.2% FBS DMEM were added to the upper chamber of the Matrigel-coated filter inserts. After treatment with 10 μM indacaterol for 2 h, 0.75 ml of 10% FBS DMEM containing 10 ng/ml of TNF-α was added to the bottom well as a chemoattractant. The chambers were then incubated for 4 h. After incubation, cells on the upper side of the chamber were removed using cotton swabs, and cells that had migrated were fixed and stained with methanol containing 0.5% crystal violet powder. Invading cells were enumerated under a light microscope at 20× objective (Olympus) and the number of cells per field in representative areas was counted. Experiments were performed in triplicates.

Wound healing assay

A total of 5 × 104 cells were seeded onto both sides of a culture insert (ibidi, Germany). After treatment with 10 μM indacaterol for 2 h, the culture insert was removed carefully and 10% FBS DMEM containing 10 ng/ml of TNF-α was added to the dish. Cells were incubated for 8 h. The zone of wound healing and migrated cells was observed using light microscopy (Olympus).

Statistical analysis

Data are presented as means ± standard deviation. Significance was determined by Student’s t-test, and differences were considered significant at p < 0.05 (*), p < 0.01 (**), and p < 0.001 (***).


Indacaterol preferentially enhances β-arr2-mediated ADRB2 internalization

Prior to identifying the mechanism of indacaterol (Fig. 1A) as an agonist of ADRB2, we examined whether indacaterol induces the internalization of ADRB2 (typically resulting from agonism of ADRB2). To visualize and quantitatively analyze the internalization of ADRB2, we generated a stable HeLa cell line expressing GFP-tagged ADRB2 (ADRB2-GFP) and used ArrayScan (Cellomics, USA) microtiter plate imaging system to quantify cellular fluorescence in whole cells. This assay system was shown to be responsive to indacaterol (Naline et al., 2007), as well as other established ADRB2 agonists such as Isoproterenol (Barnes and Pride, 1983), salbutamol (Ball et al., 1991; Cullum et al., 1969), formoterol (van der Molen et al., 1997), and salmeterol (Ball et al., 1991) (Supplementary Fig. 1).

Following treatment with 5 μM indacaterol or vehicle for 0.5 h, cells were fixed and the images of ADRB2 internalization were acquired (Fig. 1B, upper panels). Spot formation of internalized ADRB2-GFP was analyzed quantitatively using Cellomics BioApplication analysis software (Spot Detector). The number of intracellular GFP spots was significantly increased following indacaterol treatment (Fig. 1B, lower panel). This indicates that indacaterol initiates the intracellular signal and enhances the internalization of ADRB2 as an agonist of ADRB2.

Generally, the internalization of ligand-activated GPCR is triggered by both GRK (GPCR kinase)-mediated receptor phosphorylation and subsequent β-arrestins binding to the intracellular phosphate groups (Lefkowitz and Shenoy, 2005; Shenoy and Lefkowitz, 2003). Therefore, we checked whether indacaterol treatment affects the interaction between β-arrestins and ADRB2. To achieve this, we developed an assay to measure protein-protein interactions (PPI) between ADRB2 and β-arrestin using bimolecular luminescence complementation method (BiLC) based on the complemented luciferase activity, as described in the “Materials and Methods”. Next, both ADRB2 fused to the C-terminal region of firefly luciferase (ADRB2-CLuc) and β-arrestin1 or 2 fused to the N-terminal region of firefly luciferase (NLuc-β-arr1/2) were transiently co-expressed in HEK293 cells. Co-expressed ADRB2-CLuc and NLuc-β-arr1/2 exhibited complemented luciferase activity, which was augmented by treatment with 5 μM indacaterol (Fig. 1C). Notably, we found that β-arr2 coupled to ADRB2 following indacaterol treatment induces much higher level of ADRB2 internalization compared to β-arr1 (Fig. 1C, lanes 9 and 11). These results show that indacaterol-induced internalization of ADRB2 is primarily mediated by β-arr2.

Indacaterol inhibits TNF-α-activated IKK/NF-κB signaling

Recent studies have found that β-arrestins may play an important role in inhibiting NF-κB pathway (Gao et al., 2004; Witherow et al., 2004). Since activated NF-κB amplifies airway and mucosal inflammation and exacerbates COPD (Watanabe et al., 2004), we tested whether indacaterol-induced β-arr2 internalization inhibits NF-κB signaling. To examine the changes in NF-κB signaling, we treated HT1080 cells with TNF-α, a potent activator of NF-κB, and analyzed protein expression using western blot methods with antibodies specific for phosphorylated IKKα/β, IKKβ, phosphorylated IκBα, and NF-κBp65. As shown in Fig. 2A, TNF-α induced the phosphorylation of IκBα and IKKα/β (the upstream activators of NF-κB), but indacaterol pretreatments (both 5 and 10 μM) under the same conditions suppressed their phosphorylation. Moreover, consistent with this result, TNF-α-induced NF-κB nuclear translocation was also largely inhibited by pretreatments with 5 and 10 μM indacaterol (Fig. 2B). Therefore, our results suggest that indacaterol may inhibit NF-κB-dependent target gene expression by reducing the activity of NF-κB upstream activators.

Indacaterol inhibits TNF-α-induced MMP-9 expression and activity in human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells

TNF-α-stimulated NF-κB activation induces the expression of MMP-9, a potential drug target for treatment of COPD (Muroski et al., 2008). We therefore tested whether indacaterol, which inhibits TNF-α-stimulated NF-κB signaling, also down-regulates the expression of MMP-9. Prior to the experiment, we verified that cell growth in human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells, which constitutively express MMP-9, is not affected by indacaterol at concentrations up to 10 μM (data not shown). We subsequently assayed whether MMP-9 mRNA expression is down-regulated by indacaterol using quantitative real-time PCR. TNF-α-induced MMP-9 mRNA expression was significantly suppressed by pre-treatment with indacaterol in the 2.5 to 10 μM range (Fig. 3A), whereas very little effect was observed on the expression of MMP-2 (data not shown).

Consistent with this result, indacaterol pretreatment in the concentration range between 2.5 and 10 μM also suppressed TNF-α-induced MMP-9 enzyme activity and decreased its protein levels in a dose-dependent manner, which was assayed using gelatin zymography and western blot approaches, respectively (Fig. 3B). Taken together, these findings indicate that indacaterol inhibits MMP-9 activity by suppressing NF-κB-mediated MMP-9 transcription.

Indacaterol inhibits TNF-α-induced invasion and migration of human fibrosarcoma cells

Since MMP-9 expression enhances the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells (Klein et al., 2004), we tested whether indacaterol suppression of NF-κB-mediated MMP-9 transcription has any anti-invasion effects in human fibrosarcoma HT1080.

First, we investigated the effect of indacaterol on cell invasion activity of fibrosarcoma using a transwell invasion assay. For quantitative analysis of cell invasiveness, the images of fibrosarcoma cells migrating across Matrigel were acquired (Fig. 4A) and the number of migrating cells was counted using Image J software (Fig. 4B). This quantitative assessment showed that cell migration of indacaterol-treated fibrosarcoma is significantly reduced (to approximately half of the level observed in untreated controls). This result showed that indacaterol could substantially suppress cell invasion activity of human fibrosarcoma by reducing MMP-9 expression and its activity.

Furthermore, indacaterol inhibited migration of a malignant mesenchymal tumor cell in wound healing assay, with TNF-α-induced HT1080 cell migration inhibited in the zone of wound healing by indacaterol treatment (Fig. 4C). Altogether, these data demonstrated that indacaterol suppressed migration related to MMP-9 expression and activity.


Indacaterol is a once-daily, inhaled, ultra-long-acting ADRB2 agonist recently approved by FDA for the management of patients with COPD (Donohue et al., 2010). Furthermore, growing body of evidence indicates that indacaterol is statistically superior to twice-daily LABAs (salmeterol and formoterol) and once-daily anticholinergic tiotropium in COPD patients with dyspnea (Yorgancioglu, 2012). While indacaterol is an important therapeutic agent for symptom relief in COPD patients, the molecular mechanism of its pharmacological action remains unclear.

