The effect of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 deficiency on pulmonary allergic responses in aspergillus fumigatus sensitized mice
© Jiang et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Received: 1 August 2012
Accepted: 6 November 2012
Published: 12 November 2012
Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2)/platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. A therapeutic targeting of this enzyme was challenged by the concern that increased circulating platelet activating factor (PAF) may predispose to or increase the severity of the allergic airway response. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Lp-PLA2 gene deficiency increases the risk of PAF and IgE-mediated inflammatory responses in vitro and in vivo using mouse models.
Lp-PLA2-/- mice were generated and back crossed to the C57BL/6 background. PAF-AH activity was measured using a hydrolysis assay in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples obtained from mice. Aspergillus fumigatus (Af)-specific serum was prepared for passive allergic sensitization of mice in vivo and mast cells in vitro. β- hexosaminidase release was studied in bone marrow derived mast cells sensitized with Af-specific serum or DNP-IgE and challenged with Af or DNP, respectively. Mice were treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and PAF intratracheally and studied 24 hours later. Mice were sensitized either passively or actively against Af and were studied 48 hours after a single intranasal Af challenge. Airway responsiveness to methacholine, inflammatory cell influx in the lung tissue and BAL, immunoglobulin (ELISA) and cytokine (Luminex) profiles were compared between the wild type (WT) and Lp-PLA2-/- mice.
PAF-AH activity was reduced but not completely abolished in Lp-PLA2-/- serum or by in vitro treatment of serum samples with a high saturating concentration of the selective Lp-PLA2 inhibitor, SB-435495. PAF inhalation significantly enhanced airway inflammation of LPS treated WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice to a similar extent. Sensitized WT and Lp-PLA2-/- bone-marrow derived mast cells released β-hexosaminidase following stimulation by allergen or IgE crosslinking to equivalent levels. Wild type and Lp-PLA2-/- mice responded to passive or active allergic sensitization by significant IgE production, airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness after Af challenge. BAL cell influx was not different between these strains while IL-4, IL-5, IL-6 and eotaxin release was attenuated in Lp-PLA2-/- mice. There were no differences in the amount of total IgE levels in the Af sensitized WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice.
We conclude that Lp-PLA2 deficiency in C57BL/6 mice did not result in a heightened airway inflammation or hyperresponsiveness after PAF/LPS treatment or passive or active allergic sensitization and challenge.
KeywordsLp-PLA2 PAF-AH Knock-out mice Airway inflammation IgE Mast cells Degranulation
Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) is a 45-kDa protein of 441 amino acids encoded by the pla2g7 gene in humans. In the blood it travels mainly with low density lipoprotein (LDL) and less than 20% is associated with high density lipoprotein (HDL). This enzyme is produced by myeloid derived cells and it functions to hydrolyze oxidized/polar phospholipids. Whether Lp-PLA2 is a pro- or anti-inflammatory mediator is the subject of intense debate and numerous studies involving clinical trials and animal models .
Lp-PLA2 is implicated in the development of atherosclerosis . A meta-analysis on a total of 79,036 participants in 32 prospective studies found that serum Lp-PLA2 positively correlated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke . In atherosclerotic lesions the main sources of Lp-PLA2 include LDL from the circulation, and de novo synthesis by the inflammatory cells found in the plaque (macrophages, platelets, mast cells) . Products of Lp-PLA2 can upregulate expression of adhesion molecules, activate leucocytes and recruit macrophages and monocytes into inflammatory areas [5–7]. Inhibition of Lp-PLA2 by the highly potent and selective inhibitor darapladib effectively ameliorated the clinical severity of atherosclerosis and deceased inflammation in the plaque area in a swine model . Therefore, targeting of Lp-PLA2 has become an attractive strategy for the treatment of atherosclerosis.
