Inhibition of basophil histamine release by tyrosine kinase and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitors

A. Tedeschi, M. Lorini, S. Galbiati, S. Gibelli, A. Miadonna

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It has been demonstrated that tyrosine kinase (TK) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) are involved in IgE-mediated stimulation of human basophils; conversely, little is known about the biochemical pathways activated by IL-3 and GM-CSF. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of TK and PI3-K inhibitors on basophil histamine release induced by anti-IgE, IL-3 and GM-CSF. Since IL-3 and GM-CSF cause histamine release from normal human basophils only when the inhibitory effect of extracellular Na+ has been removed, peripheral blood leukocytes were suspended in isotonic solutions containing either 140 mM NaCl or 140 mM N-methyl-D-glucamine+. After stimulation with anti-IgE, IL-3 or GM-CSF, histamine release was measured by an automated fluorometric method. The effects of preincubation with four different TK inhibitors (AG-126, genistein, lavendustin A, tyrphostin 51) and one PI3-K inhibitor (wortmannin) were evaluated. AG-126, genistein and lavendustin A exerted a significant dose-dependent inhibitory effect on basophil histamine release induced by anti-IgE (either in high or in low Na+ medium), IL-3 and GM-CSF. Among the TK inhibitors, lavendustin A exerted the most potent activity, followed by AG-126 and genistein. Tyrphostin 51 caused a weak inhibition of histamine release induced by IL-3, GM-CSF and anti-IgE in a low Na+ medium, but not in a physiological Na+-containing medium. The PI3-K inhibitor wortmannin exerted the most effective inhibitory activity on the histamine release induced by the three agonists. The combined effects of lavendustin A and wortmannin were less than additive, suggesting that TK and PI3-K are involved in the same activation pathway in human basophils. These results suggest a possible role of TK and PI3-K in basophil histamine release induced by anti-IgE, IL-3 and GM-CSF. TK and PI3-K are indeed potential therapeutic targets for antiallergic drugs. Copyright (C) 2000 International Society for Immunopharmacology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-808
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopharmacology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000



  • Basophil
  • Histamine release
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase
  • Tyrosine kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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