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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2006, Article ID 16161, 7 pages
Research Communication

JAK Inhibitors AG-490 and WHI-P154 Decrease IFN-γ-Induced iNOS Expression and NO Production in Macrophages

The Immunopharmacology Research Group, Medical School, University of Tampere and Research Unit, Tampere University Hospital, 33014 Tampere, Finland

Received 10 January 2006; Accepted 28 January 2006

Copyright © 2006 Outi Sareila et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In inflammation, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) produces nitric oxide (NO), which modulates inflammatory processes. We investigated the effects of Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, AG-490 and WHI-P154, on iNOS expression and NO production in J774 murine macrophages stimulated with interferon-γ (IFN-γ). JAK inhibitors AG-490 and WHI-P154 decreased IFN-γ-induced nuclear levels of signal transducer and activator of transcription 1α (STAT1α). JAK inhibitors AG-490 and WHI-P154 decreased also iNOS protein and mRNA expression and NO production in a concentration-dependent manner. Neither of the JAK inhibitors affected the decay of iNOS mRNA when determined by actinomycin D assay. Our results suggest that the inhibition of JAK-STAT1-pathway by AG-490 or WHI-P154 leads to the attenuation of iNOS expression and NO production in IFN-γ-stimulated macrophages.