Exp Mol Med 2009 Oct;41(10):757-64
Department of Immunology and Chronic Disease Research Center and Institute for Medical Science, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Taegu 700-712, Korea.
Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP1) plays a key role in monocyte/macrophage infiltration to the sub-endothelial space of the blood vessel wall, which is a critical initial step in atherosclerosis. In this study, we examined the intracellular signaling pathway of IL-1beta-induced MCP1 expression using various chemical inhibitors. The pretreatment of a phosphatidylcholine (PC)-specific PLC (PC-PLC) inhibitor (D609), PKC inhibitors, or an NF-kapaB inhibitor completely suppressed the IL-1beta-induced MCP1 expression through blocking NF-gammaB translocation to the nucleus. Pretreatment with inhibitors of tyrosine kinase or PLD partially suppressed MCP1 expression and failed to block nuclear NF-kappaB translocation. These results suggest that IL-1beta induces MCP1 expression through activation of NF-kappaB via the PC-PLC/PKC signaling pathway.