To elucidate this mechanism, we focused on the relationships between ADRB2, β-arrestin, and NF-κB pathway, since a number of bronchodilation treatments target the activation of ADRB2 and its internalization, mediated by β-arrestins (β-arr1 and -2) (Luttrell and Lefkowitz, 2002). Moreover, there is growing evidence that β-arrestins are involved in NF-κB signaling (Witherow et al., 2004). β-arr2 has been shown to directly bind to IκBα and block both phosphorylation and degradation of IκBα, resulting in the inhibition of NF-κB activity (Gao et al., 2004; Luan et al., 2005). Upstream kinases of IκB such as IKKs and NIK (NF-κB-inducing kinase) also interact with β-arrestins to inhibit NF-κB activity (Witherow et al., 2004). Additionally, a recent report showed that β-arr2 interacting with another GPCR (GPR120 omega-3 fatty acid receptor) can also inhibit NF-κB signaling by sequestering TGF β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) binding protein 1 from TAK1 complex (Oh et al., 2010).

Based on these previous findings, we scrutinized the pharmacological action of indacaterol and detected the agonist effect of indacaterol on ADRB2 and β-arrestins. Furthermore, this agonist effect was found to be primarily mediated by β-arr2. On the basis of these results, we also inferred that indacaterol may regulate NF-κB signaling and ameliorate bronchoconstriction.

Previous studies showed that NF-κB is a therapeutic target in treatment of COPD (Edwards et al., 2009) and that TNF-α (an activator of NF-κB) is a key cytokine in a number of inflammatory lung diseases, including asthma and COPD (Matera et al., 2010). TNF-α/NF-κB signaling is therefore believed to play a central role in the pathophysiology of COPD (Churg et al., 2004). In fact, the overexpression of IKKβ resulted in an increase in both inflammatory mediators and neutrophilic inflammation similar to the conditions observed in COPD (Catley et al., 2005), while the inhibition of IKKβ in vivo and in vitro reduced TNF-α-induced production of MUC5A/C, one of the major components of respiratory mucus (Lora et al., 2005). In this study, we found that TNF-α-induced phosphorylation of both IκBα and IKKα/β related to NF-κB pathway is suppressed by pretreatment with indacaterol. These results suggest that indacaterol can inhibit the expression of target genes related to COPD and lung cancer by blocking the NF-κB pathway.

Consistent with this speculation, we found that incubation with indacaterol reduces the expression of NF-κB target genes related to COPD and lung cancer, including MMP-9, in human fibrosarcoma (HT1080) and that it also results in the suppression of tumor cell invasion and migration. Previous studies have shown MMP-9 to be a potential drug target for COPD (Muroski et al., 2008), since overexpression of MMP-9 is correlated with lung damage (Chetty et al., 2008), while selective inhibition of MMP-9 prevents smoke-induced increase in small airway wall thickness in a guinea pig model (Churg et al., 2007). Therefore, we investigated whether MMP-9 expression and enzymatic activity are regulated by indacaterol in human fibrosarcoma (HT1080), which express MMP-9 in abundance. We have observed that indacaterol treatment reduces TNF-α-induced MMP-9 expression on the transcriptional level, resulting in a decrease in MMP-9 enzymatic activity. MMP-9 has been known to play a key role in invasion and metastasis in various tissues, including the lungs (Klein et al., 2004). In accordance with these reports, indacaterol-treated HT1080 cells showed lower invasiveness. This observation suggests that indacaterol can inhibit tumor cell invasion by decreasing both the expression and activity of MMP-9 by suppressing IKK/NF-κB activation.

These results collectively suggest that indacaterol could improve lung function in treatment of COPD by inhibiting transcription of target genes involved in inflammatory diseases such as MMP-9 via the blockage of NF-κB activation.

