The effects of IL-17A on mucin production and growth of airway epithelial cells were examined. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses revealed that IL-17A increased the mucin production and number of tracheal epithelial cells in air-liquid interface cultures. The biological property of IL-17A to stimulate the mucin production by tracheal epithelial cells was determined using an ELISA. The mitogenic effect of IL-17A on tracheal epithelial cells was confirmed with Calcein-AM assay. The growth-stimulatory effect of IL-17A was dose-dependent and mediated via the ERK MAP kinase pathway. Inhibitors of MEK abrogated the mitogenic effect of IL-17A, whereas an inhibitor of p38 or JNK displayed no significant inhibitory effect. Moreover, relatively lower doses of IL-13 also significantly increased the growth of tracheal epithelial cells through a distinct signaling pathway from that of IL-17A. These findings provide the first evidence that IL-17A stimulates the growth of airway epithelial cells through the ERK MAP kinase pathway.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Sep 8|
- Airway epithelial cells, and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology