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CD40 and OX40 ligand are differentially regulated on asthmatic airway smooth muscle.

Authors: Krimmer, DI  Loseli, M  Hughes, JM  Oliver, BG  Moir, LM  Hunt, NH  Black, JL  Burgess, JK 
Citation: Krimmer DI, etal., Allergy. 2009 Jul;64(7):1074-82. Epub 2009 Feb 12.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:19220210
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2009.01959.x

BACKGROUND: CD40 and OX40 Ligand (OX40L) are cell-surface molecules expressed on airway smooth muscle (ASM) that can enhance inflammatory cell activation and survival. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) on ASM CD40 and OX40L expression. METHODS: CD40 and OX40L expression on human ASM cells from asthmatic and nonasthmatic donors following stimulation with TNF-alpha and/or IFN-gamma was measured using cell-surface enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and flow cytometry. Involvement of signalling pathway was investigated with pharmacological inhibitors. Soluble TNF receptor levels were quantified by ELISA. RESULTS: Interferon-gamma and TNF-alpha synergistically increased CD40 expression to a greater extent on asthmatic than on nonasthmatic ASM. In contrast, IFN-gamma reduced TNF-alpha-induced OX40L expression to a similar extent in both cell types. TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma induced CD40 via nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) and signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 in both cell types and modulated OX40L via NF-kappaB and c-Jun N terminal kinase in nonasthmatic cells. Similar effects on the induction of OX40L in asthmatic cells were seen with NF-kappaB, but these were not statistically significant. The reduced OX40L expression with TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma involved extracellular regulated kinase 1/2 activation. CONCLUSION: Asthmatic ASM may modulate airway inflammation locally by increasing CD40 and OX40L expression in response to cytokines. IFN-gamma may regulate ASM pro-inflammatory actions by differentially modulating ASM CD40 and OX40L expression.


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CRRD ID: 5132272
Created: 2011-05-19
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2011-05-19
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