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Cell Res. 2002 Dec;12(5-6):331-7.

cAMP elevators inhibit LPS-induced IL-12 p40 expression by interfering with phosphorylation of p38 MAPK in murine peritoneal macrophages.

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Laboratory of Immune Signaling Transduction, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China.


cAMP mediated signaling may play a suppressive role in immune response. We previously found that the cAMP-elevators (CTx and 8-Br-cAMP) inhibited IL-12, IL-la, IL-6 gene expression, but increased the transcriptional levels of IL-10 and IL-1Ra in LPS-treated murine peritoneal macrophages. The present study examined a possible molecular mechanism involved in cAMP elevators-induced inhibition of IL-12 p40 expression in response to LPS. Our data demonstrated that cAMP elevators downregulated IL-12 p40 mRNA expression and IL-12 p70 production in murine peritoneal macrophages. Subsequent studies revealed that cAMP-elevators blocked phosphorylation of p38 MAPK, but did not affect the activity of NF-kappaB binding to IL-12 promoter (-136/-112). This is the first report that cAMP elevators inhibit LPS-induced IL-12 production by a mechanism that is associated, at least in part, with p38-dependent inhibition by cAMP signaling pathways.

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