Differential responsiveness of human neutrophils to the autocrine actions of 1-O-alkyl-homologs and 1-acyl analogs of platelet-activating factor

R. N. Pinckard, H. J. Showell, R. Castillo, C. Lear, R. Breslow, L. M. McManus, D. S. Woodard, J. C. Ludwig

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Abstract

The phlogistic actions of six molecular species of platelet-activating factor (PAF) (1-O-alkyl-PAF homologs, 16:0-, 18:0- and 18:1-alkyl-PAF, 1-O- alkyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (AGEPC) and their respective 1- acyl-PAF analog counterparts, 16:0-, 18:0- and 18:1-acyl-PAF, 1-acyl-2- acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (AGPC)) were assessed relative to five human neutrophilic polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) functional responses: 1) lysosomal enzyme secretion; 2) specific desensitization to 16:0-AGEPC-induced lysosomal enzyme secretion; 3) O2/- production; 4) chemotaxis; and 5) priming for enhanced O2/- production. With respect to inducing lysozyme secretion, 18:0-AGEPC was 30- and 75-fold less potent than 16:0-AGEPC and 18:1-AGEPC, respectively, and was 25- and 40-fold less potent for inducing β-glucuronidase secretion. 18:0-AGEPC was also 10-fold less active than 18:1- and 16:0-AGEPC for inducing O2/- production. Thus, the rank order of potency of the alkyl-PAF homologs for inducing both lysosomal enzyme secretion and O2/- production was 18:1- ≥ 16:0- >> 18:0-AGEPC. In contrast, these three alkyl-PAF homologs had the same potency for desensitizing PMN to subsequent 16:0-AGEPC-induced lysosomal enzyme secretion and for priming PMN for augmented O2/- production in response to FMLP or human recombinant C5a. Paradoxically, however, the rank order of potency of the alkyl-PAF homologs for effecting PMN chemotaxis was 18:0- > 18:1- >> 16:0-AGEPC. At concentrations as high as 1.0 μM, the acyl-PAF analogs did not initiate PMN lysosomal enzyme secretion, O2/- production, or chemotaxis. However, the acyl-PAF analogs induced partial PMN desensitization to 16:0-AGEPC. A novel finding of potential (patho)-physiologic significance was the ability of acyl-PAF at nM concentrations to prime PMN for significantly enhanced O2/- production after stimulation with FMLP or human recombinant C5a. The priming action of acyl-PAF was due to an increase in the rate as opposed to a prolongation of O2/- production. The differing rank orders of potency of the alkyl-PAF homologs and acyl-PAF analogs for stimulating several physiologic responses of the same target cell, the human PMN, support the premise that there may be more than one PAF receptor subtype on the PMN and/or that differences in the biophysical properties of the various molecular species of PAF modulate their interaction with PAF receptor(s) linked to stimulus-response coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3528-3535
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume148
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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