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Sci. STKE, 14 August 2007
Vol. 2007, Issue 399, p. tw293
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.3992007tw293]


Chemotaxis Calcium and Chemotaxis

John F. Foley

Science’s STKE, AAAS, Washington, DC 20005, USA

Chemokines are chemoattractant cytokines that act through G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to mediate the directed migration (or chemotaxis) of leukocytes. Chemokine receptors couple to heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding proteins (G proteins) to activate phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and phospholipase C (PLC). PI3K phosphorylates phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) to generate phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3), which is critical for leukocyte chemotaxis. PLC-beta hydrolyzes PIP2 to produce both inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3), which stimulates intracellular Ca2+ mobilization, and diacylglycerol (DAG), which is required for the activity of many isoforms of protein kinase C (PKC). PLC-beta2 and PLC-beta3 are not required for the chemotaxis of neutrophils; however, the role of these enzymes in mediating lymphocyte chemotaxis has been unclear. Bach et al. isolated T lymphocytes from wild-type mice and mice deficient in both PLC-beta2 and PLC-beta3 (PLC-beta2beta3 KO mice) and performed chemotaxis assays in which they determined the percentages of cells that migrated in response to the chemokine SDF-1{alpha}, the ligand for the chemokine receptor CXCR4. The percentage of responding PLC-beta2beta3 KO T lymphocytes was about half that of the wild-type cells, over a range of concentrations of SDF-1{alpha}. This was not due to differences in CXCR4 abundance between the PLC-beta2beta3 KO and wild-type T lymphocytes, as assessed by flow cytometry. Chelation of intracellular Ca2+ largely inhibited chemotaxis of wild-type T lymphocytes to SDF-1{alpha}, whereas pharmacological inhibition of PKC had no such effect. Intracellular Ca2+ flux assays demonstrated that SDF-1{alpha}-induced Ca2+ mobilization was severely compromised in PLC-beta2beta3 KO compared with wild-type T lymphocytes. These data suggest that PLC-beta-mediated intracellular Ca2+ mobilization, but not PKC activation, is important for T lymphocyte chemotaxis. Although chemokine receptor-mediated activation of PI3K is critical for the chemotaxis of all leukocyte subsets, the contribution of PLC-beta isoforms to chemotaxis appears to be cell-specific.

T. L. Bach, Q.-M. Chen, W. T. Kerr, Y. Wang, L. Lian, J. K. Choi, D. Wu, M. G. Kazanietz, G. A. Koretzky, S. Zigmond, C. S. Abrams, Phospholipase Cbeta is critical for T cell chemotaxis. J. Immunol. 179, 2223-2227 (2007). [PubMed]

Citation: J. F. Foley, Calcium and Chemotaxis. Sci. STKE 2007, tw293 (2007).

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