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Fractalkine (CX3CL1) stimulated by nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB)-dependent inflammatory signals induces aortic smooth muscle cell proliferation through an autocrine pathway.

Authors: Chandrasekar, Bysani  Mummidi, Srinivas  Perla, Rao P  Bysani, Sailaja  Dulin, Nickolai O  Liu, Feng  Melby, Peter C 
Citation: Chandrasekar B, etal., Biochem J. 2003 Jul 15;373(Pt 2):547-58. doi: 10.1042/BJ20030207.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:12729461
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1042/BJ20030207

Fractalkine (also known as CX3CL1), a CX3C chemokine, activates and attracts monocytes/macrophages to the site of injury/inflammation. It binds to CX3C receptor 1 (CX3CR1), a pertussis toxin-sensitive G-protein-coupled receptor. In smooth muscle cells (SMCs), fractalkine is induced by proinflammatory cytokines [tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)], which may mediate monocyte adhesion to SMCs. However, the mechanisms underlying its induction are unknown. In addition, it is unlear whether SMCs express CX3CR1. TNF-alpha activated nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) and induced fractalkine and CX3CR1 expression in a time-dependent manner in rat aortic SMCs. Transient transfections with dominant-negative (dn) inhibitory kappaB (IkappaB)-alpha, dnIkappaB-beta, dnIkappaB kinase (IKK)-gamma, kinase-dead (kd) NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK) and kdIKK-beta, or pretreatment with wortmannin, Akt inhibitor, pyrrolidinecarbodithioc acid ammonium salt ('PDTC') or MG-132, significantly attenuated TNF-alpha-induced fractalkine and CX3CR1 expression. Furthermore, expression of dn TNF-alpha-receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), but not dnTRAF6, inhibited TNF-alpha signal transduction. Pretreatment with pertussis toxin or neutralizing anti-CX3CR1 antibodies attenuated TNF-alpha-induced fractalkine expression, indicating that fractalkine autoregulation plays a role in TNF-alpha-induced sustained fractalkine expression. Fractalkine induced its own expression, via pertussis toxin-sensitive G-proteins, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase), phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1), Akt, NIK, IKK and NF-kappaB activation, and induced SMC cell-cell adhesion and cellular proliferation. Taken together, our results demonstrate that TNF-alpha induces the expression of fractalkine and CX3CR1 in rat aortic SMCs and that this induction is mediated by NF-kappaB activation. We also show that fractalkine induces its own expression, which is mediated by the PI 3-kinase/PDK1/Akt/NIK/IKK/NF-kappaB signalling pathway. More importantly, fractalkine increased cell-cell adhesion and aortic SMC proliferation, indicating a role in initiation and progression of atherosclerotic vascular disease.


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Created: 2018-06-23
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Last Modified: 2018-06-23
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