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Rehmannia Glutinosa Pharmacopuncture Solution Regulates Functional Activation, FcεRI Expression, and Signaling Events in Mast Cells
Rehmannia Glutinosa Pharmacopuncture Solution Regulates Functional Activation, FcεRI Expression, and Signaling Events in Mast Cells
Journal of Pharmacopuncture. 2012. Oct, 15(4): 32-41
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  • Received : October 19, 2012
  • Accepted : November 09, 2012
  • Published : October 30, 2012
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Kyung-Hwa Kang
Department of Oriental Physiology, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea
Kyung-Hee Lee
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea
Hyun-Min Yoon
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea
Kyung-Jeon Jang
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea
Chun- Song
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea
Cheol-Hong Kim
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Dong-Eui University College of Oriental Medicine and Research Institute of Oriental Medicine, Busan, Korea

Abstract
Objectives:
Rehmannia glutinosa pharmacopuncture solution (RGPS) was investigated to determine both its anti-allergic inflammatory effects on mast cells and its detailed mechanism of actions.
Methods:
We investigated whether RGPS suppress cytokines, enzymes, FcεRI expression and FcεRImediated signaling in RBL-2H3 cells stimulated with anti-DNP IgE/DNP-HSA. The suppressive effects of RGPS on the levels of cytokines such as IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF were measured using emzyme-linked immunospecific assay (ELISA). The mRNA expression levels of cytokines, enzymes (HDC2, COX-1, COX-2 and 5LO) and FcεRI αβγsubunits were measured using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) method. The activation of FcεRI-mediated signaling was examined using Western blot analyses.
Results:
RGPS suppressed production of proinflamm-atory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, and GM-CSF) in stimulated RBL-2H3 cells significantly ( p < 0.05). RGPS also suppressed mRNA expression of inflammatory enzymes (HDC2, COX-1, COX-2, 5LO). In addition, mRNA expression levels of FcεRIα, FcεRIβand FcεRIγ were lowered by treatment with RGPS. Finally, RGPS prevented phosphrylation of Lyn, Syk, LAT, Gab2, PLC γ1/2, PI3K, Akt, cPLA 2 and IκBα
Conclusions:
RGPS effectively suppresses mast cell activations such as degranulation and inflammatory response via down-regulation of the FcεRI-mediated signaling pathways in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells.
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1. Introduction
Mast cells are key effector cells in IgE-associated immune responses, including allergic disorders such as anaphylaxis, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and allergic asthma. Mast cell activation through FcεRI and preformed and newly synthesized mediator release results in allergic inflammatory conditions: erythema, edema, and itching in the skin; sneezing, rhinorrhea, cough, bronchospasm, and mucous secretion in the respiratory tract; and nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping in the gastrointestinal tract [ 1 ].
Interleukin (IL)-1 is a major proinflammatory cytokine that induces acute and chronic inflammation through activation of the innate and the acquired immune systems. IL-1 can enhance cytokine secretion [ 2 - 5 ] and histamine [ 6 ] in the development of IgE/Ag-mediated allergic diseases such as allergic asthma. IL-6, a multifunctional cytokine, is produced by a variety of hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cell types in response to diverse stimuli [ 7 ]. Recent studies have shown that IL-6 plays a role in the development and the exacerbation of Th2-mediated diseases such as allergic airway inflammation and asthma [ 8 ]. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) has been implicated as an important mediator in the pathogenesis of asthma [ 9 ]. In particular GM-CSF is pivotal in eosinophil maturation and survival [ 10 ], a key effector cell in asthma.
