- Objective and designEvaluating the pro-/anti-inflammatory activity of the C-terminal cleavage product of osteopontin in comparison to angiotensin 1–7. Material and subjectsHuman coronary endothelial cells (hcEC) treated with conditioned media from human U937 macrophages. TreatmentMacrophages were (pre)treated with C-terminal, full-length or N-terminal osteopontin (OPN-C, OPN-FL, OPN-N, respectively), angiotensin II, angiotensin 1–7 or TNF-α. OPN-C modulatory capacity was compared to that of Ang1–7 in inhibiting subsequent Ag II, OPN-FL or OPN-N-induced macrophage-mediated endothelial inflammation. Methods Protein expression of NFκB, IκB, vCAM-1 and iCAM-1 was assessed using western blot. Promotor activation by NFκB was also assessed by dual-luciferase reporter assay. ResultsConditioned media of macrophages treated with OPN-C induced hcECs’ NfκB activation to a lower degree than OPN-FL or OPN-N. Priming of macrophages with angiotensin 1–7 attenuated the endothelial pro-inflammatory effect induced by subsequent exposure of the macrophages to angiotensin II, OPN-FL or OPN-N. This was evidenced by both NfκB activation and vCAM and iCAM expression. In contrast, priming macrophages with OPN-C did not significantly attenuate the subsequent response to the pro-inflammatory cytokines. ConclusionsOPN-C induces lower macrophage-induced endothelial inflammation compared to OPN-FL or OPN-N, but unlike angiotensin 1–7, fails to prevent endothelial inflammation induced by subsequent pro-inflammatory macrophage stimulation.