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Immunology. 1991 Feb;72(2):206-12.

Involvement of leukotriene B4 and platelet-activating factor in cytokine priming of human polymorphonuclear leucocytes.

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Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


Recombinant human (rh) tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha and rh granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) prime human polymorphonuclear leucocytes (PMN) for increased superoxide anion (O2-) generation and for increased platelet-activating factor (PAF) biosynthesis and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) release. Both PAF and LTB4 are candidate mediators for the enhanced O2- generation in cytokine-primed PMN, since exogenous PAF or LTB4 primes PMN. We measured the generation and release of these mediators and examined their potential roles in cytokine priming using the PAF receptor antagonist, WEB 2086, and the inhibitor of 5-lipo-oxygenase, CGS 8515.rhTNF-alpha or rhGM-CSF, alone, increased PAF levels in PMN, but did not cause PAF release or LTB4 synthesis. N-formylmethionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP) stimulated the release of detectable and biologically active amounts of both LTB4 and PAF in primed, but not in non-primed PMN. However, neither blockade of PAF receptors, nor inhibition of LTB4 synthesis influenced the priming of O2- generation by rhTNF-alpha or rhGM-CSF. Simultaneous pretreatment of PMN with WEB 2086 and CGS 8515 also failed to inhibit priming. Our results do not exclude a role for cell-associated PAF in the priming response, but indicate that the release of PAF and LTB4 do not mediate this phenomenon. The ability of cytokines to amplify the production and release of lipids may represent a mechanism to attract and localize the pro-inflammatory actions of stimulated PMN to regions where cytokine levels are also elevated.

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