Inflammatory mediators such as histamine, leukotrienes and prostaglandins are synthesized by enzymes such as Lhistidine decarboxylase (HDC), cyclooxygenase (COX)-1, COX-2 and 5-lipoxygenase (LO) in mast cells activated with IgE/antigen (Ag). As HDC is the sole enzyme that produces histamine by decarboxylation of L-histidine in mammals, HDC is an important regulator of histamine signaling [ 11 ]. COX contributes to the synthesis of prostaglandins, such as prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which are inflammatory lipid mediators from arachidonic acid. COX-1 is associated with the immediate PGE2 and PGD2 generation and COX-2 is associated with the delayed PGD2 generation [ 12 - 14 ] 5-LO synthesizes leukotriene, another class of inflammatory lipid mediators from arachidonic acid [ 15 ].
Mast cells express a high-affinity receptor for IgE (FcεRI) that binds to Ag-specific IgE on the cell surface. FcεRI consists of an IgE binding αchain, a signal-amplifying, receptor-stabilizing β‚ chain, and two disulfide-bonded γ chains that are the main signal transducers [ 16 ]. IgE/Aginduced aggregation of FcεRI initiates a cascade event, leading to allergic inflammation via intracellular signal transduction. The activation of signaling cascades depends initially on the interaction of FcεRI with the Src kinase Lyn and Fyn and subsequently on the activation of spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) and other tyrosine kinases [ 17 ].
Phosphorylated Syk leads to downstream signaling with phosphorylation of linker for activation of T cells (LAT). LAT functions as a signal platform providing binding sites for phospholipase Cγ(PLCγ) and other adaptor proteins [ 18 ]. PLCγin this complex hydrolyzes phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP 2 ) to produce diacylglycerol (DAG), activating protein kinase C (PKC) and inositol 1,4,5- triphosphate (IP 3 ), increasing intracellular Ca 2+ concentrations [ 19 ]. Fyn and Syk phosphorylate adapters like Grbassociated binder 2 (Gab2), which are essential for phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) /Akt activation [ 20 ]. All these events involved in Ca 2+ mobilization, PKC activation and PI3K/Akt activation are crucial for mast cell degranulation, phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and activations of nuclear factor for T-cell activation (NFAT) and nuclear factor κB (NFκB), both of which lead to cytokine synthesis [ 17 ].
The root of Rehmannia glutinosa is mainly used for Yin deficiency syndrome in traditional medicine in the East Asian region. It has been frequently used to reduce inflammation and is included in various formulas [ 21 - 25 ]. It inhibits inflammation in the development of atopic dermatitis [ 25 ] and in the diabetic foot ulcer rat model [ 23 ]. The objective of the present study was to examine the proinflammatory cytokines and enzymes responsible for the anti-allergic inflammatory activity of RGPS. In addition, the underlying anti-allergic inflammatory mechanism of RGPS was investigated.
2. Materials and methods
- 2.1. Preparation of RGPS
RGPS was purified from the roots of Rehmannia glutinosa. The preparation of ethanol extracts of Rehmannia glutinosa took place at Dong-Eui University Oriental Medicine Hospital. The roots of Rehmannia glutinosa (800 g) were extracted with 25% ethanol (4 L) for 10 h at room temperature. The extracted solution (RGPS) was filtrated and concentrated to a 400-ml ethanol extract. RGPS was diluted in Dulbeco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM) media containing ethanol, and the final concentration of ethanol was adjusted to 1% (v/v) in the cell culture system. The control cells were treated with media containing 1% ethanol.
- 2.2. Cells
Rat basophilic leukemia RBL-2H3 cells were obtained from the Korea Cell Line Bank (Seoul, Korea). The cell line was cultured in DMEM supplemented with 10% heatinactivated fetal bovine serum (FBS) and 100 U/ml of penicillin and streptomycin in an atmosphere of 5% CO 2 at 37°C. Cells were detached with trypsin-EDTA solution. After the cells had been washed, they were resuspended in fresh medium and used for subsequent experiments.
- 2.3. Materials
