Involvement of MAP kinases in lipopolysaccharide-induced histamine production in RAW 264 cells

Noriyasu Hirasawa, Masashi Torigoe, Ryohko Ohgawara, Akira Murakami, Kazuo Ohuchi

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Abstract

Roles of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of histamine in the mouse macrophage-like cell line RAW 264 were analyzed. Incubation of RAW 264 cells in the presence of LPS increased histamine levels in the conditioned medium in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The levels of histidine decarboxylase (HDC) mRNA and the 74-kDa HDC protein were also increased at 4 to 8 h and 8 to 12 h, respectively. LPS elicited the phosphorylation of p44/42 MAP kinase, p38 MAP kinase, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). The MAP kinase-Erk kinase 1 inhibitor U0126 (0.1-10 μM) suppressed the LPS-induced phosphorylation of p44/42 MAP kinase, and inhibited the LPS-induced production of histamine and expression of the HDC mRNA and 74-kDa HDC protein in a concentration-dependent manner. The JNK inhibitor SP600125 (3-30 μM) suppressed the LPS-induced phosphorylation of c-Jun, and inhibited the LPS-induced production of histamine and expression of the HDC mRNA and 74-kDa protein in a concentration-dependent manner. Combined treatment with U0126 (0.3 μM) and SP600125 (10 μM) inhibited the LPS-induced production of histamine additively. The p38 MAP kinase inhibitor SB203580 (0.1-10 μM) partially inhibited the LPS-induced production of histamine. These findings suggest that LPS increases histamine production in RAW 264 cells by inducing the expression of the 74-kDa HDC protein, and that the LPS-induced expression of HDC is up-regulated at the transcriptional level by MAP kinases, especially p44 MAP kinase and JNK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalLife Sciences
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 3

Keywords

  • Histidine decarboxylase
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Macrophage
  • RAW 264 cell
  • c-Jun N-terminal kinase
  • p38 MAP kinase
  • p44/42 MAP kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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