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Metalloproteinases Are Involved in Lipopolysaccharide– and Tumor Necrosis Factor-–Mediated Regulation of CXCR1 and CXCR2 Chemokine Receptor Expression

  1. Masud H. Khandaker,
  2. Gordon Mitchell,
  3. Luoling Xu,
  4. Joseph D. Andrews,
  5. Rajkumari Singh,
  6. Harry Leung,
  7. Joaquı́n Madrenas,
  8. Stephen S.G. Ferguson,
  9. Ross D. Feldman, and
  10. David J. Kelvin
  1. 1 From the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Zoology, The University of Western Ontario and the London Health Sciences Centre, London; and the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Inflammation, John P. Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada.


The neutrophil-specific G-protein–coupled chemokine receptors, CXCR1 and CXCR2, bind with high affinity to the potent chemoattractant interleukin-8 (IL-8). The mechanisms of IL-8 receptor regulation are not well defined, although previous studies have suggested a process of ligand-promoted internalization as a putative regulatory pathway. Herein, we provide evidence for two distinct processes of CXCR1 and CXCR2 regulation. Confocal microscopy data showed a redistribution of CXCR1 expression from the cell surface of neutrophils to internal compartments after stimulation with IL-8, whereas stimulation with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) did not induce CXCR1 internalization but instead mediated a significant loss of membrane-proximal CXCR1 staining intensity. To investigate whether proteolytic cleavage was the mechanism responsible for LPS- and TNF-–induced downmodulation of IL-8 receptors, we tested a panel of proteinase inhibitors. The downmodulation of CXCR1 and CXCR2 by LPS and TNF- was most dramatically inhibited by metalloproteinase inhibitors; 1,10-phenanthroline and EDTA significantly attenuated LPS- and TNF-–induced loss of CXCR1 and CXCR2 cell surface expression. Metalloproteinase inhibitors also blocked the release of CXCR1 cleavage fragments into the cell supernatants of LPS- and TNF-–stimulated neutrophils. In addition, while treatment of neutrophils with LPS and TNF- inhibited IL-8 receptor–mediated calcium mobilization and IL-8–directed neutrophil chemotaxis, both 1,10-phenanthroline and EDTA blocked these inhibitory processes. In contrast, metalloproteinase inhibitors did not affect IL-8–mediated downmodulation of CXCR1 and CXCR2 cell surface expression or receptor signaling. Thus, these findings may provide further insight into the mechanisms of leukocyte regulation during immunologic and inflammatory responses.

  • Submitted June 15, 1998.
  • Accepted November 19, 1998.
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