Chemicals and cell culture materials were obtained from the following sources: anti-dinitrophenyl (DNP) IgE, DNPhuman serum albumin (HSA), p -nitrophenyl-N-acetyl-β- D-glucosaminide, Igepal CA-630, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), sodium deoxycholate, NaCl, Tris-HCl, sodium pyrophosphate, Na 3 VO 4 , NaF, leupeptin and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride from Sigma-Aldrich Co. (St. Louis, MO, USA); fetal bovine serum (FBS), penicillin, streptomycin, DMEM, and trypsin-EDTA solution from Gibco BRL (Grand Island, NY, USA); ELISA kits were obtained from BD Biosciences Pharmingen (BD OptEIA TM , San Diego, CA, USA); reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kits from iNtRON Biotechnology (one-step RTPCR PreMix, Kyunggido, Korea); primary antibodies against phospho-Lck/yes-related novel tyrosine kinase (p- Lyn), Lyn, phospho-LAT (p-LAT), LAT, phospho-Gab2 (Gab2), phospho-PLCγ(p-PLCγ)1/2, phospho-PI3K (p- PI3K), PI3K, phospho-AKT (p-AKT), AKT, phosphocytosolic phospholipase2 (p-cPLA 2 ), cPLA 2 , phosphoinhibitory- kappa B alpha (p-IκBα), IκBαand β-actin from Cell Signaling Technology (Beuerly, MA, USA); phospho- Syk (p-Syk), Syk and Gab2 from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Santa Cruz, CA, USA); horseradish peroxidase (HRP)- conjugated secondary antibody from Kirkegaard & Perry Laboratories, Inc. (KPL, Gaithersburg, MD, USA); the ECL chemiluminescence system from Amersham; and the nitrocellulose transfer membrane from Whatman GmbH. TRIzol was from Invitrogen (Carlsbad, CA, USA); polymerase chain reaction (PCR) oligonucleotide primers were custom-synthesized by Bioneer Co. (Korea). All other reagents were of the highest grade commercially available.
- 2.4. Cytokine assays
RBL-2H3 cells (5×10 5 cells/ml) were sensitized with anti- DNP IgE (0.5 μg/ml) overnight. The cells were washed twice with Siraganian buffer I; the cells were replaced in Siraganian buffer II. Cells were pretreated with or without RGPS (10 -4 and 10 -3 dilution) dissolved in Siraganian buffer II for 1 h and were then stimulated with 10 μg/ml DNPHSA for 4 h at 37°C in 5% CO 2 . To stop the reaction, we put the plate on ice for 10 min. We then transferred the supernatants to e-tubes. The supernatants were centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 10 min and transferred to new e-tubes. IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF concentrations were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) (BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- 2.5. RNA preparation and RT-PCR
RBL-2H3 cells (1×10 6 cells/ml) were sensitized with anti DNP-IgE overnight. The cells were pretreated with or without RGPS for 1 h and were then stimulated with DNP-HSA for 4 h at 37°C in 5% CO 2 . The cells were then chilled with ice to terminate the stimulation. Thereafter, the cells were washed twice with ice-cold PBS; then, the total RNA was extracted from the cells by using TRIzol reagent according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The PCR products were electrophoresed in 2% (w/v) agarose gels and were stained with ethidium bromide (EtBr) (Amresco). The detection and the densitometric analyses of the bands were performed with a Scion Image System (Scion Corporation). The sizes of bands were confirmed with reference to molecular size markers (100 bp DNA Ladder Marker, Invitrogen). The amount of mRNA for each cytokine was normalized to the amount of GAPDH mRNA, which was utilized as a housekeeping gene for each experimental condition.
- 2.6. Protein preparation and western blotting
RBL-2H3 cells (1×10 6 cells/ml) were sensitized with anti DNP-IgE overnight. The cells were pretreated with or without RGPS for 1 h and were then stimulated with DNPHSA for 15 min at 37°C in 5% CO 2 . The cells were then chilled with ice to terminate the stimulation. Thereafter, the cells were washed twice with ice-cold PBS and lysed in 0.5 ml with an ice-cold lysis buffer (20 mmol/L HEPES [pH 7.9), 0.4 mmol/L NaCl, 1% Igepal CA-630, 10% glycerol, 5 mmol/L NaF, 1 mmol/L Na3VO4, 1 mmol/L DTT, 1 mmol/L EDTA, 1 mmol/L EGTA, and 0.5 mmol/L PMSF). The lysates were kept on ice for 30 min, followed by centrifugation at 15,000 g for 15 min at 4°C. The proteins were separated by using sodium dodecyl sulfatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with 8% polyacrylamide gels and were transferred to nitrocellulose transfer membranes (Whatman, GmbH). Subsequent to blocking in a TBS-T buffer (10 mmol/L Tris-HCl ] undefined[pH7.5], 150 mmol/L NaCl, and 0.05% Tween 20) containing 5% skimmed milk powder, the membrane was incubated with individual antibodies. The primary antibodies were diluted 1:1000-fold unless otherwise noted and were incubated at 4°C overnight. The membranes were washed 3 times for 5 min each with the TBS-T buffer. The immunoreactive proteins were incubated using horseradish peroxidasecoupled secondary antibodies diluted 1:2000-fold for 1 h at room temperature, were subsequently washed 3 times (10 min each wash) with the TBS-T buffer, and were developed with enhanced chemoluminescence, according to the manufacturer’s protocols (Amersham Biosciences, Piscataway, NJ).
