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Expression of functional formyl peptide receptors by human astrocytoma cell lines.

Activation of astrocytes is important in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases in the central nervous system, such as infection and neurodegeneration. We found that the bacterial chemotactic peptide, N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLF) induced potent migration and Ca(2+) mobilization in human astrocytoma cell lines. The effect of fMLF was pertussis toxin-sensitive, suggesting the involvement of seven transmembrane, G protein-coupled receptor(s) for fMLF. Scatchard analyses revealed that astrocytoma cell lines express both high- and low-affinity binding sites for [3H]fMLF. RT-PCR confirmed the expression of transcripts of fMLF receptors, the high-affinity FPR and the low-affinity FPRL1 by these cells. Both fMLF and F peptide, a synthetic peptide domain of HIV-1 envelope protein which specifically activates FPRL1, increased secretion of IL-6 by astrocytoma cells. Our study demonstrates for the first time that FPR and FPRL1 expressed by astrocytoma cell lines are functional, and suggests a molecular basis for the involvement of these receptors in host defense in the brain.[1]


  1. Expression of functional formyl peptide receptors by human astrocytoma cell lines. Le, Y., Hu, J., Gong, W., Shen, W., Li, B., Dunlop, N.M., Halverson, D.O., Blair, D.G., Wang, J.M. J. Neuroimmunol. (2000) [Pubmed]
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