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Inflammation Research

, Volume 48, Issue 12, pp 637–642 | Cite as

Chemoattractant-induced release of elastase by tumor necrosis factor-primed human neutrophils: Auto-regulation by endogenous adenosine

  • L. Ottonello
  • M. Amelotti
  • P. Barbera
  • P. Dapino
  • M. Mancini
  • G. Tortolina
  • F. Dallegri

Abstract.

Objective and Design: In the present work, we studied the role of cell-derived adenosine in both the physiologic regulation and pharmacologic control of the exocytosis of azurophilic granules of neutrophils exposed to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) and stimulated with some chemoattractants.¶Material and Methods: Human neutrophils were pre-incubated in the absence or presence of TNF. Thereafter, the appropriate chemoattractant was added to the cells. After incubation, the cell-free supernatant was collected for testing elastase activity and intracellular cAMP levels. Results, expressed as mean ±1SD, were evaluated by unpaired, two-tailed Student's t-test and by analysis of variance followed by Student-Newman-Keuls multiple comparisons test.¶Results: Neutrophil incubation with 10 ng/ml TNF or 0.1 μmol/l N-formyl-met-leu-phe (fMLP) failed to release elastase activity (NE) (NE in absence of stimulus: 23.1 ± 5.7 nmol/h; TNF-induced NE: 26.4 ± 14.4 nmol/h; fMLP-induced NE: 27.0 ± 9.9 nmol/h). Neutrophils, pre-exposed to various amounts of TNF, released elastase in response to 0.1mmol/l fMLP in a dose-dependent manner (NE in presence of 10 ng/ml TNF and 0.1 mmol/l fMLP: 133.7 ± 24.0 nmoles/h). As compared with fMLP, C5a had lower activity (NE in presence of 10 ng/ml TNF and 0.1 mmol/l C5a: 66.4 ± 25.1 nmoles/h), whereas interleukin-8, platelet activating factor and leukotriene B4 were ineffective. The secretory response of TNF-primed neutrophils to fMLP was inhibited by adenosine in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 = 5.18 ± 7.1 mmol/l). The addition of adenosine deaminase (ADA) to TNF-primed neutrophils resulted in increased secretory response to fMLP (NE in absence and presence of 0.25 U/ml ADA: 71.5 ± 11.0 and 107.3 ± 18.6 respectively, P = 0.060). Moreover, two inhibitors of phosphodiesterase type IV (RO 20-1724 and nimesulide) reduced the elastase release only in the absence of ADA (RO 20-1724: percent inhibition in absence or presence of ADA = 20.2 ± 15.0 and 4.4 ± 5.1 respectively; nimesulide: percent inhibition in absence or presence of ADA = 22.2 ± 19.6 and 0.8 ± 3.0 respectively). Similarly, RO 20-1724 and nimesulide increased intracellular cAMP levels only in absence of ADA (RO 20-1724: percent cAMP increment in absence or presence of ADA = 215.4 ± 97.5 and 47.3 ± 53.3 respectively; nimesulide: percent cAMP increment in absence or presence of ADA = 177.7 ± 19.0 and 19.5 ± 29.3 respectively).¶Conclusions: Endogenous adenosine down-regulates the cell secretory response and is instrumental in uncovering the susceptibility of azurophilic granule exocytosis to control by inhibitors of phosphodiesterase type IV.

Key words: Neutrophils — PDE type IV inhibitors — Adeno-sin — TNF — Degranulation 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Ottonello
    • 1
  • M. Amelotti
    • 1
  • P. Barbera
    • 1
  • P. Dapino
    • 1
  • M. Mancini
    • 1
  • G. Tortolina
    • 1
  • F. Dallegri
    • 1
  1. 1.Semeiotica e Metodologia Medica 2, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Viale Benedetto XV n. 6, I-16132 Genova, Italy, Fax +390103538638, e-mail: otto@csita.unige.itIT

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