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Cytosolic phospholipase A2 activation is essential for beta 1 and beta 2 integrin-dependent adhesion of human eosinophils.

We examined the role of cytosolic phospholipase A2 ( cPLA2) during human eosinophil adherence to ICAM-1- or VCAM-1-coated plates. IL-5- stimulated eosinophils adhered to ICAM-1 through the beta 2 integrin CD11b/CD18, while nonstimulated eosinophils did not. By contrast, nonstimulated eosinophils adhered to VCAM-1 through the beta 1-integrin VLA-4/CD29. Both IL-5- induced adhesion to ICAM-1 and spontaneous adhesion to VCAM-1 corresponded temporally to cPLA2 phosphorylation, which accompanied enhanced catalytic activity of cPLA2. The structurally unrelated cPLA2 inhibitors, arachidonyl trifluoromethylketone and surfactin, significantly inhibited eosinophil adhesion to ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 in a concentration-dependent manner. Inhibition of secretory PLA2, 5-lipoxygenase, or cyclooxygenase did not affect eosinophil adhesion. Addition of arachidonic acid to eosinophils after cPLA2 inhibition with arachidonyl trifluoromethylketone or surfactin did not reverse the blockade of adhesion to ICAM-1 or VCAM-1. However, CV-6209, a receptor-specific antagonist of platelet-activating factor, inhibited all integrin-mediated adhesion. The activated conformation of CD11b as identified by the mAb, CBRM1/5, as well as quantitative surface CD11b expression were up-regulated after IL-5 stimulation. However, cPLA2 inhibition neither prevented CBRM1/5 expression nor blocked surface Mac-1 up-regulation caused by IL-5. Our data suggest that cPLA2 activation and its catalytic product platelet- activating factor play an essential role in regulating beta 1 and beta 2 integrin-dependent adhesion of eosinophils. This blockade occurs even in the presence of up-regulated eosinophil surface integrin.[1]


  1. Cytosolic phospholipase A2 activation is essential for beta 1 and beta 2 integrin-dependent adhesion of human eosinophils. Zhu, X., Muñoz, N.M., Kim, K.P., Sano, H., Cho, W., Leff, A.R. J. Immunol. (1999) [Pubmed]
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