Lp-PLA2 is also called platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH), as it can cleave platelet-activating factor (PAF) in vitro by hydrolysis of the acetyl group at the sn-2 position, producing lyso-PAF and acetate [9, 10]. PAF plays a prominent role in the pathogenesis of IgE mediated allergic inflammation and anaphylaxis (reviewed in [11–15]). Therapeutic targeting of PAF however did not affect asthma symptoms . Nonetheless because of its PAF catalyzing activity [17–22], inhibition of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 raised the concern of an increased predisposition to allergic inflammation or anaphylaxis. Although the published direct evidence to support this concern is limited, there were clinical associations reported between low PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2, high plasma PAF and increased incidents and severity of asthma [23–26] and anaphylaxis . A single nucleotide polymorphism of Val-279-Phe in the PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 gene with functional deficiency was shown to be highly prevalent in Japan (about 4% of the general Japanese population) . According to a 1999 study by Stafforini et al. PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 deficiency was increased in asthmatics in comparison with healthy subjects in Japan with the greatest asthma severity found in homozygous PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 deficient subjects . In animal models of lung injury and sepsis elevated PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 levels were reported to be associated with inhibitory effects during the acute inflammatory process [28, 29]. Exogenous administration of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 reduced mortality  and over-expression of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 attenuated inflammation in mouse models of sepsis [17, 18, 30] suggesting that this enzyme may have protective effects against inflammatory mechanisms involving PAF.
This suggestion was contested in a clinical study conducted very similarly to that of Stafforini’s. In this work Satoh and colleagues found no difference in the allele frequency between asthmatic patients and healthy controls and the V279F mutant allele prevalence was consistent regardless of asthma type or severity of disease . In a more recent study Japanese patients underwent a bronchoprovocation test with PAF showed no difference in airway responsiveness whether they had the V279F mutant allele or not . Further, in human studies treatment with a recombinant PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 preparation showed no sufficient efficacy in asthma or in sepsis ( reviewed in ).
Based on these controversial data, the question whether low circulating PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 may predispose to heightened inflammation and IgE-mediated allergic immune responses remains to be clarified. The aim of our study was to investigate whether genetic targeting of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 would result in pro- or anti-inflammatory changes following allergen exposure in a murine model of allergic sensitization.
Wild type C57BL/6 mice (6 to 8 weeks old) were purchased from the Jackson Laboratories (Bar Harbor, ME). Wild-type mice and homozygous Lp-PLA2-/- mice have been maintained in specific pathogen-free facilities at the University of Pennsylvania. Mice were fed chow and water ad libitum and were under a 12 hour daylight/dark cycle. The University of Pennsylvania Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved all protocols, and all experiments were performed in accordance with the guidelines of the University of Pennsylvania IACUC.
The Lp-PLA2targeting strategy
PAF acetyl hydrolase activity
This was performed as previously described . Briefly, Lp-PLA2 activity was measured using either 1-decanoyl-2-(4-nitrophenylglutaryl) phosphate (DNGP) or 3H]PAF (Cascade Biochemicals) as a substrate. All assays were performed at 37°C in 50 mmol/L HEPES and 150 mmol/L NaCl, pH 7.4. Serum samples (at different dilutions) were added to 50 μmol/L DNGP in buffer at 37°C. The absorbance increase was followed at 400 nm, using either a diode array spectrophotometer (Hewlett-Packard) or a 96-well plate reader (Molecular Devices, Tmax) running in kinetic mode. Product was quantified using the published extinction coefficient, ε400=15 000·L·mol-1·cm-1. For PAF-AH activity, 3H]PAF and sample were incubated in a final volume of 200 μL for 10 minutes at 37°C. The reaction was stopped by vortexing with 600 μL of CHCl3/MeOH (2:1), and the CHCl3 and aqueous layers were separated by centrifugation. The aqueous layer was removed (250 μL) and vortexed with 250 μL of CHCl3. The aqueous layer was again removed and the 3H]acetate determined by scintillation counting. Protein was determined using the Pierce bicinchonic acid assay kit, according to the manufacturer's instructions. To determine the inhibitory effect of SB-435495, the serum samples and the compound were preincubated at 37°C for 10 minutes before running the enzyme assay as described above (Figure 1B).
Following experiments to determine the optimal dose and time course, C57BL/6 wild type (WT) and Lp-PLA2-/- mice (n=6-7 in each group) were administered 1 μg LPS and 1 μg of a 1:1 mixture of PAF (C16) and PAF (C18) via intra-tracheal instillation under light ketamine/xylazine anesthesia. 24 hours later lung function measurements were performed and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was obtained from each mice as described below.
