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J Immunol. 2008 Mar 15;180(6):4182-90.

Cross-talk between ICAM-1 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor signaling modulates eosinophil survival and activation.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA.


Reversal of eosinophilic inflammation has been an elusive therapeutic goal in the management of asthma pathogenesis. In this regard, GM-CSF is a primary candidate cytokine regulating eosinophil activation and survival in the lung; however, its molecular mechanism of propagation and maintenance of stimulated eosinophil activation is not well understood. In this study, we elucidate those late interactions occurring between the GM-CSF receptor and activated eosinophil signaling molecules. Using coimmunoprecipitation with GM-CSF-stimulated eosinophils, we have identified that the GM-CSF receptor beta-chain (GMRbeta) interacted with ICAM-1 and Shp2 phosphatase, as well as Slp76 and ADAP adaptor proteins. Separate experiments using affinity binding with a tyrosine-phosphorylated peptide containing an ITIM (ICAM-1 residues 480-488) showed binding to Shp2 phosphatase and GMRbeta. However, the interaction of GMRbeta with the phosphorylated ICAM-1-derived peptide was observed only with stimulated eosinophil lysates, suggesting that the interaction of GMRbeta with ICAM-1 required phosphorylated Shp2 and/or phosphorylated GMRbeta. Importantly, we found that inhibition of ICAM-1 in activated eosinophils blocked GM-CSF-induced expression of c-fos, c-myc, IL-8, and TNF-alpha. Moreover, inhibition of ICAM-1 expression with either antisense oligonucleotide or an ICAM-1-blocking Ab effectively inhibited ERK activation and eosinophil survival. We concluded that the interaction between ICAM-1 and the GM-CSF receptor was essential for GM-CSF-induced eosinophil activation and survival. Taken together, these results provide novel mechanistic insights defining the interaction between ICAM-1 and the GM-CSF receptor and highlight the importance of targeting ICAM-1 and GM-CSF/IL-5/IL-3 receptor systems as a therapeutic strategy to counter eosinophilia in asthma.

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