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J Immunol. 2001 Nov 15;167(10):5940-7.

Selective activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade in human neutrophils stimulated by IL-1beta.

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Department of Physiology, Osaka City University Medical School, Osaka, Japan.

Abstract

We investigated activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) subtype cascades in human neutrophils stimulated by IL-1beta. IL-1beta induced phosphorylation and activation of p38 MAPK and phosphorylation of MAPK kinase-3/6 (MKK3/6). Maximal activation of p38 MAPK was obtained by stimulation of cells with 300 U/ml IL-1beta for 10 min. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) was faintly phosphorylated and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) was not phosphorylated by IL-1beta. IL-1beta primed neutrophils for enhanced release of superoxide (O(2)(-)) stimulated by FMLP in parallel with increased phosphorylation of p38 MAPK. IL-1beta also induced O(2)(-) release and up-regulation of CD11b and CD15, and both responses were inhibited by SB203580 (p38 MAPK inhibitor), suggesting that p38 MAPK activation mediates IL-1beta-induced O(2)(-) release and up-regulation of CD11b and CD15. Combined stimulation of neutrophils with IL-1beta and G-CSF, a selective activator of the ERK cascade, resulted in the additive effects when the priming effect and phosphorylation of p38 MAPK and ERK were assessed. IL-1beta induced phosphorylation of ERK and JNK as well as p38 MAPK in human endothelial cells. These findings suggest that 1) in human neutrophils the MKK3/6-p38 MAPK cascade is selectively activated by IL-1beta and activation of this cascade mediates IL-1beta-induced O(2)(-) release and up-regulation of CD11b and CD15, and 2) the IL-1R-p38 MAPK pathway and the G-CSF receptor-ERK pathway work independently for activation of neutrophils.

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