Preparation of Aspergillus fumigatus (Af)-specific serum for passive sensitization
Wild type male C57BL/6 mice (n=10) at 12-15 weeks of age, were injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) with 20 μg Af adsorbed on alum, on day 1 and 7 and then received intranasal (i.n.) treatment with 30 μg Af on day 13 and subsequently every other days to total 6 doses. Mice were sacrificed 2 days after the last allergen treatment and blood was obtained in vacutainers. Blood from naïve mice (n=10) was obtained for naive serum. Serum samples were pooled, aliquoted and stored at -20ºC.
Total IgE was measured by a mouse IgE ELISA kit (GenWay, San Diego CA) according to manufacturer’s instructions. Af-specific immunoglobulin levels were determined as previously described . Serum (dilution 1:100) or undiluted BAL supernatant samples were loaded from individual mice.
Mast cell culture and function assay
Passive allergic airway sensitization using Aspergillus fumigatus (Af)-specific serum
This sensitization model is based on the effects of allergen specific immunoglobulins and other mediators in pooled serum of actively sensitized mice. Inflammation is thought to be mediated by interactions between immunoglobulin IgE and the mast cell high affinity IgE receptor FcεR-I, leading to mast cell degranulation and release of a variety of inflammatory mediators. To elicit the IgE-mediated changes, 9-12 week-old male WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice were sensitized i.v. by anti-Af specific serum on day 1, day 2 and day 3. Dose-response studies determined that the optimal serum dilution to elicit the expected inflammatory changes fell between 1:100 and 1:1000 (not shown). We used a dilution of 1:200 throughout the study. 30 μg Af was applied intranasally to mice on day 5. Mice were studied 72 hours after Af challenge. Negative control mice received naive serum and/or were challenged with PBS.
Active allergic airway sensitization with Af
For active allergic sensitization, 9-12 week-old male C57BL/6 wild-type and Lp-PLA2-/- mice were injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) with 20 μg of Af pre-formulated with alum (volume 1:1) on day 1 and 7 and then challenged intranasally (i.n.) with 30 μg Af on day 13. Mice were studied on day 15.
Lung function measurements
Lung function was measured as described previously [36–40]. Airway hyperresponsiveness to methacholine (MCh) inhalation was assessed using the FlexiVent system (Sireq, Montreal, Canada). This method is suitable to measure lung resistance and dynamic compliance, the most important physiological characteristics of the inflammatory airway response. Briefly, lung mechanics were studied in tracheostomized mice under anesthesia by intra-peritoneal injection of ketamine and xylazine. Mice were ventilated with a tidal volume of 8ml/kg at a rate of 150 breaths/min and a positive end-expiratory pressure of 2cm H2O by a computerized FlexiVent System. After mechanical ventilation for 2 min, a sinusoidal 1-Hz oscillation was applied to the tracheal tube. The single-compartment model was fitted to these data by multiple linear regression to calculate dynamic resistance and compliance of the airway. At the end of lung function measurement, BAL cells were collected for cytospin preparation and differential cell counting. The BAL supernatant was aliquoted and stored at -80°C.
Lung inflammatory profile was assessed as described previously in our laboratory [35, 36, 41–44]. To assess activation of inflammatory cells, serum and BAL were obtained at the end of experiments. Measurements of cytokines/chemokines were performed using Searchlight technology (Aushon Biosystems Inc, Billerica MA).
The number of mice used in the study was determined by standard power calculations using preliminary data and our previous experience in these models. The number of mice used in individual groups for statistical analysis is stated in the figure legends. Results are presented as the mean ± standard error (SE) of each group. Unless otherwise stated, data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA followed by a Bonferroni post-hoc test. A value of p < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. All statistical analyses were performed using Graphpad Prism software (GraphPad Software Inc, La Jolla, CA).
Results and discussion
PAF-AH activity is reduced but not abolished by in vitrotreatment with high concentration of SB-435495 and in Lp-PLA2-/- mice
To determine whether PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 activity is altered by the enzyme inhibitor SB-435495 in the mouse serum, samples from wild type C57BL/6 and Lp-PLA2-/- mice were investigated using a previously established technique based on a modified hydrolysis assay . This assay measures the enzyme product lyso-PAF.
