Neuropeptides modulate human eosinophil chemotaxis

T. Numao, Devendra K. Agrawal

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To investigate the role of neuropeptides in allergic inflammation, we examined the effect of peptides on eosinophil chemotaxis. Eosinophils were purified from the blood of allergic and normal subjects using a discontinuous Percoll density gradients. Chemotaxis was induced by platelet-activating factor (PAF) and leukotriene B4, and was assayed by a modified Boyden's chamber technique. Four neuropeptides were examined in this study: substance P (SP), neurokinin A, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and cholecystokinin octapeptide. Peptides alone (10 nM to 10 μM) were not chemotactic for eosinophils. However, when eosinophils were pre-treated with peptides (100 nM) at 37°C for 30 min, chemotactic response to PAF (10 nM) was significantly enhanced (p <0.01) in allergic subjects; % control by SP, neurokinin A, CGRP and cholecystokinin octapeptide was 269 ± 42, 243 ± 32, 227 ± 21, and 251 ± 42, respectively (n = 8). Similar results were obtained in leukotriene B4-induced eosinophil chemotaxis. In contrast, no enhancement was observed in normal subjects. Potentiating effect of SP and CGRP on PAF- induced eosinophil chemotaxis in allergic subjects was significantly attenuated by SP antagonist [D-Pro2,D-Trp7,9]-SP and human CGRP (8-37) receptor antagonist, respectively. Neutral endopeptidase inhibitors (phosphoramidon, leupeptin, and bestatin) failed to significantly augment the PAF-induced eosinophil chemotaxis when the cells were pretreated with various peptides and neutral endopeptidase inhibitors. The C-terminal fragment of SP (SP6-11) had an effect similar to that of the intact SP molecule, whereas no potentiating effect by the N-terminal of SP (SP1-9) was observed. These results suggest that neuropeptides may play a significant role in eosinophil infiltration by priming cells in allergic inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3309-3315
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology


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