[Mycoplasma genitalium lipid-associated membrane proteins induce endocervical epithelial cells to express β-defensin-2]

Jing Xie, Xiaoxing You, Yanhua Zeng, Ranhui Li, Liesong Chen, Cuiming Zhu, Jun He, Minjun Yu, Yimou Wu
Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology 2014, 30 (12): 1266-70

OBJECTIVE: To observe the expression of human β-defensin-2 (hBD-2) induced by Mycoplasma genitalium-derived lipid-associated membrane proteins (LAMPs) and its potential mechanism.

METHODS: Human endocervical epithelial End1/E6E7 cells were cultured in vitro and stimulated by different concentrations of LAMPs for 48 hours, and the expressions of hBD-2 mRNA and protein were detected by real-time RT-PCR and Western blotting, respectively. Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and TLR6 neutralizing antibodies for End1/E6E7 cell cultivation, and dominant negative plasmids for cell transfection were used to analyze the roles of TLR2, TLR6 and MyD88 in mediating hBD-2 expression. Nuclear translocation of the nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) p65 subunit, and its DNA-binding activity were detected by Western blotting and electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA), respectively. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an inhibitor of NF-κB, was used to investigate the effect of NF-κB on hBD-2 expression.

RESULTS: Mycoplasma genitalium-derived LAMPs induced the expressions of hBD-2 mRNA and protein in End1/E6E7 cells. The expressions could be abrogated by TLR2 and TLR6 neutralizing antibodies, or their dominant negative plasmids. In addition, dominant negative plasmids of MyD88 significantly decreased LAMPs-induced hBD-2 expression. Western blotting showed that p65 was translocated to the nucleus, and the DNA binding activity of NF-κB was enhanced after LAMPs treatment. Furthermore, PDTC treatment decreased LAMPs- induced hBD-2 expression.

CONCLUSION: Mycoplasma genitalium-derived LAMPs can induce End1/E6E7 cells to express hBD-2, which may be involved in the TLR2, TLR6/Myd88/NF-κB pathways.

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