Receptors and signaling mechanisms required for prostaglandin E2-mediated regulation of mast cell degranulation and IL-6 production.

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Mast cells are implicated in the pathogenesis of a broad spectrum of immunological disorders. These cells release inflammatory mediators in response to a number of stimuli, including IgE-Ag complexes. The degranulation of mast cells is modified by PGs. To begin to delineate the pathway(s) used by PGs to regulate mast cell function, we examined bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMC) cultured from mice deficient in the EP(1), EP(2), EP(3), and EP(4) receptors for PGE(2). Although BMMCs express all four of these PGE(2) receptors, potentiation of Ag-stimulated degranulation and IL-6 cytokine production by PGE(2) is dependent on the EP(3) receptor. Consistent with the coupling of this receptor to G(alphai), PGE(2) activation of the EP(3) receptor leads to both inhibition of adenylate cyclase and increased intracellular Ca(2+). The magnitude of increase in intracellular Ca(2+) induced by EP(3) activation is similar to that observed after activation of cells with IgE and Ag. Although PGE alone is not sufficient to initiate BMMC degranulation, stimulation of cells with PGE along with PMA induces degranulation. These actions are mediated by the EP(3) receptor through signals involving Ca(2+) mobilization and/or decreased cAMP levels. Accordingly, these studies identify PGE(2)/EP(3) as a proinflammatory signaling pathway that promotes mast cell activation.

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Cited Authors

  • Nguyen, M; Solle, M; Audoly, LP; Tilley, SL; Stock, JL; McNeish, JD; Coffman, TM; Dombrowicz, D; Koller, BH

Published Date

  • October 15, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 169 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 4586 - 4593

PubMed ID

  • 12370397

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4049/jimmunol.169.8.4586


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States