Involvement of P2X4 and P2Y12 receptors in ATP-induced microglial chemotaxis

Keiko Ohsawa, Yasuhiro Irino, Yasuko Nakamura, Chihiro Akazawa, Kazuhide Inoue, Shinichi Kohsaka

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We previously reported that extracellular ATP induces membrane ruffling and chemotaxis of microglia and suggested that their induction is mediated by the Gi/o-protein coupled P2Y12 receptor (P2Y12R). Here we report discovering that the P2X4 receptor (P2X4R) is also involved in ATP-induced microglial chemotaxis. To understand the intracellular signaling pathway downstream of P2Y12R that underlies microglial chemotaxis, we examined the effect of two phosphatidylinositol 3′-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors, wortmannin, and LY294002, on chemotaxis in a Dunn chemotaxis chamber. The PI3K inhibitors significantly suppressed chemotaxis without affecting ATP-induced membrane ruffling. ATP stimulation increased Akt phosphorylation in the microglia, and the increase was reduced by the PI3K inhibitors and a P2Y12R antagonist. These results indicate that P2Y12R-mediated activation of the PI3K pathway is required for microglial chemotaxis in response to ATP. We also found that the Akt phosphorylation was reduced when extracellular calcium was chelated, suggesting that ionotropic P2X receptors are involved in microglial chemotaxis by affecting the PI3K pathway. We therefore tested the effect of various P2X4R antagonists on the chemotaxis, and the results showed that pharmacological blockade of P2X4R significantly inhibited it. Knockdown of the P2X4 receptor in microglia by RNA interference through the lentivirus vector system also suppressed the microglial chemotaxis. These results indicate that P2X4R as well as P2Y12R is involved in ATP-induced microglial chemotaxis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-616
Number of pages13
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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