Distinct signaling pathways for induction of type II NOS by IFNgamma and LPS in BV-2 microglial cells

Siming Shen, Sue Yu, Joshua Binek, Malgorzata Chalimoniuk, Xiaolin Zhang, Shih-Ching Lo, Mark Hannink, Jinmei Wu, Kevin Fritsche, Rosario Donato, Grace Y Sun
Neurochemistry International 2005, 47 (4): 298-307
Nitric oxide (NO) release upon microglial cell activation has been implicated in the tissue injury and cell death in many neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies have indicated the ability of interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) and lipopolysaccharides (LPS) to independently induce type II nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression and NO production in BV-2 microglial cells. However, a detailed comparison between the signaling pathways activating iNOS by these two agents has not been accomplished. Analysis of PKC isoforms revealed mainly the presence of PKCdelta, iota and lambda in BV-2 cells. Although both IFNgamma and LPS could specifically enhance the tyrosine phosphorylation of PKCdelta, treatment with IFNgamma induced a steady increase of phospho-PKCdelta for up to 1h, whereas treatment with LPS elevated phospho-PKCdelta levels only transiently, with peak activity at 5 min. Rottlerin, a specific inhibitor for PKCdelta, dose-dependently inhibited IFNgamma- and LPS-induced NO production. Despite the common involvement of PKCdelta, IFNgamma- but not LPS-induced NO production involved extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) cascade and IFNgamma-induced phosphorylation of ERK1/2 was mediated through PKC. On the other hand, LPS- but not IFNgamma-induced NO production was through stimulation of NF-kappaB activation and nuclear translocation to interact with DNA. These results demonstrated distinct signaling pathways for induction of iNOS by IFNgamma and LPS in BV-2 microglial cells.

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