Effects of TNF-alpha on expression of ICAM-1 in human airway epithelial cells in vitro. Signaling pathways controlling surface and gene expression.

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Signaling pathways associated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha-induced intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) surface and gene expression were investigated in well differentiated normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells in air-liquid interface primary culture. Cells were exposed to human recombinant TNF-alpha (hrTNF-alpha; 0.015 to 150 ng/ml [specific activity, 2.86 x 10(7) U/mg]). TNF-alpha enhanced ICAM-1 surface expression (measured by flow cytometry) and steady-state messenger RNA (mRNA) levels (assessed by Northern hybridization) in concentration- and time-dependent manners. TNF-alpha-induced ICAM-1 surface and gene expression were both blocked by the RNA polymerase II inhibitor actinomycin D (0.1 microg/ml), and surface expression was attenuated by a neutralizing monoclonal antibody directed against the TNF-alpha receptor p55 (TNF-RI). The intracellular signaling pathway leading to enhanced expression appeared to involve activation of a phospholipase C that hydrolyzes phosphatidylcholine (PC-PLC) because D609, a specific PC-PLC inhibitor, attenuated TNF-alpha-induced increases in production of diacyl-glycerol (DAG), a hydrolysis product of PC-PLC, and also attenuated TNF-alpha enhancement of ICAM-1 surface and gene expression. Because DAG formed by action of PC-PLC can activate protein kinase C (PKC), involvement of PKC was investigated. The specific PKC inhibitor calphostin C blocked both surface and gene expression of ICAM-1 in response to TNF-alpha in a concentration-dependent manner. Finally, TNF-alpha stimulated binding of p65 and/or c-rel complexes to the nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB consensus binding site found on the ICAM-1 promoter, and binding of these complexes was inhibited by D609. The results support the following pathway, whereby TNF-alpha enhances expression of ICAM-1 in NHBE cells: TNF-alpha --> TNF-RI --> PC-PLC --> DAG --> PKC --> (NF-kappaB?) --> ICAM-1 mRNA --> ICAM-1 surface expression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krunkosky, TM; Fischer, BM; Martin, LD; Jones, N; Akley, NJ; Adler, KB

Published Date

  • June 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 685 - 692

PubMed ID

  • 10837365

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1044-1549

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1165/ajrcmb.22.6.3925


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States