IL-4-dependent CD86 expression requires JAK/STAT6 activation and is negatively regulated by PKCδ

Eric L. Deszo, Danett K. Brake, Keith W. Kelley, Gregory G. Freund

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    CD86 expression is up-regulated in activated monocytes and macrophages by a mechanism that is not clearly defined. Here, we report that IL-4-dependent CD86 expression requires activation of ERK1/2 and JAK/STAT6 but is negatively regulated by PKCδ. PMA differentiated U937 monocytic cells when stimulated with IL-4 increased CD11b and CD86 expression by 52- and 98-fold, respectively. PMA+IL-4 treatment also induced a synergistic enhancement of ERK1/2 activation when compared to the effects of PMA and IL-4 alone. Use of the mitogen or extracellular kinase (MEK) inhibitor, PD98059, completely blocked up-regulation of CD11b and CD86 demonstrating the importance of MEK-activated ERK1/2. JAK inhibition with WHI-P154-abrogated IL-4-dependent CD11b and CD86 up-regulation and inhibited STAT6 tyrosine phosphorylation. Importantly, CD11b and CD86 expression were not reliant on IL-4-dependent activation of phosphatidylinositol 3′-kinase (PI 3-kinase). Blockade of PKCδ activation with rottlerin prevented CD11b expression but lead to a 75- and 213-fold increase in PMA and PMA+IL-4-dependent CD86 expression, respectively. As anticipated, increasing PKCδ activity with anti-sense reduction of CD45 increased CD11b expression and reduced CD86 expression. Likewise, rottlerin prevented nuclear localization of activated PKCδ. We conclude from these data that IL-4-dependent CD11b expression relies predominantly on enhanced activation of ERK1/2, while IL-4-dependent CD86 expression utilizes the JAK/STAT6 pathway.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)271-280
    Number of pages10
    JournalCellular Signalling
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Feb 2004


    • CD11b
    • CD86
    • MAP kinase
    • Monocytes/macrophages
    • PKC
    • Signal transduction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cell Biology


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