Coordinate regulation of IL-1β and MMP-13 in rat tendons following subrupture fatigue damage

Hui B. Sun, Yonghui Li, David T. Fung, Robert J. Majeska, Mitchell B. Schaffler, Evan L. Flatow

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Abstract

Mechanical overloading is a major causative factor of tendinopathy; however, its underlying mechanisms are unclear. We hypothesized mechanical overloading would damage tendons and alter genes associated with tendinopathy in a load-dependent manner. To test this hypothesis, we fatigue loaded rat patellar tendons in vivo and measured expression of the matrix-degrading enzyme MMP-13 and the inflammatory cytokine IL-1β. We also examined these responses in cultured tenocytes exposed to intermittent hydrostatic pressure in vitro. Additionally, we hypothesized load-induced changes in tenocyte MMP-13 expression would be dependent on expression of IL-1β. In vivo fatigue loading at 1.7% strain caused overt microstructural damage and upregulated expression of MMP-13 and IL-1β, while 0.6% strain produced only minor changes in matrix microstructure and downregulated expression of both MMP-13 and IL-1β. Loading of cultured tenocytes at 2.5 and 7.5 MPa produced comparable changes in expression to those of in vivo tendon loading. Blocking IL-1β expression with siRNA suppressed load-induced both MMP-13 mRNA expression and activity. The data suggest fatigue loading alters expression of MMP-13 and IL-1β in tendons in vivo and tenocytes in vitro in a load-dependent manner. The data also suggest MMP-13 is regulated by both IL-1β-dependent and IL-1β-independent pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1555-1561
Number of pages7
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Volume466
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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