The average serum PAF-AH activity was 38.1 and 9.3 nM/min/ml in naive WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice, respectively. Treatment of WT serum with 10μM of SB-435495 (a saturating concentration used to completely abolish Lp-PLA2), reduced enzyme activity to levels observed in serum from Lp-PLA2-/- mice lacking a functional Lp-PLA2 gene (Figure 1A-B). In both WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice there was a significant residual PAF-AH activity in the serum which was obviously not attributable to Lp-PLA2. These findings suggest that Lp-PLA2 may not be the exclusive PAF-cleaving enzyme. Further, it is likely that the main mechanism of action of this enzyme is not the cleavage of PAF. Additional support for this is provided by a recent study in which treatment of mice with darapladib (an Lp-PLA2 inhibitor) inhibited serum IL-6 levels but did not alter serum PAF levels in a model of atherosclerosis . Nonetheless, in the serum of Lp-PLA2-/- mice PAF metabolism was significantly reduced. The in vivo significance of the lack of Lp-PLA2 has not been determined before in gene deficient animals, therefore we next investigated the effects of PAF treatment in these mice.
LPS+PAF-induced inflammatory cell influx and airway hyperresponsiveness was similar between Lp-PLA2-/- and WT mice
These results indicated that lack of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 did not increase susceptibility to the effects of exogenously administered PAF on LPS-induced airway neutrophilia and hyperresponsiveness in the gene deficient mice. In contrast to previous findings in animal models of sepsis [18, 48], the data presented here suggested no protective role of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 in cellular inflammation.
Lp-PLA2 deficient bone marrow-derived mast cells had similar morphology, FcεR-I expression and released hexosaminidase to a similar degree to wild-type mast cells in vitro
In addition to sepsis, PAF is a major player in allergic inflammation. Produced by activated mast cells during the immediate allergic response, PAF is capable of amplifying mast cell activation through the PAF receptor . Mast cells also produce Lp-PLA2 that was suggested to decrease PAF and increase lysoPAF production in an autocrine/paracrine fashion [50, 51]. Lack of Lp-PLA2 was therefore suggested to predispose to IgE-mediated mast cell degranulation, a hallmark of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis .
To study the effects of Lp-PLA2 deficiency in mast cell differentiation and degranulation we used bone marrow-derived cultures of mast cells from WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice. At the end of the culture period mast cells from both strains of mice showed similar presence of granules in cytoplasm and had similarly high expression of FcεRI, the high affinity IgE receptor (Figure 2A). In comparison with cells treated with either the antibody or the antigen alone, mast cells after sensitization (with anti-Af serum or anti-DNP IgE) followed by cross-linking (with Af or DNP, respectively), released significant amounts of hexosaminidase, a granule product (Figure 2B). Our results demonstrate an average of 50%: a 2.5 fold increase in β-hexosaminidase release in response to Af when cells were sensitized with anti-Af serum in comparison with cells sensitized with naïve serum or, in response to DNP when cells were sensitized with anti-DNP IgE in comparison with cells treated with DNP alone. This indicates a significant degree of mast cell degranulation induced by FcεR-I crosslinking. There was a trend towards reduced degranulation by Lp-PLA2-/- mast cells when stimulated with anti-DNP-IgE+DNP (Figure 2B left panel). However the extent of hexosaminidase release in response to sensitization with the pooled anti-Af serum preparation and Af challenge (Figure 2B right panel) or to the treatment with individual serum samples obtained from mice in the active sensitization protocol followed by Af challenge (Figure 2C), was similar. Thus, cells from WT and PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 deficient mice showed similar morphology, expressed FcεR-I at the same level and released hexosaminidase in response to IgE crosslinking to a similar degree. These data indicate that lack of Lp-PLA2 did not enhance mast cell function in vitro.
It is possible that gene knockout of Lp-PLA2/PAF-AH activity in mice will not generate the same types of immune/inflammatory changes as those found in humans. However, in a recent article by Dyer et al. it was shown that both human and mouse eosinophils degranulated in response to PAF or lysoPAF in a PAFR independent manner suggesting that relevant proinflammatory actions maybe mediated by both PAF and its PAF-AH induced metabolite. Thus, Lp-PLA2 may not necessarily play a negative feedback role during mast cell activation. Indeed, the degree of degranulation in WT mast cells positively correlated with the extent of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 expression in the serum used for sensitization of these cells (Figure 2C right panel), suggesting a possible enhancing rather than inhibitory effect on this proinflammatory mast cell function.
Lp-PLA2deficiency did not increase airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness after allergen challenge of passively sensitized Lp-PLA2-/- mice
Airway inflammation was further quantitated by assessing cellular composition. The total cell count in the BAL was significantly increased in sensitized and challenged mice compared to the ones that received either serum+PBS or PBS+Af treatment. Although a slight decrease was observed in this group, Lp-PLA2 deficiency did not result in significantly altered inflammatory cell influx (macrophages, eosinophils, neutrophils, lymphocytes) into the BAL fluid (Figure 4C). Although the question whether the presence and direct involvement of mast cells could be demonstrated in airway inflammation in our mouse model in vivo is important, this exceeded the limitations of this current study. Our results nonetheless indicate that Lp-PLA2 deficiency did not affect airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammatory response in the passively sensitized mice suggesting that mast cell degranulation and downstream pathologies may not be significantly affected by lack of Lp-PLA2. We next assessed whether Lp-PLA2 deficiency would impact allergic immune responses and pulmonary function in actively sensitized mice.
Lp-PLA2-/- mice had similar degree of airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness, circulating and local IgE but attenuated IL-4 and IL-5 release in the BAL fluid when compared with WT mice.
Lung function was measured 24 (not shown) or 48 hours after Af challenge of sensitized mice (Figure 5C-D). The greatest changes in lung function in comparison with non-sensitized controls were measured 48 hours after Af challenge but there were no significant differences between the WT and Lp-PLA2-/- groups at either time points. The top lung resistance values (6.00±0.73 v.s. 6.72±1.51 cmH2O.s/ml) and dynamic compliance values (0.0097±0.002 v.s. 0.0118±0.002 ml/cmH2O) were obtained in response to 100 mg/ml MCh from WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice, respectively.
To determine if lack of Lp-PLA2 predisposes to heightened IgE production, ELISA assay was performed (Figure 6C-D). IgE in BAL and serum of mice sensitized and challenged with Af was significantly increased but there were no differences between WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice. Anti-Af specific (but not total) immunoglobulin proportion (including IgG1, IgE) in the serum of sensitized/challenged WT mice showed a very strong positive correlation with the capacity of the serum to degranulate mast cells (r=0.702 and 0.841, respectively) as well as with the serum Lp-PLA2 levels (PAF-AH activity, r=0.920 and 0.860). None of these correlations were observed in Lp-PLA2-/- mice suggesting that presence of Lp-PLA2 may regulate proinflammatory events leading to increased immunoglobulin production. It was somewhat unexpected therefore that we found that Af-specific immunoglobulin levels (IgE, IgG1 and IgG2a) were generally greater in the allergen exposed Lp-PLA2-/- mice than in WT mice. The underlying mechanisms and the immune regulatory role of Lp-PLA2 in antigen presentation are currently investigated in our lab.
