CPPD Crystals

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CPPD crystals

Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Crystals

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Inflammasome activation with CPPD crystals
Inflammasome activation with CPPD crystals

NLRP3 Inflammasome Inducer - Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate crystals

Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals are the aetiological agent of the joint acute inflammatory disease pseudogout. Notably, research has demonstrated that CPPD crystals trigger the NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent induction of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-18  [1]. 

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The biological activity of CPPD crystals has been validated using InvivoGen's HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells and THP1-HMGB1-Lucia™ cells.

Key features:

  • Potent inducer of the NLRP3 inflammasome
  • Each lot is functionally tested


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1. Martinon F. et al., 2006. Gout-associated uric acid crystals activate the NALP3 inflammasome. Nature. 440(7081):237-41.


Evaluation of inflammasome activation with CPPD crystals
Evaluation of inflammasome activation with CPPD crystals

IL-1β production in THP1-HMGB1-Lucia™ cells. Cells were primed with 1 μg/ml LPS‑EK for 3h and then incubated with inflammasome inducers; 8 μM Nigericin, 0.5 μg/ml complexed Poly(dA:dT), 200 μg/ml MSU Crystals, 100 μg/ml CPPD Crystals, or 1 mg/ml Zymosan. After 24h, supernatants were incubated with HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells overnight and SEAP activity was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution. The optical density (OD) was read at 630 nm. Data are shown as a fold increase (mean ± SEM) over non-induced cells.

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Working concentration: 1 - 50 µg/ml

CAS number: 7790-76-3

Molecular weight: 254.1 g/mol

Solubility: Insoluble

Quality control:

  • The biological activity has been validated using cellular assays.
  • The absence of bacterial contamination (e.g. lipoproteins and endotoxins) has been confirmed using HEK-Blue™ TLR2 and HEK-Blue™ TLR4 cells.
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  • 5 mg calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals

room temperature CPPD crystals are shipped at room temperature.

store Upon receipt, store at 4°C.

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Similar to uric acid, the causative agent of gout, CPPD crystals can act as endogenous danger signals that stimulate the innate immune system to produce inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1β. Engagement of the NRLP3 inflammasome is supported by the finding that macrophages from mice deficient in various components of the inflammasome did not respond to injection of CPPD crystals [1].

The NLRP3 inflammasome is an intracellular multi-protein complex that plays a central role in innate immunity. It is activated by a two-step process. A first signal (‘priming’) is provided by pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) or cytokines. It allows the transcriptional upregulation of key inflammasome actors and the post-translational modification of NLRP3 . The second signal (‘activation’) is provided by a wide array of stimuli including microbial toxins, endogenous molecules or crystalline substances. The current paradigm is that NLRP3 does not bind directly to these molecules. Rather it senses downstream cytosolic stress signals such as K+ efflux. This  triggers inflammasome multimerization and pro-caspase-1 maturation. Proximity-induced autolytic activation of caspase-1 leads to the formation of gasdermin D (GSDMD) pores at the cell surface, allowing IL-1β/IL-18 and alarmin secretion, and ultimately, pyroptosis [3,4].



1. Martinon F. et al., 2006. Gout-associated uric acid crystals activate the NALP3 inflammasome. Nature. 440(7081):237-41
2. Swanson K.V. et al., 2019. The NLRP3 inflammasome: molecular activation and regulation to therapeutics. Nat. Rev. Immunol. 19:477.
3. Groslambert M. & Py B. 2018. Spotlight on the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway. J. Inflamm. Res. 11:359.


Chemical structure of CPPD Crystals:

Chemical structure of CPPD Crystals

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