- 2.7. Statistical analysis
Data are presented as means ± standard deviations (SDs). The data were evaluated by using the one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by the least significant difference. Differences among groups were analyzed using Dunnett’s test, and those at p < 0.05 were accepted as significant.
3. Results
- 3.1. RGPS suppresses proinflammatory cytokines, IL-1β, IL-6, and GM-CSF
To determine whether RGPS suppresses the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines, IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF, in mast cells activated with IgE/Ag, we conducted cytokine ELISA on cell supernatants. Compared to the basal levels of IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF, the levels of those cytokines in IgE-sensitized RBL-2H3 cells was markedly increased after Ag stimulation. RGPS (10 -4 and 10 -3 dilution) decreased the levels of IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF in a dose-dependent manner (Fig 1 ) We also investigated the expressions of the IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF genes by using RT-PCR. RGPS (10 -4 and 10 -3 dilution) significantly suppressed the induction of those cytokine genes by Ag stimulation (Fig 2 )
- 3.2. RGPS suppresses induction of inflammatory enzymes
Inflammatory enzymes, such as HDC2, COX-1, COX-2 and 5LO mRNA, are involved in the synthesis of typical allergic mediators, such as histamine, prostaglandins and leukotriene. Thus, we measured whether RGPS suppresses the induction of these genes by using RT-PCR. Compared to the basal levels of HDC2, COX-1, COX-2 and 5LO mRNA, the induction levels of those enzymes in IgEsensitized RBL-2H3 cells was markedly increased after Ag stimulation. RGPS reduced induction of those enzyme genes by Ag stimulation (Fig 3 )
- 3.3. RGPS suppresses the gene expressions of FcεRI α, FcεRIβ‚ and FcεRIγ
Recent studies have shown that receptors with bound IgE appears to be permanently expressed on the surface of the cells while empty receptors are internalized and degraded [ 26 ]. Thus, the density of FcεRI expression correlates with the IgE level, where binding of IgE stabilizes the receptor at the cell surface. Compared to the basal levels of FcεRIα, Fc εRIβ‚ and FcεRIγ, mRNA, the induction levels of the enzymes in IgE-sensitized RBL-2H3 cells were clearly elevated after Ag stimulation. RGPS reduced induction of receptor genes by Ag stimulation (Fig 4 )
- 3.4. RGPS suppresses FcεRI-mediated signaling events in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells
To understand the mechanism for the inhibitory effect of mast cell activation by RGPS, we examined its effects on Fc εRI-mediated signaling events. IgE/Ag-mediated FcεRI aggregation induces activation of a Src family kinase, Lyn, which phosphorylates Syk and LAT, or a second Src family kinase, Fyn, which phosphorylates Gab2. We found that RGPS suppressed Ag-induced phospho-activation of Lyn, Syk, LAT and Gab2 in proximal signaling events of IgE/Agstimulated mast cells (Fig 5 ) The adaptor molecule LAT regulates activation of the PLCγ, PI3K and other pathways. In addition, the adaptor molecule Gab2 activates the PI3K/ Akt pathway. cPLA 2 , a downstream regulator of Syk, regulates arachidonic acid metabolism. Phosphoylation of IκBα, a downstream regulator of PI3K/Akt, with NF-βB is related to cytokine gene transcription. We found that RGPS dosedependently suppressed Ag-induced phos-pho-activation of PLCγ1, PLCγ2, PI3K, Akt, cPLA 2 , and IκBα(Fig 5 )
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Effects of RGPS on the secretion of IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF in IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

