TNF-α induces cytosolic phospholipase A2 expression via Jak2/PDGFR-dependent Elk-1/p300 activation in human lung epithelial cells

Chuen Mao Yang, I-Ta Lee, Pei Ling Chi, Shin Ei Cheng, Li Der Hsiao, Chih Kai Hsu

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Cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) plays a pivotal role in mediating agonist-induced arachidonic acid release for prostaglandin (PG) synthesis during inflammation triggered by tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). However, the mechanisms underlying TNF-α-induced cPLA2 expression in human lung epithelial cells (HPAEpiCs) were not completely understood. Here, we demonstrated that TNF-α induced cPLA2 mRNA and protein expression, promoter activity, and PGE2 secretion in HPAEpiCs. These responses induced by TNF-α were inhibited by pretreatment with the inhibitor of Jak2 (AG490), platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) (AG1296), phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K) (LY294002), or MEK1/2 (PD98059) and transfection with siRNA of Jak2, PDGFR, Akt, or p42. We showed that TNF-α markedly stimulated Jak2, PDGFR, Akt, and p42/p44 MAPK phosphorylation, which were attenuated by their respective inhibitors. Moreover, TNF-α stimulated Akt activation via a Jak2/PDGFR pathway in HPAEpiCs. In addition, TNF-α-induced p42/p44 MAPK phosphorylation was reduced by AG1296 or LY294002. On the other hand, TNF-α could induce Akt and p42/p44 MAPK translocation from the cytosol into the nucleus, which was inhibited by AG490, AG1296, or LY294002. Finally, we showed that TNF-α stimulated Elk-1 phosphorylation, which was reduced by LY294002 or PD98059. We also observed that TNF-α time dependently induced p300/Elk-1 and p300/Akt complex formation in HPAEpiCs, which was reduced by AG490, AG1296, or LY294002. The activity of cPLA2 protein upregulated by TNF-α was reflected on the PGE2 release, which was reduced by AG490, AG1296, LY294002, or PD98059. Taken together, these results demonstrated that TNF-α-induced cPLA2 expression and PGE2 release were mediated through a Jak2/PDGFR/PI3K/Akt/p42/p44 MAPK/Elk-1 pathway in HPAEpiCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L543-L551
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cytokine
  • Elk-1
  • Lung inflammation
  • Signaling pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Medicine(all)


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