Faculty Research 1990 - 1999


The potential role of the macrophage colony-stimulating factor, CSF-1, in inflammatory responses: characterization of macrophage cytokine gene expression.

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Cell-Adhesion, Cytokines: ge, me, Dose-Response-Relationship-Drug, Gene-Expression: de, Inflammation: pp, pa, Macrophage-Colony-Stimulating-Factor: ph, Macrophages-Peritoneal: ph, Male, Mice, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Mice-SCID, Receptors-Macrophage-Colony-Stimulating-Factor: ph, RNA-Messenger: ge, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S, Time-Factors, Transcription-Genetic: de, Translation-Genetic

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J Leukoc Biol 1995 Jul;58(1):99-107


CA27523/CA/NCI, CA34196/CA/NCI


In this report we report that recombinant human monocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) induces resident murine peritoneal cells (PCs) to transcribe several inflammatory cytokine genes, including interleukin (IL)-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6, and granulocyte-macrophage CSF in a dose-dependent and time-related manner. Peak mRNA levels were seen between 4 and 6 h. CSF-1 did not modulate the expression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha mRNA. The serum content of the culture medium appeared to regulate both the extent of CSF-1-induced gene transcription and the adherence properties of the cells. Decreasing the serum concentration significantly reduced CSF-1-induced transcription and was associated with the rapid spreading of the majority of the adherent cells. This reduced sensitivity to CSF-1 was paralleled by a markedly lower levels of c-fms mRNA encoding the CSF-1 receptor. Induced gene transcription was followed by the release of large quantities of IL-6 only. IL-1 activity remained associated with the cells. Neither supernatant nor cell lysate granulocyte-macrophage CSF activity was inducible above the low levels associated with control cultures. Evidence that the mononuclear phagocytes, as opposed to B or T cells, were the targets of CSF-1 was obtained in two ways: (1) PCs from B6 scid/scid and NOD scid/scid mice consisting of 78-86% MAC-1+, F4/80+ cells and few B or T cells, as shown by flow cytometry analysis, released 5- to 10-fold more IL-6 in response to CSF-1 stimulation than B6 PCs, which contained approximately 30% double-positive cells, and (2) pretreatment of B6 PCs with antibodies to the CSF-1 receptor blocked the CSF-1-induced secretion of IL-6. These data suggest that CSF-1 primes noninflammatory mononuclear phagocytes for a role in inflammatory responses but does not provide the necessary signals for either secretion or translation of all cytokines equally.

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