The cells (5 × 10 cells/ml) were sensitized with anti-DNP IgE (0.5 μg/ml) for 24 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA (10 μg/ml). RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) was pretreated for 1 h prior to DNP-HSA stimulation for 4 h. IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF concentrations were measured in the cell supernatant using ELISA method. The absorbance was measured at 450 nm using an ELISA reader. The results represent as the mean ± SD.

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Effects of RGPS on the mRNA expression levels of IL-1β, IL-6 and GM-CSF in IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

IgE-sensitized cells were treated with RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) for 1 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA for 4 h. Detection of mRNA was examined by using RT-PCR analyses. GAPDH was used as an internal control gene.

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Effects of RGPS on the mRNA expression levels of inflammatory enzymes, HDC2, COX-1, COX-2 and 5LO in IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

IgE-sensitized cells were treated with RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) for 1 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA for 4 h. Detection of mRNA was examined by using RT-PCR analyses. GAPDH was used as an internal control gene.

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Effects of RGPS on the mRNA expression levels of FcεRIα, FcεRIβ‚ and FcεRIγ, in IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

IgE-sensitized cells were treated with RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) for 1 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA for 4 h. Detection of mRNA was examined by using RT-PCR analyses. GAPDH was used as an internal control gene.

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Effects of RGPS on the phosphorylation of Lyn, Syk, LAT and Gab2 in FcεRI-mediated signal transduction of IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

IgE-sensitized cells were treated with RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) for 1 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA for 15 min. The expressions of Lyn, Syk LAT, Gab2 and β-actin and phosphorylations of Lyn, Syk, LAT and Gab2 were assayed by using western blot analyses as described in Materials and methods.

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Effects of RGPS on the phosphorylation of LAT, PLCγ1, PLCγ2 PI3K, Akt, cPLA2 and IκBα in FcεRI-mediated signal transduction of IgE/Ag-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells.

IgE-sensitized cells were treated with RGPS (10 and 10 dilution) for 1 h and stimulated with DNP-HSA for 15 min. The expressions of LAT, PI3K, Akt, cPLA, IκBαand β-actin and phosphorylations of LAT, PLCγ1, PLCγ2 PI3K, Akt, cPLA and IκBαwere assayed by using western blot analyses as described in Materials and methods.

