Activation of Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells by Inflammatory Cytokines IL-27 and TNF-alpha: Implications for Immunopathophysiology of Airway Inflammation

Department of Chemical Pathology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.
Journal of Cellular Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.84). 06/2010; 223(3):788-97. DOI: 10.1002/jcp.22094
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Interleukin (IL)-27 is a member of IL-6/IL-12 family cytokines produced by antigen-presenting cells in immune responses. IL-27 can drive the commitment of naive T cells to a T helper type 1 (Th1) phenotype and inhibit inflammation in later phases of infection. Human bronchial epithelial cells have been shown to express IL-27 receptor complex. In this study, we investigated the in vitro effects of IL-27, alone or in combination with inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha on the pro-inflammatory activation of human primary bronchial epithelial cells and the underlying intracellular signaling mechanisms. IL-27 was found to enhance intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) expression on the surface of human bronchial epithelial cells, and a synergistic effect was observed in the combined treatment of IL-27 and TNF-alpha on the expression of ICAM-1. Although IL-27 did not alter the basal IL-6 secretion from bronchial epithelial cells, it could significantly augment TNF-alpha-induced IL-6 release. These synergistic effects on the up-regulation of ICAM-1 and IL-6 were partially due to the elevated expression of TNF-alpha receptor (p55TNFR) induced by IL-27. Further investigations showed that the elevation of ICAM-1 and IL-6 in human bronchial epithelial cells stimulated by IL-27 and TNF-alpha was differentially regulated by phosphatidylinositol 3-OH kinase (PI3K)-Akt, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, and nuclear factor-kappaB pathways. Our results therefore provide a new insight into the molecular mechanisms involved in airway inflammation.

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    • ". PBEC are commonly used as in vitro models for studying the expression of cytokines and chemokines in airway epithelial cells activated by inflammatory mediators. In this study, we used welldifferentiated PBEC in air&ndashliquid interfaces to study the effects of CbpA on the activation of bronchial epithelial cells, because differentiated PBEC are believed to resemble a more physiologically relevant phenotype and to more closely model the in vivo situation [31]. Using nonciliated bronchial epithelial cells, we also found that pneumococcal CbpA could upregulate the expression of ICAM-1, IL-6, CCL2, CXCL1, and CXCL8 in bronchial epithelial cell lines (BEAS-2B cells), similar to the results observed in differentiated PBEC (data not shown). "
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    ABSTRACT: Choline binding protein A (CbpA) is an important adhesin and a determinant of virulence for Streptococcus pneumoniae. Binding to epithelial cells of host mucosal surfaces by pneumococcal CbpA is essential for pneumococcus to initiate colonization and to trigger subsequent invasive pneumococcal infections. In this study, we examined the immunopathologic mechanisms for the activation of human bronchial epithelial cells by CbpA in pneumococcal infections. Adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines were assessed by flow cytometry, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively. Intracellular signaling molecules were investigated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or transcription factor assay. CbpA could upregulate cell surface expression of adhesion molecule intercellular adhesion molecule-1 on human bronchial epithelial cells. CbpA could also induce the release of inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6, and chemokines CCL2, CXCL1, and CXCL8 from human bronchial epithelia cells. CbpA-mediated induction of these mediators was differentially regulated by extracellular signal-regulated kinase, c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase, p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase, and nuclear factor-κB pathways. CbpA was also found to participate in the induction of IL-6, CCL2, CXCL1, and CXCL8 in the airways of mice upon intranasal challenge with S. pneumoniae. Our study therefore suggests that pneumococcal CbpA plays an immunopathophysiologic role by activating human bronchial epithelial cells in pneumococcal infections.
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    • "It may be due to the lower cell surface expression of TNFRp55 (data not shown), the crucial TNF receptor component for the expression of adhesion molecule ICAM-1 and VCAM-1, on RA-FLS compared with control FLS [45,46]. However, our previous study showed that the synergistic activating effects of IL-27 and TNF-α on bronchial epithelial cells were partially due to the IL-27 up-regulated expression of TNF-α receptor p55TNFR [47]. IL-27 stimulation could also lead to the increased expression of TNF-α and IL-1β in primary human monocytes [14,48]. "
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