Muscarinic M3 receptors on structural cells regulate cigarette smoke-induced neutrophilic airway inflammation in mice

Loes E. M. Kistemaker*, Ronald P. van Os, Albertina Dethmers-Ausema, I. Sophie T. Bos, Machteld N. Hylkema, Maarten van den Berge, Pieter S Hiemstra, Jürgen Wess, Herman Meurs, Huib A. M. Kerstjens, Reinoud Gosens

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Anticholinergics, blocking the muscarinic M-3 receptor, are effective bronchodilators for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Recent evidence from M-3 receptor-deficient mice (M3R-/-) indicates that M-3 receptors also regulate neutrophilic inflammation in response to cigarette smoke (CS). M-3 receptors are present on almost all cell types, and in this study we investigated the relative contribution of M-3 receptors on structural cells vs. inflammatory cells to CS-induced inflammation using bone marrow chimeric mice. Bone marrow chimeras (C56Bl/6 mice) were generated, and engraftment was confirmed after 10 wk. Thereafter, irradiated and nonirradiated control animals were exposed to CS or fresh air for four consecutive days. CS induced a significant increase in neutrophil numbers in nonirradiated and irradiated control animals (4- to 35-fold). Interestingly, wild-type animals receiving M3R-/- bone marrow showed a similar increase in neutrophil number (15-fold). In contrast, no increase in the number of neutrophils was observed in M3R(-/-) animals receiving wild-type bone marrow. The increase in keratinocyte-derived chemokine (KC) levels was similar in all smoke-exposed groups (2.5- to 5.0-fold). Microarray analysis revealed that fibrinogen-alpha and CD177, both involved in neutrophil migration, were downregulated in CS-exposed M3R-/- animals receiving wild-type bone marrow compared with CS-exposed wild-type animals, which was confirmed by RT-qPCR (1.6-2.5 fold). These findings indicate that the M-3 receptor on structural cells plays a proinflammatory role in CS-induced neutrophilic inflammation, whereas the M-3 receptor on inflammatory cells does not. This effect is probably not mediated via KC release, but may involve altered adhesion and transmigration of neutrophils via fibrinogen-alpha and CD177.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)L96-L103
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 1-jan-2015

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