Cleavage of mitogen-activated protein kinases in human neutrophils undergoing apoptosis: role in decreased responsiveness to inflammatory cytokines.

Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) are major signaling molecules activated in human neutrophils stimulated by cytokines. Both molecules were cleaved at the N-terminal portion in neutrophils undergoing apoptosis induced by in vitro culture alone or treatment with TNF and/or cycloheximide. The cleavage… CONTINUE READING