Protein kinase C activation is required for cigarette smoke-enhanced C5a-mediated release of interleukin-8 in human bronchial epithelial cells

Todd A. Wyatt, A. J. Heires, S. D. Sanderson, A. A. Floreani

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Abstract

Complement-derived anaphylatoxin C5a is a glycopolypeptide important in the regulation of inflammation. Previously, we have shown that C5a receptors (C5aR) are constitutively expressed on human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) grown in culture. We have also shown that the expression of C5aR is increased upon exposure of HBECs to 5% cigarette smoke extract (CSE), and that this subtoxic dose of CSE significantly enhances C5a-stimulated interleukin (IL)-8 release. To determine the intracellular signaling pathway of CSE + C5a-mediated IL-8 release, we assayed protein kinase C (PKC) activity of HBECs after exposing the cells to CSE and/or C5a. No increase in PKC activity was observed when HBECs were treated with 50 nM C5a for various times. However, PKC activity was increased by 2- to 3-fold in HBECs stimulated with 5% CSE for 1 h, as compared with cells incubated with medium only. No additional increase in PKC was observed when HBECs were treated with CSE and C5a together. When HBECs were pretreated with the PKC-specific inhibitor calphostin C (1 μM), no CSE-mediated PKC activation was observed. We then correlated PKC activation with IL-8 release in the same cells. Although HBECs required stimulation by both CSE and C5a to release maximal levels of IL-8, preincubation of CSE-stimulated HBECs with calphostin C inhibited IL-8 release by CSE + C5a. These results suggest that PKC activation by CSE alone does not result in IL-8 release, but that CSE-stimulated PKC activation is required for C5a-mediated IL-8 release from HBECs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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