Ho WZ, Lai JP, Zhu XH, Uvaydova M, Douglas SD. Human monocytes and macrophages express substance P and neurokinin-1 receptor

Division of Immunologic and Infectious Diseases, Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
The Journal of Immunology (Impact Factor: 4.92). 12/1997; 159(11):5654-60.
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We present data demonstrating the gene expression of substance P and its receptor in human peripheral blood-isolated monocytes and macrophages. Using the RT-PCR assay, preprotachykinin-A (substance P) mRNA is detected in human peripheral blood-isolated monocytes and macrophages. Among the alpha, beta, and gamma transcripts of the substance P gene, only the beta and gamma transcripts are detectable in these cells. By Southern blot assay these RT-PCR-amplified transcripts are recognized using a specific substance P probe. Sequence analysis of the RT-PCR products from both monocytes and macrophages also confirmed the structure of these transcripts, which are identical to those found in human neuronal cells. At the protein level, both human monocytes and macrophages produced endogenous substance P as determined by an enzyme immunoassay. Capsaicin, a vanillyl fatty acid amide (ingredient of hot pepper), released substance P from both human monocytes and macrophages. In addition, using nested RT-PCR analysis, we identified the presence of mRNA for neurokinin-1 receptor (the receptor for substance P) in human peripheral blood-isolated monocytes and macrophages, which was confirmed by DNA sequencing analysis. The demonstration that human monocytes and macrophages express substance P and its receptor support the notion that substance P is biologically involved in regulating the functions of these cells in an autocrine fashion.

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    • "Previous studies have suggested that tachykinins, including substance P and neurokinin A as the important neuropeptides, can potentiate cholinergic neurotransmission in the CNS and postganglionic nerve terminals [51], [52]. This neuropeptides was also synthesized in non-neuronal cells, such as macrophages and released in inflammatory diseases [35]. Because their receptors NK1 (for SP) and NK2 (for NKA) were located in the epithelial cells, vessels, submucosal glands and smooth muscle of respiratory system, tachykinins most likely showed a more important constricting effect on the smaller bronchi and microvascular of the bronchi and alveoli in asthmatic subjects [53], [54], [55], [56]. "
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    • "SP has been also demonstrated in human non-neuronal cell types, including endothelial cell, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and in Leydig cells (Aliakbari et al., 1987; Chiwakata et al., 1991; Lai et al., 1998; Linnik and Moskowitz, 1989; Milner et al., 1990). Monocytes and macrophages also express both SP and the neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor (Ho et al., 1997). SP could not only act as a neurotransmitter but also as a functional regulator in an autocrine and/or paracrine manner. "
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    • "Neuropeptides have been described having a neuronal origin, but there is increasing evidence that these peptides may be synthesized and released from immune cells such as macrophages, lymphocytes and monocytes [16]–[19].Inflammatory cytokines may increase the expression of neuropeptide genes in inflammatory cells, so that inflammatory cell become a major source of the neuropeptide at the inflammatory site [20]. "
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