Cytokine-induced Il-1β gene expression in the human polymorphonuclear leukocyte: Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation by tumor necrosis factor and Il-1

P. T. Marucha, R. A. Zeff, D. L. Kreutzer

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Abstract

We have previously demonstrated that Il-1 and TNF could rapidly, but transiently, induce gene expression of Il-1β in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) at both the protein and mRNA level. Additionally, we demonstrated a cooperative effect of Il-1 and TNF on the kinetics of induction of Il-1β mRNA and protein. In order to better understand the molecular basis of Il-1β induction, we have further investigated the regulation of Il-1- and TNF-induced gene expression in the PMN. Using nuclear run-on transcription analysis, we found that within 1 h Il-1, TNF, and TNF plus Il-1 induced the transcription of the Il-1β gene by 33-, 61-, and 99-fold, respectively. By 2 h, the levels of transcription had been reduced to ≃50% of peak levels for TNF- and TNF plus Il-1-treated PMN, and to near noninduced levels in Il-1-treated PMN. We also found that these cytokines induced stable mRNA, i.e., Il-1β mRNA t( 1/2 ) for Il-1-, TNF-, and TNF plus Il-1-induced PMN were 57, 94, and 86 min, respectively. By 2 h, when steady state levels of Il-1β mRNA were found to decrease, Il-1β mRNA t( 1/2 ) had fallen to ≃18 min for all cytokine treatments. To determine if protein synthesis was required for induction of Il-1β gene expression, we treated PMN simultaneously with cytokines and cycloheximide, and found that cycloheximide enhanced the accumulation of Il-1-induced Il-1β mRNA, but abrogated the accumulation of Il-1β mRNA by TNF- or TNF plus Il-1-treated PMN. This abrogation of Il-1β mRNA accumulation was not caused by inhibition of induction of Il-1β transcription because TNF induction of transcription of Il-1β was not affected by simultaneous treatment with cycloheximide. Thus, we report that Il-1 and TNF regulate Il-1β gene expression via both transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2603-2608
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume147
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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