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Modulation of leukotriene B4 receptor 1 signaling by receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE)

Ichiki, T;Koga, T;Okuno, T;Saeki, K;Yamamoto, Y;Yamamoto, H;Sakaguchi, M;Yokomizo, T;

Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) receptor 1 (BLT1), a high-affinity GPCR for LTB4, plays important roles in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. Although the LTB4-BLT1 axis is known to promote inflammation, no studies have defined the binding proteins that modulate LTB4-BLT1 signaling. In this study, the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) interacted with BLT1 in human cervical epithelial HeLa cells. RAGE increased LTB4-BLT1-dependent ERK phosphorylation and inhibited LTB4-BLT1-dependent activation of NF-B and up-regulation of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines. RAGE-dependent inhibition of NF-B was blunted by treatment with an MEK inhibitor, suggesting that RAGE suppresses LTB4-BLT1-dependent NF-B signaling by enhancing the MEK-ERK pathway. Meanwhile, in a chemotaxis assay of mouse bone marrow-derived neutrophils, the velocity of LTB4-dependent neutrophil migration was attenuated by soluble RAGE, which is an inhibitory decoy protein for RAGE signaling, in a dose-dependent manner (0.2-5 g/ml), or by RAGE deficiency. Furthermore, both LTB4-dependent ERK phosphorylation in neutrophils and LTB4-dependent neutrophil accumulation in a murine peritonitis model were significantly attenuated in RAGE-deficient mice compared with C57BL/6J wild-type mice, indicating that RAGE potentiates LTB4-dependent neutrophil migration by enhancing ERK phosphorylation. Our results demonstrate that RAGE interacts with BLT1 and modulates LTB4-BLT1 signaling through potentiation of the MEK-ERK pathway.-Ichiki, T., Koga, T., Okuno, T., Saeki K., Yamamoto, Y., Yamamoto, H., Sakaguchi, M., Yokomizo, T. Modulation of leukotriene B4 receptor 1 signaling by receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE).