In this study, we investigated the signaling pathways involved to bradykinin (BK)-induced NF-κB activation and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in human airway epithelial cells (A549). BK caused concentration- and time-dependent increase in COX-2 expression, which was attenuated by a selective B2 BK receptor antagonist (HOE140), a Ras inhibitor (manumycin A), a Raf-1 inhibitor (GW 5074), a MEK inhibitor (PD 098059), an NF-κB inhibitor (pyrrolidine dithiocarbate), and an IκB protease inhibitor (L-1-tosylamido-2-phenylethyl chloromethyl ketone). The B1 BK receptor antagonist (Lys-(Leu8)des-Arg9-BK) had no effect on COX-2 induction by BK. BK-induced increase in COX-2-luciferase activity was inhibited by cells transfected with the κB site deletion of COX-2 construct. BK-induced Ras activation was inhibited by manumycin A. Raf-1 phosphorylation at Ser338 by BK was inhibited by manumycin A and GW 5074. BK-induced ERK activation was inhibited by HOE140, manumycin A, GW 5074, and PD 098059. Stimulation of cells with BK activated IκB kinase αβ (IKKαβ), IκBα phosphorylation, IκBα degradation, p65 and p50 translocation from the cytosol to the nucleus, the formation of an NF-κB-specific DNA-protein complex, and κB-luciferase activity. BK-mediated increase in IKKαβ activity and formation of the NF-κB-specific DNA-protein complex were inhibited by HOE140, a Ras dominant-negative mutant (RasN17), manumycin A, GW 5074, and PD 098059. Our results demonstrated for the first time that BK, acting through B2 BK receptor, induces activation of the Ras/Raf-1/ERK pathway, which in turn initiates IKKαβ and NF-κB activation, and ultimately induces COX-2 expression in human airway epithelial cell line (A549).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5219-5228
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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