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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is a crucial mediator in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases at the periphery and in the central nervous system (CNS). Produced as an unprocessed and inactive pro-form which accumulates intracellularly, release of the processed cytokine is strongly promoted by ATP acting at the purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) in cells primed with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 ligand. Microglia are central to the inflammatory process and a major source of IL-1β when activated. Here we show that purified (>99%) microglia cultured from rat cortex, spinal cord and cerebellum respond robustly to ATP-dependent IL-1β release, upon priming with a number of TLR isoform ligands (zymosan and Pam3CSK4 for TLR2, poly(I:C) for TLR3). Cytokine release was prevented by a P2X7R antagonist and inhibitors of stress-activated protein kinases. Enriched astrocytes (≤5% microglia) from these CNS regions displayed responses qualitatively similar to microglia but became unresponsive upon eradication of residual microglia with the lysosomotropic agent Leu-Leu-OMe. Activation of multiple TLR isoforms in nervous system pathology, coupled with elevated extracellular ATP levels and subsequent P2X7R activation may represent an important route for microglia-derived IL-1β. This phenomenon may have important consequences for neuroinflammation and its position to the common pathology of CNS diseases.
    Scientific Reports 10/2014; 4:6824. DOI:10.1038/srep06824 · 5.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Glial cells not only serve supportive and nutritive roles for neurons, but also respond to protracted stress and insults by up-regulating inflammatory processes. The complexity of studying glial activation in vivo has led to the widespread adoption of in vitro approaches, for example the use of the bacterial toxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS, a ligand for toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)) as an experimental model of glial activation. Astrocyte cultures frequently contain minor numbers of microglia, which can complicate interpretation of responses. In the present study, enriched (<5% microglia) astrocytes cultured from neonatal rat cortex and spinal cord were treated with the lysosomotropic agent L-leucyl-L-leucine methyl ester to eliminate residual microglia, as confirmed by loss of microglia-specific marker genes. L-Leucyl-L-leucine methyl ester treatment led to a loss of LPS responsiveness, in terms of nitric oxide and cytokine gene up-regulation and mediator (pro-inflammatory cytokines, nitric oxide) output into the culture medium. Surprisingly, when astrocyte/microglia co-cultures were then reconstituted by adding defined numbers of purified microglia to microglia-depleted astrocytes, the LPS-induced up-regulation of pro-inflammatory gene and mediator output far exceeded that observed from cultures containing the same numbers of microglia only. Similar behaviors were found when examining interleukin-1β release caused by activation of the purinergic P2X7 receptor. Given that astrocytes greatly outnumber microglia in the central nervous system, these data suggest that a similar interaction between microglia and astrocytes in vivo may be an important element in the evolution of an inflammatory pathology.
    CNS & neurological disorders drug targets 04/2013; DOI:10.2174/18715273113129990064 · 2.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The protocol described in this chapter covers the preparation and culture of enriched populations of microglia, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes from the cortex and spinal cord of neonatal rat and mouse. The procedure is based on the enzymatic digestion of tissue, followed by the culture of a mixed glial cell population which is then utilized as the starting point for the isolation, via differential attachment, of the different cell types.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2012; 846:67-77. DOI:10.1007/978-1-61779-536-7_7 · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Immunofluorescence is a technique allowing the visualization of a specific protein or antigen in cells or tissue sections by binding a specific antibody chemically conjugated with a fluorescent dye such as fluorescein isothiocyanate. There are two major types of immunofluorescence staining methods: (1) direct immunofluorescence staining in which the primary antibody is labeled with fluorescence dye and (2) indirect immunofluorescence staining in which a secondary antibody labeled with fluorochrome is used to recognize a primary antibody. This chapter describes procedures for the application of indirect immunofluorescence staining to neural cells in culture.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2012; 846:235-46. DOI:10.1007/978-1-61779-536-7_21 · 1.29 Impact Factor