Selective up-regulation of P2X4-receptor gene expression by interferon-γ in vascular endothelial cells

Yan Tang, Isao Matsuoka, Tomoyuki Ono, Kazuhide Inoue, Junko Kimura

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Extracellular nucleotides are involved in the development of vascular inflammation. However, little is known about whether effects of nucleotides are modulated under inflammatory states. We investigated effects of interferon-γ (INF-γ) on ATP-induced responses in vascular endothelial cells. Treatment of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) with IFN-γ for 24 h resulted in an enhancement of the ATP-induced increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) without affecting the UTP-induced one. The increased Ca2+ response to ATP in IFN-γ-treated cells was dependent on the extracellular Ca 2+, and was not inhibited by the phospholipase C inhibitor U73122. RT-PCR and Western blotting revealed that HUVECs dominantly expressed P2X 2 receptor. IFN-γ increased P2X4-receptor mRNA and protein, accompanied by an increase in ATP-triggered membrane current. IFN-γ did not affect P2X4-receptor mRNA stability, but increased P2X4-receptor gene transcription in a cycloheximide- insensitive manner. IFN-γ stimulated phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT1). Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an inhibitor of STAT1-mediated signaling, and AG490, a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, impaired P2X4-receptor mRNA up-regulation by IFN-γ. These results indicate that INF-γ selectively increases P2X 4-receptor gene expression, leading to an up-regulation of purinergic signaling in vascular endothelial cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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