Oxidative modifications of DAMPs suppress inflammation: The case for S100A8 and S100A9

Su Yin Lim, Mark J. Raftery, Carolyn L. Geczy*

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Several S100 Ca 2+-binding proteins are considered damage-associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMPs). They are actively secreted or released from necrotic cells in response to tissue injury or stress and have various functions important in innate immunity. Here, we review several DAMPs, with particular focus on S100A8 and S100A9, which are susceptible to oxidative modifications by various forms of reactive oxygen species. We discuss the unique posttranslational modifications generated in S100A8 by hypochlorite and the likely structural consequences that alter function. We propose that some reversible modifications act as regulatory switches, representing a mechanism to arrest their novel antiinflammatory activities. These may be important in dampening mast cell activation and altering properties of the activated microcirculation to limit leukocyte adhesion, transmigration, and accumulation. S-nitrosylation of S100A8 in the vasculature could regulate nitric oxide transport and contribute to vessel reflow during resolution of inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2235-2248
Number of pages14
JournalAntioxidants and Redox Signaling
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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