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Porphyromonas gingivalis gingipain-R enhances interleukin-8 but decreases gamma interferon-inducible protein 10 production by human gingival fibroblasts in response to T-cell contact.

Proteases produced by Porphyromonas gingivalis, an oral pathogen, are considered important virulence factors and may affect the responses of cells equipped with proteinase-activated receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the arginine-specific cysteine protease gingipain-R produced by P. gingivalis on chemokine production by human gingival fibroblasts (HGF) and the effect of gingipain-R treatment on the subsequent contact-dependent activation of HGF by T cells. HGF incubated in the presence of purified 47-kDa gingipain-R showed increased levels of interleukin-8 (IL-8) mRNA. Cyclooxygenase-2 ( COX-2) mRNA was also induced. Further exposure of HGF to activated T cells resulted in the dose- and time-dependent enhancement of IL-8 transcription and release. T-cell membrane- bound tumor necrosis factor (TNF) was the ligand inducing IL-8 production by HGF, since TNF neutralization abrogated HGF responses to T-cell contact. The enhanced IL-8 release was due, at least in part, to prostaglandin-E(2) production, which was mostly blocked by indomethacin. Gingipain-R proteolytic activity was required since heat inactivation, specific synthetic protease inhibitors, and the natural substrate competitor histatin 5 abrogated its effects. The enhanced production of IL-8 in response to T-cell contact was specific since monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) production was unaffected while interferon-gamma-inducible protein-10 ( IP-10) was inhibited. The sum of these activities may result in the recruitment of differential cell types to sites of inflammation since IL-8 preferentially recruits neutrophils and IP-10 attracts activated T cells and may be relevant to the pathogenesis of periodontitis.[1]


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