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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1984 Nov 30;125(1):367-73.

Activation of NADPH oxidase of human neutrophils. Potentiation of chemotactic peptide by a diacylglycerol.


Formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) and 1-oleoyl-2-acetyl-glycerol (OAG) are synergistic stimuli of the respiratory burst of neutrophils. Simultaneous exposure to both agents greatly enhanced superoxide production, both in rate and extent. OAG potentiated the response to fMLP also in Ca++ -free medium. Pretreatment of the neutrophils with fMLP drastically shortened the lag of superoxide production in response to OAG. Our findings lead to the following conclusions: (i) Protein kinase C is likely to be involved in the activation of the NADPH oxidase by fMLP; (ii) OAG appears to be utilized as an intermediate in the activation process; (iii) prestimulation of the cells with fMLP facilitates the response to OAG.

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