Human endothelial cells are target for platelet-activating factor: II. Platelet-activating factor induces platelet-activating factor synthesis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells

R. Heller, F. Bussolino, D. Ghigo, G. Garbarino, G. Pescarmona, U. Till, A. Bosia

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Abstract

Platelet-activating factor (PAF), a phospholipid mediator with broad and potent biologic activities, is synthesized by several inflammatory cells including endothelial cells (EC). PAF is also an effective stimulating agent for EC leading to increased cell permeability and adhesivity. We examined the synthesis of PAF in human umbilical cord vein EC after stimulation of EC with PAF or with its nonmetabolizable analog 1-O-alkyl-2-N-methyl-carbamyl-sn- glycero-3-phosphocholine (C-PAF). PAF (1 to 100 nM) induced a dose- and time- dependent increase of PAF synthesis as detected by [3H]acetate incorporation into PAF fraction. Stimulation of PAF synthesis occurred via activation of the 'remodeling pathway' as the 1-O-alkyl-2-lyso-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (lyso-PAF):acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase was dose-dependently increased after PAF treatment. The de novo pathway of PAF synthesis was not activated under these conditions. C-PAF was able to mimic the effect of authentic PAF on [3H]acetate incorporation. The inactive metabolite lyso-PAF (100 nM) had no influence on PAF synthesis in EC. CV-3988, BN 52021, and WEB 2086, potent and specific antagonists of PAF suppressed PAF effects on the remodeling pathway completely. The PAF- and C-PAF-induced [3H]PAF remained 93% cell-associated and was not degraded up to 10 min after stimulation. Characterization of the [3H]acetate-labeled material co-migrating with authentic PAF revealed that a significant proportion (≃57%) was actually 1-acyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine. PAF-induced PAF synthesis might be an important mechanism for amplifying original PAF signals and potentiating adhesive interactions of circulating cells with the endothelium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3682-3688
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume149
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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