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Leukotrienes modulate cytokine release from dendritic cells.

Leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4)) and cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) are known as potent mediators of inflammation, whereas their role in the regulation of adaptive immunity remains poorly characterized. Dendritic cells (DCs) are specialized antigen-presenting cells, uniquely capable to initiate primary immune responses. We have found that zymosan, but not lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulates murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BM-DCs) to produce large amounts of CysLTs and LTB(4) from endogenous substrates. A selective inhibitor of leukotriene synthesis MK886 as well as an antagonist of the high affinity LTB(4) receptor (BLT(1)) U-75302 slightly inhibited zymosan-, but not LPS-stimulated interleukin (IL)-10 release from BM-DCs. In contrast, U-75302 increased zymosan-stimulated release of IL-12 p40 by approximately 23%. Pre-treatment with transforming growth factor-beta1 enhanced both stimulated leukotriene synthesis and the inhibitory effect of U-75302 and MK886 on IL-10 release from DCs. Consistent with the effects of leukotriene antagonists, exogenous LTB(4) enhanced LPS-stimulated IL-10 release by approximately 39% and inhibited IL-12 p40 release by approximately 22%. Both effects were mediated by the BLT(1) receptor. Ligands of the high affinity CysLTs receptor (CysLT(1)), MK-571 and LTD(4) had little or no effect on cytokine release. Agonists of the nuclear LTB(4) receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha, 8(S)-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid and 5,8,11,14-eicosatetraynoic acid, inhibited release of both IL-12 p40 and IL-10. Our results indicate that both autocrine and paracrine leukotrienes may modulate cytokine release from DCs, in a manner that is consistent with previously reported T helper 2-polarizing effects of leukotrienes.[1]


  1. Leukotrienes modulate cytokine release from dendritic cells. Jozefowski, S., Biedroń, R., Bobek, M., Marcinkiewicz, J. Immunology (2005) [Pubmed]
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