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Grant, R. (2018). Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase activity increases NAD+ production in IFN-γ-stimulated human primary mononuclear cells. International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 11(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1177/1178646917751636.

ISSN: 1178-6469


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IFN-γ activation of mononuclear phagocytes significantly increases indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and flux through the kynurenine pathway (KP). However, the effect of IDO on NAD+ synthesis, the end product of KP metabolism, is unknown. To investigate this, primary human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured up to 10 days and activated with IFN-γ in the presence or absence of a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor. Day 10 macrophages had significantly higher NAD+ levels compared with monocytes. IFN-γ activation of macrophages resulted in the highest induction of IDO but decreased intracellular NAD+ concentrations at both 24 and 48 hours. However, IFN-γ activation of both day 6 and day 10 macrophages in the presence of a PARP inhibitor resulted in significantly higher intracellular NAD+ levels at 24 hours. This study provides evidence for the first time that an immune-mediated increase in IDO activity increases NAD+ biosynthesis concomitantly with an increase in NAD+ catabolism in primary human macrophages.


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