Ozonation of human blood induces a remarkable upregulation of heme oxygenase-1 and heat stress protein-70

Mediators Inflamm. 2007:2007:26785. doi: 10.1155/2007/26785.


Heme oxygenase-I (HO-1) has emerged as one of the most protective enzymes and its pleiotropic activities have been demonstrated in a variety of human pathologies. Unpublished observations have shown that HO-1 is induced after the infusion of ozonated blood into the respective donors, and many other experimental observations have demonstrated the efficacy of oxidizing agents. It appeared worthwhile to evaluate whether we could better define the activity of potential inducers such as hydrogen peroxide and ozonated human plasma. Human vascular endothelial cells at confluence were challenged with different concentrations of these inducers and the simultaneous production of nitric oxide (NO); and HO-1 was measured by either measuring nitrite, or bilirubin formation, or/and the immune reactivity of the protein by Western blot using a rabbit antihuman HO-1 and Hsp-70. The results show that production of both NO and HO-1 is fairly dose dependent but is particularly elevated using human plasma after transient exposure to a medium ozone concentration. At this concentration, there is also induction of Hsp-70. The results clarify another positive effect achievable by the use of ozone therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bilirubin / metabolism
  • Blood / metabolism*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Culture Media / metabolism
  • Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic*
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Heme Oxygenase-1 / biosynthesis*
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / pharmacology
  • Nitrites / metabolism
  • Ozone / metabolism*
  • Rabbits
  • Umbilical Veins / cytology


  • Culture Media
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Nitrites
  • Ozone
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Heme Oxygenase-1
  • Bilirubin