Luminex assay of BAL fluid showed that Af challenge of sensitized mice significantly increased IL-4, IL-5 IL-6 and eotaxin levels (Figure 6E-F). CCL17 (not shown) was also significantly induced while the Th1 cytokines IL-2, IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-17 (not shown) were produced at very low levels 48 hours after Af challenge of sensitized mice. IL-4 the central cytokine in eliciting the allergic airway changes correlated well with levels of IL-5, eotaxin and IL-6 (Figure 6E). Interestingly, lack of Lp-PLA2 did not increase expression of any of these proinflammatory mediators. Instead, the Lp-PLA2 deficient mice had attenuated release of IL-4 (81.5% decrease from WT levels), IL-5 (77.8% decrease from WT levels; p<0.05, n=7), eotaxin (10.6% decrease from WT levels) and IL-6 (46.5% decrease from WT levels) (Figure 6F). These results imply that allergen induced cell-mediated local responses were commensurate with the airway hyperresponsiveness measurements and that Lp-PLA2 deficiency did not enhance the allergic inflammatory changes. The significance and mechanisms behind the reduced BAL Th2-type cytokine production in the Lp-PLA2-/- mice will need further investigation. Systemic expression of the Th2 cytokines including IL-4 in the serum of mice was also studied using a bead based (CBA) assay. Cytokine levels in the serum however appeared to be very low indicating that levels of local cytokines may better reflect the extent of allergic immune response than those of in the systemic circulation. The finding of reduced IL-4 and IL-5 levels without reduction of IgE in the BAL fluid of the Lp-PLA2-/- mice is somewhat unexpected. However, such discrepancy may be explained by the complexity of the mechanisms leading to immunoglobulin production and involving antigen presentation, T cell-B cell interactions, B cell and plasma cell functions. Each of these mechanisms can have multiple regulatory pathways that are not necessarily dependent on Th2 cytokines. The role of Lp-PLA2 in these is virtually unknown and should be studied further.
PAF is a potent agonist that is highly active in the nM range. The fact that PAF-AH activity in serum was not completely eliminated could account for the relatively little differences seen between the inflammatory responses of Lp-PLA2-/- and WT mice. Lp-PLA2-/- mice show approximately 10 nM/min/ml residual PAF-AH activity in their serum, which may still be effective in models of inflammation. Indeed, this is an important finding because major criticism of clinical efforts to Lp-PLA2 antagonism was based on the fear from potential elimination of PAF metabolism resulting in increased PAF levels and susceptibility to and severity of allergic/anaphylactic events . We believe that the cleavage of PAF is not the exclusive mechanism of action of this enzyme and our presented study supports this argument. Additional support for this is provided by a recent study in which treatment of mice with darapladib (an Lp-PLA2 inhibitor) inhibited serum IL-6 levels but did not alter serum PAF levels in a model of atherosclerosis . The residual PAF-AH activity in the serum of LP-PLA2-/- mice indicates that PAF can be cleaved via additional pathways and therefore susceptibility to allergic inflammation may not be increased by the targeting of Lp-PLA2. This is demonstrated by our data showing that allergen induced inflammatory changes are not enhanced when Lp-PLA2 is eliminated in Lp-PLA2-/- mice.
There is limited knowledge on alternative PAF cleaving enzymes but it was shown for example that PAF can be degraded by an esterase secreted from group A streptococcus , an approach that could be used in future studies to verify the importance of PAF-related inflammatory pathways.
This study investigated the effects of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 deficiency on IgE-mediated airway inflammation. We hypothesized that targeting this enzyme will enhance allergen-induced cellular inflammation involving PAF. Our results indicate that lack of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 in the serum of knock-out mice or inhibition of it with SB-435495 significantly reduced but did not completely abolish PAF hydrolyzing activity in vitro. PAF inhalation enhanced LPS-induced airway inflammation in WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice to a similar extent. Sensitized WT and Lp-PLA2-/- bone-marrow derived mast cells matured similarly and released β-hexosaminidase upon stimulation with allergen or IgE crosslinking to a comparable degree. Wild type and Lp-PLA2-/- mice responded to passive or active allergic sensitization by significant and equal airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness after Af challenge. There were no differences in the amount of total IgE levels in the Af sensitized WT and Lp-PLA2-/- mice.
Taken together, these results indicated that Lp-PLA2 deficiency does not increase local cell-mediated allergic immune responses or airway hyperresponsiveness in these models. Our study is the first in which absence of PAF-AH/Lp-PLA2 is investigated in vivo using gene deficient mice.
Cluster of Differentiation
Anti-Dinitrophenyl Immunoglobuline E
Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay
- ES cell:
Embryonic Stem Cell
High Density Lipoprotein
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Low Density Lipoprotein
Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2
Platelet Activating Factor
Platelet Activating Factor Acetylhydrolase
Phosphate Buffered Saline
Roswell Park Memorial Institute medium
This study was funded by: GSK; R01AI072197; RC1ES018505-01; P30ES013508.
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