4. Discussion
We already demonstrated in previous studies that RGPS could suppress cytokine production via MAPKs and NF-κB pathway in the late-phase response to mast cell activation [ 27 ]. In the present study, we focused on the early-phase response to mast cell activation initiated by IgE/Agstimulation and on the late-phase response. We identified if RGPS regulated FcεRI αβγsubunit expression, Lyn and Fyn downstream signaling pathways related to initiation of FcεRI-mediated mast cell activation, and signaling pathways related to the productions of cytokines and arachidonic acid metabolites.
RGPS suppressed the production and gene expression of proinflammatory cytokines and the gene expression of enzymes associated with the production of histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes (Figs 1 , 2 and 3 ). The results indicate that RGPS can effectively regulate functional activations, such as degranulation and inflammatory response triggered by cytokines and lipid mediators, in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells.
RGPS suppressed the gene expression of FcεRI αβγ subunits on IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells (Fig 4 ) FcεRI is expressed exclusively on mast cells and basophils and initiates IgE/Ag-mediated mast cell activation for triggering the degranulation [ 28 ]. The FcεRIαsubunit binds to the constant region of IgE and is essential for the functioning of the mast cell surface receptor for IgE [ 29 ]. The FcεRIβsubunit amplifies signaling through the receptor (1). The FcεRIγsubunit enables the stable expression of the FcεRIαsubunit on the cell surface and transfers the signal to induce degranulation via immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) [ 30 ]. Down-regulation of FcεRI expression by RGPS may inhibit degranulation of mast cells.
The FcεRI signaling event is thought to be mediated by at least two major signaling pathways [ 18 ]. First, FcεRI aggregation activates Lyn, which mediates ITAM phosphorylation of the β- and the γ-subunits. This promotes Syk recruitment to the phosphorylated γ-chains. Activated Syk phosphorylates the adaptor proteins LAT. LAT phosphorylation leads to the activation of PLCγa calcium regulator and activator of PKC, which is involved in mast cell degranulation. LAT also recruits the exchange factors responsible for the subsequent activation of the MAPK pathway that leads to the transcription of target genes including cytokines important in the late-phase mast cell response. Second, FcεRI aggregation also can activate Fyn. Fyn recruits and phosphorylates the adaptor protein Gab2. Gab2 recruits and phosphorylates PI3K, which PIP 2 to make phosphatidylinositol 3, 4, 5-trisphosphate (PIP 3 ). PIP 3 induces PLCγactivation, leading to calcium flux and degranulation through IP 3 . These pathways also elicit transcription of inflammatory cytokine genes by activating transcription factors including NFAT, activator protein 1 (AP-1), NF-κB, and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) family members [ 17 , 31 , 32 ]. Therefore, degranulation of mast cells stimulated with IgE is induced by activity of Lyn/Syk/LAT/ PLCγor Fyn/Gab2/ PI3K/PLCγpathway. Ag-induced phospho-activation of the two signaling pathways was concurrently suppressed by RGPS in IgE-sensitized cells (Figs 5 and 6 ). These results indicated that RGPS could act as a suppressor of degranulation. Lyn/Syk/LAT/MAPK or Fyn/Gab2/PI3K/ Akt/NF-κB pathway is associated with cytokine gene transcription. We found that RGPS concurrently suppressed Ag-induced phospho-activation of the two signaling pathways in IgE-sensitized cells (Figs 5 and 6 ). These results indicated that RGPS could act as a suppressor in cytokine production. Furthermore, RGPS suppressed phospho-activation of cPLA 2 , which regulates arachidonic acid metabolism (Fig 6 ) cPLA 2 is activated by the increase of Ca 2+ mobilization and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation and releases arachidonic acid from membrane phospholipids. The released arachidonic acid is catalyzed by COX and LO to produce prostaglandins and leukotriens. ERK and cPLA 2 act as downstream regulators of Syk. These results indicated that RGPS could act as a suppressor through the regulation of ERK/cPLA 2 pathway in arachidonic acid cascades. Taken together, RGPS suppressed FcεRI αβγsubunit expression and two major signaling pathways, Lyn and Fyn downstream pathways, related to degranulation and production of cytokines and arachidonic acid metabolites in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells.
5. Conclusion
In summary, RGPS down-regulates both the gene expression of FcεRI αβγsubunits on cell surfaces and two major downstream signaling pathways initiated by phospho-activation of Lyn and Fyn via FcεRI aggregation in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells. Thus, RGPS effectively suppresses functional activations such as degranulation triggered by histamine and inflammatory response triggered by cytokines and lipid mediators via downregulation of the FcεRI-mediated signaling pathways in IgE/Ag-stimulated mast cells.
Acknowledgements
This work was supported by Dong-Eui University (2011AA126).
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