Increased transcription of IL-8 in endothelial cells is differentially regulated by TNF-alpha and oxidized phospholipids.


Oxidized 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphorylcholine (Ox-PAPC) upregulates a spectrum of inflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules different from those induced by classic inflammatory mediators such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) or lipopolysaccharide. Interestingly, Ox-PAPC also induces the expression of a set of proteins similar to those induced by TNF-alpha or lipopolysaccharide, which include the chemokines monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and interleukin (IL)-8. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of Ox-PAPC-induced gene expression and to determine whether Ox-PAPC and other inflammatory mediators such as TNF-alpha utilize common signaling pathways, we examined the transcriptional regulation of IL-8 by Ox-PAPC and TNF-alpha in human aortic endothelial cells. Both Ox-PAPC and TNF-alpha induced the expression of IL-8 mRNA in a dose-dependent fashion; however, the kinetics of IL-8 mRNA accumulation between the 2 ligands differed. Ox-PAPC-induced IL-8 mRNA was seen as early as 30 minutes, peaked between 4 and 8 hours, and decreased substantially by 24 hours. In contrast, TNF-alpha-induced IL-8 mRNA synthesis was elevated at 30 minutes, peaked at 2 hours, and reached basal/undetectable levels by 6 hours. Actinomycin D experiments suggested that both Ox-PAPC and TNF-alpha regulate the expression of IL-8 at the transcriptional level. Furthermore, the half-life of IL-8 mRNA for both ligands was similar (<30 minutes), suggesting that mRNA stability was not responsible for the differences in the kinetics of IL-8 accumulation between the 2 ligands. Transient transfection studies with reporter constructs containing 1.48 kb of the IL-8 promoter identified an Ox-PAPC-specific response region between -133 and -1481 bp of the IL-8 promoter. In contrast, TNF-alpha activation of the IL-8 promoter was mediated almost entirely through the nuclear factor-kappaB and activation protein-1 response elements present between -70 and -133 bp of the IL-8 promoter. Thus, although Ox-PAPC and TNF-alpha both induced IL-8 synthesis, our data suggest that the 2 ligands utilize different mechanisms in the regulation of IL-8 transcription.

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