SDF-1alpha up-regulates interleukin-6 through CXCR4, PI3K/Akt, ERK, and NF-kappaB-dependent pathway in microglia

Dah-Yuu Lu, Chih-Hsin Tang, Wei-Lan Yeh, Kar-Lok Wong, Chih-Peng Lin, Yi-Hung Chen, Chih-Ho Lai, Yuh-Fung Chen, Yuk-Man Leung, Wen-Mei Fu
European Journal of Pharmacology 2009 June 24, 613 (1): 146-54
Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), also known as CXCL12, and its receptor CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) express in various kinds of cells in central nervous system. The SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling pathway is regulated by diverse biological effects. SDF-1 is up-regulated in the ischemic penumbra following stroke and has been known to be associated with the homing of bone marrow cells to injury. However, the effect of SDF-1alpha/CXCR4 on cytokine production in microglia is mostly unknown. Here, we demonstrated that SDF-1alpha enhanced IL-6 production in both primary cultured microglia and BV-2 microglia. We further investigated the signaling pathway involved in IL-6 production stimulated by SDF-1alpha in microglia. SDF-1alpha increased IL-6 production in both protein and mRNA levels. These effects were attenuated by ERK, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), NF-kappaB inhibitors, and IkappaB protease inhibitor. Stimulation of microglia with SDF-1alpha also increased Akt and ERK1/2 phosphorylation. In addition, SDF-1alpha treatment also increased IkappaB kinase alpha/beta (IKK alpha/beta) phosphorylation, IkappaBalpha phosphorylation, IkappaBalpha degradation, p65 phosphorylation at Ser(276), translocation of p65 and p50 from cytosol to nucleus and kappaB-luciferase activity. Moreover, SDF-1alpha-mediated increase of kappaB-luciferase activity was inhibited by pre-transfection of DN-p85, DN-Akt or DN-ERK2. Increase of IKK alpha/beta phosphorylation and binding of p65 and p50 to the NF-kappaB element were both antagonized by PI3K and ERK inhibitors. Our results demonstrate a mechanism linking SDF-1alpha and IL-6, and provide additional support for the notion that SDF-1alpha plays a regulatory role in microglia activation.

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