Supplemental Information
Fig. 1. Indacaterol-induced interaction between ADRB2 and β-arrestins. (A) The structure of indacaterol. (B) Indacaterol induces ADRB2 internalization in HeLa cells stably expressing ADRB2-GFP. Cellomics high-content screening instrument was used to acquire image and analyze ADRB2-GFP signals (upper and lower panels, respectively). Data are representative of three independent experiments (*p < 0.05). (C) HEK293 cells were transiently transfected with ADRB2-C-Luc, βarr1-N-Luc, and βarr2-N-Luc, as described in “Materials and Methods”. Twenty-four hours following transfection, cells were treated for 0.5 h with 5 μM indacaterol and luciferase activity was measured.
Fig. 2. Inhibition of NF-κB signaling by indacaterol. HT1080 cells (5 × 105 cells per well) were seeded and incubated for 12 h. The medium was exchanged for DMEM supplemented with 0.1% FBS (100 units/ml penicillin and 100 ?g/ml streptomycin). After 16 h, cells were pretreated with the corresponding concentration of indacaterol for 2 h and treated with TNF-α (10 ng/ml) for 0.5 h. (A) Total cell lysates were analyzed using antibodies against phosphorylated IκBα, phosphorylated IKKα/β, IKKβ, and GAPDH. (B) Cells were subfractionated into nuclear and cytoplasmic extracts. Antibodies against p65 NF-κB (top panel) and GAPDH (upper middle panel) were used for cytoplasmic fraction. Antibodies against p65 NF-κB (lower middle panel) and PCNA (bottom panel) were used as the nuclear fraction. Numbers in parentheses represent the intensities of bands, expressed relative to the control, estimated using Multi Gauge software version 3.0. The results shown are representative of three independent experiments.
Fig. 3. Inhibition of MMP-9 expression and activity by indacaterol. (A) The effect of indacaterol on the expression of MMP-9 mRNA was assessed using quantitative real-time PCR. HT1080 cells (1 × 105 cells per well) were seeded on 24-well plates and incubated for 12 h. Following incubation, the medium was changed to DMEM supplemented with 0.1% FBS (100 units/ml penicillin and 100 μg/ml streptomycin). After 16 h, cells were pretreated with corresponding concentration of indacaterol for 2 h, followed by 12 h treatment with 10 ng/ml TNF-α (**p < 0.01 and ***p < 0.001). (B) The effect of indacaterol on the expression and activity of MMP-9 protein was assayed using gelatin zymography and Western blot, respectively. Cells (2 × 105 cells per well) were seeded in 6-well plates and allowed to grow to 80% confluency. The cells were then maintained in serum-free medium for 12 h prior to treatments with indacaterol and TNF-α for 24 h. Numbers in parentheses indicate the intensity of band, expressed relative to the controls, estimated using Multi Gauge software version 3.0.
Fig. 4. Inhibitory effects of indacaterol on invasion and migration of human fibrosarcoma cells. (A-B) HT1080 cells (1 × 105 cells per well) were seeded on 24-well plates for 12 h. The medium was changed to DMEM supplemented with 0.1% FBS (100 units/ml penicillin and 100 μg/ml streptomycin). After 16 h, cells were pretreated with indicated concentrations of indacaterol for 2 h and then treated with TNF-α (10 ng/ml) for 12 h. Cells that invaded into the bottom side of the filter were stained with crystal violet (A) and the number of cells per field in representative areas was counted under a light microscope at 20 × objective. (B). *p < 0.05 and ***p < 0.001. (C) HT1080 cells (5 × 104 cells) cells were seeded onto both sides of a culture insert (ibidi, Germany). After 16 h, cells were pretreated with 10 μM indacaterol for 2 h, the culture insert was carefully removed and 10% FBS DMEM containing 10 ng/ml TNF-α was added to the dish. The start position of the cell before movement is indicated by a black dotted line. The cells were then incubated for 8 h. The zones of wound healing and migrated cells were observed using light microscopy (Olympus).
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