Cell Stress and Chaperones

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 289–293 | Cite as

TLR2, TLR3, and TLR4 activation specifically alters the oxidative status of intestinal epithelial cells

  • Eva Latorre
  • Carmen Mendoza
  • Elena Layunta
  • Ana I. Alcalde
  • José E. MesoneroEmail author
Short Communication


Intestinal inflammatory diseases are the result of multiple processes, including mucosal oxidative stress and perturbed homeostasis between commensal bacteria and mucosal immunity. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) recognize molecular-associated microorganisms' patterns and trigger innate immunity responses contributing to intestinal homeostasis and inflammatory responses. However, TLRs effects on redox balance in intestinal mucosa remain unknown. Therefore, the present study analyzes the effect of TLR2, TLR3, and TLR4 on both oxidative damage of lipids and proteins, and the activity of antioxidant enzymes in enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells. The results show that the activation of these TLRs increased lipid and protein oxidation levels; however, the effect on the antioxidant enzymes activity is different depending on the TLR activated. These results suggest that the activation of TLR2, TLR3, and TLR4 might affect intestinal inflammation by not only their inherent innate immunity responses, but also their pro-oxidative effects on intestinal epithelial cells.


TLR2 TLR3 TLR4 Oxidative stress Antioxidant enzymes Caco-2 cells 



This work was funded by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF/FEDER) (BFU2010-18971), European Social Found (ESF) and the Aragon Regional Government (B61) and the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Aragón (ARAINF 012/2008). The authors would like to thank Dr. Brot-Laroche (INSERM, UMR S 872, Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Paris) for providing Caco-2/TC7 cells. E. Latorre and E. Layunta are PhD student fellows from Aragon Regional Government (B105/11 and B022/13, respectively).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Latorre
    • 1
  • Carmen Mendoza
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elena Layunta
    • 1
  • Ana I. Alcalde
    • 1
  • José E. Mesonero
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary SciencesUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Basic Sciences. Faculty of Veterinary SciencesUniversity Centroccidental Lisandro AlvaradoTarabanaVenezuela
  3. 3.Departamento de Farmacología y Fisiología, Facultad de VeterinariaZaragozaSpain

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