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Blood. 2009 Oct 8;114(15):3316-24. doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-01-199919. Epub 2009 Aug 5.

FcgammaRI ligation leads to a complex with BLT1 in lipid rafts that enhances rat lung macrophage antimicrobial functions.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5642, USA.


Leukotriene (LT) B(4) is generated in response to engagement of the Fc gamma receptor (Fc gamma R) and potently contributes to Fc gamma R-mediated antimicrobial functions in pulmonary alveolar macrophages. In this study, we report that the LTB(4) receptor leukotriene B(4) receptor 1 (BLT1) redistributes from nonlipid raft (LR) to LR membrane microdomains upon immunoglobulin G-red blood cell, but not LTB(4), challenge. Cholesterol depletion to disrupt LRs abolished LTB(4)-induced enhancement of phagocytosis, microbicidal activity, and signaling. The dependence on LR integrity for BLT1 signaling correlated with formation of a complex consisting of BLT1, its primary coupled G protein G alpha i3, Src kinase, and Fc gamma RI within LRs. This association was dependent on Src-mediated phosphorylation of BLT1. These data identify a novel form of regulation in which engagement of a macrophage immunoreceptor recruits a stimulatory G protein-coupled receptor into a LR microdomain with resultant enhanced antimicrobial signaling.

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