Regulation of arginase expression by T-helper II cytokines and isoproterenol

Andrew R. Barksdale, Andrew C. Bernard, Mary E. Maley, Gloria L. Gellin, Paul A. Kearney, Bernard R. Boulanger, Betty J. Tsuei, Juan B. Ochoa

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Background. Trauma causes a release of catecholamines, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), and T-helper II cytokines (TH2). Individually, these substances also induce arginase in macrophages. The purpose of this study was to determine the synergistic interactions between isoproterenol, TGF-β, and TH2 cytokines on arginase expression in macrophages. Methods. Confluent RAW 264.7 macrophages were incubated with various combinations of interleukins 4, 10, and 13 (IL-4, IL-10, IL-13), and TGF-β with isoproterenol over 48 hours. Arginase activity, as well as arginase I expression by Western blot and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, were measured. Results. Although isoproterenol, IL-4, IL-10, and IL-13 individually induced arginase, significant synergy between the combination of isoproterenol with either TGF-β or the TH2 cytokines was observed. All cytokines except IL-10 also induced arginase I protein and mRNA. Arginase II protein was detected in cells exposed to IL-10. Conclusions. We conclude that isoproterenol synergizes with IL-4, IL-13, and TGF-β to increase arginase I mRNA and protein, as well as arginase activity in RAW 264.7 macrophages. Further, IL-10 synergizes with isoproterenol to increase arginase activity and arginase II protein. These synergistic mechanisms may compete with nitric oxide synthase for L-arginine substrate, thus shunting away available arginine from nitric oxide production and contributing to cellular immunosuppression observed after trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-535
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004

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Funding Information:
Supported by NIH K08 00676-01, NRSA GM 20882-01, and The Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society Research Fellowship.

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  • Surgery


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