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Immunology. 1995 Nov;86(3):434-40.

Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 provokes mast cell aggregation and [3H]5HT release.

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Immunology Division, University of Chieti, Italy.


Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and MCP-3, the most active and representative compounds of the CC chemokine family, are proinflammatory cytokines that attract and activate specific types of leucocytes. We have used highly purified isolated rat peritoneal mast cells (RPMC) cultured for different lengths of time with and without MCP-1 (200, 100, 50 and 25 nM). Our data clearly show that MCP-1 (200 nM) causes a marked release of [3H]serotonin ([3H]5HT and histamine, which reach a peak at 40 min of incubation (56.6 +/- 5.3 and 34.7 +/- 6 above the control, respectively). In dose-response experiments, MCP-1 (200, 100, 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25 and 3.12 nM) provoked a dose-dependent release of [3H]5HT and histamine from RPMC, which was maximum at 200 nM. After preparation of the histidine decarboxylase (HDC) probe, a Northern blot analysis was determined for HDC mRNA. After 4 hr, steady-state levels of HDC mRNA were induced in a dose-dependent manner by MCP-1 (200-25 nM), compared to the controls. However, MCP-1 failed to prime RPMC in [3H]5HT and histamine release when C48/80 (0.05 micrograms/ml) or anti-IgE was used. In contrast, murine interleukin-3 (IL-3) in combination with MCP-1 (200 and 100 nM) provoked a greater release of histamine and [3H]5HT than the compounds alone. Moreover, RPMC treated with MCP-1 (200 nM) showed, under light microscopy (20x), greater clump formation, a phenomenon absent in the controls (untreated cells). The electron microscope studies revealed that treatment with MCP-1 (200 nM) promoted binding of RPMC and clearly demonstrated a communication between the cytoplasms of adjacent mast cells. Our report describes additional biological activities for MCP-1, suggesting for the first time that this human monocyte chemoattractant plays a fundamental role in histamine and serotonin release and cell aggregation in rat peritoneal mast cells.

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