Prostaglandin E2 Induces Interleukin-8 Gene Transcription by Activating C/EBP Homologous Protein in Human T Lymphocytes

Department of Experimental Pathology and Microbiology, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 05/2005; 280(15):14433-42. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M410725200
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The effect of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) in regulating the synthesis of the pro-inflammatory chemokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) in T lymphocytes is not yet defined, even though it may reduce or enhance IL-8 synthesis in other cell types. Here, we demonstrate that, in human T cells, PGE(2) induced IL-8 mRNA transcription through prostaglandin E(2) receptors 1- and 4-dependent signal transduction pathways leading to the activation of the transcription factor C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), never before implicated in IL-8 transcription. Several kinases, including protein kinase C, Src family tyrosine kinases, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and p38 MAPK, were involved in PGE(2)-induced CHOP activation and IL-8 production. The transactivation of the IL-8 promoter by CHOP was NF-kappaB-independent. Our data suggest that PGE(2) acts as a potent pro-inflammatory mediator by inducing IL-8 gene transcription in activated T cells through different signal transduction pathways leading to CHOP activation. These findings show the complexity with which PGE(2) regulates IL-8 synthesis by inhibiting or enhancing its production depending on the cell types and environmental conditions.

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