Respiratory syncytial virus infection of human mononuclear phagocytes stimulates synthesis of platelet-activating factor

A. Villani, N. M. Cirino, E. Baldi, M. Kester, E. R. McFadden, J. R. Panuska

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Abstract

Production of platelet-activating factor 1-O-alkyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PAF), a potent mediator of inflammation, by mononuclear phagocytes varies with their stage of cellular differentiation and the nature of the eliciting stimulus. The human monocytic cell line U937 can be induced to differentiate to a macrophage-like cell following phorbol myristate acetate exposure, and after differentiation, these cells efficiently support replication of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). U937 cells induced to differentiate with phorbol myristate acetate demonstrated a time-dependent decrease in PAF synthesis. RSV infection of these differentiated U937 cells caused a sustained stimulation of PAF synthesis that paralleled viral replication and was dependent on infectious virus. Virus increased the activity of lyso-PAF:acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase (PAF acetyltransferase) in cell lysates, thus enhancing the anabolic pathway of PAF synthesis without altering the activity of PAF acetylhydrolase, which regulates PAF catabolism. RSV infection of human monocytes also caused a marked increase in [ 3H]PAF production compared to uninfected monocytes. Thus, virus infection serves as a novel stimulus to induce PAF synthesis in human mononuclear phagocytes and suggests that increased PAF production may have a critical role in the inflammatory response to RSV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5472-5479
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume266
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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