Although mainly expressed in neuronal cells, lipocalin-type PGD synthase (L-PGDS) is detected in the macrophages infiltrated to atherosclerotic plaques. However, the regulation and significance of L-PGDS expression in macrophages are unknown. Here, we found that treatment of macrophages with bacterial endotoxin (LPS) or Pseudomonas induced L-PGDS expression. Epigenetic suppression of L-PGDS expression in macrophages blunted a majority of PGD2 produced after LPS treatment. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays show that L-PGDS induction was regulated positively by AP-1, but negatively by p53. L-PGDS expression was detected in whole lung and alveolar macrophages treated with LPS or Pseudomonas. L-PGDS overexpressing transgenic mice improved clearance of Pseudomonas from the lung compared with nontransgenic mice. Similarly, intratracheal instillation of PGD2 enhanced removal of Pseudomonas from the lung in mice. In contrast, L-PGDS knockout mice were impaired in their ability to remove Pseudomonas from the lung. Together, our results identify induction of L-PGDS expression by inflammatory stimuli or bacterial infection, the regulatory mechanism of L-PGDS induction, and the protective role of L-PGDS expression in host immune response. Our study suggests a potential therapeutic usage of L-PGDS or PGD2 against Pseudomonas pneumonia.
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- Immunology and Allergy